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What I Learned At The Sarah Palin Rally Before They Threw Me Out!

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On Saturday I went to Carson, California, to attend a rally for Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. For those who aren't familiar with the city of Carson, it's approximately 19 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. In the 2004 Presidential election, Carson, which had a population of just under 90,000, donated three times as much money to George W. Bush than to John Kerry. This year, for the 2008 elections, residents of Carson have given slightly more to Republican candidates than to Democrats by a slim margin of $3,000. Thus the gap between Republicans and Democrats in Carson has narrowed.

The Palin rally, which you may have seen on youtube and TV, was held at the Home Depot ADT Tennis Stadium. Because of the surprising popularity of Mrs. Palin and easy access to free tickets, all 20,000 stadium seats, plus an overflow area were filled. I got a handful of tickets, recruited my friend Rebecca Tobias, Program Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics,
and trekked on out to Carson. We scored ground level seats in the stadium from which I watched, listened and steadily bristled. When I could no longer stomach Palin's lies and distortions, I jumped up, and at the top of my lungs, repeatedly called Palin a L-I-A-R! I was shouted down in Palinese by her 20,000 admirers, then escorted out by security. I took extra time as I climbed the steps from the ground up to the top just to keep her admirers shouting. The few minute reprieve from Palin's lies was to me a righteous diversion.

When I neared the top of the steps I turned back to Mrs. Palin and continued to call her a L-I-A-R, until I was ushered out the door. Thankfully my escorts showed me the utmost respect for they privately shared my feelings. They're working folk. They see through Mrs. Palin. But that's just the start of this story...

You see, I'd gone to this event for a reason. Not to see Sarah Palin. I already knew who she was. I went to see the Palinettes - the supporters of this unspectacular woman who had so readily been won over. I wanted to meet them and speak with them and understand their attachment to this lowest common denominator politician - a woman so unqualified for Vice President that her appointer running mate should be imprisoned for treason. As a patriot and voter, I disagree categorically with the choice of Sarah Palin. I seek knowledge, experience, maturity, integrity, charity, clarity, humanity, intellectual curiosity, and wisdom from the leaders I select. Since Palin, in my opinion, exhibits none of these traits, I wanted to assess her supporters' rationale (or rational-ity).

What I witnessed was thoroughly alarming!!

Among this raptured crowd of 20,000 was a frightening mix of Christian zealots, anti-abortion fanatics, and mostly white suburban women and men reconnecting with their high school mentality. Bright colored pom-poms were everywhere - as if Sarah Palin were head cheerleader, the women were on her squad, and the men were the football heroes. Sarah Palin, the quintessential 4ever-school-girl had revitalized their youth and saved them from adulthood. Check out the red pom-pom "hair" on the man behind Palin. If that isn't high school, what is??

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Want further proof of pom-pom Palin? Try this as an experiment. Put on an audio of a Sarah Palin speech. Close your eyes and listen. What you'll hear is the high pitched voice of a teenage girl, speaking in circular reasoning, incomplete sentences, and juvenile idioms. No sophistication. No leadership. No wisdom. Just the sound of a snarky school girl. Sarah Palin is America's greatest nightmare. Sarah Palin is George W. Bush in a dress!

Of course there are those who might say that my own outburst toward Sarah Palin was juvenile - to which I'd respond with a resounding NO! It's never juvenile to speak truth to ignorance. To say nothing would be derelict. Certainly, I'd be naive to think that calling Palin a L-I-A-R would make her adorers believe me. But to sit quietly while Palin accused Obama of being:
"someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists [Bill Ayers] who would target their own country"
would make me complicit in the group-think that promotes a lie to a truth. I'd rather be thrown out for the truth than group-hugged for a lie.

While Palin's peevishness is appalling, it pales in comparison to the dangerous ideology that she and her followers share. By unleashing Sarah Palin, John McCain has reinvigorated the anti-choice/anti-woman/anti-reproductive rights fanatics, who not long ago were at the forefront of domestic terror. Interesting that Palin insinuates Obama when referring to:
"terrorists who would target their own country"
when it's those who share her ideology who have committed heinous domestic crimes. Let us not forget the health-care workers who were murdered by anti-choice radicals who share Palin's no exceptions for abortion beliefs. Let us not forget the women and family clinics that were bombed. Let us not forget Eric Rudolph - the anti-abortion terrorist who killed two people and injured 100 others during the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. The same Eric Rudolph who bombed abortion clinics that killed even more people. The same Eric Rudolph who sadistically attacked a gay bar. Let us not forget that the Sarah Palin wing of anti-choice fanaticism victimized America for years, committing crime after heinous crime. What John McCain has unleashed on America with his choice of Sarah Palin is an outright invitation to these cults to wreak havoc all over again.

On Saturday I got a taste of this anti-choice fanaticism as Palin's zealots shouted "baby killers" at the pro-Obama activists outside. I saw it first hand with the anti-choice tirades looped again and again by one Palin follower after another. This is their mission - their single issue cause - and Sarah Palin has given it life. With the economy spiraling downward, the world at war, the planet over-heating, and continents dying from famine and disease, Sarah Palin's followers are driven by one issue only - the total end of abortion.

Yes, the silly Palin chatter of "she's one of us 'cause she talks like us and is a regular person" was also spun at Saturday's event. As was propaganda about Obama "getting paid undercover by some other country" and "doubt that Obama was really born in Hawaii because his birth certificate can't be found". Sadly this level of ignorance exists - even in Southern California. In fact, it was so illogically mind-boggling that I audio-taped it as proof.

The perilous stupidity that I witnessed on Saturday made me believe more than ever that under NO CIRCUMSTANCE can John McCain and Sarah Palin be elected. In fact, their election LOSS must be so severe that Sarah Palin can NEVER be resurrected for a future campaign. Furthermore, John McCain's blatant disregard for the safety and stability of this nation by choosing Sarah Palin should cost him his Arizona Senate seat and force him from office forever. He has dishonored his nation to such an extent that any reference to his heroism as a prisoner of war has been rendered permanently irrelevant.
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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)

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Linda,  This is a wonderful piece about an ap... by Frank J. Ranelli on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3:51:02 AM
As HL Mencken said, “No one ever went broke ... by Frank J. Ranelli on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:02:06 AM
You make great points - brilliantly expressed as u... by Linda Milazzo on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:24:51 AM
"...intellect and circumspect has been replac... by tim bristol on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:46:52 PM
Well, Frank, while I cannot disagree with any of y... by Terry on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:26:36 PM
I am glad your overall assessment (of my comment) ... by Frank J. Ranelli on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 2:45:01 AM
FrankThe issue of whether or not Sarah Palin banne... by tim bristol on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:41:09 AM
"KILL HIM" someone in the crowd yelled, ... by Linda Bailey on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:50:40 AM
why neither of the commenters and neither the auth... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:06:39 AM
V for Vendetta is one of my favorite movies. Chill... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:05:04 AM
Sarah Palin scares me to death! She blithely rattl... by Kathy Stuart on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:40:27 AM
"since when is flirting and winking proper co... by tim bristol on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 10:13:58 AM
I applaud Linda's activism, investigating a cr... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:51:00 AM
I think we need people doing both those things: in... by JC Garrett on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 4:58:30 AM
I have audio of Palin's supporters discussing ... by Linda Milazzo on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 4:09:35 PM
Holding the iPhone right up to a laptop to record ... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008 at 6:29:45 PM
These people have no independent thoughts of their... by Roger Thomas on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:06:58 AM
It is interesting to note that Carson lies just a ... by Geek_Gal on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:37:21 PM
Yes, but it's changing. Huntington Beach is my... by camanokat on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3:46:24 PM
I use the word "intelligence"  very... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 1:10:57 PM
I own two pitbulls, and I resent the comparison be... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 1:18:29 PM
I can't get the link in this comment.  I ... by Linda Milazzo on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 2:53:05 PM
Can you provide a complete linnk? Thanks! Each of ... by camanokat on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3:50:00 PM
Those comparisons are all over now, and they are s... by Stephen Fox on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:42:14 PM
Enjoyed your perspective on Palin.... Here is... by Dan Leithauser on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3:45:34 PM
Each character you typed is worth a million times ... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:09:52 PM
As a born-again Christian and a once attendee of a... by Bob Gormley on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:36:40 PM
Would Jesus advocate the killing of unborn childre... by Ferdinand on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:25:07 PM
You misinterpreted my writing, which I admit was w... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 4:49:27 AM
  Also. to answer your question:I think it... by Bob Gormley on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 4:54:38 AM
Palin IS stupid.  Comparing her to GW Bush is... by frank69 on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:33:04 PM
No, no, no... Bush is mean, nasty, and STUPID. I ... by JC Garrett on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:37:02 AM
Great minds think alike. My article today calls Mc... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:38:23 PM
And thank you for ending any thoughts about dinner... by Linda Milazzo on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:32:12 PM
Good Lord Rob. Can't believe you brought up Ga... by Cheryl Biren on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:45:41 PM
This one of the most bizarre portrayals of another... by Leep on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:56:04 PM
What's missing from your account, Linda, is this. ... by Alan Williams on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:57:14 PM
As intelligent as all of you appear to be I simply... by jeff prager on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 6:59:59 PM
This article was one of the most insulting, ill-in... by Scott on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 7:09:16 PM
it is quite possible that blogger's such as Ms... by Leep on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:11:19 PM
It's almost amusing (though really pretty sad)... by Charlie L on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:15:58 AM
I am not a Palin suppoeter and, in fact, disagree ... by Leep on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 9:09:29 AM
I dare say that Sarah Palin could receive no great... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:38:12 AM
Right on. Very well said!... by Stephen Fox on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:41:20 PM
Thanks for bringing more truth on Palin. ... by Sharon Roach on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 9:11:11 PM
really interesting article, linda!how many of us s... by Joan Brunwasser on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:01:17 AM
The paper in Birmingham Alabama, almost as Deep as... by Stephen Fox on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 9:36:51 AM
I SENT THIS OUT TO 50,000 OBAMA SUPPORTERS THROUGH... by Stephen Fox on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:13:57 PM
I like the comment you got at MBO: "I wasn't ab... by Alan Williams on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 9:37:30 PM
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Lovely well delivered post. But I do have to say o... by Jeanette Mas on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 12:49:42 AM
and how long has it been up? 2 days?I think it is ... by Stephen Fox on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 1:09:49 AM
I assume by all this holier-than-thou carrying on ... by Alan Williams on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 2:34:47 AM
What do you really mean?... by Stephen Fox on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 11:45:08 AM
Exactly what I said.  What part don't you... by Alan Williams on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 5:42:30 PM