I have wondered, time and again why Senator John McCain has chosen, from among the many well-qualified female Republican politicians in the country, the least-qualified of women Sarah Palin.
Now, I think I finally understand his motives. Governor Palin is a fundamentalist-Evangelical. These women are trained or brainwashed early in life that they are "required"- to follow the directions given to them by the men in their lives. Just as children are forced to obey, so are they.
Sarah Palin has been living this way her whole life. When she was Mayor of Wasilla or Governor of Alaska, her husband Todd was right there guiding her. He spent most of his time in her office and was sent all official emails, even though he was not a city or state employee. Sarah never made a move without his strict instructions.
And so when she was selected by John McCain as his running mate, he had little training to do. He simply gave her orders and she carried them out like a good little Christian soldier. She is a neo-con's delight and fulfills the dreams of those right-wingers to a "tee."-
Her religious mind-set is programmed to accept any violence in the Middle East as God's plan and any interference as being counter-productive to the inevitable "end times"- and the much anticipated "rapture."- This fits neatly into the right-wing's abhorrence of diplomacy and the group's salivation about and longing for a "bombing of Iran."- They honestly see aggression towards Israel as prophecy and current events as hard evidence of it.
But the only way all of their dreams can come true is if the Republicans can stay in power in the White House. And since the McCain-Palin ticket, due in part to the financial crisis, as well as total incompetence and a country disgusted by Bush-Cheney and Republicans in general, seems to be sinking like a stone, Sarah Palin has been given her orders and Cindy McCain is being required to do her wifely dirty work as well.
Mrs. McCain at a recent rally, got up in front of the crowd and ranted, "The day Senator Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body,"- the Washington Post reported. Mrs. McCain failed to tell the crowd that her husband has also voted against funding the troops on more than one occasion. I wonder how that made her body feel? Obama voted against a particular bill because it did not include a timeline for withdrawal. What was McCain's excuse?
At this same rally the chairman of the Republican Party of Lehigh County Pennsylvania, William Platt, warmed up the crowd by encouraging them to work hard to elect McCain or to wake up on Nov. 5 to see "Barack Obama, Barack Hussein Obama as president,"- the Washington Post reported.
At another Palin rally, a man wearing a sheriff's uniform repeated the name Barack Hussein Obama, and once again the intention was clear. That man is now under federal investigation for using his position politically, although I must say that the Sheriff's uniform made it much more official looking and scary to the crowd.
Sarah Palin is allowing and even inciting race-baiting at her rallies. The use of Obama's middle name is purposefully being repeated over and over again in an attempt to make him sound dangerous and foreign, or Muslim and un-American, despite the fact that Barack Obama is a born-in-the-USA Christian.
Palin has told crowds of supporters that Obama "pals-around with terrorists,"- a reference to his slight acquaintance with Bill Ayers-a '60s radical once involved with the Weather Underground. Ayers was never convicted on any charges and Obama has condemned this group and its actions repeatedly. But because of this exaggerated connection by a desperate GOP, Palin warns voters that they should be very suspicious and afraid of Barack Obama.
Palin informs her supporters that "I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way that you and I see America, as the greatest source for good in this world. I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who has targeted his own country,"- CNN reported.
Palin and her husband Todd might be seen as truly un-American because of their very real connection to a radical and traitor. Both have close ties with the Alaskan Independence Party, a secessionist group whose founder Joe Vogler constantly railed about his hatred for the United States and its government, and desperately wanted Alaska to be a separate country. Todd Palin was a member until 2002, and Sarah attended conventions and gave supportive speeches to this anti-American group. Maybe Sarah should be judged by her "real relationship"- to this group.
So as the crowds at Palin rallies shout out when Obama's name is mentioned, "terrorist"- or "kill him"- or "Muslim,"- or "traitor,"- I guess we should congratulate John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate and encouraging his wife Cindy to get out there and do the dirtiest work for him, while he stands there behind their skirts afraid to do it himself.