Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sarah Palin's Dangerous Words

Sarah Palin's words are dangerous. The press release she put out in response to the newest ethics complaint against her is misleading and inflammatory. It is essentially a call to arms and her supporters are prepared for the attack. If any amount of research is done, one can see that the ethics complaint has some significant grounds for consideration, (links and more information below) but Governor Palin has cast it in the worst light, depicting it as a totally facetious charge and as a result, the person who filed the complaint is now vulnerable.

Palin's response, similar to calling Obama a 'terrorist' is another case where her words put another person at risk for her own purposes. In both cases, she attempts to make a whole group of people feel threatened by someone that is really only a threat to her ambitions. I think this is the worst thing about Governor Palin and, in my opinion, the reactions of those who are not in her camp need to be extremely measured, clear, consistent and calm. I feel that raising the level of emotional charge around this issue is not at all advisable. We can hope that others who have public standing may rise to the occasion and address the validity of the ethics complaint, or at the very least, the right for a citizen to file such a complaint so that the individual who filed this most recent complaint will not be an isolated voice.

There is a point where any playfulness and joking about Palin's policies and practices in office have to be put aside. The total nonsense in the national press making fun of her Alaska roots and hunting ability, or portraying her as this kind of cute, upcoming and sassy politician all need to be put to rest. The aspect of her personality revealed by her response to this ethics complaints is nothing if not serious.

I will not rehash the complaint here, but you can find it through the link below along with some additional research. This is not intended to be a complete compilation of items related to the complaint, just a few things that showed up. Please investigate further and judge for yourself.

The original ethics complaint:
Scroll down the page to find a link to a PDF of the complaint.
New York Times news piece with video on the Iron Dog Race
“Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape”
On this video, which shows a clip from the year before Governor Palin became a presence on the national scene, Governor Palin can be seen waving the flag at the end of the race (I think it is the end). She is wearing a long coat, no logos of any kind. She shows up at about 2:40 or so on the tape. Early in the tape the announcer mentions that Palin's new found prominence brought nationwide awareness to the Iron Dog Race.
Numerous pictures showing Governor Palin and others associated with Arctic Cat, her husband's race sponsor, at this year's event all wearing Arctic Cat matching outfits (hopefully these don't get pulled) Just to clarify, the governor was present to preside over portions of the event in the official capacity of her office.

Update: A note on comments
If you made a comment, and it is not published, please be advised of the following-
I will not publish comments that make reference to Governor Palin's family or pregnancies.
I also will not publish comments that are attacks aimed at the individual who filed the ethics complaint discussed in this post.


CelticDiva said...

I read this with my jaw on the floor as I wondered how you were able to read my mind so clearly!

Yes, Governor Palin's words have done exactly what you are describing...close to 100 individual hate mails in about 36 hours. A few phone calls...and lets talk about the venom coming out of the mouths of both the local and national talk show hosts.

I was ready for the criticism, but the magnitude of the vilification caught me off guard.

the problem child said...

Great job, Ms. Jones. Celtic Diva obviously agrees.

Anonymous said...

Hi, if you are worried about them being pulled right click and save. Proof no Poof.


Jen said...

First of all, love that you offer a sound and reasonable thread of support to Diva. She is quite courageous and it would appear courage is required to not only of Americans bold enough to hold elected officials to their word and sworn oaths, it's also required of anyone who stands in support of them. I have learned so much about the importance of pulling out of my apathetic attitude towards "politics as usual" from several Alaskan bloggers. You all do our Founding Fathers proud.

Second, there was a sense of roses and family linen that came over me when I read your name was your grandmother's. And for some reason, that makes your space here especailly sacred and dear to a random reader like me.

Thank you for standing up for Diva. I know she has enough steel in her spine to manage, but there's something about numbers running through my thoughts when I see that Nurse Ratched's charges have fled the nest.

Irishgirl said...

I agree wholeheartedly with you. Sarah Palin's response to the ethics complaint is not only completely inappropiate, but also dangerous. Well said.

crystalwolf aka caligrl said...

Just a observation re: pictures. I notice team 31 all has the Team Artic gear on, but Theirs is not personalized as GINO!
Why is her families the only jackets personalized for them?
Go Diva Go! Behind you 100%

Amy Jones said...

If you are considering leaving a comment, or have left a comment and it is not showing, please be advised of the following: I will not publish comments that refer to Sarah Palin's family or pregnancies. I will not publish comments that are off topic or are attacks aimed at the individual who filed the ethics complaints. The primary topic of this post is Sarah Palin's press release, not the complaint itself.

Thank you -
Amy Jones, Writing from Alaska