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

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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Photo by Linda Milazzo

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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"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."

As if radical right Pied Piper Palin and her koolaid-soaked followers (most of whom no doubt had no clue of her existence just a few short weeks ago) are not trying to project America as desperately imperfect and in need of being "saved."

A quick read between her juvenile lines, of course, reveals what she's really saying: All who oppose her and can see right through the hollow fraud she represents are "America haters."

But who REALLY hates America?

Those of us who demand adherence to the Constitution and the system of checks and balances our Founding Fathers so expertly laid out, or those who have systematically shredded that very same Constituiton to advance a narrow criminal agenda, and those seeking to pick up right where the current crop of criminals leaves off?

Those of us who demand that public servants who so egregiously betray our trust face REAL justice and accountability, or those making every effort to avoid being held accountable, with the full support of those who seek to replace them?

Those of us who demand the individual freedom to worship as we choose and that the affairs of church and state must never be combined, or the radical few who seek to destroy that freedom and separation completely by forcing an entire nation to conform to their extremely narrow religious ideology?

The REAL "America haters" are not those of us fighting so hard to preserve the great American ideals of our Founders.

The REAL haters are the radical few, including the current administration and the like-minded cohorts seeking to take their place, who are desperately trying to turn this country into something it was never meant to be.

Linda is absolutely correct. They MUST be stopped.

Unfiltered Video Commentary:

A sellout Congress conspires with Wall Street to bring America to its knees

is all the great activists from the 60's and 70's that chose Wall street and disaster capitalism and the DEMOCRAT party. WTF??

Beemers, hair transplants, and stock portfolios are essential.

(That was the best bumper sticker I ever did see.)

Defeating the Neocons is paramount to the survival of our Constitutional Republic, but the alternate choices aren't good either. Both parties work toward the same end. Everyone needs to understand this or we will never take our country back. Does anyone wonder why the Democrats did not do what they were elected to do in 2006?
The issues that divide us all need to be scrutinized. That means each and every person needs to open their own mind and do some soul searching. Why is it you believe what you do? What is really going on? The information is there, if only one digs deep enough. It is imperative that everyone understand what is really happening. There is a REASON our country is so screwed up.
Why is it that most people readily dismiss information that is not main-stream? Why is it that people allow themselves to be jeered into being afraid to entertain a thought, simply because of what someone else has pre-labeled that thought to be? Folks need to stop being afraid of being labeled "Unpatriotic." They need to stop being scared of entertaining so-called "Conspiracy Theories." How did the people of this nation come to accept the propaganda they are fed, and why do these labels make a person instantly "choose" to turn off their reasoning process? Those pushing an agenda are the very people perpetuating the negative connotations associated with these labels. In the process, they are successful at stifling genuine critical thought - Thoughts that would make you critical of THEM!
They do have an agenda - hidden from most, that explains everything. It is time to grow up. That means shedding the belief system that will continue to allow a minority of "elite" to rule over us all.
It is time for people to wake up. Life is not the way it seems. Hopefully people won't have to die, or watch their children die before they stop dreaming. And no, I'm not crazy, and neither is anyone else bold enough to break out of their mental prison.

Well written, Ms. Milazzo.

Yes, when I have listened to Ms. Palin in interviews and in the first debate, I have been struck by her naivete, ignorance, shallowness and near-total inability to form and express complete and coherent thoughts. One is often left unable to discern what she said or meant.

That such a large portion of our electorate is fawning over her is a sad comment on our electorate.

Mark Venzke

In defense of the inarticulate, even George W.Bush could have been a decent president had he not been a fascist driven by a fascist machine ( as were the better speaker/thinkers: Clinton, H.W., and Reagan, etc.) There are many people that have less education, no experience, etc. that would be great leaders, follow the Constitution and international law and represent their constituents, but they are not for sale and so we have...what we have...BIPARTISAN FASCISTS; I speak of the Congress here primarily, since it was their duty to check the executive and ultimately, by their action and not rhetoric, approve of everything that has come from the executive branch machine; executive orders, signing statements, emergency bills and all.

Anyway, "Failin" thinks she will lead the Senate in circumstances not defined by the Constitution?/?

When they take away the internet; ADS and all, where will we be? No doubt this will happen with another emergency...maybe not.

We need a revolution folks.


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