Monday, September 15, 2008

Guilt By Geography.

My pledge not to mention Sarah Palin for a week now stands in tatters with two posts in two days, however I absolutely promise not to mention American politics again for a week after this post.

You see I came across an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer that was so insane that I had to quote from it:
Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest

It has been years since groups such as the Montana Militia, the Posse Comitatus and the Sagebrush Rebels, and individuals such as Terry Nichols and Ted Kaczynski have made us wonder why so many "angry white men" populated our rural regions. Many of us have forgotten the threat once posed by domestic terrorists and instead have turned our attention to foreign terrorists. But we should never forget that in the late 20th century, ultra-Christian, antistatist and white-supremacist groups flourished in the states of the Pacific Northwest - called by many the "Great White Northwest" - the very region that Sarah Palin and her family call home.


There is no evidence that Palin was ever affiliated with white-supremacist groups during her years in Idaho or at home in Alaska. On the other hand, the beliefs of ultraconservative, evangelical churches like her family's come dangerously close to those of the Christian Identity movement of those years. Likewise, Palin's husband was a member of a political party whose members favored secession for Alaska, suggesting an affiliation with radical antistatism.

Perhaps somewhere on the record, Palin has publicly condemned the radical politics of her region. But it is hard to know where she stands on issues of race, equality and diversity. Thus it is high time to review the cultural ideals and models of the radical rurals from the Great White Northwest and find out for sure where Gov. Palin stands.

As one of the commentators on the site says, this isn't even guilt by association, it's guilt by geography. God knows what will happen when they learn that Arnold Schwarzenegger is from Austria.

Now that we're on the subject though, has the Hawaiian born Barack Obama ever publically condemned the killing of Captain Cook? There is no evidence that Obama was ever affiliated with cannibalistic tribes during hir years in Hawaii or at home in Chicago. On the other hand.....blah blah blah.....

OK no more US politics on this site until next Monday at the earliest.

Update: Wow this thread about Catherine McNicol Stock's article is scary, these people really are nuts.


DJ said...

Nice rewriting of history though: the Unabomber as a exemplar of the dangers of right-wing terrorism?

Ross said...

Yes, the Unabomber was a big Al Gore fan who had a heavily annotated copy of "Earth in the Balance".

The "Al Gore or The Unabomber Quiz" makes the point:

JuliaM said...

Heh! That quiz is almost as much fun as the Programmer or Serial Killer one

TDK said...

Given the close links between Obama and Ayers - a known terrorist - this is a perverse line of attack.

It's almost calculated to prompt questions about whose terrorist links are the greater.