If you like or dislike Sarah Palin (I'm in the latter group), we all have to admit that she has changed politics in the United States.
Most of us had no idea who Sarah Palin was before John McCain selected her as his Republican running mate in the 2008 Presidential election. Palin provided the fireworks in this historic election. She was all over the news, gossip sites, rag mags and was constantly being portrayed by America's intellectual-sweetheart Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live. Palin is proof that there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. We can follow and reach out to our favorite performers via facebook and twitter, making even the most exclusive star relatable. Palin's constant presence in pop culture is making her more relevant and creating more "Palin-fans." It has been reported that more people vote in the American Idol finale than vote in the Presidential election. (yes, I'm aware that kids under 18 are most likely the ones that are voting for the Idols, but you get my drift.)
The award-winning comedian Jon Stewart spoke to Oprah about this exact issue,"The media started winning in 1960. That was the first time—when Nixon went up against Kennedy in the debate and said, "I don't need any makeup. I look freakin' great." Everybody watching went, "Oh my God. Who's Sweaty McSweatington?" They all voted for Kennedy. In the same way that Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the power of radio, politicians now recognize the power of TV—and power doesn't want scrutiny."
Palin has been all over the media with her best selling book, endless interviews and now with her Dancing With The "Stars" daughter Bristol. Palin's presence on a popular network television show keeps her relevant and will most likely aid her if she decides to run for President in the future. (She has said she won't run for President, but I don't believe her.)
I fear for our future with her representing the Republican party or any party for that matter. Palin is anti-women (she passed a law in Alaska making rape victims financially responsible for their own rape kits), she's anti-gay (she's against gay marriage and gay adoption) and she's anti-religions that aren't Christianity (she stated in an interview that the war in Iraq was Jesus's will). Cuckoo, cuckoo ...
Below are some of Palin's most infamous quotes. Now I'm not claiming to be the smartest person in the world, but I'm also not trying to govern any part of our country.
"I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't.'" --Sarah Palin, as quoted by former City Council Member Nick Carney, after he raised objected to the $50,000 she spent renovating the mayor's office without approval of the city council
"Well, let's see. There's -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008
"As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." --Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008
"I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you." --Sarah Palin, asked by Katie Couric to cite specific examples of how John McCain has pushed for more regulation in his 26 years in the Senate, CBS interview, Sept. 24, 2008
I hope Bristol Palin gets voted off of Dancing With The "Stars" immediately, regardless of how well she dances. Less Palin in the media is better for the future of the United States.
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