Saturday, September 27, 2008

What Books Would Those Be?

From the Couric-Palin interview, a section that hasn't gotten as much press as some of her other statements.

Couric: In preparing for this conversation, a lot of our viewers … and Internet users wanted to know why you did not get a passport until last year. And they wondered if that indicated a lack of interest and curiosity in the world.

Palin: I'm not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world.

No, I've worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture. The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world.
As one of those kids who had a passport (long before college years) and was lucky enough to travel around a whole lot, I know that I was lucky, luckier than many. But I've held down my share of jobs, two at a time myself sometimes, so I'm not quite sure which "culture" I'm part of. For this discussion, let's set aside the whole issue of requirements for the VP slot (since she meets so few anyway).

Not everyone gets the opportunity to travel, although everyone, if literate, has the opportunity to read. But what "education" and "books" and "mediums" helped give Sarah her world perspective? This is, after all, the same woman who spoke with the town librarian soon after being elected mayor to see how she could go about "banning books." Would those be the books that provided world perspectives that did not mesh with Sarah's? Would those "mediums" include a church upbringing that led her to ask Alaska's citizens to "pray" for natural gas pipeline project? Or believes that gays can be converted straight by prayer? Or where the pastor said that terrorist attacks on Israelis was God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity? Or that creationism should be taught in schools because learning both was "a healthy foundation for me."

I haven't seen anything to indicate that Sarah's "education" "books" and "mediums" have prepared her for much more than hiding away from the rest of the world, possibly in some psycho right militia compound waiting for the end of the world.


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

agreed. the thing i find puzzling is her assumption in those remarks that only rich people can or will travel, that it's somehow off-limits to "regular" people, "real Americans."

I don't think either of us come from a privileged household, yet we both got passports, both managed to travel a good part of the world and gain some insight into how it works. if that is important to you, you will find a way to do it. if it isn't, well, i guess you can throw spitballs at the people who do and make a virtue of your ignorance and provincialism.

this woman is an outrage. she's the absolute worst excuse for a candidate i've seen in my lifetime, and that is getting longer all the time.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting hearing now chatter coming out of the Republican camp of Palin's inability to handle the upcoming debate. Talk about doing your best to lower expectations! Are they trying to set the bar so low that if she doesn't trip and fall walking to the podium it would be considered a victory night for her?

12:10 PM  

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