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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: michaelreyes72@hotmail.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Palin’s Folly

“Once I am ‘Sarah Palin, Alaskan’, I can really call it like I see it.”

Not satisfied with merely becoming the poster child for the Republican Party’s way of life, Sarah Palin has become the poster child for their hypocritical values as well. With her resignation in effect as of Sunday, now former Governor Palin proved that just because you’ve been elected to office, it doesn’t mean you have to serve. After all, look at all the other figures in political history that have resigned similar, if not bigger commissions: Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon, Jim McGreevey…they turned out just fine. I would submit the theory that not only is Ms. Palin’s resignation yet another blow to the reputation of the Grand Old Party, it also fits right into her long history of maverick behavior.

After all, only a maverick would stand by abstinence only programs while her own daughter is pregnant. (And only a maverick would admit to her own teen daughter’s out of wedlock pregnancy in order to prove that yes, she did have a mentally handicapped baby all by herself.) Only a maverick would abandon their post after a successful election, because they feel they can do more for their people by not being in office. Actually, maybe Sarah’s right on that one. She can do more good for Alaska by her removing herself from office! Either that or she has some deep, dark secret she’s hiding. Whatever it is, we’ll never know. At least, we’ll never know until Olbermann finds out whatever it is.

The scariest part? After all of these goings on, Republican voters would STILL vote Palin for President in 2012. According to a USA Today poll taken on July 7, 2009; about 2/3rds of Republican voters would have still liked to see Ms. Palin as “a major national political figure". Amazing how the party that wants to hunt the bad guys and “make ‘em pay, the USA way”, would be the party that ditches their responsibilities and continues to carry on leading an abusive relationship with their electorate. What are we supposed to expect from our politicians now? “You can vote for me, but not only will I not fulfill half the promises I make, I may not even be here in a couple months”? Could you imagine the flack President Obama, or any Democratic politician would catch if they did such a thing?

However, I would also like to say that not all Republicans are bad necessarily. A lot of people make that mistake, and I'll go on record saying that some Republicans aren't as horrible or hardlined as some would like to make them out to be. We can’t have a one party system, and anyone who’s smart can see that. Still, the Republicans need to start choosing their figures more carefully, otherwise they’ll scare off some of their party faithfuls. Case in point: I grew up in a Pro Regan/Pro Bush Sr. household as a kid. My parents supported and respected McCain to a degree, but ultimately even their choice was tempered with the knowledge that should he die (as nature, probability, and Dick Cheney’s personal wishes would project him as doing during his first term), the second coming of Annie Oakley would have the launch codes, and we’d all possibly be Strangeloved. Sure enough, yesterday’s Washington Whispers poll from USNews.com said that 66% of voters felt Palin should be “returning home to care for her family” after her resignation. Clearly, they knew something the 13% of voters who said she should run for president didn’t.

For now though, Palin is sadly the best looking candidate for the party’s future, and that’s a sad note for the Republican Party. She’s still highly visible, highly known, and all they’d need to do is pull the biggest Eliza Dolittle since George W. Bush to get her ready for prime time. Though personally, I think the party should groom Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee coming back to give Obama a run for his money. It’d be nice to see more intelligent discourse on television, and they actually seem like they know what they’re doing. (Plus, Huckabee is a good sport. You can’t deny that after last year’s Conan/Colbert/Stewart throwdown.) Either way, 2012 will be interesting, and if the backlash is just starting now, I wonder what people’s opinions of Sarah Palin will be by time primary season starts?


1 comment:

Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

However, I would also like to say that not all Republicans are bad necessarily. A lot of people make that mistake, and I'll go on record saying that some Republicans aren't as horrible or hardlined as some would like to make them out to be. We can’t have a one party system, and anyone who’s smart can see that.

Thank you! I lean pretty hard left, but I seriously don't want to see a one party system ever! (Had enough of that under Dubya thanks!)

While I generally don't agree with the republican party, they have some folks I respect a lot, and I have republican friends who have made me think hard and careful about what I believe. Call me a bleeding heart, but I think we could all do some good by sitting down and LISTENING to each other, and then taking a few days to really think about what the other sides (there are more than 2 after all) are saying. May not change your mind, but it will expand it!

:)