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Who is Sarah Palin? A Memo from Alaska

September 4, 2008 Politics 2

I watched Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. I decided to find out what I could about her, as I know that the conventions are essentially political ads whose primary purpose is, more often than not, to plant a narrative/story in the mind of the public in order to inoculate voters against facts and accusations as the campaign unfolds.

Here’s something I came across that I feel compelled to share. A suburban Anchorage homemaker and activist who fought against a library censorship attempt spearheaded by Ms. Palin when she was mayor, shares her insights and memories of Palin’s Alaska history. I found this interesting enough to share with you, as I think it gives a real alternative to the picture being painted by the McCain campaign regarding what she brings to national politics.

http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html

2 Responses

  1. J.D. Meier says:

    What’s your meta-program for factoring facts from story? You seem to have a lot of precision so imagine you have a methodical approach (at least some questions you ask yourself when you hear potential propaganda)

  2. Great question J.D. I didn’t factor in your comment until just now!

    Whenever someone makes a claim, and I have a vested interest in the consequence of the claim, I immediately access resources. That could be digging into Google, contacting people I know, or simply asking myself “What else could it mean?” or “What might I be missing?” If it happens in face to face interactions, I start asking questions instead of thinking about them. Who. What. Where. When. How. How do you know? According to whom?

    Just today, I came across an interesting review of Sarah Palin by Roger Ebert, the movie critic. He does a great job of raising interesting questions. Check it out here.
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/1156080,091008ebertpalin.article

    By the way, I realize that when it comes to objective reality, it’s subjective for all of us. So I offer the memo from Alaska as a point of contrast. I’m certainly not saying that everything in it is true. I don’t know the person writing it, and don’t know enough about Alaska! But I also think that where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. And there’s plenty of smoke (and mirrors) in this campaign choice!

    be well
    Rick

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