This Thing Called Courage

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Eve Ensler on Palin

Drill Drill Drill, Kill Kill Kill

(This was forwarded this morning by my dear friend Pam in berlin-- many thanks! It's by Eve Ensler, activist and author of the Vaginia Dialogues.)

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears. I don't like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists. But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war. I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity. Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God." Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not. She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes. Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth. Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air. Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be. I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression. If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think o f drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain. Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care for her or McCain myself, but I hate these fanatical forwards... Now on to the stuff I don't believe... for instance, I'd like to see proof of shooting 40 caribou in one clip, and shooting hundreds of wolves from the air, especially since wolves are on the endangered species list in most places, shooting "hundreds" of wolves sounds like quite the fanatical embellishment meant to stir people up as surely should would have been in big trouble for shooting "hundreds of wolves", and most caribou hunting licenses allow for 2 animals to be "harvested"...

How about the Austrian hunting rifle? Maybe the"evidence" came from this blog that the poster quickly revealed he "made up" after it started circulating the internet as fact, it mentions the 40 caribou, seems like quite the coincidence doesn't it?

Wait, maybe she was responsible for this?

Even snopes says that is fake:

I'd also like to see proof of "From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently." That sounds like quite the opinion... Snopes has research on that too:

"Given that, as yet, there is no documentation of any books having been banished from the Wasilla library by Mayor Palin, or even of which books she may have had in mind when she broached the subject, whence comes the considerable register of tomes now being circulated as "the list of books Palin tried to have banned"?"

Who knows what she was talking about? Maybe she wanted to get rid of smut books like the Red Shoe Diaries, we'll never know as it never went past "What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from your collection."

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9:47 AM  
Blogger BiscuitsBoy said...

Hi, thanks for your comment. Since aerial hunting of wolves began in Alaska, some 500 wolves have been killed via aerial hunting, a practice the vast majority of hunters find appalling and unsportsmanlike-- to say nothing of the general public's reaction. Twice Alaskan voters voted to ban this barbaric practice; in both cases the will of the people in this matter was subverted by the governor and the state legislature. A similar ballot initiative was defeated three weeks ago after a million dollar ad campaign of disinformation and obfuscation was launched by Safari Club International, one of the companies profiting from this practice. Sarah Palin gave $400,000 of state money to this advertising campaign-- she has been a staunch proponent of aerial hunting of wolves and bears-- that is irrefutable as the record shows, and something even Palin doesn't deny. I know nothing about the 40 caribou you refer to.

As far as wolves being protected, they never have been in Alaska-- never. Wolves have enjoyed the protection of the ESA (Endangered Species Act) in the lower 48 states since 1973, though illegal hunting of them continued; they were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995-1997 after extensive court battles. (Environmental science now accepts the fact that the disappearence of an apex predator (as the wolf is) from an ecosystem has disastous and far-reaching results.) The Bush Administration delisted wolves this past spring, removing protections from all but the Yellowstone wolves-- an immediate slaughter of wolves in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado began. A court injunction in July of 2008 temporarily halted this-- in the meantime, all three of these states have soughgt approval for their own aerial hunting of wolves.

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