World News from Fairbanks, Alaska: Flash Back to Sarah Palin Interview in 2008

I read an old article about an Alaskan speaking in a frightened-whisper to a reporter of Sarah Palin’s racist-sexist-vindictive-mean behavior. Anne Kilkenny says to the reporter, “McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.” The Alaskans called her Sarah Barracuda. This a gentle reminder that Sarah Palin is the first woman in American history to ever become one step away from the presidency. On CBS, Matt Damen rips Sarah Palin.

I thought retrospectively about the reason(s) why they called her Sarah “Barracuda” besides her being a calculating and frank politician. Sarah Palin’s views were from the conservative right. Her views are outside of the mainstream America that is more closely associated with being in the middle of the political spectrum. What’s the difference between Sarah Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Sarah Palin uses radical Christianity to justify the atrocities committed in Iraq and that is what Muslim extremists do —use religion to justify the act of war.

The founding fathers made statements on the separation of Church and State. Today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a clear distinction, politically. The religious right within the Republican party has become the most dominant influence inside of America’s government. The Republican Barry Goldwater prediction was prophetic: “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

“The vices of those who govern and the weakness of the governed will soon bring it to ruin. Then the people, tired of its representatives and of itself, will either create freer institutions or soon fall back at the feet of a single master.” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America