This is not about Sarah Palin. If you want gossip about Sarah Palin read The National Enquirer. If you want to do something about the terrible state of the American economy, health care system, military, media, and government, read on.
Sarah Palin’s pregnant teenage daughter hasn’t taken money out of your pocket. The Republican Party Platform did that. Republicans know that the wealth doesn’t “trickle down,” that instead the national deficit balloons. Did you know Warren Buffet has stopped insuring bank deposits? Eleven banks have failed this year, seven of them in the last two months. This is the direct result of President Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of the mortgage market.
Sarah Palin did not sell defense and reconstruction contracts to private sector carpetbaggers. The Republicans did that. Nor did she spend $526 billion (so far) in taxpayer money on a search for WMDs that WERE KNOWN NOT TO EXIST. She may or may not have sold one airplane. Who cares? Our troops in Iraq go dumpster diving for scraps of metal to use as armor, because the Pentagon is broke as a result of the Republican agenda of privatization. Meanwhile the Shiite government is rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders in Iraq, and the Taliban is steadily regaining control of Afghanistan.
Sarah Palin’s decision not to abort a child was unaffected by the fact that the United States is now ranked #37 by the World Health Organization, although 55 million American’s decisions are affected by the fact that they don’t have health care. That’s 10 million more than in 2005, and 16 million more than in 2001, due largely to the Republican belief that Medicare must be destroyed. Thanks to Bush, and the Republican congress that included John McCain, America is now squarely between Costa Rica and Slovenia, just two slots above Cuba, in terms of health care.
A lot of journalists are calling for Barack Obama to “take on Sarah Palin” in some kind of charisma cage match, but the media is controlled by Disney, GE, Viacom, and Murdoch, all of whom are benefiting from enormous tax breaks and the rising cost of their commodities in this country. Barack Obama can’t win in the media, because the media is controlled by the same people who set the Republican Party Platform, the same people who are dismantling the US economy and selling it overseas while robbing the US treasury to buy our houses out from under us.
The media plays on our irrational fear of “blacks” and “muslims,” of which Barack Obama is actually neither, while hiding and distorting the truth that the Republican Party is making America so poor that soon we will have to work in sweatshops and live in rented tenements or homeless shelters. But, as our champion constantly reminds us, there is hope. We can control the media. We can turn off FOX News. We can e-mail this article to everyone we know. And on election day we can show up in such numbers that “voting irregularites” won’t matter. We can take this country back.
What are you going to do?
Josh Booth is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, NC. During the 2000 Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University he attended the Republican Rally, the Democratic Rally, and MTV’s Rock The Vote, and could not tell the difference between the events. His work has been published in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Brittle Star, Edifice Wrecked, Opium Magazine, The Duck & Herring Pocket Field Guide, The Blotter, You & Me America’s Medical Magazine, Quarto, Tablet, and other publications. He’s also bassist for Doco, coming soon to a town near you. He is 25 years old.