I don't know about the rest of you, but I am sick and tired of GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. If I never have to see her winking, sneering countenance again it will be too soon.
But as hard as I pray for the end of her 15 minutes of fame, I have a feeling this is just the beginning. Because even if McCain-Palin loses (which is the main thing I've been praying for), she has made it very clear that she's not going to go quietly back to Alaska. And there is a faction of the conservative right wing who love her and see her as the future of their party. So for better or worse (mostly worse), we'll be seeing a lot more of her here in the lower 48.
So I've been trying to ignore her. Unfortunately, she makes that really hard, because now that she's "gone rogue" and veers off her carefully crafted script, she seems to come up with some new outrageous statement every single day.
As ABC News reports:
"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."
Governor Palin, have you ever READ the First Amendment? Because time and time again, you have indicated that you have NO UNDERSTANDING OF IT AT ALL:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Let me explain it to you.
In this country, there shall be no official church or religion. That means that you are free to attend the church, synagogue, or mosque of your choice. They're all cool. Even Islam. (Even atheism.) And if your minister wants to exorcise demons from your body, that's OK. Just don't try to pass laws in this country that are religious in nature or force all the citizens to adhere to the tenets of your religion.
If you want to say Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," that's OK. Even if it's not true. And because he's a public figure and you're both in the middle of a very heated election campaign, you may even be able to get away with that and not be faced with a libel suit.
However, if you are caught telling lies, you can expect to be called on it, because the First Amendment also guarantees a free press.
What that means, Governor Palin, is that they can report the news as they see it and say what they like (as long as it's not libelous). And if the media wants to describe your negative commentary as "going negative," that's THEIR First Amendment right. Some would say it's their constitutional duty; another in the set of checks and balances that are supposed to protect the American people from any one person or entity grabbing too much power.
So say what you like. Just don't expect the press to just report what you said and neglect its duty to check the facts.
Frankly, I'm surprised you got to be governor of a state with such a thin skin. As the MOMocrats are fond of saying, successful women in politics need brass ovaries. I suggest you grow a pair.
By the way: the First Amendment also guarantees citizens the right to freedom of assembly. That means we can all pal around with whomever we like.
Donna Schwartz Mills usually exercises her First Amendment rights at her personal blog, SoCal Mom.