The Smears Continue

The image above left of the Shah of Iran and his family in 1962, and on the right the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and his wife in 2008 is the perfect one-picture-is-worth-a-thousand word reply to those, like Salon writer Juan Cole who say:

Sept. 9, 2008 | John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the “transcendent challenge” of the 21st century, “radical Islamic extremism,” contrasting it with “stability, tolerance and democracy.” But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers. On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God’s will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick.

Source, here.

He then proceeds to repeat all of the tired (and very wrong) arguments from the left. A handy guide for the truth is available here. Below is a summary of the key points:

  • Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
  • She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
  • She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

  • Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesy” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

  • Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

The book-banning charge I find the most amusing. Whether those on the left choose to admit it or not books are removed from libraries each and every day. In the early days of computers I volunteered for the task of “computerizing” a small 5,000 book school library. I produced software to print a bar code for every book, enter the information on every book, and create a search program appropriate for children from age 6 to 16 years. I personally entered about one third of the information and came across nearly a hundred books that I set aside. Many were science books of the “someday man may walk on the moon” variety. Others used terms in the title that some would find offensive as “Little Black Sambo” or the word “Gay” and others of the same no-longer politically correct type. Some books that parents had donated were nothing other than their favorite soft-core porn, which was hardly appropriate for school students. Space is at a premium in small libraries and the librarian agreed with my assessment that the books I flagged could be better replaced with new.

Apparently, then-Mayor Sarah Palin asked a question about removing books from the Wasilla library. Only the most politically partisan of people can drum that charge into one of “book-burning”.

One Response to “The Smears Continue”

  1. Dawn Says:

    Accept simply “asking a question about removing books from the Wasilla library” is NOT how the locals remember it at all. Clearly, you’ve missed the interviews with the people who were actually there at the time, intent instead on publishing your own version of events…despite the fact that you weren’t there, probably hadn’t even heard of Sarah Palin until a few weeks ago and seem not to have concerned yourself with the way the situation was recalled by anyone other than the accused herself. lol

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