Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Is Sarah Palin the Future of the Republican Party?

On TV this morning, Republican strategist, Mary Matalin (she’s the one who talks without moving her lips, like a ventriloquist) said that Sarah Palin represents the future of the Republican Party. So here’s what we know so far. If she were to become President, the redneck beauty queen would move to outlaw abortion, and to implement the teaching of creation in the schools. She’s against birth control (she prefers abstinence) for unmarried teenage girls, and she has an unmarried pregnant teenage daughter to underscore her conviction on this point. She doesn’t accept the evidence on global warming. She has publically stated that she hasn’t “focused” on Iraq (those are her exact words), but she intends to get up to speed on this topic (probably with some mentoring from Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearle, and Dick Cheney). According to Mary Matalin, this is the future of the Republican Party.

Right now, in September of 2008, the United States is ranked dead last within the industrialized world for its quality of healthcare, public education, and mass transportation systems. We’re 5% of the global population and we generate 25% of the world’s garbage and CO2 emissions. The average American voter actually believes the myth that tapping our domestic oil sources will break our dependence on Saudi Arabia. By 2012, 90% of the world’s scientists and engineers will not live or work in the United States, partly the result of the current American anti-science sentiment. On the economic front, the Chinese now buy more U.S. Savings Bonds than do the Americans, and the U.S. dollar is no longer the dominant global currency. Our southern border is, essentially, an open border with Mexico, and the rest of the world considers our foreign policy to be a hypocritical joke. But these are not the primary issues that get mentioned in discussions about Sarah Palin, the future of Republican Party. Nor does the subject of that little trillion-dollar war get mentioned at the RNC, probably because the approval rating for George W. Bush within the convention hall is at 71%.

If you believe the wording of Mary Matalin’s endorsement of Sarah Palin, and then you consider the issues important to this neophyte Alaskan Governor, then the future of Republicanism lies with the abortion and the creationism issues. And why not? These are the only issues totally within the control of government. Everything else is difficult. Here’s the most pathetic thing of all— the abortion and creationism issues will probably get the Republican ticket elected in November. Nobody ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American voters.

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