At first, I was sort of amused. We all have been running about, talking about how Sarah Palin’s family should be left alone to deal with private matters. Yet, there she was, pushing them front and center during her acceptance speech.
My amusement, however, quickly changed to horror. Yes, her speech was ugly in the same way Biden’s was. I would love to see a campaign during which no one ever attacks the other candidate, but I am realistic enough to accept that this is the nature of contemporary American politics.
No, my horror came when the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate made a joke about Obama “Turning back the waters and healing the planet.” Turning back the waters? TURNING BACK THE WATERS? Is a Republican candidate seriously joking about turning back the waters three years after Hurricane Katrina? Maybe there’s a reference I missed in there that makes it a little more palatable, because everyone in the audience seemed highly amused.
Healing the planet is not a joke. It is not to be taken lightly, and a woman who professes to be religious ought to take her responsibility to the planet a little more seriously.
Healing the planet ought to be the first priority of any candidate who claims to want to serve the American people. Because, without someplace to live, all the abstinence and victory and drilling will be pointless. Who the hell cares if we can claim “victory” in a war about oil if our children face a future filled with wars over clean water and food supplies?
So, her answer to everything may be to stick a drill into the ground and pump more gas into SUVs, but I have news for Sarah Palin. You cannot claim to put your country first if you are putting the planet that it is a part of dead last.