Hot Is Not Enough
The Pretty but Unknown Road
With Lots of Shady Spots
We have 60 days to get information from a candidate who is in hiding. Without her input, much of what anyone has to go on is internet and speculation. Come out, Sarah.
Our concern here is varying sets of criteria for who is the best candidate:
1) someone to do what is needed to win; hide information, attack without responsive alternatives, keep ethical and other information out so reporters and people waste time trying to find it, meanwhile the spinners spin, and the clock ticks. Secrecy wins. Violations are ok if the person gets away with it - competition.
2) someone whose positions look to the common good, the well-being of the country. There secrecy, misrepresentations, ethical violations are not acceptable, even though they may occur. Voters have a right to know in a democracy, pipe dream, but we can press for it. See Full Disclosure, for Small Government, Lower Taxes.
In pursuit of information: We are concerned with these areas of Sarah Palin's background, and want to know what else is there before we vote. Do we have any right to information?
- flawed exercise of Judgment: The candidate's failure to disclose all reasonable factual information at the outset, and the subsequent spotlighting of a vulnerable pregnant daughter when her story came out on its own later. FN 1
- inconsistent demand for privacy for her family, while parading around a vulnerable pregnant child in need of privacy, and still denying it to others. She stands for no privacy to others in their reproductive lives. Why demand it for herself and her family, while engaging in the baby parade. The daughter's pregnancy is not in issue; how it was handled by the candidate is. FN 2
- resort to secrecy, nondisclosure, voters be damned. Continuation of the current administration and presidential candidate's policies of secrecy in matters relevant to the voters. This fosters unilateral acts, and unaccountability. Nondisclosure costs us all time and money. FN 3
- this secrecy policy by extension fosters big government and higher taxes by failing to require full disclosure in every transaction of a fundamental service: provision of healthcare, drugs, drug approvals, special interest involvement, lobbyist identification, investments, everything that currently requires government regulation. Regulation costs in size of government and funding. FN 4
- predisposition to seek and enjoy ill-gotten gains - ethics abuses, abuse of power, lack of clean hands, use her office to press a personal matter; earmarks while claiming 'reform'. FN 5
- Palin fails the classic leadership test, see Classical Cornerstones of Leadership - as do McCain and Bush. No reform or change there. See classical sources, Greek and Roman. FN 6. Seek only those measures that will benefit her or those who help her in office - only increasing funding for the mentally handicapped after, as we understand it, she learned she herself was carrying such a child.
- She is a cut and run reformer. Ersatz. She claims reform of some corruption in the Republican party in Alaska, but leaves before the job is done, or even shows evidence that it "took." She has been no maverick or reformer at all in the areas where government needs change - in transparency, putting service over self-gain, full disclosure, the people before self.
At least she will not have to be a "maverick," or reformer even in a limited way. Her boss has already moved to the other side of what he had once mavericked about; is he bought and paid for so that any reforms he has in mind will not hurt anybody he loves? - see the Keating 5 -://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1. FN 7
- Her "experience" is not preparation for the job of Vice President; the choice itself is flawed. See Schmeer on Experience; Experience Wars. FN 8
- Her "experience" is in malfeasance. Twenty months in office, and already a record of self serving. She stepped in where the corruption she opposed left off. Like any surge, the bad guys just lay low until it's ok to come out again. Sarah, do you really think your "reforms" will last? Where is your better service, in Alaska to see that the job is done? FN 9
B. Come with us now, for a visit to the Real Little Red Riding Hood - plucky in her own woods, as we know, but there is more than the local woods out there.
HEY THERE, REAL LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
1. Story Time. Let's look at the newest candidate, Sarah Palin.
Look at her along with someone else who handled herself well in the setting she was in - Hey There - Little Red Riding Hood. See ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYgXxIgrXMs; ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J1XqEX3VBc.
The real Little Red Riding Hood was better than the songs,too, and so, perhaps is Sarah. Is 60 days enough to find out?
For the real Little Red, Little RRH, this was not the first trip to Grandma. She knew the characters, the woods, her job. Maybe this was the first time she was eaten up, but Little RRH did fine even with that change.
Little Red Riding Hood was no slouch.
The wimpy little girl was Disney's overlay. See Migratory Patterns, Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Grimm 1909.
Here we go: Little RRH carried cake and a bottle of wine to Grandma, to build up her strength.
The wolf ate both, then fell asleep and snored so that the woodsman heard. Where's Grandma? The woodsman thought Grandma might be alive in there, so he cut open the wolf (who remained asleep). Out pop both.
Then, it is Little Red who scurries about getting stones and fills up the body cavity of the wolf with them. Filled the wolf right up! The wolf woke up, finally - at that point - and tried to escape. He couldn't with the bellyful of stones, and fell down dead.
Ivory wolf head, antique hatpin 8 1/2" rod
So, Grandma had the wine and cake, and felt much better, and the woodsman skinned the wolf and got that, and Little Red said she would not go back in the woods alone if her mother forbid it.
She liked it. Hey, Mikey. She liked it. Girls can handle the tough stuff. Getting in there and getting the job done, in her setting - yeah.
No shrinking violet at all. Any girl can do what she has to in her setting, and do what's fittin' - but operating out of one's sphere is a different matter.
And not every woman is maternal. Fine. Not every guy is macho. We balance out. Division of labor. The issue is this woman for this job, and we so far say no.
Surges don't work. Solidify gains in Alaska - see if those reforms and anti-corruption last at all. Like other enemies, many times they just lay low and wait until you are gone. Surges to that. Force the laying low, but surges come to an end, and then back they come. Alaska: watch it.
We are appalled that Sarah Palin refused to disclose daughter's pregnancy at the outset when she was announced as candidate. If she had done that decent thing, the issue could have been part of a total package, and probably slid away. As it should. However, the Palin Career came first, so that she gambled that noone would notice (not notice a 5-months pregnant teenager?).
Of course it came out, and in a way that put the spotlight on that girl - and that other highschooler Dad - not fair, not right.
She failed to balance competing interests in a reasonable way, jeopardizing her own daughter's well-being. How is the best interest of this child being served by disclosure in this spotlighted way?
What mother, knowing how the media latches on to stories and digs and digs, will put a vulnerable child in their path and all to further the mother's career step-up. There are spotlights out there. This is appalling on a human level. Not the pregnancy itself - Rapunzel herself also got pregnant, see Grimm's 1909 tale. See Migratory Patterns, Fairy Tales: Rapunzel, Grimm 1909.
Now the issue has indeed been useful as a stepping stone, as planned, for Mom's career. It diverts, as intended, from policy and international competence issues.
And the sacrifice of the best interests of the minor daughter, to the career of the mother.
Watch the secrecy issue grow and grow - this is a candidate who will be as self-serving, and spinning, as her boss.
FN 2. How a privacy matter is handled is open for discussion.
To demand privacy for one's own family, while denying it to others, is Alice in Wonderland. She failed to provide either the family planning information or mechanisms to her daughter in a way that may have deflected a pregnancy. This is open to discussion, as she has opposed sex education for teens in the schools. If it isn't done at home, the schools have to. Tax dollars support teen mothers in need.
Sarah and her family deserve the same privacy that she affords to others. People can be conservative in their own lives, but allow liberality in what we allow others to be and do. Who said something like that? It is not original.
- Sarah stands for outside regulation, investigation and limitation of personal reproductive and child-rearing matters. Therefore, outsiders are free to do all that investigating and poking as to her family also..
- If Sarah instead stood for personal privacy, as she requests for her own family, in reproductive and child-rearing matters, then that must be extended to all families, all individuals. See proposed plank at PoseJuxta, Family Privacy Act, Palin Act re Pregnancy.
New Plank. Everyone's family, everyone's family decisions, everyone's family planning decisions, are off limits to anyone else. No government intrusions, no religious intrusions, no political intrusions, nothing open to discussion, except as those issues relate to a candidate's judgment calls, and ability to fulfill the obligations of elected office for which the candidate runs.
Period. See PoseJuxta: Family Privacy Act. See also PoseJuxta: Corpus Meus, Corpus Tuus. Law of Bodily Inviolability.
FN 3. Secrecy works against good leadership.
Palin favored secrecy over disclosure.
Palin has shown the same policy preferences as the current administration, in her handling of the issue: She favors secrecy, failure to disclose information that voters may find relevant, manipulation of voters by seeking support based on incomplete information.
Or, Palin bowed to political pressure. Let's say she wanted to disclose. McCain, who doesn't get it, said no. She bowed to pressure. Palin let herself be used as a patsy, and at her daughter's expense. Did she believe the issue would not grab attention once out?
Naive. See ://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Transwiki:Patsy. See also ://www.answers.com/topic/patsy
FN 4. Palin's predisposition to nondisclosure costs us all time and money.
It costs when we have to backtrack as new facts do come out. Follow the idea - the only way to reduce government size and taxes is to legislate disclosure and truth. Otherwise we need regulatory services to set things right.
Disclosure and transparency save money, increase efficiency.
Theft of consent. It is up to the voters to decide what issues have relevance.
FN 5. Predisposition to enjoy ill-gotten gains. A willingness to take risks for one's own advantage at the expense of powerless others. No penalty should be borne by Bristol, but her mother has put her in a position where the very spotlight is a penalty. Who else did her mother believe would bear the consequences of this delayed publicity.
Leadership qualities. What are the virtues of a "citizen" in our culture. We enumerate none over free market and profit.
Look back at the heritage we have squandered, from the Greeks and Romans. A leader had basic qualities:
- courage (and that does not include "endurance" as another matter; courage is active confrontation activity, the battle, the standing up against in an active way, not mere "endurance."
- honor - serve the gods and destiny, over self; when you leave office, go back to your old ways, no legacy, no profiting from public service
- virtue - selflessness; the watchfulness over the city without self-profit
- manliness - that included, where women were rulers, as in Dido, Queen of Carthage, the faithful and forceful discharge of rulership
- stoicism - that is an overarching frame of reference that did not mean mere "denial" or "stalwart" behavior - it was balancing of one's own nature and desires with the greater Nature and its offerings
Until we have some idea what we are doing in our elections these days, what the larger goal is, maybe we can agree that Sarah Palin can indeed handle herself in the settings where she has been.
Palin, so far, has proven to be good tofu.
Put her in the sauce, and she absorbs what is around her. Political opportunism, abuse of power, fire the career people and put in her own party members (not unusual, we just point it out), earmark benefits in the Stevens tradition. That is not change.
It takes more than absorption, however, to handle the world stage.
FN 8 - Experience is not Preparation. Even the Anchorage Daily News calls her an absolute beginner in the broad, domestic and global settings and issues that the country has to operate in - urban, Muslim, economics, foreign policy, negotiating with the Putins, battlefields, intrigue, and big oil and other special interests with interests and tentacles so big it, they will make a pipeline look like a pipecleaner.
FN 9. Experience in Malfeasance. See ://www.pubrecord.org/politics/301.html?task=view; http://www.opednews.com/articles/Palin-s-Reformer-Image-Tai-by-Jason-Leopold-080904-802.html; Read all about it.