Small Demon
Sep 142008
 

Perhaps the list I posted below is a hoax, but as I said in my correction, Palin’s ideology is just fine with banning books. I grew up among Palin’s people, I know them. They are intolerant, aggrived, and deeply anti-intellectual. And homophobic. Now it appers that, while the particular list may have been made up, Palin did attempt to get books taken off the Wasilla Public Library’s selves because she found them personally offensive.

  6 Responses to “Sarah Palin & Censorship”

  1. “Anti-intellectual”: well said.
    I got the same impression although I live in a different continent. And, mind, I do not mean to associate this trait with the number of years spent in school.

  2. May, there is, historically, a strong current of anti-intellectualism in American history. It is connected with religious fundamentalism & contains a deep sense of resentment against perceived “elites.”

  3. I’ve seen this tendency somewhere else. Actually it seesm to be a pattern.

  4. It’s howlingly ironic that by attempting to censor things like books, the right is actually creating the “nanny state” they always bemoan the left is attempting to create.

  5. here’s a poem of mine–old theme, new occasion.

    THE EARLY GRAPE

    We are the early grape
    flat, dry, and cloudy.
    The time is short,
    but some days never end.
    There is no joyous lake.
    There is no incantation
    that can bend the moment back
    into the patterns we may see too late.

    Wait for tomorrow?
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Wait for tomorrow?
    Tomorrow never comes.

    Three’s a crowd.
    The spunky one’s the cream in your coffee.
    I know I know we said.
    That’s the thing!
    Do it. Do it now.

    Early wine is flat, dry, and cloudy
    and some days never end.
    There is no joyous lake.
    There is no incantation
    that will bend the moment back
    into patterns we have seen too late.

    EDWARD MYCUE

  6. Nice poem.

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