we are having nightmares too, eve.

Against my will, I seem to be addicted to talking about Sarah Palin. I will try to stop talking about her after this, but I’m not hopeful that I’ll succeed because I’ve rarely been as riled up about politics as I am right now. My aunt, whom I’ve never known to be particularly political, just sent me an email from one of her friends that included an Eve Ensler article posted on The Huffington Post a few days ago. I don’t know about you, but if Eve Ensler has something to say about a prominent female political candidate, I listen. I really want more people to read this article, so as strange as it seems I’m just posting the whole thing. Enjoy, and please do think about what Ensler has to say:

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.”

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or not.

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

[Posted by Mallory]

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4 responses to “we are having nightmares too, eve.

  1. sus

    a regular reader’s inaugural blog comment
    (6 words! i’m so clever!)

    Anyway… thought provoking article, Mal. For me, at least, it maybe wasn’t thought provoking in the way I think you imagined it might be. “I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist…” doesn’t make sense to me. Ensler isn’t raging because Palin is a woman, she’s raging (as she should) because she doesn’t support her beliefs and policies. Tying the two together is an insult to feminism – perpetuating the notion that feminists are woman supporters, no matter what, when, in fact, feminists are human supporters, no matter what. A “feminist” accepting or (please, no) supporting Palin on the basis that she is a woman is an insult to the intelligence of feminists and antithetical to its core principles – feminists don’t want women to be judged on the basis of their sex, so why would they support a political candidate solely on the basis of her sex. I find Ensler’s suggestion that “The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists” to be comically off base – if not from her point of view then from that of the people who made the choice. How could they believe that feminists would support a woman who is not in support of women’s rights on the basis that she is a woman? Laughable! GAH! Basically, I think Ensler should have left out the bit about feminism – not supporting Palin because of her policies and beliefs does not make someone any less of a feminist. In fact, I think it would be hard to find a feminist who would not say that not supporting Palin is THE RIGHT THING TO DO. end rant.

  2. sus

    Or, scratch all of what I said. Pamela Anderson says it better:

  3. Oooh…a moonbat having nightmares. What better reason is there to hate? LOL…y’all hate her because she’s something you’re not. Real. Perfect? No, but real. You progressives should get your hands out of my wallet long enough actually check facts. Rehashing the same old refuted stories about book bans, sex ed, yadda, yadda, yadda, just makes you sound like illogical haters, oh wait…that’s exactly what you are.
    Fact. Obama counts a known cop killer among his personal friends.
    Fact. Obama voted in favor of public school sex ed for kids as young as 5 to 6 years old.
    I wouldn’t trust this man to be a janitor at a school, never mind president.
    He’s goin’ down.

  4. desireycali

    Big Sid again get your facts straight…

    Every eight minutes a child is sexually abused, Barack Obama supported legislation TO TEACH children how to protect themselves FROM IMPROPER TOUCHING AND FROM PEDOPHILES!!. Planed Parenthood SUPPORTED Obama on this, and they have an add going against McCain distoring the facts..AGAIN this just proves how low McCain will go in order to win..Even Karl Rove thought this was a bit too far out of proportion…

    So what does this tell me as a mother of 3 girls, and to thousands of mothers out there? Is McCain for the pedophiles, he must be if he’s not with Obama.

    As a mother of 3 girls I started teaching my girls at age 5 about improper touching and how to protect and be aware of people that might harm them. Kids at these age are very smart, but are also vulnerable, therefore need to be taught at home and in school.

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