I’ve just read two very different and extraordinary pieces on GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin.Â Jill Buck’s post in the Flash Report is here and Gloria Steinem’s op-ed in the LA Times is here.Â Please read both and chime in about it in the comments section below.Â Samples from Jill and Gloria are below.
“IÂ think I may have just witnessed the most defining moment in the history of the women’s liberation movement, and it happened at the RNC Convention!Â As long as I live, I know I will never forget this night.”
Jill credits John McCain for opening the door for all women; I guess when Walter Mondale named Geraldine Ferraro to the ticket 24 years ago, that didn’t count.
Â Palin’s value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women’s wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves “abstinence-only” programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers’ millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn’t spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.