Eve Ensler

Is every Democrat feeling that we might lose?  I just won't believe that our country could extend the dreaded Bush years by putting John McCain and his side kick Sarah Palin in office.  It is scary and incredible at the same time the uproar over Sarah Palin.   You might like her but being President is way out of her league.  Most of the people I know would be out of their league as President.  The President isn't necessarily someone we can all kick back and go shoot caribou with.  Check out Gail Collins editorial in the NYTimes today.  Another spot on piece. 

My friend sent me this piece that Eve Ensler (playwright, performer, feminist, activist) that hits the nail on the head about Sarah Palin.  I am sick of the Feminist card being played.  Sarah Palin is not hands off because she is a woman.  That is utter bullshit.  She stepped into the ring, now lets what she she is made of, hear about her history, the decisions she has made while being in a position of power, etc.  Everyone else who is running has.

So,  here is Eve's piece. 

DRILL, DRILL,  DRILL
by Eve Ensler

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?