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Shame on you, Sarah Palin.

I loathe Sarah Palin, but I hate her message even more.

My paternal grandparents emigrated to this country from Russia through Ellis Island. One of the first things they saw when they came to the United States was Libertas, standing in glory on the Atlantic Coast, a gigantic symbol of freedom from oppression, vindicavit in libertatem, and enlightenment.

My maternal grandparents emigrated to this country from the Philippines through Hawaii and settled in Manhattan. Ted’s paternal grandfather came to this country from Spain, his grandmother from Guatemala. They, too, came through Ellis Island. Ted’s maternal forefathers came from Ireland and Scotland, and spread through the South, intermarrying with the Native Americans. All of them came here because of what this country stands for, and because they wanted to build better lives for themselves and for their children.

And here’s Lilith. A RussianFilipinoSpanishIrishScottishGuatemalanNativeAmerican. We live in California, Lilith, her father, and I.

My family did not inhabit small towns in the US. My family lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Ted’s in Los Angeles. We’re middle class, with Catholic, Jewish, and Baptist roots. Ted’s father was an entrepreneur, and owned a bar and a taxi company. My parents were teachers. Both of our fathers served in the military, my father during World War II, and Ted’s dad in Korea. All of our parents worked hard, busting their asses, and did their best to instill in us the altruistic virtues of diligence, thrift, respect, justice, and kindness. We’re going to do our best to pass this on to our daughter.

We run a small business, contribute to the flow of the US economy, and pay our taxes.

In Sarah Palin’s world, we’re un-American. Unpatriotic.

By proxy, in John McCain’s world, we’re un-American. Unpatriotic.

Us, and everyone like us.

I’m sick of hearing that strong, positive values are the exclusive province of small towns in red states. I’m sick of my value system, my history, my ethnicity, and my ethics being labeled as un-American. I’m disgusted by the line that the Republican party is drawing in the sand. I’m sick of hearing that I’m not a “real” American, and that everything I am and everything I stand for is contrary to “real” American values. I’m sick of seeing the GOP take a big fucking magic marker to the US map, further dividing us all, making slashmarks through “anti-American” blue states.

You know who’s un-American? Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Robin Hayes, and all of the other divisive hatemongers, with their warped ideas of patriotism. Being American doesn’t equal being a white Protestant conservative religious nut, and it certainly doesn’t involve a six-pack prerequisite, the desecration of the Constitution, or the villainizing of big cities, blue states, homosexuals, brown and black Americans, or Muslims.

Fuck you, Sarah Palin. You’re unpatriotic and un-American. You’re a blight on this country and a disgrace to everything it represents. Fuck you, John McCain, for selling yourself out, and your country, too, in the process. Shame on you both.

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psychopompous_9
Oct. 21st, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
iloveyousomuch.
dawna
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree. *applause*
ashbet
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
I think that you guys are AMAZING Americans, dammit, and I'd be proud to have you representing my country to foreign powers or alien ambassadors.

Fuck Sarah Palin and her "pro-American America" right in the EAR.

-- A ;P
the_leh
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Best post ever.
juniperus
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Word.
keshaphim
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Fuck yeah, lady. Fantastic post.
hermorrine
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
(Here via legomymalfoy, btw. Hiya!)

You know, I have to say I just don't GET it. I know Sarah Palin is generally clueless, but did she somehow MISS all of her history classes in school? I don't know about yours, but mine focused pretty heavily on how the United States is a country of immigrants. Okay, so I happen to be all Caucasian - but ALL of my paternal great-grandparents came over on a boat from Poland. My maternal ancestors have been here longer and came from various parts of the UK and Ireland. But none of my family is Native American (although supposedly a great-grandfather's second wife was, haha), so umm... I think we're ALL American or ALL un-American. She can't just suddenly rewrite history to suit herself and her asshat agenda.

I can not wait for this election to be over.
the_odd_one
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I couldn't have said it any better. I absolutely hate this woman and everything she stands for. She makes me just as embarrassed as George Bush, if not more so.

God help us all if she gets anywhere near office.
alicia_stardust
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Amazing post, B.

*hugs*
master_cobweb
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Seriously. At what point did we switch from being a nation that celebrated our differences, our unified identity as a melting pot, as being our most unique and wonderful feature to a country that glorifies small-town, homogeneous, conservative values to the exclusion of the vast majority of Americans?

I love what you've written here. It is one of the biggest problems I have with her. Thank you for your eloquence!
metonymy
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Lilith's going to be like me and my siblings. We're Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Irish, British, Cuban and possibly Algerian. We're Jewish and Catholic. We're the descendants of recent immigrants and of people who came shortly after the Mayflower. And yet we still count as Americans, goddammit.
raven_feathers
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
the stupid broad doesn't even know what the VP does. she thinks she's going to run the senate. or maybe she fully plans to run the senate, whether that's in her job description or not. in which case, i feel that i'll, against all mercy and justice, be pining for the halcyon days of dick cheney.

according to palin's way of deciding who's a real american, i'm it, baby. i live in a town of about 1200 people in one of america's most rural states, i'm white, eleventh generation american on my mother's side, grow my own food (well, some of it), work for the man in a shitty job, drive an american car, pay my taxes, and generally live the happy, sarahland working class life. i'm not even averse to a six-pack. but the fact that i'm the biggest atheist pinko in the county just completely nullifies her ridiculous standards for citizenship in her america. she's going to have to work harder at her entry standards to the real americans club.
shawcrossedlove
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Brilliant post, m'dear!
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sassenach_joy
Oct. 21st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly.

Thank you Beth.
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