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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Live in the Northwest? You're a Nutjob Unfit for Elected Office

Unbelievable Opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday. Catherine McNicol Stock, Professor and Department Chair of History (!!!) at Connecticut College (feel free to email her here) provides the following hyperbolic accusations against Sarah Palin:

Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
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It has been years since groups such as the Montana Militia, the Posse Comitatus and the Sagebrush Rebels, and individuals such as Terry Nichols and Ted Kaczynski have made us wonder why so many "angry white men" populated our rural regions. Many of us have forgotten the threat once posed by domestic terrorists and instead have turned our attention to foreign terrorists. But we should never forget that in the late 20th century, ultra-Christian, antistatist and white-supremacist groups flourished in the states of the Pacific Northwest - called by many the "Great White Northwest" - the very region that Sarah Palin and her family call home.
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But the region also must be defined by its history of intolerance, resentment, antistatism and violence. Appearing in the region in the 1980s and 1990s were some of the most notorious "hate radicals" of our time: militia groups, survivalists, Identity Christians, secessionists, white supremacists and others.

Some simply hated the federal government, like Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge, Idaho, a survivalist whose wife and child died when their compound was fired upon by FBI agents attempting to arrest him on gun charges. "Whether we live or whether we die," Weaver said, "we will not obey this lawless government."

Other groups, like the Aryan Nation, with headquarters in Hayden Lake, Idaho, actively planned to rid the United States of African Americans, Jews, and other "non-Aryan" peoples. A few carried out their plans, murdering Jewish radio host Alan Berg in Denver, the Goldmark family in Seattle, an African American state trooper in Arkansas, Fish and Wildlife officials and FBI agents in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana, and more than 160 federal employees and their children in Oklahoma City.

First, let me point out that Alan Berg was killed in 1984... that was 24 years ago, people.... to assert that the murder of Alan Berg in 1984 was at that time indicative of the attitudes of people in the Pacific Northwest in 1984 is a stretch - and to extend that to the Pac-NW today is even more ridiculous.

The Goldmark family was killed by a drifer in Seattle - in 1986.

Tying Palin to the Oklahoma City bombings is equally ridiculous.

Which Catherine must recognize because in the very next paragraph she writes the following:
There is no evidence that Palin was ever affiliated with white-supremacist groups during her years in Idaho or at home in Alaska.

So what is your @!#$ing point, Catherine?

I could make a more plausible and justifiable connection between Barry Obama and unrepentent left-wing terrorists from the 60s, as well as terrorist sympathizers in the Middle East.

Trust me, you don't want to go here.

After Catherine says there this is no connection between Palin and these events, she attempts to connect her to them because of her faith and her geographic location:
On the other hand, the beliefs of ultraconservative, evangelical churches like her family's come dangerously close to those of the Christian Identity movement of those years. Likewise, Palin's husband was a member of a political party whose members favored secession for Alaska, suggesting an affiliation with radical antistatism.

dangerously close? I don't think so, sweety. You're pathetic.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Desert Rat said...

I am always surprised by the blind hatred progressives display. Their reaction to Gov. Palin is irrational. If there's much difference between today's progressives and yesterday's fascists, I don't see it.

dilbert said...

Gee, I wonder what she thinks of all of the enviro-wackos who go around burning down auto dealerships or the anti-military types who burn down recruiting centers or........