“Palin-tology”

by lestro

A column in today’s LA Times paints a horrifying picture of Wasilla and of its famous former mayor, and it does so mostly using people who like her.

Some towns have character. Some have a sense of place.

And then there is Wasilla, which greets visitors with Wal-mart, Target, Lowe’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

They paved paradise, and all they’ve got to show for it is chalupas and discount tube socks.

I thought I’d found the town center when I came upon a row of frontier-style buildings, but it was just a Knott’s Berry Farm-style facade housing a Señor Taco, among other establishments. Up at the next intersection of strip malls, I found a Chimo Guns shop across from a store offering 15% off of home-schooling supplies.

Sure, every town in the United States has its big-box stores, strip malls, fast-food joints and sprawling churches. But Wasilla seems to have little else.

But according to one of the planning commissioners who is running for mayor, it’s not Sarah’s fault.

Rupright admits the “downtown” area is no model city, with too much traffic and no real center. He’d like to fix that, he said, and the city sewer system is a mess too.

But don’t blame Palin, he said, calling her a good mayor and a smart cookie. The town just grew too fast.

“Grew too fast.” That’s idiot-speak for “someone was asleep at the switch.”

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AP Photo/Al Grillo via Salon

And the infrastructure may be a total mess, but at least they have a $15 million hockey rink and a shiny, whopping debt.

The way towns are developed is completely up to the mayor and city council.  A mayor who is favorable to business, but lacks any sense of the consequences, will wake up one day to find their town overdeveloped and lacking in all character.

I have a pretty good understanding of city planning practices at this point and I would love to get into their planning office and page through some files from her time in the city.

On September 14, 2008, the Washington Post reports on Palin’s tenure as mayor:

Arriving in office, Palin herself played down the demands of the job in response to residents who worried that her move to oust veteran officials would leave the town in the lurch. “It’s not rocket science,” Palin said, according to the town newspaper, the Frontiersman. “It’s $6 million and 53 employees.”

… Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town’s day-to-day management. Her top achievement as mayor was the construction of an ice rink, a project that landed in the courts and cost the city more than expected.

… The light hand of government is evident in the town’s commercial core, essentially a haphazard succession of big-box stores, fast-food restaurants and shopping plazas.

But as the LA Times reports today, Sarah is beloved.

“What I love about her is that she’s not a blueblood. She’s not a regular politician, a Washington politician,” said Edwards, who was just getting warmed up.

Not like the guy on the other side.  You know, the guy raised by a single mom and his grandparents, who got scholarships to go to Harvard, went to work in an impoverished community and was a teacher before winning a seat in the state legislature and then becoming a US Senator. That guy’s a blueblood, Washington-regular all the way…

“What I really enjoy is that she’s one of us — a regular person, pretty, sweet, kind and all those things . . . and she will represent our country in a very good way. And I think we need to get back to nuts and bolts and I think that’s what’s going to happen.”

Edwards said she believes, as does Palin, that creationism ought to be taught in schools along with evolution, and that Barack Obama must be stopped. And Edwards assured me that humans have nothing to do with climate change, a position her pal Sarah used to share but has backed away from in recent weeks, saying that “some of man’s activities” are “potentially causing some of the changes in the climate right now.”

I don’t know about you, but I am dying to know why Obama “must be stopped.” There are people there who aren’t as enamored with Palin, of course, and what they say is similar:

Munger, who writes the Progressive Alaska blog, told me Palin is not just a creationist, but a “young Earth” creationist who believes that man and dinosaurs once shared the planet, and that the world will end in her lifetime. Palin-tology, you might call it.

Munger claims she tried to stock the local school board with creationists several years ago, which caused him to quiz her on her beliefs.

“She doesn’t believe in science, and her father was a science teacher,” Munger said. “She told me she felt she would see Jesus in her lifetime.”

Holy crap she believes the Flintstones are real and that we are in End Times. Those are not the marks of a human being to be taken seriously.

image via Newsweek via The Page

If that’s true, it is a dangerous finger to put a heartbeat away from the Button that brings on that Armageddon she is rooting for.

Plus, it explains why she has no fiscal discipline or care for the environment: what’s the point in planning or preparing for the future when it’s never going to come? Is that really the type of person we should have looking out for the future of this nation?

Terrifying.

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One Response to “Palin-tology”

  1. Pingback: What if Sarah Palin is the parody? « The Church of the Apocalyptic Kiwi

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