September 14, 2008
In the world Sarah Palin occupies, bloggers critical of her governership in Alaska get cease and desist phone calls. According to the New York Times, Palin’s assistant, Ivy Frye, called a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, “who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye,” and told her to stop blogging. “You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye told Whitstine. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”
No word on what Ms. Whitstine said in response, although an appropriate response really is a no-brainer: Whitstine should have cited the First Amendment of the Constitution and told Frye and her boss to take a hike.
An “examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents ‘haters’ — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image,” the Times continues. “Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.”
In other words, Palin is sort of like a Mafia don, although there is no word if such vendettas have yet to produce bodies in Clintonesque fashion. She is apparently a Capo Crimine, sending out Capo Bastones to deal with commoners that dare criticize her.
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.
Never mind the persistent doubts about her experience and ability. It looks like Sarah Palin will be a natural in the district of criminals.
Should John McCain take the election, is it possible Sarah Palin will use her office to go after those of us who consisently criticize the government?
It remains to be seen, however if so Palin will have some hefty tools at her disposal. Along with the two Patriot Acts of 2001 and 2006 and the Military Commission Act or 2006, Sarah may have the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act as a tool, that is if it ever gets out of the Senate.
As we know, this sort of legislation is not designed to go after Muslims in caves or even on the southside of Cleveland. It is designed to go after “domestic terrorists,” that is to say those who have a bone to pick with the government. If you doubt this, simply type “FBI antiwar” in Google and hit enter.
Come January, 2009, Sarah Palin may very well use her high position to go after the “haters.”