Wednesday, September 03, 2008

First Amendment? Oh, That Silly Thing

Not that I had any intention of doing so in the first place, but here's an excellent reason from today's New York Times not to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket:

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.

In 1996, Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.”


If banning books is one of the first things Palin as a small-town mayor would try to accomplish, what do you think she would get up to if she ended up as President? Scary, very scary.

6 comments:

Nan Hawthorne/Shield-wall Books said...

I jsut sent a copy of your post to every single booklover I know likely to consider voting for McCain/Palin..

Scary lady...

Thanks so much for posting this!!!!

Nan Hawthorne

teabird said...

This is terrifying. I blogged about the article in Time Magazine today, and I linked to your blog for my readers to see the Times article.

I'm a librarian. I am aghast. As certain as I was about the danger of 4 more Republican years, I am now cold with fear.

Lady D. said...

As an outsider from the UK, the more I hear about this woman, the more I dislike her politics - I think she has some pretty dangerous ideas to be (possibly) left in charge of your country. If I lived in the US I certainly wouldn't vote for her!

Susan Higginbotham said...

The Botox lobby, though, would probably do well.

KnitNana said...

From her first national speech, I keep being reminded of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

Sheramy said...

You've got that right -- this one action on her part says it all. As if the message didn't come loud and clear in her speech already. Let's hope folks will see through the hype.