How Sarah Palin Became a Werewolf.

Do you enjoy having your political ideas shifted (or abandoned) by a someone using sheer speculation in the hopes of creating frightened (instead of informed) voters?

The ease with which facts have taken a back seat in political conversations has grown as the internet and 24-hour news channels have sought to entertain instead of inform. To keep their customers, astonishing headlines are used to keep us on the edge of our seats, glued to the screen of our phones, televisions, and computers. At times, these have captured more clicks on the internet and more viewers on television than much more important (but less exciting) events and developments at home and around the world.

This has provided a playground where politicians and voters may insinuate nearly anything and get some type of positive response. Politicians (or would-be candidates) used to gain fame and power by crafting smart legislation geared toward finding solutions to real problems. But now, being the team’s cheerleader or class clown seems much more profitable. Here is a short tutorial on how one can master the use of technology, insinuation, and doubt in our current political atmosphere.

Step One: Plant the seed of doubt.

In an interview, when asked a question about what the new census numbers or redistricting efforts mean, reply:

“You know, following the 2010 census, there has been a lot of discussion about the role of increased minority populations in the United States. But one fringe group often overlooked in our nation is the Native Americans. As their population declines they must be quite desperate to maintain their own religion and culture in a nation that believes in freedom and Judeo-Christian values. When was the last time we heard from them? Being shown as werewolves in some movie? I don’t know, ask Sarah Palin. She’s from up there where they’re still hiding out.”

Step Two: Allow bloggers and the media to ask the questions.

Questions some will begin to ask on blogs, radio, and television:

“How many Native Americans are there? Why aren’t they part of our popular culture? What is their political agenda, and why haven’t we been told about this? Do they follow American laws? Have you done anything to make sure they comply with our laws?”

or

“Why aren’t people popping out of the woodwork saying ‘I went to elementary school with Sarah Palin’ or ‘I remember growing up with Sarah Palin’? I mean did she just show up in Wasilla one day and that’s it? Has she herself ever lived under Native American, or ‘kayaneshae’ law?”

Step Three: When asked, validate the premise.

“Ya know, I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’m glad the American people are as concerned as I am. Native Americans are led by shadowy tribal leaders and have fought the Judeo-Christian way of life on a number of occasions in our history. There are a lot of questions here. I think it’s only fair to the American people that Sarah Palin answer to these concerns and prove she is who we think she is.”

Step Four: Let coincidence, doubt, and absurd questions do the rest.

The term “werewolf” is from the Old Norse “vargr”, meaning “rogue”. The title of Palin’s book: Going Rogue.

Many Native Americans lack an original writing system, allowing them to keep their true beliefs hidden in secret hymns. Hundreds of ceremonies are performed every year which attempt to bring back the spirits of ancestors and werewolves to defeat a tribe’s enemies.

Werewolves are often attributed superhuman strength and senses. Is THIS how she was able to see Russia from her front doorstep in Alaska?

If Palin was such a political heavy hitter, why was she hanging out in the Alaskan wilderness, not far from a well known werewolf stronghold in the largely rural country of Forks, Washington? Are her frequent trips to the wilderness for hunting, or are they for tribal meetings and animist worship rituals?

Werewolves are vulnerable to silver weapons. When was the last time you saw Palin wearing silver, and how can you be certain it wasn’t white gold? The mainstream media is afraid to ask!       

Step Five: Repeat a lie enough times…

Finally, somebody will pick it up and put it into words for you:

“It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that werewolves, in an effort to reintroduce Native American law in America, sought out a young woman whose intellectual talents and political savvy ensured her fate as a viable future Presidential contender, and bit her. Native American tribal leaders have remained largely silent regarding her swift rise to power. Sarah Palin herself has said these rumors are false, but refuses to prove she is not a werewolf.”

MSNBC and Racism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB9RoS42HaI&feature=related

Obama’s Fake Family Picture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA7hd3j1yHI

Donald Trump and the Birth Certificate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb9wNeXLwPw

Fox Nation on Obama’s Citizenship .. again: http://nation.foxnews.com/barack-obama/2012/08/06/college-classmate-obama-scandal-columbia

Five Things Civility Is NOT

To promote the idea of civility in American politics, it is necessary to discuss the fact that those words mean different things to different people. Search for “civility” in political discussion these days and you will find many who use their own definitions as a new way to attack the opposing political party or their leaders. Like so many other things, our notion of civility should not be defined first and foremost by the current political atmosphere, nor viewed only in the dim light of the all-too-familiar political blame game. Here we have listed those things which civility should NOT be when applied to politics.

1. Civility is NOT a substitute for policy scrutiny.

Many have suggested that a call for civility is really a request not to be bothered with opposing views, as if any scrutiny of any kind is uncivilized. We believe and promote the opposite. Healthy challenges to any policy proposal must be had. Solutions to our nation’s very complex issues must be found. We must remember that there is a clear difference between challenges to policy and other tactics (mischaracterization, demonization, straight up lies, etc. etc.).

2. Civility is NOT an excuse for crybabies.

I’ve always said that too many people link their own political views to their own sense of self worth, and treat a challenge to their politics as a direct personal attack. This is how politics can turn any friendly gathering or family picnic into a shouting match. We should all be willing to have our assumptions challenged, as discussion and fact sharing makes our policy stances stronger. It’s not our feelings that are up for debate, and conversations with fellow citizens is we need to do to fix our nation’s and our community’s problems. It has also become popular for some to claim that if you’re not fighting uncivily, you’re not getting anywhere or you’re not a true believer in your principles. A person who believes this has already bought into the game Washington plays, and should start thinking of the country as less a war zone than a community of people with surprisingly similar needs.

3. Civility is NOT giving up.

In fact, it’s starting up. When a politician urges for civility in a debate, it is tempting for their opposition to assume it means instead that their giving up and accepting defeat is the civil thing to do. Defining civility in this way paints that politician or their party as high and mighty, self-righteous, and unyielding while the opposition is depicted as the unfortunate victims of being in the silenced minority. In these cases, we must all insist that politicians spend less time characterizing their opponents and more time finding solutions.

4. Civility is NOT Kumbaya around a campfire in Washington.

Put simply, politics should never get in the way of solutions, and the people we elect MUST focus on fixing the massive problems facing our country. As voters, we must show them that we value solutions above excuses and political games.

5. Civility is NOT detachment from real issues.

For us, civility in politics is the responsibility we have to be better citizens. This means taking up the task of being active in our communities to find out more about the issues we and our neighbors face, or walking away when the other person decides they don’t want to listen and just want to be angry. Most importantly, it means refusing to buy into the black and white, good versus evil mindset some politicians and parties would use to have us turn against family and friends if it meant guaranteeing our vote on Election Day.

Why Ask for Civility in American Politics?

Nobody here thinks that random acts of incivility in politics will bring about the end of our nation. Before you pass this blog off as a foolish attempt to change a serious and complex political arena into a campfire singing of Kumbaya, understand that our call for civility is not a request that politicians “put down the boxing gloves and play nice”. Instead, it is a request to the voters of our nation to reject the political games which some media personalities, politicians, and parties use to polarize us. As long as we continue to elect politicians who demonize one another, feed our uncertainties by encouraging suspicion, and sacrifice meaningful policy discussions for trifling sound bites, we will continue to see more of the same. We don’t want Kumbaya, we just want to be told the truth by politicians we can trust. Civility in politics, then, is not a luxury we disperse to those who agree with us, but a responsibility we have as Americans to be informed and reasonable in our politics.

To do this, we need to first look at ourselves. It’s often necessary to legitimize our own feelings by seeking out validating information or the agreement of others, but this should not be done in politics. Our nation, more than any other in the world, requires that we challenge our own assumptions continuously in order to be better, more capable citizens who vote for candidates with real solutions. We all have a responsibility to refuse to buy into the game some media personalities, politicians, and parties use to polarize us. When we demand substance from those who would be our representatives and leaders, we take back the power to refocus our government on finding solutions.

This being our first post, we will have MUCH more to come. Comments are welcome, and thanks for listening!