WARNING – Political rant follows.
1) “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.”
It appears Gov. Palin believes in banning books from public libraries. Of course she, or others how hold her view of morality, are the ones who should decide what books should be available for the rest of us to read.
2) “Ms. Palin also upended the town’s traditional ways with a surprise edict: No employee was to talk to the news media without her permission.”
Gov. Palin apparently does not believe that public employees have the right to express their opinions. We are not talking about the Department of Defense, we are talking about a small town in Alaska.
3) “Ms. Emmons was not the only employee to leave. During her campaign, Ms. Palin appealed to voters who felt that city employees under Mr. Stein, who was not from Wasilla and had earned a degree in public administration at the University of Oregon, had been unresponsive and rigid regarding a new comprehensive development plan. In turn, some city employees expressed support for Mr. Stein in a campaign advertisement.
Once in office, Ms. Palin asked many of Mr. Stein’s backers to resign — something virtually unheard of in Wasilla in past elections. The public works director, city planner, museum director and others were forced out. The police chief, Irl Stambaugh, was later fired outright.”
Using intimidation, and the fear of losing ones job, to bully people into supporting her may work in a small town in Alaska, it will not work in Washington. As much as I am sure Presidents would like to they can’t simply fire all the Congressmen who did not agree with them.
I don’t think Gov. Palin really wants to be President. I think she wants to be Queen, with us as her loyal subjects.
For anyone interested she was, and as far as I can tell still is, a member of the Wasilla Assembly of God, http://www.wasillaag.org/ , which is affilated with the Assemblies of God, http://ag.org/top/ . It is described in Wikipedia as a Pentecostal church.
Wkipedia states her father was a science teacher. I wonder if they argue over evolution?