Thursday, 5 March 2009
Sarah Palin's cornerstones
After so many heavy topics it's time for a bit of comic relief.
This is the reply Edward Leigh received to his invitation to Sarah Palin to address the Cornerstone Group at one of their forthcoming dinners in London:
STATE OF ALASKA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Dear Mr Leigh,
Thank you for your very kind letter of November 27, 2008, inviting me to dinner at the House of Commons. While it is not possible at this time to take advantage of your kind invitation to dine with the Cornerstone Group of Conservative MPs in the House of Commons, I thank you for the invitation.
Please feel free to remain in contact with my office. I have asked our Office of International Trade to be available to answer any questions you may have about Alaska.
Again, thank you for your invitation. God bless.
Sarah Palin, Governor
We stand for - the Monarchy; traditional marriage; family and community duties; proper pride in our nation’s distinctive qualities; quality of life over soulless utility; social responsibility over personal selfishness; social justice as civic duty; no state dependency; compassion for those in need; reducing government waste; lower taxation and deregulation; our ancient liberties against politically correct censorship; commitment to our democratically elected parliament.
How does Sarah fit in with these principles and values?
Monarchy - Oh, yes, she's the Queen of Alaska.
Traditional marriage - Yes, definitely!
Family and community duties - Please! Sarah threw Bristol under the bus, loves to parade Trig like a prop, her children don't go to school very much... so, no on that one. As for community duty, no, not really. She doesn't think very highly of community organisers.
Proper pride in the nation's distinctive qualities - As far as Alaska is concerned, no. Her record regarding Alaskan Natives and preserving the beauty and integrity of the state is not good at all.
Quality of life over soulless utility - Is oil a soulless utility? Errr... yes. Does safeguarding the subsistence lifestyle enhance the quality of life in rural Alaska? Yes. Does she do anything towards it? No. In that case, the answer to this one is a big, fat NO.
Social responsibilty over personal selfishness - Another big no no. What Sarah wants, Sarah gets. Not too hot on social responsibility, or any responsibility, when we think about it.
Social justice as civic duty - Say what??? No, she's not familiar with the concept.
No state dependency - A yes, at last!
Compassion for those in need - Does Emmonak ring a bell?
Reducing government waste - Tricky one. Per diem, children's travel expenses...
Lower taxation and deregulation - Yes, yes, yes!
Ancient liberties against politically correct censorship - A mixed bag, this one.
Commitment to our democratically elected parliament - In Sarah's case it should read democratically elected president. The answer is no.
They disagree more than they agree on these basic issues.
Maybe that's why she declined their kind invitation. Another reason could be her inability to speak English. Perhaps they refused to foot the bill for an interpreter at the dinner.