Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Sarah Palin's respect
The same 2005 interview mentioned in my last post provides another insight into Sarah Palin's thinking:
Q:What do you plan to do next?
A: We talked in the beginning about our passions and what piques our interest.
And as much as I've become so frustrated with the Alaskan political scene, that still is my interest is serving Alaska in whatever capacity Alaskans may see fit in the future. And I recognize that there is a time and a season for everything. I don't know exactly when the season would be, but I would like to serve somehow statewide at some point because this is my home. I have great respect for my husband's native roots and I'm so fortunate to have married into this family that has ties to Alaska's, our foundation. Bush Alaska, villages, Native communities ... I think deserve a lot more respect. It's another one of my passions, and it's another kind of driving force that gets me thinking if Alaskans would choose me to do something in the future for them, I would love to serve them.
Sarah Palin said she thinks Native communities deserve a lot more respect.
How come she treats them with utter contempt, dismissing their pleas for help in preserving their livelihoods and way of life? When she took the Evangelical circus to Western Alaska, the best she could do was give them some cookies and urge them to emulate Native Todd: go and seize opportunities upon the North Slope.
They don't have to go and seek opportunities hundreds of miles away from their villages. They have a local economy based on salmon fishing, presently being wrecked by the salmon bycatch which is a result of factory trawlers from out of state fishing for pollock.
Did Sarah Palin support the Natives during the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting in Anchorage last month? Did she help them make their case for a limit on bycatch allowing the salmon population to recover so their economy wouldn't collapse and they wouldn't have to face another winter without cash to buy fuel and groceries?
To the Natives of Western Alaska, salmon fishing means a whole lot more than a photo opportunity.
What is the exact meaning of the word respect in Sarah Palin's dictionary?
Excellent post about salmon bycatch: Mudflats
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