No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

Sarah Palin claims to be pro-life. In this column, Walter Brasch shows that she isn't what she says she is.


by Walter Brasch

    Defibrillator usage increased last week after John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate and only a heartbeat from the presidency. But, shortly after most Republicans were shocked back to life they circled the wagons to declare she was the perfect choice. Apparently, the cure also included a dose of psychotropic drugs as well.

    The pundits and commentators rallied beside Palin, even lying about how great her ghost-written acceptance speech was, apparently in the mistaken belief that they are being fair and balanced. Since Palin is the topic of everyone's greatest love or deepest enmity, I won't be writing about her life and most of her positions.

    I won't write about her lack of experience--or her outrageous statements that she has more experience than Barack Obama, and her delusion that she deserves any of Hillary Clinton's 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling.

    Although I would like to say something about her vicious attacks on community organizers, persons who sacrifice so much to help those with so little, I won't. That's for others to talk about.

    The fact she's running on a ticket headed by a man who opposes lobbyist influence, yet had her inauguration as governor sponsored by an oil company--well, I won't even bring that up. And, of course, I won't say anything about her excessive use of pork barrel funds that McCain also opposes. And, I see no reason to point out that McCain's first two choices of Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge were somehow vetoed by the Republican leadership.

    I'll let others write about how Sarah Palin and George W. Bush both believe they are fiscal conservatives, but both are more "tax-and-spend" than the wildest liberal. For Bush, it was beginning office with a surplus of more than $236 billion and running up a $427 billion debt in less than five years. For Palin, it was a balanced budget at the beginning of her six years as mayor of a town of 5,000, and leaving it with a debt of about $20 million.

    Although there is no evidence she has had any interest in foreign policy, she did manage to tell us she's sure that the war in Iraq is "God's will," and that Americans soldiers were sent to Iraq on a "task that is from God." Nope. I won't write about that, either.

    There's really no need to comment upon the two ethics investigations that have been launched against her for abuse of her office or reasons why seven witnesses suddenly have decided not to testify.

    There's no reason for me to discuss her belief that Alaska schools should teach creationism, and that she's has doubts about the theory of evolution.

    The fact that she believes library books should be banned if they have passages that disagree with her own beliefs, and that she tried to fire the city librarian who disagreed with her beliefs, won't even be discussed.

    And, certainly, I won't discuss her personal family life. Not her beauty queen background or her family values agenda that opposes single motherhood and supports only abstinence education instead of a comprehensive sexual education program. Her unmarried 17-year-old high school drop-out pregnant daughter can discuss that.

    I certainly won't write about her belief that she is certainly not a proponent of the Green movement, and apparently believes it must be magic fairy dust that created Global Warming, since she doesn't believe that people caused what's melting the ice in Alaska and putting polar bears in danger of extinction. Not that she cares--she supports disrupting the balance of nature by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which McCain opposes, and opposes a federal rule, enacted by the Bush Administration, which makes polar bears a threatened species.

    And that's what I am going to write about. Sarah Palin and her boom-boom mentality. She loves to kill animals. As a youth, she went out daily so she could enjoy mooseburgers. I don't know how much burgers a slaughtered moose can provide, but I suspect that if she, her family, and all of their friends ate all of the moose she killed, the cholesterol and obesity levels in Wasilla, Alaska, would be significantly higher than the national average.

    Killing moose is apparently one of the reasons that as governor she encourages wolf hunts. Alaska is the only state that allows hunters to use helicopters not only to kill wolves but also to chase them down and then execute them while they lay exhausted from the chase. No hunter would ever consider this to be fair chase hunting.

    Palin has even offered a $150 bounty for every wolf killed in Alaska. Kill every one of the 9,000 or so wolves in Alaska, and the taxpayers will reap a harvest of about $1.3 million. And, don't worry about wolves being extinct in Alaska. There's still another 5,000 or so in the Lower 48, most of which are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

    Wolves are highly intelligent social animals, who are loyal to their mates, care for their children, and protective of all in their pack. Humans should emulate them rather than murder them.

    But just this past May, Sarah Palin had no problem with her own Department of Fish and Game killing 14 orphaned wolf pups in their own dens, in violation of her state's own law.

    Killing wolves doesn't give hunters the excuse that they kill for meat or clothing. Wolves provide absolutely no meat value, and wolf coats are just not the fashion item for this season. Except when deliberately provoked, wolves don't attack humans. Even then, wolves try to avoid human contact.

    So, the killing of wolves serves only two purposes. The first is because Mighty Joe Hunter can get a trophy. Sarah Palin is a close ally of the Safari Club, which believes in killing animals and mounting their heads on cedar-paneled walls. The other reason is because wolves are her competitor--they hunt caribou and moose, the kind that Sarah Palin wants for her own dinner table.

    No, I won't write about Sarah Palin's political philosophies. Her disregard for life is enough.

    [Dr. Brasch is professor of mass communications at Bloomsburg University. His latest book is Sinking the Ship of State: The Presidency of George W. Bush, available through amazon.com and other stores.]

Tags: Alaska, animal rights, animal wildlife, ANWR, Censorship, John McCain, polar bears, Tags: Sarah Palin, Wasilla, wolf, wolves (all tags)

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9 Comments

Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

I love this stuff.

Highly recc'd.  

Let's keep fighting back.  If Sarah won't talk to the media, let's help them set the narrative.

by AntiStipes 2008-09-07 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

Killing wolves doesn't give hunters the excuse that they kill for meat or clothing. Wolves provide absolutely no meat value, and wolf coats are just not the fashion item for this season. Except when deliberately provoked, wolves don't attack humans. Even then, wolves try to avoid human contact.

So, the killing of wolves serves only two purposes. The first is because Mighty Joe Hunter can get a trophy. Sarah Palin is a close ally of the Safari Club, which believes in killing animals and mounting their heads on cedar-paneled walls. The other reason is because wolves are her competitor--they hunt caribou and moose, the kind that Sarah Palin wants for her own dinner table.

In fact, killing wolves in one of the worst things they can do. The wolves help keep herds of deer, caribou, and moose healthy. They take the weak and often diseased.

In Minnesota, we do not have enough predators to keep the deer population down. Not enough wolves and not enough human hunters. Subsequently many deer die from being struck by vehicles, starving to death in the brutal Minnesota winters, and disease. 100 years ago we had approximately 30,000 deer in MN. We now have well over a million deer and it is a huge problem.

by Hollede 2008-09-07 01:32PM | 0 recs
Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

I just wish that we could harvest some of the deer, in a responsible way, to help feed people. The price of meat is astonishing these days, and I would rather eat venison, buffalo, moose, or caribou any day; rather than some poor cow, or chicken, or pig that has been penned up, and fed a steady diet of antibiotics, and who knows what else.

Oh and the Mighty Moose is dying off in Minnesota.  I think for a special occasion, I will right a diary about this phenomena on the plight of the moose.

They are not sure why, but some think Global Climate Change is at least partly to blame. It is getting too bloody hot in Minnesota. We have not had a really challenging winter in over ten years.

by Hollede 2008-09-07 02:06PM | 0 recs
Makes me sick

I just picture someone hunting down and shooting my Lab from the air, and I want to throw up.

Anyone who thinks this is OK should be examined for a mental defect.

I wouldn't let this person in my house.

Thinking that killing wolves in this manner is a good idea?  I have to wonder if she also wet her bed and set fires as a child.

See where I'm going with this?

by mydailydrunk 2008-09-07 02:48PM | 0 recs
The wolves have started to re-emerge

around Dorset, Ontario where we lived until recently. You see one once in a while, and if you're really quiet you can watch them for a moment before they slip back into the woods.  Beautiful creatures.

I don't have a problem with hunters - by and large they are the folks most directly concerned and involved with maintaining wildlife.  I've eaten my venison and moose is tasty, too (I have some friends who go bow-hunting every year, they bag a moose about every two years).

But Sarah Palin reminds me of a co-worker long ago in South Carolina who volunteered, "I don't have a problem with hunting just for fun, because killer whales do it, too" (well, no, they train they young to hunt by letting them finish off prey after catching them...).  She has the God's Will attitude that has left me gape-mouthed when I have heard it from (more than one) True Believer, "God wouldn't let us do anything that would harm the earth".

Sure, Gov. Palin, the science is just all wrong and your ice-free Northwest Passage is just God's Will.  Sure, drowning polar bears are just God's Will, not the work of man.  Sure, aircraft-hunting of wolves is the answer to larger herds of caribou and moose, and if God wanted the wolves to prey on the sick and week thereby strengthening the herds why, he'd make your planes crash and you wouldn't be able to kill the wolves.

She's worse than simply a heartless and foolish hunter, she believes God will guide her hand and approve everything she can do.

The woman is an evil idiot.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-09-07 04:21PM | 0 recs
Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

Is this really true?  The wolves in Alaska are amazing.  I have seen one close up in Denali (Mt. Mckinnley to some)  There isn't even livestock at stake.

That is just awful and cruel.

I don't like her.

by Jenai 2008-09-07 05:18PM | 0 recs
Absolutely true

She is outspokenly in favor of "Aerial Predator Control".

Sick.  Just sick.

by chrisblask 2008-09-08 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

IMO, shooting ANY animal from a Helicopter for sport is simply sadism and bloodlust.

I had a very good friend, who was a bow hunter. He would actually hunt Bear with a bow, do the whole sit the tree for hours and hours thing.

Even that I didn't like but, at least there is SOME challenge to it, it's not "a guarunteed kill" like Ms Palin gets hunting Caribou and Wolf from a chopper.

Might as well give her a built driven M-60 machine gun, and let her just lay waste to the herd?

Say, is there any other politician who seems to really digs the "zero challenge-straight to the kill" hunting exercise?

Oh, that's right, we are just so wanting to trade the current Dick in the VP office, for one with ovaries....

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-07 05:26PM | 0 recs
Re: No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin's Compassion

There are different kinds of hunters. Around here most everyone hunts for food. Yeah, a lot of the guys are into the big bucks and all the points and stuff. Whatever.

I am not fond of hunting season, as seeing dead deer in the back of pickup trucks is pretty nasty. I fish, but have never hunted. I am certain that I would have a very difficult time killing any furry creatures. I do eat meat, and think I am kind of a coward for getting meat in plastic wrap.

Then there is another type of hunter. These folks are usually very wealthy and can hire guides or planes or helicopters. They have very expensive equipment and spend tremendous amounts of money to kill certain kinds of animals.

There are places around here that keep caribou and elk and other animals penned in corrals so that wealthy "hunters" can shoot them some big game without the having to rough it. This is really disgusting and reminds me of the people who shoot animals from helicopters or accidentally shoot their hunting partners in the face.

by Hollede 2008-09-07 07:22PM | 0 recs

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