I’ve run across a couple of links that examine Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s government-related activities in Alaska.  These are definitely worth a read, especially the email comment letter by Anne Kilkenny that has gone viral.  The letter has been reprinted in this blog post at My 2 Bucks.  Judah Freed talked to Anne about the viral letter in the Examiner of Minneapolis.  [Addendum 9/6/08 – Freed’s article links directly back to the original source of Kilkenny’s letter.  It appeared in the comments section of an article in The Washington Independent by Laura McGann.  Kilkenny’s letter can no longer be seen with the article.  While the letter was still viewable when I first posted, it appears to have been removed since then.]

Backing up Kilkenny’s letter is information in this post from Suzanne Fisher’s Public Historian blog.

While all of this may seem as though people are picking on Sarah Palin, when it comes to a person who may end up being the leader of the free world (which would occur if John McCain is elected and something happens to him), I’d say we need to know where that person stands in terms of the governmental policies and laws she will attempt to impose upon the American people.  And if you think the Executive Branch of our government doesn’t have this sort of power – that law-making is Congress’s job – then you’d better reexamine what has been happening under George W. Bush’s reign.

Fish heads may roll if the Pit Bull is put in charge,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

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A friend sent this link and it’s too important not to share.  It’s a piece by Larisa Alexandrovna of The Huffington Post and shows the historical links of President Bush’s grandfather Prescott to Nazi Germany.

All the President’s Nazis (Real and Imagined): An Open Letter to Bush

Read it and weep.

Swimming sadly,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

Here’s one of this pickerel’s pet peeves:

Imagine a rancorous political debate between two people, one of whom believes that everything the Bush/Cheney administration is doing is God’s gift to the American people, the other of whom sees the situation for what it is: a massive power grab by wealthy individuals who will use whatever means necessary to maintain their position, including divesting citizens of their rights and shredding the Constitution.

The debate reaches a fever pitch, as it often does among rabid Bush/Cheney supporters because while they claim to support free speech, they prefer to shout and call names in order to keep their opponents from exercising their right to free speech.  As the opponent continues to criticize the direction this country has taken, the debate crescendos and the Bush/Cheney supporter pulls out this line:  “Well, if you hate America so much, why don’t you just leave?”  Bush/Cheney supporters who say this really mean it, too.  They’d ship any dissenter out in a heartbeat.

Well, guess what?  This country was founded on dissent.  It’s part of the political process and we’d all better get used to it.  Disagreeing with the leaders of our country is actually good for America.  It doesn’t make the person who disagrees unpatriotic and it doesn’t mean the dissenter hates America.  If anything, it makes a dissenter more patriotic because he/she is willing to criticize the government when it goes wrong.  This allows us to correct our course of action.  That’s what a democracy is all about – citizen involvement.

I have to question people who say things like, “Get the heck out of this country,” because, in essence, it seems as though they want to make their own power grab.  If all the dissenters leave the country, then those who are left can do whatever they want.  Not so fast, kiddo.  This is my country, too, as well as the the country of all the rest of us dissenters.  We’re not going to give you the satisfaction of leaving so you can have your way.  Why don’t you quit using your “Get out” line and deal with the situation at hand?

Planting myself firmly in the pond,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

While I have long thought that the Bush/Cheney administration is a disgrace to the United States, a poll among residents of other countries now proves it.  When asked, “Which world leaders poses a danger to world peace?”, respondents ranked Osama bin Laden first, George W. Bush second, and  Kim Jong-Il third.  Who’s part of the “Axis of Evil” now, Mr. Bush?

Wishing for a new leader in the pond,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel