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Sarah Palin’s New Low: Targeting High School Students

Jill Garvey • May 17, 2010

palinSarah Palin has crossed the line from political joke to political jerk.

Last week, an Illinois high school girls basketball team pulled out of a December tournament in Arizona because of the State’s new anti-immigrant law. Highland Park High School’s Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson stated via a letter on the district’s website, “This decision is not a political statement regarding the state of Arizona’s recently enacted legislation regarding immigration. District 113 boasts a diverse student population and, as a school district, we believe in equal opportunity for each of our students. When our students travel, the school district is responsible, both legally and ethically, for their safety, security and liberty.”

Public school administrators, especially ones in comfortable suburbs, aren’t prone to taking political stands. It sounds like there are real concerns about the environment in Arizona and what students may be subjected to there. If I was a parent, I wouldn’t want my child traveling to Arizona right now either, especially if that child had expressed a desire not to.

Aside from that, may I stress that these are high school students…playing in a holiday tournament…for fun. Not exactly earth shattering that they decided to go to Orlando, Florida instead of dusty, discriminating Arizona.

Sarah Palin, however, is shocked that anyone would go out of their way to avoid Arizona’s current toxicity.

When Palin traveled to Chicago for a tea party rally last week and used her time at the podium to attack the high school, her ugly opportunism was on full display. It’s ironic that so much of her public persona is built on family values and yet she used a community’s concern for their children as fodder for her special brand of angry rhetoric.

Staying true to her penchant for reducing layered issues to inane one-liners, Palin had advice for the young women on the team, declaring, “go rogue, girls!”

Funny thing is it was probably the students who wanted the trip canceled. Palin may fashion herself a role model for young women [shudder], but realistically these girls take more inspiration from the bad-ass NBA team Los Suns.

Not to mention these high school players probably don’t want to see their teammates profiled or detained. Just a thought.

Not surprisingly, Palin and the tea party/GOP radical fringe had little to say about the goings-on at another public school a few weeks ago.

This controversy involved a GOP delegation that was conducting a meeting at a Maine middle school. By the time they were done an eighth grade classroom was vandalized by overly righteous tea partiers who objected to what they found on the classroom door and inside the teacher’s desk.

What was so offensive? The constitution and a collage depicting the history of the labor movement.

Yep, that’s right folks, American freedom and constitutional rights in U.S. classrooms are now offensive by tea party standards.

But Sarah Palin didn’t have anything to say about that little freedom-threatening blooper. And the reason why is because nobody paid her to talk about it. Instead, Palin spoke at one of a dozen paying gigs over the last few weeks, profoundly telling a group of cheering NRA ralliers that she didn’t mind being called a redneck.

By the time this fanatic-for-hire stint is over, even rednecks will be offended by the comparison.

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