That really pisses me off.
So instead, I'll do the next best thing and use this space to give you yet another reason, from the sex-positive point of view, why you American readers must vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday.
The reason? Sarah Palin.
It's ironic, really. For all her alleged sexiness, Palin is probably the most sex-negative politician (if we can really call her that) ever to make newspaper headlines since Rick Santorum. If any of you readers like to fuck and care about others in the world who do too, this is really important.
Her alleged physical attractiveness has certainly been a circumstance in her career, a point which must strike at the heart of millions of pro-active feminists the world over. Coat-tailing on her moderate success as a beauty pageant contestant, Palin pursued a podunk political career not through social convictions or community altruism but through ruthlessness and selfish disregard. She is part of the ultra-conservative, neo-fascist, militant Christian extreme that has actively laboured to usurp genuine democratic principles for decades in favour of erecting a theocratic monolith. For example, before Christian-oriented groups, Palin had boasted of how she not only opposes, but would actively work to undermine bills and legislations protecting gay rights, including the right to marriage.
According to Wasilla, Alaska locals who have spoken out against their governor (and many, it is claimed, do not because they feel intimidated to do so), Palin is very pro-censorship:
"While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected city librarian because the librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the city librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
"She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise... Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with (her who call) her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness"
How might such a politician apply governmental powers on a national scale?
Brilliant sex columnist Dan Savage reminds us that "Sarah Palin doesn't believe... girls should be able to make their own decisions (and) that abortion should be illegal in almost every instance, including rape and incest. (Her pregnant daughter) Bristol Palin (was) celebrated for making a choice that Sarah Palin would like to take away from all other American women. Apparently, today's GOP believes that choice is a special right reserved for the wayward daughters of Republican-elected officials.
"Palin also believes that birth control shouldn't be made available to teenagers, she opposes medically accurate sex education, and she backs abstinence-until-marriage sex "education."
"The GOP has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into abstinence "education" programs during the Bush years. I believe this enormous investment of public funds begs the obvious question: Are our children abstaining? Sarah Palin's isn't. Despite this massive outlay on the part of the American taxpayer and the example set by her Christian parents, Bristol Palin became sexually active while still in high school. Excuse me, but if abstinence education can't keep the daughter of the evangelical governor of Alaska off the cock, what hope is there for the daughters, and some of the sons, of average Americans?
"When it comes to respecting your family's privacy, Palin and the GOP see no need. They want to micromanage the most intimate aspects of your private life. And if their own kids fail to live up to the standards that Palin and the GOP seek to impose on your family, well, that's a private matter between the Palins, their daughter, their God, and the thousands of screaming imbeciles in elephant hats waving McCain/Palin signs on the floor of the Republican National Convention."
Among many Alaskans, it seems that Sarah Palin is known as a vicious conniver who is largely tolerated either because of her alleged attractiveness or because her political ruthlessness has successfully intimidated others from expressing their free speech. Sounds sexist, but apparently it's true. "Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe," say some Alaskans.
Whether from a sex-positive viewpoint or not, does the United States really need to compound its global mismanagement by making an ignorant, sexually repressive, vindictive person a heartbeat away from the Presidency?
I'll take a politician who receives blowjobs from interns, or frequents escorts, or flirts with pages, or even gives the knuckle-rap signal in men's room stalls over one who would destroy one's sexual rights and freedoms any day. I hope you will agree.