October 25, 2008

Alaskan Ashamed of Sarah Palin

Municipality of AnchorageImage via WikipediaI was born in Alaska, but my family left the state before my first birthday. I haven't returned yet, but I really hope to do so one of these days. In fact, it is one of the few remaining areas of the U.S. that I would really like to explore. Almost everything I know of Alaska makes me think I would like it very much. And then there is the Alaska of Sarah Palin. I've been wondering how much resemblance Palin's Alaska has to the real thing. Thus, I am grateful to a reader for sending me a fascinating reaction to Palin from an Alaskan: That Sarah Palin is One Unreal Alaskan. It is a good read, and suggests that Palin's Alaska gives us a misleading picture of the real thing.

The part I found most interesting was the idea that many people in Alaska find themselves in positions for which they are not qualified. Evidently, Palin is far from unique in this regard. Still, the author insists that it would be a mistake to allow her to get anywhere near the presidency.

On the surface, this may seem to be little more than someone else making the widely accepted claim that Palin is not qualified for national politics. However, the author of this article brings a unique perspective and one that deserves a wider audience.

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