Book Burners for Sarah Palin
As long as there have been books, there have been people who hate books, people who fear books. These people have always described themselves as the guardians of morality as they have destroyed huge portions of the record of human knowledge.
They’ve been afraid that if people read books, they will start to think for themselves. They’re afraid that if people think for themselves, they will become less than morally pure. So, for the sake of purity, they have sought to control human minds by controlling the books that they read.
Sarah Palin has added herself to the book burners of history. Trying to keep books she thought were morally impure out of the Wasilla library, she threatened to kick out the librarian of her village because the librarian refused to pull books off the shelves of the library just because Sarah Palin did not approve of them.
Sarah Palin’s moral values are the moral values of book burning – censorship with the aim of establishing cultural and political power. The censorship of books is the censorship of ideas. To tell someone what books they can read is to tell them what they can know and what they can think.
These are not the values of the United States of America. In the USA we have a Constitution that guarantees us liberty, including freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to care about those freedoms.
Do you care about those freedoms? If you do, it is your responsibility to become active in their defense, and make sure that the book burning values of Sarah Palin never reach the White House.