Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific NorthwestDoes that make Illinois Senator Obama responsible for, say, Al Capone?
Despite her efforts to portray herself as an average, small-town, "folksy" American, Sarah Palin's political views -- ardently pro-gun, pro-censorship, antichoice and antigay -- make John McCain's conservative credentials pale in comparison. What few observers have said, however, is these beliefs are not just extreme -- they are radical, and even bear a comparison with some of the most notorious "rural radicals" of our time.
It has been years since groups such as the Montana Militia, the Posse Comitatus and the Sagebrush Rebels, and individuals such as Terry Nichols and Ted Kaczynski have made us wonder why so many "angry white men" populated our rural regions. Many of us have forgotten the threat once posed by domestic terrorists and instead have turned our attention to foreign terrorists. But we should never forget that in the late 20th century, ultra-Christian, antistatist and white-supremacist groups flourished in the states of the Pacific Northwest -- called by many the "Great White Northwest" -- the very region that Sarah Palin and her family call home.
(via The Corner)