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Scott Cawelti was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He taught writing, film, and literature at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) from 1968-2008, and has written regular opinion columns and reviews for the Waterloo / Cedar Falls Courier since the late 1970s.  He played for years in a folk duo with Robert James Waller and still regularly performs as a singer/guitarist/songwriter. Scott continues to teach as an adjunct instructor at UNI.

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  • All Power to Palin

    • Posted on Nov 29, 2009 by Scott Cawelti

    11-29-09

    Every so often a human lightning rod flashes onto the national scene and draws all the media’s juice for miles.  Obama did this during his campaign, as did Dubya.  These sudden intrusions of political flash are impossible to avoid, provoking shock and awe in equal measure.  We love or hate them, with no middle ground.

    Comes now professional victim/politician Sarah Palin.  She seems destined to provoke the national psyche for years.  She’s a perfect storm that draws both lightning and thunder, making her a roving weather system, a supercell.  Ignoring her is not an option. 

    I’m not one of those Palin-haters who would make her a gnat on the tablecloth of history.  Not at all.  In fact, I’m downright thankful she’s occupying front pages, filling small town halls, and getting rich off her rogue status. 

    Incidentally, anyone who can turn “rogue” into a compliment deserves attention. 

    Consider:  she’s the perfect voice for people who can’t stand issues and substance.

    Like Seinfeld, she’s about nothing.   Or to be accurate, nothing but entertainment.  She’s a star without power, a tower of talking points with no foundation. 

    Given her charisma and inability to articulate a real position in person, she’s likely to fulfill so many projected fantasies that she’ll become the Republican Party. The GOP has earned oblivion for years, and their beloved Palin will lead the way. 

    Those left behind—moderate Republicans and Independents—will either form a new party or vote Democratic.  In fact, that’s just what happened in the 2008 election, thanks partly to Palin Power.   It’s also what happened in upper New York State in early November.  Thanks to Palin and her minions Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, voters in the 23rd Congressional District are now represented by a Democrat for the first time since the Civil War.  That’s a sterling accomplishment. 

    Another reason to appreciate her:  She’s a gracious loser.  Here’s what she said about President Obama in her undelivered concession speech:

    “For us, it was not our time… not our moment. But it is our country… the winner will be our president… and I wish Barack Obama well as the 44th president of the United States.”

    “If he governs America with the skill and grace we have often seen in him, and the greatness of which he is capable, we’re gonna be just fine. And when a black citizen prepares to fill the office of Washington and Lincoln, that is a shining moment in our history that can be lost on no one. Barack Obama has achieved a great thing, for himself and for our country, and I congratulate him. God bless you and your beautiful family, President-Elect Obama.”

    Thanks to McCain’s handlers, she didn’t deliver this speech, but it’s admirable and shows that she’s more than a red-lipped pit bull.  

    Finally, the best and real reason to support Sarah Palin:  she believes in government’s role in solving major problems such as global warming.  Here’s part of her address to the “Alaska Federation of Natives” in October of 2007:

    “We all see Alaska’s climate is changing. We are all feeling the effects—coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice and record forest fires are affecting out communities and our infrastructure.  I created Alaska’s first Climate Change Sub-cabinet to consolidate our knowledge about the expected effects of global warming in Alaska. It will recommend measures to prepare our communities and residents for expected effects. It will also recommend how the state should participate in local, regional, and national efforts to respond to changes.”  (From “Sarah Palin in Her Own Words”)

    Even though her July resignation meant she couldn’t follow through with this noble plan, it shows that former Governor Palin believes in government’s role in solving major problems. 

    That makes her downright liberal—a rogue par excellence, down there on a level with the Old Rogue himself, Satan. 

    In fact, only one question remains in the continuing Palin saga:  Will her followers discover she’s a liberal Anti-Christ before or after they try to elect her?

                 

                

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  • What’s Right with Sarah Palin

    • Posted on Nov 29, 2009 by Scott Cawelti

    11-29-09

    Every so often a human lightning rod flashes onto the national scene and draws all the media’s juice for miles.  Obama did this during his campaign, as did Dubya.  These sudden intrusions of political flash are impossible to avoid, provoking shock and awe in equal measure.  We love or hate them, with no middle ground.

    Comes now professional victim Sarah Palin.  She seems destined to provoke the national psyche for years.  She’s a perfect storm that draws both lightning and thunder, making her seem like a roving weather system.  Ignoring her is not an option. 

    I’m not one of those Palin-haters who wishes she would become a gnat on the tablecloth of history.  Not at all.  In fact, I’m downright thankful she’s occupying front pages, filling small town halls, and getting rich as a rogue. 

    Incidentally, anyone who can turn “rogue” into a compliment deserves attention. 

    Consider:  she’s the perfect voice for people who can’t stand issues and substance.

    Like Seinfeld, she’s about nothing.   Or to be accurate, nothing but entertainment.  She’s a star without power, a tower of talking points with no foundation. 

    Given her charisma and inability to articulate a real position in person, she’s likely to fulfill so many projected fantasies that she’ll become the Republican Party. The GOP has earned oblivion for years, and their beloved Palin will lead the way. 

    Those left behind—moderate Republicans and Independents—will either form a new party or vote Democratic.  In fact, that’s just what happened in the 2008 election, thanks partly to Palin Power.   It’s also what happened in upper New York State just three weeks ago.  Thanks to Palin and her minions Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity’s support, voters in the 23rd Congressional District are now represented by a Democrat for the first time since the Civil War.  That’s a sterling accomplishment. 

    Another reason to appreciate her:  She’s a gracious loser.  Here’s what she said about President Obama in her undelivered concession speech:

    “For us, it was not our time… not our moment. But it is our country… the winner will be our president… and I wish Barack Obama well as the 44th president of the United States.”

    “If he governs America with the skill and grace we have often seen in him, and the greatness of which he is capable, we’re gonna be just fine. And when a black citizen prepares to fill the office of Washington and Lincoln, that is a shining moment in our history that can be lost on no one. Barack Obama has achieved a great thing, for himself and for our country, and I congratulate him. God bless you and your beautiful family, President-Elect Obama.”

    Thanks to McCain’s handlers, she didn’t deliver this speech, but it’s admirable and shows that she’s more than a red-lipped pit bull.  

    Finally,  the best and real reason to support Sarah Palin:  she believes in government’s role in solving major problems such as global warming.  Here’s part of a her address to the “Alaska Federation of Natives” in October of 2007:

                “We all see Alaska’s climate is changing. We are all feeling the effects—coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice and record forest fires are affecting out communities and our infrastructure.  I created Alaska’s first Climate Change Sub-cabinet to consolidate our knowledge about the expected effects of global warming in Alaska. It will recommend measures to prepare our communities and residents for expected effects. It will also recommend how the state should participate in local, regional, and national efforts to respond to changes.”  (From “Sarah Palin in Her Own Words”)

    Even though her July resignation meant she couldn’t follow through with this noble plan, it shows that former Governor Palin believes in government’s role in solving major problems. 

    That makes her downright liberal, and a rogue par excellence, on a level with the Old Rogue himself, Satan. 

    In fact, only one question remains in the continuing Palin saga:  Will her followers discover she’s a liberal Anti-Christ before or after they try to elect her?

                 

                

    Go comment!
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