–bumped & updated with Palin’s SBA List speech below–
Well, it’s not softball, but it’s ripe with irony. It’s a story about girls being kept from playing basketball, and the politics being played around it.
Seems Mrs. Palin’s a bit miffed that a school in Illinois won’t allow the team to travel to Arizona for the “hoop tournament.” Sarah let’s fly on Facebook:
[…] The assistant superintendent claims that a trip to Arizona “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values.” But apparently the school has no problem sending kids on trips to China, which has a population control policy that is anti-girl in practice — contributing to female infanticide and abandonment and sex-selective abortions. So, is China — with its many serious human rights violations (too many to list here) — “aligned” with the “values and beliefs” of the school? But our sister-state of Arizona is not? Really? This is ridiculous and totally unfair to the girls who just want to play ball. Going to Arizona to play in a tournament will not endanger them, and the ban sure doesn’t solve the problem of unsecured borders.
These boycotts of Arizona will not help the state or lead to positive change. Economic and political boycotts of our nation’s 48th state will hurt all Arizonans — including all members of the Hispanic community. If people really want to help, they should tell President Obama to do his job: secure the border. If he were to do his job, the good people of Arizona, who have been overwhelmed by violence on their border, would not feel compelled to do it for him.
Notice that she even takes a page out of Hillary Clinton’s women’s rights are human rights playbook?
Go rogue, young girls, and go play ball, chants “has-been ball player” Palin.
They’ve won their school’s first conference title in 26 years, but now because a school bureaucrat — an assistant superintendent — wants to play politics, they’re not allowed to play ball.
Sorry, folks, but on this one I’m with Sarah.
Keep the kids out of it.
UPDATE (10:14 a.m.): Sarah Palin now speaking in front of the Susan B. Anthony pro selective life organization. Notes follow: Her speeches are becoming more and more a random issue, taped together montage of her favorite things, with no through line at all. Palin claiming that “most of the Tea Party are women.” “Standin’ up against the machine,” taking stances against “your party” on “life issues,” Palin talks about her pro selective life, which mirrors SBA list. On Obama: “The most pro abortion president that ever occupied the White House.” Sarah continues, saying “All feminists who believe in the culture of life,” contending that the feminist movement was always pro selective life. “Trig has been the best thing that has ever happened to me and the Palin family.” Her words on special needs are moving, there’s not questioning that part. Next of to Bristol’s unwanted pregnancy, talking about her being on the national stage and taking heat; no mention of Sarah Palin’s part in putting Bristol on parade during campaign 2008. Her situation hasn’t changed her views on abortion, but has changed her “perspective,” so that she understands what women go through, knowing “choosing life isn’t always the easiest path, but it’s always the right path.” Again, Sarah Palin and other pro selective life individuals believe that freedom is not for women, because they want to curtail the self-determination rights of women. Then she brings up the pioneering spirit of western women who settled in the west, segueing to marketing her upcoming NRA speech, but also her belief that she’s a “frontier feminist.” News flash: You cannot be a feminist if you want to curtail the freedoms of women. Now, she’s off to talk to Greta Van Susteren from Fox, which she makes certain the announcer mentions to the SBA women attending.