What do you think of Palin's list of banned books,...?
Haven't you read any of these and enjoyed them? Sarah Palin's book ban list and Chris Hedges on "American Fascists"
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
Sinclair Lewis, 1935
Below is a list of the books Sarah Palin tried to have banned from the Wasilla, Alaska Library. When I was in Anchorage two years ago, residents of Wasilla I met described the place as a growing, more-and-more suburban community north of Anchorage. In her speech, Palin called the area "the valley." Mayor Palin would seem to be a strong force in the suburbanization of the village of Wasilla. When the Wasilla librarian refused to trash these books, Mayor Palin tried to have her fired. This caused a stir in Wasilla which then turned into a drive to protect the librarian. Some of my favorite examples of American literature are on this list. This is the act of a patriotic American? No, this is the act of a religious fundamentalist trying to squeeze herself into the role of a mythic frontier American. The attempt to ban American literary masterpieces like Catcher In The Rye, Grapes Of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, Death Of A Salesman, Leaves Of Grass, As I Lay Dying, Huckleberry Finn, Catch 22 and Tarzan indicates, flags and Bible citations aside, her ascendance to national power would be downright un-American. In the realm of Rovian political marketing and the unfolding effort to win the Presidency not with ideas but with a cult of personality, McCain is the humiliated warrior ready to "go to the gates of hell" to preserve American exceptionalism and Sarah Palin is his fascist "bride," a mythic frontier mom able to shoot, gut and cook a moose while nurturing her family who has said publicly our war in Iraq is supported by God and people should pray to God to get the Alaska gas pipeline approved.
This is a pivotal moment in American history, and we all need to expose this cult of personality for what it is, a cynical sham. Please pass this on far and wide.
This list is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It's Okay if You Don't Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
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- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
In Barack Obama’s wildest dreams he couldn’t have anticipated the Republican candidate’s running mate.
A woman who has a grizzley bear skin on her office couch, is pro-gun, wants to drill Alaska for oil, won’t declare polar bears endangered species, is feverishly fundamentalist -- look, let us not go on.
There’s more than enough in that CV to establish the Alaskan governor as so far out of the ratbag end of the redneck right she’s a dot on the horizon.Source(s): Obama 08. http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=onXk8HsHE6k&feature=...
- ShennenLv 45 years ago
Not one of these stories originated from anyone running for president or currently serving an elected role in government. Funny thing is there is a bit of truth in every one. She did fire the librarian, when she said NO Her husband was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party and she was a speaker for them on at least one occasion She certainly seems to like Pat Buchanan even if she didn't vote for him She is a creationist, and still feels there is some place in public education for it to be taught. Plus she had no problem keeping that federal money for the bridge to nowhere that was never built. She is the earmark queen. More earmarks that any other state per capita.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
>>What do you think of Palin's list of banned books?<<
I think it's fake.
1) How did Sarah Palin attempt to ban the four Harry Potter books when they had yet to be published at the time?
2) Emmons said, "But I told her (Palin) clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what books can go on the library shelves," and that she "has been offered help if it is ever needed on censorship issues from the state library association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and the National Freedom to Read Foundation."
Why then does June Pinell-Stephens, chairwoman of the Alaska Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee since 1984, have "no record of any phone conversations with Emmons about the issue back then"?
3) Emmons said "the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would get involved, too" in any attempts at censorship.
Why has the ACLU not released any information on this case in which they surely would have gotten involved, had it actually happened?
EDIT: While researching where you got your information, I found a document from the City of Wasilla indicating that only four library items have been challenged and that all four of these challenges occurred either well before or well after Palin was mayor. Go to http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=136 and click on "Banned or Censured Books Response."
- Freedle SLv 61 decade ago
I've read about this fake list before. Do you realize that some of them weren't even published when this was supposed to have happened? Are you Dan Rather?
Editor's note: This story first ran in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman Dec. 18, 1996. It has been typeset and posted here to accommodate numerous requests for the story from media worldwide and curious individuals. Please note that not at any time were any books ever banned from the Wasilla city library.
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- kejjerLv 51 decade ago
I think you have been suckers by the lefties of the world!
The very bottom of the page---Palin did ask the librarian to resign--along with several other city employees that were appointed by the prior MAYOR.
But there is no evidence that Palin ever asked the librian to ban specific books or that she wanted to fire the librarian for any other reason than she was a political appointee from the prior MAYORSource(s): That thing on my shoulders
- peppershamLv 71 decade ago
Hello people this was in the news cast.Without the list.I think it is interesting.The woman interveiwed said she was asked to leave because she refused to remove certain books.And you can not find any onfo because suddendly this womens dealings have been scrubbed clean.Politics.
- GarthLv 61 decade ago
Well, if you can post an official link to the documents that prove this is true, then I'd have to say Palin is the wrong person for any job in American government.
- 1 decade ago
I was unable to locate this "supposed" list of books from the Wasilla Library. Please post your sources more consisely before slandering a candidate. Personal opinions do not count as grounds for persecuting an American citizen.
- 1 decade ago
Maybe if she wouldnt of banned all those books her daughter could of been reading rather then getting humped.
- ohbrotherLv 71 decade ago
This has already been debunked from a left wing smear site.