After reading the December 9th op-ed piece in The Washington Post written by Sarah Palin I assumed it was just a spoof of some sort, as it seemed improbable that a responsible adult would ever write an article that was completely lacking in logic, honesty, facts or insight, but I soon realized that Sarah was serious about boycotting the climate talks in Copenhagen.
The main problem with dealing with such literary nightmares involves the temptation to cover each inaccuracy and falsehood, but in the case of this article, such an approach would make for a very long blog post. There are so many nonsensical and contradictory statements that I’m also shocked to see it published by a reputable news organization. (Though I do realize that sensationalism sells.)
The most tragic statement in the article, and the reason for writing this blog post, is in the last line:
“The president should boycott Copenhagen.”
The Need to Speak
The issue of whether climate change is natural or man-made rages on, as does the debate regarding the consequences of increased CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Is this just another historical cycle, or will sea levels continue to rise and weather patterns change? Should we react now, or wait until we see more definitive signs? Is the science conclusive, or should we demand further study first? These are all critical, and valid, questions to ask.
Resolving such questions by engaging in open dialogue between the world’s political and scientific leaders is exactly what we need today in order to plan for the future. For this reason the COP15 conference in Copenhagen is more important than ever, as the lives of billions hang in the balance.
Ms. Palin’s call for the president of the richest and most powerful country on earth to boycott this discussion might simply be labeled as “her opinion”, were it not for the fact that she’s been actively seeking residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As such, her plea to boycott Copenhagen shifts from an individual’s opinion to a statement that is irresponsible, irrational, reprehensible and dangerous to the health of the entire planet.
This approach to dealing with one of the most critical issues we’ve ever faced demonstrates a lack of conscience, failure of leadership, loss of morality and absence of caring and compassion. For these reasons, Sarah Palin has now, IMHO, claimed the title of the most dangerous woman in America.
Please note: Global Patriot is focused on promoting the health and well-being of the planet and is not a political movement in any way. The content of this blog post is directed at specific statements which clearly threaten our survival and should not be construed as supporting or rejecting the views of any political party. Truth be told, both the Democrats and Republicans get failing grades when it comes to protecting the planet.
Solving the world’s major problems, whether they refer to the environment, education, health, equality, social justice, hunger, poverty or violent conflict, will require open dialogue between all parties, and must be inclusive of all viewpoints. You know the drill, One Planet, One People!