Palin: An Essay In Images

As we prepare for the Vice Presidential Debates this evening, I offer an essay in images. Why an essay in images, you ask?  Well, the image carries powerful meaning. Sometimes, in moments of great joy, outrage, hope, or increduluousness the only available expression is through the image. In a world, currently saturated by image, visual cues become shorthand for much in our lives. As we are bombarded by images, we don’t have an opportunity to sit with the images and words, to reflect and decipher the shorthand. There’s too much to filter, contextualize and understand.

So, here’s an essay in images. Read it by starting at the beginning, giving yourself at least a minute to truly look at each image, before moving to the next image. If your browser will allow, let yourself see the image in context. In other words, what image is directly above the image you’re currently looking at, what image is below that, read the quotes and words. 

Great Truthout article on Sarah Palin:


PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know — going through the history of America, there would be others but–“COURIC: Can you think of any?

PALIN: Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.



COURIC (to Palin): Do you think there’s an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution?PALIN: I do. Yeah, I do.

COURIC: The cornerstone of Roe v Wade.

PALIN: I do. And I believe that –individual states can handle what the people within the different constituencies in the 50 states would like to see their will ushered in in an issue like that.



“I’m a little absent from that discussion, because I’ve never thought of gender as an issue,” she told Alaska Business Monthly after being elected governor in 2006. – The Washington Post











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