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Has Palin Paled In Eyes Of Appalled Conservatives?

A few weeks ago, conservatives hailed the arrival of Sarah Palin as a bright new aggressive voice in politics, but the sheen is wearing off and those who regard the interests of the United States of America as of more importance than supporting a woman in high office, are expressing serious doubts about the candidacy of the maverick from Alaska. Kathleen Parker, who welcomed a true conservative, is now writing in the National Review online that her “cringe reflex is exhausted” watching an ignorant and bumbling woman stumble through one interview after another. “No one hates saying more than I do…that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger pressed over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does.”

Parker now says although Palin represented a refreshing voice in politics it is clear she doesn’t know enough about economics of foreign policy to become president if a President McCain were to die. The Republican conservative urged Palin to save the party by bowing out “for personal reasons” and allow a more experienced person to represent Republicans in the election.

We live in strange times when a person such as Palin can even be considered for the office of vice president of this nation. She most probably represents the worst choice for high political office in the history of the United States of America. What does this say about the “experience” and “cool judgment” of John McCain?

British Conservatives Denounce Multiculturalism

Dominic Grieve, who would become Home Secretary in a future Conservative government, blasted the idea of multiculturalism as having been beneficial to the nation. He told the Guardian newspaper in an interview: “We’ve actually done something terrible to ourselves in Britain. In the name of trying to prepare people for some new multicultural society we’ve encouraged people, particularly the sort of long term inhabitants to say, ‘well, your cultural background isn’t really very important.” He pointed out although the idea was to “create a melting pot, the melting pot needs the ingredients of people’s confidence in themselves as they come together. And, if it isn’t there, I think we’ve done ourselves huge damage.”

He argued Muslims have to understand the importance of being tolerant and integrating themselves into British society. He also expressed dismay at failure to recognize the importance of Christianity in the history of the UK. “The role of Christianity is really rather important. It can’t just be magicked out of the script.”

The ideas of the Conservative leader reveal a complete misunderstanding of the concept of multiculturalism. At present over 200 million people are immigrants in one nation or another. They obviously have to accept the ideas of a nation in which they live, but this does not preclude maintaining values, customs, and beliefs of their own background.

Iranian Conservatives “Win” In Elections

iranian conservatives “won” a large majority in parliament after completion of the second round of voting. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Conservatives won 69% of the votes, reformist garnered 16% and independents obtained about 14%. Of course, it is difficult ascertaining the extent of popularity of Ahmadinejad because so few reform candidates were even allowed to have their name on the ballot due to actions by clerical authorities. The reformers fared poorly in Tehran, but did better than expected in more rural areas of the nation. Only one r eform candidate succeeded in gaining a seat from Tehran, a suprising development, given the strong anti-Ahmadinejad feeling among many young well-educated Iranians.

There is a “Catch-22″ aspect to Iranian elections. Reform candidates are not allowed to run which makes difficult generating enthusiasm among reform components of the population which, in turn, results in low voter turnout and victory for conservative candidates.

The only good news is the increasing division within Ahmadinejad’s conservative party. Many conservatives are disappointed with his failure to curb inflation, to stimulate the economy, high unemployment, and his rhtetoric which only anatagonizes potential support for Iran in the world.

Immigration Wars In England

British politics is being impacted by arguments concerning immigration. On one end of the political spectrum, the right wing racist British National Party is urging restrictive laws on immigration while the Conservative Party is attempting to determine how to appeal to the electorate. David Cameron, head of the Conservative Party, is siding with those in his party urging a swing toward anti-immigration in order to siphon votes away from the BNP. Many critics argue such an appeal might gain votes but runs the risk of turning away moderates who are not satisfied with the Labor Party.

There are now 200,000,000 migrants living in countries throughout the world. This world wide phenomenon is creating serious political issues as demagogues vie for votes by appealing to the baser instincts in people.