I “Heart” Sarah P!
I love Sarah Palin! To me, she’s a car wreck that I love watching. She’s a lot of sound bites without any substance. She was put in a very difficult position in 2008– which, rumor has it, she did little work to make her position more tenable by actually learning the bulk of information she needed to know– but she has cashed in on that position, by quitting her job as governor of Alaska and putting in for her new position: Republican Know It All #2, behind only Rush (all hail), while ahead of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
So imagine my shock when I found myself nodding my head to something she was saying. What’s wrong with me? I agree with Sarah Palin?! I recently agreed with Dennis Byrne; who’s Kool-Aid am I drinking?
But Sarah was absolutely correct in coming down hard on the Highland Park school board. If you haven’t heard, Highland Park’s school board took the liberty of cancelling a December trip to Arizona for its girls basketball team, citing security concerns. Although the Board also made a statement that it finds the Arizona immigration law to be against its values and beliefs. I’m betting rather than security concerns, a couple people in Highland Park decided to make a political statement and cancel this trip.
Now, in general, Highland Park is doing what others who disagree with this law should do– and what conservatives have always said people should do with cities or states that pass bad laws, hit them where it hurts: the pocketbook. Conservatives are blasting the Highland Park Board for making a decision that they would ask its followers to do if California outlawed gun ownership: boycott. Less money flowing to the state will hurt the state and show our displeasure.
Conservatives also want less federal government intrusion and more self governance. Which is also going on in Highland Park– a smaller government of the people made a decision. Highland Park is not being told what to do by the large federal government, rather taking home rule to heart and making decisions for themselves.
But, I agree with Sarah. Highland Park got it wrong. The people who made this decision put children in the middle of politics. And not only children, but children playing a game– a game they love. Let them play. Take politics out of the classroom– or at the very least, don’t force your politics on other people’s children.
Reasonable people can disagree on this law. I believe the law is seriously flawed as it creates a suspect class of people (and therefore probably unconstitutional), but I also think had Congress and the President done anything about the problem that is illegal immigration, this bad law would not have been necessary.
But Sarah is right: these kids should go rogue (I can’t believe I’m saying that!) If for no other reason than to let the school board know that they cannot and should not insert their political beliefs onto other families within the school district. Had the team voted not to go to Arizona, then that’s their right to make a political stand, but having a girls’ basketball team make the political stand for others– that’s just cowardly.
I stand with Sarah (yes, that was a shiver up my spine).