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"Drill, Drill, Drill -- written by playwright Eve Ensler for Sarah Palin"

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Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for The Vagina Monologues, wrote the following about Sarah Palin.

Drill, Drill, Drill

 I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.
 I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode
 snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around
 their necks.
 I have a particular thing for Polar Bears.
 Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they
 live in the Arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched
 one.
 Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice.
 Whatever it is, I need the polar bears.

 I don't like raging at women.
 I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help
 empower women and stop violence against them.
  It is hard to write about Sarah Palin.
 This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and
 cynical.
 The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of
 Feminists.
 But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to
 Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the
 earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options,
 opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

 I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous
 choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates
 the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas
 that America may never recover.
 But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the
 rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke.
 In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be
 elected to the presidency with regularity.

 Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution.
 I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists
 nothing changes or gets better or evolves.
 She does not believe in global warming.
 The melting of the Arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities,
 the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan.
 She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list.
 The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered.
 The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered.
 The oil is here to be taken and plundered.
 Iraq is here to be taken and plundered.
 As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

 Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion.
 She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open
 against their will should have a right to determine whether they have
 their rapist's baby or not.

 She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control.
 I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many
 babies that makes.

 Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking.
 From what I gather she has tried to ban books from the library, has a
 tendency to dispense with people who think independently.
 She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference.
 This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of
 the United States.
 She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

 Sarah believes in guns.
 She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle.
 She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip.
 She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air.

 Sarah believes in God.
 That is of course her right, her private right.
 But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is
 declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name,
 that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of
 everything America has ever tried to be.

 I write to my sisters.
 I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands.
 This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S.,
 but of the planet.
 It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make
 it forever uninhabitable for humans.
 It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and diplomacy in the
 world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and
 attack.
 It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or
 invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and
 destruction.
 It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or
 whether we build more and more methods of killing.
 It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a
 closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

 If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power
 to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after
 Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill."
 I think of teeth when I think of drills.
 I think of rape.
 I think of destruction.
 I think of domination.
 I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying
 the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent.
 I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling?
 More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our
 thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the
 fabric of this precious thing we call life?
 
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Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008
 
If we continue to follow the path that we're on, we'll surely get where we're going.
-- Chinese proverb
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