Palin: Censor or you’re fired

I don’t like to write about politics.  Everyone has their political opinions and I like to stay out of it.  However, as an American citizen I still have the right to vote in the States and, as many Americans, I was a Clinton supporter.  Now that I’m put to deciding between Obama and McCain, I want to know what they stand for, who they are and their past actions.  By actions, I mean political actions and agendas – not personal issues. 

WIth the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, there has been a flood of articles about her.  The two links that I’m posting involve her actions attempting to censor books in the town library – and her reaction to the situation when the librarian refused.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

WASILLA — Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.

According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and had to go.

Time also reported on this, stating:

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

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2 responses to “Palin: Censor or you’re fired

  1. Great! I was looking for this. Thanks for posting as it helped my search time. 🙂

  2. MEL

    THANK YOU so much for posting this example of what a future with the GOP picks in power will include. Like you, I have never made a point of becoming involved in politics (at least publicly), but this election year is shaping up to be extremely important to anyone who values their rights. Spread the word!

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