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    My mother forwarded this to me. In my opinion this is just as bad as those christian-obama-is-the-devil e-mails circulating:

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Subject: Deepak Chopra on Palin[/FONT]

    [FONT='Arial','sans-serif']From: Deepak Chopra[/FONT]


    Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.

    She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision
    Look at what she stands for:
    • Small town values — a nostaligic return to simpler times disguises a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
    • Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.
    • Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be needed.
    • Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
    • Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war.
    • ”Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.
    Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of “I’m all right, Jack,” and “Why change? Everything’s OK as it is.” The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness
    Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.

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    She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.

    Exactly what I said about Palin. She's the anti-Obama.

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    She stands for ignorance of world affairs? Am I misreading that or having a special ed moment? How is that a good trait?
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    No you read it right. I think he's saying that Republicans want that or are attracted by believing the rest of the world doesn't matter. Something like that.

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    I can never totally understand Deepak Chopra - but I think that he is saying that Palin appeals on a gut level to the right and their fears of anything different than themselves and a certain comfort in being totally certain of her own "rightness" in her ignorance. On the appeal for foreign affairs - most Americans make no effort and could care less about what's going on in the rest of world unless it is the "USA USA USA" chant. She feeds on that and feeds that egocentric stance.

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    Exactly what I said about Palin. She's the anti-Obama.
    Totally. un-American is code for anti-Obama.

    Their campaign has been so nasty and hateful.
    Would've never predicted I'd in my lifetime witness such negativity be spread and perpetrated so openly by a political figure or person of influence. Guess we're regressing as hints of the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement surface into present time.

    Obama is calling us to reach our higher selves, but these cult-like republican fucks are too weak to have faith in themselves and trust their own judgement.

    God forbid, of course. It wasn't explicitly spelled out in their bible.
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    My mother forwarded this to me. In my opinion this is just as bad as those christian-obama-is-the-devil e-mails circulating

    ... how?

    He's describing her comportment and the reaction people have to her and the psychology behind it.

    How is that just as bad as comparing Obama to some mythical deity because of some astrological nonsense?
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    you don't understand the difference between "Palin is a reactionary" and "Obama is a terrorist"?

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    I believe Palin feeds into those xenophobic beliefs, there is a certain amount of "othering" that goes on in her rallies. Its more of a "you're either for us, or against us" mentality. There is us, and there is THEM. And the scary part is, THEM is all around us even here in America - its those big city ideals, those veiled women in the mall, those immigrants you pass on the street. Make them feel that your conservative ideals are being threatened. Its almost engaging people as if we are in a war - are you for America or against it? Your vote determines this. It reminds me of a witchhunt, quite frankly. It is an egocentric view of the world, that we are the absolute best and everyone should fall in line, not question, or else be labeled as not "pro-America". She keeps spreading the message that small town America is the "real America". I also think that she believes anyone who doesn't embrace Christianity or a small town mentality is not as "American" as others. I do absolutely believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is built on a foundation of fear, not on hope. Attack, attack, attack - make others feel like Obama is "different". Make sure to mention his full name. Make sure to equate him to a terrorist. Bring up the Muslim thing. Weakly defend him at rallies when someone says he's an Arab, but don't go out of your way when people yell "kill him!" or "terrorist!" Ask if he's a "real" American by bringing up his birth certificate. Make people fear him. You see, he's not really "like us", right? Its extremely troubling to see, in some ways this election has brought out the best and the worst in this election. I am just praying, praying, that good wins out.
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    Good post January.
    Putting fear in people like Bush did in the last election.
    Hey Palin, I live in a small town, vote democratic, worked for over 38 years and paid taxes, I love baseball, apple pie, Chevrolet, (Chrysler and Ford) too...........

    am I a "real American"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    I believe Palin feeds into those xenophobic beliefs, there is a certain amount of "othering" that goes on in her rallies. Its more of a "you're either for us, or against us" mentality. There is us, and there is THEM. And the scary part is, THEM is all around us even here in America - its those big city ideals, those veiled women in the mall, those immigrants you pass on the street. Make them feel that your conservative ideals are being threatened. Its almost engaging people as if we are in a war - are you for America or against it? Your vote determines this. It reminds me of a witchhunt, quite frankly. It is an egocentric view of the world, that we are the absolute best and everyone should fall in line, not question, or else be labeled as not "pro-America". She keeps spreading the message that small town America is the "real America". I also think that she believes anyone who doesn't embrace Christianity or a small town mentality is not as "American" as others. I do absolutely believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is built on a foundation of fear, not on hope. Attack, attack, attack - make others feel like Obama is "different". Make sure to mention his full name. Make sure to equate him to a terrorist. Bring up the Muslim thing. Weakly defend him at rallies when someone says he's an Arab, but don't go out of your way when people yell "kill him!" or "terrorist!" Ask if he's a "real" American by bringing up his birth certificate. Make people fear him. You see, he's not really "like us", right? Its extremely troubling to see, in some ways this election has brought out the best and the worst in this election. I am just praying, praying, that good wins out.
    and anyone with an education and a passport and an interest in the world and who believes in and the separation of church and state and diplomacy and dialogue and engaging with the 'other', is an 'elitist' (or 'uppity', if they're back), a socialist, a terrorist and doesn't love amurrica.
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