Archive for Sarah Palin

Don’t Cry for Me, America

Posted in Liz Hager, Music & Dance, Politics with tags , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by Liz Hager

Naomi Wolf’s Battle Plan II in the Huffington Post today, which dissects the Rove-Cheney use of Sarah Palin, reminded me of the road “little Eva” Perón travelled to fascist infamy.  InEVITAbly, not far behind in my thoughts were Andrew Lloyd Webber’s eponymous musical and the words to its signature song.  I think you’ll find that substituting “America” for “Argentina” lends a creepy resonance to the Wolf thesis. 

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
that I still need your love after all that I’ve done

You won’t believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to


Don’t cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don’t keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don’t cry for me Argentina


Have I said too much?
There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know

That every word is true. 

If you have a hankering to sing along, try



“There is Light”—Look Down!:IWP, SF #14

Posted in Bay Area Art Scene, Graffiti with tags , , , , on September 18, 2008 by Liz Hager

Photo ©2008 Liz Hager

Date: 09/18/08

Time: 2:09 pm

Location: Page between Scott and Divisidero

“Indispensable Wisdom on the Pavement”: The whole Palin thing put me into a frenzy of emailing, reading, listening, and thinking. By the beginning of this week, I was nearly desperate; it was beginning to look like the country really might be stupid enough to elect this nincompoop.  But the storm clouds broke yesterday, and attention shifted away from the Palin factor and onto more important economic issues. This message on the pavement was just the reminder I needed.

I Nominate Sarah Palin for “Bridge to Nowhere” Award

Posted in Fashion, Liz Hager, Politics with tags , , on September 13, 2008 by Liz Hager

photo courtesy Daily Kos, 9/3/2008

Nothing could be more emblematic of McCain’s disastrous—no, reckless & unconscionable—choice of Palin as Vice President than the “Nowhere Alaska” T-shirt she held up during a September 2006 press conference in proud support of the Gravina project, aka “Bridge to Nowhere.” 

It seems clear that the tactic of choosing Sarah Palin as the running mate was not about the advancement of women in the political sphere, but about furthering the Conservative agenda. As far as I can tell, this agenda concerns itself with dividing Americans against each other and against the rest of the world. (Parenthetically, though, the choice of this unqualified and uninformed woman may actually set back the cause of women in politics.)

Yes, the Alaska Governor’s stance against choice is reason enough not to vote for this ticket. But the real issue with a Palin candidacy is even more disturbing than reproductive rights and stem cell research. Despite the Bush Administration’s disrespect for the global community, the fact is that America cannot operate independently of it. Our future depends on our leaders understanding the nuances of international relations. The realities of oil production/consumption alone should confirm that for all of us.

Conservatives (and duped Republicans) hold Palin up as an acceptable standard for the second most important leader in our country. And yet, this is a candidate who doesn’t even know what the current administration’s policies are, never mind having an opinion about them; thinks that she has insight into Russia, because she can see it from Alaska (YIKES, echoes of Bush looking into Putin’s eyes and seeing the soul of a good man!); considers travel to Canada and Mexico as international experience; categorizes trade representatives from other countries as “foreign leaders”; and, as recently as Thursday, publicly connects Saddam Hussein and 9/11 attacks. 

Ignorance and lack of curiosity are the standards we should strive for in our Vice Presidents?  Didn’t the past 8 years already teach us that lesson? 

For excellence displayed in foreign relations, I’m nominating Sarah Palin for the first-ever “Bridge to Nowhere” award. But here’s the catch—I’ve rigged this election. Palin can only win the award if we vote against her in November.

Sarah Palin Carries a Big (Hockey) Stick

Posted in Liz Hager, People & Places, Politics with tags , , , on September 4, 2008 by Liz Hager

©2008 Jim Wilson/NY Times

I sent out an email yesterday in connection with my participation in Part 2 of the “Banned & Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship”, noting that censorship was still a relevant & topical issue in our democratic union.  The connection was prompted by a NY Times article that morning on Sarah Palin— “Palin’s Start in Alaska: Not Politics as Usual,” — which included this tidbit:

“. . . Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. ‘They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,’ Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to ‘resist all efforts at censorship,’ Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article. . . “

I received scads more responses in connection to the Palin part of that email than to the announcement of the show. I am chastened—subdued—for the moment, anyway. I heard your message—politics more urgent than art. So, with that in mind, I start today with a few posts on an artist’s view of the Republican Convention.

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