Most celebrities think of themselves as having one or two charitable or political issues which they feel so passionately about that they devote most of their free time to raising money for those causes. In the past, I thought of Sarah Palin as focusing on the GOP and abortion. However the fundamental error of this assumption was that Palin had a political or charitable purpose that was the motivation for her appearances. Recent speeches by Palin have shown the error in my logic.
Sarah Palin recently served as the keynote speaker for the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Las Vegas Convention. Serving as the featured speaker at an alcohol convention in Las Vegas is inconsistent with virtually every professed maxim of Sarah Palin:
Palin suggests that she is the advocate for small businesses and free enterprise, but the very existence of wholesalers in the alcohol industry represents a middle layer of profit for an industry that serves no real purpose, beyond making money for itself. The professed philosophy of Palin regarding business would suggest that she would not be a supporter of an industry that diverts money from a small business. In most states, the law requires that those who sell alcohol to the public must acquire that alcohol from a wholesale distributor, and not directly from the supplier.
Sarah's own PAC suggests a philosophy that is directly contrary to the notion that wholesalers should have any role in the sale of liquor. The SarahPAC explains that all contributions to the PAC will be devoted to recognizing "hard work, innovation and integrity by rewarding small businesses and hard working American families." Thus supporting a business that is the epitome of a "middle man" would seem to be contrary to everything for which Palin stands.
The convention was held in Las Vegas.
This city is best known by the slogan, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas, and the movie by the same name. In case that image wasn't enough to leave a lasting impression, the recent hit movie, "The Hangover," reinforced the impression that Las Vegas is the epicenter of adult overindulgence in alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, prostitution, as well as an overall sense of adult irresponsibility. Even if you are not a movie buff, you probably know that Nevada is the only state in the entire country where the buying and selling of sexual services is legal.
Palin purports to be a very religious person.
However supporting any industry or city that promotes the consumption of alcohol, would be directly contrary to the teachings of Palin's own church. One evangelistic minister summarized the teachings of the church as follows: "Everyone who drinks has an alcohol problem ... To put alcohol in the human brain is like putting sand in the bearings of an engine ... Imbibing any amount brings the drinker under alcohol's power."
This philosophy, warning against the dangers inherent in the consumption of any amount of alcohol would be consistent with Levi Johnston's description of Todd Palin going out to the garage to drink a beer to avoid the judgmental eye of Sarah. Yet, Sarah was happy to appear as the spokesperson for an entire industry devoted to alcohol consumption.
The GOP featured Palin as the keynote speaker on April 9, 2010 at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. This appearance came on the heels of another speech Palin gave in Nevada. Given her vast knowledge and experience as a bowling aficionado, Palin was identified as the perfect keynote speaker for bowlers from around the country who plan to convene in Las Vegas. Palin will have the opportunity to strut her stuff at the International Bowling Expo, sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors' Association (BPAA) this summer.
One might wonder what alcohol, the GOP and bowling, have in common. Wonder no longer! Sarah Palin is the answer. Why would she agree to hold herself out as the representative or keynote speaker at each of these meetings, but for the thousands of dollars they might pay her? They were each willing to pay Sarah the designated amount she charges for services rendered. No wonder two of the three groups identified Las Vegas as the perfect place for a convention, and a keynote address by Sarah Palin. It must have been "God's plan" that brought Sarah Palin to Las Vegas, and to the GOP. The appearance in Las Vegas gave Grandma Palin an opportunity to stand up for her belief that men and women should be treated as equals.
Sarah, the living example of a virtuous and moral lifestyle, recognizes and celebrates the importance of, a man or a woman, being treated equally, and allowed to make a living according to "God's plan." If Sarah is rewarded financially for her efforts, that is surely confirmation of the virtue of her efforts. The fact that she has been rewarded financially for her devotion to the "plan," must be God's way of recognizing her commitment. Maybe one day Sarah will write a letter in God's voice explaining this concept to those of us who still don't get it (Palin).
However, given the recent "business expenses" of the GOP, I now realize that Palin may not be the only connection between the three. The bowling and liquor industries both chose Las Vegas as the best location for their conventions, so these conventions have provided financial support to the exploitation of women. Even though the GOP has branched out to other states, it has still demonstrated a commitment to similar values. Those similarities are not confined to horse bridals. Voyeur in West Hollywood, which features topless dancers wearing horse bridles and other bondage gear while mimicking sex acts. Perhaps the connection between liquor, bowling, and the GOP are much greater than we first realized. Sarah Palin, in her infinite wisdom, realized the importance of all three, and didn't hesitate to take full advantage of the recognition and money that would be associated with each. She is one smart lady.