You probably know February is American Heart Month, and maybe you know that the 4th is National Wear Red Day. These are just a couple of country-wide observances meant to raise awareness about a particular wellness threat.
But have you heard? This year, there's a new campaign in town -- targeted at an especially sickening, maddening disease for which there hasn't been a cure in the last two or so years: Sarah Palin.
That's right. February 28-March 4 has been declared "Ignore Sarah Palin Week."
Left Action, a network of over a million progressive activists, is spreading the word about what they believe is the ultimate way to take on the former Alaskan governor who JUST WON'T GO AWAY.
Their rationale: "We've tried debating her, arguing with her, boycotting her, voting against her, and yet ... she keeps coming back. Much like a vampire or a nasty fungus."
So instead of getting mad, Left Action proposes that progressives get ... indifferent. They suggest that we change the channel when she comes on TV, surf away from a website should she appear, or turn to another article if she's featured in a newspaper, magazine, comic book, etc. The hope being: Maybe if all of us who realize she's a joke are hell-bent enough on tuning her out, we can "pop any trial balloons for 2012."
In just a day, more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition to say they're on board. I'm proud to say I've personally taken the pledge. But now, I wonder ... couldn't a whole week devoted to ignoring her just make more publicity for her? And won't she just bite back with her own "Go Out & Kill Your Local Wildlife Week" media blitz? After all, this is the lady who would prefer not to retreat, but to reload.
As a progressive, I'm all for the chance to stand up to Sarah by saying, "Enough is enough! Who are you anyway? We don't care! Go away!" etc. But as an American who values rationality and who prides intellect over "down home country likability" in a politician, I already have ignored Sarah Palin since that scary day when she was introduced at the GOP National Convention. Because turning our backs to a crazy lady who has absolutely zero credibility for national lawmaking just ... makes sense.
So, this can't just be a week-long thing ... no, Ignore Sarah Palin Week needs to happen every day, every month, every year. Until she goes back to that spot where she can see Russia and stays there!
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