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Deepak Chopra on Palin: Don't Elect Another Reagan

Monday, 15 Sep 2008 05:13 PM

By David Alliot

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Holistic-health hawker Deepak Chopra has joined far-left Sarah Palin bashers, writing that Palin’s conservative views reverse “40 years of feminist progress,” and admonishes voters not to “elect another Ronald Reagan.”

Chopra, in an article entitled, “Obama and the Palin Effect” in The Huffington Post, says that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeals to base emotions, “exhorting people to obey their worst impulses.”

He writes that Palin lurks as an anti-Obama “shadow” and says she appeals to the part of the psyche that counters virtues with negative qualities, such as “fear, anger, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of ‘the other.’”

Citing Palin’s successful small-town appeal and growing values-voter appeal, which have been hugely effective in garnering women voters, Chopra says “she can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing 40 years of feminist progress.” And in a slam to Republican standard-bearer Ronald Reagan, Chopra advises voters that “it would be a shame to elect another Ronald Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in.”

Part of his contempt for the Alaska governor derives from Chopra’s interpretation of Palin’s values. He writes that her “small-town values” are “a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.”

Even love of country is scorned by Chopra. “Patriotism” contorts to “the usual fallback in a failed war.” Family values — once the stuff of familial love and the essential foundation of morals, values, and honor — become “a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice.”

Calling out Palin’s staunch defense of life, anti-abortion stance and her pro-gun beliefs, Chopra says they are “a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.”

He then chastises and debases women by saying that they cannot recognize what’s good for them, that somehow conservatives are against women’s rights: “There are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good.”

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