In the early 1960’s, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a race to be the first into space. The Soviets succeeded in launching the first unmanned and manned spacecraft. The
USA quickly countered each Soviet success with one of their own. The Soviet leadership looked to find a woman who could become the first woman in space.
A former textile worker from the Soviet Union had become the first woman in space. Her name was Valentina Tereshkova. She was a simple farm girl who had an interest in parachuting, and exhibited fierce loyalty to the party. However, there were others more qualified. She was held up as an example that the leaders of the party could be proud. Russian Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev had a radio conversation with the female cosmonaut. Thousands of jubilant women gathered in Red Square, Moscow, to celebrate the occasion.
This past week witnessed another first… the selection and nomination of the first women Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. One thing that stood out above anything else this week was Gov Palin’s fierce loyalty to the conservative social agenda of the right wing of the Republican Party. However, there were others more qualified.
Sarah Palin does, indeed, have foreign policy experience. She’s twice spent time in Moscow. Oops! That was in Moscow, Idaho…home of Univ of Idaho.
Yea… for the Republicans another first based on ideological loyalty!
Incidentally, it was widely reported that Valentina had vomited while in space. Similarly, Sen. McCain’s selection of Gov. Palin leaves a familiar bad taste in my mouth. Excuse me while go I brush and floss!