I just had to copy this over from Pages Turned because it’s so horrifying:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.
—Nathan Thornburgh, Time
The librarian was lucky because in her very short time in public offices Palin has fired numerous officials for disagreeing with her extreme right-wing views. A few rigged voting machines and a heart attack and this woman could be the President of the United States. Think about it. And then get out and stop her.
Update II:Here is the original news story from the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (via Pages Turned). I think this is my favourite part:
But on Monday, Oct. 28, Emmons said Palin asked her outright if she
could live with censorship of library books. This was during a weak (sic)
when Palin was requesting resignations from all the city’s department
heads as a way of expressing loyalty.
What is this, the middle ages? Did Palin think she was running a feudal duchy? Someone needs to explain democracy to her. Soon.