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CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS ARE THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R.
Extremist Conservative Republicans are selfish, power hungry,
hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest,
avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its institutions,
its standards of political morality, and its vision of advancement for all the
people. These Republicans love war as long as they and theirs do not have to put
on helmets and carry guns into the fighting. They use lies to start wars that
kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and thousands of our own military
service people. They love massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich
masters if war is absent.
Those Extremist Conservative Republicans hate
the rest of us, which they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto
us, the financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause.
They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are blasphemers for
they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are the work of God. They
are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor, the immigrants, the old and
the sick, of whom God has commanded all of us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on
false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they have
lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to them for the
nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.
Extremist Conservative Republicans are the enemy.
I've been scratching my head about two
things lately. One, how can someone who isn't a multimillionaire vote
Republican? Every platform they support is contrary to the average working class
citizen's needs. Two, how can a woman profess to be a Christian when She is
obviously a hypocrite and Liar? But when I listen to people like Sarah Palin,
Michele Bachmann, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell speak, it becomes clear
how these things exist and why they are glorified. Intelligence is
awareness of ignorance. Stupidity is ignorance of ignorance.
Now it all makes sense. "It is better to be
silent and be thought a fool than to speak and
remove all doubt." Variously attributed to Lincoln, Elbert Hubbard, Mark Twain,
Benjamin Franklin and Socrates.Marine Corps Sgt. Ron Geste - Iraq
Audio only and of course NSFW. But Carlin has
has always supported a extreme Conservative Christian position especially
when it comes to Church and State issues. It is apparent from the data
collected, that the first amendment has been in danger from her past and will be
in danger from her future actions.
Upon calling her office we find that Islam,
Judaism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Wicca "..aren't "Real" religions."
What is a real religion, Mrs Palin? What you have been practicing?
Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." Sarah
will reside in Dante's ninth level of Hell!
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own
when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us,
think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the Freedom
of Religion Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend
any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political
"Sarah Palin is one of the great pulsars of our
times: a collapsed gravity well of unblinking stare. People innocently
walking down the street, are drawn into her orbit, helplessly drawn in by how
utterly dense she is. They cannot escape the completely impenetrable mass
of darkness surrounding her mind and become totally crushed & moronized by her."
By a Friend of Religious Freedom
Sarah Louise Heath Palin (born February
11, 1964) was the governor of Alaska until she quit. She is the former
Republican vice presidential candidate, a compulsive breeder, and a major
The only thing Sarah Palin seems to
enjoy more than having children is giving those children ridiculous names and
inadequate sex education.
Palin served as both a city councilor
and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a nightmare of suburban sprawl located in the
armpit of the state’s two major highways. Somehow, she was elected governor of
Alaska in 2006, becoming the first woman ever to hold the office.
On August 29, 2008, Republican
presidential candidate Senator
performed perhaps the greatest political blunder in American history by
announcing that he had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin celebrated
Sarah Palin was helped inordinately by
the fact that no one knew anything about her or Alaska, and probably never
Palin Doesn't Know Cold War History
Excerpts from articles posted on crooksandliars.com and huffingtonpost.com
Jun 11, 2011
President Obama wants to give Russia our missile
defense secrets because he believes that we can buy their friendship and
cooperation with this taxpayer-funded gift. But giving military secrets
and technologies to a rival or competitor like Russia is just plain
dumb. You can’t buy off Russia. And giving them advanced military
technology will not create stability. What happens if Russia gives this
technology (or sells it!) to other countries like Iran or China? After
all, as Woolsey points out, Russia helped Iran with its missile and
nuclear programs. Or what happens if an even more hardline leader comes
to power in the Kremlin?
We tried buying off the Kremlin with technologies in
the 1970s. That policy was a component of “detente,” and the hope was
that if we would share our technologies with them, they would become
more peaceful. Things, of course, didn’t work out that way. The Kremlin
took western technologies and embarked on a massive military building
program. History teaches that peace comes from American military
strength. And a central component of that has always been technological
superiority. Why would President Obama even dream of giving this away?
I've said before that I'm
not convinced that Sarah Palin knows where or how a sentence she is speaking
will end until she gets there. It appears that same trait is true of her
writing too. Of course, it's hard to craft sensible arguments
when one doesn't know what the hell one is talking
From her recounting of history, Palin appears to be
arguing that the United States and the West gave “technologies” during
this period, and that “the Kremlin took Western technologies and
embarked on a massive military building program.”
Palin’s language struck us a garbled version of this
period written by her new foreign policy adviser, Peter Schweizer of the
Hoover Institution at Stanford University. [..] In fact,
technology imports from the United States were heavily restricted during
“All sorts of restrictions remained in force on what
technical equipment could be provided to [East Bloc] countries, and
while I'm sure Nixon/Kissinger/Ford might have eased a few requirements
here or there, it was hardly an effort to ‘buy off’ the Kremlin by
‘sharing’ militarily useful technologies,” said James Hershberg,
associate professor of history and international affairs at George
Washington University and former director of the Cold War International
History Project. “The Jackson-Vanik Amendment [of 1974] imposed further
limitations on economic relations even at the height of detente.”
The restrictions on technology trade were so tough
that the Soviets embarked on a massive spying operation designed to
obtain such goods. “It definitely was not as a result of some sort of
conscious effort by Washington to ‘buy’ Soviet sympathy or cooperation,”
In fact, when the French government provided the
United States with information on what items the Soviets were trying to
obtain, the CIA plotted to sabotage the Soviet economy through covert
transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions. One devious
bit of software sold by the CIA later triggered a huge explosion in a
Siberian natural gas pipeline that could be seen from space.
Now this is a
slightly more nuanced error than not grasping the historical importance
of Paul Revere and I doubt very much that most Americans would be able
to articulate the details of our Cold War strategizing. But if you're
going to criticize the President for not understanding the historical
challenges of our relationship with Russia and making the same choices
as Reagan, you really ought to have your own facts straight.
Excerpted from a post by
at motherjones.com May 31, 2011
I think I've now read at least half a dozen
mainstream media figures lamenting the absurd level of coverage that
the mainstream media is giving to Sarah Palin's bus tour cum summer
vacation cum presidential campaign tryout. Note to the nation's
editors: your own reporters think that chasing her around like a
starstruck junior high school kid is nuts. Isn't it time to pull the
plug and let her tour the United States with the privacy she
Palin's Latest: Signs of a 2012 Bid...Or
Love of the Limelight?
Excerpts from an article at motherjones.com by
David Corn May 26, 2011
OMG. Sarah Palin is running for
president. Well, it's not official. And unconfirmed.
And, perhaps, maybe she isn't. But The New York
Times has a
front-pager today with a headline proclaiming "Signs
Grow That Palin May Run." The signs? She's bolstering
her skimpy staff, beefing up her schedule of public
appearances, and possibly moving to Arizona. (That's bad
news if John McCain wants to be her running-mate.)
reports "speculation" of a Palin 2012 race is on the
rise. And there's a
new pro-Palin film being released in key primary
states. Recently, she told her pal Greta Van Susteren
that—you betcha—she has "the fire in the belly" for a
White House bid.
It may well be that the former
half-term governor/unsuccessful vice-presidential
candidate is indeed heading toward a dive into
presidential waters. But there's another possible
explanation: as 2012 approaches, a presidential tease
requires more, uh, leg.
At the start of this year, Palin's
will-she-or-won't-she act was a large part of the 2012
story. But the months went by—and, not coincidentally,
her standing in various polls slipped—and developments
nudged her to the side, as other candidates either
entered the race or retreated. For a while, Donald Trump
sucked up loads of oxygen, as he head-faked a run that
would draw upon right-wing anger and resentment (Palin's
fuel). In recent weeks, as candidates Haley Barbour,
Mitch Daniels, and Mike Huckabee kept their hats on
their heads, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has all but
declared, indicating that the Sarah Palin role in the
2012 miniseries might be played by a social conservative
woman other than Sarah Palin.
The bottom-line: Palin was starting
to look more like an irrelevant sideshow than the main
attraction. And that's not good for Palin and Palin,
If Palin decides not to run, she will
not remain a star of the show. She will indeed possess
influence, for presumably a Palin endorsement (or
anti-endorsement) will have an impact within the ranks
of GOP primary voters. But as long as she is a
possible candidate, she can command a tremendous
amount of attention. Yet at this stage, being a credible
possible candidate actually requires her to
take certain steps.
So all these actions fanning
"speculation" that she might be preparing to stride into
the race can also be viewed as actions necessary to
maintain her possible-candidate status—which is
worth preserving, even if Palin already knows she's not
going to make good on the tease. Which means the Palin
guessing game is still just that: a guessing game.
The Rise and Fall
of Sarah Palin
Excerpt from a post on motherjones.com
Drum on May 9, 2011
16 months after
[Fox] network chief Roger Ailes closed [a $3 million TV]
deal in a meeting with Palin and her husband, Todd, the
excitement has cooled. Palin’s regular appearances as a
commentator no longer move the ratings needle without a
promotional push. Palin was supposed to host prime-time
specials dubbed Real American Stories, but Fox insiders tell
me the idea was shelved early on. The first one bombed,
losing a chunk of its audience as the show progressed.
....Between February and April,
according to an analysis for Newsweek by
General Sentiment, a company that tracks and measures online
content, posts involving Palin fell 38.3 percent, to
235,032, over the past 30 days. Social-media mentions
dropped in lockstep, down 32 percent over the same period,
Maybe this is due to her Tucson misstep, or
her "blood libel" inanity, or maybe her semi-defense of
birthers. But I think Kurtz has missed the real reason: Dana
Milbank's one-month boycott of all things Palin in February. I
joined in on that, and you know what? After 30 days of cold
turkey I was pretty much cured. Ignoring Sarah Palin turned out
to be a lot easier than I thought, and by the time March rolled
around I didn't much care about her anymore. I think I've only
mentioned her once or twice since then.
Fame is a
fickle thing, I'm afraid, especially when you have nothing of
actual substance to be famous about. In that department, it
turned out that Sarah Palin's half-life was even shorter than
the Kardashian family's.
excerpt posted by
in motherjones.com May 31, 2011
read enough about Sarah Palin and her less-than-magical mystery bus
There was one intriguing
connection that wasn't made in many of the media accounts of her
participation in the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day motorcycle
extravaganza in Washington, DC, this past weekend: Palin was hanging
out at an event that used to be enemy territory for John McCain.
Rolling Thunder was
started in late 1980s
to raise awareness about Vietnam POWs missing in
action. At that time, many of its organizers and activists accepted
the notion (or conspiracy theory) that the US government had
knowingly left behind US GIs in Vietnam, and was covering up this
dastardly deed. (See
Rambo: First Blood Part II).
And for many who believed this, McCain, a former POW, was an enemy,
for he would not join their cause and—worse—he co-chaired with Sen.
John Kerry a Senate investigation that essentially found that Rambo
was wrong. Their probe, completed in 1993, concluded:
While the Committee has some
evidence suggesting the possibility a POW may have survived to
the present, and while some information remains yet to be
investigated, there is, at this time, no compelling evidence
that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in
finding enraged the Ramboists within the POW/MIA community. In fact,
John Holland, one of the founders of Rolling Thunder, fiercely
opposed McCain's presidential bid in 2008.
(Holland also denounced McCain for having collaborated with the
enemy when McCain was a POW.)
With the passing years, the
Rolling Thunder rally has become less about (nonexistent) POWs and
more about itself and motorcycles. And there was Palin, turning the
event into a platform for herself. She was mostly well received, it
seemed, at this photo-op. But if she had brought her once-partner
McCain along for the ride, the picture could have been rather
Early Life and "Education"
Sarah Palin began her shockingly
easy ascent from second place in a beauty pageant to potential
second-in-command of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal from her birth on
February 11, 1964, a birthday she shares with Burt Reynolds, Jeb Bush,
Sheryl Crow, and TV’s Moesha, who also had her share of run-ins with
Born Sarah Louise Heath in
Sandpoint, Idaho, Palin grew up mostly in Wasilla, Alaska, a town that is
also the origin of the porn actress April Flowers, star of such classics as
Dead Men Don’t Wear Rubbers, Sodomania Slop Shots 9, and 100%
26, 21, and, to a lesser extent, 18. As a student and
basketball player at Wasilla High School, she earned the nickname “Sarah
Barracuda,” presumably for her powerful jaws, bony web-like fins, and small
In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla
Pageant, a feat that sounds a lot more impressive than it is unless you’ve
ever met a girl from Wasilla, few of whom have either a full set of teeth or
a vacant womb. She then finished runner up in the Miss Alaska pageant, a
feat that sounds a lot more impressive than it is considering the state is
nearly 75% male.
After attending Hawaii Pacific
University for a semester—apparently it wasn’t enough of a party school for
her—Palin transferred to North Idaho College and then University of Idaho.
In 1987, she received a BS in communications, with a minor in political
science. That’s right, a poli-sci minor. VP candidate Joe
Biden’s 30-plus-year career as U.S. senator pales in comparison, and anyone
who says different is sexist.
After a brief stint as a local
sports reporter for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Palin decided the next logical
step was politics, winning two terms on the Wasilla city council.
In 1996, she ran as a Republican
for the non-partisan position of mayor, highlighting such issues as
abortion, gun control, and religion, each of prime importance for a town
that, at the time, consisted of fewer than 5,000 people who mostly crapped
in outhouses. Palin won. (Wasilla also boasts a 1:6 citizen-to-church
As mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin
went to work immediately fighting big government by cutting funding to the
city museum and shaking up the “Alaska old boy network” by firing the town
librarian (who was, in fact, an old woman). Re-elected in 1999, Palin shook
up the old boy network even further by working with Ted Stevens’ chief of
staff to obtain tens of millions of dollars in federal earmarks. Term limits
may have prevented her running a third time, but they didn’t stop her from
totally running over her step-mother-in-law in the 2002 Wasilla mayoral
election by endorsing her opponent. The opponent won.
Palin made an unsuccessful bid for
lieutenant governor in 2002, spewed further offspring, and was then
appointed by arctic dick Governor Frank Murkowski to chair the Alaska Oil
and Gas Conservation Commission. She repaid Murkowski by unseating him less
than three years later in the Republican gubernatorial primary, running on a
clean-government platform, opposed to earmarks—like the ones she garnered
for Wasilla—and political nepotism—like her appointment to the Oil and Gas
Endorsed by Ted Stevens, the
consummate Alaskan old boy, Palin was elected the first female governor of
Alaska, “The Last Frontier.” She was also the youngest governor in state
history, as well as the first governor not to be inaugurated in Juneau, the
state’s charming little capital, and a city she has spent her entire
20-months in office dismantling by spitefully and systematically moving the
state government—by far Juneau’s largest employer—to Wasilla. Incidentally,
Juneau is the only blue part of an otherwise very red state.
In her less than two-years as
governor, Sarah Palin has yet to engender the type of scorn voters usually
heap upon a governor closer to the five-year mark. The important thing to
remember about Alaska is that nothing really goes on there, aside from
melting permafrost and lots of drinking… paid for in part by the $1200
checks Palin ordered cut to every Alaskan resident. No wonder she boasts the
highest approval rating of any governor in the country.
In 2006, after initially supporting
it, Sarah Palin ordered work stoppage on Ketchikan’s Gravina Island Bridge,
better known as the "Bridge to Nowhere."Interestingly enough, that particular bridge to
nowhere—the state has two—actually was to somewhere, namely Ketchikan
International Airport. Palin did not stop construction on the road to the
Bridge to Nowhere, which, when you think about it, is kind of an even bigger
waste of money.
Perhaps Palin’s greatest
achievement as governor was firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan
in retaliation for refusing to fire an Alaska State Trooper, who also
happens to be her ex-brother-in-law. (Pay attention now, and try to stick
with us.) She had originally wanted to fire this trooper in retaliation for
a child custody battle he happened to be having with her sister. The scandal
has become known as "Troopergate," which, despite not really being all that
big a deal in the grand scheme of things, will most likely stick around in
the news simply because everyone loves a “gate.”
On August 29, 2008, Republican
presidential candidate John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Palin’s selection surprised many people, especially because most speculation
had centered on Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty,
Mitt Romney, Tom
Joe Lieberman, none
of whom have any sex appeal at all. Especially Joe Lieberman.
Reaction to Palin’s nomination was
mixed, just the way you’d expect it to be: conservatives were psyched,
liberals outraged, and the news networks excited to have something else to
talk about after Hurricane Gustav turned out to be a big bust.
Most discussion centered around
Palin’s relative deficit of experience, or surfeit of experience, depending
on who you ask. Regardless, Palin demonstrated her ability to read a speech
someone else had written for her off a teleprompter, and when push comes to
shove, that’s really all she needed to be able to do.
Sarah Palin’s political
views are totally cribbed from the "Focus on the Family" website.
Pro-life, unless you’re talking about the life of a criminal; limited
government involvement in people’s lives, unless those people have a uterus
or are gay and want to get married; and guns for whoever wants them, as many
as they like, unless they look Islamic, in which case they should be
detained indefinitely, preferably naked and arranged in a human pyramid.
Sarah Palin describes herself as a
“hockey mom,” even though only one of her five kids ever played hockey… a
long time ago. Her unmarried 17-year-old daughter was impregnated by a
hockey player, but that hardly counts.
Palin married her high school
boyfriend Todd—a very common dick name—in 1988 when she was 24, and, if you
do the math, also knocked-up. The couple has five children: Track,
Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig. Should she birth any further
issue—and she very well might—it is entirely possible she will name it Trix
Two days after she was named as
McCain’s running mate, Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was five
months pregnant, would keep the baby, and marry the teenage father.
After several days of being chewed over by the media, both campaigns decided
to make family off-limits. Off-limits, that is, until she decided to
"mysteriously" leak a story that Malia Obama is pregnant, too. A very
While it's hard to pinpoint exactly
what went wrong with John McCain's campaign, most observers would argue the
wheels started to come off when his Vice-Presidential candidate's winking
became a substantive campaign strategy.
In the months following the
election, Palin returned to playing governor in Alaska while everyone began
learning exactly how much of a screw-up candidate she'd actually been. At
one point in the campaign, Palin apparently went on an incredible shopping
spree the likes of which had not been seen since the Big Lots in Wasilla had
During one campaign strategy
session at a hotel, she greeted senior officials dressed in a towel, which
while perhaps acceptable for a militia fundraising calendar around the
holidays, is considered rude and discourteous in many professional circles.
Though most Americans agreed that
Palin was unfit for the Presidency, there are still enough salivating,
sexually-repressed Republican men out there who can't get enough of her use
of the word "drill." Experts point out that this strategy for selecting a
candidate is not historically successful, which explains the dearth of
county commission seats filled by former Scores dancers.
This led Palin to found SarahPAC, a
political action committee geared toward energy independence, financing her
probable future campaigns, and bribing her children's baby-daddies.
In a 2009 Conservative Political
Action Conference poll, Palin came in third for "who conservatives would be
most likely to support for president in 2012" appropriately tying Ron Paul,
the only other candidate on the ballot whose supporters are super into
Palin also wrote a book released in
If there was any doubt that Palin
would eventually be running for President, it was dispelled in mid-2009
during her public "feud" with talk show host David Letterman after some
remarks he made about her family. In response to Letterman's supposed
tasteless exploitation of her daughter for his own benefit, Palin appeared
on nearly every network to tastelessly exploit her daughter for her own
"In the conservative ranks and within the
party, she's really quite a crucial piece in this puzzle,"
said Tom Donnelly, a defense fellow at the American
Enterprise Institute. "She's got both political and
tea-party/small-government bona fides, but she also has a
lot of credibility in advocating for military strength."
This was in response to Palin's commentary on
SecDef Gates' attempts to control a defense budget that has
doubled over the past decade, that has seen acquisition projects
skyrocket in terms of cost and schedule delays, that (combined
with combat operations) has limited our ability to modernize the
"Something has to be done urgently to
stop the out-of-control Obama-Reid-Pelosi spending machine,
and no government agency should be immune from budget
scrutiny," she said. "We must make sure, however, that we do
nothing to undermine the effectiveness of our military. If
we lose wars, if we lose the ability to deter adversaries,
if we lose the ability to provide security for ourselves and
for our allies, we risk losing all that makes America great.
That is a price we cannot afford to pay." -------------
"Secretary Gates recently spoke about the future of the U.S.
Navy. He said we have to ask whether the nation can really
afford a Navy that relies on $3 [billion] to $6 billion
destroyers, $7 billion submarines and $11 billion carriers.
He went on to ask, 'Do we really need . . . more strike
groups for another 30 years when no other country has more
than one?' " Palin said. "Well, my answer is pretty simple:
Yes, we can and yes, we do, because we must."
Honestly, this level of rhetoric might not
sound foolish coming out of the mouth of a 12-year old, but this
is someone who purports herself to be a national leader in the
conservative movement. The ignorance involved in her statement
should clang like lead weights in any serious defense analyst's
mind. America's greatness isn't solely based on its military
power - we've been able to succeed as a nation despite setbacks
like Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, and yes, Iraq and Afghanistan
today. But really, what puts the icing on the cake is that
simplistic mush "we can and yes, we do" spend billions of
dollars on modernizing military forces "because we must."
If anything disqualifies Sarah Palin as a
serious candidate for national office, it ought to be that
statement, that she cannot fathom a situation where we have to
reduce the defense budget from $700 billion a year back down
into the $300-400 billion a year range. She must have no
understanding about the need for defense acquisition reform or
to develop a defense budget while recognizing the need to fund
the rest of the federal government, because no one who has
seriously examined defense issues would make such an idiotic
So, Mr. Donnelly, when you say that Sarah
Palin has "a lot of credibility in advocating for military
strength," were you misquoted, drunk, half-awake, or merely
being a syphocant for the current darling of the Tea Party
movement? Do you want to lose all of your own credibility in
discussing defense issues within the context of the conservative
movement? Or were you just reinforcing the
During her VP nomination
acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin
displayed what some might call a sense of humor by asking, "What’s the
difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom?" Her answer: lipstick.
There are at least four funnier punch lines than that. They are as
"You can’t keep a hockey mom
chained to a post in your backyard with a bowl of water all day."
"Hockey moms are still legal in
"Pit bulls don’t drive
mini-vans. Or wear panty-liners."
Also, here’s another Sarah
Palin riddle for you that we came up with: - How can you tell if Sarah
Palin is cheating on you with another guy? - Earmarks.
Come on, that’s not bad.
Wallace: Palin Just Made Things Up, 'Bizarre
Fixation' On Campaign (VIDEO)
Former McCain campaign
staffer Nicolle Wallace tore into Sarah
Palin's "Going Rogue" saying the book was
"based on fabrications" and exhibited a
"bizarre fixation" on past events.
Wallace gave a statement to
"The Rachel Maddow Show" calling the
anecdote total fiction. "The notion that
there was a conversation that I tried to
cajole her into an interview with Katie
Couric is fiction," Wallace said. "I am not
someone who throws around the word
self-esteem. It is a fictional description."
As for the
book in general, Wallace said, "I think she
has a legitimate complaint that things could
have been better conceived. A book about
that would have been painful, but not
unfair. What she gets wrong is this
personalization that Steve Schmidt and I
were lone villains ... She hated me from the
beginning. I try not to take it personally.
The fact is, she wrote a book based on
fabrications ... This book is a bizarre
fixation on things that everyone else has
moved on from."
the Health Care debates right-wing groups begain pushing the
that health care reform would somehow kill seniors. One of the most high
profile voices pushing
this lie was Sarah Palin,
who claimed President Obama will institute bureaucratic “death
panels.” On her Facebook page, she
continued the attack.
Though some Republicans have rebuffed this absurd, inaccurate notion — like
Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who called such talk “nuts”
— others, like Newt Gingrich, have piled on to
agree with Palin.
However, on April 16th 2008, then Gov.
Sarah Palin endorsed some of the same end of life counseling she now decries as
a form of euthanasia. In a proclamation announcing “Healthcare
Decisions Day,” Palin urged public
facilities to provide better information about advance directives, and made it
clear that it is critical for seniors to be informed of such options:
WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions
Day is designed to
raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for
healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and
medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for
themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance
directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.
WHEREAS, one of the principal
goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals,
nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement
communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to
provide clear and consistent information to the public about
advance directives, as well as to encourage medical
professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve
public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with
WHEREAS, the Foundation for End
of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the
United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating
the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and
executing advance directives.
Though this proclamation was
eventually deleted from the Alaska governor’s website, it shows that Palin’s
current fear-mongering is purely political. Palin is not the only
conservative leader to completely flip-flop on this issue. Gingrich too
endorsed end of life counseling.
At a conference in April of 2010, Gingrich said advance directives can “save
money” while also helping to “decrease
the stress felt by caregivers.”
There was a TV ad for
deodorant that said, "Never let them see you sweat." John McCain has shown
the world that he was drenched.
In our opinion selecting Sarah
Palin as his choice for a vice presidential candidate is perhaps the worst
such choice in American History. To be fair, maybe there are worse choices,
but I don't know how bad William O. Butler was when he ran with Lewis Cass
against Zachary Taylor.
But it's far worse than Dan
Quayle, who was a sitting senator. Worse even than Geraldine Ferraro, who at
least served in Congress for three-terms. And far worse than William Miller,
a choice so obscure when selected by Barry Goldwater that he (honestly)
later did an American Express commercial asking, "Do you know me?" And that
ad was after the election. But even Miller had been a Congressman
for 12 years. And been a prosecutor during the Nuremberg War trials against
Nazis. Sarah Palin lists her credits as a hockey mom.
There was a point during the
Republican primaries when I was trying to figure out who I hoped got the
presidential nomination. Someone so weak he'd be easy for the Democrats to
beat, or someone more challenging who at least wouldn't be a disaster for
America. I decided on the latter because America has to resolve its serious
problems and can't afford risking some glitch where another George Bush got
elected. And so I felt that John McCain, for all his weaknesses, was the
lesser of all evils and was glad he got the nomination. Throw that out the
window. McCain-Palin is an unthinkable disaster.
I completely understand the
reasoning behind the decision for John McCain to select Sarah Palin.
Absolutely. It's the thinking that settled on Sarah Palin that's missing.
No doubt John McCain will get
some women to vote for him who wouldn't have otherwise, and even some
independents. But he will also probably lose as many Republicans
uncomfortable with a woman on the ticket - let alone a woman with so little
experience as Sarah Palin. Not to mention that the choice will cause many
undecided Democratic women to be aghast and push them back to following
their Democratic beliefs. And further, it will lose all the independents who
look at the GOP ticket and say "This is who I'm supposed to give my vote for
the next four years to lead and protect America??" It may even appeal to
right-wing evangelicals for her strong pro-life stance and get some to vote
- but that position and others related to it are specifically what loses
even more women voters. And men. Ultimately, the nomination will lose far,
far more votes than it gains.
But this is not the reason the
decision is so terrible.
It's always said that the most
important decision a presidential candidate makes is their pick for vice
president. It shows their thinking and judgment. John McCain, in his first
decision, has just told the world that he believes Sarah Palin is the most
qualified person to be a heartbeat from the presidency. Forgetting all the
available men for a moment, if John McCain felt it critical to select a
woman in an effort to somehow grab the Hillary Clinton supporters, look at
his choice of women he had available: Christine Todd Whitman, Kay Bailey
Hutchison, Elizabeth Dole, Susan Collins, even - for goodness sake -
Condoleezza Rice. Or Carly Fiorina. Each of these have marks against them,
and perhaps some might not have wanted to run, but it's near-impossible to
look at the list and suggest to the American public that Sarah Palin is the
best choice of Republican women to be vice president. And again, this is
ignoring the men he who could have been chosen.
It's not that Sarah Palin is
inexperienced. It's that this is gross political misconduct.
Sarah Palin has been governor
of Alaska for just a bit over 18 months. Alaska has a population of 683,000.
(Though that doesn't include moose.) This would only make it the 17th most
populous city in the United States. Just ahead of Fort Worth.
Before that, she was mayor of
Wasilla, Alaska. Population 9,000. I know Republicans like to promote "small
town values," but this is taking things to ridiculous extremes, don't you
think? I'm from Glencoe, Illinois, population 8,762. It's so small it
doesn't even have a mayor, it has an appointed village manager. I'm
sure that Paul Harlow is doing wonderfully at his job in the village - but I
don't expect that he sees himself as even wanting to be a heartbeat
from the U.S. President in 18 months. You know what the top news story is on
the Glencoe website?
"Fire Hydrant Painting Underway."
(To be fair, it's the #2 story. The top news is a clarification about
displaying political signage.)
Do you know what the first two
"powers and duties" are for the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska? Check their
1. Preside at council
meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the
council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a
2. Act as ceremonial head of
If you live in small town
America (and I mean really, really small), look around you and be honest -
do you see your mayor (or village manager) as a heartbeat from the
presidency in 18 months?
But that's not the reason
either that the decision to make Sarah Palin the VP nominee is so terrible.
It's one thing to discuss how
unqualified Sarah Palin is. That's a national matter and huge. But on a
grassroots political level, her nomination takes away the Republicans' ONLY
weapon in the campaign - calling Barack Obama inexperienced. They haven't
even been trying to run on the issues, or on the eight-year record of George
Bush, which John McCain has supported almost 95% of the time. They've only
been running on the faux-issue of Barack Obama's experience of 14 years in
federal and state government. Yes, Sarah Palin is merely running for VP, not
president, but with a 72 year-old candidate with a history of serious
medical issues, this is who they're saying is able to step in as president
in a heart-beat. She has so little experience that she makes Sen. Obama look
like FDR, Winston Churchill and Julius Caesar combined. So, the Republicans
pulled the rug out from under themselves. They have no issues. The economy?
Housing? The national debt? Education? The Environment? Iraq? Afghanistan?
Nothing. All they have is "Dear Democratic women: please pretend our VP
candidate is Hillary Clinton. Just forget that she's pro-life. And against
most things Democrats stand for."
But that's not the reason the
decision is so terrible.
Because if the hope for John McCain is to
get women to vote for him who otherwise supported Hillary Clinton - if
anything could get Hillary Clinton campaigning in full force and fury...this
is it. She likely would have campaigned hard, but it's in Hillary Clinton's
best interest to be the leading voice for women, and the leading
woman candidate for president in the future, so having another woman as the
potential Vice President (and potential President) is a significant
challenge to that. The Republicans just opened Pandora's Box and brought
Hillary Clinton roaring to Barack Obama's side on the Democratic train. And
Bill Clinton, too.
Yet even that's not the reason the decision is so
What this does in the most
profound and grandiose way possible is give lie to John McCain's pompous
posturing that he Always Puts America First. And that undercuts the most
prominent campaign issue of his entire career, that everything he does is
for reasons of honor. There is nothing honorable about making Sarah Palin
your vice presidential nominee. Nothing. Unless you define honor as
But that's not the reason
either that this decision is so terrible.
But before we get to that,
let's look at the actual announcement to make Gov. Sarah Palin (AK - pop.
683,000) the Republican nominee for president, and put the horrible decision
First, John McCain stood at
the podium, looking up-and-down reading his speech. It's impossible not to
compare that to Barack Obama giving his majestic speech the night before
that even conservative analysts were admiring in awe.
Second, the cameras were
polite enough to avoid it, but there were empty seats in the gym. It's
impossible not to compare that to a stadium of 75,000 people that Barack
Obama spoke to the night before.
Third, when people around the
nation were waiting to hear about Sarah Palin's qualifications and gravitas
to be Vice President of the United States, the first five minutes of her
speech were spent talking about her husband being a champion snowmobiler.
Fourth, when she finally got
around to her qualifications, pretty much all we discovered was that she
fought to cut property taxes. And then, she basically stopped there.
She did, however, mention
becoming energy self-sufficient - by talking about how she supported
drilling in Alaska!!! Perhaps to Republicans this is being an
environmentalist, but to most of America, not so much. Then again, she's
also against putting polar bears on the endangered species list (which the
government did), so maybe her environmental qualifications are more lax than
And then, finally, she spent
the rest of her time praising John McCain. Fine, that's very supportive of
her...except that the one question on everyone's mind was not --
"can you say John McCain is a swell guy and tell us that he was a POW", the
question on everyone's mind was - "Who in God's name are you, and please
tell us why you should be a heart-beat from the presidency?"
In the end, the only case she
herself made for being on the ticket was praising Hillary Clinton! That's
it, period. Now, it might be enough to attract some women -- but it
doesn't make a case for the ticket. Why? Hint: some women did vote for
Hillary Clinton solely because she was a woman. But most women voted for
Hillary Clinton because she was a Democrat, as well as a woman, who stood
for important Democratic values they seriously believed in. If Sarah Palin
wants to praise Hillary Clinton, go for it. But at least understand what
you're praising. Because it will likely come back and bite you.
It was a thin, nothing, empty
speech. It was a speech to be head of the Chamber of Commerce. Compare that
to the speech by Joe Biden when Barack Obama introduced him. Eloquent,
soaring and explaining in blunt detail why John McCain should not be
president. Joe Biden must have been watching Sarah Palin's speech, in order
to take notes in preparation for his debate with her and thought, "This
And all that's not even the
reason the decision is so terrible.
The reason is because the
election is not about Sarah Palin. Or about Joe Biden. As much as TV
analysts want to be excited by the balloons and hoopla, tomorrow the air
will be let out, and there are still over two months to go for the campaign.
The campaign is about Barack
Obama and John McCain.
Sarah Palin's nomination
doesn't change that. In fact, it reinforces it. Nothing about putting Sarah
Palin on the GOP ticket changes a word that Barack Obama said in his vibrant
acceptance speech - about himself, about his issues, and about John McCain's
repeatedly faulty judgment on the critical issues facing America.
What Sarah Palin's nomination
does do is focus attention on John McCain's age. Indeed, the nomination was
made on his birthday, when he turned 72, the oldest man ever to run for
president. As the crowd sang "Happy Birthday to You," you almost sensed that
through John McCain's clenched smile, saying, "Thanks for reminding me,"
that what he was thinking underneath was "Please, oh, please, don't sing the
'How old are you now?' part." And how good a message was it that he's saying
he supposedly forgot it was his birthday?
Vice presidents are usually
selected as people who are adept at blasting the other side's presidential
candidate, because it's only the presidential candidate that matters. Joe
Biden has already done that - twice - at length, spoken as someone who knows
John McCain well and likes him. Sarah Palin had her first chance...and
whiffed. Didn't even try. And it's hard to imagine what she has in her
arsenal that will remotely allow her to do so in the future.
The election is about the
presidential candidates. And the selection of Sarah Palin now allows Barack
Obama to campaign untouched by the Republican ticket. John McCain's only
other option is for himself to personally become negative for two months -
which is disaster in presidential politics.
Now add on all the problems
expressed above. Sarah Palin's inexplicably laughable lack of substance,
most-especially on the foreign policy stage. Her taking away the one issue,
experience, Republicans were even attempting. Her pushing away voters who
might otherwise be willing to vote for a senator with 26 years in the
Senate. Her bringing Hillary Clinton aggressively back into the campaign.
Her inability to offer anything to off-set Joe Biden. Her standing as
supposedly the most-qualified Republican woman as John McCain's first
And, in the end, it all
focuses back on Barack Obama, with his indictment of eight years of the Bush
Administration and of John McCain's flawed judgment - and John McCain's
defense of all that.
Republicans might be dancing,
because there was a lot of fun music playing. But the music has stopped. For
Republicans, it ended. Flash!
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