CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS ARE
THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R. Blackbird
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.
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
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
"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
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 neo-conservative player.
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 really will.
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
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 this period.
“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,” Hershberg said.
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
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
Excerpt from a post on
Kevin Drum on May 9, 2011
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, to 135,421.
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
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.
From an excerpt posted by
in motherjones.com May 31, 2011
Have you read enough about Sarah
Palin and her less-than-magical mystery bus tour?
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
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,
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 Southeast
This finding enraged the
Ramboists within the POW/MIA community. In fact,
John Holland, one of the founders of Rolling
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 different.
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 unplanned pregnancy.
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% Blowjobs 32,
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
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 Commission.
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
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.”
2008 Vice-Presidential "Campaign"
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
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
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 attrocious lie.
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 a liquidation.
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
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 shooting things.
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 benefit.
"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 statement.
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 some states."
"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.
Nicolle 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
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
lie was Sarah Palin, who claimed President Obama will institute bureaucratic “death
panels.” On her Facebook page, she
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
WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to
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 advance directives.
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
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
In our opinion selecting Sarah Palin as
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?
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 tie;
2. Act as ceremonial head of the city;
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
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 terrible.
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 in perspective.
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 she thinks.
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
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 isn't fair."
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
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 decision.
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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