Sarah Palin makes breath-takingly ignorant speech.

June 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Sarah Palin, still tryin’ to hoist herself up there on that big ol’ national stage, made an utter fool of herself in a speech she gave in Anchorage, Alaska this week. Now definin’ herself as an expert on finance and economics, she said that the Obama administration’s fiscal policies “defy Economics 101.” This, comin’ from a person with a B.A. in journalism who runs an oil-rich state that has fewer residents than most big cities. She went on to say that the government is planning to “bail out debt ridden states” so it can “get in there and control the people.” This, of course, is completely consistent with her assertion that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists”. Obviously, she is onto to his evil plot to be the first African-American socialist Muslim baby-killing dictator.

Not surprisingly, she eschews historical fact when she asks, “Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?… It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained.” Say what? Palin is forgettin’ that Ronald Reagan, the father of the man she was introducin’ in her speech, was confronted by two recessions as president. In response, Reagan initiated massive government spending, mostly in the military sector, and racked up historical amounts of debt in order to stimulate the economy. The Reagan tax hikes were some of the biggest in history and it took Paul Volcker, who is now part of Obama’s economic team, to get the resulting inflationary spiral under control.

Palin finishes her self-immolation when she concludes “We need to be aware of the creation of a fearful population, and fearful lawmakers, being led to believe that big government is the answer, to bail out the private sector, because then government gets to get in there and control it… And mark my words, this is going to be next, I fear, bail out next debt-ridden states. Then government gets to get in there and control the people.” (Don’t feel bad. I had to read it a couple of times, too). Again, Ronald Reagan’s initial economic approach was to limit government. But this resulted in adding over $2 trillion to the national debt, more than twice the total debt of all previous U.S. Presidents combined. George W. Bush, having never picked up a U.S. History or Economics textbook, broke Reagan’s record national debt by a significant margin. So much for Palin’s doctoral thesis on fiscal conservatism.

Sarah Palin’s closing remarks in this speechifyin’, once again, defy interpretation– or English translation: “Some in Washington would approach our economic woes in ways that absolutely defy Economics 101, and they fly in the face of principles, providing opportunity for industrious Americans to succeed or to fail on their own accord… Those principles it makes you wonder what the heck some in Washington are trying to accomplish here.” (OK. Take your time and read it again. I understand. It’s like interpreting monkey talk).

So, why are we still listening to and talking about Sarah Palin? First of all, because she is entertainin’ as hell. But, more importantly, we need to understand that a lot of our fellow citizens stand up and cheer when this person talks.

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9 Comments

  1. Danny Ingle said,

    wow, they do let fools have websites.

    • johnrj08 said,

      Yes, D.ingle. That’s what America is all about. 😉 Didn’t you get the memo?
      Thank you for so eloquently (and accurately) representing Sarah Palin supporters.

  2. Michael Liuzza said,

    Sarah Palin is in many ways the embodiment of all that is wrong and backwards with American Politics. It is so clear and so utterly obvious that this woman’s intent is singular. She wants to do all she can to rial up the lower common denominators, the die-hard nationalists, the conservative, religious sector of America (her people) and make them naively believe that Barak Obama has caused all these problems we face. Why would she do this? Because she knows every one of them will gobble it up like apple pie. Yes! this great mess and our sad state… is Obama’s fault! Just look. this Barak Obama government is taking a stake in car companies because he just wants to…. ruin america! Yes ! Yes! It’s really sad how shallow are the minds of her followers. Only from a truly narrow world view could such narrow absurd notions come and only a shallow mind could waddle in such thoughtless dribble. Yet it’s true…so damn many American’s believe her. It’s quite scary actually. When Sarah Palin says things like… Barak Obama is coming to your town “to control you” it is not only patently ignorant, it’s down right dangerous and totally irresponsible. She says “I told you so” about some baloney “socialist” government coming in yet while saying so and as an apparent leader, offers zero solutions to the crisis we face. Why does this not seem…. odd to conservatives? I wonder. That fact this woman is on the pedestal of conservatism shows only one thing. This brand of conservatism is dead and for very good reason. These types of conservatives have to start thinking or they will become a truly radical party, if they are not already. She’s here to try and convince you that our country is being ruined so you’ll vote her party. It’s game people. What she and her fox news friends say is pure, utter and complete distortions of reality. Yet millions eat it up everyday… they just love being told lies as long as it’s candy coated with all the right conservative fixins.. a skill Rupert Murdoch is famous for perfecting. It’s a shame for this country to have so many who think so little.

  3. johnrj08 said,

    At some point in her life, Palin came to a conclusion about how she could succeed in politics. After gaining some local notoriety as a television sportscaster, she constructed a public persona and ideology which she still thinks will help her achieve her objectives in that arena. Those choices are a reflection of how she perceives other Americans and the country as a whole. It is a terribly cynical and negative viewpoint, even though she has been highly successful at wrapping a flag around it.

    I think the primary reason we continue to be so fixated on Palin is that few of us can believe that someone with her limited intellect and narrow background could climb as high as she has managed to climb. She has made it so obvious through her own words and behavior that she is incapable of complex thought that many of us have come to see her as this inexplicable phenomenon that defies logic. This has given American politics a circus-like atmosphere, and we’re all buying tickets. I’m buying them right here, just by spending time writing about her.

    It would all be purely amusing if there weren’t so many people like D. Ingle, who sincerely believes that anybody who speaks critically of Palin is a “fool”. All that is required for someone like Palin to succeed is a highly motivated Republican base and a complacent, uninformed citizenry. That combination would be catastrophic for the country.

  4. BC1978 said,

    Palin is a one speech wonder; similar to one hit wonders in music or movies. She gave a base climaxing speech at the RNC in 2008 and repeated that speech with little change on the campaign trail. Most people forget that the RNC speech was written by Matthew Scully, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush; panned by objective observers for its heavy quotient of snarkiness and attacks and very little substance e.g. the economy, the decimation of the middle class and healthcare.

    She is a candidate that appeals to low information voters who vote based on either a few red hot social issues-gay marriage, abortion; or, on personality. She cannot articulate beyond fringe issues and talking points.

    If the GOP selects her in 2012, it will be 80/20 for Obama. That’s that.

    • johnrj08 said,

      Never under-estimate the popularity of anti-intellectual, anti-government, religious fundamentalism, and prejudice in the United States. The GOP will do everything it can between now and 2012 to undermine and second-guess any decision that President Obama makes. It will be a constant, shrill reaction that will get plenty of coverage on Fox News and CNN. On top of that, “pitbulls” like Palin will continue to attack Obama’s character and background. There are no more Edward R. Murrows to moderate the coverage of what the Republican Party plans to do over the next 3 years. Elia Kazan, the famous film director, once said, “The greatest danger to our democracy in these highly complex times is that a simple-minded, ambitious person will come to political power purely on the basis of their charm.” He didn’t know it, but he was talking about Sarah Palin. Before her, it was George W. Bush.

  5. BC1978 said,

    The problem with Sarah Palin is that the nation saw her inability to address even the most basic issues in her interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.

    First, how hard is it to say what papers you read? She tried to downplay it by saying she purposely evaded the question because she felt Couric was being snobby but all Couric was asking was a simple question.

    Second, Putin or any Russian leader does not “raise his head” over Alaskan airspace. Anyone who ever studied the Cold War and ICBMs knows that people follow same flight patterns-over the poles. If Putin did travel across ocean, it would be across Atlantic from Germany to UK or Spain or France; Pacific from Japan or China or Korea to San Francisco or LAX, not Anchorage. She would have been better off saying she was not a foreign policy expert as her main area of concern is her state and mundane issues like roads, schools, etc.

    She could not answer basic civics questions e.g Supreme Court rulings she disagreed with. Here is an example: Dred Scott vs Sanford. Or, Marbury vs Madison, ruling that allowed court to arbitrate executive and legislative actions.

    While I never underestimate anti-intellectualism in U.S, I also know that as more and more young people engage in the process, it will be harder for the Palinista types to exercise that much influence. If only 20% of polled voters identify as GOP, then only 10 to 20 percent of that percentage will be in the Palin/Huckabee cult.

    Most people forget that the original Republicans were the Northeastern snobs they now decry; pro-business/industry, the children of Hamilton but opposed to slavery on both moral and economic grounds. They felt slavery gave the South an unfair advantage over Northern business interests. But, Republicans in 1909 helped found the NAACP and up until the 1960s were made up of New Englanders, Midwesterners and Californians. The Democrats owned the South until the 1960s. Today’s Republicans are mainly the old Dixiecrats, a few New Englanders like Collins and Snowe and rural Midwesterners e.g. Roberts and Brownback.

    Plus, if Palin runs in 2012, here is what will be played by Obama’s team:

    1: She is a flip-flop; for the Bridge to Nowhere then against it

    2: Her grab of energy issues is limited to place of residence. Drill baby drill is a slogan, not an articulate energy plan

    3: Feuding with late night comics. This is a net loser. Instead of building relationships with economists, energy experts, military and foreign policy experts, she spends 5 days fighting with Dave Letterman over a tasteless joke.

    4: Her using Obama’s Special Olympics gaffe to further her own ends

    5: Vetoing energy funds, claiming “strings attached” that even fellow Republicans say are non-existent

    6: Her performance in interviews

    7: Her ambiguous relationship with ethics, ranging from Troopergate to wanting to give a state senate seat to the spouse of a shoe store owner that gave or sold her a pair of Double Dare Naughty Monkey red heel shoes

    8: The cringe worthy debate with Biden

    9: The fact that the Secret Service had to step up their security efforts for Obama and his family after she joined the ticket

    10: Just flat out being a vapid, deliberately ignorant media whore

    • johnrj08 said,

      A fairly thorough analysis. And you maintained your dispassionate eloquence right up until the “ignorant media whore” remark. I think “ignorant” would have been more accurate, since all politicians are “media whores”.

      My only concern about Palin is that she would make such a stupendously inept candidate that a lot of voters might become complacent and not show up at the polls. The idea that she “can’t possibly win” just has a famous-last-words ring to it.

  6. BC1978 said,

    Well. the reason I used the term “media whore” is that, unlike politicians on a national platform or those who are engaging in issues of substance, Palin makes it a point to get media play, regardless of issue or significance.

    For example, she used the North Korean missile test as an excuse to criticize Obama and try and get money for missile defense system in her state. After telling Obama to get lost on energy funds, she now wants those evil Feds to give her $$ for missile defense against a threat better countered by mobile, seaborne defenses.

    Prior to that, she insinuated herself into the whole Ms. California issue; seemingly ignornant that the pageant and Perez Hilton are private persons/entities and therefore could not violate Carrie Prejean’s free speeh rights. She said she sympathized as she has been a “liberal target” herself. Sorry, if you’re a politician and a stunningly ignorant one at that, you’re a target.

    Then the whole flip flop over the Rebublican dinner speech; likely an attempt to extort a keynote speech spot and/or money and expenses.

    So, I used that term because she is constantly seeking attention and then crying foul when she gets it and it is not idol worship.

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