Friday, November 26, 2010

This is why we love Sarah Palin

Not only is she not afraid to respond to her opponents' constant heckling, she knows how to do it and force them to rub their own noses in it.

A Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline. The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us.

If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beck’s radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? (And for that matter, why not just make up stories out of thin air – like the totally false hard news story which has run for three days now reporting that I lobbied the producers of “Dancing with the Stars” to cast a former Senate candidate on their show. That lie is further clear proof that the media completely makes things up without doing even rudimentary fact-checking.)
“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
- Sarah Palin


AnnoyingJoe said...

Unfortunately, it isn't the honest tongue-slip that concerns me. What concerns me is the senseless, meaningless, no-solution drivel that bookends the tongue slip.

She gets a pass, though. It's not as if she can see N. Korea from her porch.

philmon said...

A pass for what? Getting the names of the Koreas mixed up once in a long interview where she clearly knew which was which?

As for senseless, meaningless, no-solutions drivel ... like "yes we can" and "hope" and "change we can believe in" and "real solutions"?

Or "fight with me"?

If one takes the actual time to listen to Palin's words in their entirety outside of the soundbites presented to us, which I do... she actually does discuss governing philosophy, and it's philosophy I agree with, because it is more in line with our founders' brilliant vision.

If, instead, you keep trotting out the same old fake quotes to "prove" your point that she's a ditz or whatever ... you won't get far with me.

She never said "I can see Russia from my house", or her porch -- and if she had, it would have been a metaphor.

Here's her actual words:

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals.That's why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you're in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors. We need to have a good relationship with them. They're very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they're doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I'm giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Governor of a state that effectively borders a not entirely friendly country that is not really any further off from being a nuclear superpower than it was 20 years ago might need to know a few things about delicate foreign policy issues. That was her point. Not really a stretch.

Anonymous said...

Alinsky's rules for radicals- #5 & #6:

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

Make fun of Sarah Palin is fun for people who enjoy condescending. She doesn't belong to "their" group, and what she has to say is unimportant to them, no matter it's truth or relevancy or intelligence.

Some folks need the soul placebos of "Hope" and "Change," big pleasant vagueries, because they can't handle the hard medicine called "truth." Just like Mr. Alinsky says in rule #2: "Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat."

Thinking that a conservative woman who lives in Alaska could be intelligent is too outside the experience of most liberals.

philmon said...

Phil's counter-rule #5... refuse to be ridiculed, and make the ridicule itself look ridiculous when it is.