June 13, 2011
When Sarah Palin was first thrust upon the national stage in 2008 as John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, I, like many others, was somewhat impressed. Looking back on that time, I think it was mostly because of the difference in personalities between the two. McCain comes across as an old fuddy-duddy while Palin is very outgoing and appears to be full of life. At that time I was a McCain fan and thought I might vote for him. So I started paying close attention to Palin.
Unfortunately for Palin, the complimentary “wow-wow” moments didn’t last very long. Shortly after she started speaking in 2008 her “intelligence level” came shining through. I don’t know — maybe she’s a smart person, but not too many could honestly call her an intellectual.
I think it all started with “I can see Russia from my back porch”; which isn’t really the way she worded it. But the fact that she felt it was important enough to point out in her first major interview seems to suggest she’s a shallow thinker. And if that’s not enough, she also somehow thinks that her foreign policy expertise has something to do with the fact that if Russia decided to attack the US they’d have to fly over her state of Alaska.
If it weren’t for the dozens of similar comments and actions since then, one could write the Russian comments off as maybe a little stage fright. However, Palin has followed that up with so many other dumb things. Several were during the 2008 campaign, although her handlers did control her to a certain degree. But she really went into high gear after the election was over.
Here’s her latest; an impromptu reaction to a reporter about Paul Revere.
“…he who warned, uh, the…the British that they weren’t gonna be taking away our arms…uh, by ringing those bells and um…making sure as he’s riding his horse through town…to send those warning shots and bells…that, uh, we were gonna be secure and…and we were gonna be free…and we were gonna be armed.”
Instead of correcting herself when she had the opportunity, she “doubled-down”; like she always does when she screws up.
“Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, “Hey. You’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not gonna beat our own well-armed, uh, persons, uh, individual private militia that we have. He did warn the British.”
Neither rendition is true — not even close!
So what did Paul Revere really do and say? Well, it wasn’t telling the British they weren’t going to take our arms away, that’s for certain. “His mission was to warn of danger to Patriots outside Boston, particularly to two leaders who were opposing the government — Samuel Adams and John Hancock.” You can find that fact here, which is in Revere’s own words, or you can read it in his own handwriting. As one pundit put it, “Palin’s version was nothing more than an infomercial for the NRA”.
Ok, so the Revere thing along with the Russian statements doesn’t make her as dumb as the preverbal blond. But wait! There’s more; lots more. The following is a few samplings.
October 2008: Tried to appear that she was familiar with several Supreme Court decisions, but could only name Roe vs. Wade; which is most likely the most well-known of their decisions prior to Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission.
November 2009: Palin attempted to make people think President Obama wanted to remove “In God We Trust” from American coins. Although she didn’t come right out and say it was Obama, it was implicitly implied in a speech she gave in Wisconsin.
After referring to the relocation of “In God We Trust” to the edge of coins from the face, she asked these rhetorical questions: “Who calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision like that?” Implication? Obama!
Here’s the facts. In early 2005 a bill was introduced by a Republican-controlled Congress to mint a series of Presidential $1 coins and it was signed into law later that year by Republican President George W. Bush. The bill that Bush signed called for moving “In God We Trust” from the face to the edge of the coin. In February 2007 the first coins were minted with “In God We Trust” on the edge. There was a lot of flack from the public about the relocation, so bills were introduced shortly thereafter to put it back on the side of the coin. That same year President Bush signed a law that moved “In God We Trust” back to the face of the $1 coins. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown — probably related to the switching decisions — a few coins were issued without “In God We Trust” on them anywhere.
Now here’s Palin’s problem: She obviously had no inkling of the history of the coin, yet tried to imply she was knowledgeable of the subject. She probably heard about it just days prior to her speech in November 2009 and “assumed” it was happening then. As usual, the results was that she made a fool of herself in trying to blame it on the Democrats and Obama.
March 2010: After harping and railing against government health care, she was dumb enough to brag about how her family use to go to Canada for their “free” health care.
November 2010: She confuses South Korea with North Korea.
January 2011: On the day that most of the country was honoring Gabrielle Giffords and the others shooting victims in Arizona, Palin went on Facebook trying to convince everyone that she was the one who had been wronged. She tried to make the tragedy all about her. If Palin had any decency at all or cared for anyone except herself, she would have handled it this way.
March 2011: Palin “wondered” if the action in Libya was a “Squeamish”, and exaggerated the cost of the Libyan intervention by a whopping 700%.
April 2011: In the exact same interview, she slams President Obama for intervening in Libya then declares that it’s the United States’ responsibility to “help freedom fighters” in Libya.
May 2011: Palin insist that the federal debt has grown more under Obama than “all other Presidents combined”. It’s obvious she has a serious problem with math.
Sarah Palin has made such a fool of herself that the elites in her own party are trying to shut her up. Now how bad is that?
So I have to ask you: Would you really want to trust Sarah Palin with control of our nuclear arsenal? Before you answer that question, let me tell you that one of the most right winger’s of the right wing doesn’t think so. And to be honest with you – I’d be more afraid of her as President than I would of Obama if he were a confirmed Muslim.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky