December 14, 2009

Hating Sarah

Posted: 01:31 AM ET

By C. Edmund Wright via The American Thinker

The Alaska Governor is far more than someone who appeals to the (conservative) base, she is someone who can make the base appeal to America

This compact yet comprehensive diagnosis was made in the early hours of the Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS) outbreak, when Sarah Palin was first being introduced to the nation. It still rings true as the Jurassic media continues a childish obsession with someone who does not control a single government lever.

Having said that, PDS has now matured past epidemic to full-blown pandemic status with a derangement component that is now insanely intense. Remember, Palin does not have one whit of legal authority over these people or anyone else. Yet as her elected status has ended, her effect on the elites has only increased. Perhaps it is time to update the correct initial diagnosis to contemplate the increased virulence of this mental and emotional malady.

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Antonio-elizabeth,NJ   December 14th, 2009 11:59 am ET

Sarah Palin is an idiot. Am I the only person in the world who can see that she is an idiot.

Dodie   December 14th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

Sara Palin has charisma. She is able to move an audience and arouse fervent popular devotion. She utilizes statements such as “hockey mom” to align with the average American thus creating enthusiasm. She has missed her true calling, she should be an actress.

However; her fundamental knowledge of politics is nonexistent. Like Biden, she opens her mouth before she thinks. Due to her popularity, this makes her very dangerous.

Expat American   December 14th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

One need not look very far to discover the reason behind Sarah Palin's popularity; she appeals to many people because they identify with her; and to see someone so ‘purty and folksy’ who shares their intelligence, their beliefs and their 'values' while basking in the national limelight equals popularity.

Inversely, the same is true for intelligent, well read, successful people with a diverse and educated global perspective who do not identify with Sarah Palin.

Rose   December 14th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

I agree with Expat American. A number of Palin supporters were in line at her book signing recently when a reporter asked them on camera why they liked Palin (clip on internet). Virtually all said the same thing: she's a "real" American who stands up for what this country believes in.

When asked by the reporter what policies of Palin they agree with, the answer was "I don't really know about that stuff". When asked about Palin's position on the climate, her supporters answered the same again. When asked about anything specific, there was no answer.

The "I don't really know anything about anything" crowd are the Palin supporters. Palin is not in office, she is basically unemployed, she has her book money. Her expertise level to comment on issues: zero. Why does the media obsess over this quiter? Let her be the clown politician in her own United States of Ignorance with her supporters running asylum states. We have bigger issues at hand.

Expat American   December 15th, 2009 10:32 am ET

Hi Rose,

I agree with what you have written. Although I am sure Palin’s book signings bring the same kind of audience, I was appalled at the video footage of Palin's supporters during the election – (Strongville, OH is one example, but there are countless others). And no, much to the chagrin of Palin’s supporters, those hundreds if not thousands of people were not 'actors' hired by the 'Leftist Media'.

There was a lot of hatred at Palin’s rallies wrapped up in pseudo 1950s-esque ‘red scare’ patriotism; a lot of ignorance, fear, coupled with racial and religious bigotry but not a lot of actual facts. It seemed that many there had finally found exactly what they wanted; simply, someone to identify with who were at 'their level'.

Democrats (& libs) are constantly attacked for 'hating' Palin. I don't hate Sarah Palin. I simply don't identify with what her handlers are telling her to regurgitate. Do you think she comes up with these crazy notions by herself? She is a pretty white Christian face, no more and no less. I am not swayed by her 'fire & brimstone' baseless rhetoric. She is a foghorn whose sole purpose is to rile up those in need of being reminded that America is not changing as fast as it really is.

Because of my experiences, my education, and my politics, I do not fall into the category of what Palin calls 'One of Us'.

I'm fine with that. I'm sure you are fine with that too.


An Expat (Lugano, CH)

Rose   December 15th, 2009 11:45 am ET

Exactly Expat. Hate is a very strong word and should be used sparingly. But when Palin's rhetoric brings on some of the worst aspects, it is very troubling. It seems that whatever she "stands for" is to the pronounced exclusion or alienation of other groups. Palin being pro-evangelical Christian (for example) with its related beliefs automatically puts the many who do not subscribe to this as outsiders or enemies. It's not simply about having faith or belief in God.

In her recent interview with Barbara Walters, Palin was asked if she thought that Israel should continue to build settlements in occupied territories. Palin said "yes". The peace process desired by many in the region requires a two-State solution mainly due to demographic reasons. The settlements are an impairment to peace as recognized by both Israelis and Palestinians. Palin's answer was completely irresponsible. She said she promoted the settlements (illegal by international law) as she believes Jews will be flocking back to Israel in the "days and weeks and months to come".

This delusional thinking is due to her religious beliefs that when Jews return to Israel in large numbers, Jesus will come back and the Rapture will begin, Jews and other "unbelievers" will die and Christians will go to heaven. She will not oppose the building of illegal settlements, which in turn hamper peace, due to her religious thinking. She would use politics to accommodate the Rapture! Her mentality promotes war, death and turmoil.

But this is all fine with Palin as "Jesus will be returning". This is the epitome of crazy thinking in a troubled political environment. It's similar to all the crazy religious fanatics on the planet who will jeopardize peace for the sake of religious belief. Perhaps this is where inklings of hatred against Palin begin. It's really scary and ignorant. It's also a poor reflection on the mentality of her supporters whose reliance on facts is non-existent compared to their delusional and wishful thinking. Palin is most certainly their leader in that respect.

Rose   December 15th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

I also would like to add:

Any leader whose political decisions and judgements are based on religion (any religion) instead of values of human rights, protection of people's lives, their freedoms and fairness destroys the meaning of democracy. Democracy dies when specific religious beliefs are considered correct and imposed as government policy upon others and to hell (literally) with everyone else, especially when this reasoning is applied to politics and war. Palin (amongst others) has demonstrated this clearly in the most negative manner.

Expat American   December 15th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Well said, Rose. Spot on. I just can't support Palin. And I strongly believe that if I showed up at one of her hot bed events/rallies, I would simply not be accepted (which is the best outcome that I would hope for).

While I consider myself leaning liberal in some respects and more rooted independent in a few others, Palin turned me off to her brand of doomsday politics. How exactly is Palin 'putting her country first' by excluding so many? And to exclude them and encouraging her supporters to do so with such vitriol and prejudice? And then turn around and claim it's righteousness in the name of a Conservative interpretation of God?

How is one American more 'real' than another? Hmmmmmm.


Rose   December 15th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

Expat: I'm in the middle of reading "Going Rouge – Sarah Palin An American Nightmare" – NOT Palin's Going Rogue. "Rouge" is a collection of essays by writers (The Nation) who delve into Palin. It's a great read. She promoted herself as a Washington outsider yet there is overwhelming evidence that she courted Washington insiders since 2007 to get the V.P. nomination. She played their game.

Palin has carefully crafted a false image of American Pie for herself. Unfortunately that pie is full of worms. She was never about "putting country first" – that just sounds good to the naive. All her actions, including quiting as Governor to the people who elected her to do a job, screams that she is all about "putting Palin first". She made $millions$ and lied a lot (very un-Christian) in the process. Her position on women's issues such as rape, abortion even in the case of incest etc is appalling. I won't even start on teaching creationism.

Expat American   December 15th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Rose, I have been hearing good things about the publication which you are describing. I am going to order it and give it a read. Thanks for the reminder, merci! I am planning a pleasant travel by train for the holidays and this will be perfect for the lounge car. I just hope it comes in time.

Palin's position on rape is appalling and saddening. You are more than correct in that respect. I have always believed that rape is one of the worst crimes that can be committed by an individual* against another human being, and Palin's public take on this horrific crime is disturbing.

*As far as I'm concerned, when you commit rape you lose your humanity.

Rose   December 15th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Expat: Definitely get The Nation's publication. Brilliant, informative and well researched. What is most disturbing isn't just Palin herself but rather her supporters (who are voters) and their complete lack of understanding or care about issues that matter. The same occured during GW Bush's regime. Economics, war, finance, the climate, women's rights and policy just fly over the heads of Palin supporters and she depends on that for her popularity. She projects the false image they want to see and lacks the required intelligence and awareness for high office. There is no law that says intelligence or awareness is a requirement to be a voter either. Two terms for GWB should be enough proof of that.

Happy holidays to you in Switzerland!

Expat American   December 15th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

Rose, thank you again for the helpful information and for sharing your viewpoint and ideas.

Joyeux Noël or Bonnes Fêtes to you stateside!

Mark My Words   December 16th, 2009 2:17 am ET

Who's the idiot antonio?

Face it, Palin is exactly what most of us are looking for. Someone who is outside of the traditional, corrupt Washingtonian. You would vote for the same old tax and spend politicians who don't do anything constructive?

Rose   December 16th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

Mark My Words: Palin is exactly NOT what "most" of us are looking for. The issue isn't whether Palin is a Washington outsider (that's the least of our concerns about her). The issue is her overwhelming ignorance which she has displayed constantly by her own actions and words. I don't support voting for the "same old" however the solution is definitely NOT Palin. Many Republican members refer to her as a "catastrophy" for the GOP. Their words not mine.

You should do some research into how she catered to Washington "insiders" to get the VP nomination. She worked that circle well, including entertaining Washington insiders at her Governor's mansion in 2007, taking them on plane tours of Alaska, hiring a lobbyist for herself and doing whatever she had to with these 'insiders" to get what she wanted. And these insiders did promote her in Washington for the nomination. It's well documented.

Then she suddenly presented herself as an "outsider" just to differentiate herself for political reasons. The awe-shucks hockey mom facade. How convenient. If being on the outside means being at her level of ignorance, you can count many, many Americans out of supporting Palin.

Rose   December 16th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

Google: Jane Mayer – The Insiders – How John McCain Came To Pick Sarah Palin. A concise account of how Palin used Washington elites/insiders for her benefit – and then dissed them. (I did not post the actual link here due to potential restrictions by CNN).

John Clark   July 5th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Women Issues these days are mostly about women empowerment and equal rights among men.`-;

Ayden Simmons   August 3rd, 2010 11:54 am ET

women issues these days are more on equal rights with men and woman power':~

Kaylee Lopez   September 29th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

there are lots of women issues that are mostly related to relationships and family*-`

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