"Let's speak American."
-- former Gov. Sarah Palin, (R-half-term AK) on CNN Sunday
I will if you do.
Actually, the funniest thing about what the Queen of Word Salad said is that in attempting to chastise others for how they speak she, not shockingly, mis-spoke. It was so egregious that even she herself couldn't help recognize it, in a rare bit of self-awareness. Her full quote was: "Let's speak American. I mean that's what's -- let's speak English and that's a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation is the language that is understood by all.”
Because of course, unifying America is what Sarah Palin is all about. Other than that whole "the Real America" and to hell with everyone else thing, and the whole "lame street media" and all other media thing, and liberals are ruining America thing. And...well, actually all that's beside the point. This isn't about Sarah Palin doing her incompetent best trying divide America by slamming everything she disagrees with. No, this is about the former half-term governor telling everyone hilariously to "Speak American."
So, let's stroll down memory lane and let the good lady just...speak.
"There's, of course -- in the great history of America rulings, there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be, there would be others but..."
-- Sarah Palin, when asked to name one Supreme Court ruling she disagreed with
"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."
-- Sarah Palin, on Paul Revere
"You know what? I didn't mess up about Paul Revere. Here's what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that 'the British were coming, the British were coming.' And they were going to try to take our arms so got to make sure that, uh, we were protecting ourselves and, uhm, shoring up all of our ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn't take them. But remember that the British had already been there -- many soldiers -- for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere's ride... And it wasn't just one ride. He was a courier. He was a messenger. 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. And in a shout-out, gotcha type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history."
-- Sarah Palin, doubling-down to defend her earlier comments on Paul Revere
"Things must change for our government. Look at it. It isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It's too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo. Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’ That's status quo, and GOP leaders, by the way, y'know the man can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then the man can't ride ya, America won't be taken for a ride, because so much is at stake and we can't afford politicians playing games like nothing more is at stake than, oh, maybe just the next standing of theirs in the next election."
-- Sarah Palin, on...well, something
Speaking American. The language that unifies us all.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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