On Sunday, Sarah Palin, the former half-term Republican governor of Alaska, wrote an op-ed on the Breitbart website, where she chastised the deal to open the government and not destroy the world economy. In doing so, in her own adorable way she referred to the efforts as the "Corrupt Bastards Club." Ms. Palin likes to fling around words like "corrupt bastards" and "lame street media" and "traitor" because...well, infantile name-calling is so much easier than having a coherent thought process. Indeed, to show the depth of her thought process, she wrote that "the only alternative credible plan of action" was those of her Tea Party (tm) beloveds Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Just to clarify, that "only credible plan" was to shut down the government. Unless she meant reading from Green Eggs and Ham. To those who think the latter is only a quip, keep in mind that she was unable to answer Katie Couric's question about what newspapers and magazines she reads to inform her, so you never know for sure...
For a long time, I would take great pleasure explaining in full detail why what Sarah Palin would say was either factually wrong, rambling gibberish, intentionally divisive, idiotic, paranoid, or a combination of all the above. Many others have long done the same, ever since John McCain went back on his pledge of "America First" and put America last by naming Sarah Palin to be his nominee to be a heart-beat from the presidency. And I admit it's great fun. But at a certain point, there is more than mere fun at hand. At a certain point -- and sometimes, who knows why that line has been crossed, maybe your head just exploded one too many times, maybe the whining and ranting and funny noises were keeping you from hearing the other adults, who knows -- but the line does get crossed. And at that point, it's meaningless to solely criticize the deeply foolish and childish maunderings of Ms. Palin. Instead, at that point, the only alternative credible plan of action is speak in terms that she herself and her unthinking acolytes can grasp. After all, to simply ridicule her words somewhat means you've given credibility to the speaker, worth the time taking the person to task.
And it is my belief that there is no credibility, and instead she must be described for what she is. Sarah Palin is not merely a former half-term governor who swore an oath of office and quit on the people who gave of their lives to getting her elected, running away from her sworn responsibility after only two years because she didn't want to face the lawsuits and criticism and had a multi-million dollar offer to be on TV. No, Sarah Palin is so much less than that. And so, you must put that white noise in its proper perspective.
It is my observation that Sarah Palin is a bigoted, fear-mongering, religiously-intolerant racist. Mind you, I could be wrong about that. But history and too much of what she's said and done on the public record supports that. Yes, I understand this will be perceived by some as name-calling. But I explain it as accurately descriptive. From her not-remotely-sly innuendos and up-front slams about "Real Americans" and Jeremiah Wright and "paling around with terrorists," and supporting Donald Trump's birther quests, and "laws based on God," and going so far as to call for a Constitutional amendment against gay marriage, and "Death Panels," and on and on and on, Sarah Palin has shown the public who she is. We've seen it all. (Though what many people have not seen the video of her being blessed by a literal witch doctor, protecting her from witches. I'm not kidding. That's who Sarah Palin is. She'd have fit in wonderfully at Salem in 1692, pointing fingers at the innocent before they got stoned and hanged.)
I believe that Sarah Palin is a hate-filled, whining Easter Egg, all glitzy sparkle on the outside, with only a vacuous void in the center. An empty shell talking about subjects she doesn't remotely understand, all in order to divide people and the nation.
And the only reason there are any people foolish enough, blind enough, needy enough to listen is not because of any accomplishments a soul can likely name, but because John McCain was behind in the polls and desperately needed something, anything to get attention. Without that, without someone else irresponsibly plucking her out of obscurity and lending her his national megaphone for a few months, would any of them, would any of us have heard of Sarah Palin? After all, let us not forget that only a few months later, she quit office. Obscurity was her future.
"They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.""
-- Sarah Palin, describing her foreign policy experience to be Vice President of the United States
I know my description of Sarah Palin is blunt. That doesn't mean it is inaccurate or undeserved. After all, while you can ridicule foolishness and intolerance by pointing it out, you don't discredit such a person by logically debating the illogical. You explain why that person hasn't earned a seat at the Adult Table in the first place.
Or you show them being blessed to be protected from witches. After a brief commercial interruption.
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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