Sarah Palin is nothing but a stuffed moose

Posted: September 13, 2008 in america, election, john mccain, lies, military, pathetic, politics, republicans, sarah palin, stupid, voting, war
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After watching Sarah Palin’s interview with Charles Gibson last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that that woman shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the White House unless she’s part of a tour group.  I’ve never seen a less prepared, less qualified, and more dangerous choice for Vice President.  She and Mr. Gibson discussed a lot of topics, but for me the most disheartening part of the interview was when he asked about her “foreign policy credentials.” She responded by repeating the line that because Alaska is close to Russia, that makes her experienced in foreign affairs:

PALIN: We have to keep our eyes on Russia. Under the leadership there.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions 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.

Ridiculous, as I have said previously.  If these are the standards McCain is setting for his administration (have the last eight years really lowered our expectations that much?), then God help us.  By this abysmally low requisite, any military person who’s been stationed in South Korea and visited the DMZ is qualified to be at least an ambassador.  I’ve actually stepped across the line in the negotiations room in Pyongyang!  That means I’ve been to North Korea; could I have a spot at the table?

Earlier, she was unable to define the Bush Doctrine of preemptive self-defense (hit them before they hit you), and Gibson had to explain it to her:

“The Bush Doctrine is we have the right to self-defense, pre-emptive strike against any country we think is going to attack us,” he noted. “Do you agree with it?”

“Charlie, if there is enough intelligent and legitimate evidence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country,” [Palin] said.

Strangely enough, this was actually an improvement on the Bush doctrine.  At least she would rely on legitimate information before bombing another country.  Though I’m not sure what “intelligent evidence” is.  Perhaps she was referring to intelligence.  But that’s being a bit optomistic.

Gibson also questioned her on her recent (July ’08) words in the Wasilla Assemblies of God church.  She said that she would “never presume to know the mind of God.”  For the record, her actual words from that service in July were

“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

The interview was both frightening and disheartening.  Her answers, on the rare occasions when she managed to spit them out, were evasive and simplistic, entirely unworthy of a person who could reasonably be expected to one day command the largest military force in the world.  I cannot believe a man of McCain’s experience and knowledge would ask us to trust the future security of the nation to this untested, ignorant, inexperienced person.  This has nothing to do with her gender – there are many competent and eminently more qualified women McCain could should have chosen.  Instead he chose a complete unknown who didn’t even own a passport until a few weeks ago.  Either he’s not taking this election seriously, he’s not taking the future of the nation seriously, or he’s not taking the American people seriously.

I cannot begin to describe how angry I am at this.  The McCain campaign expects us to believe that this woman is actually qualified to be President.  For all their talk earlier this year about issues and substance, they’ve been running a campaign that could be described as Seinfeld-esque.  It’s about nothing.  Every day there’s a new attack ad focusing on yet another source of manufactured outrage.  They know if they focus on the issues they will lose, because there is no substance to their campaign.  And the choice of Sarah Palin proves it.

I hate to say it, but Matt Damon is right.  The whole thing reads like the plot to a really bad “Lifetime Original Movie”.  Only this is real life, and if Palin becomes President there won’t be a happy ending.  Does anyone seriously think Putin or Ahmadinejad are going to be impressed or, less likely deferential, to this so-called “hockey mom?”  Are they really going to buy the “I live close to Russia so I have foreign experience” line?  If you do, you’re an idiot.

Wake up, America.  This thing is more important than this.  Men and women are dying overseas, people are losing their homes, their jobs and their health at home, and the McCainiacs think non-issues like lipstick comments are of earthshaking importance.  It’s all bullshit.  They’re liars and frauds and they know it.  Wake up, America.  The future of our nation is far to important to be trusted to POW Jack and his plucky sidekick PolarGirl.

Wake up, America.  Before it’s too late.

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Comments
  1. Lee says:

    I do hope that America does wake up before it is too late for our country.

    Barak Oboma has less experience than Sara Palin to be president. His only real legislative accomplishment was to sponsor a bill in the Illinios Senate that would teach kindergarteners sex education before they could even read. Now tell me again, how did he get the $1 million + loan on his house? Now that’s really change we can believe in – sounds like business as usual in Congress.

    Do you think Putin or Ahmadinejad will be impressed with Barak’s rhetoric (especially without a tele-prompter in front of him)? If you think the economy is bad now, wait until Barak increases taxes to pay for all his new big government initiatives and refuses to develop American energy reserves. I guess we should just get used to $4 , $5, or even $8 a gallon gas prices like Europe has.

    Barak says he’s really going to reduce taxes for everyone making less than $250K per year, so where will all the extra money come from – business taxes (higher prices for goods and services), capital gains tax (keeps us working and paying taxes longer before we can retire), death taxes (our assests never belonged to us in the 1st place they all belong to the government anyway), higher social security taxes (the most regressive of all taxes – to pay for our nationalized health care system)?

    During the lean Bush economic years that included 9/11 and Katrina, revenues into the national treasury increased by over 20%. Who controls spending – Congress – Pork-barrel earmarks voted for by Obama (he couldn’t just vote present I guess) and Biden? Bush’s supposed tax breaks for only the rich actually resulted in a lower tax rate (%-wise) for the middle class and poor than the rich!! The top 1% of income earners pay a larger percentage of total taxes now than under Clinton.

    Obama brags about his “judgment” in not supporting the Iraq war, but he voted against the troop surge saying it would never work and supported Harry Reid’s statement that the war was lost. But, low and behold and much to the Dem’s shurgrin, the surge DID work, and we are have routed the enemy in Iraq. Good judgment Barak!!

    Is this the man you would want to be president?

  2. Afrit007 says:

    It’s late. I’m tired. Someone please eviscerate this line of BS for me. Or maybe I’ll deal with it tomorrow.

  3. Afrit007 says:

    Wow, where to begin? Your first paragraph is both a blatant lie and a repetition of McCainiac propaganda. The bill was not to “teach sex education to kindergarteners”, it was to promote “stranger danger” education. I think we can all agree that kids need to know about this stuff. Predators are everywhere and don’t always look like criminals. Kids need to be aware and know what to do.

    Your second paragraph has two different ideas in it – pick one and stick with it. The economy has nothing to do with Putin or Ahmadinejad.

    I don’t expect them to be impressed by his rhetorical style, and as far as the teleprompter goes, Barack is far better speaking extemporaneously (look it up) than is either McCain or PolarGirl. He does need to work on his vocal pauses, though. Back to the point. I hope they’ll be respectful of any President, but I expect them to be more impressed by his willing to work with them than they have so far not been impressed by Republican saber-rattling. We’ve had eight years of mindless, reflexive threats and insults from the current crowd, and it hasn’t made us any safer.

    On the economic front, drilling won’t save us. Opening up natural gas wells won’t save us. You’re right – we might as well get used to $4 and up/gallon gas because that’s where it’s going to stay. Drill, baby Drill may roll off the tongue nicely and look good on a bumper sticker, but that’s all it is – mindless sloganeering and bumper sticker politics.

    BTW, did you know, the economy grew at an average rate 4% annually during the Clinton years, the years of “big liberal government”, but less than half that during the Bush years, the years of “fiscal responsibility”? Bottom-up economics have always been better for the economy than Reaganesque “trickle down”.

    Barack will reduce taxes for the majority of Americans. If we’re working longer into our retirement years it’s not because of government interference and taxes, it’s because 20 years of pro-business Republican policies have enabled businesses to keep salaries low and force us to work longer and harder while being able to save less. It’s not government’s fault, unless you’re willing to factor in the deregulatory frenzy that went on during the ’80s and ’90s while Republicans were in control of the Congress.

    On the subject of the Iraq war, that war was a colossal mistake. We were already fully engaged in Afghanistan hunting Bin Laden. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 – NOTHING. Saddam didn’t have WMDs, he wasn’t trying to build WMDs, and he wasn’t going to get WMDs. The terrorists who hijacked the planes on 9/11 were Saudi nationals recruited and trained by Bin Laden in Saudi Arabia – NOT Iraqis.

    McCain would love to pretend that the war in Iraq began in 2006 with the so-called “surge” but the fact is, the surge is only a small factor in the entire picture. I’ll acknowledge that it has worked; give the administration credit for getting that part right. One successful year out of five years of war = 20%. Still a failing grade by any stretch. Oh, and troop levels are still above pre-surge levels, despite the trickle of troops coming home.

    We have not routed the enemy in Iraq; they’re just regrouping. Mark my words. Suicide bombings have fallen not because the enemy has given up but because they’re looking for better tactics and alternatives to so-called “martyrdom operations”. Suicide bombings don’t work so well as a weapon when you have improved technology available. They’ve been using remotely detonated bombs to great effect in Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan? That’s where the rest of our troops are deployed), and violence there is actually on the rise.

    Will we need another “surge” there? And what will happen in Iraq when we divert more resources to fight on that front?

    Barack was right to oppose the war in Iraq. Period.

    Yes, I want him to be president. Better a long-thinking intellectual than a reflexive, hair trigger war hawk.

    Sarah Palin’s experience as both mayor and governor don’t impress me. What I’ve seen so far is not a reformer but an autocratic, “my way or the highway” politicisn who has a record of abuse of power and naked hypocrisy. On second thought, maybe she is Veep material after all.

  4. Lee says:

    So, Atit007, as I undrestand your post you do not favor developing any of our domestic energy resources: oil, gas, or coal, and you favor continuing to send billions of our dollars to the middle east and continue to pay $4 to $8 per gallon or more in gas prices that devestates our economy and supports those who want to destroy us? You do not want us to develop any of our own off-shore oil reserves or those in Alaska, our gas reserves, our coal resrves, or develop nuclear power to reduce our dependency on foriegn oil? It seems to me that if we could keep a significant and growing amount of the hundreds of billions of $ we send out of the country for imported oil in our own country, our economy would explode and global oil prices would fall. And as economic activity increased, we’d have more tax revenues to fund many of the social initiatives you feel are necessary without having to raise taxes. It sure seems like a no-brainer, win-win proposition to me.

    And, developing these domestic energy sources can be done in an environmentally responsible manner (as in Europe). So, why is the left so opposed to developing these domestic resources?

    I believe that you are colossaly mistaken in your belief that the Iraq war was not a “colossal mistake.” We have brought the fight to our enemy instead of being attacked again on our own shores. On hind-sight the tactics we used could have been better, I agree. I think we should have used more troops to complete the job from the beginning.

    Be realistic now. Do you really think that Obama’s experience as a community organizer, state legislator, and less than 2 years as a Senator make him any more qualified to be president than Palin’s experience as a mayor and governor? If so how was being the governor of Arkansas a sufficient prequalification for being a president. Do Biden and McCain’s many years in the Senate make them any more qualified than Obama or Palin? I don’t think so.

    But, we see the world differently and there isn’t much chance that we’ll change each other’s political view points.

    Do you believe that this election may be one of the few (or possibly only) where the VP nominee could really make a difference? Barak may not like Hillary, but not choosing her as his running mate sure opened the door for McCain to pick Palin, and the election dymanics have now swung decidely to the right. Biden doesn’t seem to have helped Obama at all.

    It is too bad that both of our sides have to resort to trying to destroy the other. It is too bad that we can’t agree that good people can disagree on various political issues. It is time we get back to a civil discource on the issues we are facing as a ountry.

  5. Terrence Bull says:

    What’s the difference between Palin and Ahmadinejad ?

    Lipstick.

    Oh boy, endtimes here we come…

  6. Afrit007 says:

    Actually, Lee, I do favor developing our domestic energy and fuel sources; what I don’t like is the relentless politicizing of it. We should develop as many clean and safe fuel and energy sources as we can but we should not delude ourselves into believing that drilling for more oil “here and now” will reduce the price of oil. It won’t.

    First of all, the price of oil, whether produced domestically or purchased on the international market, is determined on the international market. The countries that sell oil cheaply to their populations, like Venezuela does, have nationalized their oil industries. For today’s market-obsessed Republicans that’s a non-starter. Whether we like it or not, a portion of the money we spend on oil will always go to countries that hate us.

    Secondly, as many analysts with access to better information than you or I have have said, a country that consumes 25% of the world’s oil but only has 3% of the world’s reserves cannot drill its way to energy independence. Period. We’ve got to find other alternatives. We should absolutely produce more natural gas, but let’s not delude ourselves into thinking it’ll be the answer to all our problems. It won’t. Even natural gas won’t last forever, and eventually we’ll have to solve that problem as well. We may as well get started early this time and work on clean, renewable alternatives.

    Third, have you noticed lately the price of oil and gas have begun to stabilize? That’s market forces at work. Americans are consuming less as the price has risen, and that’s resulted in a net stabilizing effect. Making more oil available to the market will falsely increase consumer confidence in the supply, pushing demand beyond available supply, and result in price increases. As demand rises and supply falls, prices go up. Economics. Thus,

    Drill Here, Drill Now = Pay more, pay now

    Finally, I have written at length about Energy Independence in an earlier post. Please go back and read it. It was a few weeks ago.

    As far as Governor Palin’s “experience”, I have this to say: Corruption, graft, intimidation, lying, fraud, and cronyism are not qualifications I normally look for in a Vice President. They certainly aren’t the record of either a “maverick” or a “reformer”. Maybe after the last eight years of Cheney, Republican standards have fallen to near-Satanic levels, but mine have not. And no, I can’t think of any election where the selection of Vice Presidential candidate had any effect on the result. But, this has been no ordinary election cycle. Palin was picked for her gender and her celebrity status, not her qualifications. She could very well be a deciding factor in this, and frankly the thought of that woman possibly becoming President appalls and frightens me.

    The war in Iraq was a mistake. We did not “take the fight to the enemy”, we started a fight where we had, at best, a minor irritation, and created a host of new enemies. Al Qaeda in Iraq did not exist prior to Bush’s Blunder. Once we invaded Iraq that country became a rallying point for every terrorist organization on the planet. If we hadn’t invaded, would we have been attacked again? Probably not. It’s impossible to say, but I believe the goal of the attacks on 9/11 was specifically to draw Bush & Co. into a war in Afghanistan. In other words, Bin Laden wanted to bring the enemy to the fight. And Bush proved a shockingly easy mark.

    I agree with your point about Barack and Hillary. There are ways he could have gotten away with picking her, without losing face himself. He probably should have done that. It would have taken the wind out of McCain’s sails and somewhat mollified the PUMA lunatics. I don’t believe the dynamics have swung sufficiently to the other side to ensure a McCain victory; it’s still very very close in nearly every battleground state. In most cases Obama still has a slight lead. Palin may have aroused the conservative evangelical voter crowd, but she’s also energized the left to a degree McCain couldn’t have anticipated. And the more we learn about her “record”, the less there is to like.

    I agree on your final point as well – we need to restore civil discourse in this country.

  7. Lee says:

    Afrit007,

    I believe that we can agree that the US cannot continue to depend on oil as the long-term driver for our economy – we absolutely need to develop other renewable energy sources. I don’t know anyone who is advocating a long-term dependence on oil – foreign or domestic.

    The question is, “What do we do in the interim while we are developing alternate energy sources?” The United States can reduce the level of dependence we have on foreign oil supplies by developing our own oil, gas, and coal resources over the short-haul. Increasing supply will reduce demand, but OPEC could simply reduce their production to match our increase. Or, they may increase production to try to drive us out-of-business because they can produce oil cheaper than we can.

    But, if we have the resources available, we can increase our domestic production to keep oil prices at more reasonable levels – while we are developing the distribution system to use CNG for automobile fuel. We can be developing clean coal fired electric generating plants as well as nuclear powered plants and wind generated electricity. Someday we’ll develop efficient fuel cells that can use water to power our automobiles, planes, and mass transit vehicles.

    There is just no need for the US to be held completely hostage by OPEC. By developing all of our own energy resources now we can keep a large portion of the money we send overseas here in the country to help our economy and not fund the terrorists who are out to destroy us.

    We completely disagree on the competency of Sarah Palin, and we aren’t going to change each other’s mind. But, that is what makes this country so great – we can freely and adamately disagree on a variety of subjects without worrying about being jailed, fired, or harassed for our beliefs. (I’ll support your right to be ignorant if you’ll support mine.)