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Since when does one’s choice of jewelry and home decor count as foreign policy experience? So what if Sarah Palin dons a Star of David necklace and hangs an Israeli flag in her home? Her “love” for Israel and the Jewish people is at best shallow and at worst, and most likely, shameless pandering.
June 2, 2010 in Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin | Tags: Author, Environment, Fence, Glenn Beck, Gulf Coast, Haiti, Israel, Joe McGinniss, Malia Obama, Neighbor, Oil Spill, Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, Trespass, Writer | 17 comments
The United States is facing the worst environmental disaster in the history of our country. Forty six South Korean soldiers were killed in an attack by North Korea. As a result of this attack tensions have been heightened in one of the world’s most perilous regions. Israel attacked a flotilla bound for Gaza and killed at least 10 armed civilians while the ship in question was in international water. Sarah Palin mentioned this one in a Facebook post, suggesting that she is some expert on Israeli/Palestinian relations. The point of the article was to condemn the lamestream media, suggesting that they had not provided all the facts. Palin suggests that SHE knows what happened, and that Israel was justified in killing these people. Last time I checked Palin has never even been to Israel, much less been involved with military personnel in Israel. We certainly haven’t heard that Sarah Palin has been granted some national security clearance. Even John McCain, recognized by Palin as a war hero, hasn’t been offering his opinions about this incident.
Obama hasn’t recognized Grandma Palin as an authority on international relations. She probably doesn’t even know where the Pentagon is located. Palin has not commented on Fox about this incident. She has devoted an entire interview to talking about her peaceful neighbor. She must know more than the UN Security council which is engaged in an “impartial investigation.” After 10 hours of debate, the UN Security council called for the immediate release of hundreds of civilians held after the raid. The deaths and injuries were condemned by the UN, EU and other countries. The US, in contrast, was restrained in its response, expressing regret and saying it was “currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy”. Thus we know that the Obama administration is attempting to gain all the facts before reaching any conclusion. Unlike Palin, even some Israeli commentators expressed reservations about the operation, fearing international isolation. Alon Liel, a former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, said the situation could have been averted. “Definitely we made mistakes and in retrospect anything would have been better – including letting the boats reach Gaza.”
Countries in Europe are facing the worst economic disaster in a century, and the United States isn’t far behind. The United States is at war with Iraq and Afghanistan. We have been at war in Iraq for seven years, and over 4,000 soldiers have lost their lives in that war. We have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, with over 1,000 US soldier’s sacrificing their lives in that conflict. The combined cost of these two wars to the United States has exceeded one trillion dollars.
The people of Haiti remain in a state of devastation following the earthquake. Over 1.5 million people are still living in tents and the international community has pledged $5.3 billion dollars in construction aid, and even that will likely be insufficient. I don’t remember Sarah Palin doing anything to help the people of Haiti. (Maybe this is also a “minority type thing”).
In spite of these national disasters, the killing of soldiers around the world, and a global economic crisis that exceeds anything in my lifetime, Sarah Palin has focused national attention on a peaceful neighbor living next door. The only crime of this peaceful neighbor is that he is planning to write a book. There is not even an allegation that Joe McGinniss has done anything illegal or inappropriate. Palin has said with regard to this neighbor that she would not retreat, she would “reload”. The local newspaper in Wasilla has threatened McGinniss, suggesting that he should beware of the law in Wasilla that allows a property owner to use deadly force if someone trespasses.
Sarah Palin solicited an interview with Glenn Beck regarding this peaceful neighbor. In that interview Palin indicated that the picture provided, was a picture of Joe McGinnis, on his deck, not a picture of Palin. The only person who has even allegedly taken a picture of a neighbor is Sarah Palin who took a picture of her neighbor, McGinniss, when he was standing on his deck looking into the forest, not towards Palin’s house. Palin threatened Joe McGinnis on Beck’s show indicating that Mr. McGinniss had “better leave my kids alone”. McGinniss has not committed any act that could even allegedly be characterized as bothering her kids. Beck suggested McGinniss was “hounding” and “stalking” Sarah and her family. He suggested Todd deserved a medal for not punching McGinniss, and that Sarah Palin’s womanhood had somehow been violated. Beck had the temerity to suggest that the cost of Palin’s 14 foot fence was a hardship, even though Palin is now worth over $12,000,000.00, and even though the fence was built by Todd and his buddies.
Most amazing of all, Beck expressed outrage that McGinniss had acted inappropriately regarding the children of Palin. Not only has McGinniss not had any contact or interaction with Palin’s kids, but Mr. Beck has established himself as an authority on verbal abuse of children. It was just this week that Beck lodged an all-out attack against Malia Obama on his national radio show. Malia is the President’s 13 year old daughter, and the only thing she did to attract Beck attention was to express concern about the national environmental disaster in the Gulf.
Malia Obama’s brief comment suggested a maturity that far exceeds that of Sarah Palin. I wish the half-term-Ex-Governor was more concerned about the environmental devastation occurring in the Gulf Coast than her neighbor who is peacefully renting a house in Wasilla to write a book. Palin’s kids have not been threatened. Sarah and Todd have only had neighborly discussions with Joe McGinnis. Thus the closest thing to a threat or harassment is the conduct of the Palins in taking a picture of their neighbor enjoying the peacefulness of the view from his deck.
Maybe Palin is concerned that someone will be able to document how little she sees her own children. Maybe Palin is concerned that McGinniss will realize that she has little or no contact with Willow, Bristol, or Trig. Whatever her concern, it is not based upon anything Joe McGinniss has done. Evidently the neighbors who occupied the house before McGinniss were ex-convicts, who were drug and/or alcohol addicts. That didn’t seem to cause Palin enough concern to build a 14 foot fence. We can only surmise that Palin is more concerned about someone discovering the truth about her than harm to her children from drug and/or alcohol addicts.
National and international disaster, war, and economic problems are enough to cause politicians and news commentators to have to be selective in their choice of news stories. When the focus of Sarah Palin is the next door neighbor who is writing a book, something is terribly wrong with Palin’s priorities. Perhaps she should have the revelation that Joe McGinniss living next to her was part of God’s plan. Maybe she should write a note to herself, in God’s voice, explaining to herself that Joe is a nice man, a peaceful man, who is simply writing a book. He is Caucasian. He is not a devil worshiper. He is not homosexual. He isn’t even shooting moose in her neighborhood, so there are just as many for Palin to shoot as before Joe’s arrival. Grandma Palin needs to be reminded that the country and the world have many more serious problems than a neighbor peacefully renting the house next door to write a book. I know the half-term-Ex-Governor will never read the book, but some of us can’t wait. If anyone is guilty of harassment, or violating a neighbor’s right to privacy, it is Sarah Palin who has been guilty of harassing Joe McGinniss.