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Sarah Palin spoke this weekend at the Oil Palace in Tyler, Texas, a small town in East Texas. She was introduced at the event by Texas Governor Rick Perry, who referred to half-term-ex-Governor Palin as one of the “great Americans of our time.” Certainly Perry and Palin have many things in common, not the least of which is a total lack of respect for the truth.
Consider the similarity in the willingness of Palin and Perry to lie. While many examples of the lies of Palin have filled pages of this blog for months, I have worked hard to limit my comments to Palin. I have intentionally refrained from sharing my feelings about Rick Perry. Perry’s description of Palin at the Tyler event has come close to putting me into a coma. My doctor has indicated that the only potentially therapeutic treatment for my condition is to write. Thus I ask you to consider the similarities between Palin and Perry:
1. Both Have Been On the Cover of Newsweek Magazine
Palin: “Saint Sarah” graced the cover in June.
Perry: Perry was featured with the title “Don’t Mess with Texas”.
2. Both Claim to be “Fiscal Conservatives”
Palin: Palin has described herself as a “fiscal conservative”. Palin said she was opposed to federal earmarks for Alaska, but she hired a lobbyist for Wasilla and received millions of dollars in federal funding. Palin said she opposed to the Bridge to Nowhere, but she originally favored it. She said she opposed to earmarks, but the truth is that she accepted millions of dollars to study the genetics of harbor seals and the mating habits of crabs.
Perry: Before Palin quit her job as Governor of Alaska, she endorsed Rick Perry. Palin described Perry as a “true conservative”. She cited one of Perry’s top campaign issues as his opposition to federal financial bailouts. The truth is that Texas, under Perry’s fiscal conservative leadership, has accepted $16 billion in federal stimulus funds. The state of Texas is in the throws of a financial crisis, with approximately $18 billion in debt. Given the financial crisis in Texas, and given the identification of the financial crisis as a “top issue”, one would expect the Governor to be devoting extra time to his job, and to solving the financial problems of the state. In 21 weeks of work, Perry enjoyed 16 long weekends and worked an average of seven hours per week. Do you think he has solved the financial crisis yet?
“How long will the folks in Washington keep spending money that they don’t have, for solutions they haven’t thought through, for problems they really don’t understand?” Perry asked.
The Wall Street Journal noted that the stimulus is the reason that Texas has a balanced budget. State debt has doubled during Perry’s term as Governor, but fortunately for him he has had time to write a book by the title, “Fed Up.” His publisher described the book as describing federal policies as a “legitimate threat to America’s continued leadership in the free world.”
Rick Perry, the true fiscal conservative, has spent taxpayer’s money for items including:
- Over $130,000 for parties, food, drinks and cable TV.
- At least $18,000 for “consumables” such as household supplies and cleaning products.
- A $1,000 “emergency repair” of the Governor’s filtered ice machine.
- A $700 clothes rack.
- A little over $70 for a two year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine (probably to give him ideas on throwing all of those lavish parties at our expense!).
- Maintenance on the heated pool has cost taxpayers at least $8,400.
- Grounds and lawn maintenance has topped $44,000.
- A 6,386-square-foot rental home located on three acres of land and which was advertised in 2007 for sale at $1.85 million. The Governor’s mansion only had 2,750 square feet.
- He has only one housekeeper, on full-time chef, one part-time chef, a mansion administrator, and a steward. The salary for these servants is $195,770.00.
3. Both SAY They Advocate Transparency in Government
Palin: Sarah Palin has explained the importance in making the financial matters of public record.
Perry: Perry also says he demands transparency in government, but ignored state law, and his own executive order, that required all state agencies to be “accountable and transparent.” It was the stimulus spending information that he conveniently failed to post. Perhaps “opaque” would have been a better choice of words for Rick Perry’s budget.
4. Both Sued the Federal Government on Environmental Matters
Palin: Before Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska she sued the Federal Government seeking to remove polar bears from the endangered species list.
Perry: Rick Perry sued the EPA over its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
5. Both Shoot Animals for Pleasure
Palin: Palin and her parents have a long history of killing animals. Both Palin and her parents surround themselves with proof of the animals they have killed.
Perry: Perry has been known to jog with a laser cited pistol, and shoot animals during his morning run. Even Fox “News” reporters found this story a little frightening.
6. Both Have Been Associated with Seceding from the U.S.
Palin: Todd, Sarah husband, was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for 6 years. The primary focus of the party was secession from the United States. The Alaska Independence Party was founded by the “rabidly violent” anti-American Joe Vogler, who is quoted as saying, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American.” “I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions,” Palin herself provided the opening remarks to the Alaskan Independent Party Convention of 2008, saying:
“I am delighted to welcome you to the 2008 Alaskan Independence Party Convention….I share your party’s vision of upholding the Constitution of the State…Your Party plays an important role in the State’s Politics… We have a great promise to be a self-sufficient state…Keep up the good work, and God Bless You.”
Perry: Rick Perry made national headlines when he said:
“We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”
7. Both Sound More Like Preachers than Politicians
Palin: Of course Palin is no longer a politician. In an interview she was asked:
“Do you think the mainstream media and the left understands your religious faith, Governor Palin?” Her answer: “I think that there’s a lot of mocking of my personal faith,” she said. “And my personal faith is very, very simple. I don’t belong to any church”.
Palin has repeatedly advocated prayer as a solution to the countries many challenges. Her solution is to seek divine intervention. In religious gatherings she has asked the congregation to pray that the war in Iraq is “God’s plan”, and she has asked the congregants to pray for a $30 billion national gas pipeline. Sometimes with Palin it’s hard to remember if you are in a prayer meeting or a legislative session.
Perry: Perry has been compared to a “tent revival preacher.” Perry has said:
“We are in a struggle for the heart and soul of our nation…Do we believe in the primacy of an unrestrained federal government? Or do we worship the God of the universe, placing our trust in his eternal, natural laws, and defending his children?”
8. Both Are In Bed With BP
Palin: In spite of the many examples of the violations of safety standards by BP in Alaska, Palin has blamed the environmentalists for the Gulf Oil spill. In her Facebook post Palin made reference to the “extreme greenies,” and used the BP spill as a reason to justify drilling in ANWR.
Palin’s history with BP is extensive. Of course her husband worked 18 years for BP. As early as 1995 Palin was aware that BP admitted to felony charges for environmental crimes on the North Slope (Palin 95). She was also aware that BP had actually injected illegal and hazardous substances into wells to save money (95). Palin’s history of knowledge of the atrocities committed by BP is long and colorful.
Before resigning as Governor, Palin admits that she knew:
“…that BP had been trying to save money for years by cutting corners on oil pipeline maintenance on the North Slope. This was very serious: leaks and spills from corroded pipelines were all too common and harmed the environment…” (153).
The largest land spill in the country occurred at the BP Prudhoe Bay field in Alaska, in 2006. An estimated 212,252 gallons of oil leaked from a BP Oil Transit Line. Even today the consequences of that spill still linger. Palin was sworn in as Governor in December of 2006. Thus not only was she aware of BP’s history of conscious indifference to safety regulations, but she was Governor during the time of the clean up, and the suit by the EPA. In March of 2009, before resigning as Governor, the EPA sued BP for a string of violations related to the spills in Alaska. The EPA alleged federal violations related to numerous problems with BP’s operational practices at Prudhoe Bay. That suit, seeking tens of millions of dollars, alleged that the company failed to implement an acceptable spill-prevention and control plan and was delinquent in repairing pipelines which they were under federal orders to fix.
Perry: Perry has suggested that the Gulf Oil disaster was:
“…just an act of God that occurred… From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”
Perry’s first instinct after the explosion was not to blame people responsible, but to indicate it must have been an act of God. Rick Perry went on to say that BP has “historically had a very good safety record from my perspective.” He must have just forgotten about the largest explosion in the state of Texas, which occurred in 2005, during the time he was Governor. The families of the 15 people killed and the 170 people injured in that explosion probably wouldn’t describe the safety record of BP as “very good”.
The Texas refinery was one of two BP refineries that accounted for 97% of all “flagrant” violations in the U.S. refining industry. Not only was BP responsible for virtually ALL of the refinery violations in the country, but most of the violations cited were classified as “egregious willful,” according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration records.
Here’s a look at how those violations breakdown:
- 760 egregious willful
- 69 willful
- 30 serious
- 3 unclassified
Most violations came, according to the Center for Public Integrity, because BP failed to fix the problems identified as the cause of the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion. “The only thing you can conclude is that BP has a serious, systemic safety problem in their company,” Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, told the Center for Public Integrity.
As if the explosion and the people killed or injured, on the day of the Texas City tragedy were not sufficient to get Governor Perry’s attention, OSHA imposed the largest fine in history against BP as a result of its many failures at the Texas City plant. In October 2009, just six months before the Gulf Oil explosion on the Deep Water Horizon well, OSHA imposed a record $87 million fine against BP for lack of compliance with safety regulations, and for failure to make agreed-upon improvements at its Texas City refinery. The US Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, reported that during 17 inspections since the explosions four years ago, OSHA found 270 cases where BP failed to comply with changes; BP had previously agreed to make. Additionally OSHA found 439 “willful” violations involving pressure release systems on units at the Texas City refinery.
“The fact that there are so many still outstanding, life-threatening problems at this plant indicates that they still have a systemic safety problem in this refinery,” Jordan Barab, acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, said.
If Perry didn’t know about the safety record of BP, then he was grossly negligent. If he knew, then he lied when he indicated the BP had a “very good” safety record. Consider these facts to help you assess whether you think he was consciously indifferent, or that he lied:
1. BP donated $250,000 to restoration of the Governor’s mansion. When Rick Perry needed to raise money to restore the Governor’s Mansion after a major fire, he turned to his friends at BP. According to the Austin American-Statesman, “The largest donation is $250,000 from energy giant BP America.” (Source: Austin American-Statesman, January 30, 2009)
2. Perry paid BP for jobs already in Texas. Perry gave BP $750,000 to create 150 jobs in League City, Texas. It was soon revealed that, “50 already work for BP and live in the area.” One expert called it, “a classic case of getting paid for doing what you’re going to do anyway.” (The Houston Chronicle, January 13, 2005)
3. Perry has been widely criticized for his Texas Enterprise Fund after a report revealed that almost half of the companies that received taxpayer dollars have, “failed or struggled to meet job goals.” The companies, including key player in the subprime mortgage market Countrywide Home Loans, have been given a total of $363 million taxpayer dollars. (Source: Austin American-Statesman, January 28, 2010)
If you still have any doubt about whether Rick Perry truly thought BP had a “very good safety record”, please watch this two minute video.
Of all the people who are, or have been, politicians, can you think of anyone who would have been in a better position to anticipate the worst environmental disaster in the history of our country than Palin and Perry?
9. Both Are Losing Popularity
Palin: By the time Palin resigned as Governor, her popularity had declined from an 89% approval rating to 54%.
Perry: Rick Perry is an unusually weak incumbent, and his opponent, Bill White is an unusually strong challenger. Only 36% of voters in Texas approve of Perry and 49% disapprove. Independent voters are particularly dissatisfied with Perry, with 55% indicating he is doing a poor job. White meanwhile is better known and better liked than most challengers running across the country this year. Thirty-seven percent of voters have a favorable opinion of him compared to 25% with an unfavorable one, and he posts positive numbers with independents at a 35/24 spread.
There is one difference between Perry and Palin. Palin resigned as Governor, and Perry is still the Governor. Surely if people know the facts, we won’t re-elect Perry. Please help me make people aware of all the facts, about both Palin and Perry.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been associated with political scandal for years. Democratic standouts include former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer, whose involvement with a prostitute led to his resignation, and Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested on federal corruption charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery, including attempting “to obtain personal gain … through the corrupt use” of his authority to fill Barack Obama‘s vacated United States Senate seat. Recent Republican standouts include, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina who traveled to Buenos Aires for a rendezvous with a mistress without telling anyone where he was going for at least four days, and Alaska Senator Ted Stevens who was convicted of seven corruption related felonies.
Even though these politicians are associated with different political parties, they have two things in common. They were each immoral, and the degree of their failings was not obvious until AFTER they were elected to office. Imagine the absurdity of electing a politician AFTER we were aware of their misdeeds, demonstrated immorality, and their violation of the law and total lack of respect for our system of government. Certainly we would not expect ANY person to endorse a person for political office who was an admitted felon, a person who admitted to a history of intentional abuse of the government, or who herself repeatedly engaged in the very type of behavior that her political party condemned. Sarah Palin, the politically shrewd leader that she is, has amazed us once again.
When Grandma Palin she said she was a “maverick” we didn’t think she meant, resigning as Governor, building dikes in the Gulf of Mexico, or endorsing a woman named “Star”. She did resign as Governor; she did suggest we consult the Dutch regarding building dikes; and she has now endorsed Star Parker. Palin describes Parker’s life as an “incredible story”.
Star Parker’s life story includes:
- Ms. Parker’s first book was entitled, Pimps, Whores, and Welfare Brats.
- Star Parker was dependent on welfare for almost 6 years, and who described welfare as having a “magical and sometimes luxurious hold” (Parker 7).
- Ms. Parker is proud of her public “service” to keep condoms out of public schools (7).
- Parker advertises the fact that she has had FOUR abortions (136). She reports a conversation during the second abortion visit to a clinic where the woman working the desk remembered her from a visit 6 months earlier, and suggested that she consider using the pill. Parker’s flippant response was to suggest that Parker’s preference of an abortion to birth control ensured the continued employment of the receptionist at the abortion clinic (20-21).
- Even after her second abortion, Parker continued to be sexually “active” and had a third pregnancy in a little more than one year (21).
- Parker explains that the notion that a woman owns herself hurts the black community.
- According to Parker, Socialism violates the 10 Commandments.
- Parker admits to committing welfare fraud.
- Parker admits to armed robbery. Armed Robbery is a felony in California.
- Parker admits to breaking and entering.
- Parker explains that the reason women can’t cook is because public schools have replaced home economics classes with sex education classes.
- Leftism, according to Parker, is an “equal opportunity destroyer”.
- Parker feels that unmarried childless women are a drain on society because they rely on government to care for them in their old age.
- Parker’s shrewd analysis of the problems in society today are the result of men without wives and children who then become promiscuous and criminals.
- HIV, according to Parker, is the result of men committing sodomy in prison and spreading it to women upon release from prison.
- Parker favors the abolition of Social Security. Parker astutely reasons that abortion is the reason that we have fewer people in the work force and thus the insolvency of the Social Security Administration is the result of abortions.
- Even though Parker has had four abortions herself, she now opposes “choice” for other women. She also opposes the use of the pill, and all forms of contraception. Interestingly Parker is now 54 years old, so maybe for her contraception is no longer necessary to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Any one of these attitudes would be enough to result in an educated, thinking and competent adult become physically ill. However Palin is not sickened by Parker’s views. Palin supports it; she embraces it; she endorses it. If any of these positions were made known AFTER Palin’s endorsement, maybe we would understand that it is hard to determine every view of every candidate that you might support. Yet all of these positions and comments were made by Star Parker BEFORE Palin endorsed her.
Even if Palin didn’t have the political insight to do her own analysis of Star Parker, did Palin fail to consult with the Republican Party’s own website before exercising her own savvy judgment? If half-term-ex-Governor Palin, or anyone on her staff, had spent five minutes doing their homework they would know that:
The California Republican Party website doesn’t even feature Star Parker as one of its candidates even though Parker is running as a Republican for House of Representatives, yet the site does include pictures and information on Republicans running for Governor, Senate, State Treasurer, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the State Controller.
The Republican Party’s stance on crime includes recognition for the importance of enforcing existing criminal laws, and a mandate for harsher penalties for crimes committed. The Republican Party has especially targeted crimes involving the use of guns. I wonder if Star Parker was ever in their gun sights.
The Republican Party has supported doubling abstinence education funding, and they oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for contraception. Ms. Parker is no longer in school, so why would she care?
The Republican Party supports a “pro-life” Amendment to the Constitution. Thank heavens they do not support “punitive action” against women who have had an abortion. If they did the Party might not be “pro-life” with regard to Star Parker.
Do you think that the Republican Party was targeting Star Parker when it explained that:
“We must decrease (welfare) abuse caseloads and increase accountability in the child protection system. … Government should work with faith-based groups that provide adoption services. We call for local efforts to help the children of prisoners”?
The Republican Party has emphasized the importance of traditional family values identifying families as the “cornerstone of our culture…and the building blocks of a strong society.” The Republican Party offers an “approach based on our common values and our common hopes.” If Star Parker and Sarah Palin represent the common values and hopes of the Republican Party, then the Republican Party is hopeless.
The U.S. Department of Forestry today announced the escape of two female Grizzly Bears from a traveling circus. The circus was under investigation for ethical violations and animal rights advocates have lodged repeated complaints relating to the abusive conditions imposed by sounds emanating from the circus. Circus performances were characterized by outrageous ticket prices, and repetition of old tricks that were unimpressive to audiences foolish enough to purchase tickets. However cameras were never allowed to film the performances, so the perception of similarity of tricks performed by the bears was subject to the variability in memory of members of the audience.
One of the bears answers to the name “Sarah,” and the other answers to “Star”. It is not clear if these names represent an apparent attempt to attract media attention. Sarah is slightly younger, and is of lighter complexion than Star bear. Star may be readily identified by her darker fur color and the length of her fur. Seeing a bear can be a most memorable and exciting experience. However BEWARE! These bears are quite hungry and have no fear of humans when it comes to seeking out food or money. These bears are extremely adept at foraging for food and money. They have demonstrated the ability to mislead and use their cunning to draw in their prey. These Grizzlies, especially the younger one, has been known to even kill other bears.
Bears have been known to swim, climb trees, bend open car doors, and pry out windshields. They have demonstrated their ability to adapt their lifestyles to the availability of food and money. Star has a history of living off of the food and money she could take from humans. Sarah has a history of killing any animal in her path.
Both bears seem to have a similar view of the world in which they live. Both say and do things that serve their purpose at the time, but things they say are often directly contrary to previous behavior. Under NO circumstances should you allow these bears to persuade you to give them food or money, as they already have more than enough to sustain them for the foreseeable future. Both bears have similar traits, so you may be able to distinguish them from other bears. Similarities include:
- Star had 4 abortions. Sarah only contemplated having an abortion. Both are now openly critical of any other bear that might make the choice of having an abortion, even if the pregnancy was the result of abuse by a papa bear, or by a rogue bear.
- Both Star and Sarah bears are now grandmothers, so they tend to be less protective of their offspring.
- Bears that prefer bears of the same sex should be especially mindful of avoiding any contact with these two bears. Each seems to lack respect for homosexual bears.
- Even though both bears became pregnant before forming a life long bond with a papa bear, neither bear advocates use of birth control. Mating for these bears is serious business and appears to be for the sole purpose of procreation. This may result in unanticipated acts of aggression.
- Star and Sarah bear have worked to create the impression that they are self reliant and self sufficient. However the reality is that these bears are very cunning. Star bear has a history of relying upon zoo keepers to provide food and shelter for her, and Sarah bear has a history of relying upon zoo keepers for medical treatment of her family members.
- Both bears believe that they are the highest creatures on the food chain, and that they were created directly by God, in his image, and discount anyone who suggests that bears evolved from other creatures.
- Both bears have published books. While it appears Star has established her ability to read the same is not true of Sarah bear.
- Experience with illegal drugs is a common characteristic of both bears.
- Both bears have had periods in their past where they were not employed; Sarah after she resigned from the Oil & Gas Commission, and Star while she was on welfare.
- Both bears have spent time in Alaska, so the people of Alaska should be especially cautious.
- Star bear has a history of taking things from stores without paying for them. Sarah bear seems to have been cleverer about things she takes, as evidenced by her accumulation of swag at the Academy Awards.
- Both bears indicate they love their freedom, so any attempts to cage these bears may be met with violent behavior. If either bear is spotted, please contact the Forestry Department immediately so that experts can re-locate the bears to a remote location where no harm may be caused.
- Even though these bears have a lot in common, they should never be left alone together. Sarah bear has a long history of turning on those who might have previously been perceived as friendly. With names that both start with the letter “S” the bears may become confused and try to eat the food of the other. Sarah bear also has a history of discomfort with bears with skin and fur pigment different than her own. Thus we may not be able to predict violent behavior of Sarah bear towards Star bear if they are left alone.
- Both bears seem to think there is a big bear in the sky that controls their destiny, so if confronted by either bear, drop to your knees with folded hands, and pray.
- Sarah bear has a history of unpredictability. She has repeatedly demonstrated her lack of respect for community organizers and humans who might be associated with a message of hope. Star bear has a history of community involvement and advertises a message of “hope”. Thus Star bear should exercise extreme caution if Sarah bear begins to growl.
Two final words of CAUTION: (1) Sarah bear believes she has “common sense”. This is an especially dangerous trait of this Grizzly. She lacks any common sense as illustrated by her tendency to abandon her own bear cubs, her insatiable desire for bear meat, and her ongoing attempts to build dikes in the ocean where she can’t reach the ocean floor and at a distance so far from shore that she could never swim back. (2) DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS! Never give bears food or money. Giving food or money to these bears will only encourage dependence. Dependence on others for food and money will inevitable result in the demise of these bears teaching them a lifestyle of dependence.
Grizzly Bears can injure or kill people. When pressed they usually retreat, sometimes abandoning their cubs. If you spot either Sarah bear or Star bear DO NOT ATTEMPT CONTACT!! Contact the Wyoming Game and Fish department at (307) 777-4600 between 8:00-5:00 Mountain Time.
Jon says what we were all thinking after hearing from Joe Barton.
As if the endorsement of Vaughn Ward was not enough to convince people that half-term-Ex-Governor Palin has used zero judgment with regard to her choice of candidates, she has done it again! Palin endorsed Nikki Haley for Governor of South Carolina. The problem is that even if Palin thought Haley was a good candidate, Palin’s lack of “common sense” was evident from the endorsement of a candidate who was alleged to have had an affair. Haley has since denied the affair. Will Folk, the person who alleged that he had the affair with Haley, has now produced phone records illustrating that he and Haley had an affair, or Haley lost a lot of sleep just because she was a kind person and wanted to keep a male friend company in the middle of the night.
Perhaps there is something about the combination of being Republican and in South Carolina (remember Mark Sanford) that causes infidelity. If so, maybe we should caution Todd, since he is not a Republican, but a member of the Alaskan Independence Party (remember the one that wanted to secede). Alternatively, maybe Sarah could explain to Nikki that everything will be all right if she just says that it was part of God’s plan for her to speak for hours at a time to Will Folk in the middle of the night.
Sarah Palin has made the headlines once again. This time it was because of her endorsement of Carly Fiorina who is running for California Senate. This endorsement by Palin on May 7th was significant because there was another Republican, Tom Campbell, running in this primary. The Tea Party also favored Chuck DeVore, so Palin’s endorsement of Fiorina alienated a significant number of Tea Party members.
Things Palin and Fiorina have in common include (1) they are both millionaires, (2) they both wear nice clothes, (3) they are each attractive women, (4) they both have written books, Tough Choices by Fiorina and Going Rogue by Palin, (5) both work for Fox News (Palin as an “analyst” and Fiorina for Fox Business Network) (6) both are supportive of the right to life movement, (7) both are in favor of Proposition 8, prohibiting gay marriage, (8) both own guns and are members of the NRA, (10) Palin says Fiorina is “pro-military” (as if any American is anti-military) and (9) both were chosen by John McCain to work for him in 2008 (Palin as V.P. and Fiorina as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee’s Victory ’08 Committee). Thus they were both losers.
As usual, Palin used her Facebook essay to explain the endorsement. By having someone else write the explanation of the endorsement, Palin was protected from those tough questions reporters sometimes ask. However even in the Facebook entry, Palin’s staff demonstrated either a lack of commitment to the truth or they are following Palin’s lead in being purposefully misleading. Palin said a couple of things in her Facebook post that were delusional. The first statement articulated by Palin, comparing herself to Fiorina, while technically may not be a lie, is certainly misleading.
Palin said of Fiorina, “She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges…” Of course we know Palin attended five colleges and received a four-year degree in broadcast journalism. Fiorina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford University in 1976. She attended the UCLA School of Law for a short time, received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980. She received a Master of Science in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management under the Sloan Fellows program in 1989. Thus her academic career is noticeably different from Palin’s. Palin’s dad was a high school science teacher, and Fiorina’s dad Joseph Tyree Sneed III, was a law school professor, dean, and federal judge. I’m not suggesting that what your dad did or didn’t do qualifies anyone for any job, but it is rather misleading for Palin to suggest that her dad and Fiorina’s dad were both “teachers”.
Palin then proceeded to blatantly lie by stating, “She knows how to really incentivize job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career”. I wonder if Palin seriously believes Fiorina is the epitome of doing the “right thing for America’s economy.” I am hoping Palin was just ignorant and that she just didn’t know any better, which certainly has been a consistent pattern. As Fiorina, while the CEO of Hewlett Packard, fired 18,000 employees and moved their jobs overseas. The San Francisco Chronicle reported “labor unions have battled ‘off shoring, which Fiorina calls ‘right-shoring’.” Fiorina explained that her biggest mistake while running Hewlett Packard was “not firing more people more quickly”. She is quoted as saying, “there is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore”.
Was Palin thinking that this was an example of Carly doing the “right thing for America’s economy” or when she referenced “incentivize job creation” was Palin making reference to jobs overseas?
Finally, Palin states that Carly Fiorina was the “top of her field, where she led with distinction”. The truth is the polar opposite. Fiorina was “spectacularly fired” as the CEO of Hewlett Packard, by its board. During the time Fiorina was at the helm, the stock price dropped by 50% only to rally 10% on the announcement of her firing. Perhaps the thing that Palin and Fiorina share in common is that they both are living examples of the Peter Principle…they each rose to their highest level of incompetence. Palin is no longer a politician. We can only hope that Fiorina continues to share that distinction with her.
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” – Treaty with Tripoli 1797 – unanimously approved and signed by John Adams
On Thursday while interviewing Iowa Representative Steve King, Glenn Beck, along with King, claimed that the upcoming Sunday vote on the health care bill is “an affront to God”. Beck went further to state that, “faith has been perverted” and that a Sunday vote was something the Founding Fathers, “…would have never, ever, ever done. Out of respect for God”. While God does not discuss his/her feelings with me, and I am not arrogant or delusional enough to think that I know what God finds offensive, I am a student of history and I believe it is Beck who is perverting history.
The health care vote on Sunday will not be the first time Congress has voted on the Sabbath. In 2005, the Republican-controlled Senate met on Palm Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the return of Jesus to Jerusalem, in order to pass a measure which permitted a federal court to intervene in the controversial Terri Schiavo case (thinkprogess.org 3/18/2010). Is Beck suggesting the Republicans, the self-professed party of faith, dared to disrespect to God? If so, why didn’t we have any plagues that day? I know I certainly don’t remember any instances of water turning to blood or swarms of locusts that day.
The truly upsetting part to me about Beck’s diatribe was that he once again tried to distort history and bastardize the writings of the founders. This country was not founded as a Christian nation. Many of the founders, including Thomas Jefferson, were deists. There is a reason the Constitution never mentions God or Jesus or Christianity. It is a secular document. Read it for yourself, the only time religion is even mentioned is in the First Amendment and Article VI of the Constitution, which states “…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”.
As I have stated in two previous blogs this week, you have the right to say and believe fantastical things. You and I have the right and the obligation to share the truth.
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air
balloon, approximately 30 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me may be
technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information and
I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”
“I am,” she replied, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” the man said, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re
going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air.
You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problems. You’re in exactly the same position you were before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”
In her book, “Going Rogue”, Sarah Palin admitted that if her goal was to seek higher office that she would have finished out her term as Governor of Alaska. (pg 381) A CBS News poll, just out yesterday, Jan. 18th, indicates that the American people agree. http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/01/18/politics/politicalhotsheet 71% of the Americans surveyed, including 56% of surveyed Republicans, indicated that they do not want Palin to run for President.
The message of “Rebuttal to the Rogue” seems to be shared by the majority of the population. Before we consider a candidate’s political views, we want to know, as a starting point, that the candidate is qualified. Matt Damon indicated in a video posted on YouTube in 2008, that Palin’s intellect and appreciation of the scientific principles behind evolution were important to him…not because of the science itself, but because she would have the nuclear codes if serving as President.
He explained that it was like a bad Disney movie. Damon and the rest of us found it amazing and frightening that McCain picked Palin as his running mate. Whatever our politics, we each hope that the leader of our country, and the person who could lead us into a nuclear holocaust, would be more educated and make better reasoned decisions than Palin.
Thanks to the education of the American people, we realized in 2008, and now in 2010, that Palin as a candidate is something none of us want to see ever again! If your memory fails you in the next two years, read “Rebuttal to the Rogue” again and remind yourself about why we don’t want Palin to run ever again!
Steve Schmidt, the former campaign manager for John McCain, will be featured tomorrow, Sunday January 10th, on 60 Minutes. Anderson Cooper will be interviewing Mr.Schmidt. This interview will be interesting because Palin describes Schmidt in “Going Rogue” as “business to the bone” and explained that she was very comfortable with him right off the bat. Yet in the interview Schmidt describes Palin as being “untruthful” and “inaccurate”. He says that there were “numerous instances” where Palin says things that were not accurate. Schmidt was the consummate “insider”.
Some might dismiss what I have reported in “Rebuttal to the Rogue”, asserting that I am biased and a “liberal”. Yet Steve Schmidt was not just a conservative, and a Republican, but was trusted by John McCain to run the campaign. Who would be in a better position to know if Palin was being “untruthful” instead of just being confused, if not Mr. Schmidt?
Perhaps I was being too gullable to presme that Palin was guilty of being sincerely ignorant or conscientiously stupid. Maybe she is not ignorant or stupid…but just untruthful. Let’s all listen to what Steve Schmidt has to say about Palin tomorrow night!