I don’t believe there are many people who prove the line “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse” more accurately than Sarah Palin.
Every speech or interview she gives is such a right-wing cliche’ it’s laughable. No matter what the topic, President Obama will be wrong and the government will be bad. Honestly, everything she’s coached to say, or script she’s given to speak from, seems like her handlers just did a survey to poll which talking points the most ignorant conservatives like hearing most—then they just give her the rundown to spew out with some kind of lame “you betcha” style shtick.
This was on full display recently when she did an interview where she basically defended Edward Snowden, while of course blaming everything on President Obama.
Here’s what she had to say:
“Our government spied on every one of your phone calls, but they couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya. And it’s built an apparatus to sneak into all of the good guy’s communications, but whoopsie daisy, it missed the Fort Hood mass murder of our troops despite this Islamic terrorist declaring his ideology in numerous Army counseling sessions and even on his own business cards.”
Also included in some of her remarks she decided to ignore the fact that the IRS conspiracy Republicans have tried to levy against Obama has been debunked, continuing to perpetuate that the whole ordeal is a “symptom of a bigger disease.” And she claimed the Obama administration has been tagged with “scandal after scandal,” referencing Benghazi—another “conspiracy” that fell apart for Republicans.
But who cares about facts, right? She’s not speaking to rational people who care about things such as reality, she’s pandering to the far-right ignorant folks who still think Obama isn’t American, the recession started after he took office and our economy is worse off than it was in 2008.
But beyond that, I don’t even know how to begin to respond about her ridiculous comments.
First, they didn’t “spy on every one of our phone calls.” They tracked the numbers dialed, and length of the phone call, for millions of Americans. But they didn’t “track every call.” Her comments are clearly meant to mislead the public into thinking that the government was caught recording every phone call in the country.
Then in her assessment about the Boston Marathon bombing, she makes a completely ignorant comment by implying that even in their surveillance the government was too inept to prevent an attack perpetuated by 2 “pot-heads.” (Oh, by the way, I guess she’s implying that if you smoke weed, you’re too ignorant and lazy to accomplish anything.)
Then when she references the Fort Hood shooting, a shooting that wasn’t classified as an act of terror, she does a couple of things:
- Only targets acts of violence perpetuated by Muslims, openly displaying her anti-Muslim bias.
- Apparently believes that Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, should have been arrested before committing any crime simply based on comments he made to Army counselors—even though he never directly said he planned to murder anyone.
And by the way, wouldn’t that second one be her supporting a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights, the very rights she’s trying to say Obama has violated? You know what, I’m not even going to go there, she’s not bright enough to understand that complete contradiction in her statements.
See, by her failure to mention how the NSA also “failed to prevent” the Aurora, Colorado or Sandy Hook shootings, she apparently only sees violence that was perpetrated by Muslims as something with which she can use to try and attack President Obama. Who cares about those other shootings, right? They weren’t committed by “scary Muslims,” so her mentioning those wouldn’t help perpetuate that Islamaphobia many conservatives suffer from.
Then of course she says nothing about the possibility that the NSA surveillance might have actually prevented terrorist attacks. But then again, we wouldn’t know if they have—because they never happened.
By the way, wasn’t she an ex-VP candidate for John McCain? A staunch supporter of the Patriot Act. And isn’t she a member of the Republican party—the architects of the Patriot Act?
You know, the whole piece of legislation which gave the NSA permission to severely toe the line with our Fourth Amendment rights.
I highly doubt she would be attacking the federal government had she actually been elected to represent it—but thankfully that never happened.
This is just another instance where this woman feels the need to exploit a situation going on in this country to wield some kind of pathetic attack on our government, and more specifically President Obama, just so she can still feel relevant.
But even in her feeble attempt to attack the president and stay relevant, all she really did was contradict herself, display her disdain for Muslims and prove once again she doesn’t have a damn clue what she’s talking about.