Well, that was a painful twelve minutes. That’s one of the unfortunate downsides that comes along with this business is that I have to frequently sit through speeches, shows or interviews featuring conservatives that test my sanity.
And after watching Sarah Palin’s NRA speech, my sanity was pushed to the brink. It was quite possibly one of the most ridiculous speeches I’ve ever had the displeasure of sitting through. The only way it could have been even more ridiculous is if she strolled out in an American flag shirt, with two AR-15’s criss-crossed on her back, carrying a Bible singing God Bless America. Toss in a clown car with the other 2016 Republican frontrunners piled in and you’d have yourself a legitimate circus.
It was literally a twelve minute speech where she made absolutely no points, just spouted off a bunch of right-wing trigger words and phrases she knew the sheep in the crowd would eat right up.
She started out by saying that the Founding Fathers knew “if our Second Amendment goes, the rest of the Constitution is not far behind.” Actually if you read our Second Amendment, it seems our Founding Fathers knew the limitations of our military at the time and realized that “well regulated militias” were necessary to defend our outlying borders. I love how these people completely ignore the whole “well regulated militia” part of the Second Amendment.
Then she goes off on another absurd blurb about “if you control arms, you control the people.” As if we’re the only free nation on this planet, ignoring the fact there are quite a few nations that are free which don’t have millions of armed citizens. Oh, and they also often have a fraction of the gun violence that we do.
After that she tries pushing a blatant lie that Eric Holder wants people who own guns to wear a bracelet proclaiming that they’re a gun owner. A claim that would undoubtedly strike fear into the hearts of these paranoid individuals at this NRA convention – except she left out a key detail or two about what Eric Holder actually said. What he was actually talking about was hypothetical safety bracelets that would be linked to the guns people own so that only the gun owner could fire that weapon. He also suggested fingerprint scanners could be a possibility as well. Not as a way to “brand” or “track” gun owners, as Palin tried to imply, but as a feature which might help ensure that guns are only fired by their lawful owners.
Palin also kept pressing on about tradition and values. Whenever conservatives use these words I like to remind them that, in the United States, “tradition” means we’d have much higher taxes and stronger unions. Oh, and “traditionally speaking,” our Pledge of Allegiance never contained the words “under God.”
Then came her quote from the speech about waterboarding, “If I were in charge they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” Because, you know, boasting about your desire to commit war crimes is really something you should be bragging about, right?
But the dumbest line of the night, at least in my opinion, came when she threw out some stat about 30 times more Americans registered for a gun license than “Obamacare.” What that has to do with anything I have no idea. But of course the crowd ate it right up. Whether or not this “stat” is even accurate I couldn’t care less about, because it has nothing to do with “Obamacare” enrollment. It’s just a prime example of how the sheep in attendance for her speech would pretty much cheer anything, even if it makes absolutely no sense – which sums up her entire speech.
The speech itself didn’t really have much to do about guns as much as it was just another typical Sarah Palin speech where she rambles on about nothing, pandering to the most ignorant within our society, all for the sake of cheap applause.
Then again, that’s essentially what conservative ideology is. Nothing more than a string of talking points put together to elicit a response from those who often don’t like to think for themselves.
Here’s the speech in its entirety if you can stomach watching it: