Yes, I know, many people reading this headline are already complaining about the fact I’m writing about something Sarah Palin said or did. While I know she’s loathed, it’s naive to discount the fact that, like it or not, she’s still a big influence with a good chunk of conservative voters — many of whom are Donald Trump supporters.
The value of Palin is her stupidity; she’s such a bumbling idiot, incapable of being witty, crafty or clever (at all), that she says a lot of really moronic things which many conservatives with her level of celebrity and influence won’t say publicly. Let’s not kid ourselves, there’s not a whole lot of difference politically between someone like Palin and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Sure, they’re very different people, and Ryan is a hell of a lot more intelligent than the babbling fool from Alaska, but you’re being naive if you don’t think Ryan agrees with about 95 percent of the same things she does.
So, let’s pump the brakes on dismissing what she has to say because her special brand of stupidity does provide some great insight to the horrifying reality that is the modern-day GOP.
For example, her response to the Brexit vote she posted on Facebook:
The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America’s shores!
Congratulations, smart Brits. Good on you for ignoring all the fear mongering from special interest globalists who tend to aim for that apocalyptic One World Government that dissolves a nation’s self-determination and sovereignty… the EU being a One World Government mini-me.
America can learn an encouraging lesson from this.
It is time to dissolve political bands that connect us to agendas not in our best interest. May UN shackles be next on the chopping block.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a former vice presidential candidate, key Trump endorsement and former governor of Alaska using InfoWars-level conspiracy propaganda about “one world governments” trying to control everything. You know, the same sort of people who believe in things like “chemtrails,” or that mass shootings like Sandy Hook or what we saw in Orlando are “false flag” attacks planned and carried out by the government.
While sane, rational people can see the EU and the UN as political alliances which benefit everyone involved, crazy people see this as all being part of a nefarious scheme by some murderous, diabolical group of people trying to establish some sort of supreme rule over the entire planet. Basically, these folks think Hydra from the Marvel comics is based on an actual group of people led by an over-the-top villain like you’d see in an old James Bond movie.
But this is legitimately what millions of conservatives actually believe. That’s why someone like Donald Trump, a presidential candidate who lies through his teeth constantly, has managed to become a superstar among tens of millions of Republicans by doing nothing but simply pandering to the same type of conspiracy-style idiocy as Palin posted about.
Many of these same people still don’t believe President Obama is an American or a Christian, and think he’s actually working with terrorists to destroy the United States from within. These are also many of the same people who believed he was going to confiscate all of their guns using a military exercise and had been plotting to change the Constitution so he could run for a third-term. Remember, Trump’s big “claim to fame” was the fact that he was one of the leading birthers in the country — a racist conspiracy that the president faked his birth announcement and two different birth certificates.
The list of conspiracy theories against President Obama is absolutely absurd.
This is why I’ve said over and over for the last year that we cannot let the Republican party win the White House this November. We’re on the precipice of either keeping the White House and seeing the GOP self-destruct because they failed to win another presidential election, or empowering the fanatical right-wing crazies to a level we’ve never seen before.
And if the latter happens, I’m legitimately terrified for the future of this country.
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