Archive for November, 2009

Sarah Palin is Dumb?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The thing about Sarah Palin is, whenever she opens her mouth and expresses an opinion about pretty much any policy issue, I agree with her. So when she is characterized as a dull-witted extremist bimbo, as she unfailingly is in the mainstream media, I tend to take it personally. I may be a bimbo, but dull-witted? Please.

I did not graduate from a particularly prestigious university, let alone with any advanced degrees, but I do pride myself on a certain minimal facility with the English language, as defined by our intellectual elites. Sarah Palin cannot make that claim. Neither could George W. Bush.

Such a lack of facility is not a virtue. It is a deficiency. It’s good to have a President with an aptitude for the King’s English, but that particular virtue is, at least to my mind, of secondary importance to the virtues of strong leadership and an understanding of good policy, qualities which, from my point of view, President Obama does not possess, and Governor Palin does.

Others may not agree with her policy prescriptions. I can understand that. And demonization of conservative points of view, outside of Fox News, is to be expected. But the treatment of Sarah Palin by the media is beyond anything I have ever seen.

Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin

Here are some of Sarah Palin’s policy opinions as expressed on the Rush Limbaugh radio show:

On Afghanistan:

“We’re gonna claim what Ronald Reagan claimed. Our motto’s gonna be, we win, you lose,” she said. “The way that we do that is allow McChrystal to have the reinforcements that he’s asking for in Afghanistan that sends the message to the terrorists over there that, now we’re going to end this thing with our victory.”

On Iran:

“We need to start facing Iran with tougher and tougher sanctions that need to be considered. … We need to look at halting Iran’s imports of refined petroleum products. They’re quite reliant on imported gasoline. We need to use that hammer to wake up the leadership there too. Those are two big challenges that we have right now.”

On Health Care:

“There are so many questions unanswered. I don’t like the idea in general of the federal government thinking it needs to take over health care, which essentially this is, and control one-sixth of our economy. Not when there are common sense solutions to meeting our health care challenges in our country, like alloying the intra- and interstate competition with insurers, tort reform, cutting down on the waste and fraud that the Obama administration insists if we did that would just pay for this …”

On green energy:

“I think there’s a lot of snake-oil science involved in that, and somebody’s making a whole lot of money off people’s fears.”

On climate change:

“I don’t attribute all the changes to man’s activities. I think that this is, in a lot of respects, cyclical, and the earth does cool and it warms. Our greatest challenge with energy is that we’re not tapping into the abundant domestic supplies that God created right under foot.”

On VP Biden saying it’s more complicated than “Drill Baby Drill”

“What is complicated about tapping into abundant, safe, domestic supplies that could provide stability for our country and security for our country?”