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Posted on Feb 8, 2010

This is—no joke—how Sarah Palin began her speech to the tea partiers: “I am so proud to be an American. Thank you so much for being here tonight. Do you love your freedom?” She then thanked the troops for her freedom, repeated that she was proud to be an American and said “Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan!”

Media Matters fact-checks Palin’s speech here.



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By RAE, February 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

Oh, c’mon, Maani…

“But what happens when that voter is also a very real candidate for the presidency? “

Even I, one of the most cynical, jaded curmugeons giving off vapors in this forum don’t take seriously the prospect that there are enough morons in the USA to actually support Sarah Palin’s bid to become the candidate, especially against the likes of Obama.

(Pause) Now your question has really unnerved me!

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By Maani, February 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

Sarah Paleface paraphrases - and mischaracterizes (no surprise there!) - JFK’s quote.  The actual quote is: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

Thus, he was not ABSOLVING from blame those who created the problems, he was simply talking about (as most candidates do) “looking forward” rather than backward.

As an aside, JFK also said, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

Amen.  But what happens when that voter is also a very real candidate for the presidency?

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By Maani, February 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

“I am happy to be with real Americans.”  Yup, real Americans who can pay north of $500 to attend.  And as others have pointed out, not one Black, Latino, Asian or other non-white face.

“This movement is not top down.”  Really?  Then how do you explain that the first tea parties were created and funded by the likes of Dick Armey and “top down” conservative groups?

“Why did we allow Abdulmuttalab to invoke our Constitution, and get lawyered up?”  No mention of the fact that Richard Reid did the same - as did many, many others during the GWB administration, and yet all of them were tried and convicted in good old U.S. courts.

“Congress doesn’t get to read bills before voting.”  You mean like the 167-page Patriot Act, which was provided to only half of those in Congress (they were expected to “share”) on a Friday for a vote on Monday - and then major changes were made by the original drafters by the time it got to the vote?

“We are sticking our kids with the bill, which is immoral.”  You mean, unlike the fact that GWB came in to an economy in the black with an enormous surplus, and then stuck our kids with the bill for two wars and tax cuts for the rich?

“These no-bid contracts are the same old cronyism.”  You mean, like the dozens and dozens of no-bid contacts awarded to Halliburton, Bechtel and others to keep two wars going?

“We should not be afraid to seek divine intervention.”  But Sarah - we HAVE had divine intervention!  It was in the fact that McCain’s bid for the presidency finally and completely imploded when you were brought on as his running mate!

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By GW=MCHammered, February 9, 2010 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Playbill = Gdubya Policies 2
a.k.a. Global Depression 3


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By Potent_Placebo, February 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment
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.... empty head, empty rhetoric.  You wonder why she
doesn’t don a sweater, short pleated skirt and pom poms
for her mindless little act.  And she got paid how much
for this speech?

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By Mike, February 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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The Dems better get their sh*t together, or this is our future.

God help us.

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By bogglesthemind, February 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

. . . do not sit well with me . . .

Maybe so OzarkMichael, but s/he is absolutely correct. 

Palin is the most vacuous mouthpiece for the Right fringe.  Ya gotta give her that.

And, WriterOnTheStorm did not say she is sub-human.  You’re making that up.  See? It rubs off.

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By diamond, February 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

I was hoping Truthdig would cover the interview I heard in which Sarah Palin warned Obama he would not be re-elected in 2012 if he didn’t do what Israel wants and ‘go to war with Iran’. She also went on at length about Obama’s treatment of terrorists, meaning his scandalous attempts to put them on trial in normal courts with the presumption of innocence in place.  There’s no nice way to say it: Sarah Palin is a neo con and that means she’s a fascist with a fascist mindset and a fascist agenda. The T-bats are fascists too so it comes as no surprise that they love her. However, most Americans are not fascists and find her appalling and in the real world her chances of winning the Presidency are slightly less than the chances of the head of the KKK winning it. She and the T-bats can make a lot of noise but they are wackjobs and there’s no cure for that. She’s still George W. Bush in drag and there’s no cure for that either.

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By TheHaplessCapitalist, February 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Dear OzarkMichael,

Your criticism and dismissal of comments made by WriterOnTheStorm overlook a tremendously important point.  As CaptRon so clearly elucidates, the Republican party dehumanizes and objectifies Palin to their advantage.  Pure and simple, Palin’s looks=her political currency.  She is a bona fide sex object and that is her principal worth to the Republican Party.  For god sakes, she’s got about 5 successful look-alikes in the porn industry.  WriterOnTheStorm is merely re-stating the truth about this sad figure in American politics.  I challenge you to extrapolate your understanding of Palin beyond your dismal defense of seemingly ad hominem attacks.

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By OzarkMichael, February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

They entertain the absurdity that this meat-puppet has ever had an original political thought or position

The arrogance, hatred and dehumanizations by Leftists shines forth quite clearly in the screeds by WriterOnTheStorm, and such attempts at painting human beings as sub-human do not sit well with me.

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By CaptRon, February 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

Please!! It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that the GOP has decided a new path. Without a platform or plans to put forth to correct the Bush catastrophe, it seems they are trying to change to sex appeal. Case in point, Scott Brown, being publicly presented as the former centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine, without any plan or solutions presented, just blame. Sarah Palin, conveniently presented as an ex-beauty queen, dressed for her Tea Party and highly media covered appearance in an attractive above knee skirt. Then conveniently seated in leather chairs while she brought attention to her attractive legs by rubbing them while trying to answer questions and waving to people in the audience. No substance just blame and attempts at cutesy phrases like “hopey-changey”. She does not address topics as an adult, but more as an ex-beauty queen mentioning she wants world peace via war(?). What could be next, a six-pack ab press conference from Brown or the like? It is common knowledge that sex sells—to idiots. This is my take at least and I hope it doesn’t get a foothold in our political election process.

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By bogglesthemind, February 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Palm Reading. Sarah Palin’s true calling.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

Some commentators write as though the queen bee of white resentment is worthy
of “reasonable” debate. They entertain the absurdity that this meat-puppet has
ever had an original political thought or position; or for that matter, any position
at all that has not been better articulated or more thoroughly debated elsewhere.

If she is so interesting, apart from her pied-piper status amongst an over-hyped
“political” base, or her supermarket checkout stand superstardom, please let us
know how and in what way.

Not that I care about her (or the media’s gratuitous infatuation with her) by any
stretch. I’m merely curious about those who attempt to defend her.

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By faith, February 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

“Gov. Sarah Palin has the grace & glamour….strength and character…. to be a
great President…”  You jest, right??

She quit her work for the people of Alaska, so she is not “Gov.Palin”.  During
the presidential campaign she falsely called the opponent a muslim who hung
around with terrorists.  She said she could see Russia from Alaska’s shores -
that’s her vision? And she has no idea where Iraq and Iran are located.  This is a
dangerous, charismatic woman.  Bless her heart, she is getting by with good
looks, and a false sense of confidence in her own abilities.  She is not
thoughtful.  Meaning that she does not have a clear vision of what the
consequences and outcomes are when wrongful decisions are made.  She has
no sense of diplomacy.  And, frankly, I suspect she’s less intelligent than I am
and that is not saying a lot.  And let’s not forget that she is no budgetary whiz.
After all as Mayor of Wasilla, she left her hometown burdened with tons of debt
for what?

NO way-NO how should this woman become the most powerful person in the
western world.  She is a diet of poor sitcom TV with an added and erroneous
dose of misunderstood Christian values, mixed with a genuine mean streak. 

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By garth, February 8, 2010 at 11:57 am Link to this comment


You say:
“That we are now the worst governed nation in the world and that there is no true democracy because between 7-10 families run the country for their own profit and pleasure. “

Please expand on the 7-10 families. 

I guessed a few thousand families, basing my number on the inclusion of the CEOs that will be protected and will have the ability to get out of this country in private jets when the shit hits the fan.

Your number, though smaller, 7-10 families, points to a more diabolical scheme.

Outside of Michael Washburn, the associate Director of the Museum of something-or-other, down the hall from Arthur Schlesinger’s office, who said in a Boston Globe op-ed piece that he pooh-poohed the conspiracy theorists and that he was “ensorcelled” (bewitched) by the 9/11 conspiracy “theorists”.  We, the non believers in government propaganda,  he concluded are a bunch of “losers.” 

I, for one, would like to know who is fuckin’ with me.

The strategy that the Islamic Terrorists have shown us is:  Blow up oneself and take few of those bastards with you, and it might lead to heaven. 
Well I ask could this be worse than a government that mandates war to enrich the slovenly rich and enslaves the rest of us? 

Is a return to slavery a life worth living?

Maybe we should all turn to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and his demonic stare into the camera at the end of his program back in the 50s when he railed against Communism and its Godless ways. 

This goes back a long ways. 

Do you want to fooled again?  It takes energy to be fooled into action.  Do you have the energy?

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By OzarkMichael, February 8, 2010 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

In spite of the constant criticism, remarkably few ever address what she says.

The slander and charges made against her are so outsized and ignorant that she wins the argument by default.

Perhaps I shouldn’t expect a reasonable discussion about her speech. This is Truthdig after all.

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By TheHaplessCapitalist, February 8, 2010 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

All it takes is one look at the crowd in Nashville, TN to understand what this Tea Party movement is all about.  Palin is catering to millions of disgruntled WHITE Americans.  Palin speaks in perfect code.  She has mastered the ability to go mainstream on a patently racist platform.  Such sound-bytes as “taking back our country” etc. refer to taking back America from the NON-Whites in high places.  Palin had the audacity to get on Fox news and condemn Sen. Reid’s comments, saying that guys like Reid are the problem in this country, that it is people like him who are continuing to divide us in our “POST-RACIAL” society.  Give me a break.  I am by no means supporting what Reid said with respect to Obama—I think it was manipulative and shallow—but let’s not kid ourselves about what sort of nation we are.  Can we please stop pretending that we live in a post-racial society and begin employing the language of RACE to effectively discuss the polarization of this nation.  We have to discuss blatant forms of bigotry using direct and honest language.  This isn’t a fucking TEA PARTY—it’s a goddamn revival of the KKK.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 8, 2010 at 11:40 am Link to this comment


You are quite right in your assessment. Palin is the perfect populist puppet-mask
for the champions of corporate power, American military triumphalism and
plutocratic hegemony. 

Underestimate her at your peril.

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By garth, February 8, 2010 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

I watched Palin’s speech.  It was unbelievable, but the coverage by the news media was disgussting.

I might be wrong, though.  America seems to love a madcap comedy with a ditzy broad. 

Sarah should team up with George W. and form the George Bush and Sarah Palin comedy team.  It’ll get the nostalgia vote from those who remember the characters played George Burns and Gracie Allen. 

I know a woman who supported Hillary in the Democratic primary.  However, when Hillary lost and McCain picked Palin for his running mate, her allegiance switched to the Republicans almost in a knee-jerk fashion, or should I say a vagina twitch. 

America loves a ditzy broad.

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By photoshock, February 8, 2010 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

Even now we should realize that the president is nothing more than a figure-head and that the real, ‘power behind the throne,’ is the Federal Reserve System.
Woodrow Wilson, stated as much. That we are now the worst governed nation in the world and that there is no true democracy because between 7-10 families run the country for their own profit and pleasure.
This happened after he had retired from the presidency and after he had signed the bill creating the Federal Reserve Banking Act.
We should all realize that nothing more be said, the president is chosen for the charisma, charm, looks and personality! It is nothing more than a cult of personality and a lying and cheating president cannot do anymore harm than is already being done by the Federal Reserve to our economy, democracy and our freedoms. We have nothing more to lose, but everything to gain by doing away with the current system of governance and instead having a ‘people’s revolution,’ in which the chosen leaders are directly
responsible to the people and there is no Federal Reserve Bank, but we go back to the future, in which the Congress mints the money and money can only be Gold or Silver coinage. Then and only then will the Congress and President be truly responsive to the true government of the United States, THE PEOPLE!

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By RAE, February 8, 2010 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Sarah headlines at a convention named in her honor.

While at once hilarious it’s also paralyzingly scary. There is no population on the planet so susceptible to Show Biz Snake Oil Hype than the “Average American” - they are breast fed on the stuff. Given the right circumstances there ARE just enough gullible voters with limited mental acuity to elect one of their own to the Presidency.

And as ITW so succinctly put it - if you thought GWB was a “catastophe,” just wait folks…“you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” If this reincarnation of that infamous bigot of old - Anita Bryant - gets elected POTUS, the world is finished. She’s got the hair, the phony smile, and the looks. If she also can sing, she’s in!

Running mate? Rush, of course.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 8, 2010 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

If you thought George W. Bush was a catastrophic incompetent nincompoop, wait till you see the disaster Sarah Palin makes of the nation!

The ONLY vision SHE has is of Sarah Palin as President.

Here’s the Hypocrite Sarah we all love: Rahm Emmanuel should be fired for IN PRIVATE calling a Democratic plan “Fucking Retarded” but Rush Limbaugh was being ironic so it’s excusable for him to use the term “Retard Convention” on the air!

Yeah, Sarah! Way to go! Now we all KNOW how quick you’ll be to defend the mentally handicapped when the GOP seeks to cut all funding for aiding them!  And we all know JUST how fair and “American” you’ll be!

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By Anon., February 8, 2010 at 4:29 am Link to this comment
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I’m wondering if “Goofball” is quite the right word. Sarah speaks for many millions of Americans, judging by the last election, book sales, and ongoing popularity. Which is to say that a vast proportion of our fellow-citizens have meat in their heads. In 2012, with a little luck and the continuing failure of Obamaism, she could take her place as President of Meathead Nation. Yea!

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By Mundt, February 8, 2010 at 4:06 am Link to this comment

Gov. Sarah Palin has the grace & glamour, the charm & charisma, to be elected President of the USA. She has the strength of character & strategic vision to be a great President. She is the populist princess, the Queen of Conservatism.

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