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Shock was the reaction most of us had when Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska.  Many of us mistakenly assumed she was in politics because she wanted to do all she could for the people of Alaska, and America.  We thought that she was a patriot and that her motivation to become involved in politics was to become a champion for conservative values.  The majority of Americans were dismayed that McCain had picked such an ill equipped, uneducated, and incompetent running mate.  Some women were thrilled to have a woman on the Republican ticket.  Some of us were dismayed, humiliated, and embarrassed that Sarah Palin was chosen as a representative of women.  We made the mistake of assuming that even if Palin was incompetent, that she must have been motivated by a desire to improve Alaska, and the country, even if her presence actually had the opposite effect. We blamed John McCain for his criterion for a female running mate; attractiveness.

Since Palin’s resignation, we have been constantly reminded that her resignation was the best thing for her personally and for the country as a whole.  As soon as she resigned she began to amass a fortune.  She hired Lynn Vincent, wrote her book, traveled on her book tour, and began booking speeches and giving television interviews.  In less than one year Palin’s income has exceeded any amount she might have achieved in her entire lifetime.  For the rest of the country Palin’s resignation was an unanticipated gift.  As if the Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric interviews were not enough, we have now had over one year to assess Sarah Palin’s competency, or lack thereof.  She doesn’t give spontaneous interviews, but only canned speeches written by someone else.  She posts Facebook posts which are also written by someone else.  When she gives “commentary” on Fox, we are reminded of how very hard it is for her to answer even pre-screened questions.  When Palin is finished speaking at a convention or on Fox, we are left with a sense of disbelief and violation.  Even Glenn Beck, who has aligned himself as her friend and partner in crime, used the word “bullcrap” to describe one of her answers.

When Time Magazine identified her as one of the world’s most influential people, it was Ted Nugent who was chosen to write his assessment of her.

The half-term-Ex-Governor has given speeches to the Tea Party Convention, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, right-to-life causes, charities attempting to raise money for special needs kids and adults, and she has even been booked by CSU Stanislaus, an institution of higher learning.  Make no mistake.  Palin is not doing these speeches as a charitable gesture.  She is not attempting to improve her education or the plight of the less fortunate.  Her motivations for these speeches are immediate, direct, and transparent.  Her sole motivation is financial.  The only speech she has given which she has advertised as being done out of the goodness of her heart is the speech for the NRA Convention.  She obviously has a tender spot in her heart for guns, and killing things.

Palin has been a big attraction in Las Vegas.  She has been paid by groups having a national convention in Las Vegas including the Bowlers Convention, the Wholesale Liquor Distributors, and now the Global Real Estate Convention.  To my amazement, people listening to her speeches are surprised at her lack of substance.  Here are just a couple of comments from her recent speech at the Global Real Estate Convention:

From The Dirt Lawyer’s Blog:

Speaking of disappointment, let’s talk about the keynote address from Sarah Palin. In short, it was a standard stump speech with a few superficial comments about shopping centers and retail real estate. It was awful and a borderline train wreck in my opinion. All Palin had to do was add in a paragraph about the pending disaster of carried interest and she would have not only won over the crowd but gotten significant fundraiser cash from the industry if she runs in 2012. As it stands, I do not know if she knows what carried interest is.

David Bodamner, at Retail Traffic:

Lastly, most people I spoke with were massively disappointed with Sarah Palin’s keynote. She made a few mentions of malls and shopping, but largely gave a standard stump speech. The notes that connected most with the audience were a few choice digs at President Barack Obama, warnings against excessive regulation and some pro-business and pro-free market remarks. However many felt disappointed that Palin didn’t make more of an effort to talk about issues important to the industry. She did not, for example, say anything about the tax treatments of carried interest-a topic that surely would have resonated with the audience. And it wasn’t like she didn’t talk about taxation at all. She talked about higher taxes when making comments about the recent health care reform.

What many of us knew after the election of 2008, but others are just now discovering, is that Sarah Palin is totally incompetent and inept.  Perhaps the fact that the country has three years to learn from John McCain’s mistake is a blessing in a black leather jacket.  Each time she makes an appearance we are a little more aware of the lack of education, leadership, and competency of Sarah Palin.  Each time we pause to remember Sarah Palin saying “drill baby drill” and then “stall baby stall” there is a realization that Palin could have been deadly to the people of this country if she had ever risen to a position of power.  The only power she has at the moment is the ability to make money, and that power seems to be fading.  If we are good students of history, we won’t let the disasters of the past repeat themselves.

In the event you need help deciphering the speeches of Palin, remember this post.

(Part 1 of 2)

Abortion is the only topic more controversial than politics and religion, perhaps because it involves both. Sarah Palin is a staunch supporter of the right-to-life movement.  She is not supportive of abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger.  Even in the case of rape or incest, Palin opposes abortion.  As early as her race in 1996 for Mayor of Wasilla, Palin made abortion a part of her campaign. Until that time the race for the position as Mayor had been compared to a friendly intramural contest among neighbors. Even if you didn’t know who Sarah Palin was before the night of the Republican Convention, as of that evening Palin made sure everyone watching would know that she had a special needs child. Trig has become a constant reminder of Palin’s position on abortion.

Palin often gives speeches, for which she is, paid $100,000, and in which she suggests that abortion should not be a choice. In those same speeches Palin has advocated the importance of balancing the budget; she has opposed Obama’s health care initiative, referring to it as “Obamacare”and “nonsensical”. Thus people pay Sarah Palin $100,000 to tell us that we should insist on balancing the budget that we should oppose virtually all forms of abortion, and that health care should not be provided as a service to those citizens in need of it.  As Palin gets wealthier, our country goes further in debt.  For a minute, disregard the philosophical issues of abortion, and simply consider just how unrealistic it would be to prohibit abortion, balance the budget, and limit the cost of health care.

First consider the cost of an abortion compared to the cost of delivery.  In Dallas, Texas, the cost of a routine abortion is less than $500.00.  A normal vaginal uncomplicated delivery costs $5,000-$8,000.

The cost of raising a child only to 18 years old, EXCLUDING college, is between $125,000 and $250,000.

In 1976 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment which excludes abortion from the comprehensive health services provided through Medicaid.   Under the new health care law recently passed, federal funds are only available in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

In 2006 there were 4.3 million child-birth related hospitalizations of women costing an estimated $14.8 billion in hospital costs.  Forty-two percent of the costs associated with maternal-childbirth related hospital stays ($6.3 billion) were billed to Medicaid.

Approximately half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned.  When considering the cost of having an unwanted child it is essential to consider the cost to society during the child’s lifetime.  Additional considerations should include:

Women who gave birth as teenagers make up nearly half of the welfare caseload.  This group of women is less likely to have high school diplomas, and they are more likely to have larger families.  Both of these characteristics increase the likelihood of being among the poorest welfare recipients.

Teenage mothers may have the hardest time earning their way off welfare and becoming self-sufficient.

Teenage mothers make up nearly half of the AFDC caseload.

Teenage mothers are less educated, have larger families, and are more likely to have never married.

Teenage mothers are more likely to have incomes below 50% of the poverty line.

The strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison was that the criminal was raised by a single parent.

70% of inmates in state detention centers serving long-time sentences were raised by single (never married) moms.

When children born after Roe v. Wade reached their teenage years, the crime rate dropped.   Legalized abortion led to less crime.

The five states, New York, California, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii which embraced a woman’s right to an abortion for two years before Roe v. Wade, realized an earlier 13% drop in their crime rates than the rest of the nation (Dubner and Levitt 141).

The states with the highest abortion rates in the 1970’s experienced the highest crime drop in the 1990’s (141).

In the 1990’s there was a clear downward trend in the numbers of teen pregnancies.  The trend has now reversed, and 7% of teen girls got pregnant in 2006, which is an increase from 2005. Given these incontrovertible statistics, we know that more teenage girls are getting pregnant, and the mothers and their children present an increasing financial burden on the U.S. economy.  This burden includes not only the cost of the delivery of the baby, welfare, Medicare, education, criminal court costs, but also the cost to society of additional crime and the cost of a dramatic increase in the prison population.  Given the growing concern over the national debt it would seem that voters would choose either reduction of the national debt or anti-abortion as primary issues, but not both.  The two are unquestionably inconsistent.  It is clear that when the government gives a woman the opportunity to make her own decision about abortion, she generally does a good job figuring out if she is in a position to raise a baby well (145).

The incontrovertible conclusion must be that the cost to our country of reversing Roe v. Wade would be dramatic.  When our politicians or a commentator with Fox News suggests that they are proponents of over turning Roe v. Wade, they are necessarily advocating an increase in governmental expense for entitlements, for prisons, for education, and they are guaranteeing an increase in crime in the United States.   That’s a guarantee I don’t want.

In January of 2008, in her address to the Alaska Legislature, Sarah Palin proclaimed, “Let’s take personal responsibility in all areas of life—including health.” We have known for weeks that Sarah Palin has done quite the opposite.  As a child, Palin’s family relied upon the Canadian government’s national health care. It has also become a matter of public record that Palin’s own grandchild, Bristol’s son, receives health care through the government. Now, Alaska has joined 19 other states who have sued the federal government over health care reform.  It was Sean Parnell, the Republican that followed in the footsteps of Palin, who authorized the suit.

In case you are confused, let me explain.  Almost half of the states in the United States are using money earned by the hard working individuals in their states, to sue themselves.  The defense of those lawsuits will be funded by federal tax dollars, which represents money you and I paid in taxes to our federal government.  Thus we are suing ourselves, and the cost to us will be not only the exorbitant cost of the attorneys on one side of the case, but we have the privilege of paying the attorneys on both sides.  No matter the outcome of the case, we will pay millions of dollars in attorney’s fees in an attempt to save money. Countless hours will be spent, and thousands or millions of dollars will be spent on a suit with dubious merit, and that most agree will be unsuccessful.   Many Constitutional law experts say that the health insurance mandate falls within the Constitutional purview of Congress.  It is ironic that the purported motivation behind these suits is to save taxpayers from excessive spending, but in fact these suits will likely only add to the cost of health care reform.  A majority of voters (54-40%) think that the lawsuit is a “bad idea”.

Not surprisingly, virtually all of the states who have sued the federal government over health care reform have Republican Governors.   The only conclusion we can draw from these lawsuits is that if you are a Governor, and a member of the minority political party in Congress, then you can express your disapproval of Congress by costing state and Federal taxpayers more money.  You can make headlines by instituting frivolous suits that don’t cost your political campaigns any money, but cost the taxpayers dearly.  Perhaps if we held all the Governors personally responsible for the cost of these suits if they should loose the case, we would see many fewer suits.  Since Sarah Palin is no longer the Governor of Alaska, she won’t have to waste her valuable time on such frivolous matters.  Perhaps the silver lining in these suits is that they help the job market, as they ensure the continued employment of a lot of attorneys.

The last two days I have focused on Sarah Palin’s apparent unwillingness to do her “homework”.  The particular blogs related to her unwillingness to investigate a Dallas house for unwed pregnant teens, and her unwillingness, or her inability, to investigate risks associated with offshore drilling.  The obvious conclusion is that Palin lacks the education to understand or appreciate the absurdity of her comments.  It seems this is a trend.  Supporters of Palin appear to share her bliss.  It is not enough that you and I appreciate the importance of intellect and education in our leaders.  Intelligence is not a requirement for the right to vote.  Thus, those of us who recognize the importance of education in the leaders of our country must help educate others.

Sarah Palin was described by a supporter as a “real” person. Since the debut of Men in Black, I have understood that some people were not “real” people.  Yet who would have thought that the realness of a person should be the definitive criteria for determining if the person is qualified to be our President.  We need to make sure that supporters of Palin stop to think about why they like her.  If it’s because she is pretty, sexy, perky or has five children, then its time to re-assess.  Intelligence may be part of a person’s DNA, but only education facilitates the expansion of the myopia with which we are born.  Obviously some don’t have the means to acquire an education.  However most who have the means, aspire to educate themselves.  Those who have an education available to them, and don’t take advantage of the opportunity, seem to be the ones most in need of an education.

The importance of an education is quite clear. Education allows us to put our potential to maximum use.  A wise man identified two reasons that education is essential:  1) The training of a human mind is not complete without education; and 2) Through the attainment of education, man is enabled to receive information from the external world; to acquaint himself with past history and receive all necessary information regarding the present. Without education, man is as though in a closed room and with education he finds himself in a room with all its windows open towards the outside world.

People like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh influence many people and appear to view the world through the same spectacles that Palin wears. Thus there must be characteristics that Beck, Limbaugh and Palin share.  Consider the background of each and the views they share about people different than themselves, and the importance, or lack thereof, that education played in the lives of each:

    1. Glenn Beck was so moved to be interviewing Sarah Palin that he became teary-eyed. Mr. Beck has referred to Palin as “real”, so maybe his characterization of her was memorable to some.  To me it was an indication of the superficial way that Palin supporters view her.  In his first interview, Glenn pointed out that both he and the “Governor” (she was no longer the Governor at the time of the interview) have “special needs” children.  Even though Beck was attempting to tap into the charitable instincts of his viewers, he doesn’t seem to share this charitable spirit regarding other disadvantaged people.  Glenn has criticized some of the families of the 9-11 victims, and referred to the victims of Katrina as “scum bags”.  It’s no excuse that he is a borderline schizophrenic, and has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Palin has expressed the same lack of sensitivity to people in Alaska who don’t have health care suggesting that their extended families should help out, even though Bristol’s baby relies upon public funded health care.  Beck seems to share Palin’s sensitivity to the needs of those without health care. .

Beck didn’t seem to identify the importance of a college degree, so he dropped out.  Thus, Palin and Beck seem to have at least two things in common, limited education and special needs children.  Maybe Palin relates to Beck’s drug addiction problems due to Levi’s mother’s arrest for possession of drugs.  Maybe the connection is that Palin’s oldest son Track also had a drug abuse problem, but I have never seen that rumor substantiated.

    1. Rush Limbaugh endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin, so he must have seen something about Sarah that he liked. What was it about Palin that Limbaugh finds appealing? Maybe it’s that Limbaugh, like Beck and Palin seem to disrespect those who have challenges different than their own. Maybe he, like Glenn Beck, finds it a comfort that Palin doesn’t seem to put a premium on education, since Limbaugh doesn’t have a college degree either.  Funny that the two most well-known conservative talk show hosts don’t have a college degree between them.  Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin have all made a fortune off of their books, so maybe they share that commonality as well. Like Beck, Limbaugh has a history of drug abuse. A trend seems to be emerging.  Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin have each made a lot of money off of conservatives, they each seem to minimize the importance of education, and drugs have affected the lives of each.

It seems obvious that Palin, her supporters, and those celebrities who endorse her, seem to have very little understanding of the world around them.

    1. Consider the educational level of the people voting for Barack Obama in 2008.  The majority of voters for Barack Obama were women, 35,900,000, with Barack Obama beating John McCain among women 56%-43%. , Women currently surpass men in education, earning more Bachelors Degrees in college than men. This is particularly interesting because McCain chose a woman as a running mate, thinking that his choice of Sarah would cause women to vote for the ticket that included a woman.  John must have failed to realize that most women are younger than he is, and more educated than he.  Maybe if he learned to use a computer he would learn what the rest of us know.
    1. The majority of the U.S. population has completed secondary education and the number of college graduates is greater than the number of high school dropouts. As a whole, the population of the United States is increasingly spending more years in formal educational.
    1. College education is highly valued by American society and is one of the main determinants of class and status.  As a general rule the households and demographics featuring the highest educational attainment in the United States are also among those with the highest household income and wealth.

“US Census Bureau report on educational attainment in the United States, 2003″.

    1. In Sarah Palin’s family Todd, her husband, does not have a college degree and   none of her children are college graduates.  Levi, the father of Sarah’s grandchild, never attended college.  I mention this not to disparage Levi, but to highlight the fact that Sarah’s children seem to have internalized Sarah’s lack of value placed upon education.  The number of days of school Sarah’s children have missed because they were accompanying Sarah in her travels seems to bother me, but not Sarah.  For example, when the press was focused on Sarah wearing a visor to the beach in Hawaii, with John McCain’s name marked out, I was more concerned about Piper being on the beach taking a vacation with Sarah during a school week, than about the visor.

Most American families plan vacations around the kids’ school schedules, with the clear message to our kids that you don’t just skip out of school to lay on a beach.

    1. Sarah herself seemed to lack an appreciation for education.  Even though the high school she attended was not particularly rigorous, she often made C’s, and making a D in foreign language was not uncommon.  When it came to choosing colleges, Sarah made this critical decision, not by her course of study or the excellence of the professors, but based upon where her three friends could also gain admission, and where she thought the weather would be favorable. Rebuttal to the Rogue.  Thus, dropping out of college in Hawaii when the weather was not what she had hoped was certainly a predictable result.  It took Sarah five years to attain a four-year degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Palin said…

“In these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor lecturing us from a lectern.”

Palin seems to identify education as a limitation, not an asset.  However, ignorance breeds social discord, and studies consistently show that a lack of education is one of the biggest factors contributing to the rise of terrorism and fundamentalism (Strauss, 2008 Strauss, Daniel. September 19, 2008. Fighting Terrorism With Education. Certainly the newspapers have recently been filled with references to violence and terrorism, which seems to have been incited by those lacking an education.

Martin Luther King Jr. said:

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Sarah Palin is Dangerous!

Sarah Palin has established a new low for politicians, even though she no longer holds any political office. We knew she gave the keynote address to the Tea Party Convention in Tennessee for which she was paid $100,000.00.  We knew that even Michele Bachmann, the pillar of conservative morality, withdrew from participating in the convention due to concerns about Judson Phillip’s decision to run the Tea Party Group as a for-profit enterprise.  Just as a reminder, the following was known before Palin’s speech, over one month ago:

      1. Judson Phillips, the attorney and organizer of the Tea Party Convention, is an attorney for drunk drivers.  His legal practice has been struggling for years, the address on his firm’s web site is actually the address for a construction company, and he meets his clients in Starbucks.  A fellow attorney describes him as “barely adequate”.
      2. Phillips previously filed personal bankruptcy.
      3. “From the beginning he talked about wanting to make a fortune off the Tea Party movement.”
      4. According to one source, Phillips has referred to himself as the “original founder of the Tea Party movement in Tennessee”

During her speech at the Tea Party Convention Sarah Palin said:

      1. “It’s great to be at the Tea Party Convention.”
      2. “I am a big supporter of this movement.”
      3. “I believe in this movement.”
      4. “America is ready for another revolution and you are part of it.”
      5. Palin referred to the Tea Party Movement as “beautiful”, and as being representative of “common sense conservative principles.”

Either Sarah Palin was foolish enough to endorse a movement she knew nothing about, or she knowingly endorsed a movement that was corrupt from the outset.  Maybe she just liked Judson’s Phillips attitude about using politics as a money making scheme.  We now know the identity of the person who paid Sarah’s speaker fee of $100,000.00. Bill Hemrick, a conservative fund-raiser, paid the $100,000.00 speaker’s fee Palin charged, and the $18,000 charged for the private jet used by Palin to fly to Tennessee.  We know this because Hemrick has recently sued Judson Phillips, for among other things, banning Hemrick from the Tea Party Convention!

This “beautiful” movement according to Palin, has been associated with 1) people using racial slurs including the “ni—er” word, 2) people spitting on members of Congress, 3) people harassing gay members of Congress shouting at Barney Frank with lisp-y screams and calling him a “faggot”, and 4) disrespecting a man with Parkinson’s, by yelling and throwing dollar bills at him.  The attitude seems to be that people who get sick are somehow responsible for the fact that they are sick, even when their disease has no known association with anything over which people have control.

Moreover, people who are “targeting” lawmakers seem to have the point of view that they are not their “brother’s keepers”.  The tea baggers seem to think that if lawmakers feel that we as a nation should attempt to help those in need of medical care, that those law makers should be punished.    This week Democrats who voted for health care reform began receiving death threats.  One had a coffin left on his lawn and another was told snipers would kill the children of lawmakers who voted “yes”. Several Democrats had their offices vandalized, and a gas line was cut at a home that was thought to be owned by Representative Tom Perriello.  Palin has encouraged these terrorists through her Facebook page, suggesting that people should “target” certain Democrats, with a map showing targets, and gun sights, and she encouraged readers to “reload”.  Does she feel NO responsibility to lead by example?  Does she feel no responsibility to protect the right of everyone in this country to have an opinion?  Is she surprised that the people who didn’t vote for she and McCain, had a political view different than hers?  Is she “targeting” all of us who didn’t vote for her?

Until now, I was critical of Palin for many reasons, but I was more critical of John McCain for putting someone so ill equipped to serve, in a position to potentially become the President of the United States.  He knew better, but seemed to be motivated by his own political ambition.  Until now I didn’t begrudge Palin for taking advantage of people who were willing to pay her thousands, or millions of dollars for pictures, for books, for endorsements, for speeches, or to host T.V. shows, thinking that those who supported her deserved what they got.

Until now, I thought Palin was not smart enough to understand the damage she was doing to the image of women, and to the fabric of this nation.    Given her use of a map with targets and a reference to “re-loading”, it is now obvious that Palin knows exactly what she is doing.  I hold Sarah Palin, all who endorse her, and all who make money off of her, accountable for inciting people to behave in such a reprehensible way.

When our Congressmen and women are threatened and the lives of their children are threatened, based upon their vote in Congress, we can no longer call our country “civilized”.  I am embarrassed for the United States of America, and patriotic Americans.  Republicans, Democrats, and Independents should each be equally outraged.  We should demand more, and expect more from ALL citizens of this country.

It is especially egregious when a person who purports to be a “holy person” “prays” for the death of a person because of his/her political belief.  A minister in Orange County has sent out an e-mail to all of his congregants asking them to pray that the children of the Democrats who voted for health care reform become fatherless, and that their wives (assuming that all the law-makers were men) become widows. What happened to those Christian teachings found in Matthew chapter 25, verse 31?

31 “When the Son of Man comes as King… Then he will divide them into two groups… He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. 34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me…”

In previous posts I have focused on the use by Palin of a connection to God, when it suits her purposes.  When she was tapped to be John McCain’s Vice President, she was not nervous because it was “God’s plan” (Game Change).  Curiously, it wasn’t God’s plan that McCain loose the election. In her interview following the formal remarks of Palin at the Tea Party Convention, Sarah explained to the leader of the movement that the solution to the country’s woes was that we needed to start seeking “divine intervention”.   Yet when it comes to health care reform, Palin is not satisfied to seek divine intervention. I guess it never occurred to her that maybe it was divine intervention that health care reform passed. Instead Palin “targets” Congressmen and inspires violence by suggesting that it is time to “reload”.  This is not what I would expect from a “holy” person.  This sounds much more like the rantings of a criminal or a terrorist.

If you are not religious, and only a patriot, what about our own Statute of Liberty, the most powerful image to people around the world of what America is? In the days of mass immigration, countless thousands’ first glimpse of America was that great torch lifted up as a beacon of hope, suggesting that America could be home for even the poor, the tired, and the huddled masses longing to be free.

The citizens of this country must now step up and respond to Sarah Palin.  We can engage in non-violent protest of Palin by:

    1. Responding to her on Facebook.
    2. Stop watching Fox News.
    3. Stop watching the Discovery Channel.
    4. Support each of the Representatives who supported health care reform.
    5. Encourage everyone you know to refrain from buying any books authored by Sarah Palin.
    6. Voice your attitudes about her behavior on every blog you read.

(If you have other ideas, please post them as comments so all who read this can see additional ideas.)

The people who objected to McCain’s nomination of Palin constituted a majority in 2008, and our numbers are growing.  Palin is not a leader in the Republican Party, and she is no longer a politician in any party.  We must make our voices heard and let our feelings be known.  Grandma Palin does not represent us and we don’t want to hear from her anymore! The power of our voices can be deafening, if we raise our voices together.  Even common-sense-conservatives understand the evil inherent in killing people. Palin is an abuser, and she will do or say whatever makes her money.  Don’t we call that a mercenary?  If we stop paying her, maybe she will shut-up.

Rush Limbaugh is the most popular talk show host in the country.  He has made a name for himself by doing such things as suggesting that Michael J. Fox was exaggerating his twitching due to Parkinson’s and referring to military members as “phony soldiers” who did not favor the war in Iraq. Mr. Limbaugh has been openly critical of President Obama, saying that he hopes Obama fails.  The conservative leader has been known for making disparaging remarks about women, homosexuals, blacks, Hispanics, and just about anyone who is not white, male and conservative.

Not long ago Rush Limbaugh promised to leave this country to go to Costa Rica if health care reform bill passed.   It has become law, so it is time for Rush to keep his word, and go.  People have even offered to help finance his trip.  A new web site, A has been established to collect money to purchase a plane ticket for Rush to make the promised re-location to Costa Rica.

The fact that Rush indicated his intention to live in Costa Rica is somewhat ironic because:

  1. The main language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish, and the people of Costa Rica are Hispanic, so we would not expect Mr. Limbaugh to be very well received in this venue, given his lack of respect for all cultures different than his own.
  2. Costa Rica has universal health care, funded by the government taking a percentage of each person’s income.  In Costa Rica, Rush would pay 10-11.5% of his income for health insurance, and given his salary, he would likely be paying much more for health insurance in Costa Rica than in the U.S.

There are several points of relief for Rush:

  1. At least five airlines fly to Costa Rica, American, Frontier, United, Continental, and Midwest.  Thus there is no reason to delay.
  2. Because there is national health insurance in Costa Rica, Rush won’t have to worry about having the pre-existing condition of prescription drug abuse.
  3. Most of the people in Costa Rica are Latino, so the racist comments Rush has made about African-Americans won’t be as much of a problem there.
  4. The majority of people who live in Costa Rica do not have a college education, so you will not have to feel inferior there, as you might in the United States where so many people are college educated.  More women in the United States than men are earning college degrees, so your future in Costa Rica may be longer than here in the U.S.

Points of caution for Limbaugh:

  1. In Costa Rica you will need to keep your Viagra in the refrigerator, as it is supposed to be stored below 86 degrees, and it is often hotter than that in Central America.
  2. If you want to refer to a retarded person in Costa Rica, even sarcastically, the word to use is “retardado”.
  3. Your head is pretty bald, so be sure to wear hats, or sun block, because sunburn there could be a real problem for you.
  4. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as a man of your size will sweat a lot in Costa Rica, and dehydration might be a problem.

If you need help packing, many would gladly help.  We have an unlimited number of volunteers, so just let us know how many people you need and when.  Also, let us know which flight you plan to take so we can have champagne available at the airport to toast your departure.

In 2008, Sarah Palin, and John McCain’s nomination of her as a Vice-Presidential candidate, were so offensive to me that I felt compelled to write “Rebuttal to the Rogue”, and start this blog. It’s been over a year since McCain lost the election, and almost a year since Palin resigned her position as Governor.  I had hoped that Palin would simply disappear.   To my amazement, Palin seems to think that people still care about what she says.

Palin is no longer a politician, she is not a competent professional and she is not a dedicated mother.  If she were motivated to facilitate change she would have continued to serve as Governor.  Instead her efforts seem to be focused on money.  I don’t begrudge her the money.  If people are willing to spend their hard-earned dollars to hear her speak or have a picture taken with her, it is totally within their right to waste their financial resources.  What is appalling to me is that she feels it is her place to criticize politicians who are devoting their careers and lives to attempting to improve our country.  Even though she is no longer a politician, and barely completed college, she feels it appropriate to criticize Barack Obama who is unquestionably more educated, more experienced and more committed to making our country a better place than Palin ever was.  Palin seems to think that it is her place to criticize the President, the Nobel Prize Winner, the one who won the election by a landslide, the one who was elected by a majority of women, the one who’s first law to sign within days of taking office was the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the one who  appointed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, the one who has brought new respect for the United States of America from around the world, the one who has instituted new educational benefits for mothers including Pell Grants, the one who awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sandra Day O’Connor, Billie Jean King, Nancy Goodman Brinker, Chita Rivera and Mary Robinson, and the one who has now facilitated the enactment of health care reform when his predecessors were unsuccessful.

If you are reading this blog you are probably as offended by Sarah Palin as I am, and wish that you could find an appropriate way to express your outrage.  Today I have a suggestion to offer.  Yesterday on her Facebook page Palin suggested that the legislators who passed health care reform had disregarded the “will of the people”.  Palin stated that we should be printing “pink slips for the members of Congress who voted to enact this change and who will be running for re-election in 2010.  It’s time to make the “will of the people” known.  Let’s print our own “pink slips” for each of these Representatives to help them with their re-election campaigns, and type on the slip “Rebuttal to the Rogue”.   Let’s send each of these Representatives a dollar to help them with their campaign and paper clip the pink slip to the dollar.  Let’s copy our friends and those who will benefit from health care reform on the list below, and encourage them to send a dollar to each of these Representatives.

This blog has had over 3,700 views just this month.  If we work together, and if each of us could encourage just five more people to send a dollar, the impact could be staggering!  If every person who receives this list passes it on to five more people, we could ensure that our voices will be heard!  We will each make our “Rebuttal to the Rogue” heard, and maybe Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and demonstrators who feel it appropriate to spit on Congressmen, will understand that every time Sarah Palin targets someone, it will only help that politician, and not hurt them.

Thanks for your support!

From Sarah’s Facebook:

We’re going to reclaim the power of the people from those who disregarded the will of the people. We’re going to fire them and send them back to the private sector, which has been shrinking thanks to their destructive government-growing policies. Maybe when they join the millions of unemployed, they’ll understand why Americans wanted them to focus on job creation and an invigorated private sector. Come November, we’re going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they’ve been printing money.

We’re paying particular attention to those House members who voted in favor of Obamacare and represent districts that Senator John McCain and I carried during the 2008 election. Three of these House members are retiring – from Arkansas’s 2nd district, Indiana’s 8th district, and Tennessee’s 6th district – but we’ll be working to make sure that those who replace them are Commonsense Conservatives. The others are running for re-election, and we’re going to hold them accountable for this disastrous Obamacare vote. They are: Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1), Harry E. Mitchell (AZ-5), Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8), John Salazar (CO-3), Betsy Markey (CO-4). Allen Boyd (FL-2), Suzanne M. Kosmas (FL-24), Baron P. Hill (IN-9), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Charlie Wilson (OH-6), John Boccieri (OH-16), Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3), Christopher Carney (PA-10), John M. Spratt, Jr. (SC-5), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1), and Nick J. Rahall II (WV-3).

See the comments below for the addresses and e-mails for each of these Representatives.

For centuries men have exploited and taken advantage of women who did not have the education or experience to be in a position to fight back.  It is however the 21st Century.  In the United States of America, women are more educated than men and share equally in being financially responsible for the support of the family.  When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate, I was offended and outraged.  His choice was clearly motivated by her appearance and little else.  With five other female Republican Senators and three other female Governors at the time, McCain clearly felt that a women’s job was to look pretty and stay quiet.  McCain had no expectation that Palin would contribute intellectually to his campaign.  In fact, he did his best to prevent her from interacting with the media or the American public.  It seems he thought women would vote for a woman, and men would think of him as a stud if he surrounded himself with pretty women.  McCain was wrong.

Fox News hired Palin as a “political analyst”, attempting to give the illusion that Palin was capable of analyzing anything.  In the recent interview of Sarah Palin by Bill O’Reilly, it became apparent that Fox News is attempting to use Palin, much in the same way that McCain did.

Having watched this interview several times, a few conclusions are obvious:

  1. The total length of the interview was 7 minutes and 17 seconds.  During that time O’Reilly interrupted Palin 7 times, referred to Palin as the “former” Governor only once, and referred to Palin as the “Governor” four times.  In case Fox is confused as to her status, she quit, she is no longer a Governor of any state, and she no longer holds ANY political office.
  2. Palin used a word that does not appear in my dictionary, “repill”.  I listened to the tape five times, thinking that I misheard what she was saying, and each time, I heard “repill” which is not a word.
  3. The first question O’Reilly asked Palin was to identify the thing she found worst about “Obama-care”.  When Palin finally answered his question she explained that what she objected to was the notion that “leftists” could push a policy through Congress without regard to the will of the people.  O’Reilly disagreed with Palin, explaining that the real problem was that voters elected a Democratic House of Representatives, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic President.  O’Reilly suggested that voters gave the Democrats the opportunity to enact policies to which O’Reilly objects, and that voters should do everything in their power to elect Republicans in November.   Palin finally caught on and agreed with O’Reilly.
  4. O’Reilly asked Palin to agree that there were some positive things that the health care legislation addressed, like insurance company abuse.  Palin wouldn’t even agree with him on that.
  5. The interview of Palin takes place outdoors in Alaska.  There is no reason that an interview of this sort should ever take place outdoors, but it was a way to divert the attention of the viewer from Palin.

The only logical conclusion is that Fox News, like John McCain, is using the charisma and appeal of Sarah Palin to further its objectives.  Poor Sarah seems to be oblivious to the fact that she is being used.  If Fox News is willing to pay Sarah Palin enough money, she seems to be willing to let Fox use her as they deem appropriate.  I thought it was against the law to pay women to do what made men feel good?

At the Tea Party Convention Sarah Palin mocked the President of our Country, asking how that “hopey-changey thing is working out for ya?”  Today after the United States House of Representatives passed health care reform, I would answer Palin by telling her that it’s looking pretty good to me!  In the election of 2008, 69,456,897 people voted for Obama, while only 59,934,814 voted for John McCain.  Barack Obama made his position on health care reform crystal clear.   He promised the voters that if elected he would work diligently to ensure health care for all the citizens of this country.  He kept his promise.  In the span of approximately one year Obama accomplished what has been advocated for decades, but no politician had been able to achieve.  Before this landmark reform, 46 million people had no health care and 25 million were underinsured.  Thus more people were without health care, or underinsured, than the total number of votes cast for the winner of the 2008 election.

Palin explained at the Tea Party Convention that the voters are going to “hold them accountable” (referring to those liberal Democrats).  Surprise, we expected our Congressmen who voted for health care reform to be accountable and they were.  People associated with the Tea Baggers demonstrated outside Congress this week spitting upon our elected officials, and suggesting that the members of Congress would lose their seats in the next election.  The reality is that the protesters represented a minority of the people in this country.  I would venture to guess that if any of those protesters contracted a life-threatening illness, they would not be able to obtain the necessary medical care without health care reform.

Throughout the campaign Obama explained that health care should be a right, and that our system was fundamentally flawed.

John McCain and Sarah Palin explained the health care is a responsibility.  They explained that the family should make health decisions, not the federal government.  However, we now know that Palin’s family didn’t consider health care a family responsibility.  She relied upon the Canadian Nationalized Health Care System as a child, and now her grandson, Bristol’s child, is taking advantage of governmental health care provided to people who have a distant relative who has some Alaskan Native ancestry.  We know McCain married a wealthy woman so he was never worried about his own health care.

What will health care look like in America five years from now?  Nobody really knows.  What we do know as of today is that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and some type of change is essential.  As the years go by, I am sure there will be many changes to the law and the system, but at least we have begun the process of fixing one of the biggest problems in this country.  I respect the Representatives who voted for the change, who were willing to enact a law with the idea that something had to be done.  It is our job to ensure that we support those Representatives when they are up for re-election, to make sure that they know we have not forgotten that they were willing to attempt to make our system better.

Yes, I am worried about the nation debt.  Yes, I am worried about abuse in the system.  However those concerns are not a reason for inaction.  The answer is to ensure that we remain vigilant to address the national debt and to minimize abuse in the system.  If we work together to make the system effective, health care will be better, and lives will be saved.

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” – Treaty with Tripoli 1797 – unanimously approved and signed by John Adams

On Thursday while interviewing Iowa Representative Steve King, Glenn Beck, along with King, claimed that the upcoming Sunday vote on the health care bill is “an affront to God”. Beck went further to state that, “faith has been perverted” and that a Sunday vote was something the Founding Fathers, “…would have never, ever, ever done. Out of respect for God”. While God does not discuss his/her feelings with me, and I am not arrogant or delusional enough to think that I know what God finds offensive, I am a student of history and I believe it is Beck who is perverting history.

The health care vote on Sunday will not be the first time Congress has voted on the Sabbath. In 2005, the Republican-controlled Senate met on Palm Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the return of Jesus to Jerusalem, in order to pass a measure which permitted a federal court to intervene in the controversial Terri Schiavo case ( 3/18/2010). Is Beck suggesting the Republicans, the self-professed party of faith, dared to disrespect to God? If so, why didn’t we have any plagues that day? I know I certainly don’t remember any instances of water turning to blood or swarms of locusts that day.

The truly upsetting part to me about Beck’s diatribe was that he once again tried to distort history and bastardize the writings of the founders. This country was not founded as a Christian nation. Many of the founders, including Thomas Jefferson, were deists. There is a reason the Constitution never mentions God or Jesus or Christianity. It is a secular document. Read it for yourself, the only time religion is even mentioned is in the First Amendment and Article VI of the Constitution, which states “…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”.

As I have stated in two previous blogs this week, you have the right to say and believe fantastical things. You and I have the right and the obligation to share the truth.

Just Say NO to BS

The Ignorance of Sarah Palin

Rebuttal to the Rogue


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