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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:
- 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”.
- Phillips previously filed personal bankruptcy.
- “From the beginning he talked about wanting to make a fortune off the Tea Party movement.” www.aolnews.com/politics/article/judson-phillips.
- 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:
- “It’s great to be at the Tea Party Convention.”
- “I am a big supporter of this movement.”
- “I believe in this movement.”
- “America is ready for another revolution and you are part of it.”
- 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwiKGjM5tHU
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:
- Responding to her on Facebook.
- Stop watching Fox News.
- Stop watching the Discovery Channel.
- Support each of the Representatives who supported health care reform.
- Encourage everyone you know to refrain from buying any books authored by Sarah Palin.
- 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.
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.
Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell That Even Some Well Known Republicans Are in Favor of Civil Rights.
What is a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent? The truth is that we declare the party with which we are aligned when we register to vote, and may never again change our “party affiliation”. Certain issues may cause us to register as one party or another, but there are certain issues that are common to many people, regardless of party affiliation.
Civil Rights for everyone is an issue that many people find to be critical to our life view, regardless of party affiliation. Even well-known Republicans like Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain have become vocal advocates for repeal of Prop 8.
Given that John McCain’s wife and daughter both advocate equal rights for gay and lesbian people, why doesn’t Sarah Palin? Palin opposed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, requiring fair pay for women, and she objected to the book in the Wasilla library, “Daddy’s New Roommate”. Her own father suggested that her reason for leaving Hawaii while in college was that she was uncomfortable with so many Asian people. Sarah Palin is not an advocate for civil rights for women, homosexuals, or Asian people.
Many female Republicans favor “choice” for women, but not Sarah Palin. Let’s be clear what is a Republican issue, and what is a Palin issue. The difference may be that Palin issues often involve infringing on the civil rights of people different than Sarah Palin. Given her alignment with the Tea Baggers, and given the Republicans who have been openly critical of her, perhaps we should all be aware that just because you are a Republican, it should not necessarily be assumed that you support Sarah Palin.