Well known for selling books she didn’t write, Sarah Palin’s name appeared on an opinion piece in the Washington Post this morning that she also probably didn’t write. Why do I say that? Because it was in complete sentences with subjects, verbs, and everything. Does it express her opinions? Absolutely. Why do I say that? Because the piece is simple minded, full of mischaracterizations, distortions, and outright lies, pushing politicized, knee jerk, “conservative” talking points. To wit:
“…the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.”
“The e-mails reveal that leading climate “experts” deliberately
destroyed records, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global
“I’ve always believed that policy should be based on sound science, not politics.”
This rhetoric is straight out of the right wing play book, pushing the false notion that the science of anthropological (man made) climate change is still an open issue. Rather than proving that man made climate change is not happening, deniers simply lie about the scientific consensus surrounding the causes of the hockey stick in both CO2 in the atmosphere and earth temperatures. I find it interesting that politics is always decried by those same deniers who attempt to make climate science a left/right issue, trying to shut down adult conversation about the crisis. Palin’s writer attempts the same in this piece.
“I took a stand against politicized science when I sued the federal government
over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species
despite the fact that the polar bear population had more than doubled.”
Again, Palin’s writer is politicizing a serious issue concerning endangered species to score points with her base. The assertion of the growth of the polar bear population is false since the only real reason that polar bear population may have rebounded is that federal law stopped their senseless slaughter by “sportsmen” in Alaska. Deniers ignore the ever shrinking sea ice hunting grounds of the polar bear in pushing the notion that polar bears are better off now, therefore we should kill them.
“In the European Union, energy prices skyrocketed after it began a cap-and-tax program.”
Wrong again. Palin’s writer doesn’t cite his/her source of this mis-information, but there is lots of propaganda out their claiming that Europe’s emission reduction program, begun in 2005, caused skyrocketing energy prices, ignoring the fact that world oil price more than doubled during this time, coming back down in 2009. Additionally, the German Marshall Fund actually found just the opposite of this assertion:
“The EU ETS has not resulted in significant costs to
businesses to date, especially when compared to the impact of other
factors such as energy price fluctuations and the economic downturn.”
Palin is desperately trying to become relevant in serious political debate when, in fact, she is such a lightweight that she can’t even speak in an intelligible sentence. Here’s the classic example of her babble-speak, as pointed out by The Young Turks, when Bill O’Reilly tossed her the softball question about her being smart enought to be President:
Here it is in print…good luck on deciphering what she is saying:
“I believe that I am because I have common sense and I have I believe
the values that I think are reflective of so many other American
values, and I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the
elitism, the uhm, the ah, a kind of spineless, spinelessness that
perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite, Ivy league
education and, and a fat resume that is based on anything but hard work
and private sector, free enterprise principles. Americans are could be
seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership, I’m
not saying that that has to be me.”
If you can understand that, then you have a future in code breaking for the CIA.
Palin lovers push the notion that liberals are somehow “afraid” of Palin. It’s just simply not so. Palin as candidate is something I would personally love to see. Her candidacy would guarantee an Obama win with probably the widest electoral margin in history, and the entertainment value would be huge. Naturally, her current popularity is up while she is on her fake “bus tour” selling her new book that she didn’t write. The media is handling her with kid gloves, and her handlers make sure she does not appear in any uncontrolled scenario.
Oh…why do I call her bus tour a fake? Here’s one you won’t see on Fox or any other MSM outlet…Palin’s not riding on the bus. She’s flying in a Gulfstream Jet, only riding on the bus to and from her book signings to appear like she is really on the road with “the people”. Which, of course, she is not.
Why are you surprised?