Healthcare reform is needed and necessary, but it’s not going to come easy and when it does it will have to survive a gauntlet of Republicans trying to kill it.
Enter stage right the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who quit on the citizens of her state so she could move down to the lower 48 and lay the foundation for a presidential run in 2012. In the meantime, Sarah likes to spend time updating her Facebook page about how President Obama’s healthcare program is “downright evil.”
“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care,” Palin wrote. “Such a system is downright evil.”
Death panels? The President of the United States wants to euthanize babies with Down Syndrome? Umm…not really Ex-governor Palin. However, you might want to look into seeking professional help dealing with your paranoia issues. Hopefully, you were able to keep your health insurance coverage when you walked off the job.
The last time you heard a White woman publicly accuse a Black man of wanting to kill her child, Susan Smith was pulling this stunt.
If “levels of productivity in society” were the measuring stick for who lives and who dies, Sarah Palin would take the dirt nap before Trig. She hasn’t produced an original thought since John McCain inflicted her on America.
Of course Obama isn’t proposing any such thing as Orwellian as “death panels” but why should a little thing like the facts slow down a rabid Republican pit bull in lipstick engaging in fear-mongering? It’s just when Palin does it she tries to couch it in terms of a loving mother defending her child, not a cynical politician throwing chum in the water for the faithful to chomp on. She cynically plays the victim over how her enemies and the media try to get at her by attacking her children, but when the situation dictates, she pimps out her own kids and injects them into a political debate.
Former Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean, a physician himself, sneered at Palin’s claims that Obama would set up panels to authorize euthanasia.
“About euthanasia, they’re just totally erroneous. She just made that up,” Dean said to CNN. “Just like the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ that she supposedly didn’t support. There’s nothing like euthanasia in the bill. I practiced medicine for a long time, and of course you have to have end of life discussions — the patients want that. There’s nothing… euthanasia’s not in this bill.”
As a private citizen, Palin’s opinion means no more than a loud drunk falling off a bar stool. However like Glenn Close’s nutball character in Fatal Attraction, she’s not going to be ignored.
One thing about politics is you never know who’s going to separate themselves from the pack. Who would have thought a skinny Black guy with a funny name would go from giving a well-received speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention to the White House four years later?
Palin is the closest thing the GOP has to a superstar. The Southern, socially conservative base that makes up the most loyal base of the party certainly loves her and why not? She’s a true believer same as them and she talks funny too.
It’s not that Palin couldn’t put herself into serious contention as a presidential candidate. It’s just unlikely she could barring a major national catastophe and radical advances in brain transplant surgery. Given her politically deaf decision to quit the position that gave her gravitas and stature her future moves make sense in only in her own whacky worldview shared by her mouthbreathing true believers.
Could it turn out to be? Certainly, but she would have to show she’s ready and willing to put the hours in and do the work to erase her “Paris Hilton of politics” persona. But Palin, being as shallow and craven as she is, isn’t nearly as interested in bettering herself as a future candidate for national office. The path of least resistance is to sit in the cheap seats throwing spitballs at Barack Obama and making up bald-faced lies that the president wants to kill her baby.
Palin was dumb as a stick horse in 2008 and she’ll be even dumber as just another right-winger with a rotten book to peddle. Can’t wait to see her on The View or Oprah acting as though she wrote anything more than a “X” on the advance check.
In her ghost of Richard Nixon farewell to the press as she ran out on Alaska she said, “Democracy depends on you. That is why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up?”
Amazing how it is those who go through life pointing the finger at others never notice how three more point back at them.