“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” – Nelson Mandela, proof that the final form of love is forgiveness.
It is rare that one soul can impact all of ours – and make us more patient, more powerful and more human. Mandela was such a soul. And he will never leave us.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
SARAH PALIN SPEAKS AT THE TEA PARTY NATION CONVENTION
And this is what the ex-governor said. (If anyone can tell me exactly what this means, I would be grateful.)
"I think, kind of tougher to, um, put our arms around, but allowing America's spirit to rise again by not being afraid to kind of go back to some of our roots as a God fearing nation where we're not afraid to say, especially in times of potential trouble in the future here, where we're not afraid to say, you know, we don't have all the answers as fallible men and women so it would be wise of us to start seeking some divine intervention again in this country, so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again. To have people involved in government who aren't afraid to go that route, not so afraid of the political correctness that you know -- they have to be afraid of what the media said about them if they were to proclaim their alliance on our creator."
It sounds like gobbledegook to me. What did she try to say?
This would mean:
A) That she knew the questions beforehand and the whole thing was a farce.
B) That she still couldn't answer the previously agreed-upon questions without a little extra help.
If true, this is supremely rich coming immediately after a speech in which Palin took a shot at President Obama for using a teleprompter to read his prepared speeches.
You can bet that the President wasn't reading scribbles off his extremities while he sparred with Republicans and Democrats in an unscripted format in his recent Q&As.
Palin, on the other hand, seems to need a cheat-sheet just to get through a contrived lovefest with a smitten interviewer and an adoring audience.
As one observer from Politico wrote:
"I don't remember seeing a telepromter when Obama took questions from the Republican Representatives in Baltimore. Ms. Palin can't seem to handle pre-screened and pre-selected questions from her adoring fans without a few crib notes."
And today on FOX News (via Politico):
President Barack Obama is making "misguided decisions" that he expects the American people to "shut up and accept," Sarah Palin said Sunday.
"Many of us are not going to sit down and shut up, we're going to say 'No we do not like it," the former Republican governor, who quit in the middle of her term, of Alaska said on "Fox News Sunday."
Pressed by host Chris Wallace to explain where the president is telling Americans to sit down and shut up, Palin said: "Just kind of his general persona, I think, that he has when he's up there at, I'll call it a lectern. When he is up there and he is telling us basically 'I know best. My people in the White House know best and we are going to tell you that yes you do want this essentially nationalized health care system.' And we're saying, 'No, we don't' and the messages are not being received by Barack Obama. So I think instead of lecturing he needs to stop and he needs to listen"
(So said the ex-governor as she lectured the President of the United States.)
She also called for White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Eric Holder to step down because “I think these guys are giving our president wrong advice.”
She said Holder should resign “because of the way that we are treating these terrorists, allowing them our U.S constitutional protections when they do not deserve them.”
(The former governor makes a fool of herself in making statements on issues she knows nothing about. She is uninformed on this issue.)
Palin left open the possibility of running against Obama in 2012 saying it would be “absurd” to not consider a run for president.
“I would (run) if I believe that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family,” she said.
Obama, she said, could change the political dynamic and boost his reelection odds if he “played the war card” and declared war on Iran or bolstered Israel.
(She talks in sound-bites. Nothing more. And says absolutely nothing. "Bolstered" Israel? What does she mean by "bolstered?" She never explains and flitters off into another subject, unaware of how shallow she sounds.)
And lastly, her double standard. She scolds Rahm Emanuel for his intemperate use of the word "retarded" at a closed, private meeting with Democrats, but excuses Rush Limbaugh's use of the word to mock the Democrats.
"I didn't hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people who he did not agree with f---ing retards and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, it's been reported, did say that. There's a big difference there," said Palin, whose youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome.
Palin made the comment after Wallace asked her about this Limbaugh quote: "Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult's taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards. ... I mean these people, these liberal activists, are kooks."
"Should Rush Limbaugh apologize," Wallace asked.
Palin responded, "They are kooks so I agree with Rush Limbaugh."
She's a slippery little hypocrite and not too bright. But we already knew that.
And finally, Sarah vs. Sarah. She railed against the bailout at the tea party convention this weekend--the same bailout she supported while running for vice president less than a year and a half ago [she and McCain have that in common--flip-flopping.] Just listen to her lack of understanding of the issues as she fumble-talks to Katie Couric while using meaningless blather to cover up her ignorance of what the bailout is: