Kathleen and I had a wonderful Christmas Eve, with family and friends. Kathleen cooked a wonderful dinner, and we really enjoyed ourselves. It is great to finally relax after a very busy year!
There is one person this year who ferociously tried to hijack Christmas for political gain: The Queen of know-nothingness, Sarah Palin.
There is no doubt that the huge majority of Americans is sick of Sarah Palin. There are a few facts to mention, however:
1. No, she won't go away.
2. Yes, if there is a controversy surrounding a "conservative" issue which promises quick, catchy headlines, she will be there. After all, she is, as Matt Taibbi recently explained in Rolling Stone, a "professional media ambulance-chaser."
3. No, she is not a problem for the Democrats. They learned to love Sarah Palin for being the perfect tool for fundraising. Alaska Senator Mark Begich probably prays every day to every god or goddess imaginable that Sarah Palin will get involved in the upcoming Senate race in Alaska, as nothing else would strongly improve his chances for re-election.
4. Yes, she still is a huge problem for the Republicans, because she continues to personify the "Party of Stupid."
So why bother? Well, maybe for sanity sake. And for the fact that she continues to try to force her fundamentalist Christian beliefs onto the world, while distorting the message of Jesus Christ to the point where it becomes virtually unrecognisable, and, as so often before, spreads hate and division. In fact, she turns the message of Jesus into the complete opposite. "Hating others" suddenly becomes "cool" when the perpetrator is a right-winger. Besides, "hating her enemies" is basically Sarah Palin's hobby.
Also, we probably shouldn't ignore her for the fact that she is a walking insult to human intelligence.
Her latest interview with Greta Van Susteren was really remarkable in several respects: After forcing a prolonged discussion about free speech on the country (defending the right to say hateful things, but only if they come from a right-winger), Sarah Palin was now stupid enough to admit that she didn't even read the interview in question at GQ with Phil Robertson. This classic Palinesque example of ignorance in combination with stupidity and a stunning dose of "Palin-chutzpah".
Raw Story reports:
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren pointed out to Palin on Monday that some “people” were misusing the term “free speech, meaning that you jump someone for saying something and that you don’t jump others.”
“But if the market wants to be such that people don’t want to watch someone, then so be it,” the Fox News host said.
“That’s right,” Palin replied. “That’s why I say attorneys can discuss and argue whether it’s a legal free speech issue or not.”
“It’s one thing to express your opinion,” Van Susteren noted. “Do you have any problem, you know, about the manners of how he said it. We don’t talk about it on television much, but if you actually the read article, there’s a rather and offensive — at least, I think — offensive description of it. You know, there are two ways to say different things, and in the article and I know he’s a graphic type guy, but do you have any objection on the manners aspect, how he said it?”
“I haven’t read the article,” Palin admitted, clearing her throat. “I don’t know exactly how he said it. But, Greta, what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle that he disagrees with. And yet he has said over and over again, he doesn’t hate the person engaging in a lifestyle he disagrees with. But in response, he was quoting the Gospel.”
“So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said, evidently, are offended by what he was quoting in the Gospel. So that’s another interesting aspect in all of this.”
This admission by Sarah Palin may come as a surprise to others, but of course not for anyone who followed Sarah Palin closely since she appeared on the national scene. Sarah always had everything written for her - speeches, articles (the infamous "op-eds"), books, just anything. So it's no surprise that she doesn't even bother to care about the details of the issues which are being discussed in her name on"her" facebook posts, the posts that her highly paid consultants put up for her.
Here is the full interview with Sarah - the remarks quoted above start at around 1:50:
This interview in its entirety is actually very interesting and revealing, as Sarah not only implies that her ilk should have the constitutional right to hate speech without facing any repercussions whatsoever, not even "criticism" or "mockery", as she puts it. Funnily, the right to hate speech should only apply to right-wingers. If liberals or even atheists (God forbid!) dare to express their opinions, Sarah believes that such actions are reprehensible and insulting. But logic and reason was never her strong suit.
She also has no hesitation to compare her (supposed) actions in regard to whether Bristol should or should not marry Levi Johnston to the actions of Jesus, starting at around 7:00 in the above clip. Palin, in yet another of her world-famous word-salads, now explains her own "humbleness" in supposedly accepting that Bristol should not marry Levi...
..."has a lot to do with that humbleness of Jesus being born in a manger not as some lofty king who came down amongst privilege and in your face kind of lecturing of everybody else in the culture in which he was a part of and much of the spirit of Christmas has to do with being humble enough to accept that and have that child-like faith to know that it was real."
I actually have no clue what exactly she is talking about here, or what exactly she wants to express, but she uses the word "Christmas", so I guess that will be enough for her fans. Listening to these sentences, I really wonder whether Sarah shouldn't switch to a new dose of lithium, because the old dose apparently isn't working too well. But what do I know! :-)
But it's good to know that Sarah Palin's admission that she actually couldn't be bothered to read the GQ-interview with Phil Robertson was picked up immediately by many websites - including a few right-wing websites. I get the impression that especially after Martin Bashir lost his job because of Sarah Palin, the online-media became much more interested again in Sarah Palin's actions.
So her remarks about not having read the interview were reported for example by Politico, New York Magazine, Wonkette, Daily Caller, Business Insider, Gawker, Jezebel, Yahoo, MSNBC, TMZ, The New Civil Rights Movement, The Daily Banter and Raw Story.
From our comments at the previous post:
"I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
- Voltaire, French writer/philosopher
"I have no idea what you said, but I condemn whoever disagrees with you"
- Palin, Alaskan quitter/dumbass
I usually don't watch her interviews just because it's so unpleasant. But I watched this one. You are right. This is just awful. Shouldn't the people they put on TV have something intelligent to say? I guess not on Fox News. She adds nothing of interest to the topic at hand.
I love how right after she says she didn't read the article she talks as if she knows what Phil said. She claims that all he's doing is quoting scripture and people are offended by that. No, quoting scripture is not what people are complaining about. I don't recall any quoting of scripture in his rant.
"War on Christmas is the tip of the spear on a war on expression of faith." (Paraphrasing)
Greta: Why? (harshly)
"We're not the center of the universe."
"We should be serving something greater than self (i.e. our creator)."
"Man can't do that."
"We are so fallen we need a savior."
"A lot of us look to God for that."
So, this is really what's it's all about for her. Should we have a society where man tries to solve his own problems? Or should we 'humble ourselves' and rely on God to fix our society? She faults people (politicians and the media?) for trying to solve society's issues themselves without a religious angle.
I am so glad I live in a country where religion and government are separated. Palin is implying that this form of government is wrong. This is basically another form of Tea Party, small government thinking. (Why should the government get involved in anything when we have God looking over us?)
It's incredible how ancient and ignorant this kind of thinking is.
Maelewis pointed out the obvious contradictions in Sarah Palin's "latest" timeline:
First of all, the wigs are getting worse. (Hey, where's willow?) You can see Sarah's hairline. My favorite part is the second half of the interview, where Sarah describes the argument that she and Todd had after Bristol told them that she was pregnant. Sarah wanted them to get married, but Todd said no, and Sarah had to humble herself because Todd was right. (I don't think that Sarah has had one humble moment in her life. Even when she lost the election in 2008, she was set on turning that moment into her 2012 campaign speech. Humility? Humble? Sarah?
The problem with that story is that it works in terms of Trig's birth, but not for Tripp, because Sarah proudly announced that Bristol (whose pregnancy was announced at the 2008 Republican Convention) and Levi WOULD be getting married. Then, Greta read from Sarah's book, regarding how the baby melted into their arms and melted their hearts. That baby became the foundation of their family. That story makes no sense if he's Tripp. Tripp is hardly the foundation of anything except Bristol's blog (guess who visited me in school today?). Trig WAS the foundation of the Palin Family Values Image-- at least as far as getting the VP nomination was concerned-- and the 2008 campaign. After that, he served his purpose for a book tour, and then....the occasional photo op (poor kid). I thought that interview was very telling because Sarah stammered, and was so, uh, um, so unprepared.
We may not be fully aware of it, but Sarah Palin is actually a real Christmas gift. Not only is she loved by many Democratic fundraisers all over the country, but she also shows us, again and again, what we should not become. Hate is not the answer. This applies in all directions - and this is the real message of Christmas, and one of the most important messages of Christianity. People should try to love each other, and accept each other, just the way they are. The world can be a friendly, pleasant place where people from different backgrounds live in harmony with each other, if one group doesn't try to force their beliefs on others. The teachings of Jesus were not about hate.
Sarah Palin claims to know the "gospel"...well, I guess, "all of them, any of them." So just as a reminder, here are two quotes for Sarah from the new testament - and for us:
Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 6:24-25 ”No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Sarah, why is this so difficult to understand?
Let's conclude with this nice cartoon (sorry, no Sarah here, because she wasn't invited):
Looking for some brand-new Sarah Palin parody? Don't look further, because "Lipstick Liberal" created the announcement for the Sarah Palin "Save Christmas" album:
There is also a second offering, and it seems that this one is even more popular - Sarah Palin's War on Christmas Message:
This is for our reader Sleuth, whose husband is away over Christmas, fixing the lines (h/t disqusux):