Governor Sarah Palin’s first ever policy speech should have been a slam-dunk. The topic of the speech? Funding for programs that address the plight of children with special needs. A subject that – if for no other reason, as the mother of a child with special needs – should be well within the wheelhouse of subjects upon which she can speak in a rational and relatively informed manner.
Instead, it served as further proof that she does not possess the basic knowledge, common sense or well-rounded experience required to deliver a simple policy speech, let alone to hold the office of the Vice President or to take over the duties of the President should the need arise.
In that speech on October 24th, Sarah Palin once again showed an unparalleled and unapologetic ignorance of the subject matter, making the following misinformed statement regarding funding projects centered on fruit fly research:
“…You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not…”.
No, Governor Palin – we kid you not. Fruit flies and the aforementioned research are basic, fundamental building blocks of scientific research into human genetics. For decades now, fruit flies have served as a standard scientific model for studies into neural diseases, cancer, and…wait for it…birth defects and possible genetic factors associated with autism.
It would stand to reason that a woman claiming to be such a champion of causes related to children with special needs would have been aware of that. Governor Palin clearly was not. I am, admittedly, not a scientist. Nor am I a mother of a child with special needs. I was, however, aware in a most general sense that fruit flies have played an integral role in scientific research for decades.
Say it ain’t so, Joe…say it ain’t so. Oh, but it is so, Sarah…it is so. Though, I suppose someone who completely dismisses evolution in favor of blindly accepting the baseless, fact less notion of creation, despite indisputable evidence to the contrary, obviously has little use or respect for the fundamentals of science.
Am I suggesting that Sarah Palin truly knows nothing about publicized and documented scientific research as it relates to a cause for which she claims to be a staunch supporter? No, I’m not suggesting that. I’m stating unequivocally and without reservation that Sarah Palin absolutely proved – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that she knows nothing about publicized and documented scientific research as it relates to a subject she claims to be such a strong supporter of and champion for.
Just out of curiosity, does she have a scientific advisor? Did the McCain campaign and/or the GOP spend so much on her wardrobe and makeup over the past 8 weeks that it rendered them unable to afford one? No matter how well dressed, neatly coiffed and impeccably made-up Palin is, this latest gaffe is simply a testament to her near unbelievable ignorance of a subject the McCain campaign would like us to believe falls within her areas of expertise. She put that notion to rest with four simple words: “I kid you not.”
This is simply the most recent in a long line of uninformed and utterly ignorant comments that have led me to believe that Sarah Palin is unfit to occupy the office of the Vice President, and certainly not qualified to be a mere heartbeat away from the most powerful leadership position in the world.
From her staggering lack of information regarding the specifics of the Bush Doctrine – which essentially rewrote the book on US foreign policy, claiming that this nation had the right to engage in a preemptive war based on nothing more than a perceived threat – to her extreme, right-wing, evangelical beliefs and her ties to the Alaskan Independence Party, the notion that Sarah Palin possesses the knowledge or experience required of a Vice President is laughable.
Yet, this is no laughing matter. The reality is that Sarah Palin IS the Republican candidate for Vice President and her being elected to hold that office is not outside the realm of possibility. She is incredibly attractive and presumably qualified, at least first glance…she is a governor, after all. The easily manipulated, highly impressionable, Bible-beating masses flock to her like moths to a flame – thanks in large part to her seemingly disarming demeanor, status as a self-proclaimed “every woman” and “hockey mom”, and winks from behind her “Tina Fey glasses”.
I knew nothing of Sarah Palin before John McCain selected her as his running mate. As such, I had no opinion on his selection initially. Since then, my concerns about her true beliefs, intent and questionable associations with fundamental extremists and right-wing evangelicals have continued to mount.
My true opinion of Sarah Palin began to form as a result of the nonsensical statement, “…the Vice President is in charge of the Senate…”, which she continues to spout, despite its complete and total inaccuracy. At first, I gave her the benefit of the doubt…I chalked it up to a simple mistake – a “bad choice of words”, rather than a statement completely devoid of basic Constitutional understanding. Since then she has said it over and over again, as if her repetition of it will somehow make it true. That, in and of itself, should be enough to disqualify her.
In the real world, not being able to accurately describe the basic duties associated with a position would render you unfit to interview for it – let alone fill it. I am not running for Vice President…and yet, in comparison to Palin, I appear to be somewhat of a Rhodes Scholar, in that I have read and fully understand the duties of the Vice President as set forth by the Constitution.
At rally after rally, she proudly promotes the incendiary notion that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists” and encourages further division of our nation by labeling their supporters “real Americans”, thereby insinuating that those not in support of the McCain/Palin ticket are somehow less than American. All the while simultaneously hiding her own continued affiliation with an organization whose primary goal is to secede from the United States. If secession from the nation doesn’t fall within the realm of “Un-American”, what does? She addressed the Alaskan Independence Party Convention as recently as this year.
This is no longer simply about Sarah Palin’s lack of experience with regard to foreign policy. My concerns about her fitness to hold office now go far past that. She is blatantly and unapologetically ignorant of the facts. She presses on, turning a blind eye to the clear and present danger that her message and her Vice Presidency would pose to the future of this nation.
She continues to either refuse to recognize or simply not care that the “pals around with terrorists…” and “real America…” claims not only aren’t working, but are a cancer to the very spirit and continued cultural evolution of this nation. Those divisive and fear mongering statements serve only to incite violence by pandering to the worst and most barbaric souls among us.
NOTE TO SARAH: Your actions throughout this campaign, Governor Palin, are simply reprehensible. Not only are they morally objectionable, they are no less criminal than yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater or “BOMB!” on a crowded plane. Yours are the acts of a desperate woman who would seek to divide a nation solely to realize her own selfish desire to win an election she never should have been a part of in the first place – and it appears you are willing to do so by virtually any means necessary.
From your disregard of the facts to your blatant and malicious misquotes of brilliant and upstanding women like Madeline Albright, your campaign will be forever remembered as one of the most fear mongering, dishonorable and despicable campaigns in United States history. You are an embarrassment to intelligent, reasonable and compassionate women everywhere. You should be ashamed of yourself, Governor Palin…just as I, and hoards of other women in this nation, are ashamed of you.