Ex- Alaska Governor and former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin just days ago on her face book page embraced the right wing tall tales about Health care reform stating that a provision that will allow medicare to cover living wills giving those who choose access to “an end of life councilor” means Euthanasia will be in Obama health care legislation. As not uncommon for Palin at times she used her children even her young infant as a political prop to appeal to the most ardent elements of the conservative movement, the insurance lobby, and likely hopes to hook in a few misinformed or politically uninformed voters; by inferring that children with disabilities, the infirm, and elderly would have to go before a “death panel” and that health care reform is “down right evil”.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — In her first communication since leaving office, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in an Internet posting Friday that President Obama’s plan to overhaul the health care system was “evil.”
“Who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course,” the former vice presidential candidate wrote on her Facebook page.
“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. Such a system is downright evil,” Palin wrote.
An e-mail sent to Palin’s spokeswoman to confirm authorship was not immediately returned Friday.
First off there is no death panel and honestly if Obama was pushing such a policy you would think he or anyone else wouldn’t be stupid enough to call it a “death panel”.
Anyway from her rhetoric ascribing evil policies to Obama and the obsession that the right currently has with comparing Obama and everything to the left of Ann Coulter with Nazis and Hitler, and sending signals of latent and sometimes overt racism that has begun to bubble up, especially among the least evolved minds of southern and bible belt whites above the age of 50. That is not to say there aren’t legitimate issues and concerns about any health care legislation and that representatives should not be held accountable for what they vote and advocate, but that when someone hurls references to Hitler and the threat of Nazism around; it implies that action no matter by what means must be taken to defeat that figure and perhaps even eliminate them. Even when the left compared Bush to Hitler that was equally erroneous and moronic. But for some reason some conservatives are so ill-educated and consumed by hatred rather towards the policy, or Obama and Obama’s background himself, they have dispensed with logic altogether.
But I digress, Ben Smith reports that on Sunday in a move that would make fellow conservatives Richard Nixon grin, the queen of conservatism with the June Cleaver vernacular has stated that she is disturbed by the ugly discourse without acknowledging her contribution to it.
“There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment,” Palin wrote. “Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.”
Seriously the conservative base that Palin represents is getting so predictable. Criticize a policy using histrionics and inflated rhetoric that demonize the opponents which riles the Janissary s, then after a brief time come out and disavow the fervor you helped brew. Her lack of policy and her polemics prove that Plain may be great at exploiting the resentment of white middle-aged undereducated straight church going Americans in the conservative populist mold of a modern day George Wallace, but that on policy and any grasp of it, her portfolio is thin to say the least and her interest seems to be even less. One can’t help but start to see a little George W Bush or Richard Nixon behind that lipstick and thick framed glasses. We had George W Bush, a conservative in a similar mode for eight years, what makes anyone think she can implement Bush’s policies with different results just because she wears high heels?