Regardless of whether or not she is a creationist, Sarah Palin sure argues like one. She starts by assuming her conclusion, and then works backwards, conjuring lies to buttress arguments that, even if true, wouldn’t prove her point. Consider her latest public appearance, on Facebook of all places, where she made this “point”:
And who will suffer the most when [Democrats] ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. 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.
Yes — such a system is a “downright evil” (?). Thankfully, it’s nothing like the plan posed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The myths that the Democrats’ plan would “ration care,” or mandate euthanasia, are just that: fabrications of creative conservatives, bent on misleading the public when the facts aren’t in their favor.
Note, too, that this “Democrats will kill Trig” argument typifies the latest rhetorical weapon in Palin’s arsenal of freedom: prop comedy. Gratuitously referencing the apolitical American military in her now famous “how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up?” line, or her disabled child in this case, Palin purports to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves, or who probably wish she wouldn’t. In both cases, the party for whom she speaks is the passive, unwitting beneficiary of her benevolence, appearing, though only tangentially related to the matter at hand, just to help her score political points. It’s a truly bizarre and officious way of showing respect/concern. I’m going to try my own: “Governor Palin, how about, in honor of the cast of Battlestar Galactica, you withdraw from public life, gracefully?”