Speaking from the Dead: Sarah Palin’s Latest Rhetorical Flourishes Prove Her Departure Was the Right Move

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?”



  1. Sheesh, A. How about, in honour of the proud Red-capped Manakin, you stop asking Palin to do things she’s clearly incapable of?

    I mean, “gracefully”? Maybe she could start with “not toe-curlingly embarassing” and work her way up from there?

  2. Such a system is not a downright evil! I am not evil!

  3. didn’t sarah palin complain about the press hounding her family? didn’t she parade them around during the campaign, even cleaning levi up so he’d be presentable?

    now she’s doing it again with her baby!!!! what a convenient prop that poor child will become! despicable.

  4. Steve Jeffers · ·

    The most bizarre argument, of all the lies, misrepresentations, idiosyncratic notions and batshit crazy nonsense is that universal healthcare would exclude more people from healthcare than the current system.

    I mean … the clue’s right there in the name. UNIVERSAL healthcare.

    Everyone gets healthcare. You get healthcare, I get healthcare, Trig gets healthcare, a child like Trig but born into a poor family, everyone gets healthcare.

    Because. It’s. Universal.

    There is so much about the Palin statement that shows just how *f-cked* the current Republican mindset is that it’s difficult to know where to start. So how about we start here: Republicans like ex-semi-Governor Palin think so little of America that they think not only will the US government set up death camps but that the American people will happily march into them.

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