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    Sarah Palin's Career Ends in Tragedy

    The frenzied reaction of the middle class all over the country toward Sarah Palin has no real precedent that I can remember. Indeed, the reaction especially among women is completely understandable. She provides a much welcome cultural break from the chip-on-the-shoulder, grudge-against-the-world model of public women that have been held up to us for years, embodied in the belligerent and insufferable person of Hillary Clinton.

    Sarah, on the other hand, is both beautiful and professionally accomplished, a wife and mother and a natural politician, both religious and secular, both feminine and fears no tasks such as hunting that are usually associated with men. She offers a different model of a woman who has excelled not through intimidation and aggressive demands for reparation, but through her own efforts, charms, and intelligence.

    What's more, her political outlook has much to recommend it, from what we can gather so far. There is a libertarian impulse here. She has rejected the perks of public life in favor of common sense. She is friendly to business interests but unfriendly to special privileges. She has praised Ron Paul and rejected the party mentality of GOP regulars.

    It strikes many people as a brilliant choice on McCain's part, and I would agree. Social conservatives have forgiven all of McCain's deviations. Many people who just last week didn't give a fig about whether he wins or loses have come around completely. She will, of course, be a huge focus of the campaign.

    The claim against her that she lacks "experience" is one of the most bogus things out there. For starters, the history of VPs shows a long history of people with very little of what is called "experience" today. And contrary to what media pundits say, what is far more important than experience are the political values you hold.

    The demand for experience seems to imply that somehow we are seeking social and global managers for public office, and that is manifestly what we do not want. In a truly liberal society, the job of a White House executive could be held by anyone or no one.

    Now, the sad part begins. The first job of anyone who works for the government – and that is the job of the vice president – is to echo the line of the government. People find that to be reasonable. It really comes down to a matter of job loyalty. If you are working for Burger King, you have an obligation not to criticize their hamburgers publicly.

    But in government, this job requirement takes on a different cast. When a decent person accepts a job such as vice president, our first instinct is to celebrate that good people are in a position of power and influence. This is what the McCain campaign is counting on. But this is an illusion. The influence runs completely the other way. Good people become part of the party machine and surrender all their principles in order to survive.

    We are speaking here of the leviathan state that lives on a lie. To be part of that, you too must become part of the lie. It is perhaps possible to be the governor of a small state such as Alaska and not be part of the machine. It is not possible to be vice president of the United States and not enter into the deeply immoral arena that values the burying of all principle, and saying and doing whatever is necessary to bolster power.

    Part of the purpose of campaigns is to socialize the candidates in this mold. Sarah will be slapped around if and when she openly disagrees with McCain's politics. When they win the election, she will immediately be required to take on the role of an apologist for all that the administration does.

    In some ways, this is the continuing of a terrible trend of the Bush years. Many good young people from conservative backgrounds, with excellent educations and decent political values, went to work for Bush under the impression that they could make a difference. There was change as a result, but it was not government that changed, but the young people who went to work for it.

    There are even cases of former libertarians who have held high government positions and sacrificed all their values in order to hold their jobs. They claim that they haven't abandoned libertarianism but rather seek to apply it in the "real world." But the real world of government is the opposite of libertarianism. It is stealing, lying, killing, butchering, badgering, looting, coercing, and sucking the life out of society itself. That is the essence of modern statecraft.

    You either have to come to terms with that or leave. If you stay, you become part of the very problem that you fought to oppose. We saw this not only during the egregious Bush administration but also in the 1980s with Reagan. Many people become educated with sound political values and find themselves attracted to Washington politics. They quickly feel embarrassed about their naïveté and seek to fix themselves up, adopting the approved cynicism that eats away at their soul. They become changed over time, morphing into the very opposite of what they started out, and of what they started out believing.

    There are names I could mention here in our time, former libertarians now holding high political appointments in the bowels of the federal bureaucracy. They know who they are. They can pretend superiority that they are "getting their hands dirty" while the rest of us are merely typing away at our keyboards. But in fact, they have become responsible for great evil, the leading one of which is to contribute to the great lie that government is doing good for us.

    This, sadly, is the future of Sarah Palin, who may have been doing some good in Alaska. It is even more of a tragedy when people leave the private sector where they are serving the public in productive ways, only to become part of the machinery of stealing, lying, and killing.

    There is something about Sarah I really like, especially that she seems to have had some sympathy for an Alaskan secession movement, which, contrary to media hysteria, is a perfectly reasonable and liberal position to take. But you can be sure that if she plans to be a successful vice president under a McCain administration, all of this will be swept under the carpet and her primary accomplishment in life will have been to dupe many people into supporting an administration that promises to be the worst thing that has happened to this country since Bush was sworn in.

    September 2, 2008

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    • #3
      Why don't you toss this piece of junk into the other thread. The thread title is misleading, and the subject matter is being discussed elsewhere.

      Originally posted by King View Post
      She provides a much welcome cultural break from the chip-on-the-shoulder, grudge-against-the-world model of public women that have been held up to us for years, embodied in the belligerent and insufferable person of Hillary Clinton.

      Sarah, on the other hand, is both beautiful and professionally accomplished, a wife and mother and a natural politician, both religious and secular, both feminine and fears no tasks such as hunting that are usually associated with men.
      So Clinton, who is an accomplished politician, wife, and mother is 'insufferable' but Palin is 'beautiful?'
      "At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed."
      – Frederick Douglass, doing an amazing job since 1852

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      • #4
        King, who wrote that?

        Whoever it is needs a padded room. Too many falsehoods and Pollyannaish notions to count.

        Moon

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        • #5
          Originally posted by YYZ View Post
          Why don't you toss this piece of junk into the other thread. The thread title is misleading, and the subject matter is being discussed elsewhere.
          Why don't you grow some balls and act like a man, you fucking pussy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
            King, who wrote that?

            Whoever it is needs a padded room. Too many falsehoods and Pollyannaish notions to count.

            Moon
            Granted, some Pollyanna.

            But how can you call this a lie: It is stealing, lying, killing, butchering, badgering, looting, coercing, and sucking the life out of society itself. That is the essence of modern statecraft.

            Gotta love that, Moon!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by YYZ View Post
              So Clinton, who is an accomplished politician, wife, and mother is 'insufferable' but Palin is 'beautiful?'
              EXACTLY!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by King View Post
                Granted, some Pollyanna.

                But how can you call this a lie: It is stealing, lying, killing, butchering, badgering, looting, coercing, and sucking the life out of society itself. That is the essence of modern statecraft.

                Gotta love that, Moon!
                That is a great line, I'll admit. But the rest...come on...

                She does lack experience.

                I don't know what this person means by
                'In a truly liberal society, the job of a White House executive could be held by anyone or no one.' This isn't ancient Greece, or some tribe of Bushmen. We got 300 million people in this fucking country.

                And the idea that she's somehow shunned the trappings of power? Hell she's only held any kind of real power for two years. And it's Alaska. Give her time.

                Moon

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                • #9
                  King - please discuss the tax and spend economic policies that Mrs. Palin has put on the state of Alaska.

                  Thank you
                  Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                  • #10
                    In!
                    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by King View Post
                      Granted, some Pollyanna.

                      But how can you call this a lie: It is stealing, lying, killing, butchering, badgering, looting, coercing, and sucking the life out of society itself. That is the essence of modern statecraft.

                      Gotta love that, Moon!
                      But Sarah Palin is different! Oh, I want it to be so!

                      Who's a pussy now?
                      From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

                      For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


                      I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

                      The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                        King - please discuss the tax and spend economic policies that Mrs. Palin has put on the state of Alaska.

                        Thank you
                        Huh?

                        Why would I care about that? Remember, we're all Keynesians now!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ppg shg View Post
                          But Sarah Palin is different! Oh, I want it to be so!
                          Whatever!

                          She offers a different model of a woman who has excelled not through intimidation and aggressive demands for reparation, but through her own efforts, charms, and intelligence.

                          She definitely IS different, which is not the same as saying she WILL BE different. I think that was the whole point of the article, ppg.

                          The best part is this:

                          What's more, her political outlook has much to recommend it, from what we can gather so far. There is a libertarian impulse here. She has rejected the perks of public life in favor of common sense. She is friendly to business interests but unfriendly to special privileges. She has praised Ron Paul and rejected the party mentality of GOP regulars.

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                          • #14
                            This place ia becoming "The Sandbox" with the mixed multiple McCain/Palin/GOP threads...

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                            • #15
                              So King is officially in love with Sarah Palin? After berating politicians on both sides for years, this is the one that he wont utter a disparaging word about?
                              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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