Palin Gives Dr. Laura’s Racial Rant Thumbs Up

August 21st, 2010 at 8:57 am | 163 Comments |

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Just when it appeared that a whole month might pass without Republicans becoming involved in a racially-tinged episode, along comes Sarah Palin’s Twitter account to help meet this unfortunate quota.

Much has been said over the last week about President Obama’s needless interjection into the “Ground Zero mosque” debate, but the former governor of Alaska was not to be outdone. Palin inexplicably felt the need to defend the incendiary radio outburst of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a media caricature so dated she was lampooned 10 years ago on The West Wing. This during a week in which the country received yet more bad economic news in its latest unemployment numbers, and the president’s own once-vaunted communications apparatus scrambled to salvage the White House mosque message.

Politico ran an extensive piece this week on Haley Barbour’s emergence as de facto leader of the Party. Unfortunately, leaders like Barbour are repeatedly preempted by ad hoc Palin musings. Here is a party that has nominated candidates like Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Meg Whitman, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina – and over there is a former vice presidential nominee championing the right to shout the n-word over the public airwaves.

Can Republicans please quit the evading and rationalization?  A party that aspires to lead a multi-ethnic country must not degenerate into the voice of white racial panic.  Whether the topic at hand is the merit of the Civil Rights Act or the allegation that American Muslims are all secret jihadists.  The racial messaging from Sarah Palin’s Twitter feed meets with pathetically meek resistance from elected leaders.  Tragically, some who ought to know better – such as former speaker Newt Gingrich – have apparently decided, “If you can’t beat Palin – copy her.”

And if American blacks or Hispanics or Muslims or whoever is targeted next are insulted and alienated?  It will never occur to Palin that any offense caused by her words might be legitimate.  Instead it must be political correctness run amok, unleashed to deprive “real Americans” of their “First Amendment rights”. So there will be no retreating, no reflecting, no apologizing: only more “reloading”.  When will Republicans understand that the ammunition Palin is firing is aimed at their own heads?

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  • Madeline

    Just over half of all private sector employees work for a small business.

    http://web.sba.gov/faqs/faqIndexAll.cfm?areaid=24

    Your link makes that assertion, as well as the claim that 64% of net new jobs in the last 15 years have been created by small businesses, and cites the USDOL as a source, but when I click the source link, I get an SBA-funded study about the number of patents awarded to large firms vs. small firms.

    BTW, I’m not just being obstinate about this, I’m really interested in any resource that quantifies this.

    ETA: Although this is a total hijack of this comments thread, so perhaps this is the wrong place to pursue this line of inquiry. Sorry about that…

  • JeninCT

    Madeline wrote @ brandon:

    “Your link makes that assertion, as well as the claim that 64% of net new jobs in the last 15 years have been created by small businesses, and cites the USDOL as a source, but when I click the source link, I get an SBA-funded study about the number of patents awarded to large firms vs. small firms.

    BTW, I’m not just being obstinate about this, I’m really interested in any resource that quantifies this.”

    BS. If you were really interested, you’d find a source to refute it.

  • Rabiner

    JeninCT:

    “BS. If you were really interested, you’d find a source to refute it.”

    It is the responsibility of the person who makes the claim to present information that qualifies their statement, not the person who is asking for that person’s claim to be supported.

  • Slide

    JeninCT // Aug 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm “If you were really interested, you’d find a source to refute it.”

    This is the tactic of the right… make any kind of accusation you want then it is up to the other side to prove it is wrong. Lol.. gotta love ‘em.

  • Slide

    Ok…. I want to use JeninCt’s argument. I thin Sarah Palin is a racist opportunist who doesn’t give a shit about anything other than making as much money as she can. The more outrageous she is the more her value ala’ Ann Coulter. She also has had sex with farm animals.

    Now prove me wrong!

  • Madeline

    Please don’t tell me what my feelings and motivations are. It’s incredibly disrespectful.

  • JeninCT

    Madeline wrote:

    “Please don’t tell me what my feelings and motivations are. It’s incredibly disrespectful.”

    Please don’t tell me you’re ‘really interested’ in the topic because what you seem to be ‘really interested’ in is discounting a perfectly adequate source for the claim Brandon made. What you should have written is, “Maybe you’re right, Brandon.” But of course, it doesn’t fit your narrative so you dismissing the information. Like I said, BS.

  • busboy33

    To all the “well, I heard it on HBO” people . . .

    I watched a movie and Robert DeNiro and Jor Pesci called each other and everybody within 100 yards “motherfuckers”. I also heard a couple of people say it in the parking lot of a 7-11.

    So I can say that in general conversations? I mean, as an adult in America the concept of “appropriate” and “inappropriate” conversations completely escapes me. Really, this is an entirely novel and new topic, one that has never come up in my memory.

    C’mon! I’m forced to assume you are remaining willfully, stubbornly ignorant, because the only other answer is you are all pants-on-head retarded.

    Honestly, I just can’t believe you all actually are confused. All I can see is “I’ll be damned if Teh Libruls are right about anything at all!”, and so you’re fighting “the good fight” with no reason. Remember the Sharrod fiasco? After the facts came out . . . how many people STILL wanted to make the story about Teh Evil Blacks? Despite being demonstrably, verifiably, clearly, indisputably wrong?

    I just don’t get it.

  • Madeline

    discounting a perfectly adequate source

    But the source says “majority of private sector non-agricultural jobs”, which is discounts a lot of jobs. The SBA also considers a “small business” to be one with < $25M in revenues. I'm allowed to take issue with that, am I not?

    ETA: And I have seriously been looking for this information for some time. Here is a post I made on the snopes message board almost two years ago requesting this information: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=39976 The only information available seems to be from the SBA, which, as I've stated is, IMO, flawed.

  • brandon

    Madeline, maybe the Census Bureau will be a better source for you:

    http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/smallbus.html

  • Madeline

    Brandon, that’s almost exactly what I’m looking for, but the info is only regarding current jobs, not new job creation.

    It’s interesting how many people are self-employed.

  • easton

    brandon // Aug 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Does anyone really believe that you should raise taxes during a recession?

    Um…David Cameron does.

    But, since THIS healthcare legislation claims to REFORM healthcare,…No, it doesn’t. It is health insurance reform, not healthcare reform. Healthcare reform would be far more radical, changing from a fee based service to a treatment one, etc. but we didn’t go there.

    And JeninCT, that link was garbage. There is no double counting. The medicare cuts apply both to medicare and the total budget, not only one since medicare is part of the total budget.
    This is inane to suggest otherwise.

  • Mulva

    “Can Republicans please quit the evading and rationalization? A party that aspires to lead a multi-ethnic country must not degenerate into the voice of white racial panic. ”

    I think the ship’s already sailed on that one.