Kudos to the post that brought this to my attention: here.
Yesterday, speaking to a crowd that surely included the Maine chapter of hate-filled crazies, Palin touched on a variety of issues, from how ”unpatriotic” Barack Obama remains to how “un-American” Obama remains. (I won’t get into the ACORN stuff, but for an informative look at the myth of widespread voter fraud, and the absolute reality of GOP voter suppression, look here.)
Palin addressed the crowd with the following:
”We believe that America is not the problem, America is the solution” — said Obama has shown no desire for victory despite the fact that he spoke so frequently about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It sure would be nice if, just once, Barack Obama said he wants America to win,” she said, as the crowd cheered.
Please Governor, go on….
“We are always proud to be Americans, and we don’t apologize for being Americans,” Palin added later.
FUCK YEAH!…Sorry, I got so caught up in the fervor, I lost my bearings. Anyway, I just want to briefly address the woman who introduced herself to non-Alaskans with a speech quoting Westbrook Pegler, one of the Right’s beloved racist, anti-semites.
Dear Governor Palin,
A few things. First, are these really the lessons that you teach your oddly-named children? That when you are so blindly righteous, you don’t have to apologize or ask for forgiveness? Very Christian.
Second, please stop perpetuating the unattainable goal of victory in Iraq. Obama doesn’t talk about “victory” because in order to meet goals and achieve “victory,” the stated objectives have to be met.
Most don’t remember, yourself included, that we went to war because Iraq supposedly possessed WMDs, and Saddam supposedly worked closely with al Qaeda. This was bullshit. As logic has it, if you’re stated objectives for invasion are bullshit, then they can not be achieved and victory is unattainable. What is currently happening is only an attempt to mitigate our government’s deception and failure, and rationalize the invasion so W doesn’t have to admit a mistake and submit to a spanking by Barbara next Thanksgiving.
With that in mind, and thousands dead, you don’t think our country should apologize to the following people? American troops, their families, slain Iraqi citizens, their families, the millions of Iraqi refugees we turn away, and many more still suffering, the American people that were lied to? No one? Bush doesn’t either.
Like you, I have no patience for the “Blame America First” Crowd. However, the only thing more idiotic than blaming America for all the world’s ills, is failing to recognize the mistakes this country (and it leaders) makes on a regular basis. How can you improve your society if it’s impossible to admit anything is wrong with the country?
Should we not apologize for slavery? for Japanese Internment? for Walter Reed Hospital and denying our veterans proper (mental & physical) treatment? for reality television? If there’s nothing wrong with this country, then why do you and your followers have so much contempt for Americans not like yourselves? You essentially dismiss approximately 75% of this country as un-American. By quick deduction, doesn’t that make you the “un-Americans?” Doesn’t that mean your faux-patriotism does not represent this country, and is in fact divisive and destructive?
By inciting the ignorant tools at your rallies, you’re rationalizing all their hatred and misconceptions. By saying “we don’t apologize for being Americans,” you’re really saying, “you don’t have to apologize for being an ignorant fucktard who hates brown people. You don’t need to read books (other than the Bible). You’re the real Americans!!! Fuck Obama and his latte-drinking, liberal, gay commie supporters! Rah Rah rah! Blood! Blood! Arggh!” Because in your world, everything is black and white - there are no shades of grey, no need for reason or deliberation, no need for anything except the superficial generalities and dogmatic rhetoric. You’re with us, or you’re against us.
So I guess the overriding lesson I should take from your speech is the following: If your kids lie, cheat, steal, or kick grandma in the shin – all in the name of America - then don’t you dare let them apologize! Do you want them to grow up to be considerate, accepting human beings? Do you? Well then the terrorists have already won and you need some indoctrination (which can be found below…).