Sarah Palin wrote a piece in her Facebook page recently critisizing Rahm Emanuel for using the word Retarded to slam his fellow Democrats, and called for his resignation. She attempted to sensitize the word by calling it the R-word, which is fine. A portion of her page goes like this:
“but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.
The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F—ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.”
Her statement, attempting to stigmatize the word retarded, charging up the political atmosphere with bringing up race words, and calling for the resignation of the Presidents right-hand-man, was a serious charge. She made use of a word a firing offense. Palin suggested use of the word was an absolute wrong.
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace said to her, “White House Chief of Staff — you mention him — Rahm Emanuel. You called him out. He used the “R” word. He said, “retarded.” He has now apologized for using that word, met with activists, said he’s going to join the campaign to try to eliminate use of that word –”
OK, so far so good. She has gotten most of what she asked for. But here is where I start to have a problem:
WALLACE: OK. But Rush Limbaugh weighed in this week. And he said this:
“Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.”
PALIN: He was satirical (ph) in that —
WALLACE: Wait a minute, let me finish.
WALLACE: “I mean, these people, these liberal activists are quote, kooks.” Should Rush Limbaugh apologize?
PALIN: They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh was using satire to bring attention to what this politically correct —
WALLACE: But he used the “R” word.
What happened to Sarah’s sensitivity to a word in 6 days? When a word is R-rrrrd, you don’t start giving passes out 6 days later to your friends, useful allies. This is hypocritical. What is worse, is that she could easily have said simply, yes, he shouldn’t have used that word. She then could have moved on and used five minutes of her 30 minute interview as an oppurtunity to elaborate about the what kind of help neurologicaly-impaired children need from the Public, specifics about the challenges these kids face, the lack of funding for autism research, anything. She has had a platform for a year and a half, and she has said nothing specific on this subject. She has a vehicle to educate, but hits talking points instead.
This has gotten me to thinking about what I have learned in all the hours I have listened to her. Last week-end she spoke for an hour at the Tea Party Convention, and half-hour on FNS. She hit all the talking points, she said everything I wanted to hear, but what have I actually learned, what did she teach, when did she elaborate at length? I can fill a brief case with her statements on her emotions, I can say she encourages choosing for life, but what do I learn. watch this video speaking about Down’s Syndrome.
I understand she is talking about her personal life, but then again when is she not?
I asked myself the same question about the other subject she is supposed to be an expert on. This is the governor of Alaska being asked, ‘what the he– is holding back drilling ANWR’. Notice all the information is given in the graphics, any specifics listed by Palin I could have told the interviewer myself, just from listening to talk radio.
We as a nation are going to need a President capable of understanding and solving problems ranging from energy policy, to global positioning in the marketplace, to what is the real threats from China, Russia, and Radical Islam and the interworkings of the three. My watching her handle a simple situation involving a subject so close to home as Down’s Syndrome and labeling, oppurtunities to educate wasted, and her lack of detailed subject knowledge, make me doubt if she will ever be ready for a Presidency. She needs to prove her ability to master a couple issues, and carry a few projects to completion, before even considering it.