Sarah Palin amazes me. Not the woman herself. No, the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin amazes me. At the same time, it proves that in America anybody can run for president.
She is an obscure individual who managed to become the first female mayor of a city in Alaska and first female governor of Alaska, which indicates she seems to have political street smarts. This is amazing because, though her captured audiences think the platitudes and clever sound bites coming out of her mouth are profound, based on what I read in the mainstream press and online about her, she doesn’t seem say anything profound or significant.
After reading the article “How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President” by John Heilemann in the New York Magazine, I think she is running, not thinking about it, but actually running for President of the United States.
The real question is “is she qualified?”
Several Republican big wigs don’t think so, including her erstwhile running mate John McCain.
I have no way of judging her philosophy of governing because she avoids the mainstream press and avoids debates that would provide a clue to her philosophy of governing.
To show her true toughness and that she has the ability to govern the nation, she must engage in the rough and tumble that is politics; she must debate and answer questions from unfriendly reporters. Hiding in the Fox news studio and communicating via twitter tells me nothing about the woman who wants to be president of these United States.
Until she engages the unfriendly press, I must conclude that she has not shown she is qualified to be President of these United States.
Qualified or not, she could be the Republican nominee for U. S. President in 2012.
A whole lotta folks are mad at the politicians now running the country and they just want to get rid of them. I’m talking bout folks that don’t belong to no crazy anti-government organization. No, these are right thinking folks what don’t like how things are going, such as unemployment. The mortgage mess, and few other things. They want to throw the rascals out.
But you got to be careful bout doing that, cause you may be putting in office some real nut cases. Look at what’s happening in Nevada. The good citizens of Nevada want to get rid of Harry Reid. Man, they willing to let Sharron Angle go to the Senate just to get rid of him. The woman wants to completely change the U. S. Constitution cause them liberals have some how perverted it. She ready to say “no” to anything the Obama administration wants to do. Of course, she’ll fit right in with some current republicans in congress.
How in hell did that woman in Delaware get to be a candidate for the Senate? If you think Angle is bad, man just read about Christine O’Donnell. Each day, it is another gaffe. But there is one good thing about her. She admires Hillary Clinton.
The country is supposedly in a recession, but you the way the Republican party is able to raise money sho’ don’t look like we in a recession to me.
Several groups favoring the GOP have raised $56 million to give to GOP candidates this year to help defeat them democrats.
Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota done raised $5.4 million dollars in the last quarter.
But that woman in Nevada, Sharron Angle, who is challenging Harry Reid for the senate, did Michele one better. Angle raised $14 million in the third quarter.
Them Republicans, man, they experts at raising money. They done raised 75.4 million dollars, and that aint hay.
The government is running a humongous deficit. Well, now, why don’t them Republicans donate some of that money to the US treasury?
My grandson sometimes wears his pants down around his butt, you know, that sagging pants look requiring teenage boys to be constantly holding up their pants with one hand. I disapprove of whatever fashion statement he and other teenagers are trying to make.
But, man, I haven’t reached the point that I’d do what a dude in Memphis did.
Memphis Commercial Appeal story for October 4, relates how a man told two teenage boys, 16 and 17 years old to pull up their pants. As teens usual do, they not only ignored him that called him “Fat ass.”
On their way back from the story where they had gone to buy candy, the dude confronted them again. Only this time he had a gun in his hand. The kids took off running. The dude fired at them and hit the 17 year old in the buttocks.
I’m thinking that maybe if enough teenagers read the story, they’ll think twice bout them sagging pants. But then, on the other hand, some of them what are strapped just might shoot back.
You step on someone’s foot and say excuse me, and that apology is acceptable. For a nation that prides itself on its so-called exceptionalism (what ever that is) to constantly apologizes for its bad behavior in the past shows how unexceptional it is, and hints of downright hypocrisy. It says to the world, you were no different from other nations in your behavior.
Medical experiments on human beings without their knowledge is deplore and wrong. Yet many a nation has conducted such experiments including the United States.
In the 1930s in Alabama, the Federal government allowed medical scientist to inject some poor black men with syphilis so they could study its affects. Of course, once the experiment was revealed, the government apologized. The apology didn’t help any of the men who might have been still alive.
You would’ve thought the United States government would not allow doctors to do such a thing again. Yet, in the 1940s in Guatemala, United States scientist infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital with syphilis.
I wonder how much the government of Guatemala was paid?
Since the experiment has come to light and the United States involvement, of course our government has apologized.
And of course the director of the National Institutes of Health vows that the knowledge of what happened in Guatemala provides a chance for the government to “redouble” its efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I believe science can help us solve some of the world’s problems. But experimenting on human beings without their consent, especially those who can’t help themselves or give consent is not just wrong, or ethical, it is evil.