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Palin pick an insult to our intelligence

  1. Sep 10, 2008 #1
    Unfortunately it seems to me that as much as the McCain campaign's VP pick was obviously aimed at attracting women, it has worked so far.

    It all started out the morning after Obama's acceptance speech, which most people found moving. McCain pronounced that his running mate would be Sarah Palin, virtually a non-entity from Alaska. Naturally, following an announcement like that, the media was anxious to jump out at any snip-bit of information that could be found about her. It just so happened that the first piece of information that came out was her teen-daughter's pregnancy - in the midst of a debate of whether or not McCain's pick was an appeal to women, or whether or not it was going to influence the election.

    Contrary to how the McCain campaign and the media currently seem to view the media's initial response to this news, the response was predominantly in support of Mrs. Palin. Immediately you had republican spokespersons coming on the air to two words: "executive experience", and "reformer", while providing as reasons the bridge to nowhere, tax breaks for Alaskans, etc. This of course was before her acceptance speech at the GOP convention. Except for liberal websites and blogs online, nowhere was her ability to be VP really questioned. Even if somebody would ask the question on CNN or Fox, it would just be a question, something that would be debated - a very natural process. However, McCain proclaimed that all of this debate was really an outrageous, sexist attack upon Palin. It was enough for a few Republican talking heads to come one the air a few more times and proclaim the media's treatment sexist in order for the message to stick.

    I even remember thinking before Palin actually came on to the stage at the convention how nice the media had actually been to her, making her a star before she even gave her first speech. During the speech I was thinking to myself, as I did during the speeches of all the others speakers at the convention: lies, deceit, bad reading of the teleprompter, and the ability to make a joke. I also couldn't help but notice how natural she felt on stage insulting Obama's community service, followed by the GOP crowds rabid laughter. I thought to myself: this is the first time you are presenting yourself to the public, have some humility for god's sakes. Feel free to talk about your accomplishments in Alaska or McCain's ability to "change" this country, but don't insult a candidate who has lead an honorable campaign with so many followers.

    I believe that 50% of the country felt the way I felt, and the other 50% fell in love with her.
    Nobody in the media questioned her outright lies, and nobody blamed her for not saying a thing about the issues and policies, or about touting yourself a reformer but citing false evidence. Honestly I thought to myself: you know, the American people are smarter than that, especially after hearing the same kind of empty promises and divisiveness from Bush and Karl Rove all these years. I thought to myself that perhaps at first women would like her, just because she represented all that they could become, but then realize that she lied the first time she ever made a national appearance, and that her extreme stance on issues important to them would change their minds.

    Over the next few days tons of information was piling up about her: troopergate, the bridge, her treatment of officials as a mayor, the fact that the "tax breaks" were just her giving away Alaska's surplus of oil money, the fact that her husband was a 17 year member of the AIP, her extremely religious views, the fact that she went to 5 colleges in 6 years, the fact that in order to defend her "foreign policy" credentials the Republican talking heads had to site that Alaska is the closest state to Russia, as well as her being in charge of the Alaskan national guards (even though she never gave an order), the fact that she didn't even have an American passport until a year ago when she flew to Kuwait to visit the national guard, the fact that she had to site an airport as a "foreign country she has been to before", just the simple fact that being mayor of Wasilla doesn't give you the experience you need to run the White House, and nor does being the governor of the oil rich state of Alaska.

    I was certain that her initial support would at least partially dwindle away in the midst of all this information. As the polls came in two weeks later and it was evident that people still supported her as much, if not more, I felt my intelligence was utterly insulted by the McCain campaign. I realized that perhaps she is a good person, a good mother, and was a good governor for Alaska, but the fact alone that McCain campaign had to keep her on a leash without interviews just seemed like a blatant insult. The fact that she continue to lash out everyday on the campaign trail with the same lies and skewing her reform credentials as far as was physically possible, and just the fact that despite the fact that Obama would constantly challenge her and McCain to talk about issues and how they are different from Bush, they wouldn't, all seemed unbelievable.

    At this point it seems that McCain and Palin can do whatever the hell they please. The more controversy? The better. Any rational accusation of experience to be in the White House - sexism. Any demand to talk about what's important to America - ignored.

    At this point I feel on the verge of giving up on the American people and the democratic process. If they don't realize what has been going on and sober up, and McCain and Palin go on to win the election, they will show their utter carelessness and disregard for their future.
    I will almost wish I didn't have the intelligence to realize what this country is coming to. By the way, coming from the old Soviet Union, I can tell you that this is almost as bad as the lies that were spread by the dictators in order to silence the opposition. Exactly how Putin now has a what 90% approval rating?
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2

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    This is one large sentence.
     
  4. Sep 10, 2008 #3
    The case here is apparently that Obalma has sidestep the issues in the senate by not voting yea or nay so many times, but merely "present" and by not writing any bills that were enacted. As I remember, Palin referred to the fact that she had to make all the tough decisions and did.
    Also, where are the "accomplishments" of Senator Obama and how do they compare with Palin's?
     
  5. Sep 10, 2008 #4
    Why can't you just give credit where credit is due. They are running a great campaign since the Palin choice. It's that simple. Give it some time. I'm sure there will be a few gaffs by the McCain Palin team, wherein you can rub their noses in it. You currently seem quite whiney ... very unbecoming. Take a few deep breaths, and come to the realization that it doesn't matter all that much who becomes president, wherein the selection process guarantees mediocrity from both sides of the aisle. What I'm saying is that if you accept the current process by which we pick our leaders, you can't lose, because the most popular candidate always wins. ;-)
     
  6. Sep 10, 2008 #5

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    Maybe you should start with what she has accomplished.

    Aside from embracing hypocrisy, and trying to ban books, and being against gay marriages and against abortion and stem cell research and against polar bears and against global warming, Just what has she actually done?
     
  7. Sep 10, 2008 #6

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    she wasn't chosen to appeal to the intelligent electorate.
     
  8. Sep 10, 2008 #7
    She doesn't appeal to intelligence. So?

    This gal is bubbly, you can tell she absolutely loves what she is doing. I've never seen a more positive candidate. I'm a bit embarrassed for her though, because the speech writers must have writers block. I just saw her give a speech in her Alaska homecoming, and it's like a broken record. Somebody needs to step up to the plate and create some new material, or she will lose her star statis. ;-)
     
  9. Sep 10, 2008 #8
    Wow, shes bubbly!

    Well that settles that, she should run the country. :rolleyes:

    Quite a poor justification you made.
     
  10. Sep 10, 2008 #9
    Obama-Biden isn't mediocre. Far from it.
     
  11. Sep 10, 2008 #10
    Didn't justify anything, just calling a pig a pig, with lipstick I might add. She is in fact ..... Bubbly! Sorry Cyrus, but I just can't for the life of me .... come to hate a bubbly person. ;-)


    And you don't seem to get it. This is a popularity contest by the very nature of the process. Get used to it, or grievance toward a change to the procedure by which we choose.
     
  12. Sep 10, 2008 #11
    You know, I have tried, I have honestly tried to give her some credit, I really like to consider myself fair. I've managed to come up with the following: she is ambitious - really ambitious, she can definitely handle having 5 kids and take on a responsible job such as governor or I guess even VP, she can excite the conservative base, she can excite some independent married women as the new polls show, she can connect to people that have "small town values" even though I'm still having trouble defining what those are, she can definitely read a joke such as the lipstick joke or she can definitely make quite a stab at someone like she did with the community organizer line. As governor her record shows that she definitely went against the status quo as far as "business as usual" Alaska politics go. Good for her.

    So now that I have listed everything that I think is a positive aspect of what anybody can really say about her without lying, let's see if I can come to the conclusion that she is a good fit to be Vice President or President, even.

    A president needs to be able to analyze very complicated situations. He/ she needs to understand complex economic problems, especially with our current economic downfalls. He/ she needs to have a deep understanding of history, politics, and law, so that when making decision of whether to wage war on another country, he/she would have the right information to go on. Bush has demonstrated to the intelligent world that simply having experience as a governor does not make for very wise war related decisions. Having a deep knowledge of the constitution, which comes from having a law degree, is essential to being in charge because then you know whether a certain veto or a certain act that you wish to break or pass is constitutional or not. I believe that the President or Vice President does not need practice making decisions, he/ she needs the necessary background in order to be able to make educated decisions. I would expect that the Pres/ VP would completely disassociate any religious beliefs or understandings from the way he/she leads the nation. You are more than welcome to believe in God, but please don't tell me Iraq was God's war, when half a million Iraqi's suffered for a mistake by the Bush administration.

    Now I am not saying that I know for sure that she is not capable of what I just listed. But nothing from her background suggests to me she fits these criteria. On a more ironic note, to change things in Washington, you need not only to have "reform credentials" but an impetus to reform! If the problem with Washington is lobbying, you need to be a reformer against lobbyists, which she is not since she has attained funds for her home town as well as Alaska through lobbyists. If the problem is the economy, you need to be a reformer against all of the economic policy that has lead us to the current situation, but she is not, she has embraced Bush's policies just like McCain has. If the problem is foreign policy, in order to reform, you need to have a clue about foreign affairs, and not just a 2 month crash course from Joe Liebermann and Rick Davis.

    As I said, an insult on our intelligence!
     
  13. Sep 10, 2008 #12
    I don't think you pay attention to my complaints in the other threads. I'm well aware of what it's about. :rolleyes:

    She is an ugly pig though - I'll agree with you on that.

    It's easy to hate a bubbly person. For instance, I dont like you dispite all your :)'s. :smile:

    Now, I dont hate you. But I also don't like you. I find you mildly annoying though. I'd like you more if you cut out using the ;-)'s. I feel like I'm talking to a teen girl via text message when you use those.
     
  14. Sep 10, 2008 #13

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    I reckon she is for world peace too.

    Just like every other numbingly dumb beauty contestant answers at the question and answer phase of the program.

    Too bad for the nation that the profound issues apparently can't be discussed without the distractions of the Republican negative ads employing misrepresentations and outright lies to dislodge any proper airing.
     
  15. Sep 10, 2008 #14

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    This would be why you can't actually list her accomplishments.

    Because if we really start to write them down, the list is really a total embarrassment, and anyone looking at her capabilities would wonder what twist of entropy would bring such a person to be even considered ever capable of being President.
    This then is your attempt to put the victim on trial, instead of condemning the rapist?
     
  16. Sep 11, 2008 #15
    Then why do you act like your undies are in a bundle when it comes to Sara Palin. She is popular in a popularity contest. Obama isn't going to solve anything either. In more ways than one, it's already to late.

    Never said that at all.
    That's quite of topic, and skirting the rules, don't ya think?
    Off topic again, and pushing the hominimium button.
    How did you make it to over 3000 post?
     
  17. Sep 11, 2008 #16
    I think that last sentence is mainly your opinion. You are entitled to it, but don't state it as matter of fact.

    If you really have to ask why people are outraged with the choice of Palin, you need to learn how to read. It's been stated multiple times, quite clearly by many members.

    I wasnt pushing the hominimum button. I simply dont like you. What part of that isnt clear? ;-)

    Here is a hint. Don't present your opinions to me as if they are facts and don't assume that I know or don't know what this election is about when talking to me. Instead read what I have to say and then comment about it.

    BUT SHE IS BUBBLY!!!!

    Let's all say it together! I mean, who cares about any real issues. She is bubbly. That's what's important.

    Maybe you dont recognize it, but your posts epitomize the very thing you state. People cheerleading her because its simply a popularity contest -Ironic.

    Clearly, you acknowledge that there is a problem with the election process being a poularity contest, yet you sit there and shrug. Where's your outrage? Come on, I know you're better than that. If you honestly don't care if elections have denegrated themselves to a popularity contest, then that's your choice. Not mine, and not that of others complaining here.

    So don't ask 'why is your panties in a bunch'? Why isnt your panties in a bunch? -because you dont care.
     
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  18. Sep 11, 2008 #17
    You act as if I don't care about the real issues, while you call Sara Palin an ugly pig?

    It actually is important that she is bubbly, because that means something to many voters, doesn't matter whether thats right or wrong, thats just the way it is. I't's not like I'm saying I'm going to vote for Palin because she is bubbly .... I don't vote. Perhaps you are to emotionally involved in this race to see where I'm coming from.

    Let me explain: {{{{I don't vote.}}}} I really, really, really, don't care who wins in this presidential race, therefor my observations are impartial for the most part. If I say Sara Palin is bubbly, it's because she is. Does that spell more votes for her than against? It sure does!


    Does the Palin pick insult my intelligence?
    It does not, because I put no emotional stature to the choice.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2008 #18
    Yeah, I called her an ugly pig. It was a jab at her. I can care about the issues and call her an ugly pig. Because (1) I dont like her ideology which I have already stated and you are well aware of this fact. So you are simply wasting my time with this one-liner. (2) I think the woman is ugly, so I called her an ugly pig. (2) has nothing to do with (1).


    And those 'many voters' are idiots. It DOES matter if thats right or wong because thats a fundamental problem. Democracy only works with an educated public. If you don't vote, you're worthless. People faught in wars and died so you could have that right. People in other countries don't even have that option. The fact that you spit on it by not voting is disgraceful.

    You're observations are not impartial, they are irrelevant. I don't argue she is not bubbly. When did I say otherwise? I said she's a retarded idiot. I said people that like her because she is 'bubbly' are retarded idiots. Not because they are republican, but because they cheer-lead for her simply because she is a republican. I would give Tom Ridge my full respect as a running republican VP and listen to what he has to say. The man has qualifications. So, don't acccuse me of being 'emotionally involved'. I've made it quite clear why I'm angry. If Biden were a retarded idiot, I'd complain about him too.

    It does not because you just dont care. You dont even vote, why should you care? You just sit there and shrug about life. Oh well, thats just the way it is...........OH WELL.......SHRUG.
     
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  20. Sep 11, 2008 #19
    Some people consider having religious beliefs to be a mental illness. That would mean that most, if not all presidents of the United States, and those running this year, were, or are somewhat koo koo. Sometimes ya gotta just bite the bullet ,and hope it's not going to be worse than you think. ;-)
     
  21. Sep 11, 2008 #20
    If she is causing this much commotion on an "intellectual" forum, she must be doing something right. LOL

    I hear the question "what are her accomplishments?" and then I look to the Obama camp...

    This is too rich.

    She has rocked to boat in Alaska by going against the political grain of her own party without regard to "how things are done here". She has more cohonas than Sen Obama so far as I've seen.
     
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