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Feb-10-2010 00:34printcomments

'The Palin Truth' Is Not Self Evident

Come on, admit it, Palin is truly ridiculous.

Graph showing US foreign debt under George W Bush
Sad facts of our recent national history.
Courtesy: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

(SALEM, Ore.) - The former governor and Vice Presidential candidate from Alaska and running mate of John McCain, is solidly earning the nickname Sarah "Death Panels" Palin, and she was at it again this weekend according to Jon Vogel, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

She decided to lend her legendary pile of knowledge about real-life politics to a tea bagger event.

But Palin's joining of the so-called 'tea-baggers' may live to haunt her, as more of their members simmer to the top of the news in the most unsavory ways. People like Sgt. Charles Alan Dyer, a frontman of Teabagger and Oathkeepers movements, and the Glenn Beck show, who is currently jailed for sodomy with a 7-year old[1].

The Nazis and KKK members in many cases, find the almost exclusively white events very inviting, particularly those in the southern states where racism is still far too common.

Not to imply that the central message of these events is racism, not at all; they're angriest about all Americans having healthcare, and that revenue source that this nation is founded on, taxation... oh no!

But you do have the tea baggers who sport images of Hitler, swastikas and Confederate battle flags, uglifying the already all-too-Caucasian gatherings that sometimes look like a flashback to much worse times in the history of the United States, also almost exclusively attended by white people.

The actual flag of the Confederates

You choose your flag and I'll choose mine, and I go with the one American combat forces are currently dying for, and I could give a damn about that old symbol of racism. And for the record, I am directly descended from a Confederate officer who served with the Tennessee Army, Major James Stanhope King, and I have no doubt that he wouldn't hold any of this against me. We can't change history, and we generally can't successfully revive it, but we can sure as hell learn from it if we just let ourselves.

That flag by the way, that the southerners have all fought so hard to retain, is not the actual Confederate flag, it is the battle flag, which in the opinion of many, makes it even worse. There is nothing about that flag that is simultaneously patriotic and American[2].

Of course Palin tends to agree with the views of this offbeat group that ultimately stands fast for big business, rich people, and to hopefully defeat our young black President eventually.

Besides, they paid her a hundred thousand dollars.

Along with the traditional payoffs, these tea-baggers often rely on Bush era strategies of dismissing the truth and creating clever false statements on signs, that news agencies like Fox - highly invested in this effort - broadcast in living color[3].

Vogel says in Palin's big speech at the right-wing tea party convention, "She had the gall to blame President Obama and Democrats in Congress for the mess that her party created in the first place."

He says these graphs show the facts:

In his show Tuesday, David Letterman cited this quote, as an example of the "wisdom" Palin shared with the neocon followers: "If you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus."

"It does seem apparent that Republicans must have very short memories," Vogel said.

"Maybe Palin forgot about the exploding deficits, skyrocketing unemployment and collapsing financial system George Bush left in his wake as he left town. Don't let Sarah Palin turn back the clock to failed Bush policies."

"Help us jog Sarah's memory."

Vogel says a current letter campaign about Palin that is underway is very important. You can learn more about that by visiting the link below[4].

"We haven't forgotten that Republicans created this mess and we won't stand for your smears."

[1] Jan-29-2010: Sgt Dyer, Oathkeepers, Tea Party & Patriot Militia Spokesman, Jailed for Child Rape - Gordon Duff Salem-News.com

[2] Nov-18-2009: Tea Party Counterprotesters' Violent Clash with Anti-Immigration Crowd - Tim King Salem-News.com

[3] Sep-04-2009: Has FOX News Gone Too Far? - Bob Fertik for Salem-News.com

[4] Letter to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin


Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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Jim February 14, 2010 8:04 am (Pacific time)

The Clinton sex scandals pretty well sets the standard that will be hard for anyone, regardless of party, to "dwarf." Though must admit former Sen. Edwards (Dem.NC), VP candidate with Kerry has come close. Considering that his adultry and the cover-up was ongoing while a top candidate for president certainly must rank way up there. I guess it boils down to values, and how individuals apply them.


Deltaboy February 11, 2010 7:40 am (Pacific time)

You Tree hugging Rainbow Lovers need to get a life and Leave us Country Boys alone.
Nice attempt to smear the Tea Party when the Dems have NMBLA members in it's party.

Editor: NMBLA?  OK, I can't imagine that is true, but check this story out: Republican Sex Scandals Dwarf Those of Democrats - Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com


Cajie February 10, 2010 5:59 pm (Pacific time)

Here's a Rainbow Flag for you - you AH


Motivation Begun February 10, 2010 3:04 pm (Pacific time)

As per the major media outlets, those guys are lazy whimps, of course I am a pansy if there ever was, probably a little girl in a previous life, which would explain many things, but this Salem-News.com site sure is something, you guys are no BS and it scares me.  I like Fox better.


Paul Cat February 10, 2010 11:51 am (Pacific time)

I suggest you read "The Real Lincoln" by Thomas DiLorenzo and "The South Was Right" by the Kennedy brothers. You just may learn a bit more about your ancestors and their cause than what's proably spewed up there in the northwest.

Tim King: I am from Los Angeles and my dad's father was from Arkansas.  I know more than what I need to know, but I had to comment on this; it underscores the confusion in the south, if you actually think you could convince an intelligent person of your point, if it is a point.  I know Lincoln wasn't really an opponent of slavery, I personally agree that he should have let you guys have those states and figure it out yourselves, but I guess the south had to have its ass kicked because they somehow justified the idea of owning human beings.  This case was closed a long time ago, but thanks for reminding us who the Palin supporters and tea baggers really are.   


Hank Ruark February 10, 2010 11:13 am (Pacific time)

To Whichever Weaver: Millions share your feelings re massive mess we find nation and ourselves in now. BUT there are better ways to bring remediation rapidly than to adapt Palin-perversion as laid on deeply in her personal appearances revealing deep and dangerous ignorance of many 21st Century realities. Re Obama negativities, see my Op Eds stressing patience, perseverance, people-power-- the only proven tools for real progress since 1776.


Highly Motivated! February 10, 2010 10:17 am (Pacific time)

Editor (Tim King) Hey dude, I deleted your comment because you sound completely insane, thinking the most progressive person on our staff is a racist, man I've heard it all now!  We carry the work of Jeff Gates and Alan Sabrosky and you compare a member of our staff to Emmanuel?  Our entire mission in life is to squash racism.  Have fun talking to yourself.


Sarah Weaver February 10, 2010 9:16 am (Pacific time)

I have been a voting democrat since President Carter, and have always voted along democratic party lines, except I did vote repeatedly for Senator Gordon Smith. I also have participated in a number of Tea Party functions. By no means am I sympathetic with racists, or any other groups whose intent is to harm others. Unfortunately there has been many individuals and organized groups who are mischaracterizing us, and all they are doing is growing our size and increasing our resolve. We are tired of the way government has been ignoring the people and spending our tax money like some drunken sailor. Governor Palin is not our leader, but we all share similar concerns about our out of control government spending. Just because we disagree with President Obama (I voted for him, never again) simply makes us displeased with his lack of leadership, nothing else. To label us as racists will not change our mission. Certainly Obama's lack of experience come through on a most stunning level, just like the below narrative shows. By the way Governor Palin donated her speaking fee back to the movement. "A reporter said to Obama: Small businesses aren't expanding or hiring because they don't know what costs they face down the road with legislation, tax hikes, Obamacare, cap-and-tax, etc. And Obama said: No, no! That's not at all it! You can't get loans." What buiness has he run where he had to make a payroll for his employees? None. Have you noticed how Palin was ridiculed for having a few crin notes on her hand? A 45 minute speech without a teleprompter. Have you ever seen Obama do anything like that in a prepared speech? Why not?

Tim King: First, this IP has different names associated with it, and we are not pleased by people who switch identities, but perhaps there are simply multiple people at this IP, I will give you credit for that possibility.  Second, thanks for your opinion, but you went right for the 'if you want to label us as racists' when I specifically said that I don't believe that is the primary tea bagger mission.  I think Obama's effort to bring healthcare to all Americans is an interesting thing to describe as a lack of leadership.  He's serving Americans, and not just the ones in a higher income bracket, and swimming through the mess left by the worst and most dishonest president in U.S. history.    


Hank Ruark February 10, 2010 8:33 am (Pacific time)

Palin plainly prefers to proliferate herself wherever the dollar-search will take her. There's a word for that, best understood with political in front... One thoughtful pundit put it very plainly: "IF you need a moose cut up in your kitchen, she might be your choice." He based that on her known record in Alaska, quitting her only office only partially produced, with hubbie tied to policy and projects dollar- drive/approval now emerging. Then there's a family-life image still emerging, with her daughter in doo-doo and that sad, tragic son she totes everywhere. Due care might put him elsewhere than in public eye on every possible chance. Populism has always been dollar-driven for those using it as cover;see early American history on distressing detail.


Nick February 10, 2010 6:50 am (Pacific time)

Well written. Keep up the good work.

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