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'The Palin Truth' Is Not Self EvidentOp-Ed by Tim King Salem-News.com
Come on, admit it, Palin is truly ridiculous.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"We haven't forgotten that Republicans created this mess and we won't stand for your smears."
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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