Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sarah Palin: Not A Pro Liberty Candidate

I am part of a growing number of liberty advocates becoming very nervous about how cozy we are getting with party approved puppets like Sarah Palin. Contrary to talk radio spin, Sarah Palin IS the favorite of the Beltway politicians, even though she is billed as an outsider. It's part of her branding, and nothing more. The beltway Republicans know that their message will not resonate as long as it appears they are still in power.

In comes Sarah Palin, who is so much like G.W. Bush - from her poor grammar and lack of knowledge on current events, to her ridiculous adherence to the banes of personal liberty: social conservatism, and the warfare state. She is *for* the wars. She talks as if she wants to reform Washington, but if she has to kiss the Republican leadership's collective ass in order to get in power, she will end up like Bush -- all talk, no delivery -- just disappointment.

For those of you who thought that Bush the village idiot was a great President, you'll love his plastic Barbie companion piece - Sarah Palin. You will also love the furtherance of Corporatocracy, replete with cronyism. More derivatives trading anyone??

Does your quest for personal and economic liberty include forcing people to adhere to your religious beliefs? Do you not see the moral conflict in your quest for perfect morality? Can you truly say that you are protecting the Constitution while discriminating against homosexuals (and sometimes even other minorities)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to reevaluate your political affiliation -- Because you are not a pro-liberty activist. The Republican leadership is not pro-liberty, in fact, they are more fascist than anything else.

I would rather see the progressives win than see her embarrass the liberty movement. Ron Paul would not approve. Shame...


  1. Do you consider Palin a serious contender in any kind of national-level politics? I have to think at this point she is damaged goods and as a result unelectable (at least as far as the presidency goes), but maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.

  2. @ Jenkinsbp -
    Sure, allow me to clarify. I am subscribed to a ton of conservative news feeds. I disagree with a lot of conservative talk radio, but I listen to it because it's good to know what those at the helm of the public face of economic freedom are planning and doing. In these forums the talk about Sarah Palin all the time, and there are actually some big names supporting her as a future leader. The GOP leadership needs to take control of the pro liberty Ron Paulers, without truly allowing someone like him to get elected. Sarah Palin is the perfect vehicle to marginalize the liberty movement and fool a chunk of them into voting for their platform. She has made several public statements addressing concerns of Republicans who are fearful of government, which is half of Ron Paul's base(the rest are dems, independents, and third party supporters). It's a move to get some of those votes back, like apocalyptic evangelicals who think liberty activists may not be socially conservative enough. Sarah Palin is a potential candidate to fill that void. In regards to her national electability, I agree with you, but I do believe she has a chance to pull a lot of simple minded voters from a host of potential Republican primary contenders. Bush won on his home spun, average American appeal, and as I point out in this piece, they are so similar it's almost textbook. George Bush ran on small government, and no nation building. We are just seeing the campaign packaging. That's politics though, plans within plans, lies, deception, and trickery.

  3. i think that it's important for a christian to say something at this point. let it be understood that i am by no means a proper example of christianity, but i think i must say this.
    for one to be christian, or even conservative, is not in and of itself something that is necessarily opposed to personal liberty for all human beings regardless of their gender,race,sexual preference or religious beliefs. i am a protestant christian, and a conservative, and i don't believe that christianity should be peddled and prostituted and used as a cloak for those who try to use it as some sort of tool to further their political and personal agendas..
    Merely because someone is a christian does not mean that their quest is for moral perfection. the human pride drives it to be perfect in that which it is bent towards. if one's only objective in being a christian is moral perfection, or even their main objective, then they have most desperately missed the mark and have poorly represented their Master. christianity is about the glory of GOD being shown through a human agent. one who is submissive in all things to GOD.
    those who call themselves evangelical in the GOP seem to my tainted eyes to be vewry poor examples.

  4. By ELIZABETH THOMPSON, Parliamentary Bureau

    March 9, 2010 6:36pm

    OTTAWA — Sarah Palin should listen to her mother.

    That was the advice from one MP Tuesday following the former U.S. vice-presidential hopeful’s revelation that her parents had sought medical treatment from the Canadian health-care system she has so often criticized.

    “Of course her parents chose Canada for health care, it’s the best health-care system in the world,” said NDP health critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis. “Too bad Sarah Palin doesn’t realize it now.”

    The comment came after Palin told a Calgary audience Saturday night that her family had first-hand experience with Canada’s health-care system when she was growing up in Skagway, Alaska, near Whitehorse.

    “Believe it or not — this was in the ’60s — we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing, and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada,” Palin was quoted as saying by The Canadian Press.

    Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, who is also a doctor, said the Palin family’s story is not unique [of Americans coming to Canada for health care in preference to American health care].

    “Certainly as a family doctor I treated lots of Americans [coming across the border from the U.S. for Canadian health care].”

    When she testified before a U.S. Senate committee in September, Bennett told the story of a U.S. Vietnam veteran who had to go to Canada for cancer treatment because he couldn’t afford medical care in the country he fought for.

    Bennett said Palin should bear in mind the high cost of medical care is a leading cause of bankruptcies in the U.S.

    “Criticizing our system isn’t helping her fellow Americans.”

    [The Canadian single payer health care system was instituted January 1, 1966, when Sarah Palin was 22 months old]