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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why I Write About Sarah Palin’s Facebook Posts

Dave Weigel wrote a somewhat irrelevant post on December 23 stating why he does not write about Sarah Palin’s Facebook posts, so I thought I would just give him something to think about.

The phrase Sarah Palin used to define the mandatory end-of-life counseling services was “death panel.” She used this phrase not only in this instance but also to indicate the panel that was called a committee who would determine what health care was available under certain circumstances. I agree completely with her description and with her choice of words to describe the exact meaning underlying the phrases used in writing the health care bill under discussion at that time.

I also think the words “death panel” would fit in well with the Harry Reid Socialistic Health Care for a Socialistic America plan. It concerns abortions. Are you aware that States can “opt-out” of abortion coverage? If an “opt-out” clause is required, it must mean that there is authorization allowing and/or supporting abortion. In other words, I would describe a group of people known as a planned parenthood society as a death panel on an unborn life. So, not only was the phrase right the first time, it is right in this instance as well.

As Mrs. Palin writes on her Facebook post of December 22, 2009, “Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.”

Weigel states that “Palin has put the political press in a submissive position, one in which the only information it prints about her comes from prepared statements or from Q&As with friendly interviewers.” Why is that, I wonder?

Could it be that Governor Palin was tired of her words not being listened to by the lamestream media? Could it be that she was misquoted and misinterpreted so many times she found it necessary to correct the problems herself since the media did not show any sign of trying to correct their ignorance? How can it possibly be correct to state that she is allowed to shape the public debate without actually engaging in it?

When people in the lamestream media start asking the same questions of liberals that they have asked of Sarah Palin, when they criticize any other politician the same way they have criticized her, when they quote her as correctly and explicitly as they quote liberal America haters, then I suspect the media including Mr. Weigel will find themselves able to engage her directly instead of having to rely on her Facebook posts.

Mr. Weigel cites an imagined feud Governor Palin has with former vice president and air polluter extraordinaire, Al Gore. Had either Mr. Gore or Mr. Weigel read the post that Sarah Palin made on her Facebook page, they would have noticed that she never denied the global warming issue. All she said was that there is a happy medium between being conservationally concerned and at the same time respecting the land and the right of citizens to use the land for full benefit.

Scare tactics work on many American people who either don’t have access or don’t have the desire to do their own investigating into an issue as complicated as global warming. I personally have come to the conclusion that the entire global warming issue is made up using the solid scientific fact that the earth is moving continuously and steadily closer to the sun. Being a planet of unimaginable heat, it seems very natural to me that the sun’s heat would be more intensely heating our earth. There may indeed be other truths included in arguments to the contrary, but this one truth remains a constant.

I am well aware that my viewpoint does not agree entirely with Sarah Palin’s viewpoint, and I think that is as it should be. If we all held the same viewpoint without any differences in opinion we would be no better than the liberals who continually attack her.

If Mr. Weigel’s reference to “the media’s indulgence of Palin’s strategy” means that she writes then the media writes, I think he may be very correct. As for his suggestion that it cannot be proven that she does indeed do her own writing on her Facebook posts, I would merely suggest that he put the number of his readership alongside hers and compare the two. I believe he might be rather surprised at what he would learn.

That brings me to my final point. So many of us read every word Sarah Palin writes on Facebook or in her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life”, because we know we can believe what she says. We respect the fact that she is knowledgeable in the topics she addresses. She cites references that we can read ourselves to see that she used them correctly and quoted them correctly. That is something the lamestream media, another of Governor Palin’s coined phrases, could take lessons doing themselves.

It keeps her from being misquoted when she does that. I like that idea.

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