Refudiating Palin

Sarah Palin is the most feared woman in Liberal AmericaThis past weekend Sarah Palin was once again the target of haters.  Palin stepped into it when she confused the words refute and repudiate and accidentally created the word “refudiate”.  Liberal bloggers made asses of themselves by jumping all over the gaffe as though she had just declared there were 58 states or something.

Is this evidence Palin is an idiot?  Hardly.  My blogging friends should know when you crank out endless streams of verbal and written commentary you often find yourself reaching for that word that is just on the tip of your tongue that will phrase your point, oh so perfect.  How many times have you just skipped it and found another word or after typing it you found spell check had no idea what you were trying to spell.

Let’s just review some gaffes liberal bloggers have ignored.

  • “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.” Obama, 01/28/2010
  • “One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, … Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard.” (the man’s name was Christopher and he was not dead he was a corpsman.) Obama, 02/05/2010
  • “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” Obama, 07/20/2009
  • “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing.” (There is no “Austrian” language.) Obama, 04/06/2009
  • “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.” (“Fallen” heroes are by necessity broken and quite dead. Memorial Day honors the dead, it is obvious Obama confused Memorial Day for Veteran’s Day. Imagine a similar statement coming from Palin.) Obama, 05/26/2008
  • “Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.” Obama, 07/22/2008
  • “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” Obama, 05/09/2008
  • “Last year, the vice president launched a new effort to help make communities more liberal.” (He meant “livable.”) Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address 2000
  • “I may not have been the greatest president, but I’ve had the most fun eight years.” Bill Clinton, date unknown
  • “The purpose of government is to rein in the rights of the people” Bill Clinton 1993
  • “Who are these people?” Al Gore as he was looking at busts of the Founding Fathers 01/1993

I think you get the point without me delving into the gaffes of the media elite.  Now maybe I should start keeping snippets of blogger gaffes.  They’re out there.  Even the same people laughing at Sarah Palin have their own funny gaffes.  I cannot help but to recall another classic story of hypocrisy.

But in the end was the point to make Palin look like an idiot or was it to obfuscate the point Palin was trying to make?  Palin was making a very serious and valid argument that Muslims should not support building a mosque on the site of Islam’s most horrendous act of hate.  But did these idiot bloggers and “reporters” respond to that?  No they latched onto a single word flub.  I contend these people deserve no respect, they are but jerks who without an intellectual defense default to Ad Hominem attacks.

    • Jeff
    • July 22nd, 2010

    Not sure if this is worth defending so much… I’m no liberal but Palin definitely put her foot in her mouth on this one.

  1. But was it worthy of criticism? I think not & that’s my point here.

    We all fumble words, we all forget the exact word we’re looking for on occasion. When Obama claimed to have visited 57 states with one more to go, everyone dismissed it as the error of a tired campaigner. Had Palin made the same remark under the same circumstance the left would be doing a touchdown dance, but we on the right pretty much allowed the left to drown out the flub.

    Personally I wish we could dismiss all such flubs. We all do it. Heck the CEO of my company is no dullard but he screws words around and routinely and no one bats an eye. Of coarse we can’t. But that’s besides the point.

    Hey, thanks for the comment!!

    • Ironically, believers in glboal warming, specifically man-made glboal warming, are adherents to an irrational faith at this point. After the Climategate e-mails, after the predicted disasters and temperature increases did not occur, after all the green conflicts of interest and get-rich-quick schemes, a majority of the public now doubts the story. Richard Wheeler casually casts aspersions on all of them, while ignoring the evidence that is right in front of him..The Obama birth certificate was always a fringe issue. Doubting the SCOAMF’s natural born citizen status woud require somehow negarting the birth announcement that appeared in a Honolulu newspaper 50 years ago. Absent that, everything else is a waste of time. On the other hand, the way that Obama and his handlers threw a blanket over most of his past, including all of his college history, is very odd and people who do not find that a suspicious thing to do are almost as strange, credulous, and uninterested in facts as the worst of the birthers. Who is Obama? We don’t really know. That’s how he got elected a gullible 52%, not knowing who he was, made him into whomever they needed him to be.The proportion of people in this country with a literal belief in Genesis has not increased in the last hundred years just the opposite. But they have been here all along. During this time the United States developed antibiotics, biotechnology, computers, space probes, jet aircraft, nuclear energy and so on and the ongoing presence of these people does not appear to have held us back in all that time. In fact, many of them worked for these programs and played their part. On the other hand, there are irrational people who believe, despite all the empirical evidence to the contrary, that Marxism will create a more just and pleasant world; they are at least as irrational and faith-based as creationists. And they do a lot more damage.Reply

  2. Jeff’s comments serve to illustrates the left’s inability to see the gravity of more weighty issues and instead exercise their well honed ability to hunt for the minutia.

    From Dan Quayle’s potato gaff to Bush’s comment about “nucular” weapons, it’s been a tactic of the left to latch onto the gaff to make as much political hay as possible.

    So what are we talking about, really? Simple. It’s a tactic used by those who cannot argue against the merits of an opposing political view. Instead, they go for the little things. Doing so may even evoke an emotional response, which is what they hope for. It agitates and aggravates, but more importantly, it turns the discussion away from the more important aspect of an issue, such as the policies of a president they didn’t vote for.

    So from where did this tactic originate? Known as the “father of modern American radicalism,” Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism. Activist organizations teach his ideas widely taught today as a set of model behaviors, and they use these principles to create an emotional commitment to victory – no matter what.

    So while the right gets caught up defending the man instead of his policies, the right also has to be able to recognize the tools used by the left to distract from the main issues of policy to get the right to talk about something else.

    What we have here is the deft application of Alinsky’s rule number 5 which states:

    “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

    It’s hypocritical of the left and its media to parade gaffs of the right while not demonstrating the same zeal to illuminate the gaffs of the left. It is also meaningless to keep score about whose camp has the most.

    Meanwhile, I’ve not uttered a word about why Obama is so wrong for this country.

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