Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thank God She Lost

Have you seen Sarah Palin's response to the comment President Obama made recently about the United States of America and the burden's of being a superpower. His full comment:

"It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower. When conflicts break out, one way or another, we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."

Our president made a thoughtful and truthful statement. Our country, as the world's only superpower with its riches and deserved reputation as a force of good in the world, does find itself committing the lives of our military men and women and significant portions of our budget to helping the rest of the world. To take that statement and then say, "Could it be a lack of faith in American exceptionalism?" is intentionally misleading and irresponsible. You can see how simplistic Sarah Palin's argument is. She even thinks "nuclear deterrent" is a relevant term in today's world when the last few times we have been attacked have been by transnational organizations that don't have nuclear capabilities. Choosing her as a representative is a big reason why I will never give the Tea Party people serious consideration. That and the fact they protest government spending while standing on land maintained by the big government they despise so much.

I thank God every day that John McCain lost the presidential election. I lost a lot of respect for him when he chose her as his running mate. He's served his country for most of his life but putting her on the national stage will taint all the good he has done. Elevating her did us all a disservice.

You may not agree with everything President Obama does. I certainly don't. I am, though, pleased to have a president willing to discuss frankly on an international stage the role of our country in this world. We don't need another "America first" cowboy. All they do is create conflict.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Makes sense to me.
-Amy Ellison

ernie said...

But hey, I can see Russia from my backyard!

Dill Weed said...

I think the more America sees of her, the more ridiculous she will appear. At least I hope it works out like that. There are still a lot of people that think Glenn Beck makes good good sense.

Jeb said...

@Dill Weed - you would think that would be the case but facts don't seem to affect her followers.

Good job as always Ed.

Geoff said...

Every time I see her speaking I wish for a mute button.

Anonymous said...

i hope dillweed is right...

I am Charlie The Wonder Man! said...

I like it when Obama gets a bit snarky at the press conferences. Enough bullshit. I want to see him calling people out the way he promised he would when he was running for president. The Republicans are a cancerous lot but the Dems are pretty sad and not much better. I don´t expect much from Obama until 2012. If he wins then I bet he will throw caution to the wind and try to do some good. Sarah Palin is a sign of the times. Video killed the radio star and video is transforming the way we envision our world. It makes me think a lot about Chomsky´s Manufacturing Consent and Orwell´s 1984. Eventually I am pretty sure we´re gonna all end up like in Vonnegut´s Galapagos. Now there´s a reading list for you.

Dill Weed said...

Her followers don't like to cloud the issues with things like facts and science. Fear and folksy sayings are her tools.