Posting this take on the GOP's presidential candidates seemed so appropriate after last night's debate here in South Carolina.
(Posted on YouTube by MsMollybean1)
Palin supporters use Arizona memorial service as political fodder ... and damage Palin in the process
It’s apparent that Sarah Palin wants no association of any kind with the recent mass-shooting in Arizona, and certainly not the blame. And she doesn’t want that tragic occurrence to have any type of general reflection on national politics, either.
She even said so herself. “Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence,” she offered in a written statement. The incident was “inexcusable” and “incomprehensible,” she said on video.
Palin’s videotaped commentary also expanded to the subject of division in government. Political opponents are supposed to “shake hands and get back to work,” especially since “both sides find common ground” when in true Democratic operation of government.
But her supporters, most recently one at a “Conservatives 4 Palin” website, are defeating the former governor’s goals, it seems. Instead, they’re using the memorial service from Tucson to build a dividing fence on that common ground Palin urges all to share.
The 'Conservatives4Palin' site: oh! Oh! Oh, what a joke!
According to Ian Lazaran, a regular contributor to the site, Pres. Obama delivered a “terrible speech” and “dreadful performance” at last night’s memorial.
“He stumbled like a community organizer would at an ACORN meeting,” Lazaran opines. “The type of speech that Obama gave is one of the easiest ones to deliver and he still missed the lay-up. I guess he’s ‘aging.’”
Lazaran’s criticism isn’t limited to the president alone; even the event’s attendees were “a complete embarrassment,” he offers.
Wait a sec … what was that? The folks there last night were “a complete embarrassment”?
Psst! Say! Lazaran! Yo! Those thousands of people went to pay honor and respect to their family members and neighbors who were brutally shot! Six of whom were killed! Are you so stupid and insensitive that you’ll call them an “embarrassment”? How thoughtless, not to mention un-American, can you be? And not only did you fire a few more rounds at the victims, but you just shot Sarah in the foot, too.
Not only is Lazaran continuing the exact type of discourse that Palin said she wanted to stop, but he’s doing it with false information. He titled this article “Liberals blame crowd for Obama’s terrible speech,” but, aside from repeating it once, offers no evidence or mention of source for that made-up claim.
He lists the Wall Street Journal as source for his “terrible speech” offering, but that article actually defeats Lazaran’s intended premise.
In fact, the article credits the president’s speech for overcoming the ever-widening divide to which this tragedy continues to contribute, noting that Obama urged an end to the finger-pointing.
“(H)e urged the nation to rise above ugly political debates,” the article notes, and directly quotes Obama’s assertion that “the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack.”
So, let’s recap: Palin went on television asking not be given any blame for the shooting, and pled for public unity to meet common goals.
The president then asked a large crowd at a televised memorial not to blame politics in general or Palin in particular for the shooting, pleading for public unity to meet common goals.
Palin-supporter Lazaran then went online and did the exact opposite of what Palin and Obama requested. He continued to associate Palin with the tragedy; he continued to use this tragedy as grounds for piss-poor political punditry; he continued to wade in the blood of victims for personal diatribe; he put up a separating fence in the common grounds Palin asked all to share; he continued to expand the wide divide.
And it seems he's engaged in such behavior many times through many websites, all in support of Palin, and has developed reputation of “this dishonest Lazaran fellow(.)"
If Palin truly wants to set grounds for peaceful discourse amongst everyone of all political persuasions, then she needs to put socks in the mouths of fools like Lazaran. Her own supporters are defeating her stated goals and needs.
Lazaran’s foolish and insensitive comments may have been issued as fodder to feed some flock of Palin fans, but they only give the public even more reason to knock her further down the totem pole after the Tucson shooting.
Two conservative figures who are consistently ridiculed for grandiose, egotistical stupidity just gave comedians and commentators across the globe another reason to mock them: both recently announced interests in running for president.
In a Wednesday, Nov. 17 interview, Sarah Palin stated she is considering a presidential run in 2012, a race she thinks she could win.
In interviews beginning last month, Donald "you're fired" Trump also declared interest in the Oval Office, in part because "we are no longer respected the way we used to be respected."
Both, of course, would run in the Republican primary.
In the event these two candidates appear neck-and-neck in that primary election phase, both agreed to complete the nomination process in a "Dancing With the Stars" competition.
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