Sarah Palin is mentally unstable


Posted on 09 July 2009 5:56am

By Dan Fagan
The Alaska Standard

The first thing to look for in determining if someone is acting altruistically is if they tell you over and over again they are, they probably aren’t.

Governor Sarah Palin in her July 3rd resignation speech told us there is no greater honor that she could imagine than serving the people of her beloved Alaska. She then told us she is dumping us.

Palin or as I now like to call her, “Crazy Governor Lady” went onto compare her honorable gesture of quitting to the likes of William Seward, our troops in Kosovo, and General MacArthur.

She rambled on about how grateful we all should be for all the things she accomplished in only two years. Realizing those in the lower-48 were watching, she carefully describes the gas pipeline project as though it is a done deal. She tells us the massive tax increase and job-killing bill that is ACES is working as intended and industry is publicly acknowledging its success.”

It’s the first time she’s pulled that one. The oil industry applauds Aces? We can add that lie to her series of greatest hits of lies.

Palin claims to have “slowed the rate of government growth” when in reality in two shorts years she doubled the operating budget.

She also said “We took government out of the dairy business and put it back into private-sector hands where it should be.”

You would think Palin would want to slip in at least one thing that’s true in her speech. It’s as though she can’t help herself when it comes to lying.

About the ethics charges filed against her, knowing the nation is watching she says “Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. “

Those of us in Alaska know the ethics complaints have been filed by Alaskans, not “Political operatives descended on Alaska”. Palin knows it too. She lied. But that’s what she does. She lies. Over and over and over and over and over again. She is a liar!

The real question regarding Palin is not whether she tells lies. Half of what comes out of her mouth isn’t true. 80 percent of her resignation speech isn’t true. The real question is: Has she become so mentally unstable and delusional that Palin now believes if something comes out of her mouth it becomes true?

A perfect example is when she describes fulfilling her commitment to voters and finishing her term as “a quitter's way out.” She must realize the absurdity of what she is arguing. Or does she? Has she lost all sense of reality? Have the rallies with tens of thousands of adoring fans convinced her she has become someone so special she can now create her own reality? Someone who can do no wrong. If she says or believes something it automatically becomes true.

Palin has never been shy to demonize others while lifting herself up. But she takes this approach to new heights when she criticizes previous governors as “milking the system” because like her, they didn’t quit in mid term.

In comparing herself with former governors she brags about being wired differently. She says I am not about the same old politics as usual. I am not like the ones who have come before me. I am better. “I know when it’s time to pass the ball – for victory. I have done in two years what it took others four years to accomplish. I. I. I. Palin has never been about selling her ideas, she’s always been about selling herself.

Palin’s delusion and bizarre self-promotion has only gotten worst since her speech last Friday. Each day since then she has tried to offer new evidence or tried new ways to convince us her quitting was in the best interest of Alaskans. She argues over and over that fighting is quitting and quitting is fighting. The more she tries to make the argument, the crazier she appears.

She reminds me of someone who is drowning, throwing their arms wildly in the air trying to stay above the water. When you throw them a life preserver they reject it instead continuing to throw their arms wildly in the air. Palin needs to take that life preserver before she completely drowns. What does the life preserver represent? Her silence. She should just shut up and stop trying to persuade us of something that only the truly die hard Palinbots and Sean Parnell will ever believe. Her quitting always was and always will be about what is best and easiest for Sarah Palin. Rational people will never see it any other way.

There is a lesson to be learned here. If you spend your life trying to impress and craving the favor of man, it will eventually get to you. Sarah Palin is an extreme example. She’s an approval seeker on steroids. And it has driven her to lose all sense of reality.

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  1. writeidea
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 09:21:00

    I agree with Dan Fagan – one does not have to be a mental health professional to see this. That said, it is no laughing matter. I hope she gets help. I think it is a huge indicator that she has never said "I am sorry," or "I made a mistake," even when evidence is stark that she has "mis-spoken" or "inadvertently" broken the rules. People are quick to forgive mistakes. Troopergate, for instance, could have gone away with little fanfare if she had taken responsibility and apologized to the people of Alaska. As easy as it would be to get angrier and angrier at her deeds, compassion is needed here. Once she cannot endanger our Country (meaning once she is out of politics), hopefully we can wish her success toward good mental health.


  2. sjohnson
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 10:00:00

    As a psychologist once told me about a narcissist, "I rarely make in-roads with them because, even if they want to change, at the very root of their being they believe that they are not at fault. It is the rest of the world that is making their lives miserable." Sound familiar? So the sad probability is that Sarah will not seek the help she so desperately needs, and even if she did, her modus operandi would be to spin it to fit into her reality. She, I believe, is destined to have a very unhappy life. I feel so sorry for her and her family.


  3. Polly
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 10:27:00

    Here is an article from Psychology Today from last fall (confirming instability).


  4. Polly
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 10:30:00

    Oops, this site doesn't like web site addresses.
    Here is an excerpt: In her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, she was full of spunk and vigor, sure of herself, smiling through her attacks on her opponents. She’s a warrior—afraid of nothing. After all, this is a woman who doesn’t hesitate to tackle a demanding job while raising five kids, including a newborn. A woman who has killed the meat she eats. A woman unafraid of firing anyone who crosses her in some way.
    However, with this type of personality, all that outward bravado is frequently masking a deep sense of distrust and insecurity. Psychopaths go to great lengths to hide their feelings of weakness and fear. The last thing they want is to appear vulnerable on the battleground—and life is always a battleground to them. Question their authority or “truth” in any way and beware: they attack wildly; the barracuda comes out!
    The psychopath is willing to sacrifice greatly on the personal level. With an uncommonly strong will power, they can work long hours, go back to work mere days after giving birth, juggle many balls in the air at once. They know they are “good” while others are “bad,” “right” while others are “wrong.” Since they are very willing to fight for what is “right,” they are always the aggressor and blame everything on the “other.” Secretly, they are afraid that if they lose, it means they are “bad.” They are usually healthy and work cheerfully and hard . . . until they collapse. We can speculate that Sarah, like other psychopaths, likely mastered this defense in childhood in response to situations that caused a lot of fear. Even in childhood, winning at all costs would have been very important to her, as it would have been her way of making daddy proud. A psychopath is always trying to please the parent of the opposite sex. Here’s the girl who went moose hunting at dawn with her dad before school, the high schooler who, even with an ankle stress fracture, made the critical free throw in the last seconds of the basketball game, the girl who went on to please the judges and win beauty pageants. And who later won elections.
    Betrayal on any level is what a psychopath fears most. They are unable to experience or trust the goodness of others. They are afraid that even their closest friends will betray them, and they tend to pick spouses that let them run the show. The psychopath doesn’t really trust anyone, and desperately has to be in control. It is fear of losing control that wants to ban books. It is fear that needs to stand behind a gun. It is fear that make pro-choice so threatening.
    When life is a battleground, the enemy is always out there to “kill or be killed.” Psychopaths can be great warriors in the causes they believe in, but presidents or vice presidents can’t be effective leaders if everyone is ultimately the enemy. Running a country requires a different set of skills: teamwork and cooperation, where many are decent and a lot of people are right, not just the leader. Sarah Palin seems to be an unlikely choice to have a heartbeat away from the oval office.


  5. writeidea
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 10:30:00

    Polly forgot the link. Here it is (and it was written BEFORE the election!):


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