Sarah Palin: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Stupid

The real story isn’t that Palin said “North” instead of “South.” It’s that Sarah Palin was discussing a complex, precarious, highly dangerous issue as if she were an expert, even though she clearly isn’t.

By Mitchell Bard

Sarah Palin provided prime material for news outlets and comedy programs when she said on Glenn Beck’s radio show Wednesday:

“But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.”

If she hasn’t already, I’m sure Palin will say that the “elitist,” “lamestream” media is doing her wrong, and that she is once again a victim of “gotcha journalism.” And Palin’s small but passionate group of supporters will undoubtedly argue that Palin made an honest slip of the tongue, something that could happen to any of us. Her supporters are right. Saying “North” instead of “South” is something that any of us could easily do.

Sarah Palin: Don't Hate Me Because I'm Stupid

But here’s the thing: Any of us did not stand up two years ago and claim we were qualified to fill a job that is a heartbeat away from the American presidency. We haven’t written books, made speeches, endorsed candidates and spoke to the (mostly right-wing) media as if we were policy experts. And we haven’t been scouting office space in Iowa for a 2012 presidential run.

In short, more should be expected of Sarah Palin than any of us, based on how she has portrayed herself, and how she is treated by the media.

The real story, though, isn’t that Palin said “North” instead of “South.” Let’s be honest: Vice President Joe Biden could have just as easily blown a line like that.

No, the real story is that Palin was discussing a complex, precarious, highly dangerous issue as if she were an expert, even though she clearly isn’t.

Does anyone outside of Palin’s relatively small group of smitten followers honestly believe that she is competent to act as an expert on Korean policy? That she knows the intricacies and risks of engaging with the North Koreans? That she understands the possible leadership struggle going on there? Do you think she has the first clue about the history of Korea over the last century? Do you think she’s ever heard of Syngman Rhee, the Bodo League massacre, the Battle of Inchon, or National Security Council Report 68, or that she knows about the decades of Japanese rule in Korea? Do you think she’s ever read about the role the propaganda efforts of the post-Stalin Soviet government played in the eventual armistice that ended the fighting?

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Just_a_Mote
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 10:41:39

    It isn’t about hate for me. She is a dangerously powerful idiot and that causes me angst.

    Reply

    • Syrin
      Nov 27, 2010 @ 11:02:45

      I appreciate your comment…Nor has it ever been ‘hate’ for me. It’s called requiring accoutability from one who’s utterly incompetent and seems to be serving herself to the public resources…
      PUBLIC TRUST and Sarah Palin will never appear in the same sentence, accept this on!

      “The ‘haters’, you know the critics are playing a game right now, it’s really much to do about nothing” – Sarah Palin

      Reply

  2. AFM
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 11:03:46

    There are nights I wake up thinking OMG this woman could have her finger on the red button to release the nuke. Honestly it scares me to death. She is a very sick woman. I think she is waiting to see her god and wants to force the rest of us on that journey.

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  3. Another housewife
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 12:42:54

    Thinking that a housewife with little actual experience in anything other than PTA and junior high cat fights (does she have MOTHERING experience? Successful?) can go off and lead a nation is like saying someone who never took a class in anatomy can be a doctor and do an appendectomy by winging it.

    There are better filters for midwife practices and restaurant licenses than there are for public servants. What were we thinking in even letting her go to Juneau? If Frank Murkowski hadn’t been such a perfect storm of a horses behind, she’d have never made it out of Wasilla.

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  4. Another housewife
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 12:50:50

    Hate takes energy: if the person you hate goes away, you run after them and make sure they know you hate them. I dislike the former governor; if she left the political stage, I’d not run after her, but instead focus on what I hope would be intelligent dialog in front of me and forget about her.

    It’s like with mosquitoes. If they leave me alone, I ignore them and I’m ok with that. If they come around me, I swot at them. I don’t dislike them unless they are there.

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    • Syrin
      Nov 27, 2010 @ 13:11:59

      Thank you for your comments… Welcome
      The problem is that Sarah (the problem) has not gone away! I don’t have to run after her, she runs for the attention. She’s as ill -prepared now as she was in 1996! Ethics and accountability are standards to live by, especially in the public sector.. Sarah Palin served selfishly for 24 months in a position she quit to further her self enriching opportunities. She does not deserve to carry that title in any variation! Just my opinion 🙂

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  5. Xenon
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 13:56:00

    Okay Sarah, I won’t hate you because you’re stupid, there are plenty of other reasons to despise every bone in that vapid little body of yours.

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  6. WakeUpAmerica
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 14:30:53

    What I “hate” is the damage she has done and continues to do to her children. It’s disgusting and abusive.

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  7. Nhrtuvdxi
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 14:31:47

    Me, too!…to all the comments above. That woman stirs mega anxiety for me.
    I have/am “P.I.S.T.” = Palin Induced Stress & Trauma

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  8. Julie Brown
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 19:58:35

    Palin using the word haters to describe anyone who disagrees with her is getting old. I personally do not hate Palin, but I do dislike her very bad influence on a large (and deluded) sector of the American people. The way she portrays herself is a complete lie. What I don’t understand is how she is still able to fool so many people into buying into her false persona. I’m thankful that you and other bloggers are getting the word out on what is really going on.

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  9. Alaska
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 20:01:33

    I respectfully disagree that confusing North and South Korea is an easy mistake. That’s no insignificant piece of academic minutiae!
    The Korean Conflict is both a pivotal moment in history and a continuation of both World War II and the Cold War.
    At its most basic, it’s as simple as this: North Korea = Soviet Union. Why ‘North’? Because North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) borders People’s Republic of China and the previous United Soviet Socialist Republic. Japan is directly south. If that’s all you know, it is enough to have a conversation.
    It’s unconscionable that someone who fancies themselves a national/world leader with meaningful insight to global affairs, and seeks to put herself in front of audiences, would make such statements.
    Considering the way she styles herself knowledgeable about the Cold War, it’s even more insultingly arrogant that she wouldn’t know basic facts.
    And no, Joe Biden wouldn’t make this “gaffe”. Neither would his wife, Jill.
    What’s even more bizarre is the fact that her family were career employees of the factory that produced the atomic bombs dropped on Japanese cities and still live in Richland, Washington, in the factory-provided housing deeded to them.
    And who does she think she’s speaking to? Does she truly believe us all to know less than she does?!
    Let’s get clear. Wasilla is what she knows. She doesn’t even know Dillingham much. I don’t believe she had ever been there in the winter time, before she was governor. But even bush Alaska village high school students are taught Western Civ. and have some familiarity with Korea. She seems to have no barometer for knowing what education and experiences her fellow Alaskans and American citizens have. She doesn’t travel. She doesn’t read. She doesn’t expose herself to anyone outside of her Wasilla circle. Her adult friends are the same group of high school girls.
    Apparently her handlers believe us all to be ignorant bumpkins as well. What an insult.

    Considering the events, it’s hard to confuse the two:

    World War II
    Remember, Japan bombed the American fleet and allies in the Pacific Theatre, Pearl Harbor. The U.S. bombed Tokyo in March and May 1945, and then Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August.
    Based on a pre-arranged agreement between the US and the Soviets, USSR formally declared war against Japan on August 9th, 1945. By the end of the next day, the Red Army occupied the northern part of the Korean peninsula, moving on to halt at the 38th parallel (the line of demarcation between North and South Koreas) on August 26th to wait three weeks for US forces from the south (Japan).
    Japan surrendered. Japan had ruled Korea since 1910; obviously Korea went with the surrender. American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th Parallel; the Soviet Union accepting the surrender of Japanese weaponry north of the 38th parallel and the United States taking the surrender south of it.
    The demarcation zone improved the Soviet negotiating position regarding the occupation zones in Eastern Europe and each superpower country would accept Japanese surrender where they stood.

    This minor decision by allied armies soon became the basis for the division of Korea by the two superpowers, exacerbated by their inability to agree on the terms of Korean independence. The two Cold War rivals then established governments sympathetic to their own ideologies, leading to Korea’s current division into the two existing political entities: North Korea and South Korea.

    Extra
    Explaining why the occupation zone demarcation was positioned at the 38th parallel, Colonel Dean Rusk observed: “even though it was further north than could be realistically reached by US forces, in the event of Soviet disagreement … we felt it important to include the capital of Korea in the area of responsibility of American troops”, especially when “faced with the scarcity of US forces immediately available, and time and space factors, which would make it difficult to reach very far north, before Soviet troops could enter the area.”

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  10. Alaska
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 07:23:00

    The more critical learning point to all this – this person has been publicly condemned in news, by various writers and McCain campaign staff, for being ignorant on issues and unwilling to educate herself. She has been chastised for not knowing this very issue, two years ago.
    And still has the arrogance to continuously put herself out there, claiming superior intellect and insight while she gets it wrong. Again.

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    • Syrin
      Nov 28, 2010 @ 14:20:41

      And still has the arrogance to continuously put herself out there, claiming superior intellect and insight while she gets it wrong. Again.

      That’s that is a nutshell! Could not have said it better.. Thanks =)

      Reply

  11. pamj1961
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 17:31:40

    Syrin you are a republican and conservative? Did I read that right?

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    • Syrin
      Nov 29, 2010 @ 18:43:33

      Thank you Colonel for your service… I’m indeed a Conservative Republican who lives in Wasilla. I appreciate the concept on having a woman to salute. But, do you really want just ‘some’ woman? Are you willing to accept a woman (in power) that has no integrity, has no appropriateness, is completely self-serving and ignorant? Does that change the appeal at all? Yes, keep taken the cold showers, cause Palin is not YOUR gal! I assure you!

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  12. pamj1961
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 17:35:09

    Needless to say, I can’t believe she uses words such as ‘haters’… Trying to hard to stay young…..I was thinking of an exert from “A Few Good Men” where Jack Nicholson says to Tom Cruise… “I just realized something…You know it just hit me, She outranks you?” Then Tom Cruise says “Yes sir.” Jack Nicholson continues “Danny I want to tell you something… Danny a listen up ’cause I mean this: You’re the luckiest man in the world. There is,believe me gentlemen, nothing sexier on earth than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote ’em all I say…. You see my problem is, of course, that I’m a Colonel. I’ll Just have to keep taking cold showers ’til they elect some gal President.” Could this be the reason Sarah Palin is so popular?? Just saying…….

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    • Syrin
      Nov 29, 2010 @ 18:47:31

      Wouldn’t you prefer an assertive, brave, and highly intelligent woman who was not afraid to take responsibility, no matter the consequences? If so, Sarah Palin is NOT your gal!

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  13. pamj1961
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 20:23:21

    I couldn’t agree more. I am not sure what party I belong to. I grew up on an Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. I seen first hand the abuse of programs designed to help folks up. It just enables them to continue old behaviors. I also seen the benefits. I have many friends that have gone to college, got student loans like any other college aged kid. (contrary to popular belief Natives do pay for college too) I know some work, some don’t. So I guess I am on the fence as far as a party. I just know that Sarah Palin is all wrong. I feel like my 12 year brother is smarter than her. I am afraid that if she becomes president, bad things will happen. I can’t believe how popular she is. That’s why I think it has more to do with sex appeal vs intelligence.

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  14. Wasilla
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 00:23:49

    You have a really good article here, and it’s nice to see someone from her hometown saying it. I do not “hate” Sarah Palin in any way, I just believe she should not be put into any kind of powerful position. She obviously does not have any of the experience or insight that she trys to convey. I am personally disgusted when I hear her stumbling over words in her incredibly vague speeches, and I am mystified by her cult following.

    I also found this entertaining… It’s the f*ck Palin facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/FCK-Palin/144440642270383

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