Sarah Palin put her brand of patriotism on full display on 9/11. Apparently to Palin patriotism means betraying America’s basic constitutional rights, while betraying our commander in chief, and holding a benefit for Sarah Palin Inc., not the victims or families of 9/11. Could it be any more obvious why Palin is a danger to our freedoms?
Here is video of Palin addressing the Wasilla 9/11 rally via the Alaska Dispatch:
Palin started off the day by saying, “We must commit to never allowing it to happen again, and it does matter to those families who lost loved ones to know that even up here in Alaska, we will take the time to honor the sacrifices that were made that day, and of course to always honor and appreciate our military.”
At the Wasilla event Palin remembered the dead of 9/11 by attacking the media and the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, “”The mainstream media has obviously a biased agenda against common-sense conservatives. That’s no secret. And we just happen to represent a lot of common-sense conservatives. And they just don’t like it. So they make things up.” Please keep in mind that this is a woman who draws a check from Fox News complaining about media bias, and, “making things up.”
Palin continued her self serving and completely unrelated to 9/11 attack on the media, which she is also a member of later that night by saying, “Let me tell you, folks, it’s a brutal, leftist-dominated lamestream media world out there.” By leftist dominated, Palin is obviously referring to the fact that the top cable news, network and top 3 radio talk shows are all conservative.
Lest you think that the Palin/Beck kegger had nothing to do with 9/11, Palin took the time to put her patriotism on full display by attacking President Barack Obama with the insinuation that Obama is making America less safe by being less vigilant on terrorism, “It starts from the top,” she said. “Those who kind of set the tone in our country that would lead us towards a complacency that is very, very, very dangerous. I fear that is why we are seeing the patterns we’re seeing right now, especially over the last 20 months.”
To be fair, Palin and Beck did talk about what they felt on September 11, 2001, but Palin spent most of her time being coy about 2012, and rambling about American exceptionalism and warning about socialism, “This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies.” For his part, Beck did his usual the fate of this country is on the line, the end is near shtick that has made him a very, very wealthy man.
To an authoritarian theocrat like Sarah Palin 9/11 is nothing more than a chance to attack our constitutional freedoms, and bash the man who is leading this nation in the war on terror. We all knew that Sarah Palin hates America, but she loves capitalism. She mouthed the talking point about remembering the victims of 9/11, but she wouldn’t do anything for the victims or their families. If Palin really was a patriot, she would have not only not attacked Obama on 9/11, but made sure that all of the proceeds from her 9/11 house party went to the victims or 9/11 families. The fact that Palin kept the cash, and Beck donated his to a non-9/11 charity demonstrated just how little these two hucksters really care.
The anniversary of September 11 should not be about anything other than remembering the terrible events of that day, and contrary to what Palin thinks, 9/11 is not about the military. We already have a holiday for that. It is called Memorial Day. By trying to tie the military into 9/11, Palin engaged in a revisionist bit of history that justifies the notion of preemptive war by linking it to 9/11. Sarah Palin presents a bigger danger to our freedoms than Osama Bin Laden ever could. Bin Laden can only spread fear. It is the reaction to that fear, as embodied in people like Palin, which places our very freedoms in danger. This is one lesson that we should never forget.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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