I know some people don’t like it when I call people stupid, but if Sarah Palin isn’t stupid then we might as well erase the word from the English language and pretend that everyone is really, really smart. She alternated the factual but irrelevant with the highly dishonest and the outright moronic in an appearance on the Hannity show.
“Anyone who carries the common-sense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes, he harkens back to the era of the tsars, [and] he wants that Russian empire to grow again, he wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them,” Palin said.
Yes, that much is true. Putin is a Russian nationalist who wants to expand his sphere of influences and has strategic and financial interests in the former Soviet republics on his border. Which is exactly why that prediction she is now using to claim her status as prophet was hardly a stretch. He’d already invaded Georgia and Russia’s most important naval base is in Crimea, so anyone could have predicted that if the opportunity arose he would make his move. And it’s also why all this talk about Obama being “weak” is irrelevant nonsense. The situation has virtually nothing to do with us.
The Ukraine crisis also proved her right on the need for more domestic oil production, Palin said.
“I’m right when I talk about that inherent link between energy and security, energy and prosperity, and when we don’t develop our resources and when we are not able to feed others with our resources and so many others are reliant on Russia who does develop their resources and with that wealth able to strengthen their military and their influence and power on the globe, then other nations are in trouble,” she said.
Apparently she hasn’t noticed that oil production in the United States has increased significantly under Obama, rising by almost a million barrels a day last year. In fact, we now produce more oil than we import. She has a talking point she memorized 6 years ago and has ignored reality ever since.
The reality TV show star mocked the concerns of protesters arrested Monday afternoon and others who fear potential environmental catastrophe if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built across central north America.“That building of pipelines is an example of developing natural resources and what they can provide to a region and here today, wasn’t it in Washington, D.C., we had all these protesters against the Keystone pipeline,” Palin said. “Look, America needs pipelines, just like the other parts of the globe that we were just talking about need their pipelines, we need ours, and those protesters griping about — oh, I don’t know, perhaps an earthworm will be displaced when a pipeline is built in America. That earthworm, it can take one for the team.”
Oh, of course. It’s just an earthworm, a single earthworm. It’s not the massive risk of leaks that are far more dangerous in the environment than regular crude oil (the first phase of the Keystone pipeline has been open about 3 years and has already leaked more than 30 times, despite TransCanada’s lies about it being state-of-the-art and virtually leakproof). It’s not the fact that extracting tar sands oil uses massive amounts of clean water and makes it unusable, or that it takes large amounts of energy to extract it, or that it releases far more greenhouse gasses, heavy metals and other forms of pollution during extraction, refinement and use. No, it’s just one lonely earthworm.
Palin also expressed her admiration for the Russian leader and the masculine self-image he projects in comparison to President Barack Obama.
“Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness,” she said. “Lookit: People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil, they look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. We are not exercising that peace through strength that only can be brought to you courtesy of that red, white, and blue that only the strength of the United States military can do.”
See, this is exactly what I was talking about the other day. The American right admires Putin. They want to gush over how manly and strong he is while simultaneously calling him a tyrant. That’s where all this “wrestles bears” bullshit comes from. Like Putin, the American right only has one definition of masculinity and that’s the tendency to be authoritarian and violent.
If Putin were an American politician, he would be a wildly popular conservative. He hates all the right people, strikes the macho pose whenever possible, advocates for theocratic government and is a hyper-nationalist. He’d fit in perfectly.