Mama Palin

There is an answer embedded in the question of whether or not Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. Duh. Helloooo???

If you are asking the question to begin with then the answer is not a simple no but a resounding Hail No.

Who are we kidding? Nobody cares whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. What matters to Americans is that Sarah Palin has great hair and a taut body even after birthing all those kids. That Todd, he’s sure a lucky fella. Wink.Wink. Nudge. Nudge.

Sarah Palin is the new pin-up girl for Alaska and all things American.

She’s the female version of George W. Bush.

She hasn’t read a book since Spot got ran over.

She thinks analytical is a brain disorder to be avoided.

She parents the same way she votes – in absentia.

She thinks foreign policy is a casserole dish favored by Ahmadinejad.

She likes her guns big and her government small.

She prays God’s blessing on the wars we wage.

She slams the media for being corrupt bastards.

She couldn’t write a speech but she can damn sure deliver one.

She’s a God-fearing, Mama bear, baby-making money-machine.

Mmm. Come to think of it. Mama Palin has a lot in common with that other woman that the conservatives loved so well. Oh, what’s her name? You know. The one who had all them young’uns. The one who used to be on TV all the time. Gosh. Why can’t I think of her name?

Oh. Kate. That’s right. Jon & Kate Plus 8, minus one, add back two or more lovers. Whatever happened to her anyway? Kate hasn’t been on the cover of a magazine in at least what, six weeks? In warp speed of Entertainment News (what kind of foolishness is that?) six weeks is like 42 dog years. Kate’s 15 minutes of fame is all burned out. She better get back to school and update that nursing degree; she’s going to need the paycheck soon. Eight kids eat a lot of groceries.

If Mama Palin can manage to keep the Freshman 20 off and keep up the botox injections she might be in the limelight for the next six years. The American public will tolerate a lot of things – stupidity for one and loose jowls for another – but the one thing that sure as shooting will keep Hollywood from calling and Americans from electing a woman president is a big arse.

We don’t care if our leaders are dumb as a wild turkey as long as they are easy on the eyes.

The question isn’t whether Mama Palin is qualified. The question is will she be able to fight off the paunch of middle-age long enough to get elected?

Perhaps the best way to keep Mama Palin out of D.C. is to open up a Krispy Kreme in Wasilla.

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • JamesW

    Uncharacteristically mean of you, Karen. I don’t know a nicer or more tactful way to say it. While I agree I wouldn’t vote for Palin, I profoundly disagree with the statements you make here. You are better than that.

    • JamesW

      Sorry, Karen. I should have said all that in private via email or FB message or something. My apologies.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        Nope. No need for apology here. This is the place for dialogue. I’m not offended.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      There is truth is them thar statements. Truth about who we are as voters. Truth about how shallow we are when it comes to the process of choosing who we are going to follow. You might not like it, you might consider it too honest, but there’s truth to how we deem women worthy in this society.

      • JamesW

        Karen, I disagree with how you say it. “She thinks foreign policy is a casserole dish favored by Ahmadinejad.” Where’s the truth in that? It’s nothing but an insult. And I fail to see how it’s any different from something Ann Coulter or Rush or Beck would speak about some candidate or former governor they disagree with. In fact, it’s exactly the same.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          You left Palin out of that list and I think corrupt bastards is pretty strong semantics.

          • Karen Spears Zacharias

            Besides, there is truth in it — she did think she could see Russia from Alaska. We writers just look for new images to restate the obvious.

          • JamesW

            Don’t suppose we’re gonna resolve our differences on this one. I’m simply saddened by stuff like this, no matter who it’s about. I think the more we as a nation engage in these kinds of insults, the worse off we all are. The fact that some or all of the statements may point to truth doesn’t change that. Going to bed now, because I doubt either of us is going to convince the other on this one.

  • Kyle

    I don’t think this is really fair.
    Not that I’m a fan of Sarah Palin.
    It just seems like there is a little too much passion in this post and not enough support. I wouldn’t label her stupid as she’s been able to generate much more publicity, support, and income than I have.
    However, you are so right about America redefining its definition of “Qualified” to a shallow one based on looks, charisma, and popularity. After all, Obama didn’t enter the White House with a very heavy resume, but he could give a speech!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      For support head over to YouTube and google any segement with Palin. Please feel free to find any example where Palin provides substantive analysis or policy and share it with us. Then your refudiation of this post will be taken seriously.
      But since when did cashing in on popularity equal intelligence? Kim Kardashian and Anna Nicole Smith would all qualify as intelligent if I applied your standards.

      • JamesW

        Karen, I don’t think a lot of people will argue that she’s intelligence. Kyle was saying she’s not as stupid as she’s built up to be. Then again, neither were Bush 43 nor Quayle. But if enough people repeat it over and over, then perception becomes reality. At any rate, there’s a lot of room between “not stupid” and “able to provide substantive analysis”.

        • JamesW

          “that she’s intelligence”. Sheesh. I need to stop typing to late.

          • JamesW

            “to late” = “so late”
            Good grief!

        • PastorM

          Ask over and over again that the President may be a Muslim, and the perception becomes reality–seems the same to me.

  • Janet Oberholtzer

    Oh Karen, this is funny! Yes, maybe a little over the top with insults … but accurate.

    I’ve said many of the same things (though not as clever as you wrote them) and some of my friends look at me like I am crazy and/or unchristian. They wonder how I can’t help but love her. And then, of course, they throw a verse grenade saying surely God has put her in politics for “such a time as this.”

    And I like this thought in one of your comments “But since when did cashing in on popularity equal intelligence? Kim Kardashian and Anna Nicole Smith would all qualify as intelligent if I applied your standards.”

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      What would God do if not for Entertainment Tonight to help him do his will?

  • Joel

    Spot got run over? Oh my God!!! Personally, I love this post. A veritable masterpiece of wordsmithing and snark, I think you nailed the situtation dead on. Let it rip, girl!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thanks, Joel. Glad you could see past all my frailities to my strengths of wordsmithing and snarkiness … or are those my weaknesses? I can never keep those two things straight.

  • Vasca

    Surprised/disappointed to read this post on your blog.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Vasca: Hate disappointing you but hate even more the idol worship of all things Palin.

      • JamesW

        is there not a middle ground between worshipping Palin and belittling her? Does the worship by some make it OK to write what you wrote?

  • EmilyTimbol

    I’m really disappointed in this too.

    You didn’t make any lipstick/pit bull jokes. :(

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Emily: We writers try to stay away from the predictable.

      • kevin s.

        Um… This post was an exercise in the predictable.

  • Cassie

    Karen, I gotta say this is over the top. It’s just plain mean. This lady has been bashed way more than she could have ever deserved. There are people I don’t like in politics (never cared for Obama for example) but I wouldn’t post mean things about them. There really is no purpose in it. I am a golden rule kind of gal. I wouldn’t want people saying hurtful things like this about me so I don’t say them about others. Would I vote for this lady to be my president? Probably not. Although she couldn’t be much worse than some of the others we’ve had. She may be very down to earth, but she’s no dummy or she wouldn’t be where she is.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Mmm..When’s the last time you tuned into Sarah Palin’s commentary on FoxNews, or her comments on Twitter? Her FB accounts? Because if there is one thing Sarah Palin has down pat it is snarkiness. Have you refudiated her about her ugly ways?
      RE: Your comment that she’s no dummy. Again, how is it that we come to associate intelligence with a person’s ability to make money and land a reality TV show gig?
      Because if that’s the case then by golly Paris Hilton is a flippin genius and Kim Kardashian ought to be Chair of the NYSE. Maybe we could appoint the Housewives of Atlanta to run the country. Let’s make Snooki Speaker of the House.
      Good grief.

      • Mark

        Wait, I though Snooki’s dad already WAS in line to be next speaker of the house. Those 2 oranges must have fallen from the same tree.

      • Lived in Wien!

        Just because Sarah Palin is snarky, doesn’t mean that you need to be snarky about her.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Sarah Palin is snarky?

  • Gary

    Karen, who peed in your Corn Flakes today?
    This is funny stuff! I’m just glad that McCain didn’t win the election in 2008 because we’d all be seeing a whole lot of this “VPILF” going around on the Internet.
    My 2 personal favorite remarks = She likes her guns big and her government small. She’s a God-fearing, Mama bear, baby-making money-machine.
    You are too funny!
    Everybody, take a deep breath…Sara can handle this vicious attack. LMBO!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Who peed in my Corn Flakes? Hilarious, Gary. Actually wrote this last night, though. And no, I didn’t watch the reality show.

  • Mary Cooke

    Nothing like something Palin to up all the comments here! While I agree with you totally, lately I have been railing against people who bully others – what I see on Fox news and even on MSNBC – as I feel that it sets a tone that goes down to the youth of today. It starts at the top. Better to ignore her.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I think that “ignore them” advice has proven to be bad for both bullies and renegades.

      • Mary Cooke

        I thought of this afterwards also. I don’t have to watch her reality show but we do have to speak up when she says wrong things. I am glad right now that a lot of good folks are standing up to Beck and his inane comments about George Soros. This shoot from the hip mentality is so hard for those of us who try to take time to get it right.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Yes. I agree. I think speaking up is the right thing to do. We don’t do it enough. We are far too passive. Evil is done when good men/women do nothing, too.

  • Sophie

    I think this is a fantastic post. I think you pretty much called it like you see it and did so with a very sarcastic adn wry humor and I appreicate that.

    I’m appalled personally that Palin would *ever* be considered for a political post based on one thing: she’s flat-out stupid.

    I don’t like her politics or her religious views, but that is not what offends me. I am offended by her lack of intellectual acumen. I think there ought to be a base line intelligence test for anyone who wants to run for president, something along the lines of “you gotta be this tall to ride this ride” type thing.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Maybe we could develop a SAT for presidential candidates. I like that idea.

  • The Old Sponsor

    I’ve learned two things from these posts: 1)the appreciation of satire apparently is dying; and, 2)more people are willing to let it be known that they condemn satire than let it be known that they condemn poverty or that they appreciate and honor the sacrifices of our service community. For good reason did an inspired man liken such sophistry “to whitewashed sepulchres.”

    • Gary

      Indeed! Satire is a dying art and it truly is under-appreciated!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Old Sponsor: You are soooo biased. This is like having Todd defend Sarah. Geeish.

  • AF Roger

    When my home state’s late poet laureate John G. Neihardt decided to write the story of Black Elk and his life that spanned the American Civil War to the candidacy of Dwight Eisenhower, he found through Black Elk’s son’s English translations of his father’s words that the Lakota had no term for gold, as in Black Hills Gold. It was a useseless substance to Lakotas. Couldn’t eat it, hunt with it, make clothing of it or make shelter out of it. So the Lakota elder did the only thing he could, he gave it a descriptive name based on what he saw it doing to the Wasichus (white people) who came and took the bison, the sacred Black Hills and just damned near everything else: THE YELLOW METAL THAT THEY WORSHIP AND THAT MAKES THEM CRAZY.

    Whether it’s the commoditization and nakedness of Madonna (remember?), the racism of Hitler, the shallowness of Palin, the smugness of Dick Cheney, or the inexperience of Obama, my observation is the same: these things should completely fail and disappear for lack of an audience. The fact that they don’t is a commentary about whom? Are we worshiping something that makes us crazy?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      It appears that we are a sorry lot.

      • AF Roger

        Well, we are what we eat. The most powerful and indisputable votes we cast are the ones marked by how we spend our time and money.

    • tom

      I am a supporter of President Obama, but I do wonder whether his inexperience has been a major liability. I look back on modern presidents, and we do have a bent towards people without much of a track record. It seems as though anyone with a record (especially a voting record) to be examined cannot pass media scrutiny. Too many compromises, too many unpopular votes. There’s a reason we keep electing Governors with no national experience: it’s considered a feature, not a flaw.

      With former half-term Governor Palin’s extreme lack of a record (and her bathing suit pictures), I think she just may be a shoo-in.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        Yes, Tom, I agree. She may very well be a shoo-in with those bathing suit photos.

  • John in PDX

    I think Fox, PBS & CNN are just entertainment. I would like to lean toward the Tea Party movement.
    One thing that I would have to say about Fox. They have been asking each new Tea Party person what is the first thing they are going to cut out of the budget. I have not heard one of them reply about a specific item. Sounds like more of the same thing we got going on now.
    Was it Obama who said that he was going to stop ear marks? How does Charlie Rangel get re-elected with 80% of the vote?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      All good questions, John. I think the news shows ought to be asking that question — What are you willing to sacrifice in the budgetary process?

      I wish Fox, CNN, MSNBC and news shows would report news, the olf-fashioned way.

      How did Charlie Rangel get re-elected?
      What is wrong with the American public?
      Somebody needs to slap us upside the head.

      • John in PDX

        40-67,000 TSA employees. Mica even admits his bill was a mistake.
        Welfare for non US citizens.
        The road project in Scappoose because the railroad tracks are 4″ too high.
        Reduction in travel expenses for congress, the senate and the President.
        Don’t get me started. I don’t have enough time.

  • AF Roger

    John: I’ll believe the Tea Party folks when they have the wits to say out loud (and sacrifice future re-election to it) that we can’t fight wars unless we pay for them up front out of our pockets or by cutting everything else our federal and state governments do and when I can go to their houses and NOT find all their new furniture, clothes and appliances made in China. Until then, they’re just like the rest of us 300 million hypocrites.

  • Karen Spears Zacharias

    The next person to complain to me that I am being mean ought to read this Twitter post that Sarah Palin just sent to Cindy McCain:

    RT @SarahPainUSA: @CindyhM1 really did the most 4 #NoH8 b/ teachin these faggots DESPAIR! It’s all high tech gloss w/ #itgetsbetter ads, BUT IT DOESN’T!!!

    Faggots, Sarah? Really.That’s a new low even for you.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Opps. Looks like somebody hacked SP site and posted this for her.

      Bogus post.

      • JamesW

        I strongly suspected she wouldn’t do that.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Nope. It’s a bogus post from @SarahPainUSA

    • JamesW

      Sorry, not buying that line of reasoning, Karen. If she said that, it’s reprehensible and indefensible. Doesn’t make it OK to be mean right back. Whether she deserves ridicule was never the point. The point I was making is that returning harsh snarky talk with harsh snarky talk is bringing us down as a culture.

      You’re better than that. Olbermann is not. Palin is not. Maher is not. Rush is not. But you are.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        Oh, pleaseee, James. This is satire, nothing more, nothing less. Read more Twain.
        And good grief, nobody is more snarky than those ESPN commentators.

        • Adam

          Funny, when I first read this (in response to someone’s post about it being satire) my first thought was “If this woman thinks this is satire, she needs to read more Twain.” This isn’t satire, it’s playground name calling. I’m not a Palin supporter, for many reasons, but your ongoing commentary shows that you just have a personal vendetta against her. Even though some of the points you made about the nebbish nature of the American voting public are valid, there’s a difference between being witty, and sticking your thumbs in your ears and sticking your tongue out. James has a valid point – name calling, though as old as politics itself – does nothing to help any situation. It only serves to help certain people get elected for the wrong reasons.

          • Karen Spears Zacharias

            I think Twain would have stood up and applauded. But then that’s just me.

  • Ken Summerlin

    “Who’d a thunk” this post would have elicited such a barrage of comments? I thought it was hilarious and “spot-on”. In addition to the apt characterization of Palin, I think you did a pretty good job of nailing Kate Gosslin, too.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ken: You Snarky Southerner.

  • JM

    I’m no fan of Palin (I watched about 5 mins of her Alaska show this past weekend before I had to change the channel) and I don’t think she’s at all qualified to be President…

    That being said, this post was very catty and the attempted humor seems merely a thin veil for airing out hostility and insult. Satire and sarcasm walk a fine line, but in the end I just don’t see this honoring God or adding to intelligent dialogue.

    But your blog will likely get a rise in hits as a result, and as the shock-jocks constantly prove, ratings are driven by extremist posturing.

    I’m curious, would you say all this sitting across from Palin at the communion table…?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Perhaps a better question is would Miz Palin refer to me as a corrupt bastard at a communion table?

      You don’t know me but I’m a pretty funny girl. I’ve got great wit, which I’ve employed aptly here. No hostility or hatred. Just fed up with the idol worship and realistic about the very real possiblity that this woman who isn’t the least bit qualified to be president may be our first American Idol president.

      I don’t write for “hits” and if you think that you really don’t have a clue about me.

      Moreover, I’m wondering where all this passion was last week when I was writing about war widows? How come everybody wasn’t rising up in defense of those gals the way you all are rising up in defense of Miz Palin, who btw, hardly needs defending.

      I believe it was James who said true religion is caring for the widows and children… and if that’s the case… yeah, I’m prefectly fine sitting down at the communion table and having this discussion with Miz Palin because say what you will about my snarkiness the reality is Sarah Palin is an idol of the Religious Right.

      Y’all just are upset because I called you all out on that idol worship.

      When you all start publicilly defending the war widows and children the way you all do Miz Palin, I’ll pay more attention to your criticisms.

      • Vasca

        Karen, I don’t worship Palin…I don’t worship any so-called idol or anything else. I do adore and worship God and try my best to please Him.

        I read your blog…I read all your posts about widows and children and I was touched…I wrote on my blog about wars, vets and their families. Thankfully, my hero came home to me and our four young sons. We went through a couple of wars, plus many other very long and dangerous assignments. My heart aches for all whose who suffered such great losses; all of us paid a price for our freedoms.

        Bitterness doesn’t help; at least it doesn’t help me. I have sense enough to sort out good from bad…listening and reading helps a lot.

        I’m just surprised at the viciousness…from anyone!

        • Karen Spears Zacharias


          If you don’t worship Palin, if you don’t feel the need to defend her, then the above statement I made does not apply to you.

          You may have the good sense to sort out the good from the bad but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary that others don’t. Miz Palin isn’t the only person failing to read anything of substance.

          I’m not bitter. Nope. Just frank. There’s a difference and I know it.

          And if you want vicious, you ought to listen to Sarah Palin’s rants.

          I’m glad your husband came home. I wish it were true what you say about “all of us paid a price for our freedoms.”

          Sadly that is so not the case. Only one-half of one percent of the population serves in today’s military. A very small number are paying the price of this so-called freedom that we are so keen on touting.

      • Steve Taylor

        Yep, and of course a real nice Vets Day gift was the Bowles-Simpson proposal which if enacted will have Vets paying co-pays for medical care around non-service related issues. I certainly find that comforting remembering that it only took decades to name health issues from Agent Orange as “service-related.”

  • Vasca

    By the way, my hero warrior put in 32 yrs in the military…he’s a keeper.

    I’m not upset or defending Ms Palin..simply surprised.

  • jaz

    The way I read it, the point of Karen’s post was less about Ms. Palin herself and more about our unhealthy obsession with wealth, physical beauty, and celebrity.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ahhh the voice of reason rises from Charleston.

      • Debbie

        That was the way I read it too Jaz. So I was surprised at some replies … rejoice also for freedom of speech.

  • Steve Taylor

    Good folks,

    In consideration of snarkiness, I’m thinking that perhaps we might consider a few examples:

    God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war . And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t
    stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. But God has a way of even putting nations in their place. The God that I worship has a way of saying, “Don’t play with me.” He has a way of saying, as the God of the Old Testament used to say to the Hebrews, “Don’t play with me, Israel. Don’t play with me, Babylon. Be still and know that I’m God. And if you don’t stop your reckless course, I’ll rise up and break the backbone of your power.”

    Martin Luther King, Feb. 4, 1968, Ebenezer Baptist sermon

    Listen to this, you who walk all over the weak, you who treat poor people as less than nothing, Who say, “When’s my next paycheck coming so I can go out and live it up? How long till the weekend when I can go out and have a
    good time?” Who give little and take much, and never do an honest day’s work. You exploit the poor, using them– and then, when they’re used up, you discard them. GOD swears against the arrogance of Jacob: “I’m keeping track of their every last sin.” God’s oath will shake earth’s foundations,
    dissolve the whole world into tears. God’s oath will sweep in like a river that rises, flooding houses and lands, And then recedes, leaving behind a sea of mud. “On Judgment Day, watch out!” These are the words of GOD, my Master. “I’ll turn off the sun at noon. In the middle of the day the earth
    will go black. I’ll turn your parties into funerals and make every song you sing a dirge. Everyone will walk around in rags, with sunken eyes and bald heads. Think of the worst that could happen –your only son, say, murdered. That’s a hint of Judgment Day –that and much more. “Oh yes,
    Judgment Day is coming!” These are the words of my Master GOD. “I’ll send a famine through the whole country. It won’t be food or water that’s lacking, but my Word.”

    Old Testament book of Amos, chapter 8, verses 4-11

    You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds. You’re
    hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You build granite tombs for your prophets and marble monuments for your saints. And you say that if you had lived in the days of your ancestors, no blood would have been on your hands. You protest too much! You’re cut from the same cloth
    as those murderers, and daily add to the death count. Snakes! Reptilian sneaks! Do you think you can worm your way out of this? Never have to pay the piper? It’s on account of people like you that I send prophets and wise guides and scholars generation after generation–and generation after
    generation you treat them like dirt, greeting them with lynch mobs, hounding them with abuse. You can’t squirm out of this: Every drop of righteous blood ever spilled on this earth, beginning with the blood of that good man Abel right down to the blood of Zechariah, Barachiah’s son, whom you murdered at his prayers, is on your head. All this, I’m telling you, is coming down on you, on your generation. “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Murderer of prophets! Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news! How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me. And now you’re so
    desolate, nothing but a ghost town. What is there left to say? Only this: I’m out of here soon. The next time you see me you’ll say, ‘Oh, God has blessed him! He’s come, bringing God’s rule!”

    Jesus of Nazareth, in Matthew 23:27-39

    It seems to me that when people of power readily pronounce destructive mythologies, promote nano-second attention spans, encourage media driven pablumic pedagogy, and embrace intentional corporate disinformation in order to preclude serious discourse to honest and important questions, their commentary surely earns the contempt of prophetic proclamation. Apparently, others along the way have thought so too.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Said it much better than I did, Steve, as usual. Though I had a lot fun coming up with those zingers.Thinking about leaving this propehtic role and writing gig and trading it in for a stand-up routine.

      • Steve Taylor

        Probably why Jesus hung out with the winos and fishermen. Jokes were much better.

  • Debbie

    I think so too Steve.

  • AF Roger

    As usual, Steve has crafted an excellent piece for us. On the other end of the scale, here’s a succinct gem from my hero Joseph Sittler that seems on the mark today:

    “Much of Israel’s history in the Old Testament could be summed up in the words: ‘So God gave the people what they wanted, and He made them sick of it.'”

    Brief enough to be a tweet. Are we sick yet?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      hahahahaha. Love this Roger. But only in a wit way. In truth, it is so, so, so sad that we seek after everything BUT God.

  • Ted M. Gossard

    You make a most valid point here, Karen, as only you can. I don’t have the gift to do that. Maybe I’m too “nice”, but if we don’t seek to tell the truth we help no one. And satire can get it across better sometimes.

    I (and I’m sure it’s we) do hope the best for Sarah Palin and her family, but for me at this point, it is certainly not a residence in the White House.

  • Holly

    The one thing that turned me away from being a “right winger” politically was the snarkiness and unkindness and outright mean-ness that I saw from our “spokespeople.” (Rush, Laura I, Ann Coulter, popular bloggers.) I finally saw how ungodlike our comments and our views and our treatments of people who are not like us were.

    Honestly? I’m sad to see it here. It’s a little painful. So what if it’s satire – should you employ it? The same points can be made in a straightforward way, without being mean.

    The thing is – satire and sarcasm sure do feel great when they are used. That zinger gives such a sense of satisfaction. I know, for I have always loved to find just the perfect one that would cut people down to a very small size and show my wonderful wit. Problem is – I never could truly defend it as God honoring.

    It’s your blog, Karen, and you can say what you want. I like you and respect you, I really do. I’m in process of coming out of my right wing shell – I’m trying to learn from and hear the “other side,” or at least the middle view. Is this what it is? ‘Cuz if so – well, I’m sad. Somehow, I expected more.

    p.s. The zingers concerning the amount of children Sarah and Kate have are really troubling. Many women have large families. I do.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      The comments are about the size of the family, Holly — I have four kids myself & while that’s not a large family, it’s more than the 2 I’m alotted — The comments are in reference to the way in which those kids are cared for — in absentia. Any mother knows you cannot do what Sarah Palin does and PARENT five children. And Kate Gosselin doesn’t win Mother of the Year simply for her ability to PRODUCE 8 kids.

      • Holly

        I hear you, friend. It wasn’t the “inabsentia” comment – I can see that point. It was the “baby making machine” comment.

        Anyway – Not really wanting to pick at you, just…chatting.

        I can find lots to caricature from the right, myself. I grew up “there” and have spent almost 40 years “there.” I’m trying to NOT do that, and it is difficult. I find myself trying to communicate (in real life) like a adult, and gosh, it’s hard sometimes. :) It’s difficult to speak one’s mind, to be an interesting person with real opinions and valid thoughts, and to have a very sarcastic personality, AND to love writing or communicating, and to not regularly give in to what wants to come out of my snide little head. :) I catch myself all of the time, saying, “Am I speaking against an ideology/philosphy, or a person?” If it’s a person, am I respecting them as such? Am I, to use the popular phrase these days, “one-anothering” them?

        It can be such a bummer…

        Regardless – all the best. Going back to lurkdom. :)

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Well thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. I don’t always get the balance right but I understand the tension.

  • Alex

    …………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. O.K. now on to the next post.

  • Lionel Mandrake

    This is one ugly post.

  • Steve Roe

    I’m new to this post. I back off from the Palin comments simply because I haven’ done the homework on her i.e. specific stances on Israel/Palestine issues, poverty issues, human rights issues etc. Tons of people have tons to say without giving some clear examples. Call it lack of time, lack of interest, whatever, I can’t back up personal opinion w/o some facts to stand on. So, anyone got some specifics that are free of passion?

    • Steve Roe

      Karen, I did check out the Youtube bites but it is very difficult to find substance there. Find one video that is not pro Palin and there will be scores of 30 to 45 second bites of the same bs. I’m not pro Palin here, but how about some other direction of double checking facts other than Youtube.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        Yes. Feel free. Read her books. She’s got two out now. Search her FB posts — as far as I’m aware she doesn’t write commentary. She’s never had a policy piece published in the NYT USATODAY, WashPost, CNN or any other national media outlet. There are plenty of puff feature pieces on her. But she doesn’t do interviews any more except through FOX so, it’s true what you say — difficult to find any place of substance where she is saying anything worthy of analysis.

        • Steve Roe


          Great! Thank you for the directions. And, for the challenging read!

  • Robert Neville

    “In search of God’s poetry and presence” Right. Sarah Palin is an easy target and your little jabs don’t seem all that clever. Personally, I wouldn’t vote for her for President. Your rant tells me much more about you and practically nothing about her. Maybe you didn’t get enough attention when you were younger.

  • Duane

    Karen, if you are right about the voting public, you dash all hope for Hillary Clinton.

  • Alison

    Karen–Many thanks for the satire. I appreciated your saying what very few people have the courage to actually say out loud (even if they think it) about what they think of Sarah Palin. This was hilarious!