the matter of Sarah Palin


I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with Sarah Palin right about now.  Is she a major force in American politics, or a sideshow freak?  The problem is I know and you know that she is never going to be nominated to a presidential run, even if she might think she’s pulling the route of Nixon post 1962 pre-1968.  But she has a following in this American Republic, and someone somewhere out there looks at that image of her signing a baby and does not cringe.  (From :53 to, oh, 1:52 of youtube: Noted Poet Laureate Sarah Palin.)

It is the audience that believes The Media is up to wantonly slander Old Glory (youtube 3:25 to 4:32… fascinating at 5:25 where the CNN news ticker alerts the “Developing Story”).:

Democracy depends on you, and that is why — that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up?”

And everybody else.:

We are facing tough challenges in America, with some seeming to just be hell-bent maybe on tearing down our nation, perpetuating some pessimism, and suggesting American apologetics, suggesting perhaps that our best days were yesterdays.

Suggesting “American Apologetics”?  (I think this is a Dictionary Moment.) 

July 4th, or probably more like the 3rd, one of those “lists” was thrown out at me — “Most Patriotic Songs“.  The wasn’t the list and has an aspect of “Counter-Programming” to it — as against the list I saw which stuck that quaint old country diddy “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, but this song includes the song I want to mention.  Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag”.  I tis an item of smaltz, and hearing this narrative I am left with this basic problem:
All very well and good, but I think your little town would be better off if you, you know, repaired the flag and put up a fresh coat of paint on your old courthouse (renovate or upgrade to a more modern one?) as opposed to throwing out Patriotic Bromides.

So.  Sarah Palin.  Do with her what you must, I suppose.  Good luck to Alaska’s new governor.

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