Refudiate Bigotry and Ignorance!

Okay, so I’m not entirely sure what “refudiate” means (as the word doesn’t exist), but as it seems she meant repudiate, I’m pretty sure I’m using it correctly! Sarah Palin’s difficulties with the English language are of course now legendary, and a favourite subject for commedians. It is however very disturbing that some one whose native language is English can be considered a credible presidential candidate, when they have so much difficulty speaking it correctly. I am far from a perfect English speaker myself, as I learned it as an adult—I would never dare to publish my unedited text here. But Sarah clearly has no problem with doing this, and even likens herself to Shakespeare! Still, a native English speaker who is a potential president should be able to publish their unedited text—the fact that she can’t should be an embarrassment to all American conservatives. The fact that it isn’t says just as much about them as it does about her, and is deeply disturbing. In essence, they celebrate poor education, stupidity and ignorance. This isn’t about right or left—this is about right and wrong.

The other thing the far right celebrates, of course, is bigotry, which as this video says, should be getting as much attention as Sarah’s choice of words. The outrage over the building of a mosque two blocks away from “ground zero” effectively equates all Muslims with the perpetrators of September 11, as that is the only way a simple mosque can be considered “stabbing the heart” of the American heartland. Yet at the same time, they claim not to be anti-Muslim, and Palin even calls on peaceful Muslims to support her! Why should they? If they are peaceful, then there is nothing wrong with this mosque (or rather, there isn’t anything more wrong with it than any other place of religious worship).

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Daniel de Culla

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A couple of comments…

Firstly, Sarah Palin has a zero chance of becoming President. Zero. Yes, she has her adherents but they’re not that many, while an enormous amount of people see her for the ignorant populist she is. Remember, FOX News gets about 2 million viewers on average per night. That’s less than 1% of all Americans. Yes, it’s #1 in cable news, but cable news just isn’t that big. The media plays up its importance because it makes for a good story but the actual significance is relatively small. On a good day, O’Reilly’s show (FOX’s #1) will get about 3.5 million viewers, or slightly more than 1% of all Americans. Living so far away, it’s easy to think that FOX and Palin have more significance than they really do.

The second comment I had was about the Muslim mosque. A week or so ago, I had a conversation with a bunch of people about this, one of whom was Muslim here in San Diego. Her husband is from Turkey and she said that the vast majority of people in her mosque were against building this mosque so close to the former Twin Towers. They thought it was insensitive after what had happened and would cast Muslims in a negative light. I can’t speak for other Muslims, but I thought it should be mentioned.

To be honest, I didn’t think the guy on your video came off very well. Of course Palin is ignorant, no surprise there. But he came off as too strident and unprofessional, went on too long, repeated the same points over and over, acting similar to the person he was deriding. I don’t think he helped his cause much except among the people who agreed with him in the first place. He wasn’t very persuasive. His attempts at sarcastic humor just didn’t work. In the end, he was simply annoying, at least to me.

  
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I agree with the guy on the video despite his lack of vocabulary. Ok, not everybody can be as articulate as Barack Obama or John Major; I wish I can talk like them. The argument of having a mosque buildt near Ground Zero is more out of ignorance and emotion. I’m American and feel persoanlly attacked when this happened. Let’s put things in perspective and not be hateful. Oh, about Palin, I find her socially ignorant and her talent in public speaking lacking. On a scale of 1 to 10, Obama and Major are a 10, the guy on the video is a 6 and Palin is a 1.

  
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Harmon57 got his ratings just about right as there are no negative numbers in reality. My sister worked for Palin when she was mayor, and when she ran for governor. Shortly afterwards, she left the Republican Party, after being very active in it for the past 40 years, due to her disgust with Palin’s actions.
She’s nothing more than an embarrassing idiot of a hick who can see Russia if she stands on her 3rd floor toilet and looks …. If she and her supporters actually win anything, I would abandon the US, and move to Finland, Sweden, Australia or New Zealand. I haven’t thought like that since before I went to Viet Nam, twice.

  
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