Dispatch From Toon Town

Yesterday, in a comment, regular detractor “galoob” proclaimed his political stance: he’s a moderate. And then he had this to say about Sarah Palin:

It’s hard to know what Palin stands for, what she says are mostly inanities, but her record from Wasilla was one of trying to ban books from the town library. She wants to outlaw abortion, which would create a huge new class of criminals. She is against freedom of religion, as she opposes the right of Muslims to build mosques where they wish. She is also a standard neocon warmonger on Iran. Wars are an imposition on freedom, as they have to be paid for.

Wow. That’s a perfect summation of what you know about Sarah Palin — if all you ever listened to were her detractors. It’s so full of wrong, it provides a brilliant insight into the mentality.

“..what she says are mostly inanities.”

True enough. It’s almost like she’s experienced having her words taken and twisted and distorted and used against her time and time and time again, and she chooses her words carefully to avoid giving her enemies any more ammunition.

“…her record from Wasilla was one of trying to ban books from the town library.”

Palin addressed this in her book. When she first became mayor, she knew that one of the bigger issues small towns face is pushes to remove books from public libraries. So, to brace herself should it arise, she asked the city librarian for the official policy on handling such challenges. Palin didn’t cite a single book she wanted removed, didn’t suggest a course of action or policy, just inquired how things stood at that moment.

Yes, there are lists of books Palin allegedly wanted removed from the library. Most of them include at least some books published after Palin left office.

“She wants to outlaw abortion, which would create a huge class of criminals.”

Palin is pro-life. She makes no bones about saying that. She, like nearly all pro-lifers, thinks abortion is the killing of a human being — as innocent and helpless as a human being can be. It’s an entirely consistent and ethically defensible position. It’s not one I share, but I respect it.

But at no point in her political career has she taken a single action to put her personal beliefs into law. While governor, she proposed no legislation on restricting abortions. She did not direct any state official or agency to work against abortion. She would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, but so would I — it’s one of the worst-reasoned Supreme Court verdicts ever, and I believe the matter should be strictly for the states to decide.

“She is against freedom of religion, as she opposes the right of Muslims to build mosques where they wish.”

I don’t recall Palin ever calling for the government to intervene and block the Ground Zero mosque. (Oh, I’m sorry — “community center with a mosque that is just coincidentally two blocks from Ground Zero, in a building damaged in the 9/11 attacks, and scheduled for groundbreaking on the 10th anniversary of the attack.” galoob’s forgotten his “it’s not a mosque, it’s a community center!” talking point.) She’s denounced it and noted that it represents a gross display of insensitivity and arrogance on the behalf of the backers, but that’s her prerogative as a private citizen to state her opposition to the project.

“She is also a standard neocon warmonger on Iran. Wars are an imposition on freedom, as they have to be paid for.”

Yup, wars have to be paid for. Wars are expensive. Wars cost a lot of money, that isn’t being spent in other areas.

But think about that for a moment. How is the money spent? Well, military hardware, which tends to get blown up. The hardware comes from, mostly, American companies, which employ American workers to take parts and material bought from other American companies and turn them into the tools of war. War tends to be good for the economy — it drives up domestic spending.

No, the real cost of war that galoob isn’t so concerned about is the human cost. It’s the dead and wounded and permanently changed who pay the highest price of wars — those, and those that love them and care for them.

Such as Sarah Palin, whose son served in Iraq. Sarah Palin, who as governor visited Alaskan National Guard troops serving in the Middle East. I daresay she is fully aware of the highest costs of war.

As far as Iran… here is a nation that is technically at war with the US, has waged wars of aggression (both directly and indirectly), sponsored terrorism around the world, co-dominates Lebanon in its proxy fighting with Israel (along with Syria), kills Americans in Iraq, and is getting closer and closer to acquiring nuclear weapons. We SHOULD be worried — greatly worried — about Iran, who sits on the gateway to the Persian Gulf, through which the majority of the world’s oil supply flows. And they should be worried about how far they can push us and the rest of the world.

Oh, galoob. The only thing “moderate” about you is how much thought you give matters, instead preferring to subcontract your own thinking to the blithering, hate-filled, lying liars of the left. You moderate your own due diligence and just cheerfully swallow and regurgitate their talking points, then pat yourself on the back for your “reason.”

Thanks for reminding us of just how poorly those talking points stand up to the slightest bit of critical reasoning and analysis. Reality is inimical to your fantasy world.

There’s a whole ‘nother point I had in mind when I started, but by the time I was done, it wouldn’t fit. I’m saving that one for later.

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