Thursday, July 08, 2010

The "Pink Elephants"

The burning stupid that is Sarah Palin apparently "resonates" with the 10% of the population that is dumber than a box of saltines.

As GottLaff points out, "Seeing Pink Elephants" is a euphemism for drunken hallucination, caused by alcoholic hallucinosis or delirium tremens. You can't make this stuff up.

I realize that Sarah Palin will never hold elective office again, but I'm fascinated that more than 5 people can even listen to her grating accented voice ["Mawms kinda just know when somethin's wrong"] for more than a 110-second commercial, let alone are willing to shell out $20 to buy her book, and VOTE FOR HER FOR VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. A family friend was reading Palin's book over the July 4th weekend and I noted in passing that one chapter is titled "Drill, Baby, Drill"; the irony is lost as we enter day 79 of the "worst disaster on record" due to such pudding-brained ideas as drilling for oil in mile-deep water.

I hope that Sarah Palin remains active in the public forum in order to serve as a reminder and a cautionary tale. After all, almost 50 million people thought she'd be fine as president some day, and just as alarming, 100 million did not bother to vote against her. Rarely does someone with her potential for national destruction come along (George W. Bush was close), and it's dismaying that so many individuals cannot see it.

The Democratic party has similar dunderheads, but they never make it past precinct captain or, at most, US Representative. The fact that the GOP can put people like Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin and George W. Bush onto national tickets and into the Executive Branch of the United States is breathtaking. Every single major problem we have today, every negative headline, is a direct result of an executive decision made from 2001 to 2009. Sure, some of those missteps would have occurred regardless of who was president, but the pattern and breadth of economic, ecologic, military and constitutional disasters can only be explained by a recurring chain of bad decisions within government.

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