Monday, November 16, 2009

Mulling "Rogue"

With the release of Sarah Palin's new book Going Rogue, I do have some thoughts on her.

Overall, there are some things I like about her (she seems to be a small government conservative), and other things I dislike (her fundamentalist beliefs make me question how fiscally conservative she truly is, since most fundamentalists have no problem with using government to their own ends, much like liberals).

During last year's election, I found it humorous how political pundits basically classified her as a rube, while promoting a presidential candidate with even less experience than Palin. I think we would do better with the rube in the White House, since the intellectually elitist Obama has proven to be a complete failure.

But that was never the choice, which is why the Republican ticket lost. John McCain had the taint of Washington on him, as he flip-flopped and nuanced his way to a loss. While Palin made plenty of mistakes, I can't look at them and say I wouldn't have made a few of them myself. McCain's mistakes were in their subtlety, whereas Palin's mistakes were more from her brutal honesty.

One can question whether Palin is smart enough to be president, and one can question her qualifications based on specific issues, but I don't think one can disqualify her based on honesty.


William R. Barker said...

"...her fundamentalist beliefs..."

Such as...???

Serious question Ed! Sarah Palin is without question a practicing Christian seemingly of sincere faith, but as for "fundamentalist beliefs"... I'm not quite sure what you're referring to.

Please elaborate.


William R. Barker said...

"I think we would do better with the rube in the White House, since the intellectually elitist Obama has proven to be a complete failure."

If you're saying you'd rather have Palin in the White House sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office than I'm with you!

(Still... if I could snap my fingers and replace Obama with McCain I wouldn't do it. You know my reasons and they remain the same as prior to the Election. If anything, subsequent events have proven my predictions right on target. Rather than McCain destroying conservatism from within, we have Obama, Reid, and Pelosi reestablishing viable conservative strength within the GOP. We're not "there" yet, Ed, but we're making headway.)


William R. Barker said...

I DVR'ed Palin's appearance on Oprah yesterday and watched it this morning.

Palin still has a long way to go in terms of "polish," but that will come with time, practice, and coaching.

What folks need to look at is her writings.

No... I'm not referring to her book - though of course it should be read and I'll definitely be reading it; no, rather I'm referring to her Facebook postings, op-eds, and speeches given.

Ed. You know me. It's all about "being right." (Being correct.)

When you follow Palin's writings... well... she's usually correct. (Dare I say it... USUALLY RIGHT!)



EdMcGon said...

Palin is a self-professed Creationist. That would fall under the "fundamentalist" category of Christianity. ;)

if I could snap my fingers and replace Obama with McCain I wouldn't do it.

I wouldn't either, but mainly because McCain is part of the very same faction that created the mess we're in. His so-called "maverick" credentials don't fly with me.

Dare I say it... USUALLY RIGHT!
Shameless self-promotion. :P

However, I do agree she is more often right than wrong.

As for "polish", haven't we had enough well-polished idiots in the White House and Congress? "Polish" is becoming a neon sign flashing "don't vote for me"!

William R. Barker said...

"Palin is a self-professed Creationist."

Well... I'll take your word for it... but that doesn't strike me as "fundamentalism" in the POLITICAL sense.

In other words, regardless of whether she's being 100% sincere OR simply 100% stubborn (if she does in fact believe God created the Earth in Seven human measured days) in standing by "creationism," I still find this no more disturbing than most religious tenets.

TO CLARIFY... your definition of "fundamentalist beliefs" strikes me as applying to everyone who believes in the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, Moses parting the Red Sea, etc., etc.

Such a definition strikes me as rendering the very definition meaningless in any political sense.


(Do you see my point...???)

(Catholics believe they're eating the actual "flesh and blood" of Christ at Communion - NOT symbolic wafers and wine. Are all practicing Catholics fundamentalists...???)

All I know is that I believe in Santa!