You know a Sarah Palin speech when you hear it. Whether you love her or hate her, she has a very distinct speech pattern and easily recognized rhetorical habits. She usually hits on the same subject matter — the Second Amendment right, God, Obama’s corrupt administration, and foreign politics — often in a rather racially and culturally insensitive manner — but the point stands. She usually finds time somewhere in there to slip in key words about standing, fighting, freedom, not taking any crap, and eventually connects her own personal image with the rest of her speech in references to her sons in the military, being a parent, grandparent, gun-toting conservative, Tea Partyist who knows the everyday family’s strife, and so on. She usually leans heavily on one liners; some of her speeches are literally key words knitted in among cheap punch lines to even cheaper jokes. Comedy — as SNL proves — can be quite the weapon. But truthfully, as a speaker, you can’t begrudge her any of that, at least not more than any other politician.
It’s the same principle that rules most interactions with any audience these days, even moreso than it used to. When submitting a resume for a job, larger companies now have programs that will scan through electronic documents filtering for those that use desired buzzwords. News articles title their content based partly on what will show up in searches and what words will pop out the most at an audience. Even more basic, it’s why movies have that one scene — totally unnecessary based on the plot — where someone takes their top off, and it’s why books, in turn, take those movie posters for their covers.
Sarah Palin knows how to speak to her audience in the lilt, and using the words that appeal to far right conservatives who pride themselves on gun ownership and strong family values. Here’s a keyword for it: unfiltered. That’s half her schtick — she doesn’t pull her punches. So when, upon announcing her new online TV channel, she explained that the subscription based platform would allow her to speak without “the media’s politically correct filter.” Below are five qoutes that suggest she may have been speaking without that filter for some time.
1. Domestic Violence Metaphor With a Side of Impeachment
“Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no más,’” wrote Palin in a piece for Breitbart on immigration.
Here we have a good old fashioned physical abuse comparison mixed with two words of spanish to really drive home for anyone confused on whether or not Palin sympathizes with the plight of unaccompanied minors currently crossing illegally into the United States — many of whom are seeking refuge from violence and gang intimidation.
“Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate … It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” she writes.
2. Religion and Allah
“If I were in charge, [terrorists] would know that water boarding is how we baptize terrorists,” said Palin at the NRA’s Stand and Fight rally earlier this year. Really, the whole thing is worth a watch.
Her views on international relations and interventions in the Middle East are wilfully oversimplified and insensitive, describing conflicts in “radical Islamic countries” as “screaming over an arbitrary red line ‘Allahu Akbar,’” and suggesting in her Road to Majority speech that, “Until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say, let Allah sort it out.”
3. Religion in Government
Palin’s discussion of the role religion should play in government is rather common, but one particularly good quote from her can be found when she addressed National Day of Prayer controversy. “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments,” said Palin.
“What in hell scares people about talking about America’s foundation of faith?” she queried. Perhaps that the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments aren’t every American’s preference for law anymore.
4. Global Warming
“I love that smell of the emissions,” said Palin at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle Rally, just one of many environmentally bizarre statements. She’s flip-flopped in the past on global warming, but last year in May she posted: “Global warming my gluteus maximus” alongside the news that snow had struck Alaska in May. Climate, not weather, remember?
5. North Korea
Last, but certainly not least, Palin could have used a class or at least an editor when she spoke on America’s relations with North Korea in an interview with Glenn Beck. To be fair, she later called the remarks a slip up, but unlike some slip ups you make once and then quickly correct, she continually referred to North Korea rather than South Korea until she was corrected, at which point she reversed.
“Well, North Korea, this is stemming from I think a greater problem when we’re all sitting around asking, ‘Oh, no, what are we going to do’ and we’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea’s going to do. So this speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policies. But obviously got to stand with our North Korean allies. We’re bound to by treaty,” said Palin, an answer reminiscent of this particular awkwardness, provided by The Washington Post.
The list of funny, depressing, ignorant, and heavy-handed political commentary from Palin is long — and perhaps she’s not alone in that. Many politicians have said ridiculous things during their time in the public eye, but one thing is for certain: Palin likely doesn’t need $9.95 a month for her unfiltered input to be heard.
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