Sarah Palin is in the news because the Lame Stream Media doesn't like to be accused of bias towards carnival geeks.
Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.
That would be the "political agenda" of not having schoolchildren murdered by crazy people armed with weapons that are remarkably efficient for the purposes of murdering schoolchildren.
Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.
I bet she did.
If I were Michael Bloomberg, whom I have cordially disliked since even before he became a Republican, I would, for shitsn'giggles, pass a law banning the swilling of chew-juice from pint glasses, just to watch Palin try to "draw a laugh" chugging this in front of the happy shouty morons who pay her to talk "folksy."
Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."
So, then, if your kid or spouse is killed for some reason, you're not allowed to speak your mind about what you think the best public policies might be to prevent other Americans from suffering your loss, because to do so is to embrace the "politics of emotion."
This is a thesis jaw-dropping in its idiocy and hypocrisy; does it even need rebuttal?
Obama didn't compel the Newtown family members to appear by rounding them up at gunpoint. Or if he did, kindly prove that.
Anyway, what we have here is a situation where a relatively small minority of Americans are claiming the right, ultimately backed up by their posession of weapons, to define the True Nature of American Freedom.
Which is fine, I guess, at least according to CNN...
How this differs in any important philosophical regard from the position, of, say, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, I cannot say.
How it differs in any practical sense, well (McVeigh cough) who knows. Because this is all just hypothetical!