She’s back. Sarah Palin was the featured speaker at a tea party convention in Nashville yesterday, and, natch, she wowed them. The Washington Post, which doesn’t quite get the tea party phenomenon, had an only slightly condescending article.
Sarah frightens liberals; makes them wet their pants and go screaming to their mamas. She’s not everyone’s cup of tea (sorry; just had to do this). But what she says has the bright, crystal ring of truth to it. She slammed Obama as being what he is: a charismatic empty suit with a teleprompter. Tsk, tsk, Sarah, calling out our beloved post-partisan, post-modern, post-truth president.
Here’s one quotation that really gets the libs vibrating:
“Treating this [terrorism] like a mere law enforcement matter places our country at great risk because that’s not how radical Islamic extremists are looking at this.”
Shocking. Islamic extremists (or Islam, if you are being coldly rational) have declared war on us. Yet we treat terrorists as though they were common criminals. No; terrorists are irregular and, under the Geneva Convention, illegal combatants. To treat them as POWs, i.e. captured members of an enemy’s military, is not required, let alone granting them the full rights and privileges of American citizenship.
It is, in fact, stupid to the point of having a societal death wish. This, of course, flies in the face of liberals’ intense desire to pretend that Islamic terrorists are just like us and are the product of Western imperialism. Hence, this ad hominem attack on Sarah from the Dems:
Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse said afterward that, as Obama administration officials have noted, the George W. Bush administration also prosecuted terrorism suspects in criminal court. “No one should take national security advice seriously from a person who told the world in 2008 that her qualifications in this area were that she could see Russia from her home state,” he said.
This doesn’t address the substance: treating terrorists as ordinary criminal defendants, bristling with rights and chock full of self-righteous lawyers. Rather, it attacks Sarah Palin. It is always a weak argument, to attack a person, rather than the merits of the argument.
Finally, the statement that the Bush administration also afforded some terrorists with full rights is true but irrelevant. Bush and his administration were just as wrong to do so.
So, the war on Sarah continues from the mainstream media. Clearly there is fear in their words: fear of a genuine woman, fear of Americans who are just fed up with business as usual in Washington. Only they are for real, not faux populists like Obama 2.0.