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Why I Dislike Sarah Palin

June 5, 2011

Right up front, big disclaimer: this has nothing to do with political affiliation. This has nothing to do with being Republican, Democrat, or Tea Party.

I dislike Sarah Palin because she overcompensates and lies. Here’s what it means to be a human being: it means you’re fallible. I don’t know everything. You don’t know everything, and quite obviously, Sarah Palin doesn’t know everything. It means you make mistakes. No one gets it correct one-hundred percent of the time.

But when Sarah Palin makes a mistake she doesn’t say, “I was wrong. Sorry.” Nope, she lies and obfuscates and tries to justify her original point. In my experience it is incompetent people that are insecure who try to overcompensate this way, but whatever the reason is for her, it is a horrible personality trait.

Here’s Palin completely re-writing and misunderstanding history:

If you don’t know about Paul Revere and what actually happened there are all sorts of resources you can go to and in a short amount of time discover that Palin has kind of mangled the story here. My guess is that someone like David Barton must be involved with ‘teaching’ Palin or one of her staffers American history. Trying to turn it into a second amendment issue reeks of his own constant mangling of history. That’s an aside.

The real issue for today is Palin’s response. Is she the sort of human being that can admit a mistake?

The inability to be wrong–which is really a lethal cocktail of ignorance, arrogance, and overcompensation–is not a trait to be admired, and I imagine would not suit America well in dealing with other countries.

A really interesting debate on the Republican side would be a history game-show ala Jeopardy between Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Somehow I think it might sort of look like this:

20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 12:47 pm

    Hmm, can’t admit she doesn’t know or was wrong?

    That gives her a head start at being:

    a) a PhD
    b) President of the United States

    Wonder which Palin will choose?

    • Jon Hendry permalink
      June 5, 2011 6:59 pm

      “a) a PhD”

      Given that people with PhDs generally continue to do research on things they don’t know, in order to find out, this is ridiculous.

      • June 5, 2011 10:28 pm

        It’s a joke, copyright James Randi (who he pickpocketed it from I don’t know.)

        I mean, Sarah Palin a PhD? BWAH HA HA!
        (She apparently has a bachelors in communications with emphasis in journalism, according to the infallible Wiki.)

  2. June 5, 2011 2:40 pm

    Very well. We should just hate every politician, because they all lie, Scott.

  3. June 5, 2011 3:07 pm

    Rod, this is a ridiculous comment. I didn’t say ‘hate’ I said dislike. Your rhetoric to re-frame the conversation is unfair and at this point also kind of disappointing.

    Did you watch the videos? Do you have the capacity to watch them and comment on just what is in the videos?

    I will say this again using simple language: I judge these things on a case by case basis. It is a version of history that she got wrong. Your response to this post is something that simply does not even come close to addressing the issue at hand–and as an academic you should have much better skills at that–and immaturely tries to use an emotional, dismissive argument (which is starting to characterize your online persona) to make some sort of ‘point’.

    Short form of this: stop being so touchy and address the actual content of this post.

    (from my iPhone so I can’t check what I wrote so if there are a few spelling or grammar errors, you know why…)

    • June 5, 2011 9:11 pm

      Sorry Scott, I meant dislike. Sorta like Obama meant 50 instead of 57 states. That’s just one of many errors.

      Didn’t mean to offend, just trying to start trouble, you know me, being a contrarian and all, as well as a fiscal conservative.

      • June 5, 2011 10:49 pm

        I wonder what Obama’s response was when that error was pointed out to him? Did he maintain that there are 57 states. I would truly be interested to know. I’m not pro-Obama or anything like that, as a Canadian I have no vested interest in who ‘wins’ the POUSA, but when I see certain I like to try and understand and comment.

        Actually I am fiscally conservative myself. Canada’s ruling party is conservative and while the world was going through a recession Canada actually came out on the other side of that quite well.

        Just as an aside there is so much ‘socialism’ in Canada that it would make the average Tea Party member curl up in the corner and cry. We’re still run as a parliamentary democracy but at the end of the day we have socialist influences in our society and government, conservative fiscal policies, and right now, it’s a really good place in the world to live as we are rich in land, natural resources, food, and water. Good combination.

  4. June 5, 2011 3:52 pm

    Hey, Scott. I think you’ve got a missing “not”, or possibly an unmissing “in-” prefix.
    “Here’s what it means to be a human being: it means you’re infallible.”

    Unless a mistake in this sentence is an ironic statement of fallibility! 🙂

    • June 5, 2011 4:34 pm

      Of course it is nicely ironic that in the course of typing that statement I made a mistake. Do I admit it and fix it? Or do I fix it, and then pretend it never happened and delete your comment? The way Palin operates is the second one. The way I operate is the first one.

      I made a mistake, Doug noticed it, and I will fix it. Thanks Doug!

  5. EricW permalink
    June 6, 2011 9:26 am

    Okay, I watched the videos. And then I read this:

    Apparently Sarah Palin, even if she does a bit of word stumbling, may know her history better than her critics.

    There may be reasons to dislike Sarah Palin, but her response to this instance/incident should probably not be one of them.

    And she’s far more honest than many of her critics and potential political rivals, should she decide to run for President. And perhaps more capable, too.

    • June 6, 2011 10:09 am


      As far as I can tell no one is deriding her saying that Paul Revere was not involved in warning people about the mobilization of British forces, it’s that he was riding his horse through the streets yelling the British are coming while ringing church bells when more likely,Revere would have been going quietly from house to house and some lights in a church tower signaled how the British were coming (one by land two by sea). Also, I believe, he had some help in spreading the message. Ultimately, and I could be wrong on this as I do not have time to read all of the coverage but some of the criticism is the perceived attempt to turn Paul Revere into a second amendment figure.

      I would also note that the article is not the most judicious piece I have read. One expert basically defends her against an attack no one is making and one expert is a self-described conservative lawyer that runs a website named There might be an ideological axe to grind for that guy. Maybe.

    • Jon Hendry permalink
      June 6, 2011 7:47 pm

      Um. Doubtful. If it were honest it would be called The Incompleted, since she couldn’t hack it as governor and quit halfway through her term.

  6. June 6, 2011 1:31 pm

    My wife and I were discussing this last night and while it is revisionist history, I’m thinking this was a carefully calculated comment to come off as folksy-cute and push the right-wing “Keep your government away from my guns!” mentality.


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