Sarah Palin: Marxism For Me, But Not For Thee

by matttbastard

Hendrik Hertzberg in this week’s New Yorker:

For her part, Sarah Palin, who has lately taken to calling Obama “Barack the Wealth Spreader,” seems to be something of a suspect character herself. She is, at the very least, a fellow-traveller of what might be called socialism with an Alaskan face. The state that she governs has no income or sales tax. Instead, it imposes huge levies on the oil companies that lease its oil fields. The proceeds finance the government’s activities and enable it to issue a four-figure annual check to every man, woman, and child in the state. One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year’s check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist.

Silly coastal elite–who cares about Palin, Alaska, and her hypocritical embrace of wealth redistribution sharing and collective ownership? When pro-Americans use the term ‘socialist’ in reference to Barack HOOSAYN Obama, what they really mean is ‘uppity Negro’. As noted recently by The Artist Formerly Known as dnA, that particular dog whistle is a longstanding trope among the backlash set. Shit, I’m sure even Joe the Plumber knows this (“a tap dance…almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.” — how cute.)

Related: For more on Palin, Alaska, and IOKIYAR socialism, check out the aforementioned profile of Palin by Philip Gourevitch, featuring Palin’s quote lauding the virtues of wealth redistribution sharing.

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4 thoughts on “Sarah Palin: Marxism For Me, But Not For Thee

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    Hello everyone. I am a 16, soon to be 17 year old Junior in a high school surrounded by liberals in Northern New Jersey. On Thursday, my Contemporary World Affairs class will be having a scored debate, “Team McCainiacs vs “The Obamanon”. While we are heavily outnumbered, we do have a select few very smart individuals on my team. However, I feel like I need to be able to take the helm here.

    Now, the problem. I have a teacher that is (surprise!) the most liberal person I have ever seen and/or heard. She claims to be independent and fair, but even some of The Obamanon came up to me after practice debates, apologizing for how they felt bad for me when she was criticising every point I made and then preceeding to lob softballs in The Obamanon’s direction. This is not good enough for me. I want to embarrass the uninformed Obamanon.

    I need help. The issues are one thing, something I am pretty informed on (enough so, at least), but I need help mudslinging. The Obamanon are really idiots and don’t have much to them except what they can read on Obama’s website, as well as the bull they hear from this lady. Can anyone suggest me hard pressing questions to ask them about Obama that should leave them fumbling and looking stupid? Something that they cannot defend with the propaganda they find on Senator Obama’s site, but not something harsh or “low blow-ish” that would get stopped by the teacher. Something that can be backed up by printing out an article or something. Something that cannot be turned around at Senator McCain.

    Can anyone help me with this? If not that’s okay, I’ll just brush up even more on my issues and demolish them on that.

    Thanks everyone! Enjoy your days. Let’s go McCain!


  2. Assuming the above is real, and not sp@m, allow me to sincerely offer a bit of advice: work on your observational skills and your reading comprehension. Hint: this isn’t a McCain/wingnut-friendly zone. One almost wishes you were old enough to vote…


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