The tickets were free. Michael Reagan and Sarah Palin...dream team for liberals' nightmare.
I don't care for the politics of either, but more than that, I consider them both dangerous.
Sarah Palin held her anti-choice stance up like the Lion King baby after her RNC speech last fall. Michael Reagan suggested the remarkably late late term abortions of children with the name Hezbollah via hand grenade. In August of 2006, Reagan said of such named children, "You know what I'd get 'em for a first birthday? I'd put a grenade up their butts and light it. Happy birthday, baby. Bye bye." When a caller suggested infants are not responsible for their given names, he stated, "So what's wrong with killing the mothers and the babies?"
Nice guy. What is that? Seven trimesters?
Last June, Reagan, again on his radio talk show, went off on an activist sending letters and DVDs about 9/11 to soldiers. He stated on air, "We ought to find the people who are doing this, take them out and shoot them. Really. You take them out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them. You have a problem with that? Deal with it. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that's what they are, and you shoot them dead. I'll pay for the bullets. How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don't blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice."
Nice guy. What is that? One hundred and twenty four trimesters?
I didn't really want to attend the double header event of Sarah Palin and Michael Reagan. I feel weird watching a train wreck I didn't even buy a ticket to. Not only was the governor in attendance, but Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, former Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman, Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska Republican Party Leader Randy Ruderich, and "First Dude" Todd Palin. Not my crowd. The opening DJ called Democrats the "swine flu" on the country. Awkward.
I was detected early by a local republican shock jock who yelled "THE LIBERAL IS HERE." I might have responded with something snarky, but since he brags about packing a gun, thought better. His "compensator caliber" has bullets.
Ronald Reagan worshippers lined up. I kept wondering why Ronald Reagan's wife was schmoozing with President Obama, and his son was schmoozing with Sarah Palin. His father's statue was unveiled in Washington DC this week, and he's thousands of miles away in Alaska. Why? What could he brag about? The fall of the Berlin Wall? OK, but what about the negligence of China? The twenty year anniversary of Tiananmen Square is tomorrow. Could he have helped? Or considering the Contras founding fathers of Nicaragua? That didn't work out. What about the funding of the Taliban who years later turned on America; September 11? Would Michael Reagan tear down this lie?
I'd have to wait.
Sarah Palin, in short skirt and bright red platform sandals was up first. She seemed to be in an Adderall cloud. Her speech was sixteen minutes of redundance. Part cheer leader, part gladiator. She went after Obama, saying "we should never apologize." Her foreign policy was summed up like a cheerleader captain chanting, "They Lose! We Win!" I was waiting for the "Ready? Okay!" Pom-poms, anyone?
She talked about not wanting to be "P.C."; saying "screw political correctness." In a radio interview almost a year ago she assured me, "Oh, Shannyn, you know I'm not very P.C." When has Sarah ever been politically correct? She then pulled out her tin foil hat theories on the "liberal media."
Tonight she repeatedly said, "I'm not going to sit down, I'm not going to shut up." So many times I wanted her to sit down. I wanted her to shut up.
Palin, in all her rah-rah over Reagan, didn't talk much about him. Her own ethics board had dismissed a charge against her earlier, and she gloated. She didn't mention the Alaska Democratic Caucus voting to over ride her veto on the federal stimulus funds. The governor's focus was on the evils of Washington DC; it made me wonder why she's thrown everyone under the bus to get an office there.
I left early. So did Sarah. She's on her way to New York. Walking out of the "crowd" of 400, Mudflats, Gryph and I shook like dogs dragging out of a swamp.
Michael Reagan's grateful heart for adoption from the Reagans and not the Carters was weak. His slams on his siblings reeked of "dysfunctional family values." I found him broken in spirit and truth. I found him vulgar in history; his violent charges against people who he disagrees with. His terroristic encouragement over public airwaves angered me at the time, and after this week, I am relieved he is leaving his radio career.
Michael Reagan's new mission is to reshape the Republican party.
He thinks Sarah Palin is the future of his father's party.
I can only hope. I may be the only person who watched Sarah Palin give a speech tonight in Anchorage, and President Obama deliver his live to the world from Cairo.
Palin's message; "We Win! You Lose! "
Obama's message; "The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you."
I have political whiplash.
Dennis Zaki has provided audio of Palin's speech.