It should come as zero surprise to any of you who read anything I write with some regularity that I think Governor Sarah Palin is, well, ummm, err…not at the top of my list of people I would take with me to a desert island.
My take on the entire David Letterman/Sarah Palin feud really has no place on this blog and I wouldn’t even bring it up, until this little gem was uttered by the Governor this morning, in response to last nights (2nd) apology from the comedian.
“Letterman certainly has the right to ‘joke’ about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction,” Palin said in a statement. “And this is all thanks to our U.S. Military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America’s Right to Free Speech – in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect.”
*whack, whack, whack*
It’s a verbal yellow ribbon magnet sticker! It’s patriotism with jazz hands! Ugh.
Please, politicians – Republicans, Dems, Independents, Greens…all of you – please stop with the ridiculous pandering. It doesn’t fool anyone anymore. Sure, maybe it did 7 years ago when all of this started. But no more. After years of brutal op tempos, skyrocketing suicide rates, scary episodes at the VA and families under unheard of pressures, I’m pretty sure that fighting for Sarah Palin’s right to get indignant is the farthest thing from any soldier, sailor, airman or Marine’s mind.