Ah, Sarah Palin. Just when I thought that no more stupidity can be taken from the well, here she comes with another bucket. Apparently, there's a flap going on about a group of Muslims trying to have a mosque built in the same neighborhood where the Twin Towers used to stand in lower Manhattan. Of course, the Thrilla From Wasilla has used Twitter--formerly the medium for intellectual heavyweights like Ashton Kutcher and the brain trust from "Jersey Shore"--to lash out and criticize the building of this mosque should be "refuted" (or "refutiated") because it "stabs the heart". The reasoning goes like this--a group of Muslim fanatics hijacked planes that caused about 3,000 deaths at that spot on 9/11, therefore the building of a Muslim place of worship nearby would be "too painful" for New Yorkers. In one of her "tweets" she even appeals to "peace loving Muslims" to refute the building of the mosque out of sensitivity and to promote healing. People, this is a woman who actually thought she should be in line for the presidency.
First, let me just say I like this new word "refutiate" since I've always liked the creation of new words (I also liked Bush's use of "misunderestimate"). So she earned a point there.
However, WHAT THE FLUCK IS WRONG WITH THIS PEA BRAINED WOMAN??? News flash--a mosque is sort of like a church or synagogue. It is a place for worship, and from my understanding this particular mosque is being built by and for mainstream Muslims, not some whacked out Al Quaeda-promoting sect. If anything, a mosque in that area would promote healing and demonstrate that New Yorkers are not some wilting flowers that can't tolerate an entire religion because some nuts went all crashy back in 2001. Are we now supposed to hate all Muslims? Is that it, Sarah, you know-nothing?
And who does this lady speak for anyway? Shouldn't conservatives--a rich political tradition spanning from Edmund Burke to William F Buckley--be embarrassed by this cliche-spouting failure of a politician? One would think after she bailed out on the Alaska governorship halfway through her one term, after ensuring that the Republicans could in no way retain the White House in 2008, that she'd be quietly swept under the rug as the Democrats smartly did with John Edwards. Who is giving this lady a platform? Is this really what the right wants as the face of their movement?