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Dishonesty and Hypocrisy,
This review is from: America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag (Hardcover)
First, I got this book from the library. Second, I stopped reading at page 140 as I'd had enough of the exaggerations and flat-out lies in this book.
These are just some of the many problems I have with this book:
Almost from page one, Palin makes so many misstatements (or lies) and they continue throughout the book: She states that the protesters at her rallies "have their hands out" for government benefits. How does she know this?; if you don't like her, it's because you want the government to give you something; one of her big lies is the suggestion that we were being told by "plenty of others in the free world" that, before it fell, the Soviet Union was a more moral and superior government than ours. This did occur but she, as usual, takes a small number of extremists and tries to blow it up into a general characteristic of the left; again, from Palin, we need to "take back" our government. They never tell us what that means; she refuses to see ANY racism in the Tea Party.
Palin is against Obama's health care. Ok. But I didn't see anything to attempt to insure the millions without it. It's easy to criticize, but she should at least come up with some alternatives. Also, why is it these small government types don't have a problem with Medicare? Or V.A. medical care?
According to Palin, the academic and cultural elite "like to bad mouth Jefferson." Really?? I watch Olberman, Maddow, Chris Matthews, (as well as Anderson Cooper and Fox), and I've NEVER heard them doing this. I NEVER hear them belittling the Constitution. Doesn't Palin have a responsibility to be honest about things like this?
Palin loves our constitution and how our country was founded on the idea that "all humans have the God-given right to be free." Sorry, if she states this and ignore the obvious--you know, like...slavery--it's just more evidence of narrow world she lives in. I can't worship a document with such obvious flaws in it.
Palin can only see the positive in the use of our military powers. That's a scary thing for anyone who may want to be President. She states that we only go to war when our freedom or way of life is threatened. She has learned nothing from Vietnam or Iraq, our two last big wars and both conducted on false pretenses. Yeah, we were REALLY threatened by North Vietnam, one of the poorest countries on the planet!! And of course, it turns out that there were no WMD in Iraq. And that Iran has greatly benefited from the war in Iraq. And of course, there are the hundreds of thousand of dead civilians in these countries.
Palin criticizes TARP but unfortunately for her, you can find video of her on the internet supporting it. Again, more dishonesty. And related to one of the biggest problems with this book--the bridge to nowhere: she had no problem wanting $400 million from the government until, for political reasons, decided to lie with her "thanks but no thanks." It makes her small government philosophy seem very phony. That was just A FEW YEARS ago. Similarly, she describes Michelle Bachman as "a small government low tax phenomenon." Unfortunately for Palin, I guess her book came out before letters from Bachman requesting stimulus funds were released. Bachman had publicly stated how stimulus funds wouldn't create job but in her letters, she states the number of jobs that will be created. More hypocrisy, this time from her pal Michelle "small government" Bachman.
Palin talks about the need for honesty from our leaders. Right, and those crosshairs over Giffords district were just "surveyor's symbols." She has told many other lies.
"Liberal feminism tells American women that they can't value life and call themselves women." This is another idiotic opinion pretending to be a fact. Does Palin have some source of "news", even other than Fox?? Doesn't Palin have some responsibility not to tell these kinds of lies just to sell some books? Someone please tell me how wrong I'm about this. Idiotic stuff like this got me to "enough."
Finally, perhaps my biggest problem with the book is that there is only one name on the front cover. Somehow Palin goes from being unable to name a Supreme Court case she disagreed with; from, according to Steve Schmidt, not understanding why there were two Koreas; and believing that as Vice President, she would be "in charge of the Senate"--to being a well-read presidential scholar and historian. An honest person would have put Jessica Gavora's name on the cover as well.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2011 3:33:44 PM PST
Memento Lori says:
Posted on Jan 16, 2011 3:52:50 PM PST
Audrey Ihrig says:
Sarah Palin never said that the Soviet Union has a more moral and superior government than America. Perhaps you got confused over the discussion that compares the Constitution of The United States with that of the Soviet Union.
Sarah Palin defines the three words, We The People that makes out Constituion unique from those in other countries especially the Soviet Union. She quotes Ronald Reagan, "Well, the differences is so small that it almost excapes you....In those other constitutions, the Government tells the people of those countries what they're allowed to do. In our Constitution, We The People tell the Government what it can do, and it can do only those things listed in that document and no other".
You bring up the tragic event in Arizona and accuse Sarah Palin of lying. Sarah Palin's book was published months before the events in Arizona. Saying that somebody who uses the word target or uses the graphic symbol of a target doesn't mean they're telling their audience to go pick up weapons and shoot the opponents. This argument the leftys and like the one below, insults everybody's intelligence and shouldn't even be a topic of discussion.
The reviewer criticizes Sarah Palin for her respect for our servicemen and women. Sarah Palin holds an optimisic view of America as opposed to the Left which has a proclivity to hate America. What is wrong with Sarah Palin's statement that America freed more people from tyranny than any other nation in the history of mankind?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2011 4:29:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2011 6:01:35 PM PST
1.read my first paragraph again. it should be obvious that i'm not saying what you think i'm saying about the soviet union.
2. you write:
You bring up the tragic event in Arizona and accuse Sarah Palin of lying. Sarah Palin's book was published months before the events in Arizona.
my review states that palin cites the need for honesty in our leaders. all i'm doing is pointing out what may be the most recent of many lies she (through her spokesperson) has told--that is, that the crosshairs weren't targets, but "surveyor's symbols." clearly, an absurd and stupid lie, given palin's previous statements about what they represented. that even a ten year old could recognize. i've provided clear evidence of other lies she's told, which you and your alter egos have never responded to. but i chose this one since it's so recent. i've NEVER blamed palin for what happened (where i live in tucson, btw). please stop generalizing about what you think we all believe, you might learn something.
You write: "The reviewer criticizes Sarah Palin for her respect for our servicemen and women."
No, actually what i wrote was that "Palin can only see the positive in the use of our military powers." I specifically did NOT write about the people who fight. they are doing what they have to do, whether they believe in it or not. i was referring to the u.s. government's use of military power. and i noticed you didn't respond to what i wrote about vietnam and iraq, or the hundreds of thousands of dead civilians. you, and your alter egos selectively ignore what is too uncomfortable to respond to.
you write: Sarah Palin holds an optimisic view of America as opposed to the Left which has a proclivity to hate America."
this is another one of your stupid and simplistic generalizations which means nothing. please cite your evidence for this. have you seen studies or polls where people like me answer "yes" to the question "do you hate america?" try not to be a parrot, you might learn something about what we actually believe, and not automatically believe what your simplistic and lazy mind tells you we believe.
also, you ignore almost all the other criticisms i have in the book. which i'll take as your agreement with me about her dishonesty, and other problems in the book as well.
Posted on Jan 16, 2011 6:29:03 PM PST
Audrey Ihrig says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2011 7:01:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2011 7:24:25 PM PST
"Whether Sarah Palin used the sights of a 30 - 30 or a surveyor transom is immaterial" and "You will always find fault in her no matter what she does."
i find fault in someone who talks about the need for honesty but who is a liar. and you're saying that it doesn't matter whether she lied. congratulations, that's a big step for you!!
check out this hilarious picture of palin with a "surveyor's symbol" over her right eye:
so whether it's "the sights of a 30 - 30 or a surveyor transom is immaterial." no problem, right??
Posted on Jan 16, 2011 9:59:53 PM PST
Mark L. says:
Wingnuts like Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc., etc., set up strawmen who never existed and say "this is what the left (or whoever) wants..." or "believes," or "says....." And it's nearly always invented B.S., just making up stuff and claiming this is what their enemies want. They range from having no regard for the truth to intentional lying.
And speaking of liars......
Lowlife Audrey, we're still waiting for your explanation of the multiple fake identities you've used here to post multiple "reviews" to defraud the ratings.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2011 10:12:11 PM PST
Do you really think Jessica Gavora wants to be identified as the dimwit who ghosted this nonsense, or is she (as I hope) laughing all the way to the (snow)bank?
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 12:10:05 AM PST
Frank Walker says:
I have read the first 40 pages and found them to be very good. What came through more than anything is that she loves America. I saw no lies at all. My only disagreement with anything she said was her criticism of "transforming America" that Obama said. My message to Sarah on this would be that transformation is a good thing.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2011 12:29:37 AM PST
Mark L. says:
Sarah Palin loves America. So what? We all love America. What does that qualify her for? She makes money off her claims of patriotism the way other hucksters sell soap. In fact, there's something phony about her dumb chest-thumping "WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE" brand of superficial "patriotism."
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 4:31:44 AM PST
Jayday, thanks for such a thorough review. There are far too many statements that Palin uses as if they were "facts" without anything to back them up throughout the book. Whether we're talking about the Left and Christianity, the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, womens' rights or many other topics, Palin puts her opinions out there as if it's a fact and her groupies continue to fall for it.
By the way, when you put certain pesky posters on "IGNORE" it makes reading the comments on the reviews so much easier. There is the occasional nutty post but they are truly few and far between. It does make some replies a bit more difficult to understand but if you associate the reply with almost any of said pesky poster's previous replies, you can make more sense of them and laugh them off. It's so much easier than trying to debate with a brick wall.