Sarah Palin’s incomprehensible advice urging Romney and Ryan to “go rogue” and to “come to Jesus” typifies the Elephant in the (a) room full of republicans. Specifically, they are unable to make any reasonably argument of how they will include all Americans. Their message lack the All-American model. If you brush away all the sound bites what emerges from their message is simply, “I can do better;” that’s it, “I can do better.” The republican campaign for President of the United States offers no specifics other than no new taxes for the wealthy. I just don’t get it.
Republicans want the American people to give Mitt Romney the reins of government so that he can give rich people a tax break, which in theory, will motivate the wealthy to hire poor people or maybe not poor people, but Americans in general. Furthermore, he will get rid of “Obamacare,” “The Department of Education,” fix immigration, and focus on reducing the national debt. Now who exactly is excited about this message. Is there something in it for African Americans; nothing exciting comes to mind; is there something in Romney’s message for undocumented immigrants, I don’t see anything that would drive them to the polls. What about women, what is in Romney’s message that resonates with women; I’m lost, because there’s just nothing to put a smile on the face of those people that have been historically marginalized. I haven’t even mentioned gays. And if the polls are correct, the idea of supporting war against Iran has not noticeably moved the Jewish vote one iota. Romney’s message resonates gloom and doom for all those outside of the privilege few in America. He simply lacks a positive optimistic message. Moreover, how confusing is it that Sarah Palin would insert the idea that if he’d only “go rogue” and “come to Jesus” Romney could then have chance of defeating Obama. I’m sorry, but Palin’s message for Romney and Ryan to “go rogue” and “come to Jesus” doesn’t say anything. Perhaps it’s so complex that only Palin understands it. But if that’s the case, she ought to unpack it for us. My guess is that she can’t because to “go rogue” is to trick people into believing you have a solution to the problem when the solution that is really sought is power; plain and simple, power. Understanding Palin’s advice is like trying to interpret someone that is speaking in tongues. Her advice will never motivate most Americans to give republicans their vote. Inserting her opinion as she often does when there’s actually no chance that anyone will use it, only seems to motivate the former Alaskan Governor to continue to supply her party with clueless advice. In a Saturday statement to “The Weekly Standard,” Palin urged Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to “go Rogue” and said America needs a “come to Jesus” moment. Will someone please tell me exactly what she’s saying.
“With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should ‘go rogue’ and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security,” Palin said.
“America desperately needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected and debt-ridden federal government,” Palin said.
Palin also took a hit at Obama, calling it “appalling” that he “couldn’t even remember how much our national debt is during his interview with David Letterman the other night.” (Obama actually told Letterman, “I don’t remember what the number was precisely.”)
“Even my 10-year-old daughter knows that it’s $16 trillion, and unlike Obama, she’s not responsible for adding trillions to it,” Palin said.
This isn’t the first time Palin has criticized Obama. She recently slammed his “empty chair style of leadership,” making a reference to Clint Eastwood’s bizarre speech from the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Palin suggested that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should, quote/unquote, “Go rogue.” Because “Go rogue” is something that Sarah Palin just sort of automatically says at random intervals.
In her criticism of Obama, Palin added that a great American patriot wrote, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Continuing her tirade Palin claimed: “Obama’s motto seems to be, ‘Let the good times roll in my day. The kids can deal with the catastrophic bankruptcy in theirs.’”
Now while it’s never truly been exactly clear what “going rogue” means in any context; some political observers would argue that in Sarah’s case, it means going wildly off-message and ruining John McCain’s slim chance to win the presidency.
However, other observers might argue “going rogue” means nothing at all, and is in fact is a blank signifier, mere airy meaningless persiflage spewed out in a failed effort to obscure the fact that Sarah Palin never actually says anything of substance at all.
Anyway, go rogue, it’s all Obama’s fault, etc.
It’s also cute that Sarah Palin managed to say that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney should “come to Jesus,” because Sarah Palin really likes talking about Jesus and Jesus-related things in her theocratic way. However, it should be pointed out that Sarah Palin followed that up by quoting Thomas Paine — he’s the “great American patriot” that she references.
Unfortunately for Palin, Thomas Paine was a noted opponent of organized religion, who spent most of his later career attacking religion and its outsized influence on government, which is a wild contrast to what Sarah Palin does.
But then, internal consistency, or looking things up, or research, or knowing what she’s talking about has never been Sarah Palin’s strong suit. And hey, that’s probably what “going rogue” really means. It just means saying meaningless diatribe.
Contributor D. Chandler