Palin’s incomprehensible advice urges Romney to “go rogue” and to “come to Jesus”

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

11 Responses to "Palin’s incomprehensible advice urges Romney to “go rogue” and to “come to Jesus”"

  1. Jason   September 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

    There’s a debate happening soon.

  2. Morgan   September 24, 2012 at 2:50 am

    The only way that R&R could “go rogue” would be to denounce the Koch brothers and admit that our rate of taxation is unsustainable. They are more likely to “go rouge” like SnowSnookie did and make bank on reality tv and Fox News.

  3. Drew Bowler (@banter2345)   September 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    “‘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.”

    Last time I checked, “undocumented immigrants” couldn’t vote legally, anyway…. At least for anything other than a Demon-rat.

    • guardian   September 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      excellent point

  4. olderandwiser   September 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    BTW, the 2nd phrase this author can’t figure out is “go rogue.” Wow! Apparently the author knows NOTHING about the 2008 Presidential election, in which Sarah Palin’s entire campaign was based off her “going rogue” (meaning that, unlike most politicians, she was brave enough to stand up and tell the truth and keep her promises. You probably don’t agree with that, but please don’t reply, as I am only explaining the term.) She even wrote a well-known best-selling book, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” So, how can you write an article about Sarah Palin and not appear to know the most basic facts about her, or about two common phrases known to most Americans? Please stick to UK politics or some other topic that you perhaps have heard about.

    • olderandwiser   September 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Pardon, but THIS article is the one that doesn’t make any sense. Why are you “attacking the messenger” (a private citizen, Sarah Palin) instead of covering important issues? (Gee, I hope the author doesn’t need an explanation of every commonly used phrase in America, or I’ll be here all day.)

      Here’s a quote from an article on Palin’s comments: “Palin also suggests that Romney and Ryan can be responsible for an epiphany on this country’s fiscal standing. ‘America desperately needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government,’ says Palin.” (Source: Weekly Standard.)

      Perhaps the secular term “a come to Jesus moment” isn’t used in the UK, but why didn’t the author of this article perform a simple internet search to find out the meaning? (BTW, this Guardian article is an example of why a recent poll showed that only 6% of Americans have faith in traditional media. You may live across the pond from us, but your journalism skills seem just as lacking.)

      For example, from wikianswers: …”A ‘come to Jesus moment’ refers to a dawning, epiphany or agreement following a disagreement. It refers to when the light blub comes on and you understand something or make na critical decision.”

      I’ve heard the phrase “a come to Jesus moment” used in business environments countless times, usually when an employee (all the way up to the CEO’s office) gets called into their boss’s office for a reprimand.

      Palin was simply saying that Americans need to be told how bad our future will be if we don’t “own up” to our insane government spending at every level.

  5. Ssider   September 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Palin is good for one thing, and that is promoting herself. She probably knows that her message only resonates with a minority of the population but a small percentage of 317 million is a lot of potential viewers, readers, donors, etc.

    Of course “go rogue” is meaningless advice, but it sure sounds good to her adherents.

  6. sifu   September 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    We have to stop listening the the 1/2 governor of Alaska, “Caribou Barbie”

  7. Jack Indy   September 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, in case you did not realize it Sarah Palin is not a candidate for office.

    Just another trashy article.

  8. Pierre Dubouloz-monet   September 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Is it the 2012 Mayan syndrome or Doctor Paul theory of a overblown
    inflation crash ?

  9. Nick Minot   September 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Good points, for the most part. But “I don’t see anything (in Romney’s policies) that would drive them (undocumented immigrants) to the polls” doesn’t make sense – they can’t vote in any case.


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