Politics, Patriotism, and Sarah Palin

For those who believe that Palin's brand of patriotism, or politics, or homespun world view represents some remarkably fresh approach to governing, I've got some bad news for you ["Sarah Palin's Crass Patriotism," usnews.com].

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For those who believe that Palin's brand of patriotism, or politics, or homespun world view represents some remarkably fresh approach to governing, I've got some bad news for you ["Sarah Palin's Crass Patriotism," usnews.com]. Palin is much less interested in substantive, meaningful change than she is in glib self-promotion and monetary enrichment. This "movement" isn't rogue, or maverick, or any other type of quasi-transformative neo-patriotism. It's narcissistic opportunism, pure and simple. And that's nothing new in this country. There is great wisdom to be found outside of the beltway and away from the East or West coasts of America. There is some fine wisdom in Ohio where I live. But Palin has already proven herself to be unworthy of middle America's support or trustfulness, even if she does proclaim herself to be the greatest proponent of changing the status quo. The problem is she is the status quo: an ego-driven political opportunist sucking up to the American populism money trough, ready to trade her 15 seconds of fame for a few dollars and then 15 more seconds. For those really looking for homespun American wisdom, I say good luck, and keep searching.

Comment by Chris Barr of OH

I would like to propose a toast: Here's to Sarah Palin; may she never—ever—go away. I am going to go out on a limb here: No woman since Eleanor Roosevelt has done more to further the cause of progressive politics in the United States of America. Don'cha just love her?

Comment by Tom Degan of NY

I find Sarah Palin's post on patriotism ridiculous. It's basically saying if you support me and buy my book you are a patriot, but if not, well then you don't deserve to be called an American. She could never become president because her supporters are such a marginalized group of people—no room for dissent or progressive ideas. The majority of Americans (especially younger Americans) just can't relate to her. The Democrats will be ecstatic if she becomes a serious contender in 2012.

Comment by Jenny of CA

I am a proud American conservative in every sense of the word. If she [Sarah Palin] truly loves our country, she will join in to promote other candidates who believe as we do but who are better qualified to take on the mounting problems we face as a nation.

Comment by Bill F. of WI

Don't spend good money on this book. Do you like to be patronized for your patriotism by an inflated ego? Don't encourage it and subsidize it by shelling out your money. Get it from the library if you must. She is a legend in her own mind (well... also God told her to pursue this), and a sad representative for what once was the "Grand Old Party." If I were a Democrat I would hope that she is nominated and runs for president.

Comment by J Herbert Cochrane of DE

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