I try to avoid Sarah Palin these days. I really do. I suppose I just don't want to be part of why she continues to remain in the news even though she hasn't done anything newsworthy (aside from continuing to make a fool of herself). Unfortunately, her comments about Arizona's "show me your papers" law mean that I must honor her yet again as this week's idiot.You see, I am convinced that her brand of idiocy is not just entertaining but harmful.
"Thankfully, Byron York, he hit the nail on the head," Palin told Sean Hannity of Fox News on Tuesday. "There is no ability or opportunity in there for the racial profiling. And shame on the lamestream media again for turning this into something that it is not.""Lamestream media?" Really? That hasn't gotten old yet? And what does that say about Fox "News" and assorted talk radio you have promoted? Are they lame too, or is this an admission that Fox "News" is anything but mainstream?
But of course, that isn't the issue. The issue is Palin's stubborn insistence that the Arizona law cannot possibly provide an opportunity for racial profiling. Given that virtually everyone who has looked at the law reaches the conclusion that it cannot be enforced without heavy reliance on racial profiling, this smacks of the sort of idiocy we've come to expect from the woman who quit her position as Alaska governor midway through her term.
That Palin went on in this same interview to blame the Obama administration for "perpetuating this myth that racial profiling is a part of this law" merely solidifies her as my selection for the week.
The Arizona law is clearly unconstitutional and un-American. It has become the shame of a nation, and it needs to go. Still, immigration is a complex issue with no easy answers. Clearly, Palin doesn't get this and is trying to use it to crusade against a centrist president.
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