The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

Sarah Palin: A Case Study in the Politics of Lies & Nonsense

Posted by mattusmaximus on August 14, 2009

I recently posted about how irrational & uncivil the discourse on health care reform has become, and the role that extreme right wingers have in it.  Well, now former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin has provided a perfect example of how insane & dishonest these nutters can be in the pursuit of their ideology.

Recently, Palin made an outlandish, and completely false, claim about President Obama’s proposals to overhaul health care – specifically, she made a claim about “death panels” that would encourage euthanasia of the elderly & children with birth defects which was subsequently & thoroughly debunked by non-partisan sources…

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a “death panel.” Federal bureaucrats would play God, ruling on whether ailing seniors are worth enough to society to deserve life-sustaining medical care. Palin and other critics are wrong. Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. The provision that has caused the uproar would instead authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, if the patient wishes.

Okay, so what happens?  Sarah Palin repeats the claim! Even though it has been totally & publicly shown to be false, she goes right on spewing the same nonsense…

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin refused to retreat from her debunked claim that a proposed health care overhaul would create “death panels,” as the growing furor over end-of-life consultations forced a key group of senators to abandon the idea in their bill.

There you have it folks.  Sarah Palin’s continued lies and deception is a perfect example of just how stupid & off-the-rails the Republican Party has become.  I don’t think the Democrats are an ideal party, and believe me I have my issues with them, but I have yet to see this level of breathtaking inanity coming from the Dems.

If the Republicans have any chance at all of once again becoming a respectable party, they need to kick these nutters to the curb. Otherwise, the GOP is screwed, and – by extension – so too shall the country be damaged.

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