Former governor/present nuisance Sarah Palin has just made it abundantly clear that it’s not racist to compare America’s contemporary financial ties with China to the USA’s history of African slavery. She might be correct, because it’s almost too stupid to be racist.
Palin made her delicious little statement at the Faith and Freedom Coalition fundraiser (of course) as the Washington Post reports:
“Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China, […] When that money comes due – and this isn’t racist — but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due. We are going to beholden to the foreign master.”
Palin, who is embarking on a book tour to promote her new Christmas book, then continued the metaphor. She said conservatism is about lifting people out of “the shackles of dependency on government.”
First of all, speaking strictly as an American, I demand some of the “free stuff” she has mentioned. This guy likes free stuff.
Secondly, one would hope that Politics 101 includes a lesson in the vein of: “If you ever have to punctuate a political speech with the phrase ‘and this isn’t racist,’ you should not be making that speech.”
Thirdly, it’s somewhat hard to tell if the “and this isn’t racist” aside is targeted at the Chinese or at African Americans. It’s probably meant to be aimed at American blacks, but clumsy phrasing muddles her point, which was already a stupid one to begin with.
Fourthly, if fifty years from now myself and my fellow Americans are picking Chinese cotton to the bite of a whip, my sincere apologies for criticizing our dear prophet.
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