The political Rorschach Test

One of the people who comments after my blog asked me recently to avoid mentioning Sarah Palin in the hopes that if she is ignored, she just might go away with the lack of encouragement.

I wish that were true.

But say “Tea Party”, and miss Palin comes to mind automatically. She is working hard on that.

During the little snow shower on Tuesday, I had to go to Hyannis where I babysit the Guyer Arts Barn on the HyArts Campus at the corner of Pearl and South Streets.

As I generally do when I drive, I turned on conservative talk radio. I read enough Liberal blogs and articles along with some conservative ones in the hopes of arriving at a balance, but hearing the opinions of those who like to pretend they are not part of the mainstream media, and who ignore that their broadcasts are as consistently anti-Obama as they claim the supposed liberal media is pro, the immediacy of hearing their thoughts as they express them without editing is often very entertaining.

On Tuesday, there she was, Sarah Palin, talking to Laura about our Freedoms, a word she likes to breath out heavily to show her heartfelt concern, and how we are a religious country whose joy of Christmas is being erased by those evil Liberals, many of whom I know like Christmas. But Sarah doesn’t think so.

I noticed that there are certain words she likes to repeat in that breathless way while filling in the space between them with what appears to be random word lists and bits of incomplete sentences just so she can breathe out the next patriotic word.

She is heavily pro-Tea party, and loves to call them “Patriots” because, I guess, the rest of us aren’t. And, of course, she is the lead patriot.

In this, as in many interviews, she didn’t seem to be able to stick to the topic, but wandered around it like a free range chicken.

She was pushing her latest book.

But, I mention this only to justify my mentioning of the following, and as a way to explain why, in spite of having been asked not to, I am mentioning Sarah Palin again.

She, like many Tea Partiers, is against the Affordable Care Act. She believes America has the best and cheapest healthcare in the world, although she has quietly crossed the border from Alaska to Canada to get cheaper treatment in the past.

And like many Republicans and tea party people, while she opposes “Obamacare” she has yet to detail what could be an alternative to it.

That is until recently when she explained her vision to Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

When asked what her alternative to the ACA would be she said:
“The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases, and those plans have been proposed over and over again".

She likes to pass herself off as an expert on affordable care, so this must be the better plan. I am also sure that, even though I have read the above many times, but missed them, the plan above that she presented contains all the specific parts of the healthcare law that she would change.

She went on to explain that the only thing preventing those changes she so eloquently enumerated is the Left.

“And what thwarts those plans? It’s the far left. It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient relationship links to reform healthcare".

Apparently her alternative to the affordable Healthcare Act is to go back to the way it was before with discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, continued rate hikes, and favoring the insurance companies over the patients.

Or is it.

I will attempt to understand her alternative one more time.
 

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