Tuesday, September 23, 2008

as good a description as any i have seen

'In the latest (Oct. 2) issue of Rolling Stone, on sale now but not yet available online, writer Matt Taibbi calls out the American electorate in a major new piece called 'The Lies of Sarah Palin.' A snippet:

"Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.

"And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed Middle American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant sized bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the sizzlin' picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because that image on TV reminds him of the mean brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.

"Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV – and this country is going to eat her up, cheering every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation."

h/t to jazz from hell

9 comments:

dawn said...

Tis was an excellant article, hopefully the youth of the world will read

Anonymous said...

Wow--Matt Taibbi DESTROYS--absolutely CRUSHES--Sarah Palin. There is no way you can read this as an Obama supporter (or just someone disgusted with the last 8 years of American politics) and not give a Tiger Woods fist pump after finishing this article.

an average patriot said...

The more I hear about her the worse she gets but I am pissed many fall for the lies. I have some people pointing th chimney's and cutting Brush and I was just outside and one a firefighter was defending Palin and said he is voting for Mccain. It sickens me!
I just do not understand why they are knowingly allowed to lie and it is just ignored instead of being taken to task. We are in serious trouble here and people still do not see it!

betmo said...

yes- lying to people is egregious- but the fact is- most people are in denial and want to believe the lies. to me, that is the bigger point of the article. too many on both sides continue to take information on face value and believe what is told to them without question. the mere fact that lie after lie has been told and people on both sides continue to tune in and believe- well, that tells me that is a deliberate ignorance. the truth is too much for people in this country to handle- so they ignore it.

annie said...

he gets it alright. great article.

No said...

WOW.

Mary said...

Ha! That "little snippet" packs a punch! Love it! Sadly true.

fjb said...

Agreed, an excellent article.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

This author seems to forget that America "has already elected her Male equal TWICE!"

What makes him so certain she won't make it?