Sarah Palin: A fading stain on Alaska’s reputation

By Eli Johnson

Our former governor, Sarah Palin, is finally heading into the night.  Her social career is beginning to tone down, and it is truly about time.  Her time in the media has been too long, and it has made this entire state look bad.

Now, let’s give a little background here.  I am not one of the people who say that Palin got a raw deal back in 2008 with how the media treated her.  One UAA journalism teacher said that when you step up on the national stage, you get what you pay for.

She was a glorious hypocrite about that anyway.  She got on the media for attacking her family after she used them as props, and then she attacked President Obama and his family.  Like her response to Michelle Obama’s comments that she was proud of her country for the first time.

Palin said, “You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they’ve never been proud of America, haven’t they met anybody in uniform yet?”  Not attacking at all, don’t you think?

Let’s face it- Palin has been a bad mark on Alaska’s reputation for a long time.  She quit her job as governor, a job that the state elected her to do, for money.

“All I can ask is that you trust me with this decision and know that it is no more politics as usual,” she said at the speech she gave to justify quitting.

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There were a lot of odd explanations like that, which left interpretation up to us.  That interpretation, for most people was that it was all about money.  She sensed opportunity and she went for it.

Since that day, she has spent her days in the public eye basically feeding two things: her bank account and her ego.  The first part is easy to figure out.

Palin charges $75,000 dollars for giving a speech at any particular location, along with all sorts of other perks which often include first-class airfare and deluxe hotel accommodations.  Her book Going Rogue sold 460,000 copies in the first week with a total projected 2.2 million copies sold in hardcover.  A recent estimate places her annual income at $12 million.

Feeding her ego, however, is an entirely different matter.  In case you haven’t noticed at all her media appearances Palin appears to not care what she says.  It doesn’t matter to her how people take what she says.  Every time she is proven to be out of line, it is everybody else’s fault.

Now, she’s no stranger to saying things that are not exactly kosher in our modern society.  But there is one thing in particular that I want to touch on. Her graphic with the gun sight crosshairs on it.  Now, let me make it clear that Palin is not responsible for what happened in Tucson.  Crazy is all that was needed there.

Her reaction, however, is worth noting.  After what happened in Tucson, she took the graphic down.  She also took down the Tweet that said, “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD.”  Before we knew that Jared Loughner was identified as the shooter, she took it down.  That says something.

Her reaction says that she thought that she just might be culpable.  She thought that her rhetoric may have influenced things.  And instead of standing right up and defending herself, she instead decided to disown it.  She said, once upon a time, that she stood up for that concept.  But suddenly she wanted to just slink away from that.

After she didn’t succeed in getting away from her misdeeds, Palin then did her usual routine of making herself the only real victim of what happened in Tucson.

“Within hours of a tragedy, journalists, and pundits, should not manufacture a ‘blood libel,’” Palin said in a video she released.

And this is where we come back to Sarah Palin’s ego.  This woman had the audacity to compare herself to the multitude of Jews throughout history who have been the victims of the statement, “blood libel.”  For those who don’t know what blood libel means, it is a false statement that the Jews would steal Christian children or babies and use their blood for their rituals.

She went on later to say, “recall how the events of 9/11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security, and so it is today.”

And her ego can’t be satisfied, she says that she is being as discriminated against as Muslims have been after 9/11.  Yeah, she has had her property destroyed, been illegally imprisoned, had her life taken away, like them.  Doesn’t it make one just feel the humility from this woman?

The reason this comes up is because of the Safari Club meeting in Reno.  The media had decided that they wanted to do a boycott of Palin for a while.  Many people are all in favor of this.  But Palin decided to make a point of this.

In her words, the boycott “sounds good because there is a lot of chaos in Cairo, and I can’t wait not to get blamed for it—at least for a month.”

And this is the point.  This woman has no shame whatsoever.  Not only should people not be sorry for how she was treated in 2008, they shouldn’t be sorry for how she is being treated now. She seems to not care that she says things that are heartless and pathetically narcissistic.

According to the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder includes- “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy.”  It should be clear by now that this is represented by her actions.

Palin’s time in the media is finally heading into the night, and it is about time.  She isn’t going quietly, but let’s all be thankful that she finally is going.  Ego like this makes Alaska look worse and worse, and it is depressing that this woman has been left in our collective consciousness for as long as she has.

Au revoir, Palin, and good riddance.

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