Sarah Palin: No shades of gray

By Bruce Mohl

I went to the Boston Common this morning because I was curious about Sarah Palin. I wanted to see for myself whether she was the vacuous caricature I laughed at on Saturday Night Live or a politician of some substance whose image is distorted by the mainstream media.

After hearing her speech, I don’t think her image in the media is distorted. She was speaking at a Tea Party rally, so I wasn’t expecting a serious public policy speech. Still, her remarks reflected a simplistic view of the world. Everything is black and white with her — no shades of gray.

Her gospel of minimalist government — fewer regulations and a lot less taxation – went over well with the crowd of several thousand. She called the federal health care law “the mother of all unfunded mandates.” She said Americans work the first 100 days of each year paying for the government before they start working for themselves. She said the private sector would do just fine “if government would just get out of the way.”

The former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential candidate wrapped herself in God and country and urged folks in the crowd to make their voices heard at the polls this November. “We’ve told them in polls and special elections, but they don’t listen,” she said.

Palin told the crowd the United States needs to build more nuclear plants and drill for oil onshore and offshore.  “Energy in America is security for America,” she said. “Yes, let’s drill baby drill.”

She then took her appeal for energy independence to an even higher plane. “We have the resources,” Palin said. “He created them for our use right here in America.”

Many in the crowd, which was several thousand strong, cheered.

Bruce Mohl is editor of CommonWealth magazine