Sunday, October 12, 2008

Palin's perverse prevarication

When is a lie not a lie?

When the liar is Sarah Palin.

Some things to consider:

1) The investigation into Governor Sarah Palin's possible abuse of power was mandated by the Alaska Legislature, which is controlled by members of the Republican Party.

2) The committee appointed by the Legislature to do the actual investigation was dominated by members of the Republican Party.

3) The committee, headed up by investigator Steve Branchflower, found that while Ms. Palin had the authority as governor to fire Mr. Monegan, she violated Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

4) Mr. Branchflower found "that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by her unethical actions. "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda."

In the fashion made popular by George W. Bush, Dickie Cheney and the rest of the cronies that makeup the G. W. Bush administration, Palin claims she did nothing wrong.

When she was asked by a reporter if she had "abused her power," Palin responded, "No, and if you read the report you'll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member."

This is Palin's perverse prevarication.

Read the report, as Palin suggests. You will find that the information above is true and Ms. Palin is a liar. The report clearly and definitively states that Palin "abused her power" by violating the ethical standards as set forth in the laws governing the Executive Branch in the state of Alaska.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely this finding will make much difference among those who already think of Palin as the Blessed Virgin's second coming. It will make little difference to those in the Republican Party who care nothing for truth, morality or integrity.

It has been proven previously on several occasions that Sarah Palin is a liar. She lied about the "bridge to nowhere." She lied about the gas pipeline. She lied about selling the governor's plane on eBay (or at the least was misleading). She lied about Senator Obama's relationship to William Ayers. She lied about Obama's tax plan. She lied about Obama's comments relative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

And John McCain, who wants to be president more than he wants anything else and who has sold his soul to achieve his goal, doesn't care that his vice presidential pick is a perverse, predatory, unprincipled, and degenerate liar.

How sad is that?

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