I am not going to say anything new in this post.
We live in a time when we can murder without once getting our hands dirty. By merely murmuring the right words in the right—or wrong—ears (or putting gun sights over geographical locations of politicians), we can make lives disappear. We don’t have to push the button anymore, we can find somebody else to push the button. Blame somebody else. Power (and I do not speak specifically of political power) is not merely the ability to do, but also the ability to not do and yet still have your will done.
Intelligence, finesse, delicacy, moderation—these are the elements that should be required for wielding power. Sarah Palin has none of them.
Sarah Palin amplified by the internet and followed by people (with access to guns, etc) is a threat to this country that cannot be ignored because she’s a rich white lady. We can throw the word “crackpot” around, and we can have the brilliant Tina Fey to help us laugh ourselves out of fear of what this woman could do if somebody takes her seriously. But it doesn’t help us when somebody does.
Lo and behold, somebody did. And if we think that’s just the beginning of things to come, well…we are probably correct.