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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

From the interview with Sarah Palin last night, on why she didn't get a passport until last year:

I'm not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world.

It's strange though... We seem to get a whole lot more people here who go travelling against the wishes of their parents than those who go travel because their parents told them to...

And at this point I'd say that at least on the point of foreign policy, I'd prefer almost anyone here at travellerspoint to be VP of the USA above this "Bible Spice" ;) person...


Your mission, should you choose to accept it: discuss the importance of travel experience for world leaders without resorting to flaming or anything which'd need Isa or Hien to step in. Go! :)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I'm guessing this means she's never seen the world. Maybe she thought it was enough she could se Russia from her back porch.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

This quote is even worse:

"The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world".

So would it even be possible to find a person that has less perspective on the world than George W? I guess so.

Really, this is sad news, you almost feel sorry for her. Well, not almost actually

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

It's just baffling to me that she was chosen in the first place but she's coming up with statements that leave the rest of the world pretty worried she might actually understand less about 'the rest of us' than the current president. Some of the stuff she has been saying about Russia just don't bode well at all. At Mc Cains age she is almost certain to be president too should they win.... by the way, why isn't there a law about running for office after retirement age? Laws were put in place against running three times based on the likelihood of death being higher. Anyway, will be interesting to see what happens. Economy not going well has got to favour Obama and the democrats. BTW, the cabby in NY last week swore that Obama was a muslim, apparently a common perception.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

BTW, the cabby in NY last week swore that Obama was a muslim, apparently a common perception.

Yeah, that was one of the earliest attacks against him, and those things have the habit of lingering with the ill-informed, no matter how out there they are.
There actually was a study recently showing how debunking such things actually helps people believe in them more fully when they were already predisposed to believe such things, probably because they then internally argue against the debunking, thus giving the mis-information a higher weight in their minds.

It's just insane that things like that help decide the elections in one of the most influential countries in this world. :(

6. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 8y

Oh my, the whole Muslim thing is just way too rampant - drives me nuts. Not that I can say I love the guy, I mean, he's definitely a politician, but so much better than the other two idiots. I mean, am I confused or did Palin basically tell Couric she would get back to her with examples of McCain pushing for stricter regulations? Btw, friends loved the "Bible Spice" title. Was that original to you or borrowed from somewhere else? Just curious. Hmm, I'm starting to rant. I must leave quickly before the mods come and reign me in.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

I picked "Bible Spice" up on twitter; no telling where it originated, but it seems to have supplanted "Caribou Barbie" as her preferred nickname. For today, at least. Tomorrow... well, who can say? :)

8. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Well, America is in the throes of a new wave of "stay-at-home-ism", due mostly to the economy. I would venture to guess that many State Governors haven't traveled beyond their own borders....except maybe to Hawaii or the Caribbean on lobbyist dollars. So I don't think Palin is unusual in this respect......in many others, yes, but not this one.

Sarah Palin is just a down-home simple woman, with down home roots. As Gene Wilder said in "Blazing Saddles" ....."What did you expect? Welcome sonny, make yourself at home, marry my daughter? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers....these are people of the land.....the common clay of the new West.....you know, morons"

Let's not forget the fact that Palin is also a Pentecostal......in other words, she's "Super-Christian".....I'll bet she even has a cape with a cross on it. Swell, just what America needs........holier-than-thou political leaders.

Now here's a little theory I've been working on: The Republicans know that it's a good chance they will lose the election. But, introduce a complete unknown (as the Democrats did in 2002 with Obama at their convention) and let them fade away after the election. In 4 years, if the Democrats screw the country (and the world) the way the Republicans have done for 8 years, then the Repubs will bring her back and people will only remember "hey, I know that name...she's familiar (and therefore comfortable)...maybe she can lead us out of this mess". Shocking state of affairs, but always remember.....people are generally kind and decent by themselves......put them in a group and they go insane just trying to not stand out and will vote for Homeland Security to rule the world.

And really, if as a nation we are staying at home, why do our leaders have to know sh*t about anything else? This isn't really a global economy, is it? You "feriners" just have to deal with it, 'cause we Freedom Loving Americans don't care about you, except when you send us crap in trade for our wholesome American corn and wheat.

Cocktail anyone?

9. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

This quote is even worse:

"The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world".

In school we had a book that said on the cover something like "Can not be taught in USA. Warning, contains Darwin's theory of evolution"

Are those the kind of books she bases her knowledge on?

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

I'm guessing this means she's never seen the world. Maybe she thought it was enough she could se Russia from her back porch.

Stephen Colbert (Colbert Report) opened his Thursday night show with: "On her trip to NYC, Gov. Sarah Palin could see the Russian Tea Room from her hotel suite."

Quoting Utrecht

This quote is even worse:

"The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world".

Now, it does beg the question... By "mediums", does she mean the media (ie: newspapers, TV, etc) or does she mean "mediums" as in the gypsy women with the crystal balls?

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I do have to agree with Kris' assessment of the situation and that Palin is basically being "groomed" for bigger things down the road. Bigger things being a Republican presidential candidate in 2012 to counter a second run by Clinton (Hilary, that is). It gives her four years to learn the ropes, actually meet some heads of state and do a bit of traveling. It also gives her time to run for a congressional seat during an off-year election. They chose her because she will appeal to the Fundamentalist Christian groups and women. I don't believe the Republicans (nor McCain) truly thought she'd be able to gather the support of the majority of Hilary supporters. They do believe they can bring church and state back together.

In her first interview, with Charles Gibson of ABC News, the following was asked:

CHARLES GIBSON (ABC NEWS)
(Off-camera) Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN (REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)
I have not. And I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But Charlie, again, we got to remember what the desire is in this nation, at this time. It is for no more politics as usual. And somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yeah, they’ve had opportunity to meet heads of state.

ABC followed up with investigating how many vice presidents, prior to being elected, had met with heads of state and done extensive travel. They only went back as far as Calvin Coolidge (1923-1925) but reported that all the VPs had the experience she does not possess.

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As for world leaders having travel experience... It's not a necessary thing but maybe it should be a requirement before one can become a world leader. Whether it's for governmental, humanitarian or personal reasons, travel does give one an insight about different cultures and their peoples that can only be gotten through one on one interaction.