Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide –

Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide –


Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.

That is not how we’re primed to see Ms. Palin. A pugnacious Tea Partyer? Sure. A woman of the people? Yup. A Mama Grizzly? You betcha.

But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.


She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).


Read the full story here: The New York Times



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2 responses to “Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide –

  1. Pit

    This excellent opinion piece by Anand Giridharadas gave me – definitely not a Sarah Palin Fan – a new and rare insight into a facet of her political/economic views that I haven’t known before. The three points the author mentions and comments on are certainly worth persuing as they astutely analyse what ails American politics just now.

  2. Anyone can point out the issues in our political system today. The core issue is – does anyone have a plan to fix these. Unfortunately many have got elected just by pointing out flaws and looks like Sarah Palin hopes to do the same. During the Republican Presidential debate on Wednesday, Mitt Romney stood out to me – he was more focussed on ‘how to fix it’, than ‘what is wrong’.

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