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If Sarah’s The Puppet, Who Is The Master? Open Thread

October 6th, 2008 | by Windspike |

I’ve been stuck on this one point for a week or so. Can’t shake it. Really, if Sarah Palin is the Puppet, who is the Puppet Master? Any theories out there beyond the Devil? I’d like to see if we can lever the power of the internets to dig at the right person(s) and expose the GOP for who they are.

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  1. 5 Responses to “If Sarah’s The Puppet, Who Is The Master? Open Thread”

  2. By Doug Alder on Oct 7, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve said for some time now that it’s Cheney.

    Why is McCain not releasing his medical records? Simple, his cancer has returned and it’s unlikely he will survive his first term. What happens when he dies - Palin becomes President and needs a VP - Cheney to the rescue because he has the experience.

    I think Cheney was behind the selection of Palin as VP. He saw that as his best chance of staying in power and forestalling any attempts to prosecute him.

  3. By rube cretin on Oct 7, 2008 | Reply

    It would be so nice to find the master, the villain. . It is so easy to point the finger and assign blame. It is part of the American delusion. Watch this recent Bill Moyers program for the real answer to this critical question. http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/09262008/watch.html

  4. By Liberal Jarhead on Oct 7, 2008 | Reply

    Rather than one person, I think it’s a philosophy, the win-at-any-cost anything-goes-to-get-what-I-want ethics-are-for-suckers attitude that has leaked into so many parts of American culture. We see it in business, in sports, in other popular entertainment, and in politics. People like Lee Atwater and Karl Rove may be better at putting it into application than others, but without that enabling climate, they would be seen as criminals rather than strategists.

    All of us have both in us - the drive to find the villain in any instance is the drive to deny and externalize our own shadow side. The only way to deal with this effectively is first to acknowledge that it’s part of basic human nature, then to put it in its place and not let it call the shots - like going into one’s own spiritual dungeon to visit the monster in the cage, listen to what it urges, then say, “Thanks for sharing, but I’m not letting you out.” If we don’t acknowledge that it’s part of us, we haven’t even got it in its cage yet - that’s what’s wrong with fundamentalism, with Bush and Palin. They won’t let themselves see their own dark sides, and so they’re controlled by those dark sides.

    It seems that there’s always been a struggle between the growth of empathy and community spirit and the attitude of predation on fellow humans - by and large progress has gone hand in hand with increased empathy and principle, while the predatory outlook has more and more been seen as sick and evil. But it’s been making a comeback since the empowerment of corporations, which are constitutionally designed to be sociopathic and by their nature also have more money and power to use sociopathically, in the mid-19th century.

    Lincoln saw this coming, and said so:
    “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
    – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
    (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
    Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)

  5. By Betsy on Oct 7, 2008 | Reply

    One of the blogs wrote that a bunch of neocons went to Alaska on a cruise and after they had met her and she was ideal, “a blank slate”. If she gets in the usual villains will cluster around her and use her as their puppet like Cheney did Bush. This scares me a lot more than she does herself. She is an empty cup just waiting to be filled…..

  6. By manapp99 on Oct 7, 2008 | Reply

    The power that comes with holding government office is the master and it puppets are many. There is no party line when it comes to the desire to hold public office to enhance ones personal fortune.

    Why do you think that that so many rich men and women on both sides have spent so much of their own money to land a job that pays a such a small amount by comparison. The real payoff is not with the meager salries they draw it is with the inside information and favors done as quid pro quo.

    Those that think anything substantial is going to change when the Dems control congress and Obama is president need only to wait for the apologist to begin when the new “era” begins.

    You will still see a cyclical economy, a poorly functioning and over bloated government, lobbyist influence, war and no universal health care regardless of who gets elected but we will have an endless stream of apologist explaining how it is not Obama’s fault because of x y or z. There will be no shortage of excuses and blaming others. The only thing that will change is that those that are now defending one party will be launching the same attacks they used to defend against and the former attackers will now become the new defenders. The nature of the attacks and defenses won’t change, only the sides taken will.

    I can’t wait for the news that Obama fired all of the US attorneys and the Dems defending by saying all presidents do it.

    Or how about “Obama has issued all those signing statements” and “Yes but all presidents do it”

    “Obama is spying on Americans” …”But George Bush started it”

    “Obama has us bogged down in Afghanistan”…
    “But he got us out of Iraq”

    “The economy is tanking”
    “But it was all the failed policies of GWB that will take years to undo”

    “Gas prices are too high”
    “It’s the evil oil companies fault and we are going to tax them into lowering prices”

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