Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Palin's Blood Libel Address

I was going to leave this alone. Other people have noted that Sister Sarah had found the only true victim of the Arizona assassination (Palin herself). And her Blood Libel Address has led to thoughtful reporting on the actual origin of the phrase "blood libel."

At the pain of helping Palin extract her foot from her mouth, there is a much more appropriate phrase she could have used that comes from American political history instead of a thousand years of genocide.

Waving the Bloody Shirt
It described how politicians used violent acts by brutal thugs as cudgels against innocent political opponents. However, the blood on that shirt was caused Ku Klux Klan attacks - beating, whippings, and lynchings. So, perhaps Sarah didn't want to anger her secessionist supporters in this sesquicentennial year of the War of Northern Aggression.

Safest would have been if Sarah had just quoted that old Coasters song.
He's gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why's everybody always pickin' on me)

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