Sarah Palin is no longer an elected official, but she is keeping her name in the news -- without ever leaving her house. The former Alaska governor who quit her job in the middle of her term and failed Vice Presidential candidate is keeping in the public eye with her Facebook account. A few days after inflaming the rhetoric herself by writing that President Obama's health care plans contain a "death panel," she called for other reform opponents to be civil.
"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote in her latest diatribe.
The "tactics" she referred to are town hall meetings which health care reform opponents disrupt with lots of yelling and screaming. She wrote that they "diminish our nation's civil discourse," a discourse which is necessary "because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying."
"Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us," she concluded.
Last week, Palin used her her son, Trig, to trash health reform:
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."
Democrats deny allegations going around the Internet that euthanasia is part of the proposal. And FactCheck.org confirms the denial.
These town hall meetings have been gaining in controversy lately, as Congressmen and Senators are back home for recess, gauging their constituents' feelings on health care and other issues.
Nobel Prize winning economist and The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has gone as far as calling the protestors "racists" and "probably birthers," referring to those who cling to the discredited hope that President Obama was not born in the United States:
"That is, the driving force behind the town hall mobs is probably the same cultural and racial anxiety that’s behind the “birther” movement, which denies Mr. Obama’s citizenship. Senator Dick Durbin has suggested that the birthers and the health care protesters are one and the same; we don’t know how many of the protesters are birthers, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s a substantial fraction."