To the editor:
If ignorance is, indeed, bliss, then two recent callers to the Opinion Line must be among the happiest people on the planet.
The callers credited two statements as having been said by Sarah Palin. The callers are either uninformed, misinformed, or they simply don't care to tell the truth.
The first call cited Palin as having said she can see Russia from her house in Alaska. The problem is the comment was made by comedian Tina Fey in a comedy skit on Saturday Night Live, not by Sarah Palin. Snopes.com has the complete story.
The second call claimed that Palin confused our southeastern state of Georgia with the region of the former Soviet Union by the same name. Her confusion supposedly happened after Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into the region in 2008. Not only did she never make such an error, quite the opposite occurred.
In a campaign speech in October 2008, after Russia moved into neighboring Georgia, Palin remarked that because of then-Senator Obama's "indecision (his) response would only encourage Russia to invade Ukraine next" if he was to become president. Numerous websites verify this story.
Palin was mocked at the time for offering such an outlandish opinion. Fast forward to a few days ago and we see that Palin was quite accurate in her 2008 comments, hardly someone confused about geography.
Regardless of your reasons for not liking Sarah Palin, keep in mind she has no power over your life. Palin cannot raise your taxes. She cannot take away your right to own guns. She cannot force you to buy health insurance that you don't want or can't afford. She is a political commentator.
Our Open Line callers would be better served keeping a closer watch on a few mental giants of one particular party who do hold elected office, perhaps Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, and even the president.
For example, Pelosi once said the "use of natural gas is much better than using fossil fuels." Obama, in a campaign speech, referenced this nation's "57" states. Then there was his brilliant display of his education from Columbia when he called our Marine Corps the Marine "Corpse." Similar misstatements by Waters and Lee could fill volumes.
To quote Ronald Reagan, "It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so." Open Line callers included.