Facts? Who needs them? Folks in line at Border's to see Sarah Palin don't need to know how she'll interact with kings and prime ministers, Congress, corporate CEOs. They don't need to know something about environmental and social welfare policy, nor do they need to have a sense of history as in 'what came before yesterday'. No, they sure don't.
The folks in line at Border's who said they like Sarah tell the interviewer that she sticks up for America and she against taxes and spending, but they cannot say exactly what she would do as our president or how she would respond to national issues and opportunities.
Again and again, they answer the interviewer's questions with a lot of, "I don't really know specifics, but I hear..." and "I'm not really sure" when asked what they think Sarah would do. One man says he hears on FOX News and in church groups he attends that our freedoms are being taken away. Exactly how these freedoms are dissolving, they never explain. What's clear is that these folks passionately believe in America, in liberty and few if any taxes. They don't seem at all acquainted with the concept of citizenship, with its rights, privileges and shared responsibilities. When did civics class get snuffed from school curriculums? Decades ago.
Back to history. Wasn't it Eisenhower, a Republican president, who brought the interstate highway system into being in the 1950s? Who built bridges and dams in this great land? Federal or state, highways and bridges take money for upkeep and we seem to have forgotten about that. Ah, infrastructure. Who deals with bridge maintenance so when we're crossing great waterways or canyons, steel beams don't buckle and send us into the abyss? Does it cross any one's mind that our great grandparents used to look down on Irish immigrants as folks from another planet? (That insight would be garnered from our shared history, if we were aware of it.) Do we not see a parallel between those earlier fears and hate and our current fears of being overrun by new brown immigrants, illegals from the rest of our hemisphere? Hey, most of those coming to the U.S. are fairly bright young folks. Educate them and they'll work hard, pay their dues and support Medicare and Social Security for us. Does this ever cross our minds?
Please listen to the folks being interviewed outside of Border's and remind yourself to prepare thoughtful answers (in case you need them) to simple questions like, "If Sarah Palin were president, what policies of hers would you support? With what issues of hers are you in agreement?"
I didn't hear one person who answered that question. Instead, when asked about issues and policies, they spoke about what Sarah Palin stands for. Freedom, our liberties, the right to speak. That stuff sounds like the Bill of Rights to me and it's been around a long time.
When asked again about issues of the day, one woman said to her friends, "Hey, help me out here, guys" and another said, "I can't think of any policies right off the bat' and "I never thought about it" and a lot of "I'm not really sure."
But one thing is for sure. Folks sure do like Sarah Palin and they have faith that she'll turn things around for them. That's quite enough.