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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Frank: The Persecution of Sarah Palin - WSJ.com
Frank: The Persecution of Sarah Palin - WSJ.com
...amid all this score-settling, Ms. Palin wanders into
some predictable traps. When explaining her political philosophy,
for example, she tells readers that "conservatism is a respect
for history and tradition"; on the very next page she instructs
readers to accept the creative-destructive whirl of the market,
which affects society the way "wildfires in Alaska burn away
deadfall to make way for new growth."

So much for tradition. The respect she shows history, though,
is the kind of respect you show the flag when you soak it in
kerosene and touch a match to it. "[W]e tried growing government
to save the economy back in the 1930s, and it didn't work then
either," Ms. Palin writes. It is a modest assertion, though,
compared to the astonishing finding Ms. Palin reveals in the
next sentence: "Massive government spending programs and protectionist
economic policies actually helped turn a recession into the Great
Depression." If this is, as it seems, a reference to the New Deal,
then history, per Ms. Palin, sometimes goes backwards, with the
WPA and its ilk actually bringing about events that took place
before they were launched.

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