Sarah Palin thinks the Statue of Liberty represents a warning against socialism


Via Wonkette

Jaw-dropping, willful ignorance courtesy of Former Half-Gov Doltetta McBrainBlock:

Palin told of doing an interview last year with Beck under the Statue of Liberty in New York. [...]

"This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies,” Palin said to cheers from the crowd.

Ms. Liberty's Wiki:

The origin of the Statue of Liberty project is generally traced to a comment made by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye in mid-1865. In after-dinner conversation at his home near Versailles, Laboulaye, an ardent supporter of the Union in the American Civil War, stated, "If a monument should rise in the United States, as a memorial to their independence, I should think it only natural if it were built by united effort—a common work of both our nations."[6]

[...] Instead of the impression of violence in the Delacroix work, Bartholdi wished to give the statue a peaceful appearance and chose a torch, representing progress, for the figure to bear.[3]

[...] President Cleveland spoke next, stating that the statue's "stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression until Liberty enlightens the world".[90]


The statue rapidly became a landmark. Many immigrants who entered through New York saw it as a welcoming sight. Oral histories of immigrants record their feelings of exhilaration on first viewing the Statue of Liberty. One immigrant who arrived from Greece recalled,

I saw the Statue of Liberty. And I said to myself, "Lady, you're such a beautiful! [sic] You opened your arms and you get all the foreigners here. Give me a chance to prove that I am worth it, to do something, to be someone in America." And always that statue was on my mind.[96]

Gosharootie, those messages don't match McBrainBlock's at all!

On top of that, my Twitter pal TheShowstopper1 informs me that...

Palin told her crowd she did an interview w/Beck under Statue of liberty last year. You can see the Statue, but they are not even on Ellis Island.

For a peek inside the hall of crazy, pop over to Wonkette here. (h/t: Mommadona, 42bkdodgr)

  • Deo

    This woman is an IDIOT.

  • skinnydog

    Ah, yes...! Sarah Palin's words of wisdom, wafting over us like poison gas...

  • 5Porkchops

    Somebody should ask her what she thinks of the inscription on the statue:

    Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

  • Glenn Beck must be giving her "history" lessons. You know, the history that nobody else teaches.

  • In a word, yes.

  • Why does anyone listen to her? Are we living in an Idiocracy?

  • Snarkage is fun. She's not exactly an unknown. Feel free to skip the posts

    you don't like, we're cool with that.

  • Kevin Schmidt

    Who cares what Palin says or does? Why do you give her legitimacy by even mentioning her name?

  • Anon

    Of course, if she is right, the french -- who gave it to us -- failed. France is one of those "socialist" country Palin says we should not become.

  • Anon

    This is the same tribe that changed french fires to freedom fries when the French did not go along with the Iraq war, of course the French were right.
    This is the same lot that are in league with Fox, and we all know that Fox's 2nd largest owner are the Arabs!

  • Meannej2

    I think there are kids in grades 1 through 6 that have better educations than Sarah Palin. It would behoove her to take a few history classes - or any classes for that matter.

  • Who is socialist here? Oh darn, thats the countrys who have better healthcare,live long and are less streesed. The ones that think people come first. Damm them!

  • Clancy

    Of course, it should be noted that the Statue of Liberty isn't on Ellis Island either. It stands on nearby Liberty Island.

  • DSG

    I'd posit that calling Sarah Palin an idiot is grossly disrespectful to idiots.

  • Slfriend79

    It can't be said often enough, quoting Keith Olbermann..."That Woman Is An IDIOT!"