If Sarah Palin Knew Anything

Terrance Heath

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“Keep the faith,” Sarah Palin says to Canadian conservatives. “Your health care system could be worse. But only if you work hard to make it so.”

OK, I’m paraphrasing, but that’s gist of her comment about Canada’s need to reform its health care system, to “let the private sector take over.”

OK. Granted, it was a question shouted by a Canadian comedy show host as Palin was heading for her tour bus. But anyone who was running for the second highest office in the country just a year ago ought to be media savvy enough to know when to employ the “smile and nod” response to questions that deserve more thoughtful answers than one has time to give. (Especially if one has been burned before.)

Of course, that would require actual thought, which in turn might require actual knowledge about differences between our health care system and Canada’s. And Palin chose an answer that reveals how little she knows about subject.

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