One of Sarah Palin’s “foreign policy advisers” is Peter Schweizer, author of the new book, “Throw Them All Out.” She cites him in the first paragraph of her Wall Street Journal op-ed today on, of all things, Occupy. However, the title is very misleading: How Congress Occupied Wall Street.
This may not be Mrs. Palin’s fault, however. It’s likely that of the Wall Street Journal‘s title jockey’s who are so ignorant they don’t know that to Occupy means to confront. The last thing Congress has done is “occupy” Wall Street.
But reading Palin’s entire op-ed, all I can think of is how my assessment of her in my new book is right on (Sarah Palin was the first to benefit from the Hillary Effect). What might have happened if Palin hadn’t been seduced herself, but instead kept her fight against “crony capitalism” alive throughout the last years?
A snippet of her op-ed:
Members of Congress exempt themselves from the laws they apply to the rest of us. That includes laws that protect whistleblowers (nothing prevents members of Congress from retaliating against staffers who shine light on corruption) and Freedom of Information Act requests (it’s easier to get classified documents from the CIA than from a congressional office).
The corruption isn’t confined to one political party or just a few bad apples. It’s an endemic problem encompassing leadership on both sides of the aisle. It’s an entire system of public servants feathering their own nests.
None of this surprises me. I’ve been fighting this type of corruption and cronyism my entire political career. For years Alaskans suspected that our lawmakers and state administrators were in the pockets of the big oil companies to the detriment of ordinary Alaskans. We knew we were being taken for a ride, but it took FBI wiretaps to finally capture lawmakers in the act of selling their votes. In the wake of politicos being carted off to prison, my administration enacted reforms based on transparency and accountability to prevent this from happening again.
In her piece today, Sarah Palin proves why and how she rose in Alaska. The problem is that her lack of character and the seduction to power and money allowed her to get distracted from what once made her so attractive a politician.
The power she once had is gone and it will take a complete rebranding to get it back. It looks like she’s making a move on that today.