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L’ultimo libro di Sarah Palin

24/11/2010

America by Heart - Sarah PalinEsce nelle librerie americane il nuovo libro di Sarah Palin, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag”. Il secondo lavoro editoriale di Palin in un anno, questo libro è considerato da tutti un tentativo, da parte dell’ex governatore dell’Alaska, di presentare la propria piattaforma politica in maniera più rispettabile e credibile del solito, in vista di una possibile candidatura nelle primarie repubblicane per la presidenza del 2012.

Qui, in inglese, qualche estratto, riportato da Mike Allen su Playbook.

Dal primo capitolo:

“We The People”: “The folks pushing President Obama’s government health care bill seemed to think that we could be bought. … They seemed to think we could be bribed by pie-in-the-sky promises; that we were gullible enough to believe that government could manufacture a new ‘right’ to health care. … They were wrong, and for proof you don’t have to look any further than the shameful way in which Obamacare was written and passed. It was written in secret, behind closed doors, far from the promised C-SPAN cameras. … In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix, our health care system.”

Dal terzo capitolo:

“America the Exceptional”: “As soon as the Arizona [immigration] law was passed, the Obama administration shifted into a familiar mode: Apologizing for America before foreign audiences. … The idea of American exceptionalism is older than the United States itself. … Through the purchase of large chunks of Chrysler and General Motors, the bailing out of Wall Street banks, … government is taking over more and more of the role that the free market has traditionally played in America. … It’s called crony capitalism.”

Dal quinto capitolo:

“The Rise of the Mama Grizzlies”: When I was tapped for the Republican vice-presidential nomination, I got a lot of, quite frankly, sexist criticism for pursuing the White House while I had a family with small children. … Remember Hillary Clinton’s famous rant, when her husband was running for president, that she wasn’t, in her words, ‘some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette’? Hillary is someone I like and admire personally in many ways, but she came across then as someone frozen in an attitude of 1960s-era bra-burning militancy. … Well, Hillary (many of us wanted to say at the time), some of us like to bake cookies. … It surprises some people to hear that I consider myself a feminist. I believe both women and men have God-given rights that haven’t always been honored by our country’s politicians. … I also consider myself a grateful beneficiary of the movement for female equality, particularly Title IX … So I proudly call myself a conservative feminist.”

Dal settimo capitolo:

“The Indispensable Support of Freedom”: “JFK’s famous [Catholic] speech did not resolve the issue … Thus in the 2008 Republican primary, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith was likewise perceived as an issue by some voters. … [S]ome pundits and political advisors urged him to ‘do a JFK.’ Just give a speech, they told him, and reassure voters that your faith will have nothing to do with your presidency. To his credit, Mitt refrained from ‘doing a JFK.’ Instead, he gave a thoughtful speech that eloquently and correctly described the role of faith in American public life.”
–From the “Conclusion”: “If I have to label myself, I would happily slap on a sticker that read ‘Commonsense Constitutional Conservative.’ … Some say we don’t actually have a two-party system, that each party is the party of big government, with a Republican wing that likes wars, deficits, and assaults on civil liberties, and a Democrat wing that likes welfare, taxes, and assaults on commercial laissez-faire. There’s some truth to this idea. … If Democrats are driving the country toward socialism at a hundred miles an hour, while the Republicans are driving at only fifty, commonsense constitutional conservatives want to turn the car around. …For me, the idea of unity among commonsense Americans, regardless of their voting registration, is not a difficult concept to grasp.”

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