Who do you get when you combine a raft of cliches with an ingorance of political, American, and rhetorical history?*
Sarah Palin. She is now speaking to the Tea Parties about supporting the same policies the original Tea Party and resulting revolution defeated. And she's doing so with the same words the British used back in the day.
And while she gets cheers, Ron Paul gets booed. At least the numbers demonstrate a more even split.
Which is a shame. I've seen Sarah Palin and Ron Paul each at their rhetorical best - the former parroting empty, incomprehensible and hyperbolic cliches in front of television cameras and the latter using complete thoughts to express clear, non-hyperbolic philosophical and policy differences in person to a crowd of hundreds, if not thousands.
Libertarian philosophy and true conservatism are specific political and economic policies rooted in fact and principle. They are worth considering seriously alongside liberal and progressive policies in the marketplace of ideas entertained to find solutions to our nation's problems.
But that is very difficult to do when the main mover of your politics is a made-for-TV character reading from a script demonstrably incompatible with both libertarianism and conservatism.
I can't wait until she takes up the anti-microchip crusade.
* Maybe I should have made that a multiple choice question. Lord knows there are plenty of folks who would fit the bill. Like her 2012 running mate, former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin. CMP,B!