"This Isn't Racist, but "

By Chris Hoenig


Quick note to Sarah Palin, or anyone else who does this, for that matter: If you open a sentence with “This isn’t racist, but …,” well, chances are you’re about to say something that probably is racist and you should stop yourself right there.

Oh, and a second note: Comparing things that are not slavery to slavery ignores centuries of history. It doesn’t matter if you’re a FOX News contributor talking about the Affordable Care Act, a Nevada lawmaker trying to win over voters, the President of Emory University or, in this case, a former candidate for Vice President of the United States.

Palin, who recently left her position at FOX News, compared the federal debt to slavery during a speech at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s fall fundraiser. She opened by warning of the “free stuff” being offered by the U.S. government. “This free stuff, so seductive. Why do you think marketers use free stuff to bring people in Free stuff is such a strong marketing ploy,” Palin said. “But didn’t you all learn too in Econ 101 there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China.”

That’s when the Going Rogue author decided to compare a nation’s debt to slavery. “When that money comes due—and this isn’t racist, but it’ll be like slavery when that note is due,” she said. “We are going to be beholden to the foreign master.”

Palin also took on the Affordable Care Act while talking to the crowd of about 750, reportedly receiving a resoundingly positive reaction as she criticized the law and spoke about the work of grassroots conservatives. The movement is about “moving the poor and the underemployed out of poverty and out from the shackles of dependency on government,” she said. “We’re not wards of the state but free men and women who can live good and productive lives without D.C.’s appointed best and brightest telling us what to do.”

She went on to assail the censorship of religious activities, a topic that DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti tackled in his “Ask the White Guy” column last week. “Christmas is under attack,” Palin said, also plugging her new book on the subject and her moose chili recipe. “I say in a very jolly, Christmasy way: ‘Enough is enough,'” she said. “Enough is enough of this politically correct police out there that is acting to erode our freedom to celebrate and exercise our faith.”

You can see video of her remarks below:

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