Sarah Palin is grabbing headlines for saying "Jan Brewer has the cojones
that our President does not have" on the immigration issue.
While some people may be offended by that expression, I have used it myself in this blog. It just means to have or not have the balls to do something. Sometimes it can be used in the right context and I don't think Brewer has cojones, obviously.
Brewer is just scapegoating immigrants and attacking Latinos by supporting Arizona's immigration law SB1070. Some of the worst parts of the law have been halted by a federal judge but the court battle will certainly continue.
My problem with Sarah Palin using this expression is that she should learn how to speak the English language more eloquently before she starts peppering her speeches with the Spanish language.
Palin has Tweeted that peaceful Muslims should "refudiate" the
idea of building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York. Of course
"refudiate" is not a word in the English-language.
She even joked about it comparing herself to Shakespeare.
Palin also should learn a thing or two about syntax. Or how about learning how to speak coherently?
From the Katie Couric interview:
It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where--where do they go?
From the Charlie Gibson interview:
I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.
Remember how Kitty Burns Florey tried to diagram these sentences in an awesome essay she wrote for Slate?
And now Palin is teaming up to defend her amiga, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has launched a Web site called Secure the Border to defend SB1070. It's convenient that she blames President Obama for chaos at the border when in actuality his administration is deporting immigrants at a higher rate than under the Bush Administration.
Brewer needs to stop exaggerating the immigration issue by making statements like claiming most undocumented immigrants are drug mules or that crime is out of control on the U.S. side of the border when it's actually down. Palin also should do her homework before she rushes to defend such an ill-informed politician.
The pair of them are so much alike that its frightening. I could think of some names to call then in Spanish but I will refrain.
I like what Texas Sen. John Cornyn joked on Twitter.
Cornyn Tweeted, "I didn't know Gov. Palin was bilingual!"
Obviously she's not. I don't see her as a strong proponent of bilingual education either which makes her use of Spanish even more ironic.
She should try to master the English language before she tries to speak Spanish.