I really don’t have a good understanding of how presidential campaigns work now. Maybe it’s one of those things that marks me as an older person, but I remember when I was growing up that presidential campaigns were all about proving to the the people of the United States that you were the most qualified person to be the next one to sit in the Oval Office and assume the role of the President of the United States. It was not a job to be taken lightly, nor is it a job to be taken lightly now — and yet some of the people running for the office now think that the life of the people they hope to elect them is worthless.

Nearly a month ago, publisher David Boles wrote an insightful article about the forthcoming 2012 elections that put a tremendous fear in me — the fear that Sarah Palin could win the Presidential election. It is something that people have been discussing in increasingly greater detail over the last three years, pretty much since it was announced that Ms. Palin was going to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008.

The Sarah Palin email redactions bombed — we knew they would, because they were an edited and scripted dump of trivial communiqués created to persuade and sway and not reveal the full, transparent, truth of her rotting Alaska governorship.  The fact remains that Sarah Palin is still a powerful political and emotional force in America, and we must not discount her danger to our open society.

For eight years George W. Bush was the president of our fair nation and led in a way that I would not exactly describe as bipartisan — he reached out to and embraced the right, the far right, and the so far right that it almost wraps around and touches the other side. One would think that as a retired former President that he would continue to do so — speak out on behalf of the GOP, speak out against the pinko communist plots hatched up in the Soros powered hive mind that infests the current White House, and kissing every baby boy named after the late Ronald Reagan.

In America, we tend to use “Freedom as Speech” as a cudgel to allow hate speech in the public square and to encourage “Stupid Speech” via the quaint notion that, “Everyone has a right to express their opinion.”  I argue today there are some people who have no right to a private opinion, let alone the right to be heard expressing that opinion.