Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said it’s President Barack Obama’s fault that Republicans are not the party of personal responsibility, as they used to be.
“It would be nice if we, as Republicans, could once again be the party of personal responsibility, but unfortunately our current president makes that impossible,” Palin said in remarks she made yesterday in Ames, Iowa. “Taking responsibility for yourself, not pointing the finger at other people, is always what the Republican Party has been about. But, goodbye to that—thanks to Barack Hussein Obama.”
Palin said Obama’s actions, like signing and vetoing bills, making executive decisions, and giving speeches, make it impossible for Republicans to be responsible for their own actions. “If you don’t like the fact that we’ve had to vote more than 60 times to shut down Obamacare, ask our socialist-in-chief why that program is still around,” she said.
Obama’s policies are even making it impossible for otherwise rugged, individualistic people to take responsibility for what happens in their families. “Take my son Track,” she said. “Thanks to Obama, who has completely ignored the plights of our sacrificing hero veterans, my son kicked his girlfriend and threatened to shoot her with an AR-15 rifle.”
Palin’s son is an Iraq war veteran and he’s not getting the treatment he needs because of Obama’s policies, Palin said.
Palin’s son had a rocky time even before this incident, and Palin said the blame squarely falls on Obama’s shoulders. “Was it Track’s fault that he divorced his wife three years ago after only being married a year?” she said. “How could it be when his president is going around taking personal responsibility away from us?”
It was also Obama’s fault that her daughter, Bristol, became pregnant and had a baby while she was still a teenager, and that the baby’s father, Levi Johnston, posed nude for Playgirl. And when Bristol got heavily intoxicated last year at a birthday party and threw six punches at the host, it was Obama who made her do that. “If he would just let us real Americans take responsibility for our actions, we would do that, but of course that’s not what his un-American agenda is all about,” she said.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nomination front-runner, agreed with Palin that Obama and his policies are killing Republicans’ ability to take personal responsibility for anything they do. “What the hell is going on here?” he said. “We used to be the party of personal responsibility—you know, do things yourself and not push the blame off on other people—but can we do that today? Not with out current power-hungry president.”
Trump said Republicans would once again become the party of personal responsibility once he’s elected to office. “We won’t let Democrats keep us from taking responsibility for ourselves ever again,” he said. “They’ve kept us from being personally responsible for too long, and that will stop on the day I become president.”
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