A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY…. I’ve been shying away from “foolish people saying foolish things” posts, unless there’s some kind of larger significance to the remarks, but once in a while, gems come along that are hard to resist.

Take former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R), for example, who hosted a 9/11 event on Saturday in Alaska with her Fox News colleague, Glenn Beck. Tickets went for as much as $225 a pop, and even in Palin’s home state, the event couldn’t sell out.

Those who couldn’t make it missed out on some insightful words of wisdom. (via Blue Texan)

“This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies,” Palin said to cheers from the crowd.

I see. So, the French, in the 19th century, gave the United States this beautiful statue as “a warning” about the dangers of international conformity. And the real point the French of the 1870s wanted to get across was the importance of Americans steering clear of socialism.

As for how Palin comes up with this gibberish, your guess is as good as mine.

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