(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


(The Washington Post)—This is a strange, unsatisfying story about public figures and public outrage.

It starts with this provocative metaphor: Our ever-rising national debt is like slavery.

That statement involves economics and history and even a degree of poetic imagination, but more important, it involves moral judgment — or lack of it.

Last fall, at a fundraiser in Iowa, celebrity-politician Sarah Palin re-ignited the furnace of condemnation that keeps her warm by telling a crowd of supporters:

“Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money comes due and, this isn’t racist, so try it, try it anyway, this isn’t racist, but it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. Right? We are going to be beholden to a foreign master.”

The Internet melted down.


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