You can attend four different colleges in six years (one of which you basically failed out of), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement.
You can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than some high-schools, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as some cities, makes you ready to potentially be President, and people don’t piss themselves with laughter.
You can say you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” even though the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s and nobody calls you a fucking moron.
You can make fun of community organizers and the work they do, but accept without question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college and a distant view of Russia.
You can convince white women who don’t even agree with you on a single issue to vote for you and your running mate because you too have ovaries.
You can fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns or your personal agenda and not be held accountable for abusing your power.
You can take nearly twenty-four hours to get to a hospital after beginning to leak amniotic fluid, and still be viewed as a great mom whose commitment to her children is unquestionable, and whose "next door neighbor" qualities make her ready to be VP.
You can give a 36-minute speech making fun of your opponents, while failing to present a substantive policy position on any issue AT ALL, and still manage to be considered a breath of fresh air for your party and a viable second in command of the biggest world power on earth.
You can attend churches whose pastors say that people who vote Democrat or criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good 'ol church-going Christian and not a religious extremist wacko.
Yes Sarah, even though you really SHOULD NOT be able to do any of those things, apparently YOU CAN.
(this post adapted from an article written by Tim Wise entitled "This is your nation on White Privilege." Thanks to Christi for sending.)