Sarah Palin spoke out forcefully today against Barack Obama’s plan to change the direction of the U.S. space program. “The red planet is red because it’s socialist,” she said of the president’s decision to have NASA undertake a mission to Mars by the 2030s. The charge came as the former Alaska governor campaigned for Senator John McCain’s reelection bid.
Palin’s extensive knowledge of Mars was on display, telling a rally of admirers in the town of Cuello Muy Rojo, Arizona: “As governor of Alaska I could see Mars from Alaska at certain times in the evening.”
“Plus, what I remember from auditing Western Civ at one of those colleges is that Mars is the god of war. Sounds like the sort of place we shouldn’t be sending unarmed space ships,” Palin said.
Noting that another name for Mars is Ares, Palin said the President’s Mars plan is the latest in a pattern of questionable associations, which she first spoke about as McCain’s vice presidential running mate in 2008. “First he was pallin’ around with terrorists like Bill Ayers, which sounds like Ares, so Obama is probably now pallin’ around with Martian terrorists too,” she told the cheering crowd.
Palin said that if Republicans take control of Congress in the fall midterm elections, GOP leaders would seek to replace the Mars plan with one that stresses vigilance over discovery. “Unless we’re talking about discovery of illegal Martian socialists living among us — Bill Ayers — America shouldn’t be trying to go there, we should be stopping them from coming here.”
Palin took the opportunity to voice support for Arizona’s new draconian immigration law, calling the measure long overdue. “The police now have more and stronger tools to stop Draconians from landing on Earth and find the ones who are already here,” she said.