With the recent revelations of Sarah Palin’s unbelievable lack of knowledge regarding civics and geography, I was intrugued to think about what other things she may not know. I have blogged about Palin’s ignorance for a while now. This will be my last Palin pile on.
Palin described herself incessantly as a maverick.
According to Webster’s dictionary, the term maverick is a ranching term describing an animal yet to be branded especially a motherless calf.
It was stated that Palin had no idea what countries made up NAFTA.
Obviously, the North American Free Trade Agreement signatories are Canada, the United States and Mexico. Yes, Mexico is indeed a country in North America. Speaking of Mexico… Its capital, Mexico City, is the most populous city in North America and if you count its suburbs it’s the most populous urban area in the western hemisphere with 26 million inhabitants or roughly 38 times more populous than the entire state of Alaska. Scholarly research would have revealed that the countries of Central America, Caribbean, Bermuda and Greenland are considered geographically part of the North American continent.
Reports indicate that the almost-VP thought that Africa was a country and not a continent.
Had she done her homework, Ms. Palin would have known that Africa is made up of 53 countries and 7 dependencies. Knowing that Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya, she should have figured out that Kenya is a country in Africa. Being a woman, she should have known that the last female to win the Nobel Peace Prize was Wangari Maathai (2004). The Kenyan born environmentalist is one of the leading global voices for women’s rights.
Most surprising, Fox news reported that Palin believed that the Republic of South Africa was part of the country of Africa and not a country within the continent.
Sarah Palin should have known that the Republic of South Africa is the wealthiest country (total GDP) on the entire continent. A little research would have taught her that Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president of the nation. She probably should have known that Mandela spent 28 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and was released from prison on February 11, 1990. Then again, maybe not, she was probably too busy celebrating her 26th birthday on that day.
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