The Legendary Fairy-Tales of Bridges to Nowhere

The Legendary Fairy-Tales of Bridges to Nowhere

The Fairy-Tale of the Prehistoric Origin of Palin’s “Bridge to Nowhere”

A Fairy-Tale of the Origin and Evolution of Bridges to Nowhere

This is the animated official complete and unabridged guide to the origin and evolution of all of the various types of bridges that were ever built before the non-construction of Sarah Palin’s notorious Bridge to Nowhere. This animated tour takes us from bridges that were spontaneously made out of tree trunks to escape dangerous dinosaurs and alligators, to prehistoric bridges often constructed from groups of large boulders, to the giant steel marvels of modern engineering. Finally it takes us on a journey to The Space Bridge of the future, which unfortunately ends up being The Space Bridge to Nowhere:

An Unabridged Guide to the Origins and Evolution of the Bridge to Nowhere

Sarah Palin’s Delusional Non-Constructed Bridge to Nowhere

The Fairy-Tale of Sarah Palin’s “Bridge to Nowhere”

America’s roads are are filled with potholes, our bridges are collapsing, metro trains are crashing and killing passengers while dull-eyed engineers spend their time pecking out text messages and airlines have become flying cattle-cars. As our dams and levees burst apart, there are year-long waits to get a passport and maimed soldiers are sent back time and again to fight in an endless war. And of all these burgeoning national infernos have culminated with a book-banning, big-government goose egg from Siberia becoming briefly popular for being one hugely nasty moron. Yes, it’s the Sarah Palin fiasco!

During the past few weeks, the media has been preoccupied with documenting the number of times Sarah Palin has made and continues to make claims that have been described as biographical fairy-tales, exaggerations, half-truths and “those things where something’s not true and you know it.” However, until recently many mainstream media persons had been hesitant to publicly identify her recurring “blurrings of the truth” for what they really are: outright lies.

That reluctance may in part be based upon an apprehension about what it means to lie. For example, a person might tell a lie in order to defend her/himself against painful consequences, ridicule or criticisms. On a darker note, a person might engage in lying in order to deceive others, for example as part of an underhanded plan to commit acts of fraud. Or, as Eugene Robinson recently suggested in The Washington Post, Sarah Palin’s lying could be a symptom of something much worse: that she really believes her own fantasy-based version of events. In that case, “hypothetically” of course, the lies might serve as indicators of an ongoing denial of reality, the reflection of an impaired sense of reality testing.

From this perspective, the lies as distortions and exaggerations disclose a state of ongoing misinterpretations of perceptions and/or of experiences. In reality, however, for such persons their perceptions of situations often are either not true at all or they are highly exaggerated. When such ongoing misinterpretations also reveal an underlying theme of compensatory grandiosity that is characterized by an overly-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity, they can lay bare a state of delusional thinking. Parenthetically, in view of the very peculiar manner in which McCain chose Palin to be his running-mate (after speaking face-to-face with her just once and, even then, only on the very morning of his announcement), one might, again quite “hypothetically,” not entirely dismiss the possibility that a sense of folie à deux somehow had an influence upon his decision.

“The Bridge to Nowhere” is a Very Big Deal

The “hypothetical” suggestion of feelings of compensatory grandiosity, accompanied by a diminished capacity for reality testing, is exactly why we should consider Sarah Palin’s repeated boasts about the “Bridge to Nowhere” to be such a big deal. For example, it is important to note some of the contextual details about the proposed bridge, the Gavina Island Bridge that was supposed to connect Ketchikan, Alaska, to the Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina Island. First, keep in mind that Palin campaigned enthusiastically for a governmental earmark that would have totaled $223 million dollars to build just that one bridge. Now, view that large federal financial cost in conjunction with the following details:

First, Gravina Island had a population of only 50 persons in the 2000 census, and in 2007 the population of Ketchikan was reported to be just 7,685 persons. Second, while the airport on Gravina Island is named The Ketchikan International Airport, in fact it has just a single asphalt pavement runway and one seaplane landing area. Currently, it is served by just one commercial airline, Alaska Airlines, which flies to only four towns or cities. Third, just consider the wildly over-the-top scale of the proposed Gravina Island Bridge construction plans (linking a hamlet of 50 persons with a town of 7,685). It was to have been almost as long as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and even taller than the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe some ingenious Alaskan political porker, perhaps even Palin herself, would have christened the Gravina Island “Bridge to Nowhere” as The Sarah Palin Causeway.

Oh, yes. Can’t forget this. Nope. Sarah Palin also threw her political clout behind a project to build a road on Gravina Island that led to the Bridge to Nowhere, even though the bridge ended up not being built. It was a road to a bridge to nowhere that wasn’t even there itself, to a nonexistent bridge. And up to this very day, the state of Alaska is continuing construction on that $24 million gravel road on Gravina Island that leads up to an empty beach where the bridge would have gone.

To some (of course “just hypothetically”), this all adds up as the paradigm of a person who exhibits grandiose, delusional thinking.

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2 Responses to “The Legendary Fairy-Tales of Bridges to Nowhere”

  1. Dr X Says:

    Interesting. I’ve wondered about hysteria, myself. Which doesn’t take anything away from your speculation.

  2. disembedded Says:

    Hi Dr X,

    Well, Dr. X, you’re correct. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. in fact, they can co-exist, and when hysteria is present along with the delusional disorder, an elevated degree of emotional intensity often will engender feelings and/or actions of anger, rage and abuse of others. Sound familiar??


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