Monday, September 22, 2008


WHY Palin's right-wing religious extremism matters:

Yes, she believes in [the End-Times]. Of course she believes in them. Her former pastor believes that Alaska will be the refuge for the faithful in the lower 48 states when the Rapture comes. She is a Biblical literalist who denies evolution - who has to deny evolution - to remain in her church. She believes - because she has to believe - that the earth was created 6,000 years ago. And she believes that the Apocalypse will start in the Middle East. Sam Harris sees it clearly, as usual:

Palin's spiritual colleagues describe themselves as part of "the final generation," engaged in "spiritual warfare" to purge the earth of "demonic strongholds." Palin has spent her entire adult life immersed in this apocalyptic hysteria. Ask yourself: Is it a good idea to place the most powerful military on earth at her disposal? Do we actually want our leaders thinking about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when it comes time to say to the Iranians, or to the North Koreans, or to the Pakistanis, or to the Russians or to the Chinese: "All options remain on the table"?

It is now 24 days since she was announced as a potential president of the United States next January and she still hasn't given a news conference or has any plans to hold one. This black-out of all serious press access has never happened in modern American political history before.

If that doesn't concern you, what will?
In the video that accompanies the article, she makes it crystal clear that nothing she does as governor to enrich the lives of Alaskans would matter if people's hearts weren't right with God.

One 72-year-old heartbeat from the button?


Craig Hickman said...

Well, a man who isn't afraid to lose is also not afraid to win.

If he said, "I've got nothing to lose," that would be much different.

I'm also remembering that video he posted shortly after he became the presumptive nominee.

He told his staff that we didn't have a choice anymore. If we had lost the primary, we'd grieve and then get back to work to get the democratic nominee elected. But since we won, this was the end of the road. We had to win. Losing wasn't an option because the results of this election could mean life or death.

If I can find it, I'll let you know.

Craig Hickman said...

I think I get what you mean.

I also think he's actually shown it recently.

But I hear you. It's a style thing, I think. I honestly think he gets it deep down.

I could be wrong, but I trust my gut.

I don't think he's ever going to be as emotionally expressive as you want him to be.

You should meet me. I've got enough to go around. ;)