Sarah Palin: Rising Demagogue
"The difference between me and a pit bull? . . . The moustache."
After watching Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night, I can only say: Lipstick or no lipstick, keep this pit bull on a chain. Palin's sarcasm and arrogance were way over the top. This new supposed "star" of the GOP approaches populist demagoguery of the worst kind, and America needs none of it.
And if you couldn't read the woman from her speech, consider the following from an Associated Press report today:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a 'task that is from God.'
In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it 'God's will.'
Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.
'Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,' she said. 'That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan.'
I'm a Christian myself--one who knows the Bible far better than Sarah Palin does. And I'll say it in no uncertain terms: We've had far too much of this kind of thing in our politics.
Politicians who confidently identify their policy--especially in the case of war--with God's will are blaspheming. As if George W. Bush knows what God's will is. As if this hockey mom is speaking for God. Just because you strongly support a policy doesn't mean it has God's imprimatur on it. Just because you fly an American flag over it doesn't mean it comes from Heaven.
People say the evangelicals love this woman already. It's interesting. Particularly as a Christian, I'm now more against McCain's candidacy than I was before he chose Palin. At least McCain has things in his record that show a respect for law, for due process in deciding to go to war. Now he's picked this smart alec demagogue for VP. We've had enough of such smart alecs.
I'm Obama all the way.
The AP article in full:
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