Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Nuts are Loose.

BOSTON - Sarah Palin rallied the conservative tea-party movement near the scene of its historical inspiration Wednesday, telling Washington politicians that government should be working for the people, not the other way around.
Addressing roughly 5,000 people, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee accused President Obama of over-reaching with his $787 billion stimulus program. She also criticized the administration's health-care, student-loan and financial regulatory overhauls.
"Is this what their 'change' is all about?" Palin asked the crowd at Boston Common. "I want to tell 'em, nah, we'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion, and you can keep the change."
She really said that. Honestly. Some things are too crazy to make up - even here. Read that last line again. The one that goes like this:
"I want to tell 'em, nah, we'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion, and you can keep the change."
Out of all the things in the Constitution, she chose to emphasize guns and religion - never stopping to think that the Constitution specifies the separation of church and state or which religion she was talking about. Oh -- I remember -- there is only one, right?
But wait, there's more...
She also lobbied for more domestic energy production. "Yeah, let's drill, baby, drill, not stall, baby, stall - you betcha," Palin said, though Obama recently proposed to expand drilling off the Atlantic, and Gulf coasts.
Is she aware that she is a parody of herself? She must have felt compelled to add the final you betcha in there, lest she disappoint her hundreds of fans and Tina Fey. And, by the way, thanks Tina, for making her a pop culture icon. You're no help at all.
People like Sarah Palin are more dangerous than Al Qaeda, and we went half-way across the planet to wipe them out. She advocates guns and religion and people cheer without thinking. Something tells me that they don't want to think, which is probably why they attend rallies to begin with.
Reacting in a big group beats sitting in a room and thinking to yourself and (Gun Forbid) coming up with a rational decision based on ... choke ... facts. Some wingnut like Palin starts in on her agenda and they scream in delight. Why? Because they are supposed to. Why else do you show up at a Tea Party rally? Was there tea or just Kool-Aid?
I don't fear religion as much as I fear religious people and I don't fear guns as much as I fear the people carrying them around.
Mostly though, I fear Sarah Palin. She lost an election 18 months ago (McCain didn't lose as much as she lost it for him) but she won't go away. Dan Quayle and Mike Dukakis went away, but she hangs around like Jason in those "Friday the 13th" movies. You think he's gone, but that disembodied hand rises up out of the swamp, they play that creepy music and in 3 months he's back with Part Six. We have allowed her to stick around long enough to write a book and roam the country making speeches in front of people who bought her book.
If she sticks around until 2012 (which seems to be her purpose) and is somehow [gulp] elected to something, we'll all need to pray and buy a gun because the idiots will have indeed taken charge of the asylum.


Anonymous said...

You are aware, of course, the the Constitution says nothing about seperation of church and state?

Anthony said...

Of course I am. Not in those words, but if one can read one can know...

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion", impeding the free exercise of religion...

IF you cannot establish it or impede it, then it must be separate from government.

Semantics, my anonymous friend. In addition, the concept often credited in its original form to the English political philosopher John Locke, the phrase separation of church and state is generally traced to the letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the Danbury Baptists, in which he referred to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as creating a "wall of separation" between church and state.
The phrase was quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947.