Back in May of 2010 Sarah Palin went on Fox news with Bill O'Reilly and called for U.S. law to be based on the Christian Bible.
Palin is reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2012 and has millions of supporters here in the United States.
During her interview, Palin gushed: “I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” adding, “They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments."
The Constitution was originally written to say,
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Also in the United States Constitution (Article 6, paragraph 3) states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
In addition there was Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 wherein he describes the "wall of separation between church and state," and explains to the Danbury Baptists that the federal government cannot and will not favor one religion over another or declare an official state religion for the United States of America.
So, our founding fathers said that Congress cannot make any laws that are based on any Gods or any religious books or any religious dogma and Sarah Palin turns around and says that our founding fathers intended that all of our laws would be based on the Christian God and the Christian Bible and Christian dogma.
So, glossing over the fact that Sarah Palin is either dishonest enough to lie about America’s founding fathers or stupid enough to actually believe that America’s founding fathers wanted a Christian theocracy, can you imagine how deranged it would be if we did as Sarah Palin says and re-wrote American law so that it was based on the Ten Commandments?
Now, most Christians can’t even tell you what the Ten Commandments are. And I’m certain that Sarah Palin’s millions of sycophantic groupies aren’t any smarter. So as a free educational service I’m going to tell you what all ten of the commandments are and I’m going to explain why it would be disruptive, chaotic and illogical to make them the basis for America’s legal system.
Sarah Palin had the following "target list" on her website:
It was deleted from her website following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Nice going, Sarah. Are you happy now?
How are those "second amendment remedies" looking now?
Just another fine example of inappropriate political discourse in use and its all-too-predictable effects. Brought to you, with gusto, by the Teabaggers and Republicans of the United States of America. Or -- perhaps more appropriately from their warped perspective -- that should be "the Untied States" of America.
Image courtesy of Matt Yglesias. Used w/o permission.
From the NY Daily News we get a glimpse into the making of th reality show featuring the GOP Queen of Welfare, both wingnut welfare and federal handouts wise, Sarah Palin:
Make sure to check out the premiere of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Sunday night.
After all, we helped bankroll it.
I don't mean the new reality show.
I mean the state.
Alaska gets $1.84 in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.
We in New York get just 79 cents on the dollar.
Which means we subsidize Alaska even as it enjoys a $2 billion-plus budget surplus.
I know that this topic comes up often where I live.... Because Connecticut is one of those many blue states that pays the welfare out to the many red states that would be bankrupt without the Federal handouts.
Alaska epitomizes the reality snow job show that is Red State Welfare.
The only reason there even "appears" to be a Nanny state that the conservatives rail about is because there is a crapload of childish red staters that have proven they are unable to get by without the rest of the USA taking care of you: Make the jump»
A friend recently made the observation that Sarah Palin's decision to explore -- and probably take aim at -- the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination could result in the ultimate destruction of the (currently highly corrupt and obscenely disingenuously arrogant) Republican Party leadership, politicians / pundits and all.
I think that's possible and agree, but within a half-a-tick of reading my friend's words I had another thought.
A much darker one, and one that is at least equally likely to occur.
Here's what my friend said:
Even if she doesn't win the nomination, the damage she can do will be incredible -- because she's such a selfish drama queen she'll pitch a destructive hissy-fit when she loses and her supporters will sit on their hands for the nominee.
And here are my thoughts on it:
There's another, darker aspect that we need to keep in mind, too: the folks who initiated the Tea Party did so by igniting and provoking the "Borg" of the radical right.
Those various bonfires have been steadily stoked and fed, all the while building a much larger supply of potential powder kegs made from smoke, mirrors, straw and excrement.
If the 'baggers feel they've been swindled out of having "their" victory (through the vagaries of fortune and a new mystical rite called 'Democracy'), they're likely to set themselves off.
It's like building a LEGO robot that moves by pogo stick, then steadily loading it with old sticks of dynamite and nitro, and tying it all to mercury-filled deadman's switch.
The GOP's lost sight of the controller for their ill-conceived LEGO robot-monster, and it's not going to be pretty.
And there may be far more unintended consequences, and casualties, than even the GOP's most stalwart murderers and thieves would be comfortable with.
So, there you have it: the potential for the law of unexpected consequences to rear up and bite us all in collective ass.
What do you think? Please jump in and discuss with us in comments below.
To see this discussion at its original location, check out this thread at Pulling to the Left on DelphiForums. Feel free to jump in here, too -- the water's fine. -- GHMake the jump»
All we need now to complete the set is some idiot with a name starting with "C" who claims to have dabbled in witchcraft and clearly can't tell the different between between witchcraft (which, in modern usage as a religion, generally refers to neopaganism) and satanism...
Oh, wait -- nevermind. It's a good thing Christine O'Donnell is such a strong spokeperson for the Tea Party and "values movement." She can quickly rise up through the ranks of Tea Party apostate and become a co-chair of Fantasyland with Sarah Palin, who has ~also~ dabbbled in "witchcraft" -- African witchcraft, in fact -- as part of her holy "Christian" background.
I'm sure America and the world would just love to see what kind of
damage restoration these two wackos -- and all their friends -- have in store for us.
If you still don't believe that the tea party has the potential of completely upsetting our American apple cart, you probably also think this new 'internet' thing is only a passing fad. Yes, it is true that the 'baggers have reduced the pressure on Democrats, who are now a little less likely to lose control of Congress, but this is no time to relax. The 'baggers have shown that they can win--and win against long odds. That could still happen in November.
The day after the height of the brouhaha over Terry Jones and his powerful (24-member) church and its threat to religious tolerance (and the day of the first reported death resulting--in Afganistan) comes a review of Joaquin Phoenix's new movie, I'm Still Here, about the ennui of fame.
Sometimes the fates collude, perhaps trying to make us think, and not just react. Make the jump»
And, yes, no doubt that Pork has more political pull across the spectrum than Sarah Palin does. But none of this should come as a surprise given that we already knew that Socialism is as popular as the Tea Party.
Just a quick picture from a Pew Research poll conducted from July 29 to August 1, of where the Republican party, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have failed even more than Barack Obama in their messaging:
Journalism is a totally unregulated profession. It always has been and it should always be so, even when it fails miserably to do its job.
The dirty little secret about journalism is that you don’t need any special training to call yourself a journalist. You don’t need a license, you don’t need to join a union, and heck, you don’t even need a job or income to call yourself a journalist.
So, if you would happen to wake up someday disgruntled with your miserable life, you could grab a pen and a paper and write a news story. Once finished, you could declare yourself a journalist. It’s that easy. Well, almost.
Here’s a quick history of journalism in America from a little book published several years ago by the Indiana University Press.* Make the jump»
I thought the last post on Palin and Paul would have been it... But, h/t to jimstaro, I believe this may be "The One":
Politicians aren't known for being the humblest bunch. But there's a Tea Party-backed candidate for Congress whose ego-boosting seems to have gone a step further than usual. Tim D'Annunzio, a Republican candidate in North Carolina's Eighth District, has actually claimed to be the Messiah, according to sources in court documents.
Providing even further proof that real life can be funnier than anything even The Onion can make up... Sarahcuda circles the "lamestream media" like a blind and toothless fish out of water:chasing her own tale:
A reader points out that one of the fed-up claims in Sarah Palin's defense of Nikki Haley -- that the "lamestream media" reported she was "living in the Hamptons" -- refers to a pretty blunt and obvious satire in a local New York publication, Dan's Papers.
Just be thankful that she is as clueless as a political and ideological foe as we could ever hope for. We can only hope for this kind of idiocy from her Kentucky ideological clone, Rand Paul. Make the jump»
[ed note -CM1] Bumped for some Christianist food for thought.
Do Republicans want to turn America into a Christian theocracy?
This is not a question that news anchors or political analysts have been asking (at least not in public), but maybe they should be.
Republican leader Mike Huckabee has gone on record as saying that the Constitution of the United States of America should be amended to conform to the word of God. That sounds pretty straightforward to me. Make the jump»
And so I am left wondering how this can help any GOP candidate?
Last week a Quinnipiac Poll showed that the more people learned about Sarah Palin, the worse her numbers got. This week? A new poll with about 2/3 of Republicans giving her favorables is the only thing propping her dismal numbers up. Outside of the ever shrinking minority of GOP voters the Dems give her about 15% favorables and the idependents? About 33%.
Given the trends of the last few election cycles, slightly growing number of Dem affiliated voters and the fast growth of indies and a continued decline in GOP membership? She could probably come close in the election for Mayor of Wassilla right now. But that is about it.
Has anyone mentioned to the GOP that the fact that they have wildly unpopular leaders - outside of their own party base for certain - and their continued advocacy for failed and incompetent policies that got us in an economic ditch may be leading to their continued decline? When it comes to the Free Market Run Amok? Voters can and will "just say no!" after what the last 30 years of Reagan/Bush trickle down voodoo just did to the American economy.
And as a side note below the fold: Make the jump»