In Their Own Words
by Charles Lemos, Mon Nov 23, 2009 at 10:04:07 PM EST
Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll of New Left Media are two of the best young filmmakers out there. This past weekend, they caught up with the Sarah Palin fan base in Columbus, Ohio during one of her Going Rogue book tour appearances. I'll repeat what I wrote in my post on American right-wing populism:
It is, indeed, bizarre that the dispossessed of this land should embrace the country club ideology of the Republican party but neither logic nor erudition are a defining quality of this crowd. While populism can be roughly defined as the call for the empowerment of ordinary people in all areas of life, its language is one of an us versus them. Its ethos all too often subsumed in vast conspiracy theories. It is a faith-based politics that spurns reason and eschews anything smacking of intellectualism and elitism. Theirs is a worldview defined by their own notions of what they believe to be "common sense" and they see nefarious plots afoot everywhere they look.
The other Sarah Palin story of note is her visit to the 91 year old evangelist Billy Graham in Charlotte, not so much for the visit but for the topics of conversation. Last week in an interview with Barbara Walters of ABC News, Palin gave a rather odd response to a question on the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Walters asked Palin if she agreed with the Obama policy of discouraging further growth of Israeli settlements. Palin vehemently disagreed with current US policy and then added that "more and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead."
Music to one's ears if you are Benjamin Netanyahu or a Christian Dispensationalist. For the rest of us, it is yet another worrisome sign that Sarah Palin holds religious views based on a literal interpretation of the Bible and subscribes to end times prophecies. The Charlotte Observer cites Franklin Graham, a son of the elder Graham, as saying the Palin "quizzed him on the presidents he's known and wanted his take on what the Bible says about Israel, Iran and Iraq."
In the past at her Wasilla Assembly of God church, Palin has painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.
"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."
If anything Iraq has been the devil's errand.