The Precise Problem with Palin

There is an article in today's Salon called "The pastor who clashed with Palin"By David Talbot which concerns itself with Sarah Palin's religious fundamentalism as it relates to government.

The primary focus of the article is the interactions between Palin and Howard Bess, a retired Baptist preacher from Wasilla's nearby neighbor town Palmer, Alaska. Bess, the author of a book entitled "Pastor, I am gay," originally came into conflict with Palin over book banning, and eventually on other social issues as well.

One issue was abortion. This from the article:

Soon after the book controversy, Bess found himself again at odds with Palin and her fellow evangelicals. In 1996, evangelical churches mounted a vigorous campaign to take over the local hospital's community board and ban abortion from the valley. When they succeeded, Bess and Dr. Susan Lemagie, a Palmer OB-GYN, fought back, filing suit on behalf of a local woman who had been forced to travel to Seattle for an abortion. The case was finally decided by the Alaska Supreme Court, which ruled that the hospital must provide valley women with the abortion option.

The thing that shook me up the most in the article was a quote from another local progressive that raises the issue of Palin's knowledge, beliefs and clear danger if she were to become president:

Another valley activist, Philip Munger, says that Palin also helped push the evangelical drive to take over the Mat-Su Borough school board. "She wanted to get people who believed in creationism on the board," said Munger, a music composer and teacher. "I bumped into her once after my band played at a graduation ceremony at the Assembly of God. I said, 'Sarah, how can you believe in creationism -- your father's a science teacher.' And she said, 'We don't have to agree on everything.'

"I pushed her on the earth's creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she'd seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them."

Munger also asked Palin if she truly believed in the End of Days, the doomsday scenario when the Messiah will return. "She looked in my eyes and said, 'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime.'"

And this from Bess:

Forget all this chatter about whether or not she knows what the Bush doctrine is. That's trivial. The real disturbing thing about Sarah is her mind-set. It's her underlying belief system that will influence how she responds in an international crisis, if she's ever in that position, and has the full might of the U.S. military in her hands. She gave some indication of that thinking in her ABC interview, when she suggested how willing she would be to go to war with Russia.

It is the clear danger of extreme religious views combined with the age and health history of John McCain that should make all voters review the potential of a radical creationist with a finger on the nuclear (noo-clee-ar) button.

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Tags: Creationism, nuclear, Radical religion, Sarah Palin (all tags)



Re: The Precise Problem with Palin

Actually, the real problem with Sarah Palin is that she installed a tanning bed in the governor's mansion.  Can you imagine???

Snark and cynicism.

by the mollusk 2008-09-16 08:14AM | 0 recs
Re: The Precise Problem with Palin

She probably even tanned in the buff!


by RichardFlatts 2008-09-16 08:54AM | 0 recs
Re: The Precise Problem with Palin

Because Palin's mind is blank on foreign policy, the neo-cons get to fill it up with their dangerous philosophy. For example, where Bush watered down his 2002 version of the Bush Doctrine of the US right to preemptive war, the neocons told Palin to support it (even though she didn't know what it was), and she obeyed.

by Zzyzzy 2008-09-16 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: The Precise Problem with Palin

I have to say that this problem is really my problem with McCain instead of Palin.

1. McCain should have known that any politico would accept an offer of being the V.P. He should have known.

  1. McCain should have known that she lied on her use of governmental money.
  2. McCain should have known that Palin's family is not an example to follow when dealing with underage teen pregnancy, abstinence, and anti-choice activities.
  3. McCain should have known that someone who prays to God for a pipeline, a misuse of prayer in my book, is cognizent enough to be a V.P.
  4. McCain should have known that someone who abuses power to get back at people is unacceptable as V.P. (especially to the detriment of the people of Alaska).
  5. McCain should have known that women are not stupid. Women look at their own pocketbooks because they only make 73 cents on the $1 that men make, thanks to people like Palin and McCain.
  6. McCain should have known that someone who left her own city in $20+ million in debt would not be able to handle the financial crisis that is affecting the U.S.
  7. McCain should have known that someone who is tin-eared enough to charge rape victims for their own rape kits, and then lie about it, its not acceptable to the American public. It might be acceptable in Alaska, but I'm sure even Christ would look down on it (and many other activities espoused by Palin and her un-Christian, judgmental, extremist, brothers and sisters).
  8. McCain will be the oldest President and has a good chance of not serving out his term, why does he think we need someone who has shown no respect for the Constitution of the U.S. (not the great new country of Alaska) and will not destroy a women's right to choose, contraception, sex education, and basically any scientific education in the U.S.

So, my problem with Palin is really my problem with McCain and his judgment of picking Palin. Palin is just taking an opportunity which should have never been given her--which anyone would take if they are given them.

It reminds me of people who watch programs like American Gladiator or some Wrestling Show and say, "I can do that." And, then if they try, they get their brains beaten out of them. Or they watch Mythbusters and say "cool, I can do that"...then they blow up their house.  Palin looked at the job of V.P. and's basically nothing, I can do that. Then the country looked at McCain and said..."you know, he can die, and she 'can't do that'."

My problem with Palin is that McCain should have known better than subject the country to this.

by johnrarch 2008-09-16 09:43AM | 0 recs


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