Ah, I’ve been buried lately with work deadlines, and they’re still a few months away. I feel like a negligent blogger. But, here’s some stuff to check out:
Take a guess: From The Onion or CNN?
Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she would be honored to help President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an “unrepentant domestic terrorist.”
Via: The Intersection (Answer here)
Also from Sarah Palin:
“You know, I have — faith is a very big part of my life. And putting my life in my creator’s hands — this is what I always do. I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don’t let me miss an open door. And if there is an open door in ‘12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.” (Source)
And, I’m sure you’ve already heard about the latest display of ignorance: she didn’t know the three countries involved in NAFTA, and didn’t know that Africa was a continent, and still hasn’t figured out what the Vice-President’s job was.
Sorry, I should probably just stop talking about Sarah Palin now that the election is over. I just can’t stand her. Sarah Palin : Political Power as Golem : “My Precious”. She doesn’t care what she has to do, she just wants and needs to be president – i.e. the most powerful person on earth (isn’t that a terrifying thought). It would be easy to ignore her except that so many Republicans (e.g. Bill O’Reilly) still are going out of their way to build up her image. They apparently love this sad excuse for a politician. Unbelievable. I have to agree with this guy, when he says that Republicans are the party of ignorance – abstinence-only education, anti-global warming, smoking isn’t necessarily addictive (Bob Dole, 1996), evolution is a lie, and are less likely to even have a passport (i.e. see the world outside our glorious Jesusland), etc. Palin has established herself as more ignorant than anyone else – and that makes her a Republican celebrity.
(Admittedly, I’m an economic moderate, so I don’t have big problems with fiscal conservative Republicans – just social conservatives and the attempts to twist/ignore reality. And I don’t see the Republican party letting go of the ignorant wing of their party.)
On the positive side, at least we know the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012 – which will still be inside Obama’s first term.
One thing I’ve been thinking about lately, though, is how these Evangelical Christian Conservatives (which is, by the way, the version of Christianity I was raised in) are like little busy-bodies. They believe God will “make a way”, so they can’t even evaluate the situation or their likelihood of success. In some situations, that can be devastating if failure has terrible consequences – e.g. the Children’s Crusade, or wars in general. (It also reminds me of a lot of Muslim militants – who believe Allah will ‘make a way’ – but in reality, they’re just stirring up trouble and starting a fight they can’t win. For example: Taliban abandon surrender plan after ‘prophetic dream’. It’s magical thinking in both cases.) It also means that being qualified for their job as president isn’t a big priority. (Just pray, and God will lead you!) On the other hand, the fact that they are disconnected from reality makes them little busy-bodies constantly trying to interject themselves. Here in Colorado, a 21-year old Christian busy-body got a proposed Amendment onto the ballot to define a personhood as beginning at conception. It got completely shot down (nearly 75% of voters said “no” to the proposed Amendment) – showing just how out-of-touch she was, and how she never considered her objective chances of success. But every once in a while, they get lucky with their pot-shots. Even worse, they’re gaining experience and we’ll have to shoot them down again in the future.