Sarah Palin is making the rounds these days, talking up “common sense conservatism,” explaining how her views are not “extremist” but rather the simple will of the people. Clearly she’s gunning for the White House with this talk, but Palin is too clever to announce just yet. First she’s going to sell America on her brand; the same brand America rejected two years ago. And in order to do that, she has to distance herself from the perceptions that she’s ignorant while selling her Mama Grizzly “authenticity” and “pioneer gal” image to us and definitely avoid appearances of extremism or reminders of her tight connections to the AIP.
To this end, press isn’t encouraged when Palin gives her Dominionist talks for anti-choice organizations; she waters down the extremism and wraps it in a Reagan Mommie image palatable if not adored by the average American when presenting her image outside of the closeted, secretive venue of the far Right religious extremism, within which she operates.
Vanity Fair just released an exclusive email sent to Palin right before her October 2, 2008 debate with then Senator Joe Biden.
Many thousands are fasting and praying for you. I know you’ve heard it, but I believe this is an Esther moment in your life. Esther hid her identity until Mordecai challenged her to risk everything for such a time as this. Your identity is “Sarah Barracuda”. Esther removed corruption from the Persian government and Haman fell. She didn’t have experience, she had grace and favor. Sarah, don’t hide your identity tonight. There will be questions given to you that you don’t know, and I have been weeping over you. I believe the Lord would have you be real. If they ask you a question that you don’t know, don’t be ashamed to say: “I don’t have the experience of 30 years of politics like Senator Biden, but what I have is character, truth, and integrity, and I haven’t been seduced by 30 years of political and moral compromise like these men in DC. I believe America is not looking for more knowledge, they are looking for more character and more truth, and that is who I am. I refuse the politics of neutrality. I will stand for the family, I will stand on foundations of truth and this nation will be better for it.
Sarah I’m sure you’re doing this, but take a moment to still yourself before the Lord. The Lord is a shield about you. To those who have no strength, the Lord will show Himself powerful.
Sarah, I could be wrong, but I’ve been praying for five years for an Esther, with dreams of being a Mordecai to that Esther. I believe you’re the one and I think you’re even wearing a life band. Tonight don’t be ashamed to plead for the life of the unborn and all the wounded woman who have gone through this holocaust. You can throw this email away, but I have 50 young people fasting and praying day and night who are shouting tonight: “Grace, grace to you!”
We love you,
This email has Palin defenders up in arms. They claim this fellow is some wacko and that Palin doesn’t see herself as Queen Esther. In doing so, they admit that they sense the imminent danger of discovery, and intuitively know that Palin’s religious ideas must be hidden from the general population if she is to rise to her “God mantled position as President”.
But the author of this email is not some wacko. Well, actually, he might be a wacko but he is a wacko of kindred spirits with Palin. Pastor Lou Engle founded a movement known as the Call, which has coordinated widespread prayer and fasting to protest health-care reform and same-sex marriage. He’s also got a history of fire-breathing insanity, such as saying, “The most “dangerous terrorist” is not Islam but God. One of God’s names is the avenger of blood. Have you worshiped that God yet.”
See, this kind of religion – religion as political weapon – is right up Palin’s alley, so claiming she has no relationship to his email is disingenuous. Palin has been prayed over by a Kenyan witch-doctor, she has a religious adviser named Mary Glazier who claims Palin was mantled for the Presidency and whose followers were actually praying for John McCain to die when the pair got elected, so that Palin could take her rightful position.
These are facts.
Palin’s first act as Governor was to dedicate Alaska to Jesus in a private ceremony that took place on a mountain top.
Sarah Palin is a religious extremist. She does believe she is divinely ordained to lead this country. But the problem isn’t just her enormously inappropriate ego or the dangerous extremism combined with her willful lack of knowledge regarding this country’s government and laws. That’s just scratching the surface.
The real problem with someone who holds Palin’s beliefs is that they believe in End Times, which explains Palin’s constant war mongering and utterly insane threats to Muslim nations. Palin believes the wars we are fighting are Holy Wars and that she was mantled to come into office to finish the Muslims off for good, bringing about End Times at which point, she and the chosen will be uplifted to Heaven through a portal in Alaska.
No, this isn’t a joke.
The myth of Palin as savior of the world is based upon utter fallacy and fantasy. Palin presents herself to us as the “alternative” to the “DC boys”, but Palin as a leader was actually more corrupt, less fiscally responsible, and more morally bankrupt than even your average Republican. But her followers couldn’t care less about how Palin governed or that she was a socialist. They care about the myth and the fantasy.
The myth of Palin is that she is every right wing male’s ultimate woman; she’s hot, she cooks up home-cooked stews from animals she shot and killed and cleaned herself, all while spitting out baby after baby and running around the country setting Americans on the morally straight road. Wow. That’s some woman.
But in reality, Palin manages photographs of herself like a celebrity with a brand to maintain. Palin has not been a mother to be admired in many ways (her children’s constant scrapes with the law among other things speak to this, if not her careless treatment of Trig). Palin and her husband don’t have a loving relationship of trust (they throw canned goods at one another and scream “fu*k you!” among other less savory reports). She isn’t out killing animals to feed her family; she’s sending her personal assistant and nanny to Costco or Todd is out scrounging up a neighbor’s moose meat for a photo op. And her personal morals make Richard Nixon look like Mr. Rogers.
This email is just one more smoke signal coming from the same general direction. Sarah Palin is a religious extremist whose belief is that Biblical law should supersede our government.
If you’ve ever wondered how Palin can seem so confident, be so full of hubris, even after her rather relentless bouts of humiliation regarding her lack of knowledge, it’s because she believes God chose her to lead us. She feels entitled to this. This is also why she is so bitter about Obama, whom she views as the usurper. Just yesterday Palin was tweeting out that Lisa Murkowski should step down and respect the will of the people, and yet it’s never occurred to Palin that the same could and should be said to her.
The will of the people was made clear on November of 2008. We rejected Sarah Palin. And yet she constantly tries to undermine the winner and therefore the will of the people. Before the election, Palin made it clear that she thought God had chosen her and they would win. When it turned out she was wrong, we never heard anything about God’s mistake. Instead, Palin proceeded to quit her job and then try to run the country from her mini-White House in Wasilla.
The problem here is that Palin is not dealing with or living in reality. Palin sees herself as the Queen in a democracy; she views herself as divinely ordained in a secular democracy. When the voters speak but she doesn’t like their answer, she pretends it never happened.
Sarah Palin will be running for President in 2012. She will present herself as the “outsider”, representing the average American. This will excuse her lack of knowledge and even make her more likable among a certain segment. Any time her opponent responds to her, she will frame it as the Devil coming after her because she is the force of God. Her followers already do this; they believe Obama is the usurper and that anyone who criticizes Palin is evil. On some Palin fan sites, you can regularly read (or you could before they blocked the public from viewing their posts and forums) about how evil the press, Obama, and bloggers are. As in, doing the Devil’s work. And because of this, she will never have to be accountable to the people.
This serves nicely to mask Palin’s inability to answer questions, as well as to sell her as the persecuted Jesus; a feeling the far Right has nursed until it’s their sole identifying characteristic.
Any questioning of Palin is always framed as an attack. And look at her. She’s so pretty, just a nice normal mom. What awful person would dare attack her, when she’s just standing up for the average American, and heck, ya’ know, she might not be book smart like you, but that doesn’t mean you’re any better than her.
And that message goes right to the heart of a resentful group who secretly fear that they are indeed, not good enough. Their easily wounded pride rises up against any perceived attack on their Queen.
See the dilemma? To question Palin is to “attack” her.
Palin is the leading warrior in the war of the right wing theocracy on America, but most Americans will never see it coming, because the majority of the press has dismissed Palin as stupid.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.