Sarah Palin figures since God didn’t get it done for American in 2008, she’ll have to do it herself. She has the same apocalyptic vision possessed by the Jewish Zealots in 70 C.E. That didn’t turn out so well, of course, but maybe she thinks she knows something God doesn’t. She may not plan to go down in a blaze of fiery glory like they did but one gets the idea she wouldn’t mind much either. Think of the publicity and the joys of martyrdom as God remakes the world in her image.
Oh the odes that have yet to be written!
It’s hard to say what she’s thinking of course; we can only observe that her God-interpreting track record isn’t any better than her term-of-governor-finishing track record. She’s 0-1 on both counts.
It’s amusing that the party that drove the car into the ditch thinks they should be given the keys for another round. As a public service you have got to practice tough love and keep the keys. America has to show the Republicans some tough love; for their good as well as ours.
But here is the Mama Grizzly’s take on what needs to be done:
“These two elections, 2010 and 2012, go hand-in-hand. The theme of 2010 has got to be rebuke their errors, reject, repeal; and then the theme of 2012, it’s renew, revive and restore.”
How following the same policies that got the car into the ditch in the first place are going to get the car OUT of the ditch is a mystery known only to Sarah and her Grizzly Cubs.
With true comedic ability, Sarah thinks the Republicans, who demolished the Constitution during the eight-year Bush administration, are the ones to restore it. It’s amzing how the sins of Bush have become in Republican propaganda the sins of Obama. He’s to blame in their minds for everything Bush did; heck, even 9/11 happened on his watch, and Afghanistan, which Bush invaded, is “Obama’s War.”
So what does Mama Grizzly say?
Republicans should pledge to “renew our optimistic, pioneering spirit, revive our free market system and restore constitutional limits and our standing in the world, as that abiding beacon of freedom,” and added that the message should be “not transformation but restoration with a ‘Great Awakening’ that we already feel emerging across America.”
Yikes, because nothing says freedom like torture, rendition and Gitmo. Is that the kind of Great Awakening you want, Sarah? Can we at least ask that there be books in this great awakening? And that you read more of them than you can fit on the palm of your hand?
Let’s look at where the “free market system got us.” Yeah, you’re living it. The recession of ’08, worst economic crisis since the Great Crash of ’29, and the world is still reeling. Sarah doesn’t read much so maybe she missed it.
And it’s not certain what freedoms she’s hawking. The Republicans don’t believe in many of them beyond gun ownership. They want to ban darn near everything else. They want to roll back the Constitution to…well, we’re not sure. They say the amendments are bad and need to go but gosh darn it, the Founding Fathers put amendments into the Constitution…
It’s a tough one. I’m sure Sarah will figure it out.
It’s a bit much to expect a Republican candidate to show any awareness of history that he didn’t invent himself but Sarah, I have to tell you, girl, the Great Awakening happened AFTER the American revolution. It wasn’t a religious revolution, but a secular revolution.
HINT: Let Hrafnkell break it down for ya: That’s why the Constitution is secular. That’s why the First Amendment exists. That’s why there is no mention of God, Jesus, the Ten Commandments or the Bible in the Constitution. Get it?
But of course, facts have never stood in the way of Republican rhetoric so there is no reason we should expect it to now. The Mama Grizzly wants to spew and she can’t be bothered to fact check first; and how many facts can you fit on the palm of your hand anyway?
No, what Sarah is selling America doesn’t want. The lower 48 don’t want it and neither, anymore, do Alaskans. She left them high and dry after all, and she’ll leave the rest of us high and dry too. The Mama Grizzly wants fur, kids, as much as you can be made to pay for. Like Bush, whom she wants to emulate, Sarah wants to plunder America and Americans to enrich herself. And that’s just what she’s gonna do if you let her.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.