News Intelligence Analysis
August 29, 2008 at 22:51:20
The Sarah Palin Strategy
Ready for a War on Christians? Like the War on Christmas!
Diary Entry by OhioBlues
Doug Wead, Karl Rove and Sarah Palin: Why we must remain vigilant, trust in the electorate being hard to come by in these times.
Bush family friend and insider, the man who coined the term "Compassionate Conservative," Doug Wead, seems to think John McCain has made the mother of all picks in choosing Sarah Palin. Could Wead, H.W.'s liason to the Religious Right and spiritual advisor to W, know more than we?
Upon learning the news, Matthew Staver, Chairman of Liberty Alliance Action, Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law said of the choice, "Absolutely brilliant. . . ."The excitement was palpable among conservative leaders when they heard that Gov. Palin was Sen. McCain's choice for Vice President. There is a high level of optimism among conservative leaders that the McCain-Palin combination is a ticket that will connect with values voters."
Rev. Rob Shenk, President of the conservative and pro-life National Clergy Council, was equally enthused, stating that Palin is all the medicine needed to excite and energize religious and political conservatives.
More troubling is the excitement Wead expresses regarding the battle lines being set up at this very moment between liberal commentators, or as he says, "MSNBC" and evangelical Christians. According to Wead, when the mainstream press comes out swinging regarding Palin's belief in Creationism or like thinking, they will give immeasurable if unknowing help to the McCain camp. How, you ask?
Remember "The War on Christmas?" Though contrived and silly to most, in and of itself, the supposed attack on Christianity was sheer marketing brilliance. The Religious Right, as does any group, never rallies the troops better than when crying persecution. Sarah Palin's beliefs and the liberal reaction to them are just another God-given opportunity for the Christian Right branders to don their hairshirts and bring out the vote. To think we have to fight yet another Scope's trial, and this one with a former beauty pageanteer, is ludicrous and absurd.
But it's not only her evolutionary disbelief we have to consider. The numbers that her virulent anti-choice beliefs and NRA love-of-the-hunt stances will bring in should concern us, and concern us greatly. Yes, we've seen this game before and thought ourselves past it. Nothing could be further from the truth. With Ken Blackwell helping write the GOP platform and Sarah Palin sexing up the values voter's charge, the evangelical network will come alive in force.
Having suffered through J. Kenneth Blackwell's attempted "character coup" in Ohio, I have grave concerns about the intersection of the Religious Right and the integrity of the vote, as well as of their pervasive and ever-growing political influence.
Comment by John Sanchez, Jr.:
Richard Vigurie on the Ed Schultz radio show...was effusive in his praise of the choice, as well.
It is not Christians that offend, however. That's too big a net. It is the right wing Christian dominionists that are a danger, along with much of the rest of the right that does not subscribe to that particular religious belief.
John Sanchez Jr. (on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 8:44:08 AM. I am a Midwesterner, veteran of VietNam era naval service, I still feel an obligation to defend the Constitution against "all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Comment by richard:
Responding to Sanchez: Thanks that you clarified that for the reader. It is precisely true. Christianity is a large pot. And the fundies are not the largest piece of meat in the stew. But they are a threat and they do appear to grow as the fear mongers in the government monger away.
by richard on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 7:33:17 PM. Education: Kent State, Graduate work in philosophy of logic, of science, Ph.D. SIU neuroscientist, forensic neuropsychologist, PostDoc Medical College of Ohio, Preferred activities: Restoring British motorcycles, cars, Matchless, Austin Healey, Triumph, Jaguar, building an engine, programming a computer. Other stuff: SDS 1968, antiwar, 911 truth advocate, anticorporatist, anti-classist, anti-neocon, pissed off. Best thing: Father. Blessed.
OhioBlues: Having suffered through J. Kenneth Blackwell's attempted "character coup" in Ohio, I have grave concerns about the intersection of the Religious Right and the integrity of the vote, as well as of their pervasive and ever-growing political influence.
Please, please know that My piece above is not meant to be about Christianity, but fundamentalism, which has become the very vocal minority. And now, enter Sarah Palin.
by OhioBlues on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 8:35:19 PM
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