Thursday, September 4, 2008

"A Pit Bull with Lipstick?"

Last night, Sarah Palin gave her "speech of a lifetime." Ms. Palin appeared out of nowhere and now is on everyone's radar screen. John McCain, so it is said, was having some difficulty connecting with the Republican base (ie. evangelicals/fundamentalists). Sarah was Johnny's answer as to how to "hook-up" with those Republicans who failed to find the good senator "righteous" enough for the job.

It was a calculated gamble. However, it seems to be paying off. Sarah has become the darling of the Christian Right, sending quivers of delight through the James Dobson crowd. Now, finally, it seems as if the Holy Guardians of Our Morality are fully on board. Ms. Palin seems to be just what they were looking for in a running mate.

Last night, the RNC reminded me of several things. There was the emotionalism of a Holiness tent meeting. There was raucous applause when ever Sarah mentioned war, or pursuing energy policy that will contribute to a decline in the environment. That good ol' George Bush disregard for the other nations in the world and the other 80%+ people that inhabit the planet was there aplenty. I'm sure the delegates were well aware that Sarah is as willing as Mr. McCain to fight a hundred years in Iraq. Typical Right-wing hubris, and that's for sure.

The curious thing is that all of that: pro war, being the cowboy with the most guns, trashing the environment, a curious "pro-life" stance that says "no" to abortion and continues to say "no" to social programs helping the poor children of the world, taxing the middle-class and cutting taxes for the wealthy, total disregard for the good of all of the residents of the planet-- all of that is somehow included in the fundamentalist religious creed. It is all one. After all, to be a Christian means to stand for Christ and support off-shore drilling.

It seems so utterly foolish. Hold those opinions, if you will. But, don't make them religious dogma. Here's a good activity. Place the "snarling, lipsticked, pit bull's" speech alongside Jesus' Kingdom speech in the Sermon on the Mount. I'll give you this: maybe politics will always fall short of Christian ethics. But, when it comes to those claiming to be guided by Christian ethics AND in light of the gospel of the right, either the fundamentalists are wrong, or Jesus is. "Compassionate conservatism" is far too selective-- especially when it turns Bushisms into religious doctrine. No equivocating on that score.

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