Skip to comments.Sarah Palinís Barbarism
Posted on 04/28/2014 1:20:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Its been no secret for a while that Sarah Palin, erstwhile vice-president candidate, is no longer a serious political contender for evidence of that transition, note that even among her faithful, at CPAC this year, she got just 2 percent of the vote in the straw poll, tied with Condoleezza Rice. But as her crowd-pleasing performance in the very final speech of that event and her lucrative contract with Fox News and huge social-media following indicate, shes gone from being a potential political leader to something of a cultural totem.
That means her speeches have gone from being standard political pablum to something even more substanceless more or less a long string of hokey but often amusing jokes. But for all the lightheartedness, her appeal is to a set of people who take seriously their commitment to faith and freedom, right? Well, should this line garner laughs from such a crowd?
Oh, but you cant offend [Islamic terrorists], cant make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.
As Rod Dreher explains, this is pretty perverse:
"Not only is this woman, putatively a Christian, praising torture, but she is comparing it to a holy sacrament of the Christian faith. Its disgusting but even more disgusting, those NRA members, many of whom are no doubt Christians, cheered wildly for her. . . . Palin and all those who cheered her sacrilegious jibe ought to be ashamed of themselves. For us Christians, baptism is the entry into new life. Palin invoked it to celebrate torture. Even if you dont believe that waterboarding is torture, surely you agree that it should not be compared to baptism, and that such a comparison should be laughed at. What does it say about the character of a person that they could make that joking comparison, and that so many people would cheer for it. Nothing good and nothing that does honor to the cause of Jesus Christ."
Torture waterboarding being something reasonable people may consider to constitute it is and should be a question of grave moral consequence for Christians, and is for any Catholic familiar with the Catechism. Palin wasnt even just jokingly comparing a serious violation of human dignity into one of the most important transcendental recognitions of it she was mounting an expansive defense of something near torture, on the grounds that our prisoners would obviously have information on plots, and therefore ought to, apparently, be subjected to a horrible practice not as a morally necessary last resort but a habit of quotidian intimidation. Theres a word for that kind of practice: barbaric. The Greeks used to use it to describe the other guys.
In 2011, he received a degree in Classics with high honors from Harvard College, where he was managing editor of The Harvard Salient, competed on the sailing team, and served as chancellor of the Knights of Columbus council. In 2013, he was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. His work has been cited by, among others, Forbes, The Economist, The Week, and Real Clear Politics. He has appeared on Canadas Sun News Network, Al Jazeera America, Mike Huckabees radio show, and other radio programs.
Does that explain his angle?
Gov Palin was great....this article is just another establishment story.
Pat must be the life of the party...the only guy in the room who didn’t get the joke
Another RINO libtard who takes himself way too seriously. It was a red meat punchline. To be taken literally only if you have an agenda.
Too Fing bad for the author of this article.
Ye she could be more diplomatic but let’s get something straight.
Islam is an inferior Third World religion there is no society on Earth it has benefited.
It is one of the most intolerant movements on Earth.
We are not going to survive by kissing their butts while they demolish Christian Churches and take people’s freedoms.
This whole concern with Islam is perverse. Damn straight the world would be better off if those lands are converted to Christianity.
So he’s a jejune prig? Why does NR specialize in this brand of editor? I guess I get it, by the clone theory of hiring, there’s a nest of them there and they just keep attracting more of the same.
Thank God we have Ivy League elites to tell us what ordinary Americans think about things.
Miserable ObamaCARE-promoting, gay marriage-imposing,
and open borders-loving, TEAM ROMNEY continues
its attack on American conservatives.
The GOP is Enemy of America and Freedom
G.O.P. = Gave. Obama. Power.
This article tells us more about National Review than it does about Sarah Palin.
Patrick, even the most "impressive" resume matters naught at times.
Yes, that’s what I meant.
Water board Patrick Brennan.
Yeah they should write about failed freepers like you. Honestly, you should stop posting. Your socialist cloaking device stopped working months ago.
You know, I also thought it odd so many would still support her after she quit her governorship mid term, her only national political position.
She ceased to be a serious political player a long time ago, and the waterboard/baptize comment was an unserious comment from an unserious person.
Hahahahahaha! Guess who?
No, I was just agreeing with you.
Hahahahaha! How that Pizza Uno? Any new flavors or varieties? Soros still buying?
Shuuush listen can you hear.... i.e. Willaim Buckley turning in his grave..
National Review has be Sodomized..
Disgusting statement on Palin’s part. Clearly she has given up any idea of participation in serious conversation, having opted to toss chunks of red meat to yahoos. This isn’t statesmanship; it’s self-parody as performance art.
He's welcome to greet that remark with grim seriousness and outrage but he risks looking like a humorless dork in doing so. Point, Palin, IMHO.
Not only do you marginalize a person that truly cares about this country and did the all steps to claim that mountain but you somehow think you are all that by claiming she doesn’t.
You sir not only are infected by the disease that the effects the body politic but indeed you are a carrier...
The word “baptism” has long been used in a wide variety of contexts that have nothing to do with the Christian sacrament of baptism, and no one ever said that these usages were perverse or sacrilegious. For example, you might read about a soldier: “My baptism in combat occurred on just the third day of my tour, when we were ambushed by insurgents just outside of Fallujah.” Or in a football game you might hear: “Smith’s injury will bring in Jones, the redshirt Freshman quarterback who will have a baptism under fire here in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.”
So you went from being her biggest fan to condemn... Oh, wait, you always disliked her, didn’t you?
Yep, the Palin cult is alive and well, and ready to strike.
..from a state that elected Jesse Ventura as Governor and Al Franken senator?
You could only dream of having a woman for a 1/2 term like Sarah Palin.
If Sarah would have had a Conservative at the top of the ticket instead of Juan "Amnesty" MeCain it would be a different story.
..and a MeCain campaign manager like Steve 'asshole" Schimdt demeaning and belittling her during the campaign.
It’s called “a joke.”
A jejune prig! I love it. I hate to say it but Buckley set that tone years ago. It’s why it was never my favorite conservative rag.
Haha! Yep, onward Palin soldiers. Strike down the Satanists who oppose her!
It’s even worse here. We have Sen. Amy Klobuchar. After the floods here of 2009, she said she was going to seek funding for some reconstruction projects because “it is the role of gov’t. to make people happy.”
I assure you I haven’t killed anyone that I know of, so the comparison to Al Sharpton doesn’t seem to fit. Strawman much?
I hear you on that, though at least he himself outgrew the jejune part.
First time I’ve been called a Yahoo. If like Palin makes me a Yahoo, I embrace the term.
I wanted to like her but have never considered her ready for the major leagues. And her neocon sympaties are downright dangerous. She has the good looks and quirky appeal to do well on Fox. That’s where she belongs.
How far the mighty have fallen...
Islam makes barbarism look genteel. What’s this guys problem?
There is one in Ft. Worth, an hour away. Never been but hear it’s good.
With Reagan, that was horsing around with an accidentally open mic. With Palin, that would be the speech. She will never be in his class.
Can you honestly ever see RR shilling for torture?
Just as I thought.