For several years now, Sarah Palin has worked tirelessly to dethrone Glenn Beck as America’s Biggest Jackass. Every day she gets closer to the prize. Her latest effort is a classic example of the pretzel logic that characterizes her approach to government policy. In an interview with Sean Hannity, Palin asserts the following:
“It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable,” said Palin on Wednesday evening while appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program. “No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.’ (Quoted from Teddy Davis’ article for ABC News.)
As Alex Knapp points out, Palin’s assessment of Obama’s policy is ridiculous on several levels.
- Obama’s policy is a continuation of the one started by Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s goal was to the reduce the world’s nuclear arsenals by one-third. That’s what Obama wants to do.
- Obama has never said and nothing in the policy says the United States will not retaliate if we are attacked.
- But why is not retaliating a bad thing? Palin claims to be a conservative, Bible-believing Christian. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:39 make it clear that Jesus expected us to not respond to attacks with violence. In fact, on Palin’s hypothetical playground, Jesus is there telling you not to hit back if you’re struck in the face. Palin is saying, “suck it Jesus, I’m hitting back.”
Make no mistake: Fundamentalist Christians are just as good as moderates and liberals at twisting the words of the Bible to mean the exact opposite of what they plainly mean. They’re also just as good at simply ignoring them. Which one is Palin doing? It doesn’t really matter. She’s calculated what her conservative base wants to hear and she’s saying what she hopes are the magic words to sustain her credibility with the people who could, given the chance, band together to elect her president.
Palin will not miss any opportunity to associate herself with Jesus Christ and Ronald Reagan. But unfortunately she demonstrates with her words that she doesn’t really give a damn what either one of them said.