During an interview with conservative columnist Bill Kristol regarding Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Palin said: "To tell you the truth, Bill, I don't know why that association isn't discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that -- with, I don't know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn't get up and leave -- to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up."
I'll ignore that her bringing up Rev. Wright goes against McCain's previous stance of not using the Wright controversy for political gain. I believe there are scarier things to talk about today.
Now, I don't condone what Jeremiah Wright said about God damning America. But I fail to see how any Christian can disagree with what he said, yet praise the word of Sarah Palin's pastor, Larry Kroon.
The words that Reverend Wright has become most infamous for are the words from his "Confusing God and Government” sermon. Here is an excerpt from that sermon:
"And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that's in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent."
The part that most Americans seem to have such a problem with is the "God damn America" bit, and after observing first-hand modern America's "Love it or Leave It" mentality, it is easy to see why. But why are those people who so angrily replay Rev. Wright's sound-bites so terribly quiet when it comes to discussing the following from Larry Kroon:
"Listen, [God] is gonna deal with all the inhabitants of the earth. He is gonna strike out His hand against, yes, Wasilla; and Alaska; and the United States of America"
Same concept, different phrasing. The difference? One is white, one is black. One is conservative, one is liberal.
But the American people have created this problem. We demand that our politicians be Christians (remember the uproar when it was "reported" that Obama was a Muslim- which many people still so ignorantly believe?). Yet when said Christians (or their pastoral counterparts) promote the basic tenets of Christianity, the people throw a bitch fit. What Rev. Wright said about God damning America is something you can hear in pulpits across the country... and more disturbingly, in the Bible.
Which brings me to my main point: Non-Theism in American politics. How many non-Christian politicians can you think of? Not very many, I am sure. Now how many non-religious politicians can you think of? Even less. In fact, there is only one politician in Congress (Pete Stark, a Democrat from the Bay Area of California, of course) who openly admits to being non-religious.
Furthermore, a 2006 study by the University of Minnesota's American Mosaic Project survey, showed that atheists were the most distrusted minority in America. According to the study , "Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in 'sharing their vision of American society.' Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry." Think about that next time somebody says America has become a country of godless, patchouli-reeking liberals. It's hard to make that argument when the majority of Americans associate "atheism with an array of moral indiscretions ranging from criminal behavior to rampant materialism and cultural elitism." The main researcher in this study thoerizes that "it seems most Americans believe that diversity is fine, as long as every one shares a common ‘core’ of values that make them trustworthy—and in America, that ‘core’ has historically been religious."
Of course, many "true" Christians will hold that many politicians are not actually Christians, and are only using theism for political gain. If that is true (and who are they to judge?), it is their own damn fault for holding politicians to this archaic standard of religion in politics. Politicians, for the most part, must at least fake an adherence to some style of Christianity in order to get elected. This is not to say I condone this behavior, but ripping apart a politician for having to mold him/herself into a set of standards you've created is ludicrous. It's as if all the shoe manufacturers in the world decided to only make size 6 1/2 shoes from now on, then criticized the people who don't wear size 6 1/2 shoes for buying their shoes anyways out of a need for shoes.
Anyways, as a side note, go see Religulous. Shit's epic.
Today, President Bush urged Congress to pass his $700 billion bailout plan as quickly as possible saying, "Americans are watching to see if Democrats and Republicans, the Congress and the White House, can come together to solve this problem with the urgency it warrants."
Um... Can we take a second to recall what happened the last couple times we passed something with "the urgency it warrants?" Remember that whole thing with that war in Iraq? Of course you do, because it's still screwing over everyone's lives today. Oh, and what about that little thing called the Patriot Act? You know, the one that Bush said was an emergency, which in turned caused Congress to pass a 400-page law in under 45 days with almost no debate. In fact, many congressmen and women said they had not even read it. And why would they bother? The right would only call their patriotism into question if they dared oppose the law.
And in the same way, I'm sure the right will find some way to say that those of us who oppose a Bushy's $700 billion bailout are "un-American."
Gather 'round, as I tell the tale of the partisan family. It is a tale so moronic, that it is not for the faint of heart.
Some names have been changed to protect identities.
My aunt's status update:
"Aunt Jemima is so tired..she doesn't want to go to Toby Keith tonight!!!!Obama is an idiot..WT heck is a nitteley lion? I believe it is a Nittany Lion."
My status update response:
"Courtney Alexandra Cummings is tired and thinks John McCain is an idiot. She is also laughing at the irony of Bush supporters making fun of someone for misspeaking."
Her wall post on my wall:
"maybe u should move to france where everyone hates america and americans. u seem to hate evrything patriotic lately."
If I had the money I would. Also, I like how disliking Republicans makes me unpatriotic. Silencing dissent is unpatriotic, in my opinion."
"It has nothing to do with you disliking republicans. You hate Texas, Kansas, Best Buy, Microsoft just to name a few and it seems like it is something new everyday. You also have have total disregard for the troops, which is unpatriotic, democrat or republican.You don't have to agree with the war, to support the troops. John Mccain is a former soldier and reason we have the freedoms we have today, so I would say to call him an idiot is unpatriotic as well."
"You hate KS. Does that make you unpatriotic? I also fail to see how disliking Best Buy and Microsoft is unpatriotic. Apple is an American company, so my allegiance to Apple should cancel out whatever "unpatriotic" qualities disliking Microsoft gets me. But it's ridiculous either way. That would be like saying my grandma disliking Wal-Mart is unpatriotic.
I do have a total disregard for the troops. I'm a pacifist. It's part of my core belief system.
And just because John McCain is a soldier doesn't mean I have to respect him. That's like saying I have to respect a rapist who also happens to be a soldier. John McCain's just a rapist of a different kind - he has raped the rights of veterans by not supporting legislation that will help them get the care they need after they get back from a war that, quite frankly, they shouldn't be fighting in the first place.
I'm not trying to argue whether I'm patriotic or not. I'm not. I disagree with most of what America does, at least under the current regime, and would love to be out of here. Michelle Obama said it best when she said, "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." I just think you're using faulty logic to prove what is otherwise a valid point. I don't make claims of being patriotic, because unlike McCain I don't need to hide behind my patriotism.
I was just using those few things as examples. There are lots more and you know it. I am not going to continue arguing with you because although you claim to be a pacifist, your actions do match your words, and personally I do not have any more strength to get into it tonight. I think you know I am more than capable. Also, you need to check some of your facts regarding McCain.
Okay, well then use legitimate examples. The way I understand it, because I dislike anything to do with America, I'm unpatriotic. So, since I'm not a Kool-Aid drinker, I'm unpatriotic? I think this country was founded on dissent. I'd love to hear about these so-called dislikes of mine that prove me to be unpatriotic. I mean, obviously other than having a strong dislike for America itself (which I told you), what facts do you have?
I'm assuming that when you say my actions don't match my words, you're talking about the figure of speech I sometimes use saying "I'm going to kill [insert noun]." Last I checked, I haven't killed anyone, thus my status as a pacifist holds up.
And speaking of fact-checking, I seem to remember an e-mail from a certain someone claiming Obama was a Muslim and didn't salute the American flag EVER. Maybe I should check the ever-so-fair-and-balanced-Fox News to learn how to think?
Like I said, I'm not arguing my un-patriotism. I'm quite open about it.
But the saga does not end there! I'm glad I had this wall-to-wall saved in an AIM chat with anamericangod, otherwise, I would not be able to see them, because SHE DELETED MY POSTS and then changed her Facebook status to
"Aunt Jemima is proud to be an American and support those who have fought for our freedom."
To which I responded:
"Courtney is not so proud to be an American and isn't going to support someone for President just because they got captured in a war.
John McCain has fully unleashed his latest campaign strategy. You ready for this one? He calls it, "Bitch About the Media."
Today, John McCain called for an end to questions about Sarah Palin's background, family, and the vetting process, describing them as a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee" for vice president (This also reveals another strategy of the McCain camp called "Milk Palin's Vagina for All It's Worth." It's not as fun as it sounds). They even went so far as to say that the McCain camp will not be answering anymore questions regarding the vetting process of Sarah Palin (or lack thereof). Fred Thompson got on board in his speech last night saying, "What a breath of fresh air Governor Sarah Palin is. She is from a small town, with small town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family. Let's be clear, the selection of Governor Palin has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic." And then there's campaign manager Rick Davis bitching about how the media has become "frenzied" over Palin and her ensuing scandals... but also warning said media to "dial it back."
Here's my thoughts on the matter- the media wouldn't be in such a goddamn "frenzy" over Palin if she hadn't been a virtual unknown up until a few days ago. I mean, seriously... Her past political experience is the governor of Alaska and the former mayor of a town of only 9,000. So forgive the media if they've got a few questions about the girl.
But be warned: This is not the first time (or the last, I'm sure) that McCain has punished the media for being too hard on him. Just last night, McCain was scheduled to appear on Larry King Live, but cancelled. Remember that amazing Campbell Brown interview where she pummeled the McCain rep into the ground? If you don't, let me refresh your memory, because I will never cease in taking an insane amount of pleasure from this video:
That video is the reason McCain did not appear on Larry King Live. Maria Comella, spokesman for the McCain camp released a statement saying, "After a relentless refusal by certain on-air reporters to come to terms with John McCain's selection of Alaska's sitting governor as our party's nominee for vice president, we decided John McCain's time would be better spent elsewhere." In other words: PUSSY!
But it's all just a ploy. All these shenanigans are entirely too reminiscent of George Bush Sr.'s re-election tactic of "Annoy the Media. Re-Elect President Bush." I guess it's just another Bush/McCain similarity, huh? But then, we're probably not supposed to talk about that either...