"People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective. Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news. Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought. Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal 'families' — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common. I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob." ~ Jaron Lanier
A Problem for Palin
Exclusive to STR
September 8, 2008
Politicians, in general, are in it for themselves. These self-proclaimed 'public servants' want cash, and lots of it, because with cash comes expensive hookers (even the band at one of the parties for politicians at the Republican Convention has the name 'Hookers and Blow,' not to mention Mr. Law and Order himself, Eliot Spitzer, who hasn't even been charged yet for using an expensive call girl), mansions and the satisfaction of every other type of material/carnal desire. In addition, lots of cash keeps the scam going as it provides a war chest for reelection. It seems this type of politician makes up the bulk of the politicians infecting the world today.
The other type of politician bringing bloodshed and misery to the world are the true believers. Currently the most powerful of this class of politician are the neoconservatives. Schooled in the thinking and teachings of the father of the neocon movement, Leo Strauss, the politicians in the neocon camp want a world based on the teachings of the Hebrew Bible. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, appears to be in this camp.
Palin belongs to the Pentecostal Assemblies of God. The Assemblies of God believe in baptism of the Holy Spirit, which enables those baptized, they claim, to speak in tongues and to heal the sick. Most importantly for the world, they believe in the return of Jesus, which will bring about Armageddon and the end of the world. Her church is even going to host John Hagee's 'A Night to Honor Israel'! The first of the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God is what should be a problem to Palin and McCain, the belief that the Bible is the Word of God. They believe 'The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.' If Palin believes that the Bible is the authoritative rule for her conduct, then she needs to immediately withdraw her acceptance of the Republican vice presidential candidacy. This must be done because Sarah Palin is a woman, and the Bible is painfully clear that women are second class creatures worth about half as much as men and that 'the head of the woman is the man.' 1 Corinthians 11:7 states that men are 'the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.'
To make things worse for Palin, her Holy Scriptures, at 1 Timothy 2:11-12, says, 'Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.' If Sarah Palin becomes Vice President of the United States , she will be second in the chain of command of the US military. I'm sure there are many men in the military who wouldn't want a woman in that position of authority over them.
This violation of Biblical teaching should have been caught by John McCain. After all, McCain not only believes the Bible to be the Word of God, he believes the US Constitution established the US as a Christian nation. As a Christian nation, the US needs to follow the laws of Christianity, which are found in the Bible. And as pointed out above, the Bible teaches that women should be subject to men, not the leaders of men. Of course, the US was NOT established as a Christian nation. Neither the Declaration of Independence, nor the US Constitution ever mention Christianity, Jesus, or the Bible. Also, standing in direct opposition to McCain's lie is Article 11 of the US Treaty of Tripoli (pictured above left) which clearly states 'the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.' The treaty was ratified by the US Senate and signed by President John Adams. Based on the friendly language of the treaty towards Muslims, I'm sure McCain and others in the neocon camp would call John Adams an appeaser.
Palin is right at home with McCain's incorrect belief that the US Constitution established America as a Christian nation. She even believes that the unnecessary war in Iraq is a 'task from God'! This will put her in good stead with the neoconservative war pigs as they continue on with their efforts to start a war with Iran and then with Syria.