ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by "attacks" from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.Political Radar
The woman wants to be Vice President of the United States and she doesn't understand that the First Amendment protects us from government infringement on speech. It does not protect idiot politicians from criticism or ridicule.
In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit, and paltry charges being traded in petty ways, and with Joe the Plumber becoming the emblematic stupidity of the campaign, it didn't seem possible that things could go any lower or get any dumber. But they did last Friday, when, at a speech in Pittsburgh, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research, adding for good xenophobic and anti-elitist measure that some of this research took place "in Paris, France" and winding up with a folksy "I kid you not."
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It is no accident that this political paranoia festers among right-wing, fundamentalist Christians who place a heavy emphasis on eschatology. These Christians tend to conflate spiritual sanctification with political purification. Personal salvation is embedded within the larger narrative of collective sanctification that culminates in the final judgment when all evil is destroyed, once and for all. But the self-designated elect never feel quite sure, deep down, about the progress of their own sanctification and the state of their own salvation. So, they purify themselves by projecting and attacking evil as an external phenomenon. The eschatological narrative supplies the manifest rationale for the projection—the human collective must and will be sanctified in the fulfillment of scripture.