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The LORD Will Find Work for Idol Hands to Do

September 12, 2008

I DON’T WANT Sarah Palin anywhere near the levers of imperial power, but then again, I wouldn’t want anybody at those levers if we could help it.

Do we really want to disqualify people who don’t know the Bush Doctrine from running for office?

Palin apparently stumbled when quizzed about the Bush Doctrine, however, while still insane from an anti-imperialist perspective, (ie: a perspective from which one might support, say, a war against Russia only if their troops presumably “hell-bent on destroying our nation,” were streaming across the Bering Strait to invade the Homeland,) Palin’s phrasing actually seems less insane than the actual Bush Doctrine.

Palin:

“If there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.”

[SFGate: Palin would support war with Russia]

Less insane than justifying an invasion, after the fact, with, ‘well he wanted weapons of mass destruction.’ That’s a Thought Crime! I mean, this Bush Doctrine is some real Minority Report shit.

Of course, there seems to be an ample amount of crazy going around in the violently defending the United States’ imperial interests is “God’s work” department.

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3 Comments
  1. September 12, 2008 11:11 AM

    It’s always a lot easier to justify blowing stuff up (like people) when God’s on your side. But just think if we had Santa Claus on our side, though! I mean, he can get around the whole freaking world in one night in his sleigh, and has a bag that could prolly hold a gazillion 20 ton bombs. The dang tooth fairy wouldn’t be a bad recruit either… hmm.

  2. MR Bill permalink
    September 14, 2008 10:38 AM

    Having lived with small town tyrants most of my life, what thoroughly disqualifies one in my eyes is a willingness to use office and power to pursue any personal agenda.
    Firing the head of a state agency for failing to fire your ex-brother in law, and even mentioning book banning in an official capacity are signs of pathological narcissism.
    Not understanding the Bush Doctrine is, well, understandable.
    I can’t wrap my head around most concepts of preemptive war.

  3. September 15, 2008 12:23 AM

    In all seriousness, it’s insanity. Honestly, the ‘preemptive’ thing doesn’t worry me nearly as badly as the concept of ‘preventative war’. Preemption at least implies the existence of a serious threat. ‘Preventative War’ is like flouride, I guess — ‘just in case’.

    Really, we should probably just go back to calling it ‘Manifest Destiny’… it’d be a lot more honest.

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