At the Pentecostal church where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin worshipped for more than two decades, congregants speak in tongues and are part of a faith that believes humanity is in its "end times" -- the days preceding a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus.
The Rev. Ed Kalnins, pastor of the Pentecostal church, Wasilla Assembly of God, says he has told church members that God put President George W. Bush in office and that America is locked in a "holy war" with terrorists.
Mr. Kalnins's views and the teachings of his church provide a glimpse of the religious upbringing of Gov. Palin, 44 years old, whose Christian credentials and antiabortion views have been lauded by social conservatives. Gov. Palin hasn't discussed her personal and spiritual beliefs since she was named to Sen. John McCain's ticket on Friday, and the campaign hasn't been eager to discuss them.
"I am not going to get into that. I think talking about where she worships today and how she characterizes herself speaks for itself about where she is today on this issue," says Maria Comella, a campaign spokeswoman.
There's lots of stuff out there already on Palin's religious beliefs. (Click here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here, for example.) Part of me thinks this whole "what's his/her religion?" thing has gotten blown way out of proportion during this election. The other part of me thinks that the American people should know whether Sarah Palin is an "end timer." But Republicans made a big deal out of the pastor at Barack Obama's old church, and we've had to hear about some of the crazy things McCain's religious advisors believe. Being a Christian myself, I've got no problem with electing Christians as President and Vice President, but we've had these end-timers in power now for the past 8 years and look where it's gotten us. Bad economic policy. Bad environmental policy. Bad foreign policy. Bad domestic policy. I suppose to them it's not a bad thing to have a nation that isn't earning the respect of the rest of the world. "The world is going to be gone next week anyway, right?"
Watching Mitt Romney, Man, I wish he could have been the nominee! Biden would have slaughtered him!
Terrorists should never be afforded constitutional rights!
Work requirements were taken out of welfare by none other than Bill Clinton.
8:17--How many times do I have to explainthat Offshore oil drilling will do nothing--3% of the reserves, 25% of the demand. Drop. In. The. Bucket.
8:20--So was Palin proud of her country when she attended a secessionist convention at least twice? I don't question Michelle Obama's patriotism or Palin's patriotism, shut up about a butchered comment already...
8:28--That Elite Liberal Media again...
8:29--It is about you--you want something to change.
8:30--You know, I disagree with him, but Huckabee is a good speaker. Had he been nominated, it would have been a different ball game, and a lot more exciting.
8:35--talking about experience, Palin got more votes for mayor than Biden got for President--because votes = experience...
8:41 Olbermann Fact Check-- Biden got votes in Florida and California that on their own would have given him more votes than Palin would have recieved in both elections in Wasilla. Also, Lincoln did not found the Republican Party, he managed to get their nomination on the third ballot of their second ballot. Apparently speechwriters did not know how to use the Google.
8:56--May I say that Pat Buchannan has a terrible combover?
Saint Rudy of 9/11
9:03--There's that Left Wing Media again!
9:05--wait, wait, wait, I thought the applicants name was crossed off?
9:09--a few years later...try 8.
9:14--Drill, Baby, Drill!!!
9:16--AAAAHHH!!! My head is starting to hurt with all the stupidity!!!
9:20--so Rudy's idea of a strong, informed position is "Today, we are all Georgians?" but nuance, and understanding of a complex situation that does appear to have been fueled by both sides is waffling...interesting...
9:26--I think I just say Rudy Giuliani manufacture an attack on Palin to attack the manufactured attackers for attacking Palin... What Democrat has asked about Palin being able to take care of her family?
9:29--I expect a rousing speech...I will actually be disappointed with a weak one. She should be able to get quite a few applause lines.
9:33--there was no hope for that candidate...until the lobbyists revived it with money from K street...
9:37--A very nice looking family!
9:43--Who the heck is the lady that they were taking out of the arena???
9:44--Washington elite liberal media...
9:47--since Bush left the country better than HE found it...
9:50--so if she said "Thanks, but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere, why is it there?
9:54--Checking over at Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis , the credentialed DNC blog from Alaska--"'Our state budget is under control...we have a surplus.' OMG...she's taking credit for oil prices?????"
9:55--No major legislation...except that ethics package...
9:57--Obama is definitely against strengthening America...and what the hell does the Gateway Arch have to do with Palin?
9:59--I hate to tell you something, but that debt has to be paid off somehow...
10:01--if lobbyists don't want to have a McCain presidency, then why did they run his campaign when it was in the gutter that year ago...
10:03--She is an attack dog, I will say that...
10:08--As much as I thought a lot of it was a load of crap, it was a very good speech on its merits. a lot of tough jabs to the jaw of Obama. A lot of them were unfair, but they were harsh attacks. That was exactly what I expected.
10:10--Holy Crap, its John McSame! Nobody saw that coming!
10:22--Wait, Alaska's delegation is in the back of the hall...at the DNC, the Illinois delegation and the Deleware delegation were in the front...
That didn't take long. The Obama campaign has announced a preliminary list of some of the Republicans who have recognized that the best thing for America and for North Dakota would be for the entire country to unite behind the Obama/Biden campaign. Here's the press release:
Obama Campaign Announces
“North Dakota Republicans for Obama”
FARGO, ND – Obama for America today announced “North Dakota Republicans for Obama,” an organization of committed North Dakota Republicans who are supporting Senator Obama. The organization will spearhead efforts to mobilize support for Barack Obama among Republicans in North Dakota. Senator Obama has developed a broad coalition of support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents in North Dakota who have responded to his message of bringing America together to deliver the change we need.
"I've been a Republican my entire life, but I strongly believe that Senator Obama is a leader who will get our country back on the right track," said Ellen Dehn, a retired small business owner from Hatton, ND. "With the challenges that our middle class families are facing here in North Dakota, this election presents a clear choice: more of the same failed economic policies of the Bush administration or the change we need."
Initial members of “North Dakota Republicans for Obama” include:
Juliane Wilkinson, Lakota, Registered Nurse
Aaron Weston, Langdon, Former Truck Driver
Becky Braathen, Tolna, Insurance Agent
Carolyn Berdal, Petersburg, Tech Coordinator
Joann Larocque, Saint John
Ellen Dehn, Hatton, Small Business Owner
Laurel Johnson, Hatton, Registered Nurse
Lavonne Beach, Carrington, Homemaker
Barbara Loe, McHenry, Retired
Linda Babinski, Minot, Retired Social Worker
Kathy Holter, Grand Forks
Richard Ziniel, Grand Forks, Retired Postal Worker
Contact: Jan Messerschmidt, email@example.com
It was just a matter of time.
I've had other North Dakota Republicans tell me they're supporting Obama for President. I've also had a number of them tell me they're supporting Jasper Schneider for N.D. Insurance Commissioner. They'd never put their names on a list like this for fear of being retaliated against by the retaliators who lead North Dakota's GOP, but there are apparently a bunch of you guys out there.
I suppose I need to take back some of the bad things I've said about Republicans now.
Question for our many Republican readers: Why isn't your name on that list?
Well there you have it from the horse's mouth: Mike Murphy(McSame's campaign advisor in 2000) and Peggy Noonan(Speechwriter for Reagan)both saying what we all know. McCain is screwed!
By the way, more coming out in the past few days that really makes you scratch your head and wonder how much vetting they did on Palin:
As it appears, Palin has some ties to the Alaskan Independence Party. They believe in exactly that: Alaskan Independence. They want to have a vote on Alaskan Secession. Also, in 2000, they passed a resolution stating:
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING THE DISSOLUTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IF CERTAIN CONDITIONS OCCUR
...if any federal order attempts to make it unlawful for individual Americans to own firearms or to confiscate firearms...
I have to ask, What if Barack Obama had given such a speech, or if he were connected to a party that in any way advocated a state seceeding from the Union? Again, Palin is a republican, and is of course immune to such insinuations. What am I thinking?
This is Dan Quayle and Thomas Eagleton all rolled into one!
[UPDATE #1: Here's a similar -- though slightly different -- video which seems to make pretty clear that Palin hates America.
Why would someone who claims to love the United States of America want her state to secede from the union? Can one of you smart righties explain that to me?]
I have to first say that as someone that has family in Biloxi, MI whose house was destroyed in 2005, I have a great concern for the well being of those along the gulf coast. Please pray and consider going down to help if you have the chance and it is needed. That aside, <snark>I thought the Democrats were supposed to get rained out.
Ok, off with the snark, on with the award winning analysis</snark>...
The Republicans have decided to do away with the pomp and circumstance of their convention and instead to have Senator McSame be a showpuppet for their response to Hurricane Gustav. That's all well and good, but I don't think that McSame will be able to gain any political points with this. Everyone on the planet will see this for what it really is: theater. McSame can do nothing to help solve the crisis, he's a US Senator. The only reason he is there is because he's running for president and he wants to have a nice backdrop for a photo op at an emergency response center. I'm afraid that the only photo that people on the gulf coast will remember is this one from 2005 as Katrina was barreling down the gulf coast:
The other telling piece of history would be here...
Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh...
No Arabian horses, just 1,866 American lives, countless homes, and an entire city destroyed...great time to crack a joke, Senator...
From mayor of a town of 5,000 people to President of the United States of America in 2 years? With McSame's health history, what lunatic really wants Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be a half a heartbeat away from President of the World's Only Super Power? Seriously. Is she the best, most-qualfied person the Republicans can put up?
No. Sarah Palin is the Republican Party's 4th and long, 3 seconds on the clock, "Hail Mary" pass to try to resuscitate John McSame's embarassingly out-of-touch political campaign. Could it work? Sure. There are some sheeple out there who lack the intellectual wherewithall to see anything other than Palin's fundamentalist religion (she thinks creationism theory should be mandatory in public schools) and they'll feel that alone qualifies her to be president. They don't care about Troopergate or her apparently crack-induced decision to take a flight from Texas to Alaska after her water broke. Less than a year ago.
See, these people think we're at the "end times." They don't think it really matters who is running America right now. They don't think our environmental policy matters because our environment is going to be gone next week when the world ends. America elected people like this eight years ago.
If we extend the Bush/Cheney regime another 4 or eight years, we'll get 4 more years of Bush-Cheney policies and we'll get what we deserve.