President Sarah Palin, A Horror Story

Politico describes Christian Nation, a novel by Fred Rich about Sarah Palin becoming president after McCain Palin won in 2008 and John McCain subsequently dying in office:

And although it’s fiction, Rich is dead serious about what a Palin presidency would mean for the country. As the title suggest, Rich is concerned about how religious extremists on the right could upend society.

“If somebody like Sarah Palin, who holds so firmly to this conviction that America is and should be a Christian nation, what would happen if she actually had the power to implement it?” Rich says his book “paints a picture of what that path would look like.”

“How could the federal courts, which are the only defense against all the nonsense you see out of the state legislatures, how could the federal court system be neutralized? What legislative strategies could the Christian right pursue were they in control of the Congress? It shows that it’s not impossible or unthinkable for them to actually be able to implement that agenda.”

What would happen, according to Rich and the book is a government that claims to speak for God and policies based solely on the Bible, which would overwhelming hurt gay Americans.

While we could expect the First Amendment to be ignored in a Palin administration, the problem isn’t limited to Sarah Palin. Rich also looked at the 2012 candidates for the Republican nomination, pointing out that“you had all but two or three who are largely motivated by very strong, very conservative Christian beliefs.” It does not appear that 2016 will be any better.

Rich further warns that we must take what these Republican candidates say seriously, and not write it off as pandering to the base:

“The biggest mistake that we can make is that we don’t believe that they believe what they say. And for many of them, they do mean exactly what they say. If you think that the rapture is going to come in your lifetime, if you believe as many of them do that hell is a physical place where you’re confined to for all eternity, these things motivate you.”

Happy 4th of July

Today, on Independence Day, we celebrate principles which this country was founded upon, including individual liberty, separation of church and state, self-government by the people, and a broad-based market economy as opposed to the plutocracy promoted by conservatives.

It is a shame that one group, the Tea Party, has appropriated an image from the American Revolution when they definitely would have been Tories if around at the time, and now, like so many conservatives, oppose this American experiment in self-government.