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Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Bannister was running for office in Australia’s state of Queensland as a candidate for the rightwing One Nation party that takes an admirably strong stance against mass immigration. Several days into her political careers (48 hours according to some reports), Bannister gave an interview in which she made several statements that showed her utter unpreparedness for serious political participation.
Bannister said that she “doesn’t oppose Islam as a country”, but feels that “their laws [presumably she meant sharia] shouldn’t be welcome” in Australia. She then went on to confuse “haram” (acts forbidden by the Koran) with “Koran” by stating that “less than two per cent of Australians follow haram”. Finally, when asked if she’s opposed to kosher slaughter as she is to halal, Bannister replied: ”Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ.” Oy vey!
Needless to say, leftwing media all over the world swooped down on the story like vultures on carrion. The ill-advised interview quickly went “viral” on Youtube. The hapless Stephanie Bannister quit the race mere days later.
Stephanie Bannister’s remarks remind one of the numerous gaffes of Sarah Palin who uttered such howlers as “Paul Revere did warn the British”, “our neighboring country of Afghanistan”, “Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America”, and “[W]hat is it exactly that the VP does every day?”
This kind of embarrassing ignorance shows the acute need for nationalist, rightwing parties to have serious, knowledgable candidates that won’t get their feet stuck in their mouth at the very inception of their political careers. But all is not lost for Stephanie Bannister. She still has time to educate herself on Islam before her next foray into politics. Srdja Trifkovic’s “Sword of the Prophet” would be a good place to start.
Sarah Palin is the best thing that’s happened lately to the right and the left, both at the same time. Much of the right pays her obeisance for mobilizing the troops and smart-alecking the left—which in turn loves her for splitting (so the left hopes) the right over her personality and track record.
Looking over Palin’s endorsements—McCain over J.D., Fiorina over DeVore, Branstad over Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts—the lady is not running for Mrs. Conservative. The one explanation that makes the most sense of all the seeming inconsistencies in endorsements is that Mama Grizzly is thinking about moving the Wasilla brood into the big house.
Heavy weekend snowfall closed down the capital of the United States. Not that many outside the Washington Beltway were sorry about it. Possibly—by their reasoning—the blizzard was God’s gift to decent government, a holiday from the ceaseless commotion, braggadocio and show-offing that have become the capital’s principle pastimes.
“Sometimes party loyalty asks too much,” said JFK.
For Sarah Palin, party loyalty in New York’s 23rd congressional district asks too much. Going rogue, Palin endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava.
Sarah Palin wants to run for president? Quick—get the butterfly net. Who in his—or her—right mind would want to strut into the economic Hiroshima that the Democratic Congress and White House seem bent on precipitating? What a fine mess!
I began this discussion with a promise to elucidate the question of Ms. Palin’s candidacy. In general, I have been pointing out that by nature, tradition, and revelation, the sexes have been assigned quite different functions. It has been alleged, without much foundation, that the Catholic Church has abandoned this tradition to champion the “right” of a woman to a career, but whatever “rights” women may hold in this respect are fulfilled, in Catholic thought, by a religious vocation. I do want to make it clear that I am writing about the natural family and the Christian tradition, not about everyday reality today that may well make it inconvenient or undesirable for women not to pursue a profession or go to work. God help a poor woman who has to depend on the fidelity, diligence, and maturity of an American male under the age of 75! In some cases, a woman who has no profession has made herself helpless and deprived herself of the second-best social life that is often the only one available. As I explained earlier, I do not like automobiles, computers, telephones, television, and air travel, but to live without these things I could not be a writer or editor and could never escape from Rockford, either in thought or in deed.
Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party.
Mrs. Palin’s alleged weaknesses are her strengths. Being an innocent abroad, in the dangerous world modelled on Hobbes and Darwin, is preferable to having “experience” in the obsessive attempt to tame and conquer that world. The Weekly Standard cabal and their ilk will be hard-pressed to make President Palin obey a bunch of Manhattanite intellectual pseuds, let alone to internalize their foreign policy schemes that are evil, stupid, and harmful to our troops’ safety: unlike any laptop bombardier, she has a son on his way to Iraq. I’d say that it is at least 50-50 President Palin would act as a foreign policy realist who’d refrain from new “missions,” “engagements” and “force projections.” That translates into 17 percent chance of America conducting a sane foreign policy, for the first time in decades, some time before 2012.
Thomas Fleming, Scott Richert, and Aaron Wolf have all offered typically thoughtful pieces raising important points to consider in evaluating Sarah Palin. But I would like to offer a different perspective, focusing on the speech Palin delivered at the Republican Convention and the reason the speech succeeded, to the point that Palin now enjoys a higher approval rating in the polls than either Barack Obama or John McCain, not to mention the hapless Joe Biden.