Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Recently, Sarah Palin unwittingly illustrated the absurdity of the notion that mystic insight can provide guidance for living one's daily life. How? By attempting to defend, on biblical grounds, her practice of scribbling notes on her hands:
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. (Isaiah 49:15-17)P.Z. Myers notes what God does about ten verses later: He "punishes [the] enemies [of the Israelites] by making them eat their own flesh and drink their own blood." One wonders what else Sarah Palin might deem practical or morally acceptable based on such a standard.
Certainly, God-like inconsistency and hypocrisy are fine with Palin, judging by her actions. This self-proclaimed champion of freedom and capitalism "admits that she would regularly hustle across the border to take advantage of Canadian health care."
[Update: Since Palin was very young when this occurred, this phrasing is disingenuous on the part of Myers and Megan Carpentier in at least two ways. See comments by Jim May. This, of course, means that such trips to Canada do not constitute a valid reason to attack Palin for hypocrisy regarding socialized medicine.]
Such an action on her part opens her up to the obvious criticism that Myers, a fan of physician slavery, dishes out:
[C]an we have Canadian-style health care put in place here in America? It's good enough for Sarah Palin, so it must be good enough for God, so it must be the right thing to do.As a very young child, I learned that, "The Devil made me do it," was a poor defense for stupid behavior. "God does it, too!" strikes me as equally childish, and it floors me that an adult would resort to it. (That she does so in half-jest is an example of what Ayn Rand called the "court jester premise," and is further proof that she (a) feels the need to defend herself, and (b) doesn't have a decent answer to offer for the cause.)
For different reasons from Myers's, I, too wish that Sarah Palin would just go away.
3-11-10: Added an update. Palin was at most five years old when she was "hustled" over to Canada for medical care.