Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Saradise Lost - Book 2 - Chapter 26 -- Sarah Palin and the Jews -- Strike Four!

Incident One: I was there.

It began in the summer of 1996 with a whispering campaign started at the fundamentalist and evangelical churches around Wasilla, where the young city council woman was building her base:

"Wasilla's First Christian Mayor, Sarah Palin."

Why would she have been Wasilla's first Christian mayor? Well, for one thing, her adherents whispered, "John Stein is a Jew."

Here's how salon.com's David Talbot described that campaign:

when she announced her candidacy for Stein's seat, vowing to overturn the city's "old boy" establishment, a different Sarah Palin emerged. "Things got very ugly," recalled Naomi Tigner, a friend of the Steins. "Sarah became very mean-spirited."

The Wasilla mayor's seat is nonpartisan, and Mayor Stein, a former city planner who had held the post for nine years, ran a businesslike campaign that stressed his experience and competency. But Palin ignited the traditionally low-key race with scorching social issues, injecting "God, guns and abortion into the race -- things that had nothing to do with being mayor of a small town," according to Tigner.

Palin's mayoral campaign rode the wave of conservative, evangelical fervor that was sweeping Alaska in the '90s. Suddenly candidates' social values, not their ability to manage the roads and sewer systems, were dominating the debate. "Sarah and I were both Republicans, but this was an entirely new slant to local politics -- much more aggressive than anything I'd ever seen," said Stein, looking back at the election that put Palin on the political map.

There was a knife-sharp, personal edge to Palin's campaign that many locals found disturbing, particularly because of the warm relationship between Palin and Stein before the race.

"I called Sarah's campaign for mayor the end of the age of innocence in Wasilla," said Carney.

Even though Palin knew that Stein is a Protestant Christian, from a Pennsylvania Dutch background, her campaign began circulating the word that she would be "Wasilla's first Christian mayor." Some of Stein's supporters interpreted this as an attempt to portray Stein as Jewish in the heavily evangelical community. Stein himself, an eminently reasonable and reflective man, thinks "they were redefining Christianity to mean born-agains."

Again, I was there. I certainly heard more than once from adults and kids who attended those fundamentalist and evangelical churches, that Palin would be preferable to "the Jews."

Incident Two: It is on video. In several different interpretations. Most feel it leaves Palin no leeway, and she has never discussed the specifics of the incident. Here's salon.com's Michael Fox's description:

Video has surfaced of Rev. Muthee at Palin’s church – again with Palin present and in the video — telling the congregation that the Christians need to take over control of the business world, especially banking, from the Jews ("Israelites").

Here’s what Muthee said in his sermon where he told the church congregation "the reasons why" they needed to "pray for Sarah":

“The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It’s high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That’s what we are waiting for. That’s part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the — you know — if you look at the Israelites, that’s how they work. And that’s how they are, even today. When we will see that, you know, that the top transporters (?) in the lands, we see, you know, the bankers, we see the people holding the parts (?), they are believers, we will not have the kind of corruption that we are hearing in our societies.

It certainly gives a new perspective on how Palin might handle the financial crisis.


Incident Three:


David Brickner, the leader of Jews for Jesus, was invited to speak last month to the faithful at the Wasilla Bible Church, Sarah Palin's fundamentalist congregation.

In his talk at Wasilla on August 17, 2008, with Palin in the audience, Brickner described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" on Jews who have not converted to Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television," Brickner said. "It's very real. When [my son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

In his Hebrew-laced sermon, Brickner also told the congregation that "Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying 'You'll not rule over us'."

At the conclusion of Brickner's sermon, the congregation contributed money for Jews for Jesus' mission of converting the Jews and and prayed that Jews would come to accept Jesus.

Brickner, who was not born Jewish, has lead Jews for Jesus since 1996.

Incident Four:
Here is the Governor's press release from this morning:

Governor Palin will first attend a dinner at the residence of Fred and Marlene Malek Friday evening. Fred Malek is a prominent business leader and the founder and Chairman of Thayer Capital Partners. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Malek has had a distinguished career in public service. The governor is honored to have received the invitation and to have the chance to speak about Alaska and other issues impacting our state.


Here's Nation author David Corn's description of one of Malek's publicly known political activities for former President Richard Nixon:

The McCain press shop left out an interesting piece of Malek's history: when he counted Jews for President Richard Nixon. Two years ago--when Malek was leading an investment group seeking to buy the new Washington Nationals baseball team, my friend Tim Noah at Slate reviewed Malek's dark past. Here's what he wrote:

It's one of the more gothic stories about Nixon related in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's The Final Days. As they tell it, late in 1971--the same year, coincidentally, that the Washington Senators moved to Texas and changed their name to the Rangers--

Nixon summoned the White House personnel chief, Fred Malek, to his office to discuss a "Jewish cabal" in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The "cabal," Nixon said, was tilting economic figures to make his Administration look bad. How many Jews were there in the bureau? he wanted to know. Malek reported back on the number, and told the President that the bureau's methods of weighing statistics were normal procedure that had been in use for years.

17 comments:

Blue_in_AK said...

She's freaking me out.

Anonymous said...

Kinda stretching aren't you.

The fact is, Palin would be a stronger supporter of Israel than is the current administration.

Your last one is really a stretch to tie Palen to Malek who reported back on the number of Jews to Nixon.

This is a classic example of fearing what you don't understand.

AKPetMom said...

It's making me sick! Her evangelical beliefs supposedly are based on the strength of the Jewish state; of Israel. She even displayed the Israeli flag in the window of her office when she did the video with Elan Frank, the Israeli journalist. Was that just for show too?

The hypocrisy is becoming suffocating . She's having dinner Friday night with a self admitted anti-Semite! Will her evangelical compatriots just turn a blind eye to her actions and figure that "the ends justify the means"? Anything to get sweet Sarah into higher office? Are her followers so stupid as to think that she will remain true to them when in her first bid for national political greatness( I'm talking about her going out on her own this weekend, not about the VP bid) she has thrown caution to the wind and is essentially "pallin' around" with the dark side? I know she is not the first person to lose their ideals in the "bright lights" of adoration and national aspirations, but god, maybe we can actually make a difference by making our voices heard now, at ground level, before the machine builds up too much momentum and another "puppet" achieves the highest office in the land.

Anonymous said...

check the FEC filings

Anonymous said...

Signs of Witness

fucking religion, it's all just mass mental illness anyways....

Philip Munger said...

anon @ #2 - I'm about through taking the effort of answering anonymouses on comments like that one. You have the option of creating a blogger ID. Takes about as much time ss writing your post did.

Thanks.

Emperor said...

Palin is a serious whack job, now with a private slush fund.

messianicmatt said...

I am a staff worker with the Jews for Jesus organization. Most blogs and news services have quoted the same snippet of the 30-minute message that David Brickner of Jews for Jesus delivered at Sarah Palin’s church, giving the false impression that he believes that terrorist attacks are God’s judgment on Israel for not believing in Jesus. Please read or listen to the entire message for yourself at www.jewsforjesus.org/blog/20080817 so that you can hear Brickner’s remarks in context. Please also take a look at Brickner’s comments concerning his message at Wasilla Bible Church, as well as interviews by Christianity Today and MSNBC with Brickner about this issue, at www.jewsforjesus.org/blog/20080912. Among other things, Brickner says, "The comments attributed to me were taken out of context. In retrospect, I can see how my rhetoric might be misunderstood and I truly regret that. Let me be clear. I don’t believe that any one event, whether a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, is a specific fulfillment of or manifestation of a biblical prediction of judgment. I love my Jewish people and the land of Israel. I stand with and support her against all efforts to harm her or her people in any way."

Philip Munger said...

messianicmatt,

Thank you for the clarification.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to write and publish a fuller post on this subject at Progressive Alaska. This is the first I have read from Mr. Brickner's "staff" on this matter.

Deo said...

Palin gives one the same feeling that Bush gave. Yeah, creepy.
She is secretive, misleading, and just plain lies. If she says TWO things, there is a contradiction. Her followers are the same too. When they DEFEND her, there aren´t ANY FACTS, and IF there are any they are erroneous.
When are the republican big guns going to slap her down, Maybe they have all decided to go along with this.çAlaska is sick of her, does that mean she gets a promotion?
Sarah Palin-Tonya Harding 2012!

Anonymous said...

Phillip. I wouln't answer anonymous comments either...

Muffin said...

"I love Sarah Palin! She's just like me!"

People had better rethink that before they say that! "How is she just like you, pray tell? Do you pray away the gay? Do you think that Jews should convert to Christianity? Do you say 'open & transparent' but mean 'closed & opaque'?"

She still has time to redeem herself-- she needs to quit trumping her religion and be totally about business. No more talk of the kids, no saying anything negative about anyone or the press.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin-Tonya Harding 2012! A bumper sticker if I ever saw one.

Anonymous said...

Phil,

There are clearly many different anno bloggers.

Anonymous said...

remember political/religious populist thrive in single resource extracting economies like oil producing countries. w/o real political competition Palin thrives. alternatively, in a competitive political world, the USA, she falters...ie idiot

Helen said...

Unfortunately, there is even more to this story than that.

Malek was Deputy Director of CREEP, but escaped Watergate prosecution.

He went on to help the Bushes rise to power, first by getting Bush/Quayle elected.

He created a climate in government that emphasized the firing of public servants who weren't "loyal" - whistleblowers.

He went to FannieMae and was part of it's deregulation - hence failure.

He is the deep pockets behind Scooter Libby's legal defense - keeping him out of jail for Plamegate.

NOW HE IS PERSONALLY INTERESTED in sponsoring Palin.

For more on their weekend, his connections, and the Alfalfa Club visit http://nailinpalinnow.blogspot.com/

but more importantly, tell others about MALEK/PALIN. Malek operated unchecked before the internet age...

Anonymous said...

became curious about the Basis of the Jewish "claim" to Palestine, how they were always saying "God gave it to us",
so I read their claim. Their "claim" to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.
It is UNFAIR and WRONG to compare Israel to the Nazis.
The CORRECT comparison is that of the Nazis to the Israelis:
The Nazis just copied the Jewish "Manual" point by point
KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED
Numbers c.5 v.2-4
KILL HOMOSEXUALS
Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:
Exodus c.32 v.27
Numbers c.11 v.1-2
Numbers c.16 all
Numbers c.21 v.5-6
Numbers v.26 v.10
KILL anyone who engages in "DIVERSITY" or "INTEGRATION"
Numbers v25 v.4-8
Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:
Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
Numbers c.31 all Midianites
Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
Where are THEIR "holocaust" Memorials!
OCCUPY YOUR VICTIM'S DWELLINGS/LAND
Numbers c.21 v.25
Numbers c.32 v.39
Numbers c.33 v.53
(just to name a FEW)
GENOCIDE CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
Numbers c.33 v.31-34
Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
TERRORISM CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
Jews SELF-anointed "The CHOSEN People of GOD"
Nazis SELF-anointed "The GENETICALLY CHOSEN People of God".