I was at Princeton from 1965-1969. Despite the right’s narrative that the country went to hell in those years, for most of us at the school they were glorious years of celebration, solidarity and justice. But we had one classmate who was like the nerd who couldn’t get a date, but also was willing to assure us all we were going to hell for our sins of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. His name was Richard Land and he has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988.
For a guy who was a scold at 19, it’s a perfect job. But Richrd is up in St. Paul at the Republican Convention, on his version of Ecstasy over Sarah Palin.
In Minneapolis, “it was as if the whole Republican convention had started drinking Red Bull,” said Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who added that when the McCain campaign had sought his input weeks before he had suggested picking Ms. Palin.
Yes the Bible Belt is truly thrilled at the promise of a John McCain Supreme Court that would kill Roe V. Wade.
McCain used a recent appearance with the Rev. Rick Warrenat Saddleback Church in California to embrace opposition to abortion more explicitly than President Bush ever did. Asked when a fetus gains human rights, Mr. McCain responded, “At the moment of conception.”
And he has abandoned previous calls to moderate the Republican platform’s support for a ban on abortion without exception. Instead, he allowed conservative organizers like Phyllis Schlafly to shape what many advocates say is the most conservative platform in the party’s history. At Ms. Schlafly’s behest, for example, the party approved an immigration plank calling for new laws to speed widespread deportations and other punitive measures at odds with Mr. McCain’s stance on one of his signature issues.
And, to satisfy the Rush Limbaugh Global Warming deniers, the Palin pick signals a drill anywhere and everywhere McCain administration in the pocket of Big Oil. As Tom Friedman pointed out this morning,
Palin’s nomination for vice president and her desire to allow drilling in the Alaskan wilderness “reminded me of a lunch I had three and half years ago with one of the Russian trade attachés,” global trade consultant Edward Goldberg said to me. “After much wine, this gentleman told me that his country was very pleased that the Bush administration wanted to drill in the Alaskan wilderness. In his opinion, the amount of product one could actually derive from there was negligible in terms of needs. However, it signified that the Bush administration was not planning to do anything to create alternative energy, which of course would threaten the economic growth of Russia.”
I assume the Obama campaign is producing a set of environmental themed ads to highlight the obvious disconnect between those phony “Green Ads” McCain ran during the Olympics and the reality of his policy.