Why the Tea Party cheered Sarah Palin’s support for nuclear war

palin-cpacI was going to write a Bachmann Diary this weekend, touching satrically on her speech at CPAC about the “intellectual core” of the Tea Party. Then I watched Sarah Palin’s keynote address, and something she said, and the reaction of the conservative crowd, stopped me cold. No, not her slaughter of “Green Eggs and Ham,” her comment about nuclear war. During her chat with the crowd (because the Half-Governor is nothing if not chatty), Palin said:

Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.

A woman who was plucked from obscurity by John “Get Off My Damn Lawn” McCain’s campaign man to be a vice presidential candidate in 2008 stood in front of a crowd of right wing “Christians,” and advocated for nuclear war against Russia. Now you may be thinking “So what? Nobody listens to her anyway,” but you’re wrong. That little blurb got a lot of applause. The reason the Tea Party (especially religious fundamentalists like Michele Bachmann) thinks it’s a grand idea to blow the living crap out of Russia is, in their minds, they have nothing to lose. Let me explain why.

In 2011, Glenn Beck hosted a forum featuring End Times authors Joel Richardson and Tim LaHaye. Tea Party favorite Mike Huckabee sat down with LaHaye also in 2011 to discuss how President Obama is bringing us closer to the Apocalypse. Huckabee asked LaHaye if we are living in the End Times, and LaHaye responded “Definitely.” Most recently, Michele Bachmann has been speaking about the End Times on numerous radio programs. Glenn Beck has also hosted nationally-renowned hate pastor, John Hagee, for a discussion about End Time prophecies. Beck was still on CNN when he invited Hagee on for an hour-long discussion on Iran, Israel, and the End Times. Billy Graham has weighed in on End Time prophecies as well, through an email interview with World Net Daily.

Many in the Tea Party, including a former presidential candidate, believe we are closing in on the Apocalypse. I Googled “End Times prophecy,” and was flooded with fundamentalist Christian links. The one I chose, Raptureforums.com, listed 101 End Times prophecies they claim are coming to fruition. For example:

*Sorceries referring to witchcraft, magic, or occult practices used to enchant and deceive are also anticipated in the last days (Revelation 9:2118:2321:8Isaiah 47:9-15Micah 5:10-15). Today, interest in the occult is flourishing.

*Homosexuality would be flaunted at the end of the age. Jesus warned that the last days would be like the days of Lot who lived in wicked Sodom (Luke 17:28-30). We know that the root of Sodom’s sin was pride and complacency (Ezekiel 16:49) as it is today. However, Sodom’s lasting infamy stemmed from their aggressive homosexual sin (Genesis 19; Jude 1:7). Today, the homosexual agenda is flaunted and forced upon our entire society.

*Israel would dwell without walls prior to the invasion from the north (Ezekiel 38:8-11). As foretold, Israel now dwells “without walls” or bars or gates. Untill 1900, most Middle East cities and villiages were fortified. Yet modern weaponry (jets/missiles) can “ascend…covering the land like a cloud” making these barriers obsolete.

*A red heifer without blemish must be born and sacrificed to purify the temple in Israel (Numbers 19:2-9). The Temple Institute is actively seeking to acquire a kosher red heifer.

*Israel would be invincible (Zechariah 12:6-9). Since 1948, tiny Israel has been attacked in three major wars and several lesser wars. Yet despite being vastly outnumbered, they have defeated all attacking foes. Even during the final battle, when it looks like Israel will be destroyed, the Lord shall deliver her (Jeremiah 30:3-7; Zechariah 14; Mark 13:14-20). An invincible Israel makes no sense unless you believe God’s Word.

According to another End Times website, Deuteronomy 30:1-9 states Jesus will “regather all believing Jews to Israel.” In other words, Jews who accept Jesus as the Son of God get “regathered.” I read that passage from Deuteronomy, and it never mentions Jesus. It speaks about the Lord your God, not the Messiah. Also included in the passage are curse inflicting on enemies, circumcising hearts, and abundant prospering. But nothing about Jesus. The other thing you have to remember is what happens to people who don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God.

Thessalonians 2, 1:8-9 states:

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.

It’s a twofer, if you will. You must “know” God, or believe in him, and you must obey the gospel of Jesus. You have to be a Christian to avoid “everlasting destruction.” Jesus will “regather all believing Jews to Israel.”

And this is why the Tea Party cheered when Sarah Palin advocated for nuclear war. Fundamentalist Christians live under the delusion that Jesus is going to come back, give them all a big hug, and whisk them up to Heaven if we destroy the world. Setting aside for a moment that the majority of fundamentalist Christians are pretty much the antithesis of Christ, how would blowing up Russia bring about the End Times? Quite a few End Time-rs believe Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, are all about Russia invading Israel. According to the Bible, God gave the prophet Ezekiel a warning directed at nations far north of Israel. Fundamentalists who believe in the End Times prophecies view the ancient nation of Magog as Russia.

There you have it. The Tea Party audience who cheered Sarah Palin’s call for nuclear war believes Russia will invade Israel. If we blow Russia up, we are keeping Israel safe, which is necessary for the End Times. They have nothing to lose, because in their minds, Jesus comes, they go to Heaven, unbelievers go to Hell. This is scary, scary stuff, and a majority of right wing Christians believe it. They believe President Obama is leading us towards the Apocalypse, they believe Russia will invade Israel, and that the United States must, at all costs, protect Israel.

WWJN?

Who would Jesus nuke? Well if you ask Sarah Palin, it’s Russia. Jesus wants it, you betcha.

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.

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  • Pipercat

    Magog isn’t Russia, it’s a province right next to The Trollshaws.

  • Jim Bean

    I can not begin to imagine the thought process that transpires between an individual hearing someone say, ‘the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with nuke’ and that individual drawing the conclusion that what she heard was ‘If I could, I would launch an unprovoked nuclear attack on Russia before the end of the day.” (For that matter, I can’t begin to imagine the thought process that leads someone to conclude there is something else that would stop a bad guy with a nuke once he’s decided to start detonating them. Feel free to educate me on this.)

    • Sandy Greer

      Probably why Iran wants one.

      And so goes the neighborhood…

      • meatwad_SSuppet

        To deter the bad guy with the unknown number of nukes that the international nuke board has never inspected,at the same time as the bad guy demands all others be inspected at all times? That deterrent?

  • geoffreysea

    As much as I like to bash Sarah Palin, this is unfair to her. Her statement could just as easily refer to having nuclear weapons as using them. It is actually just a restatement of nuclear deterrence. And as much as the author of this article might dislike nuclear deterrence, it is the policy of the Obama administration and the reason that we maintain thousands of nuclear weapons. Saying that Palin wants a nuclear war when that’s not what she said is not helpful when the current situation in Ukraine demands national and international unity.

    • Pipercat

      You’re assuming Sarahbou knew what she was talking about in the first place.

  • Sandy Greer

    ARE there any ‘good guys’ with nukes?

  • Whatr.udoing

    I found Sarah’s Green Eggs and Ham spoof at CPAC funny and entertaining. And there’s no need to get so paranoid about her End Times wing-nuttery as she’s not in power. She’s not even a feckless Congressman/woman. But apparently she could see Ukraine from her house 🙂

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      But there are those that love her words and are at the ‘key’ that launches the nukes. It is too bad that their brand of mental illness is honored instead of shunned from Military service.

  • Tom

    This is why I love being an atheist. we’re not afraid of any of this nonsense; we know it’s not real!

    • turdpipe

      Wait. You love being an atheist because it lets you ignore the very real and very dangerous ignorance and blind belief of the Christian Right?

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      The global danger the american taliban impose is as real as being nuked. Remember, they think they win when they are killed too. I guess suicide is a sin except when you provoke others to kill you. I say, the christians are the walking insane.

  • Here is the whole shame of christians today. They forget the main law that Jesus laid down for people to follow. Love thy neighbor. Love. Thy. Neighbor. Whether or not you agree with gay people, people of different race, creed, or religion you are supposed to love them. These people are not christians…they are nothing but a bunch of fucking idiots that would be dangerous if you really gave them full control of this country. They’re Nazi’s really. Let me also point out the fact that if we ever did launch a nuclear attack against Russia…they could as well. They have a very sizable nuclear arsenal. So if Jesus did come back…all he would find is nothing but a glowing barren wasteland.

  • jchastn

    Can you imagine if this ass hat had become Vice President and McCain had died in office? Shudder.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      I do believe they knew there was no way they were going to win with the guy they placed as their top choice. (out of everyone in the entire nation, he was their “it”? lol) It was a gimmie for the dems on whom ever they put up as the winner, both times.

  • Jordan Ramsby

    Anyone who actually supports the use of Nuclear weapons in anything but the absolutely worst case scenario should not be allowed in the Government. These people clearly have no clue the magnitude of devastation that these weapons can create, and if they shift to talking about the use of biological weapons they should be thrown into an asylum, they are the two quickest means to end humanity.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      They, the sarah palins, truly fill the definition of the terrorist that should be preempted from action and locked up now.

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    It is that attitude of winning even when you lose that scared me about the reagan years. The christian community, the walking insane.

    • meatwad_SSuppet

      The christian IS the Death Cult.