COMMENTARY | Since it is an election year, Sarah Palin, the most powerful female politician on the planet, is on progress across the country supporting candidates and causes she favors. She stopped by an NRA rally in Indianapolis and had a provocative suggestion.
Along with the standard red meat about gun rights at the “Stand and Fight” rally, Palin suggested that if she were ever president, “If I were in charge they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
An example of the outrageous outrage that engendered could be found at something called “Americans against the Tea Party,” calling it a “blood thirsty twist.”
Palin’s throwaway line was doubly provocative in that it offended both people who are irate about waterboarding, used at one time to extract information from captured terrorists, and people who get angry about being insensitive to Muslims. Baptize indeed.
One can just imagine Father Jack Bauer holding a cloth wetted with holy water to the mouth and nose of a terrorist, saying, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Now tell me where you planted the dirty bomb! You’re running out of time!” Of course if that doesn’t work there’s always the old Jack standby of a bullet to the knee cap.
Palin has the refreshing quality that every conservative must have in that she doesn’t care who she offends. In fact she reminds me of a line from the musical “1776” in which an exasperated John Adams declares, “”This is a revolution, damn it! We‘re going to have to offend somebody!”
People have been using the tactic of getting offended to shut down debate for decades. Palin has hit upon the idea of going on the offensive and deliberately offending. The irony is that many people might think that a forced baptism of Islamists through waterboarding is pretty funny and ironic, considering that it is the goal of Islamist terrorists to force everyone on the planet to submit to shariah law. It might just serve them right.