Gov. Palin Wants to Debate JFK

The Second Essential Scary Truth

Just when you thought partisan politics couldn’t get any weirder, the December 3, 2010 edition of the Washington Post contains an editorial from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The topic: Sarah Palin’s new “debating opponent” John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

In her new book, “America by Heart,” Palin objects to my uncle’s famous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, in which he challenged the ministers – and the country – to judge him, a Catholic presidential candidate, by his views rather than his faith. “Contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” Kennedy said. “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic.”

Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy’s speech had “succeeded in the best possible way: It reconciled public service and religion without compromising either.” Now, however, she says she has revisited the speech and changed her mind. She finds it “defensive . . . in tone and content” and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, had instead offered an “unequivocal divorce of the two.”

Palin’s argument seems to challenge a great American tradition, enshrined in the Constitution, stipulating that there be no religious test for public office. A careful reading of her book leads me to conclude that Palin wishes for precisely such a test. And she seems to think that she, and those who think like her, are qualified to judge who would pass and who would not…

Is this more liberal screaming at conservatives? Has Gov. Palin, once again in the eyes of liberals but note conservatives, crossed the line of ‘intelligent’ free speech? Are both sides of the aisle just too damn partisan and sensitive these days? I will leave that decision up to you dear reader.

However, if Governor Palin seriously wants to debate JFK, she’d better get her rear end over to the Sacred Fools Theatre and film that discussion with the actor playing the man. Yes Governor, The Magic Bullet Theory is once again taking its Dr. Strangelove look at the events of November 22, 1963.

Perhaps Governor Palin thinks it’s too soon to goof on the cover-up surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy? Maybe Lieutenant Governor Kennedy Townsend feels The Magic Bullet Theory is vulgar and tasteless? There’s only one-way to find out gang – come on down to the Sacred Fools Theatre (660 Heliotrope Los Angeles, CA.) tonight, December 4, 2010 at 11pm – $7 at the door and cheap drinks for all.

I’ll be there as well so tell me what you think about the lady’s debate and I’ll buy you a drink!

(Hat Tip: JJ Mayes.)

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