Sarah Palin is in the news again. No — she is the news. Judging by the blogosphere, there is absolutely nothing else of consequence happening in the world.
The catalyst for all this coverage, favourable and unfavourable, is Palin’s new book: Going Rogue.
This analysis seems right to me:
On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann went to considerable pains to cite passages in her book that were contradicted either by facts or by past statements Palin had made herself. […]
What Olbermann and the word-obsessed, meaning-seeking media cannot grasp is that Sarah Palin is not someone you believe. She is someone you believe in.
She is not a politician. She is a prophet.
The utterances of a prophet don’t have to make sense. Not on the rational plane.
To the degree that the utterances don’t make sense, they only become more profound. It is then that the Prophet speaks in exalted mysteries and ciphers which cannot be interpreted by the rules of mundane speech:
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
(St. Paul, 1 Cor. 2:12-16, English Standard Version.)
That’s the claim Sarah Palin makes every day. It is implicit every time she opens her mouth.
Outsiders — unbelievers — shouldn’t dare to pass judgment on Palin. She speaks in exalted utterances which only initiates can interpret. Mundane rules do not apply.
Do not parse the grammar, or look for inconsistencies between yesterday’s utterance and today’s. Only believe! And adore.