According to a fascinating story by Sarah Posner in Salon (here), when Sarah Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she enrolled the staff in "Basic Life Principles" character training designed by Bill Gothard.
This is a program that focuses on seven "non-optional" principles, such as "The Principle of Authority." The training is not labeled as religious, but every section includes a quote from the Bible.
Christianity Today said "Gothard heavily stresses submission to godly authority," and warned that his courses have been accused of "excessive discipline" of young members in its home state of Illinois.
So, let’s recap. An activist young Mayor wins election, shakes things up by firing city officials, such as the police chief, redecorates her office at a cost of $50,000 without authorization, plunges the town deep into debt, and brings in a quasi-evangelical group for training exercises.
And for this, she is known as a "reformer."
How about: crazed?
Plus, she has some strange ideas…if this transcript from a recent town hall meeting in Grand Rapids can be trusted. She was asked how to keep domestic energy at home:
"Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t
flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But
in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very
hungry domestic markets that need that oil first," Palin said. "So, I
believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the
export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to
holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped
here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first."
Okay then. Glad that’s cleared up.