"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" — Jack Kerouac, On the Road

As rumors of tortured pro-Ukraine activists begin to appear in the Western press and a body of one who appears to have been tortured is found, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) offers an American mirror. "If I were in charge," she told the crowd at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) "Stand and Fight Rally," according to reports, "waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."

Palin is also travelling the country to endorse worthy and creative candidates like Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSasse: RNC help for Roy Moore 'doesn't make any sense' Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore 'bad' and 'sad' GOP senator: Flake donation to Alabama Dem 'a bad idea' MORE (R), running for U.S. Senate in Nebraska, and the clever and amusing state Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy US trade deficit rises on record imports from China Flake, GOP senators to meet with Trump on trade MORE (R), also a worthy candidate, running for U.S. Senate in Iowa.

I don't really see Palin as a traditional banana-republic fascist. She just defaults on occasion to that archaic portion of the brain controlled by this tribal, proto-European substate which Franz Kafka so eloquently documented. It creeps today into the hearts and minds of otherwise moderate Americans. But these candidates and others who receive Palin's endorsement today should repudiate, as her comments at the NRA rally classically represent the Tea Party's unfortunate descent to a squalid, dangerous and un-American horde.

Quigley is a prize-winning writer who has worked more than 35 years as a book and magazine editor, political commentator and reviewer. For 20 years he has been an amateur farmer, raising Tunis sheep and organic vegetables. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and four children. Contact him at quigley1985@gmail.com.