"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 SasseGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Sasse: Trump should end 'wicked' family separation policy MORE (R), running for U.S. Senate in Nebraska, and the clever and amusing state Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt 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.