Jesse Ventura: Palin ‘Quit’ as Governor to ‘Cash In and Make Big Money’
March 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota and ex-pro wrestler is out making the media rounds promoting his new book, filled with “documented facts” about various New World Order conspiracy theories. During an appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live this past week, the colorful and outspoken Jesse “the Body” did not disappoint, and he took aim at Sarah Palin, calling her a “quitter” who is only interested in making “big money” and said, he would not vote for her as president if she was the only person running. Ventura also derided the tea party movement as a right-wing joke and he ridiculed hate talker Rush Limbaugh for praising the medical care he received while in Hawaii, not realizing that the 50th state provides universal healthcare.
Regarding his views on Sarah Palin, Ventura pointed put that quitters like her certainly would not make it through the grueling Navy SEAL training:
VENTURA: “Well, it shows why she quit the governor. She wanted to cash in and make big money. It’s that simple, you know? I wouldn’t vote for her if she was the only candidate because she’s a quitter. You know, she told the people of Alaska she wanted to be their governor and then halfway through the term she decides it’s not her cup of tea anymore? Well, Larry, she’d never make it through Navy SEAL training, because if you say the words, “I quit,” you’re gone. And to me, she’s nothing but a quitter. I would never support her. And people that do, I think, are bad for doing it.”
KING: “What, then, do you think of the American Tea Party?”
VENTURA: “I think they’re kind of a laugh, because they’re supposed to defend the Constitution and all this. Well, where were they when habeas corpus was being taken away, because in our country right now, they can arrest you, they can hold you without charging you.” [...] “I think this is just more of a right-wing movement to try to make it look like we’re turning socialist or something.”
Jesse “the Body”, who now spends most of his time in Mexico surfing, when he’s not promoting fringe conspiracy theories, pointed out the disingenuous of the teabaggers and others who oppose “government run healthcare” when they benefit from Medicare and our veterans receive federally funded healthcare. “[I]f it’s good enough for a veteran, it should be good enough for us,” said Jesse. And he laughed at Rush Limbaugh’s praising of Hawaii’s state-run healthcare system, when he’s such a staunch opponent of healthcare reform. Rush Limbaugh “said how great it was, before he found out that it was state-run health care.”
When it comes to politics, Ventura essentially believes that first, we should “kill all the lawyers,” or at least make it illegal for lawyers to run for office. And he proposes destroying the two-party political system in our country, with every candidate running as an Independent. “It is high time to — to destroy these two parties, if we can, because they’re leading us down the road to ruin, both of them,” said Ventura.
When it comes to his fringe-conspiracy theories, Ventura likes them with a little side of paranoid-laced skepticism. Many of the conspiracy theories covered in his book, Ventura already featured on his TruTV show called, “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.” In one episode, Ventura advanced the theory that global warming was a hoax, perpetuated by a super secret cabal of industrialists to take over the world.
“It may not be true, but it could be true,” Ventura says of the conspiracies in his book entitled, “American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies and More Dirty Lies that The Government Tells Us.” Like any good conspiracy theorist, just the notion that a crazy plot could be true, fuels the constant black helicopter, tinfoil hat crowd. “And if It could be true, it’s dangerous,” reasoned Jesse.
KING: “But you can be a con — are you considered, though, a conspiracy buff in that you’re so conspiracy oriented, that you believe nothing, that you question anything?”
VENTURA: “No, not at all. I don’t necessarily believe every conspiracy that I write about in this book. I just tell the other side of the story and documents back it up to where you still have to say, you know, there’s validity to this. it may not be true, but it could be true.”
On the other hand, Venture tells Larry King that every conspiracy theory discussed in his book, such as the 9/11 truther conspiracy, and the grassy knoll theory behind the assassination of JFK, are based on “documented facts.” “I may offer my opinion at the end of the chapter or the beginning of a chapter, but everything in between is all documented,” said Jesse.
But it’s the paranoid interpretation of “documented facts” that keeps committed conspiracy theorists, like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura up at night pondering the apocalyptic dangers of the Illuminati cabal.