Hello the five people who occasionally drop by to see if I’ve updated! Well, here’s something I’ve been sitting on for a little while and thinking over.
Someone, it might have been Nick Cohen, once said that people who view themselves, not as “good” but as “virtuous” are actually deeply unpleasant but repress that unpleasantness for fear of violating the cultural taboos in which they live. We would not dream of holding a woman in politics to a different standard (well, actually most political commentators do hold women to a different and unfair standard) but when a woman has entered the “wrong” camp in politics, those self-rightously virtuous souls not only hold that person to a different standard – they violate every taboo around sexism, attacks on her family and children. Indeed when one looks at the liberal-left media treatment of Sarah Palin, one can only conclude that the self-appointed bearers of women’s rights and equality decided that Sarah Palin did not merit the rights which they insist are universal.
Disgusting sexual smears (all fabricated) have been used against her and her daughters – yes that means you, Letterman. A concerted attempt to undermine and criminalize Sarah Palin has been waged since she was chosen as John McCain’s running mate. If this was being waged by the “Republican attack machine”, there would be outrage at her treatment but the secret to this puzzle lies back in 2000-2001.
After Gore lost to Bush in 2000, the left wing reacted by criminalizing (in their world view) the political right. From then on all ethical standards were not to be applied Republicans, who were now designated as evil. In a certain sense, the left reacted to defeat by declaring political war against the right. The patterns of this war can be seen in the treatment of Sarah Palin – intense media attacks promoting a caricature of a far-right, fundamentalist slut combined with incessant legal challanges; the same pattern first applied in the 2006 Congressional elections. The legal challanges are an important element in this war as these wear out the political personalities and eat up political funds.
David Horowitz of Front Page Magazine has been mapping these attacks for years. I wasn’t sure whether he was seeing things that won’t there until last year but I first began to be worried by the political tone of the US left when I ran across a slogan on the Sonic Youth forum entitled “Take America Back!” I’m not saying that this was some conspiracy giveaway, rather it was the tone: totalitarian, intolerant and filled with hatred.
The left in America is sick because it all knows how to feel and think today is to hate. Think about the US left’s reaction to the election in Iran – they can’t hate the Iranians, so they ignore them. Hate poisons politics – think on this.