While “Bush Derangement Syndrome” has subsided in the psyche of the left since the President left office, Palin Derangement Syndrome has risen. As the presidential election of 2012 looms, even though no one knows whether Mrs. Palin plans to run, I would venture to say that the left is now suffering much worse with, what I call, full-blown “Palin Obsession Disease.”
I can’t go a day without reading something from the left maligning not only her policies but her accent, her clothes, the East coast bus tour, or her earnings. Recently, her comments about Paul Revere were dissected by left-wing bloggers, ad nauseum. NBC anchor, Brian Williams, didn’t have time to cover the actions by Congressman Anthony Weiner, but felt it necessary to include Mrs. Palin’s comments on his broadcast. Now, the left is obsessed with her recently-released 25,000 emails, going over each and every one of them to find some morsel to sink their teeth into.
The left just doesn’t get that Mrs. Palin’s message rings true to millions of Americans and they just can’t stand it. The left believes that everyone should think like they do and, because we don’t, they’re absolutely terrified. Why else would you spend so much time vilifying this woman’s every move if you weren’t running scared?
So, what did I read recently? An attack by the vile troll, Larry Flynt, on Mrs. Palin’s son, Trig. Not content to simply assail her politics, this low-life who sits in his soiled diapers and who, if thrown into a sewer, would most likely float to the top, is so disgusting that he referred to Trig, not as a little boy, but as an “it.” If he chose to disagree with her politics, I wouldn’t have a problem; that’s his right. But how despicable can you be to attack the existence of this little boy?
Here’s his brilliant opinion about why Mrs. Palin did not have an abortion: “She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion; she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion.”
Yeah, yeah. Please don’t tell me about his First Amendment right to be disgusting. I know that. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, “just because something is legal, doesn’t make it right.” When is enough, enough? When should we say certain things are off limits? Can you imagine if someone made any type of verbal attack on the Obamas’ children?
Too bad Flynt’s theory that Mrs. Palin gave birth to Trig for political reasons isn’t as solid as his diaper. I know I have a terrible memory but wasn’t Trig conceived way before Mrs. Palin was brought on to the national scene as John McCain’s Vice-Presidential running mate? Of course, he was.
So, Flint criticizes Mrs. Palin for using Trig as a political prop to garner the pro-life crowd, but tells Johann Hari of London’s “The Independent” the reasons why he stretches the bounds of free speech. “That’s our purpose – to be offensive. We’re always pushing the envelope; it’s understandable that people are getting upset – but that’s what built our reputation and it’s what our core readership like.” Now, who’s the hypocrite? (By the way, Mr. Hari, offended by the comments about Trig, said, “I am so thrown by the unpleasantness of all this, I don’t even interject.”)
One of the comments posted following his remarks said, “what happened to … civility?” Another said, mirroring my own initial thought after reading the article, “he makes me second guess my pro-life stance.”
Yes, our Constitution, gives even the most loathsome among us the right to say just about anything about anyone. It also gives me the right not to buy his magazines, just like it’s my choice not to see Roman Polanski or Woody Allen movies.
The First Amendment also gives me the right to say that, between the two, the world is a much better place because of Trig, not Flint who’s wasting our oxygen.
I expect more of this madness over the next sixteen months from people who suffer from POD. I think it will only get worse whether she runs or not. If you don’t like Mrs. Palin’s politics, fine, but leave her children alone.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.
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