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Democratic Fear Mongering over Palin

John on September 24, 2008 at 10:14 am

I realize there are lots of intelligent, thoughtful Democrats out there. So why in the world aren’t some of them writing pieces instead of the people who actually appear on HuffPost or in Rolling Stone? From Naomi Wolf at Huff Post:

Please understand what you are looking at when you look at Sarah “Evita” Palin. You are looking at the designated muse of the coming American police state…Palin, not McCain, is the FrankenBarbie of the Rove-Cheney cabal…If McCain-Palin get in, this will be the last true American election.

Am I trying to scare you? I am. I am trying to scare you to death and ask you to scare your Republican and independent friends most of all.

She then goes on to warn us that Palin will set up a “fear” society (with no hint of irony). Beyond the stupidity of this argument, it’s worth noting that it’s also not original in any way. In fact, her conspiracy theory view of Palin was presented 10 days ago by Frank Rich in the NY Times.

In fact…I think Rich could make a credible claim of plagirism. Everything Wolf says here — from Palin as far-right plot to McCain’s imminent demise to the her advice to frighten Americans out of voting for McCain — was all said by Rich first. All Wolf has added are spelling errors and hysteria.

Moving right along…Newsbusters notes the even more unhinged attacks on Palin in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone. [Note that Rolling Stone is owned by the same guy who publishes Us Weekly, the magazine that smeared Palin just a couple weeks ago]:

She’s a puffed-up dimwit with primitive religious beliefs who had to be educated as to the fact that the Constitution did not exactly envision government executives firing librarians. Judging from the importance progressive critics seem to attack to these revelations, you’d think these were actually negatives in modern American politics. But Americans like politicians who hate books and see the face of Jesus in every tree stump. They like them stupid and mean and ignorant of the rules. Which is why Palin has only seemed to grow in popularity as more and more of these revelations have come out.

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Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she’s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV – and this country is going to eat her up, cheering every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

To call this an anti-bourgeoisie rant worthy of Pravda is, I think, appropriate.

Bonus attack! Sam Harris gets space in the latest issue of Newsweek to do what he does, i.e. attack people for their faith and call them stupid:

For all my concern about Bush’s religious beliefs, and about his merely average grasp of terrestrial reality, I have never once thought that he was an over-the-brink, Rapture-ready extremist. Palin seems as though she might be the real McCoy. With the McCain team leading her around like a pet pony between now and Election Day, she can be expected to conceal her religious extremism until it is too late to do anything about it. Her supporters know that while she cannot afford to “talk the talk” between now and Nov. 4, if elected, she can be trusted to “walk the walk” until the Day of Judgment.

In short, Sam Harris doesn’t think anyone who actually believes in God is fit to run a nation. Sure, there’s lots of talk about Palin in particular but that’s just fitting the formula to the needs of the moment. The real issue is that only atheists are able to see reality without filters and blinders. Therefore, only atheists should lead us. If you turned that argument around and put it in the mouth of someone from the deep south, it would sound like “I cain’t vote for sumun who dun’t believe in God. I jus’ cain’t.” Of course that guy doesn’t get four pages in Newsweek.

Final question: Do you want the people who wrote these articles to be elevated in American political life? If so, they’re all supporting Obama.

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