Remember the old Hollywood westerns? The ones where the good guys were handsome and wore white hats, and the bad guys were ugly and wore black? Those were the days when truth, justice and the American way all went together. At least we thought they did.
As I got older I began to realize that America wasn’t quite as good and pure as it was pictured in John Wayne movies. But in my heart I still believed in the “good guys” and the “bad guys,” and I believed that liberals wore white hats and that Republican headquarters was located in Barad-dûr.
In 2008 I saw for the first time the ugliness of progressives. It started with Hillary and then moved on to Sarah Palin. This post by Bristol Plain contains the latest example:
I’ve been totally blown away by the responses to my post below, which went viral beyond my wildest dreams. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the post, and it’s been shared – at the time I write this — 88,000 times. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting. I received over 1,700 comments, and I’d like to take a moment to respond to some of them. The comments basically fell into one of three categories:
Category 1: “I hate you.”
Example: “JLE” at 7:52 am on March 20:
Bristol Palin you have some nerve President Obama does not owe you anything your a nobody, a young loose cow with kid!!!!! You and your mom are true idiots your Alaskan Hillbillies so go back in your igloos stay out of the public eye we are tired of your UGLY FACED YOUR SON TOO& BROTHER TOO!!!!
At first, the Patheos moderators weren’t letting these types of comments through, but we decided to let you have at least a glimpse of the things people say about my family. (We still don’t approve the dozens and dozens of truly obscene rants. This is a family blog after all!) You can see that Bill Maher is not some lone comedian with a unique perspective on us. Rather, he taps into something evil and dark that resides in the hearts of many people who hate our family. Even after so many years, I’m still a little surprised when people make fun of my little brother. They, however, can’t silence me or my mom. In fact, they motivate the to keep speaking. Evil can’t win!
I don’t know who this “JLE” person is but those words did not come from a good place, they came from an ugly, hate-filled heart.
It would be easy to dismiss a single comment as the droppings of an internet troll, but they are typical of what you can find at far too many progressive blogs these days. Wonkette, Rumproast and Balloon Juice are easily the worst offenders, but scaled down versions of the same kind of hate speech can be found at every pro-Obama blog.
Progressives are supposed to be pro-feminist but I have seen some of the most vile expressions of misogyny at progressive blogs in the past four years. Some of it is truly sickening, and goes far beyond anything I ever heard in a locker room or army barracks.
Nothing good grows from a bad seed.
In addition to regularly contributing to NRO’s excellent Home Front blog, my wife Nancy is the editor of the Patheos Faith and Family portal, a multi-faith website that thoughtfully explores, well, faith and family. Last week she added a young, single-mother blogger to the site, a person who could reach a wide audience and was experiencing life as a mother in the glare of unusually harsh publicity: Bristol Palin.
As an editor, Nancy often lives in the more mundane world of Internet punditry — posting blogs, correcting typos, monitoring traffic, and managing a group of talented and eclectic writers. But some days are less mundane than others.
Over the weekend, Bristol wrote a post that asked a simple question: “Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call?”
Nancy tweeted it to her few hundred followers (she and I have a rather pathetic contest for twitter followers; right now I’m barely in the lead with a whopping 776), and Bristol facebooked it. Within hours, it had been shared 8,000 times. Already it was taking off.
Then Sarah Palin tweeted.
Patheos’s server promptly melted down. One of the most-trafficked religious sites on the web, its server still spontaneously combusted. A small mushroom cloud was spotted over the server farm. Eleven additional servers had to be brought online to handle the traffic flow, and by the end of the day, 8,000 shares had turned into more than 85,000 (update: 100,000), and the story of Bristol’s challenge to the president had been reported not just in the political and mainstream media but also in the Hollywood media as well. Thousands of tweets, and tens of thousands more Facebook shares from Fox to the Huffington Post to the Hollywood Reporter took the post well beyond the familiar and comfortable enclaves of the conservative blogosphere.
For all the abuse heaped upon her since her mother first became famous, Bristol Palin has only been the target of a small percentage of the slime directed at Sarah. There is a reason for that. Despite what Obamanation says they fear Sarah Palin, and for good reason.
President Obama has a whole section of his staff devoted to politics and propaganda. They carefully plan his every word and move, and with the help of the Journolist media they try to sell the country the belief in his infallible greatness. He commands the bully pulpit.
Working from Alaska with little or no staff and using Twitter and Facebook, Sarah draws headlines and crowds. Obama spent over a billion dollars building and maintaining his image as an inspiring leader. Sarah didn’t spend a dime. Obama is a poser. Sarah is the real deal.
It’s no wonder they hate her.