Re: The ferociously totalitarian response of the Left to Sarah Palin: Sexism, intolerance, and fear

Excellent, accurate title, Donald.
The one bit of good news to emerge from the anti-Palin furor is that women appear to have well and truly “arrived” – our gender is less important than our political orientation.
Here are some helpful guidelines for commentators who wish to criticize Governor Palin without appearing hypocritical or biased.
– Would you utter that criticism of a man?
– When you examined comparable actions of a Democrat in the identical situation at some point in the past (none of the matters for which Governor Palin has been criticized is without precedent), did you criticize him or her? Or were you silent or even praising?
– Are you actually changing your stance on an issue in order to criticize Gov Palin?
– Did you yourself, in your professional or personal life, willingly and deliberately take the action for which you are about to criticize Gov Palin?
– Are you about to precede your criticism with a fatuous statement such as, “Should this even be a subject of discussion?”
Avoiding these pitfalls in the course of your evaluation will engender a more open, honest and substantive debate as to the comparative merits of the two tickets.

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rhody
rhody
12 years ago

I don’t know. I’ve never violated military protocol by telling the world when my kid is being sworn into the military or where he’s being sent.
I’ve never treated a five-month-old child or my future teenage son-in-law as political props.
I’ve never tried to ban books from my local library, or tried to sack the librarian who disagreed with me.
I don’t think Sarah Palin’s such a great mother, let alone the person to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Her only use for the First Amendment comes after she’s eaten chili.

JP
JP
12 years ago

Exerpt from a post at the RIfuture, bastion of feminism:
For the fathers out there again: would you let your wife (of a high risk pregnancy with a baby diagnosed with a medical condition) whose water broke wait 23 hours to seek medical attention from a small community hospital while literally flying past the nation’s best hospitals?

Richard
Richard
12 years ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth. Some examples: PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.” THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.” PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.” THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the… Read more »

OldTimeLefty
12 years ago

Thanks, Richard. argument well said and well made.
OldTimeLefty

Jason
Jason
12 years ago

If you think George W Bush is a conservative perhaps you haven’t paid attention over the last 8 years. The problem with the Republican party is that they’ve gone away from their conservative roots. That’s what change means in the Republican party and that is what Srah Palin stands for which might explain why so many lefties are frothing at the mouth. She’s the breath of fresh air this country needs not hope and change but action.

msteven
msteven
12 years ago

Let’s clear up most of this nonsense. PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.” THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.” THE REALITY: Her role as governor was to do what was best for the state, which often includes lobbying for federal earmarks. Because of its location and national areas, it is not surprising that Alaska has requested more money than other states. What would be relevant would be to compare the amount requested under her as compared to previous governors of Alaska. Being you didn’t do that, I have a suspicion how that came out. PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.” THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became… Read more »

Anthony
Anthony
12 years ago

Wow! Richard, you’re actually trying to attack Palin on her record rather than hurl unfounded sexist falsehoods. I don’t think you’ll be allowed on RI Future again! I think msteven did a great job of offering a counterpoint to several of your points, but I’ll add a few of my own. 1. Bridge to Nowhere: Palin did what most politicians do–including Obama and Biden–she was “bringin home the bacon” for her constituents. Palin supported the funding request when it was a specific earmark for the bridge. Once Congress replaced the earmark with an infrastructure grant that could be used as Alaska saw fit, she terminated the Bridge and spent it on more important infrastructure needs. Should Palin have refused federal monies because they originally could only be spent on a specific project? I don’t think many politicians would do so–and certainly not Joe Biden or Barack Obama. Personally, I don’t blame Palin for looking out for her constituents, but I suppose it’s something a voter could consider. I do find it strange that liberals are raising the issue. Democrats have a history of overfunding public works projects, while it’s usually conservatives who criticize pork barrel spending. What next? Robert Byrd asking to end earmarks? (a posthumous shout out goes to former Speaker Tip O’Neill for helping to expedite my trips to Fenway Park via the Big Dig!) 2. Energy Industry Responsibility: Palin was responsible for 20% of the nation’s energy needs, but not because she is governor of Alaska. Prior to being Governor, Palin was the chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The Commission is responsible for the regulation and management of the entire oil industry in the state: overseeing oil and gas drilling and production, reservoir depletion, and operations on both private and state-owned lands in… Read more »

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Rhody-pray tell,where did you come by your knowledge of military protocol?In the military?
Deployments of troops and units are not secrets,unless specifically classified-I spent 4 1/2 years on active duty and never heard of such nonsense-haven’t you ever noticed how routinely departing National Guard units are covered by the local media-names used,faces shown,etc.?
Get real.

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

rhody has won as many battles as the Irish Army.

Anthony
Anthony
12 years ago

Joe,
Of course it’s not a secret when Palin’s son is going nor was it a secret when Joe Biden announced when his son was going.
It’s just the latest in series of baseless attacks that have combined to make Sarah Palin the most popular politician in America…come to think of it Rhody, could you maybe start a rumor that Palin is an alien or something…?

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Hey Mike, re: Jerzyk: Thug move.
Why don’t you put my address on here too, punk, since you love rallying stalkers and the lower element of society like yourself?
Let’s see…Palin has now exploited three of her five children (and prospective son-in-law) for political gain. And she’s into banning books. Yeah, just what I want in a leader.
And Mike, if I offended your tender sensibilities…well, I’m not apologizing. I can disagree with reasonable people, but you’ve stepped over the line.

Justin Katz
12 years ago

Mike:
Even if bringing personal family matters of people not directly involved in the topic at hand were appropriate, handing out their addresses would not be. Don’t do it again.

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