Sarah Palin is currently undergoing a smear campaign on the Internet like I have never seen before. It is really just incredible to see how sharp the attacks on Palin are and how baseless these smears are in real facts. Is there a good reason for this? Is the left, far left, democrats, independents, people in general really that scared of this woman?
I will have to agree with a recent blog post I read (see Politics and… by Fluidity) that this all shows our divisions, but they can’t be expected to just go away with someone like Palin, she stands for something, she isn’t luke-warm. I just hope Palin doesn’t read blogs like bloggers do.
Still, I have not seen any of the hatred being spewed out over Joe Biden, no one is just killing themselves to be the first to get nude photos of Obama or McCain only Palin of course since she is a woman. Are these people disappointed that she is not some homely looking feminist woman that only wears a pants suit while telling everyone to just get along? To these bloggers I say, you really don’t get it. This is what middle America wants. A smart woman that can buck the system, raise her children, have a moral basis, doesn’t look like some butch tree hugger, and can relate to the “regular” person who deals with life’s problems just like she does. And while we may not all be a part of middle America, it encompasses a lot of people in this country.
Find the dirt, the naked photos, the illegitimate children, the affair, the miserable part of Palin’s life if it exists. You know what, maybe it actually doesn’t? People today are so quick at trying to pull out all the skeletons from the other person’s closet, who cares about the ones piled up in their own house.
A total and complete denial, disregard, ignorance of Matthew 7:2-4 when dealing with those in public view and even those who are not. Yes, she should be ready for this, this is politics in America in 2008, but how much defamation of character, libel, slander, and vilification should one person expect to be able to handle?
Matthew7:2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
At least Obama yesterday came out and said to back off, that her family should be off limits as is the case with most candidates. Blogs today can give any nut job a voice, which actually is great, that just means that I have the same freedom to post whatever I want on my own blog (of course I may be one of those nut jobs too). I at least make an attempt to post verified facts, and if it is an opinion, I try to say so, or at least make it obvious. The bloggers are on an all out smear campaign of Palin based in totally false statements and no basis of fact. I hope people who read these “news” stories or blog posts realize that and try to look at her candidacy objectively for what it is, a down to earth person who is now knee deep in the dirt of politics, at least that is how I see it here on this blog.
The real funny thing to me is that all these people that keep posting all these terrible things about Sarah Palin are really just helping her cause and ultimately her campaign. The graph from Google Trends above is just the start (look at the bottom graph, flat line to a straight line up). “They” are all talking about her. Blogs, news, radio, tv, commercials, the coffee house, the water cooler, they are talking about her as the possible VP, and this just empowers her in today’s media.
Not totally the same thing but I can’t imagine people doing this to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis? I understand she was not running for VP, but she was a woman in politics? What about the two democratic woman that came before Palin? I have respect for them just the same, but it doesn’t seem to go both ways on the Internet today. So if you want to empower her in the media, just keep talking about Palin. I don’t see it helping Biden? What do you think, how much slander should one politician have to handle? All of it I guess.