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Hating Sarah Palin - and Us
American Thinker ^ | 7-24-09 | Stuart Schwartz

Posted on 07/23/2009 10:33:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing


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July 24, 2009

Hating Sarah Palin - and Us

By Stuart Schwartz

Any way you look at it, it's us vs. them.

The media elite hate Sarah Palin with a passion -- the same passion they have used for decades to rant about us. We are the "primitive strain," the "booboisie," or, as The New York Times put it, the "Philistines." We are a people, according to Times columnist Maureen Dowd, that displays a "reptilian American desire " for prosperity and an innate disrespect for culture and our betters, who are the political and media elite that "must nurse us through our affluenza."

Welcome to Mainstream Media World, where Sarah Palin is...us.

Call it Palin Envy, Palin Derangement Syndrome or even Palin Jealous.  But the irrational hatred pouring from a thousand well-fed mouths, dripping from manicured fingers, from the talkers and squawkers of mainstream media, is fueled by the increasingly angry certainty that we -- and Gov. Sarah Palin -- simply don't know our place.

Witness rabid Palin-hater Kathleen Parker, the Washington Post and National Review columnist who has scored regular guest status on MSNBC for finding more than a hundred ways to say Palin is dumber than a chimpanzee... which, Parker opines, shows how much "deadwood" "Miss Alaska" has between her "low-brow" ears.  After all, her "oogedy-boogedy" Christianity doesn't recognize the primacy of the primate in human affairs, putting her "Clearly Out of Her League" amongst cultured folks.

You don't need the brains of a chimpanzee to recognize the gulf between the world inhabited by Palin and that of Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal, National Review), and David Brooks (The New York Times and National Public Radio) to name a few of the leading conservative lights of Mainstream Media World. To them, Sarah Palin represents the average U.S. citizen, who inhabits the American version of Bizarro World, the alternate Earth of Superman comics that was pledged to hate beauty and love ugliness; Bizarro inhabitants could achieve nothing without help from their betters.

Brooks says Palin is "a fatal cancer," representative of average America. And Brooks knows average America, which he describes from his perch in Midtown Manhattan as having a "trashy consumer culture" filled with those who live in the "vacuous realm of unreality." The denizens of Palin World -- us -- need to live a life of "contemplation" and be less "materialistic," he scolds. He expressed his disdain for the Alaska governor, "who scorn(s) ideas entirely," while dining at New York's Le Cirque restaurant (luncheon portion of spaghetti with tomato sauce, $28 -- no meatballs, too common; however, he was there for dinner and a larger portion, which begins at $98), which has "wined and dined high society in New York for half a century" and, praises the Times, makes its "regular customers feel pampered and important."

Time magazine all but giggled when Palin was interviewed after her resignation "while plucking salmon from the family fishing nets aboard a boat" on the ocean. And the giggles came from both left and right: On Fox, Dana Perino, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary and now works for an A-list beltway lobbying firm, expressed dismay that a serious political player would handle fish... other than the kind that is smoked, nestled on cream cheese over toast points, and dotted with capers. Real players take the time to stage interviews, she pronounced, her blonde locks swinging and giggle dripping with gravitas.

They don't get it: Sarah Palin is not a real player, just as we're not real players. Like us, she's a real person. And real persons don't do staged. We simply live life, doing what we can to "pursue happiness" and help others. Service counts: Gov. Palin, for example, had programs to help Eskimos struggling with winter food shortages.

That doesn't say food shortages are not a concern to Brooks, Parker, et al. Parker, who won journalism's prestigious H.L. Mencken Award for "attacking (the) ignorance and stupidity" of Palin America, recognized that Washington Post readers need to understand  "the concerns of everyday people" in this economy.  So she travelled to New York City (from her home in South Carolina, or her home in Washington, or her vacation place in Florida -- as Parker says, she lives an "ordinary life" among "ordinary people") to observe the unemployed commiserating over lunch at Sarabeth's, where "extraordinary cuisine and casual elegance" cheer the Manhattan equivalent of Eskimos laid low by the economy.

Winter food shortages are in full swing on this snowy day in January in Manhattan. "Pasta and champagne dinners" are no longer the "norm," Parker laments, as she sadly watches America's unfortunates do subsistence (choking down Cobb Salads, $26 a pop, or making do with hardly-a-mouthful Guacamole and Chips at Central Park South pricing of $13.50),while sitting in faux-Zebra covered chairs overlooking the park a few doors down from the storied Plaza Hotel.

But cheer up: Parker's niece, newly unemployed, points out that the women of the great north (above trendy Soho in lower Manhattan) are bearing up well, experiencing destitution with style, cheerfully concluding "if you gotta be broke, you may as well be cool about it." And, of course, when the going gets tough (before you pawn that $1,500 Gucci you bought with your first paycheck), there's always mummy and Aunt Kathleen. Welcome to the economic downturn in Mainstream Media World.

Sarah Palin, who was ridiculed by one pundit for jewelry that looks like it "had been picked up at a local craft fair," asks a simple question: when did "pasta and champagne" replace macaroni and cheese? And she challenges the central tenet, stated openly by Parker, that the average American wants those people who are better and smarter than them to take charge, to give them a country "to be led by...elites." Otherwise, Parker warns, we'll get a woman whose "lack of depth" and "lack of intellectual curiosity" would have us doing things that prove, as Brooks writes, that we are, in fact, "as shallow as we look."

But never fear: those whose superiority allows them to lead have some tips for those, like Palin, born to follow. Kathleen Parker offers advice: she'd like to see Sarah do something literate, like take up journaling and use a few French words while referencing great literature, perhaps writing "Madame Bovary, c'est moi."  French means intelligence to Parker, "n'est-ce pas?" (translated "isn't that so?" to those who pluck salmon or believe in "that great big problem: G-O-D"). A reference to the classics, a bit of French, and a literary pastime might change for the better a woman who, as David Brooks says, shows no sign of contemplation, "scorn(ing) ideas entirely."

In Mainstream Media World, thought and contemplation are highly valued. Brooks demonstrated this when sitting at dinner next to a Republican senator who, he said, "had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time." What to do? Think. Breathe deeply. Contemplate. And so he thought and breathed and contemplated the hand on his thigh for more than an hour. Finally, dinner over, he came up with this reaction: "I was like, ehh, get me out of here."

No doubt, it is different in Palin World, where we take our cue from the Bart (Simpson), rather than the Bard (Shakespeare).  Simpson asked of a nearsighted friend who, like Brooks, wears eyeglasses, "How can someone with glasses so thick be so stupid?" 

Faced with the same situation, for many of us there would be no contemplation. We would immediately take a fork -- there are usually three, sometimes four in the place settings at the ritzy restaurants inhabited by Mainstream Media World grandees -- and drive it into the senator's hand.

And then, giving Kathleen Parker the French she asks for and the senator the reaction he so richly deserves, declare "Le thigh, c'est moi."

Stuart H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is a former newspaper and retail executive. He is on the faculty at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.


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1 posted on 07/23/2009 10:33:29 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Stuart Schwartz now has two well written articles in a row. He is starting to become a regular read for me.


2 posted on 07/23/2009 10:52:23 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: smoothsailing

Excellent article, and wonderfully posted with all links intact. Thanks. The author really nails the incredible snobbery, especially the back-stabbing of nominal conservatives like Brooks and Parker.


3 posted on 07/23/2009 11:03:22 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: Albion Wilde
Thanks. I've been very impressed by this author, this is the second article by him I've posted in the past week.
4 posted on 07/23/2009 11:19:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Excellent article ping


5 posted on 07/23/2009 11:29:06 PM PDT by Gigantor (Socialists always claim to be doing something for you while they're actually doing something to you.)
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To: smoothsailing

“But the irrational hatred pouring from a thousand well-fed mouths, dripping from manicured fingers, from the talkers and squawkers of mainstream media, is fueled by the increasingly angry certainty that we and Gov. Sarah Palin simply don’t know our place.”

Our forbearers fought the Revolution in part against the aristocratic structure of the British. Unfortunately a class structure has evolved in the USA despite the many checks and balances designed into the Constitution. One example is clearly identified in this piece, our so called ‘elite’.


6 posted on 07/23/2009 11:31:55 PM PDT by corvus
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To: smoothsailing

This guy hits a bulls-eye with this piece!


7 posted on 07/23/2009 11:32:35 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: smoothsailing
I might be wrong but I suspect we have the ability to hand these peoples’ elitism back to them with a generous side of crow next November. My guess is they could be in for a good lesson in the American way.
8 posted on 07/24/2009 12:06:16 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (Palin Must GO! to the white house)
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To: Albion Wilde; smoothsailing
Excellent article, and wonderfully posted with all links intact.

No, the 4th and 5th, were relative links to prior American Thinker articles. They go nowhere. It's one of the perils of just copying the source code at American Thinker.

I usually check National Review daily. They used to host Kathleen Parker, George Will and Charles Krauthammer articles on their website on a regular basis. Once the dissing of Palin started, they only link the latter two occasionally. Ditto Peggy Noonan, IMHO.

9 posted on 07/24/2009 12:07:01 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: smoothsailing

He was on Dennis Miller yesterday.

Said Noonan & Co. are so taken with themselves.

They hate Palin, he says, because she is. . .normal.

I don't hate them back--I just give them room to fall.

Noonan is in serial chemical imbalance.

The lot are shrieking fairies and carping harpies deathly, deathly afraid of a powerful woman advocate for values.

Secular humanism is the ersatz skin covering the bones of atheistic marxism, the flight from life.

Sarah Palin represents Americans eschewing European royalism, classism, small-minded coercion, e.g. the Inquisition.

Now comes the specter of Noonan, Dowd, et al, the Night of the Living Dead.

Boo.

10 posted on 07/24/2009 12:18:22 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: neverdem; Albion Wilde
No, the 4th and 5th, were relative links to prior American Thinker articles. They go nowhere. It's one of the perils of just copying the source code at American Thinker.

Interesting, I didn't check any of the links, did the rest of them work?

11 posted on 07/24/2009 12:23:19 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Great article, devastatingly on-target.


12 posted on 07/24/2009 12:28:27 AM PDT by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: PhilDragoo
Now comes the specter of Noonan, Dowd, et al, the Night of the Living Dead.

Their lifelessness is all they have to offer each other. What an empty existence.

13 posted on 07/24/2009 12:31:01 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; All
On Fox, Dana Perino, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary and now works for an A-list beltway lobbying firm, expressed dismay that a serious political player would handle fish... other than the kind that is smoked, nestled on cream cheese over toast points, and dotted with capers. Real players take the time to stage interviews, she pronounced, her blonde locks swinging and giggle dripping with gravitas.

This doesn't sound like Dana Perino, who I have never known to be anything but a supporter of Sarah Palin. Anyone have an audio or video link?

14 posted on 07/24/2009 12:35:44 AM PDT by jla
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To: smoothsailing
Brooks - Gay boy and they all hate Palin

Parker - Has serious self-esteem issues.

15 posted on 07/24/2009 12:37:59 AM PDT by jla
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Agree totally. His last was a masterpiece, and this follows beautifully. N’est-ce pas?


16 posted on 07/24/2009 12:39:07 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: smoothsailing

Bush wasn’t a real player either. He was rich, but he wasn’t a “player” with culture and sophistication like the media personalities and politicians and Leftists who absolutely hated him.

Bush’s idea of a vacation was heading home to his ranch to clear brush, spend time with his family, and do other work around his ranch.

Most of the poseurs who populate the so-called upper crust in our country have a case of “wealth” envy. They work so hard to appear sophisticated and cultured because their social and work circles require such affectations for success, that when someone comes along who succeeds while still finding joy in working with their hands outdoors, well... these poseurs have an apoplexy and then they try to destroy them.


17 posted on 07/24/2009 12:40:56 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: smoothsailing; cynwoody
Interesting, I didn't check any of the links, did the rest of them work?

It's more than likely. They were external website links which are absolute hyperlinks. Many source codes use what are called relative links because the html program knows how to insert http://www.americanthinker.com or whatever root URL in there automatically. Look up relative hyperlinks versus absolute hyperlinks.

18 posted on 07/24/2009 1:06:18 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: smoothsailing
Thanks. I've been very impressed by this author, this is the second article by him I've posted in the past week.

You're right; he's a very good writer. No one can touch Steyn; but these two articles by Schwartz are very, very good.

19 posted on 07/24/2009 1:51:00 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: smoothsailing

I really hope he keeps this up.


20 posted on 07/24/2009 3:41:10 AM PDT by AdaGray (uw)
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To: smoothsailing

It is Amazing that those who think themselves so smart can’t understand why their beloved socialism has always brought death and ruin.


21 posted on 07/24/2009 4:08:55 AM PDT by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: smoothsailing

Bump for later.


22 posted on 07/24/2009 4:53:57 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: ME-262
It is Amazing that those who think themselves so smart can’t understand why their beloved socialism has always brought death and ruin.

Ah, but you see, the "elites" always do well under those systems. And since they're the self-appointed "elites", they really don't care what happens to the great unwashed.

23 posted on 07/24/2009 4:57:24 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: smoothsailing

how disgusting what these “conservatives” say about SP. I cant help but hope she runs and beats the crap out of these people.

in 2012 after 4 years of BO it looks to an R year; I think this abuse is designed to make sure she doesnt run so one the brie and chablis R’s runs and governs libtard lite.


24 posted on 07/24/2009 5:10:29 AM PDT by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: ME-262
The elites in the Democrat party have always wanted to install a Marxist/socialist government here in America.

If you mention they have never worked, even in Russia, they will tell you that ‘it would work here’........

Yeah.....RIGHT................

25 posted on 07/24/2009 9:34:52 AM PDT by RRTJSP...........
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To: neverdem

Thanks. I understand what you mean now. The American Thinker logo in the article was a relative link. Since it was an image it was obvious, so I was able to correct it.


26 posted on 07/24/2009 10:56:47 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Brilliant essay, thanks!


27 posted on 07/24/2009 6:59:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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