Skip to comments.Allegory of the Cave of the Mama Grizzly
Posted on 01/23/2011 7:53:42 AM PST by Bigtigermike
It was my online friend narciso, the pen name of a brilliant commenter on the day's events, who first summed up this week's folderol over Sarah Palin. "One is struck," he noted, " by how much Plato's 'Tale of the Cave' seems to fit this paradigm ... Those that only follow the networks, or the Times or USA Today, even, are always 'unexpectedly surprised,' when reality doesn't match the paradigm they've assimilated by osmosis."
There was a lot of sage stuff online trying to explain what happened and why to Sarah Palin this week, and although I'll mention some of the best analysis I found, my own belief is that the vicious treatment of her stems as much as anything from the discordant feelings she inspires as she takes media prisoners out of their mental cave and into the bright sun and exposes the puppeteers as fools and knaves.
.....In my view, the media tarring of Sarah Palin respecting the Tucson tragedy is an event which -- perhaps not this week, but soon enough -- will be remembered for having exposed the political class and cultural elites as the puppeteers projecting their own ignorance and violent hatred of Sarah onto her. Those who uncritically followed the media will come to see that they have spent too much time in the cave and need to get out into the sunshine and face some realities.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I think others at first will hate Palin for taking them into the blinding light, but that with time and more media stunts like last week's, they and the Times and USA readers, the present consumers of the medias' distortions, will get some glimpses of life outside the cave and come to realize the distinction between truth and reality on one hand and projected lies and make-believe on the other.
This is GOOD!
It won’t be pretty but there are many on both sides who need to be exposed for what they are.
Clarice hits it out of the park! Thanks for the ping.
Fairly decent analysis. Rather a compilation or summary of two years of observation by thousands of people over the Internet and various other easily accessed media.
Actually most of FR figured most of these points out some time ago..and many on the left and those who would do a fair assessment or have a fair bone about them have realized most of these points. I argued very similar ideas myself, even during the ‘08 campaign.
The problem is..why are thinking and fair-minded people still not on her side? The odd “poof” hair doesn’t explain it but it should have been corrected...but most people can look passed it, except maybe the young people who think she is more of a mother figure trying to rip off a younger person hairstyle..a seemingly weird taboo or right of youth I suppose. But the young have a problem voting conservative by nature so that doesn’t sum the problem up.
It seems the underlying unspoken force against her is very basic, namely her poor speech rhythm..which she has never corrected. It makes it impossible to overcome the propaganda that she is “stupid” when people tune out after a few of her odd, hard to understand sentences. People are giving up.
Good God. Please.... tell me you're joking. Please make it known that this is offered in humor, and not a supposedly serious thought rolling around in what is supposed to be your brain.
Please... I'm begging...
It’s her speech pattern? Haha!
Well then, that so called problem was not there when she gave her video response, that why’s the pollsters never asked the respondents of any network polls if they actually seen the entire video response which was very Presidential and a praise on American Exceptionalism, media curves which is an liberal focus group company played that video to a mixed group of people and she got high praise......the liberals and the MSM are indeed living in their own cave
The problem with Palin is that she is joyous, profoundly competent and summarily rejects every tenet of elitist's false doctrines. She laughs and scoffs at their inanities. She is, above all, eminently believable.
Ineluctible does, indeed, best describe Sarah Palin.
Joan who saved France is akin to what Sarah is trying to do; Save the United States.
Hopefully, with respects to their safety, may Sarah live to a ripe, old age of 100+!!
Lord, I hope not! Look what happened to Joan!
I consider Sarah to be America's answer to Margaret Thatcher.
Lord, I hope not! Look what happened to Joan!
You did read my last sentence, didn’t you?
Hopefully Sarah lives to a 100+
But just like Joan who was attacked by the Catholic leaders, Sarah is attacked by America’s ruling elite.
Pray for Sarah!
Excellent article by the great Clarice Feldman. I think her allegory is so, so true particularly the ending when the Palin haters, especially women who hate her, come face to face with WHY they hate her. I think in 1980 there was a much softer, but real, hatred for Reagan that really did not dissipate materially until after the debate with Carter when the American people saw with their own eyes that Reagan was not what the media had portrayed him.
Sarah has the same opportunity, indeed a greater one. She has been savaged by the media/leftists more than Reagan, but the media has even less credibility than it had in 1980. So, when the epiphany comes, and the scales fall from the eyes of those who hate her, or should I say “think they hate her”, the political dam break will be far more cataclysmic than it was in the Carter-Reagan election. This is why I have often predicted not a close election in 2012 but a landslide victory for Palin. The media has, in effect, bitten its tail with this extended “two minutes of hate” directed at Palin. Only with Herculean efforts has the leftist-media axis been able to temporarily tamp down her approval, but the effect is only temporary, unless, they hope, she declines to run as a result of their full bore assault. The effort is risky as well, because it has cost the media dearly in precious credibility it will need for the general election. Attacks on Palin during the general election, which would have been more effective if deployed closer to the election, will prove useless at that point, since they will have already fired all their ordinance—such as it is—at her. If she runs, the media’s early blitzkrieg strategy will have failed.
When the cap is off the rumbling well, so to speak, and Sarah Palin’s decency, vision and love for this country begins to extrude from the media vice, the resulting groundswell of support will generate an electoral geyser the likes of which we have not seen since 1980.
I know! She needs some more ummms, and uhhhhs, and I-I-I's in her speeches.
The real reason why so many people think she's stupid is because most people believe what they're told over and over again.
In fact most who think she's stupid are not that bright themselves. It makes them feel better about themselves to be able to laugh at someone 'stupid' like her.
As I have said before, Sarah is the Scapegoat. The liberals project their own sins on her and then try to banish her to the wilderness so they won't have to repent and face their black souls.
Excellent article! His Allegory of the Cave theme could also apply to those who blindly follow the “intellectual elites” and/or the “inside the beltway elites”. I have to give much credit to Sarah Palin for dragging me into the light so I can see how ineffectual those inside the beltway conservatives have become. The ones who have been there so long they can only operate within the existing paradigm. It’ll take a paradigm shift of new and bold thinking going to Washington DC to straighten out the mess the “puppeteers” have created. Sarah Palin is my choice to lead this effort.
You’re more thick-headed than the media goons!
Earthdweller is a common Concern Troll.
When the mind of an ardent opponent is changed, he becomes an ardent supporter. When the truth about Sarah Palin is revealed to people in a campaign, there will be a tsunami of support heading her way.
Actually, many of them haven't figured it out yet. Those freepers are still sitting in the dark and watching the puppeteers. When they finally move into the sunlight, they won't buy into the "inside the beltway" conservative elitism.
I haven't seen you offer any solutions for her failing numbers.
I'm a realist..not an emotional cheerleader. If Sarah could win, I would be the happiest person on the planet. Right now..solutions need to be gathered and implemented. I just do not understand why no one has been coaching her. John McCain's back stabbing staff still advising her or what?
Is it your job just to blow smoke up her behind no matter how poorly she does and then just watch her crash and burn when there may have been an easy solution?
That kind of thing works for high school popularity contests.
There is a slight chance she can overcome the propaganda put out there that she is stupid..and it's not going to happen cause some pajama ninja screams from the top of their lungs and turns blue. She has to make it happen.
Start working to come up with positive solutions, help her improve her presentation or you can put your pom pons down and go home.
She has no failing numbers.
What are you smoking?
She controls the debate. The president and the media are forced to respond to all that she says.
That is what I thought..you don’t want to help her...I’m done. Have a nice day.
I wish you and all that are like you were done; America would be a better place.
I put those numbers in the trash with the numbers that now say Americans do not want to repeal the health care takeover and the numbers that say 0zero is a civil leader. They are in there with the numbers that said the military will embrace homosexual sex and the numbers that suggested California's Proposition 8 would never pass and the numbers that claim climate change is man made and on and on and on...
I left the cave LONG AGO -join me, the sunshine is blinding at first BUT you get used to it...
Her failing numbers?
You mean those same failing numbers that will be
such a surprise to the pundits when they see
the vast numbers of her supporters rally around
and unexpectedly drive hundreds of miles to show
My gosh, where did THEY come from???
Bingo! Sarah projects truth and values - "she's beautiful, powerful, and the center of a large family -- and most of them are not" . . Liberals live with denial and defense mechanisms. Sarah is the perfect denial and projection, displacement, rationalization, envy focus for their venom. They would do well to confront their denial and do some cave searching. . .
I feel your pain. Many feel she should work on her 'style'. Given. What gives me hope is that none have attacked her 'substance'. The wave of support Sarah will receive will cause those with doubts (about her style- stupid) to dissipate.
We're witnessing the re-election campaign of the worst President in our country's history. As much as I'd like to see efforts to market Sarah, I'd much rather see efforts to expose the Kenyan marxist and his plan to destroy capitalism in America while replacing it with government central planning.
The story of the Comeback Kid will not be written about Obama, but Sarah. She's been attacked and vilified for things she hasn't even done, non-stop by the media. America will hear her story and it will resonate with the millions who have had to deal with adversity in their lives. BabyDoc Obama's story will not hold water. He's toast. Just another in a failed attempt to socialize the greatest nation on earth.
Good article, thanks.
Because she doesn't need coaching, especially by RINO professionals, huckleberry.
The worst thing you can do for someone that you want to succeed is tell them everything they do is perfect..if you do that, you are no true friend at all.
Well, I'm sorry that you have such trouble understanding plain old Middle Class American English, and would rather that she change by adopting a phony Harvard speech pattern.
Seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry full of free advice wants HER to change superficially rather than listen to the gist of what she's saying.
The bottom line is that people like you would have problems with how Abraham Lincoln spoke if he were alive and involved in politics today.
It's beyond tragic.
And for your info..I have had a problem with my own speech patterns my entire life and I frequently work with people who have disabilites ..so I know exactly what it can do to you and how people react to it.
Her problem is mild but pronounced and can easily be corrected. But if she doesn't fix it..I give her zero chance of winning.
“When the mind of an ardent opponent is changed, he becomes an ardent supporter. When the truth about Sarah Palin is revealed to people in a campaign, there will be a tsunami of support heading her way.”
A Road to Damascus conversion tends to take the zealot and turn him in the opposite direction. Not just with St. Paul. Whittaker Chambers is another example that come to mind.
You might call it the Whiplash effect.
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