September 03, 2008

Sign of the Times

It says quite a bit about the state of modern journalism that one of the last national media outlets to post a story about the family of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is the National Equirer—and something else again that the Enquirer article is less partisan in tone and apparently more solid in their sourcing than network and cable news channels, national newspapers, and magazines that have published outlandish claims that even Bat Boy would know better than to report.

The venom and vigor with which journalists have gone after Palin and her family is unsurprising. According to the practitioners of liberal theology, Palin is a gender traitor for being a conservative, and perhaps even worse, an embarrassing reminder of their own self-centeredness. Palin is guilty of what many of the left consider a most serious offense, knowingly carry to term a child with disabilities and furthermore, pledging to love and care for him.

Such a reminder of self-sacrifice cuts those who use abortion as a political tool and rallying cry. For those souls who have been in the position of being forced to choose, and chose to terminate their pregnancies, the delivery of Trig Palin and the joy he obviously brings to his family re-opens those old wounds.

Bristol Palin's pregnancy is even worse for liberal Democrats who view abortion as little more than a post-coital "easy button," and the baby is precisely the kind of pregnancy that Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama advocates killing. Barack Obama is a man who voted to refuse medical care for babies that survive abortions, and then unashamedly lied about it.

Obama was also quite blunt about the fact that if his daughters got pregnant at roughly the same age as Bristol Palin, that he would advocate the killing of his grandchild, stating:

...I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.

Barack Obama's advocacy to his daughters is an unmistakable reflection of his character, or rather, his lack of it. In Barack Obama's responsibility-free zone, children are not a blessing to be celebrated, but an illness to be cured. He considers a growing human child in the womb a STD—a sexually transmitted disease.

Barack Obama equates unborn children with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. That certainly explains why he could oppose an act to provide medical care to abortion survivors, even the federal version of the bill that was unopposed by so much as a single liberal in the Senate. By his own words, Barack Obama views abortion as nothing more than a form of disease control, and the unwanted children as the disease.

Bristol Palin's family, however, views children as most Americans outside of certain community-based realities do, as a blessing, as the promise of new life, of joy... and of hope. And most certainly of a wonderful change.

But the live birth of babies from atypical pregnancies aren't "a change we can believe in" if we're Obama supporters in the media.

Pitted against a Vice Presidential candidate Mark Steyn correctly categorized as hyper-American, the cadaverous, sullen selfishness of Obama's all-too-typical campaign is exposed as being "just words."

Barack Obama is a lawmaker who has passed no important laws, a community organizer who renounced his community, a Senator who has spent more time with those who have declared war against America than with Americans defending our country.

His only real accomplishments are autobiographies he hopes some will confuse with the truth. But we know the truth. He is a husk of a man. There is no substance inside.

And so when Barack the Anointed was confronted by the unexpected choice of a real reformer, a self-made leader who not just fought against machine politics, but dared to have a rich life full beyond what Obama could allow others to have, it is unsurprising that his supporters in the libel blogosphere and libel media—let's address them for what the really are—rushed out to undercut her and her family.

For Barack Obama to thrive, there must be woe in America. Recessions must always be just around the corner. Ever expanding government must be your key to success and happiness. There can be no other way.

Sarah Palin and her family aren't perfect, and they don't claim to be.

Her sister made a bad choice, and married a bad cop, a man who drank in his patrol vehicle, who uttered death threats again her, her father, and even the governor. He was and is animal who broke laws, shot animals out of season, and tasered his own son. You read the affidavit for yourself, and tell me Sarah Palin did anything unethical or out of line in response.

Todd Palin got a DWI in 1984. The media wants to make a big deal about that. They purposefully avoid mentioning that Barack Obama admits using cocaine and marijuana far more recently.

Bristol Palin and her boyfriend Levi Johnson are having a child. Some want to crow that this is proof of the failure of the Palin family as parents, and of abstinence education. They purposefully turn a blind eye to the fact that parents can only guide children so far. Parents teach, but children have to make their own way, their own decisions, and their own mistakes. It is how they respond to their mistakes that shows their character and how they were raised. That the Johnson and Palin families have rallied around their children and the child resulting from their union thus far is impressive.

Her husband was the member of Alaska's 3rd largest political party, a group that championed Alaskan sovereignty. Some in the media have decided this is a huge scandal, while they've ignored for years that Hawaiian Democrats (including Senate Democrat Daniel Akaka in every session of Congress since 2000) have championed that state's sovereignty as a kingdom. Has anyone ever question Obama on his views of Hawaii's independence? Don't make me laugh.

We don't expect the media to be non-partisan or unbiased. We should, however, expect them to be reasonably honest, a lowered standard that still sadly seems far too high.

The National Enquirer can no longer be laughed at as "just" a tabloid. It isn't because that publication has raised it standards. It's because other journalists have so nakedly abandoned their own.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 3, 2008 08:25 AM

On a minor point: the recession. The first two quarters had a 3.3% growth rate. I seem to remember from MacroEcon that 4% or so is quite ganagbusters historically for a mature economy like the US. So the recession is not only PURELY mental as Phil Gramm said so well, it is a neurotic fiction that stands utterly destroyed by, um, the facts. The Reality Based Community, indeed. The Democrats feel a recession, it is the recession of their long looming shadow on the public scene. No wonder they feel that doom is at hand. For them, it is. Their precious sincecures that pay not handsome paychecks merely but also generous dollops of the adulation of the credulous, a diminishing multitude, and an undeserved hand in conducting our public affairs.

Posted by: megapotamus at September 3, 2008 09:54 AM

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Posted by: David M at September 3, 2008 11:44 AM

His only real accomplishments are autobiographies he hopes some will confuse with the truth.

Have to disagree with you, CY. BHO did succeed in channelling federal money to Joe Biden's son while in the Senate and accomplishing the same thing to Bill "the bomber" Ayers radical fringe ex-terrorist friends while chairman of the Annenberg Challenge Fund. Not to mention the $800,000 to convicted vote-fraud felons Acorn during the recent presidential campaign (the one that qualifies BHO to be POTUS).

It is experience like BHO's that cannot be duplicated...friends of terrorists, follower of the racist cult called Black Liberation Theology, corrupt politician, and quota candidate.

Posted by: iconoclast at September 3, 2008 11:53 AM

MSM outlets should have to register as democrat 527's. They aren't any different than and this way the public will be informed.

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at September 3, 2008 03:02 PM