Liberals slander Palin. Oh, really?

301x4802In response to my last post about how scary the idea of a Palin presidency would be, I received the following responses:

Leave it to a liberal to be illiberal, defamation, slander and ill will are the stock in trade of the modern American liberal. And they wonder why we don’t love them.
It’s astonishing that you hear of “rumors” in the media, and you immediately ordain them to be true. Perhaps an indication of your bias toward the Governor? If you honestly believe that the sitting Governor of the state of Alaska, in the year 2008, did not know that Africa was a continent, well, I think that says more about you than her.

The character assassination of Sarah Palin, which you obviously buy into, is an absolute disgrace, of which all Americans should be embarrassed. It’s also a real indication of the power she possesses.

Still defending her when even Fox News has begun to turn on her. Of course, what pj doesn’t understand is that libel and slander have actual meanings. Slander is defined as making false statements about a person that may damage their reputation. Libel is printing those false allegations. Character assassination is maliciously using false information to damage a person’s reputation. All of these assume that the “liberals” have used less that rigorously checked facts as a basis to go after Palin. And who are these liberals? People like me blogging? The mythic “liberal media?”

What is astounding to me is that in the face of ethics violations for which she was found guilty by her very own legislature [which she was fine with until she was picked to VP], her abysmal performances in the debate and her few hand-picked interviews, the many Conservative Republicans who came out early in the campaign to say that she was not prepared to be in the position, major conservative publications endorsing Obama citing the Palin nomination as a large reason for their doing so, and not one case that I have heard of so far suing for libel, that anyone could be surprised to find that her own aids kept secret about her appalling lack of intellectual depth or knowledge of the workings of government is amazing to me.

And that I think that “the sitting Governor of the state of Alaska, in the year 2008, did not know that Africa was a continent” says that I have watched this woman and the pattern of her behavior and lack of knowledge on so many fronts, and this fits into my view of her. She has not denied this. She has only attacked the people who said it for saying it and said it was a problem of context. The list of things she did not know in just the few times she was allowed to speak to the media is too long to go into, so believing that she thought Africa was a country is not really a stretch.

And pj, when you talk about slander and, tiltom, character assassination, you really need look no further than Palin and what she and her running partner had to say about our president-elect. At least McCain had the grace to concede in a statesmanlike manner. [One more thing Palin was unaware of was that VPs don’t make concession speeches.] As for disliking her, yes, I do. She was mean, she lied, she stirred the hatred on the right, and she is unapologetic about it.

As for ill will on the left, during this election our candidates spoke with great eloquence and passion about bringing the country together. Your candidates spewed hatred and division. Obama and Biden spoke of their respect for McCain. They did not attack Palin’s character. In fact, when Obama was asked about Palin’s pregnant teenage daughter, he defended her saying, “My mother was 18 when she had me.” He could have easily said that his mother was 18 years old and in college and married his father and many other things that would have made Bristol seem wrong, but he took the high road. The right on the other hand attacked his character and his wife over and over. And even when things they were saying were refuted in every media outlet, they continued to repeat the lies. There is the continued lie all over the net about his not being a US citizen.

And unfortunately, the lies continue. Rather than trying to make peace and work with the new president, the right wing media is already getting ready to throw everything they can at the new administration so things will not work.

This from Reagan’s son:

Michael Reagan

P.S. Already, the new radical regime in Washington, D.C. is planning their first legislative attacks on America:

Huge increases in payroll and income taxes;
Redistributionist “share the wealth” policies;
Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act;
Forcing faith-based groups to hire gays;
Repeal all state regulations on abortion through FOCA;
Require taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid;
Block all efforts to “Drill Here, Drill Now” in America;
Impose universal health care through job-killing employer mandates;
Appoint activists liberal Supreme Court judges;
Kill conservative talk radio by re-instituting the “Fairness Doctrine”;
Require comprehensive sex education from the earliest grades in public schools;
Enforce bilingual education in the public schools;
Allow convicted felons to vote;
Take secret ballot voting away from workers deciding on whether to unionize…
The list goes on and on and on…

And it’s up to YOU AND I to stop them! Don’t let the door slam shut on this opportunity to make a difference…

It is all about fear and hate. And where is the “Country First” here?


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