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National Review Writer: Abortion Issue Drives the Left’s Hate for Palin

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

The latest delivery: Sarah and Todd Palin with their youngest child, Trig.

Why is it that liberals and the “gotcha media” so dislike Sarah Palin? Thank goodness the National Review’s Kevin Burke, who apparently holds a degree in armchair psychology, is here to help us get to the bottom of this troubling issue.

National Review Online (via Wonkette):

Seeing the Palin family, in a very visible public forum, with an uncompromising and public pro life philosophy arouses deeply repressed feelings in post abortive parents, as well as media members, counselors, health care professionals, politicians and others who promote abortion rights, especially the abortion of children with challenges such as Down Syndrome. These powerful repressed feelings of grief, guilt and shame can be deflected from the source of the wound (i.e., abortion) and projected onto an often uncharitable focus upon the trigger of these painful emotions…the Palin family.

We have also learned that Sarah’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol is pregnant and will give birth to her son or daughter. This information has been exploited to attack chastity programs and the alleged glamorization of motherhood at the expense of contraception and abortion rights. But this completely misses a more crucial issue that once again our society struggles to face.

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By Jim Yell, October 28, 2008 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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Our wonderful world is on the edge of a Malthusian Nightmare and all the fundamentlist religious can do is try and make it worse. So that is a good reason for the thoughful to hate them, or at lest to hope to keep them out of government.

But, this has nothing to do with Sarah Palin. What has to do with Sarah Palin is, like Bush she believes she can ignore the electorate and do what ever she wants with her position, have a petty grudge against someone—-oh let’s destroy their livelyhood and smear their name. Got trouble decorating your house, of we accept gifts! Got a chance to force the tax payer to pay your bills and save you nice income, go ahead and do it! That is why Sarah went into politics. I think there are plenty of objectional reasons to dislike Sarah as a candidate, dishonesty, misuse of office and things like that.

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By nobozos, October 27, 2008 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment

“Some of the very personal and often uncharitable criticism of vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family may have a relationship to the collective grief, shame, and guilt from personal involvement in the abortion of an unborn child.” —Kevin Burke

As commenter LJ in MD so aptly put it: “As a man I don’t feel I really “have a dog in that fight”.

I’m a 55 year old white middle-class woman who has had two abortions and one painful miscarriage. I also have a beautiful intelligent 28 year old daughter. I do not suffer from grief, shame or guilt in any of my unfulfilled pregnancies. The rich, almost exclusively, white preachers would certainly like me to wear a scarlet ‘A’, but I refuse to do so.

My major problems with Sarah Palin are her lack of integrity, her religiosity, her arrogance, her ignorance.

Kevin Burke THINKS he understands women (the biblical subservient kind, possibly), but my best guess is he doesn’t GET women. And he certainly has no understanding of what a pregnant women faces.

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By politicaljunky, October 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

It is not just her being an American Taliban and wanting to tell us how we must live and be as ill educated as she is (the world is only 6000 years old and was created by an evil jealous old man). I do not appreciate the way she murders the English language….

I thought Bush Jr. was incoherent enough but I could more or less understand his jabbering. I have tried my best and I just cannot understand what Sarah the Incoherent is saying.  Does she understand herself?

I for one do not hate her. I just pity her lack of education and intelligence.

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By BruSays, October 27, 2008 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

Thank you PensiveGadfly!

Democrats have to send this message home over and over and over again. We have to throw this “hater, basher, angry, hostile” crap right back in the laps of the Republicans…because that’s precisely where it started.

I had a Republican Relative (we all have at least one, I’m sure) ask, “Why do you Democrats hate America? Why do you hate everyone?”

Where do they get this stuff from? Obviously, it’s from drinking at the Hannity/O’Reilly Kool-Aid Well. They hear this crap over and over again and then it’s eventually picked up by Corporate Media because “hate” and “anger” sells.

We have to find a way to stop this.

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By GrammaConcept, October 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

Strive On…...

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By PensiveGadfly, October 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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BruSays hit it on the head.  What is it about so many on the right who try to frame the left wing as “violent” and as “haters”?  Do they just not see the hypocrisy, or are they just mendacious?

I would add, who has the anti-war crowd?  Those who protest against violence? Who has Quakers, for crying out loud, that the FBI feels some need to spy on?  That one is just bat shit crazy—spying on Quakers.  Never know when they might join hands in a circle and pray silently—those haters.  Who is the party that loves guns—and killing for “sport”?
They are just so delusional I find myself baffled.

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By magicwanz, October 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

I hate what she represents: paranoid, rage-filled, anti-intellectual, mystical mediocrity. Ignorant and proud Amerika!

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By mlb, October 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Surely some Alaskans do hate Sarah Palin, and plenty of Americans are aghast at the ultra right strains in her world view, but we’ve hardly had enough time to develop any real hatred of her! To be fair, Truthdig chose to use the word “hate.” Mr. Burke doesn’t use the word in his article.

And I’m sure that Kevin Burke is right that some number of people who have gone through severe emotional pain over an abortion are especially hurt by Palin’s smug condemning attitude, but that number is several orders of magnitude too small to explain America’s reaction to Palin in general.  If Burke’s essay is an attempt to do that, it’s a failure. My sense however, is that it’s more a matter of the National Review cynically attempting to use Burke’s point as political ammunition because they can’t think of anything better, and can’t admit the obvious truth, that Americans are hostile to Palin because she’s a dishonest right wing whacko.

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By purplewolf, October 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

So they want to built a culture for all Americans from conception to natural death. And in “natural death” you mean killing someone in an illegal war(s) as we now have as a natural death of course.

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By LJ in MD, October 27, 2008 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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I can cite many reasons why I feel Sarah Palin is not fit to be VP, none of which directly involve abortion. As a man I don’t feel I really “have a dog in that fight”. But as someone mostly concerned with the restoration of our stolen personal freedoms and constitutional rights,  I do appreciate Obama’s statements that he would like to see the number of abortions drop dramatically. I would like to see abortions drop to zero, as that would mean all children conceived would be planned and wanted.
However, Sarah Palin should NOT be VP because:
1) Her intellectual accomplishments and potential are well below what I expect from persons in high office. She is not curious about the major issues or the real problems our country faces. She has barely proven capable of memorizing a few talking points and to read divisive text from a teleprompter.
2) Her religious underpinnings are outside those even of evangelicals. She has been purged of witches, thinks the “Flintstones” is a documentary about life on earth 6,000 years ago, and that God will somehow swoop down on election day to make everything right (through changing the vote count?).
3) She has shown no capacity to be wrong. Truly narcissistic people can feel that they are incapable of being wrong or of doing something wrong. By virtue of their superior morality, intellect, charm, class, whatever, they are granted the privilege of being better than the rest of us. Our protests or any evidence to the contrary show we just don’t understand. 
These three traits were fully exhibited by our previous administration. Where did it get us?
A strangling, costly war with a country that did not harm us.
A forgotten war against an enemy sworn to wipe us off the earth.
No remaining allies (UK is even bailing on us).
No work on global warming.
Stock market down more than 40%.
Unemployment headed to 10%.
$Trillions for wealthy crooks (friends of GOP) who don’t need it.
Failing schools, hospitals, parks, childcare,highways, bridges and social security with no money being invested.
Widening (and well exploited gaps) between rich and poor, white and minorities, “patriotic” and “non-Patriotic” know, Us and them.
You know in your heart Sarah Palin would only make all this worse.

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By Dr. Babble, October 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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To state something politically incorrect in this context:  It is quite conceivable that at some point in the not so far away future it will be the SPs and their ilk that will be pressured by society to feel shame because their wanton reproduction (especially in a country that has consumed way too many resources for a very long time) led to making it impossible to stop climate change, and thus led to billions dead and the end of civilization.

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By P. T., October 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

Kevin Burke’s (National Review) position is self-serving psychobabble.  I don’t hate Sarah Palin; I think she’s silly.  And her abortion position bothers me less than her fundamentalist Christian warmongering.

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By BruSays, October 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

What strikes me most on reading this National Review article is not their position on abortion. It’s their linking Liberals with words such as “hostile,” “haters,” “uncompromising,” “angry,” etc. etc. 

And yet, who is bombing planned parenthood clinics? Who is screaming “Socialist” at political rallies? Who is holding signs “God Hates Faggots”? Who will not permit women a pro-choice stance? Who is accusing Democrats as “unpatriotic” or “America-Haters”? 

Folks, we need to work to frame the dialog, counter the sound bites, resist the loaded phrases.

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By diamond, October 27, 2008 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

To make an informed choice on abortion, you need   to understand the history of the issue and to be aware that there’s another equally valid point of view that may differ from yours. None of this applies to Sarah Palin. If God gave us reason why would He want us to get all our ideas from only one book? Not that Sarah Palin is big on books, in any case. Her first act on becoming Mayor of Wasilla was to ask ‘How do you ban books?’ I can’t say I’m surprised. She’s a parody of a know-nothing reactionary.

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