WHY THE LEFT HATES SARAH PALIN
This came to me by way of an email and I thought it too good not to share with everyone at Voting American
By Robin of Berkeley January 19, 2011
When I was ten years old, I participated in an act of
unadulterated group evil. It happened at a sleep-away camp in the Catskill
Starting in third grade, I was shipped off to this summer camp for
three months at a time. Although I was in no way ready to be so far from
home, my parents wanted the summers free and clear — so I was whisked away,
like hundreds of other Camp Tawonga kids.
I lived in a bunk with a gaggle of other girls, with two teenagers
to oversee us. Since our counselors were more absorbed in the male staff
than in us, we girls had the run of the house.
One day, my bunkmates decided to punish Barbara, a popular and
confident child. The masterminds held Barb down while a few others stripped
off her clothes. Barbara struggled and screamed as the rest of us watched,
transfixed. The details are blessedly murky, but they involve mocking
Barbara and grabbing at her body.
Although I wasn’t a major player, I also did nothing to stop the
madness, which shames me to this day. I even recall feeling a strange,
wicked thrill surging through my body. Now that I analyze it, it was the
maniacal power of sadism — and evil.
I’ve always wondered why Barbara was chosen to be tortured, and
not a nerdy girl instead. But after beholding the horrible treatment of
Sarah Palin, I finally understand: Barb was a sweet and happy and innocent
child. The leaders of the pack wanted to knock her down from her high
My mind flashed to this awful memory after hearing that Palin was
being scapegoated for the Tucson Massacre. Palin has been a target of the
left’s wrath from the moment she was nominated for vice president. Many
conservatives have tried to explain why.
Some say it’s jealousy, which is true; Palin is a lovely woman
with a handsome husband. She’s also a self-made woman; Palin has risen to
power on her own, without the coattails of husband or father.
Some conservatives believe that the hatred is a result of
brainwashing; this is true, as well. Liberals respond robotically, like
Pavlov’s dogs, whenever Palin’s name is uttered.
But there’s a darker reason for the abject hatred of Palin, and
the clues can be found in that Catskill Mountains bunk. Because evil can
manifest when people project their own badness and shame onto another.
People on the left hate Palin for one simple reason: because she
is everything they are not. She is their polar opposite because her life
journey has diverged from the prescribed liberal path.
Palin was raised to be self-sufficient and independent since “idle
hands are the devil’s tools.” Little Sarah was up at the crack of dawn,
hunting with her dad; in sharp contrast, liberal kids like me were still
Palin didn’t have life handed to her on a silver platter, like so
many in the ruling class. Instead, Sarah balanced school, chores, jobs, and
sports. While liberal girls like me were glued to the boob tube, Sarah had
no time for sloth.
Palin attended church with her family on Sundays. On Sunday
morning, young liberals like me were recovering from Saturday night.
From her devout Christian upbringing, Sarah learned to be a good
girl. In contrast, I learned everything I needed to know about how to be a
modern girl from the monthly Playboy Magazine, which was conspicuously
displayed on our living room table.
Sarah dated and then married her high school sweetheart; I learned
that my body was a commodity that I “owned.” And I could use my body — and
allow it to be used — to temporarily still the pangs of loneliness.
There’s a lyric from a Matt Maher song that always moves me to
tears. It’s when he cries out to God: “Where were You when sin stole my
When I hear these words, an unspeakable pain cuts through me. I
feel the ache of something stolen from me — something precious, never quite
recovered. And there are countless others out there, similarly robbed,
though they have no idea what has gone missing.
And then, out of the blue, Sarah Palin, like a majestic bird in
flight, swooped onto the scene of a depraved and deprived nation. With her
children and grandchild, her religion and her patriotism, Sarah is the
antithesis of everything the progressives stand for. Palin is not just
pro-life, but she emanates life — and good, clean living.
And what does the left do? They try to drag her through the mud
to sully her. The hardcore among them want to eliminate her, even if this
means putting her life at risk.
The progressives “joke” about gang-rape, make pornographic movies
about her, and leer at her legs. (Would any of this be tolerated against
Palin’s church was torched during the primary, a vicious crime
that was hushed up by the MSM. And now, with the smears about Tucson, death
threats against Palin have soared.
Yes, leftists attack Palin because they envy her beauty; and true,
she’s a political threat. But the main reason for the hatred is something
deeper and darker.
Leftists loathe Palin because she has retained something that was
stripped from them years ago: a wholesomeness, a purity of heart. People on
the left despise Palin because she shines a bright light on their shame and
unworthiness, which they try desperately to deny.
The progressives, like that brutal gang of abandoned girls, want
to drag Palin down into the gutter with them; they want to spoil her. Of
course, their efforts will be futile; Palin is fueled by a Spirit that isn’t
simply her own.
The left knows only how to point fingers, and threaten, and
menace. Why? They are lost, abandoned children as well; they have shunned
the only Force who could wash them clean and bring them home again.
A frequent American Thinker contributor, Robin is a recovering
liberal and a psychotherapist in Berkeley.
- Sarah Palin won’t Sit Down and She won’t Shut Up (votingamerican.wordpress.com)