James Taranto, editor of the Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web Today”, has a brilliant column for Wednesday addressing the root cause of the left’s deranged hatred of Sarah Palin. His conclusion: Palin’s a successful pro-life woman, everything a feminist said a woman can’t be. And that drives them insane.
Palin defies the anti-child doctrines that die-hard feminists have been telling young women they have to embrace in order to find success or parity with men in the world. She looks attractive, has conservative and pro-life values, and made it to the governorship of Alaska by her own efforts, unlike Hillary Clinton, a pro-abortion feminist icon, whose rise to political power depended on her husband winning the US presidency in 1992.
Palin also has five children, one of them a baby with Down’s syndrome. That alone scared doctors in neighboring Canada into fearing that more women would want to accept Downs babies into the world!
Taranto observes that the “unhinged hatred of Palin comes mostly from women”: leftist women who won’t brook dissent with the premise “that to favor any limitations on the right to abortion, or even to acknowledge that abortion is morally problematic, is to deny the basic dignity of women.”
“To a woman who has internalized this point of view, Sarah Palin’s opposition to abortion rights is a personal affront, and a deep one. It doesn’t help that Palin lives by her beliefs. To the contrary, it intensifies the offense.”
For such feminists, Taranto discusses how Palin’s support of her daughter Bristol’s decision to choose life inflames even more that hot hatred they bear toward her.
Taranto’s article “Palinoia” is a fascinating, even-handed treatment of the feminist left’s hatred of Sarah Palin. It’s an excellent article worth reading even if one doesn’t consider Palin a good choice for US president (which Taranto does not). It appears that Palin, as a symbol, endangers the believability of contemporary liberal feminism’s creeds, and for that, she must be destroyed.
Pro-lifers take note! And read Taranto’s “Palinoia” today here.