In her interview with Sean Hannity earlier this week, Sarah Palin used a Scriptural reference that no one, to my knowledge, commented on in any of the analyses of the interview. She quoted from 2 Timothy 1:7, which says,
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity [or “fear,” depending on the translation], but of power and love and discipline.
While no one else seemed to pay much attention to it, I noticed it immediately and found it to be an insight into her spirit at this time of intense pressure stemming from an onslaught of false accusations. It indicated to me that she is continually going back to the source of her inner strength—her Christian faith.
Why would Palin be drawn to this particular Scripture? It speaks clearly to her situation, informing her of what her frame of mind ought to be. It comes in the midst of the most demented and vitriolic [yes, I used that word] attacks on a public figure I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. I remember how Reagan was demeaned during his administration. All of us can easily recall what was termed Bush Derangement Syndrome in the past decade. Yet what is happening to Palin at this time is possibly even more severe. As she noted in that interview, she receives death threats all the time, not only leveled at her but also at her children.
Understand this: there is an evil element out there that would actually relish seeing her and her family assassinated.
Who hates her? Why do they hate her? The first question is the easiest to answer: those on the far Left detest her. They are more than rude and crude toward her; they are demonstrably unstable. Where have we heard that characterization recently?
The second question requires more analysis. Here’s what I believe. They hate her for the following reasons, at minimum:
- She is openly Christian.
- She redefines their concept of feminism, refusing to be aggrieved and play the victim.
- She overturns their idea of how a woman should get ahead—she did it without government favors.
- Her belief in American exceptionalism makes them grind their teeth in rage.
- She has the audacity to forge ahead without first getting some kind of degree from either Harvard or Yale.
- She’s just not from the right class of people—how can anyone from the Alaskan frontier not be a backward, uncouth person? Surely she must be stupid.
There are more, I know, but those are the ones that readily come to mind.
Her most vociferous critics on the far Left are found in the blogosphere. They make the most outrageous claims, often exhibiting the very attitudes of which they accuse others:
As Palin noted in the interview, if they didn’t have a double standard, they would have no standards at all.
But they are aided and abetted by the more sophisticated critics in the media. The mainstream media won’t be as bellicose as the deranged segment of the Left, but it will perform a valuable service in keeping the nation’s collective mind pointed in whatever direction it desires:
Are they real journalists at all? Or are they something else?
I believe Palin had to respond to all the accusations. This doesn’t make her unpresidential or petty or defensive. There are times when you have to make your case and hope that enough sensible people will listen, learn, and reject the lies and distortions emanating from the fever swamp.
If all of this ends up destroying Palin’s reputation, evil will have won a battle, but that’s not the same thing as winning the war.