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Posted: November 16, 2009- 20:43 CT
For almost a decade, liberals have been suffering from a disease known as Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS). A couple of years ago, many came down with a bad case of Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS). It must have been highly contagious, because now we're seeing an wide outbreak of a migratory strain which could be called Conservative Female Derangement Syndrome (CFDS). Common symptoms appear to range from paranoia and anger to outright fear and craziness. So, what is it about conservative women that tends to drive liberals up the wall. An article in the Observer of London examines the subject with a bit of a liberal slant.
Paul Harris from New York writes an article in the London Observer today entitled The new wave of female firebrands striking fear into liberal America. The reader would not automatically suspect a hit piece from the title, but in the byline, "Right-wing radicals are already pinning presidential ambitions on a mother-of-five from Minnesota who calls herself a 'fool for Christ' and condemns Obama as a socialist at the head of a gangster regime”, Mr Harris removes all doubt as to his intentions. The article begins:
He then writes, "All these women express a mood of conservative discontent that is becoming increasingly vocal and, some experts warn, extreme." Some of us might be contemplating just who these “experts” might be. Mr Harris doesn’t actually name any experts, or offer any clues as to what actually qualifies them to be an expert, so we’re left to speculate. We can only assume he’s referring to those who he might consider a mainstream moderate such as Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Al Sharpton, Keith Olbermann, or possibly the fine reporters from the NY Times.
We could also ask, “What is it about these conservative females, as opposed to conservative males, which drives liberals crazy?” I believe the primary factor is that liberals consider themselves as representing the “typical” woman’s perspective on the issues (mainly abortion), and owning the women’s vote as a result. Thus, any conservative female is seen as a traitor to the cause. The liberal’s partners in the media typically depict conservatives as being exclusively white, religious and male, so a conservative woman is portrayed as being insignificant, then assailed if she becomes too popular to write off or ignore. A few months ago, just after Ms Palin announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska in order to spend more time in the lower 48 states campaigning against Mr Obama’s socialist agenda, I was walking through the magazine section of Sam’s Club when I noticed the bold title on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, “SARAH PALIN: The Lies, the Meltdown and the Moose-Size Ambitions”. To be fair, I must admit that there was some truth contained within this title. The article was full of lies and Vanity Fair suffered a meltdown of what little credibility they had left. The article did however, fall short of the publisher's moose-size ambitions of destroying Ms Palin's career.
Returning to the perception by liberals that conservative women are traitors, we witness a similar viewpoint against conservative blacks and Hispanics. For example, we see this attitude behind attacks on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, from references to him being an “Uncle Tom” to denial that he is even a black man. We also watched the media virtually ignore the fact that George Bush chose Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as the first and second black Secretary of State, and minimize the presidential candidacy of Alan Keyes.
We might next wonder what positions held by Ms Bachmann are considered “extreme” by the liberals. Mr Harris provides the answer.
So, according to liberals, an extremist is any person opposing socialism, the junk-science of global warming, the well-documented gangster mentality of the czars and other officials in the current administration, youth indoctrination camouflaged as public service, a government takeover of the health industry, unrestricted murder of innocent babies, or the redefining of traditional marriage. By antithesis, the liberal must consider anyone supporting these positions to be normal, or in Mr Obama's words, someone who is uniting the country, rather than those opposed who are dividing the country by impeding progress toward the new world order. In the last paragraph, we can also note a favorite technique often used by the media, passing off a biased liberal organization as an independent resource. After overdosing on the “extreme” tag and the C-word (conservative) throughout the article, Mr Harris fails to acknowledge MNpublius as a liberal blog which regularly praises BHO and Al Franken, while attacking Governor Tim Pawlenty.
In spite of the subtle attacks, thinly disguised as journalism which permeates his article, we must give Mr Harris credit for offering a few sentences of balance.
Mr Harris closes the article with:
Judging by his byline and closing paragraph, the reality of Ms Bachmann being "deeply religious” appears to upset her adversaries even more than her political viewpoints. As a public service to Mr Harris and his liberal friends, we should point out that when Ms Bachmann calls herself a "fool for Christ”, she is actually endorsing the words of the Apostle Paul, who wrote that the message of Christianity is foolishness to unbelievers (1Cor 18-31). Essentially, she is humbly acknowledging her need for a Savior, but also confirming that unbelievers would consider her foolish for trusting in Christ. She is also implying that those who worship their own intelligence and wisdom will consider her foolish for seeking the will of God.
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for
destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of
God. As the Scriptures say, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
and discard the intelligence of the intelligent."