A Little Politics: Sarah Palin, Targets, and Assassinations

Yesterday, I was in the remarkably unusual position of having to agree with … Sean Hannity.

I can’t remember when the last time I agreed with Sean Hannity was, and I certainly could never have imagined being proud of agreeing with him. I don’t even listen to him very much, perhaps 2 hours a year.

Yesterday, though, I was driving, and I couldn’t find any other news to listen to.

What he said was that the (stupid, rude, embarrassing, unthinking, shameful, politically-motivated) accusation that Sarah Palin helped encourage the shooting of congresswoman Gabby Giffords would backfire on them.


I gave up agreeing with right-wing political talk show hosts like Hannity and Limbaugh over a decade ago. I roll my eyes when I hear their conspiracy theories being brought up.

Yesterday, though, Hannity was like a sage, calmly and clearly refuting the sick, politically-motivated accusation that Sarah Palin helped fuel Jared Loughner’s shooting spree in Tucson on January 8. Of course, it was easy for Hannity to be calm and clear because the accusation is ludicrous, and anyone making that accusation ought to be embarrassed. Only the most unthinking extreme of the left will pay attention to it.

In this case, though, I really just want to talk about that one statement. This accusation is going to backfire. That’s the statement I agree with.

I’m living proof of it.

I’ve done everything I could to drive the idea out of my mind that the mainstream media leans far to the left. In some cases, that’s not too hard. Some mainstream anchors are clearly doing their best to simply report the news in an open-minded way.

Talk radio, however, accuses especially the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times as being the worst culprits.

Sure enough, every article I’ve seen listed in my Google news update that has been marketing the accusation against Palin—and slandering her without quotes when she responded—has come from those three newspapers.

In fact, you should see this hymn of praise to Obama by the Washington Post. It’s followed by a brief attack on Palin for using the words "blood libel" in her response to morons blaming her for someone’s death because she used crosshairs in an ad; crosshairs pointed not at a person but at a map.

Good grief.

I think that I no longer qualify as a supporter of the right, and I certainly don’t qualify as a supporter of Republicans (I voted for Obama), but the behavior of the Washington Post, the LA Times, and the NY Times makes me want to go back to supporting them. They may have some awful ideas, be arrogant, and be mostly white, but at least they’re living in the real world, where you can talk about and try to change those problems.

Liberals tend to live in an imaginary world where homeless people are mostly responsible dads out of work; and where the best way we can repay blacks and Indians for the awful things our ancestors did to them is by referring to them with more acceptable names like African Americans and Native Americans. In the meanwhile we keep them on welfare, leave them feeling awful about themselves, and refuse to address their their alcohol, drug, and illegitimacy problems because we’re not allowed to admit they have them!

I’m sure everything I just said is politically incorrect, but I’m also sure that the people who disagree with me have not spent large portions of time actually hanging out with those homeless people, many of whom would never want back into our lonely, locked-up-in-the-house society. They’re happy to to exchange our air conditioners and comfortable beds for friends and freedom. Others, however, are hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol, and giving them checks every week is no help to them.

Actually, I want to repent for using "politics" in the title of this post. This post is not about politics; it’s about common sense and not pretending like things are the way they are. We can work on problems, but not if we pretend they’re not there and mandate certain ways of speaking in order to maintain our illusions.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to A Little Politics: Sarah Palin, Targets, and Assassinations

  1. Hannah says:

    Don't hold back, Honey, tell 'em how you really feel! LOL. I'm looking forward to some lively feeback on this post…

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