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Betty Arenson: This is about Sarah Palin ... and more

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Posted: August 9, 2009 3:20 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Signal's July 15, 2009 edition printed Gary Horton's Opinion column "It's not about Sarah Palin." The commentary goes on about, well, Sarah Palin. She was, once again, personally attacked as the "Ice Queen," "sexy," with references to her eyeglasses and lipstick, and so on.

Mr. Horton injected his tale with a smattering of opinion that the 70 percent of people who like her are "cult following," "bodice-ripper fans" who are from the "undereducated, lower income, whiter wing of the party" and that they are "chubby red-staters drinking mucho beer collecting unemployment checks and behind in their taxes."

This, fellow readers, is authored by a liberal who brags of being in the empathetic political party of "inclusion" wherein everyone has a right to his/her opinion, freedom of choice, and the unfettered right to express that thought irrespective of the dissent the message may contain.

Oops. Horton forgot to disclose that these rights only exist if the opinion, thought or expression mirrors his.

Clearly, this is one of the most bizarre entries I have ever read.

Sarah Palin is ridiculed because "we" would not want her to do brain surgery on our kids, teach them trigonometry or hire her to manage our retirement funds.

I was not aware that these were mandated qualifications for holding a political office.

The comments of "collecting extended unemployment checks," "undereducated, lower income" and "behind in their taxes" are acutely imbecilic and duplicitous.

Liberals and many Democrats are in our faces daily professing to exist only for the underdog and the "disenfranchised" with demands of more entitlements, more welfare, more freebie everything.

As for the tax-paying problems, we only need to look at Democrats, especially those holding high offices in the Obama Administration.

At last count seven of Obama's "chosens" had tax troubles including Timothy Geitner, Secretary of the Treasury. Add on Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which writes the tax code mandates for the rest of us while he doesn't have to pay his.

Other mentions are ones that would be more prominent in politics as we speak but for their tax problems, like wanna-be-Senator Caroline Kennedy and former Senator now lobbyist Tom Daschle.

Rhetorically, what is it about Sarah Palin that makes liberals and many Democrats so maniacally unhinged? If she was the de facto, witless twit they would like us to believe, she would be in their obscurity (the same place they keep reality and truth).

Instead, she is rabidly pursued. The overkill quantum of hate garnered by the carpers reaches pathological obsession.

The truth is, she scares them; especially now that she doesn't have to hold her tongue for the sake of an elected office.

Brains? Like it or not, she's got them. She managed to break up Alaska's old boys club, Republican and Democrat, and steward the state's business well enough to deliver a $1,300 check to each Alaskan resident in 2008 from the oil and gas reserves. That's the pure antitheses of what our California and national Democrats can claim.

One of the most peculiar neuroses of the Left is the constant scornful sarcasm and mockery of Sarah Palin's looks.

The woman is beautiful! She's got the face, hair, smile and figure; even after five full-term pregnancies! Let's face it; We all must play the hand we are dealt and Sarah got a great hand.

This brings me to the total silence on the "looks" of Democrat/liberal women held in high esteem and celebrated by the Left.
The same ankle-biters and media are abjectly gutless and cowardly when it comes to turning the tables. One would be hard-pressed to name a beauty in their stripe.

Coming to mind are: Madeleine Albright, Donna Shalala, Hillary Clinton, Helen Thomas, Michelle Obama, Janet Reno, Janet Napolitano, Sonya Sotomayor ... to name a few.

I just think that the contemptible critics have a problem when their woman is asked the name of her primary-care physician and she replies with the name of a veterinarian.

The assessment is miniscule when compared to what has, is and will continue with Sarah Palin and apparently for those who like her.

Should any of the Palin-bashers (and those of conservatives in general) have the temerity to think they may be offended, please refer to paragraph two above.

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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