Tuesday, August 10, 2010

American Dhimmitude



I recently posted about the use of moral authority in politics.


This YouTube video is instructive…



Note the affect of the person lecturing Governor Palin. She uses measured, intimidating speech and a dismissive tone. It literally reeks of moral authority. The speaker knows her point of view is absolutely unquestionable.

This is a wonderfully clear example of the political moral authority that is rampant in our anti-Republican culture. Think of it as American Dhimmitude.

Luckily, with Governor Palin, it doesn’t seem to be working.

UPDATE:
Texas for Sarah Palin has some background on the person in the video who represents herself as a teacher.

UPDATE 8/11/2010:
Ben Adler of Newsweek has a blog post titled, "Sarah Palin Gets Snarky on a Schoolteacher."  He provides an extra helping of anti-Republican scorn, characterizing Governor Palin as having "prima donna qualities", a "self-centered side", a "dark side",  a "tone of nasal condescension", "unamusing sarcasm", and the literary skills of "a nasty, snotty, slightly dense but popular high-school girl."

Mr. Adler describes the target of Governor Palin's "snark": "The victim was not President Obama, but a schoolteacher in small-town Alaska."

Mr. Adler is the National Editor of newsweek.com.  He may be in a position of cultural power, but his portrayals of "victimhood" and "snark" seem to be misplaced.  (h/t Hugh Hewitt)

UPDATE 1/29/2011:
James Taranto leads his column with a few examples of the "Persecution of Sarah Palin."

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