We hate to break this to the season’s graduates, but the truth is you never left high school.
None of us have.
Remember how the self-appointed “cool kids” would decide who was cool and who was not, and somehow convince all the other students to torment the supposed nerds and misfits?
Well, welcome to the adult world as well.
Here, instead of jocks and cheerleaders calling the shots and telling you which kids to put “Kick Me” signs on, we have the “mainstream” media. They decide whom to ridicule and whom to revere – and whom to give a hall pass to. And their choices are both consistent and nonsensical:
They almost always aim their derision at conservatives, while forgiving anything a liberal does or says.
We were never allowed to forget that Dan Quayle misspelled a word – but how many people know Barack Obama once recalled visiting “57 states”? Meanwhile, Joe Biden – a gaffe machine such as the vice presidency has never seen – is considered a lovable lout rather than a stumbling lightweight. They’re laughing with him, it seems, not at him – even though he’s not laughing.
The world heard plenty about Republican Todd Akin’s oafish comments last year – but quickly overlooked Georgia Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson’s insane suggestion that the island of Guam might tip over if we put too many people there.
Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee once gave a speech on the House floor lauding today’s peaceful coexistence of North and South Vietnam. She also reportedly asked NASA if the Mars rover had been to the site where Neil Armstrong planted our flag – though that’s hard to pin down, due to a lack of media interest in it.
In contrast, Republican Sarah Palin is largely known for having said she can see Russia from her house – even though it was comedienne Tina Fey, not Palin, who said that.
It’s not enough to ridicule conservatives for the things they actually say. The slander is supplemented by fiction.
Then, when they’re done with you – or you’re done with them – their retirement gift is a reminder of the abuse they heaped on you. On word that conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann will retire after 2014, CNN jumped at the chance to note she was the “butt of a thousand jokes” – while displaying an old Newsweek cover that tried to pin her as the “Queen of Rage.”
New York magazine announced: “Michele Bachmann Retires As President of Crazyland.”
Nice. That’s what passes as civility on the left, apparently.
We followed Ms. Bachmann’s presidential campaign and had the privilege of meeting her. She’s bright, articulate and a passionate defender of traditional American values.
She is in no way deserving of the kind of treatment this country’s news and entertainment media have piled on her. Likewise for other conservatives such as Palin, Rick Santorum and more.
None of our current or prospective public servants are deserving of it, conservative or liberal. Yet the adolescents at the controls of the major media can’t help themselves. They’ve got to ridicule someone – it’s fun and funny and cool – and conservatives are the predominant prey.
How many good people have never thrown their hat in the ring, just to avoid this kind of abuse?
Welcome back to high school, kids! And you thought you hated it the first time.