Sarah Palin, the hypocrisy of Benghazi, and the liberal media's "shuck and jive"

The Left hates Sarah Palin because she's right.

WAIKIKI, October 24, 2012 — Forget the fact that America is running trillions of dollars in the red, that our consulates are under attack or that insurgents infiltrated and destroyed an entire squadron of Marine jets along with its most senior pilot in Afghanistan.

Never mind that inflation is causing prices to skyrocket and gutting small businesses or that the average American has almost no savings. What is the most important thing on the mind of the Left right now?

Sarah Palin’s status updates on Facebook.

Early Wednesday morning, the former Alaska governor called out President Barack Obama on her fan page over the developing new revelations of the attack on our Benghazi embassy.

Palin wrote:

“As I mentioned on “On the Record” last night, there is breaking news that just two hours after the September 11th attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, the White House and State Department knew that an Islamic terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack. We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior.”

“Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”

The leftist media has repeatedly attempted to destroy the credibility and character of Sarah Palin. (AP file photo)

Palin’s rebuke was directed at the fact that most Americans saw a serious lapse of judgment and apparent deception by the Obama Administration over what happened to our people in Libya. America has yet to hear an explanation for why, on the anniversary of the most awful terrorist attack on U.S. soil, our consulates were attacked in an obvious asymmetric warfare strike.

But rather than coming to grips with the inconvenient truth of Palin’s words and putting media pressure on the Obama Administration to answer, the leftist media instead chose to focus on a single phrase in Palin’s status update: that “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”

Leftists went out of their way to research the etymology and historical usage of “shuck and jive” but yet they never did due diligence to find out just what happened in Libya (or Afghanistan, for that matter, where insurgents destroyed or severely damaged eight Marine AV-8B Harriers).

Here’s a thought: instead of looking up trivial insults and their history, why doesn’t the left go and research some War College white papers, harvest some data from past military campaigns, or read up on ancient military foundational texts to see why Obama’s worldview and defense model are repeating the pattern of empire implosion?

I’ll tell you why: because the left has a pattern of selectively avoiding intellectual discourse and choosing to resort to the use of ridicule and hyperbole to respond to criticism.

Whatever the issue may be, whatever the policy matter is, no amount of philosophy, calculus equations or finite pedantry and attention to scholastic detail could ever bring the left to introspect and think critically. Instead, they will comb anything a person who opposes them says or writes and look for trivial statements with which they can use to incite angry mobs to drown out reason with idiotic memes.

As Ludwig von Mises wrote in Socialism, “Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person.”

In defense of Sarah Palin, the left only hates her because she’s right. Before they go shouting accusations of racism and slavery allegory, they ought to remember it was Vice President Joe Biden who used race baiting at a heavily African-American attended Virginia rally and suggested Mitt Romney and Republicans would put blacks back in chains.

Where was the left’s pursuit of social justice then? Where was the social network outrage from millions of progressives and liberals?

In defense of Sarah Palin, the left ought to look in the mirror and remember that for all their talk of empowering women, they failed to rebuke their own partisans and pundits alike for all the times that Sarah Palin was characterized as having the look of a “slutty flight attendant” or all of the egregious and chauvinist things that were said about her daughter Bristol Palin.

If their own politicians were treated that way, the left would be calling for resignations, if not arrests.

The left in its manic quest to smear and bring down the character of Sarah Palin drooled at the opportunity to read 25,000 pages of released e-mails from her governorship, hoping to find smut and dirty bomb ammunition for their war of personal destruction. Instead they were forced to cover their mouths when America saw a woman of immense spiritual tenderness, faith and honesty.

The left does not appreciate, nor can it understand a Sarah Palin because their mind is at enmity to all that is traditional, beautiful and intelligent. They believe the best way to convert America is to smear filth and traffic slander into the newspapers and television sets of every home because to them, degradation is revolution.

The left needs to take a long hard look at the condition of their own hearts before calling out Sarah Palin. When it comes to being outraged and demanding apologies over political statements, the left needs to know: let he who is without sin cast the first stone.


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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