First, it’s necessary to understand that Sarah Palin is unacceptable She is not the first American to hold herself above her station; Dan Quayle and Robert Bork preceded her and were duly destroyed for their pretensions. Palin is triply unacceptable today; she not only selected the University of Idaho rather than Harvard or Yale, she chose constitutional conservatism instead of fashionable liberalism and (horrors!) entered beauty pageants and worst of all, did well doing so. Search how you will, you won’t find any member of America’s ruling class with such a resume. But there is worse than those.
She associated with Democrats on occasion and took on politicians on ethical grounds who were of her own party. During her campaign as the running mate of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, she bid to surpass his popularity with GOP voters, especially conservatives. She was seen as a loose cannon to Republican leaders, who joined Democrats and the left-leaning media to eliminate her political future.
So when TV anchor Martin Bashir recently joined the long line who have trashed Palin, few paid much attention. Except for what he said. Fox news (who had used her as a correspondent) unsurprisingly objected but even some more surprising sources joined in.
What is said of American society when top level ‘news’ sources resort to cheap, middle schoolish name calling and toilet vulgarities as political discourse? It is notable that this seems presently, peculiar to the political left and it is even more notable that it was taken as normal until public figures on the right raised a fuss and some on the left joined them.
There can be little doubt that American society is degenerating; standards of what was once thought ‘decent’ behavior have been erased along with older ideas of what is moral. Now, at the most public, allegedly professional levels of society, juvenile trash talk is replacing thoughtful political discourse. No society can expect its government to be better than itself; the opposite is more likely.
There is an old joke about a drunk walking late one night past the local madam’s establishment; he observed an equally drunken couple locked in acrobatic intimacy, fall off the second floor balcony onto the street in front of him. Seeing this, the drunk staggered inside, calling: “Madam! Your sign fell down!”
It seems to us, that America’s political sign has fallen down as well, and from a greater height than a second floor balcony.