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Bristol, Please Stop Talking…

It’s not in good taste to beat a dead horse, but it seems that this time, it is unavoidable.  Bristol Palin seems to have taken notice of what everybody has said about her statements, and has decided to make yet another response.  It only seemed fair to once again call her out on her own insipid statements that are both bigoted and not based in factuality at all.  So, Bristol, your move.

I’m puzzled at the lack of reading comprehension by internet pundits.  There are a few stories popping up – in The Advocate and one or two on HuffPo on a recent Google alert — claiming I’m playing “the victim card” over here on my blog. However, anyone who actually read my post would know that I simply made two claims:

1.  Those who claim to be loving and tolerant certainly are hateful and bullying.

2.  But despite their efforts at name-calling and even their threats, I won’t be deterred from speaking out.

Bristol goes on with a small clip from her blog that didn’t give any context.  Bristol, what you said is very clear.  In your first blog, you claimed that Obama is only supporting gay marriage because his daughters watch Glee, say that same sex marriage is wrong because of thousands of years of “tradition” and then claim that children in LGBT families grow up less happy than those with heterosexual parents (obviously attacking single parents too).  In the next post, you claimed exactly what you are claiming here.  You claimed that people just attacked and bullied you, taking some comments you got that sound inflamatory.

Here’s the real truth about what you have said, Bristol – not two words of it were backed up at all.  You have ignored the blatant hypocrisy of things that you have said, like the part where you went on about you being in the spotlight, but failed to acknowledge that your mother is the one who put you there against your will.  You provided not one shred of evidence for any of your points.

What you did after that was take some comments that were horribly innappropriate and decided that you would simply use them to show how you are being so bullied, ignoring all the posts like the ones from this column that clearly showed how you are wrong, and talked in a very level and decent way, addressing each way that your statements were wrong.

You most certainly aren’t a victim, Bristol, of anything.  You were most certainly playing the victim card, claiming to be bullied, while you yourself are the one doing the bullying.  The blatant hypocrisy of your statements is so visceral, yet you fail to acknowledge it, now taking the tactic of once again hiding behind your words, and not acknowledging how unfactual they are.

But looking at this post, are you really accusing everybody who is for gay rights of being intolerant and bullies?  Are you really saying that all people who are “loving and tolerant” are bullies?  Since you seem to claim that about yourself, that must mean that you have to lump yourself into that category, right?

Not to mention that these comments you received do nothing to help your cause or defend your mischaracterization of the President.  They provide just another lovely shield for you to hide behind, playing, you guessed it, the victim card.

You are no victim, Bristol, you just are trying really hard to act like one.  Now please stop talking.  You’ve embarassed yourself enough

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Poor Bristol Palin…:(

Well, after her post talking about how the President decided to support gay marriage simple because of his daughters, and saying that same-sex couples aren’t as good at being parents as opposite-sex couples (of which no evidence exists), Bristol Palin has come out with a new post talking about how she is the victim of “bullying.”

Much like how all interactions with a statement by the Palin family have gone from the beginning of their time in the limelight, it wasn’t hard to predict that this was the direction that it was going to take.  It has been the Palin family’s modus operandi to make a horribly unpleasant statement, and then, when the people come out against this, to make it all about themselves, and how they are the victims.

Bristol’s post about the president and gay marriage is textbook example of this strategy.  Here is what Bristol had to say –

Well, I stirred up a hornet’s nest.  You know you’ve struck a nerve when even J-Woww tweets insults at you.  But the thing that most amazes me is how few people actually addressed the points I made in my recent blog post.  They were pretty simple.  Conservative women like my mom get grief because people think they can’t make decisions without their husband, but Barack Obama gets applauded for changing his mind on a huge issue after consulting his wife and young daughters. The double standard amazes me.

Gee, Bristol, if you look at my previous post, you will see that I, along with many others like the YouTube vlogger Zinnia Jones, did address your argument, and were very clear with our problems with them.  We told you that President Obama didn’t just come to this decision because of talking with his wife and daughters.  It was a personal choice based on years of his experience.  Apparently, you didn’t catch that.  Your move.

But I’m not a pundit.  I’m just a mom made famous in one of the most intense and embarrassing ways possible – by having your teen pregnancy announced in the middle of a presidential campaign.

I put this section of her post here because there is something I want to draw attention to – your hypocrisy.  You had your pregnancy announcted on national television by your mother.  She whored out you and your down-syndrome brother in order to further her own political agenda.  I find it incredible that you are so on her side and yet you don’t feel the slightest inclination to point out that all of this “bullying” that you are claiming happens to you is directly tied into your mother using you and your entire family as a stage prop.  The hypocrisy just leaps off the page, doesn’t it?  Your move.

 When you’re in Hollywood you’ll meet some great people, some terrible people, and many somewhere in between.  In other words, they’re people just like everyone else.  But what you won’t find is any disagreement about things like gay marriage or abortion.  For those folks, there’s one way to think, and anyone who disagrees is stupid, hypocritical, hateful, or bigoted.

Sorry, Bristol, but you’re wrong again.  You are called hypocritical, hateful and bigoted because you made statements that are hypocritical, hateful and bigoted.  Saying that children are more likely to be happy in a home with a mother and father is bigoted.  You can’t explain that away, sorry.  You have to answer for it.  Your unwillingness to doesn’t surprise me in the least.

She puts up a graphic showing some of the angry comments she got, and yeah, they are unpleasant and people shouldn’t make them, but once-again, the strategy that you use is pretty clear – don’t make this about the issues, make this about yourself.  And here’s the kicker, Bristol – you are not special.  Go onto most any video about President Obama and you’ll see plenty of hate and vitriol thrown at him from people.  Hate statements are the name of the game with a large part of this country against the LGBT community.  Go onto a Zinnia Jones video and you may just find some lovely tidbits about how awful that person is.  Or click on an Amazing Atheist video and you will see plenty of disparaging comments.  While all of these are stupid and pointless, they are also not unusual.

Instead of defending your point of view, and making this about the issues, you instead retreat to the easiest option you have – making this about yourself.  It has been the way your mother has defended her scorn for years, and you are following in the same vein.  Feel proud of yourself, Bristol.  Those are some big and hypocritical shoes to fill.

Here’s the real truth – you don’t know who the real bullies are.  The people who are using their national fame that you acknowledge you have in order to make sweeping generalizations about a group of people and their love.  The people who are saying that children aren’t going to be happy with same sex parents.  The people who want to deny LGBT couples the right to marry simply by invoking “tradition,” and continuing the cultural stigma against them through the same way.  The people who are making no argument, but instead want to make this entire thing about themselves and paint themselves as the victim of some kind of bullying, while they are spreading intolerance and lies for no good reason.

The bully, Bristol Palin, is you.  Plain and simple.

The Palin’s and Gay Marriage

Well, another statement of ignorance has come from the Palin family.  This time, from Bristol Palin, about gay marriage.  These kinds of statements are nothing new.  And, as with all other statements of ignorance or bigotry from these people, there is a rabid group of supporters who come out of the woodwork in support of their ignorant statements and outright prejudice.

It’s the new conservative attitude – don’t question what our leaders say.  Don’t question anything that anybody who espouses our values says.  While there are liberals who do just the same, the fact is that more liberals will question the current president than the amount of conservatives who questioned George Bush I, George Bush II or Ronald Reagan.  It just isn’t done.

As such, this leads us to what Bristol Palin had to say, and what her supporters are backing.  She wrote a blog post (linked above) talking about President Obama’s recent statements about his views on gay marriage.  Now, a lot of people will make petty jokes about the Palin family and their views, if Bristol wants to talk about marriage, alright Bristol, let’s talk about marriage.  Your move.

Let’s pause for just one second.  When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission.  Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval.  (I should add female Republican candidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)

Nobody will deny that a person’s ability to lead shouldn’t come from what gender they are.  No one gender is better at leading than the other.  The ability to lead a nation is based on personal strength and personal conviction, along with popular support of that.  Of course, with this nation, all leaders are corrupt, but that’s a whole different can of worms.

Looking at the issue of questions of faith in relevance to America, this needs to be addressed in respect to Republican woman.  According to a Gallup poll, 42% of Republicans and 46% of conservatives believe that the Bible is the actual word of God.  With that in mind, one must absolutely point out that according to the Bible, a woman should be silent, totally obedient to her husband and have no positions of authority over men.

If one considers the Bible to be absolutely true, then it should be completely fair to question what they believe, since they are going to be leading this country.  Faith should have no part of one’s legislation, or one’s executive decisions.  Now this goes both ways.  If a liberal believes that the Bible is the absolute word of God, then they too should be scrutinized under a microscope.  Again, Bristol, your move.

So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?

No, it isn’t a problem if your mom listened to much to your dad.  It’s a problem if your mom listened too much to a book that has no factual basis whatsoever, and has no place in government.  And since that book openly says that women should be silent and obey men, it should be questioned if she is with those beliefs or not.

Also, the President didn’t come to this decision by consulting with his daughters.  He has said that he has been in support of equal rights for some time, how he has had LGBT staff members in the White House and has gotten their perspectives, as well as the fact that he believed that anybody should be allowed to serve their country, regardless of sexual orientation.  These are long-standing beliefs.

Bristol, however, wants her fans to think that the President of this country merely bowed down to his teenage daughters, which is nowhere near the truth.  So, Bristol, you are being dishonest about the President’s motives and what he is trying to do.  What comes next?  Your move.

In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.  Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.  Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.

Well, since Bristol can’t hold up the argument based on what she has presented alone, since some part of her must know that that is blatantly false, she decides to go another route – saying that marriage is based in thousands of years of tradition, as well as appealing to the argument style of “I don’t hate gays, but there should be a mother and father to raise kids.”  It’s a classic argument which totally ignores the truth.

First, marriage has not been only one man and one woman for thousands of years.  Looking at the Bible, King David, one of the biggest biblical figures, had an entire harem of women who were his sexual servants.  The taking of women from slain nations as sex slaves is also totally condoned by the Bible, in addition to the wife that one has.

Not to mention that the idea of marriage as we know it has rapidly changed in the last century.  There was a time when subservience to men was quite acceptable in this country.  Inter-racial marriage was also incredibly taboo, and not completely accepted by the culture at large.  The fact is that the breaking of traditions is one of the oldest traditions of all, because we realize that a tradition is flawed, and in need of change.  A tradition that is worth following can stand on its own merits, and doesn’t need to be supported by “history.”

Next up, there is not one piece of evidence that has come up stating that a child will come out better if it is in a home of a mother and father.  The studies that conervatives cite that show that a child will grow up better with a mother and father almost never have any LGBT couples who were involved in the study, and are therefore completely false, along with taking things directly out of context, as Focus on the Family has done many times.

However, the real insidious nature of this document is that Bristol wishes people to look on these loving families are somehow fundamentally wrong, and wants everyone else to do so as well, hiding behind the wall of “tradition.”  Your move, Bristol.

Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.  In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.

Yes, and sometimes, conservative women should think about the rationality and intelligence of what they say before they say it, rather than appealing to false arguments and worthless tradition that doesn’t even have any place in history, not to mention a faith thath as no place in this government either.

Bristol, there here is a piece of general advice for the future – if you can’t say something smart, don’t say anything at all.

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