Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sarah Palin Shoots a Caribou and Makes A Liberal's Head Explode

The Guardian, which specializes in treating liberal hypocrisy with a seriousness it does not deserve, devotes several column inches to the incoherent raging of Aaron Sorkin over the fact that Sarah Palin went hunting and killed a caribou.

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin today gave Sarah Palin both barrels over her US TV reality show, accusing the contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal "for political gain".

Sorkin, writer of the recent Facebook movie The Social Network, also accused the Fox News contributor of making a "snuff film" after the latest episode of Sarah's Palin's Alaska featured the politician going hunting with her father and shooting a caribou.

He described Palin as "deranged", a "witless bully" and a "phony pioneer girl". He also said The Learning Channel, the US cable network, "should be ashamed of itself" for broadcasting her "truly awful reality show".

Sorkin was responding to a post on Palin's Facebook page in which the former governor of Alaska reacted to criticism of Sunday's episode by accusing her detractors of hypocrisy: "Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation."

"I eat meat, chicken and fish, have shoes and furniture made of leather ... I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical," Sorkin wrote in an incendiary comment piece posted on the Huffington Post website early today.

"I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals," he added.

Good grief! What kind of perverted mind supports a law that enables men to pressure their girlfriends into aborting their baby just because that baby is a girl or might have Downs Syndrome or has just come along at an inconvenient time and then gets this bent out of shape over killing a caribou? I mean, there is something seriously pathological about the liberal conscience for it to be aroused to fever pitch over an animal and utterly unfeeling and apathetic over a fellow human being.

Liberals must not just think the fetus is non-human; they must think that when we were fetuses we were somehow lower than the animal level - vegetables perhaps. Then suddenly on the way down the birth canal just before crowning presto: the vegetable magically skips the animal level and suddenly turns into a human being: you and me. Unless, of course, you are Peter Singer in which case you don't think it becomes human until two years of age or so.

So all hunting shows are now "snuff films?" All hunters are morally evil? Well, rural America and Canada, now you know how the Ruling Class regards you. It sure explains a lot - like gun control for example. And here I was laboring under the misunderstanding that they wanted the gun registry because they were afraid people would be killed by guns. Turns out they were afraid you might sneak off and shoot a rabbit or deer. The horror!

I just think it is sickening to assert that there is something morally evil about killing an animal for sport. It betrays a lack of clear thinking about what makes killing evil. The human versus non-human distinction is vital to clear reasoning and moral evaluation. Once it is blurred all sorts of weird and contradictory conclusions are drawn by those who have lost their moral compass.

Mr. Sorkin, save your outrage for the murder of your fellow human beings. And take your anti-rural, anti-hunter, anti-anybody different from you prejudice back with you to the jungles of urban America where the only hunting that is done is the hunting of women by predators empowered by the sexual revolution that liberals like you consider to be progressive.

But what can be expected from a druggie who supports MoveOn and has reportedly dated Maureen Dowd? And he thinks Sarah Palin is wacky . . . for going hunting?

1 comment:

Peter W. Dunn said...

Even many hunters find it morally repugnant to kill merely for sport. But Palin is exonerated since, as many have reported about the show that I didn't see, she has duly packaged the meat and placed in the freezer for later consumption. That hunting is thrilling is only a bonus. Many hunters have a deep respect for nature, for the animals and for the need to be stewards of these resources. What our poorly-educated liberal elites like Mr. Sorkin don't understand is that the subsistence culture is still very strong in Alaska. Agriculture is very poor in Alaska, and so most food must be imported. The rich supply of game meat and fish that can be harvested thus is a traditional part of Alaskan culture, beginning with the natives (of which Palin's husband is 1/4) and also the pioneers (sourdoughs). I grew up eating far more venison than domestic meat. As a child I preferred the softer, milder beef to moose, but my parents gave us no choice about the matter.

The left elitists can't see this as cultural difference between us and them and it proves that they are snobs who have no appreciation for other cultures. So much for multiculturalism that they preach!