Don’t Wait By the Phone



Bristol Palin demonstrates that the political gene may run in the blood of the Palin women.  On her blog she posted this open letter to President Obama:

You don’t know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it. Ever since you called Sandra Fluke after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, I figured I might be next.  You explained to reporters you called her because you were thinking of your two daughters, Malia and Sasha.  After all, you didn’t want them to think it was okay for men to treat them that way:

“One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” you said.  “I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”

And I totally agree your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage the culture.  I look forward to seeing what good things Malia and Sasha end up doing with their lives.

But here’s why I’m a little surprised my phone hasn’t rung.  Your $1,000,000 donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family.  He’s made fun of my brother because of his Down’s Syndrome. He’s said I was “f—-d so hard a baby fell out.”  (In a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book, which tells about the forgiveness and redemption I’ve found in God after my past – very public — mistakes.)

If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you.  After all, I’ve always felt you understood my plight more than most because your mom was a teenager.  That’s why you stood up for me when you were campaigning against Sen. McCain and my mom — you said vicious attacks on me should be off limits.

Yet I wonder if the Presidency has changed you.  Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women.  You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you.

Go here to read the rest.  Liberal columnist Kirsten Powers has shined a spotlight on the never-ending misogyny of some on the Left.   The response of most of the Left to this glaring double standard is summed up by Stanley Fish: 

There is no answer to that question once you step outside of the liberal calculus in which all persons, no matter what their moral status as you see it, are weighed in an equal balance. Rather than relaxing or soft-pedaling your convictions about what is right and wrong, stay with them, and treat people you see as morally different differently. Condemn Limbaugh and say that Schultz and Maher may have gone a bit too far but that they’re basically O.K. If you do that you will not be displaying a double standard; you will be affirming a single standard, and moreover it will be a moral one because you will be going with what you think is good rather than what you think is fair. “Fair” is a weak virtue; it is not even a virtue at all because it insists on a withdrawal from moral judgment.

Being a liberal means never having to say you are sorry.  Or ashamed.  Or wrong.  Or filled with hate.  Or fill in the blank.  If you hold the  right   Left political views all your sins will be forgiven, at least by fellow liberals in this world.  The next world on the other hand…well, there is a reason why many on the political Left find atheism and agnosticism so appealing!

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. There will come a day when all the talking and opinionating will be done and over with. Revelation 20:11-15

    11* Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15* and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

  2. I thought Rush’s apology should have gone somenting like:

    “I apologize for taking you at your word.”

  3. If this letter were written by someone on the left I doubt that it would have been so respectful. The girl was brought up well and has respect for those she disagrees with. This is THE THE THE reason I was never able to stay with the left for so long. IMHO they spew hate…(Bill Maher, Dodd, Frank, Pelosi, et. al.) and the logic of most of the arguments comes mainly from emotion and not well reasoned logic.

  4. ‘Eating words has never given me indigestion.’ – Winston Churchill. Is there one human being on earth who has never regretted saying something? Rush has been on the air 23 years and what’s remarkable is that his one verbal faux pas — mild in my estimation and not entirely off the mark — is so conspicuous. Bill Maher and other leftist idiots are serial abusers of the language and, because of this, are rarely taken to task.

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