There’s the stereotype of the Sarah Palin supporter, and then there’s Sonnie Johnson.
The 30-year-old African-American mother and wife is featured in “The Undefeated” as one of the many people Palin captivated when John McCain thrust her onto the national stage as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. In Pella, Iowa today for the premiere of the film, Johnson said she latched on to Palin when the former Alaska governor took the stage at the Republican National Convention.
“We were watching it on TV and my daughter was like, ‘A girl can be president?,’” Johnson recalled. “And I said, ‘Yes, baby, girls can do anything.’ That was the moment -- I saw that look in my daughter’s eye, that anything in possible. The next week, I went to my very first political event, and that was to see Sarah Palin. John McCain and Sarah Palin.”
Johnson has become increasingly involved in the tea party since then, speaking at tea party events around her native Virginia. She’ll give the keynote address at an event held by the Charlottesville, VA. tea party on the Fourth of July with her young daughter by her side. [snip]
Obviously, the elephant in the room is that Hillary Clinton had run to be president, but she was not the party's pick (and I use those words deliberately). So that Johnson's daughter saw Palin as a potential president if McCain won is a difference. Palin was on the ticket, Clinton (unfortunately) was not.
That being said, there are so many glaring issues wrong with the entire way Marikar framed this piece that I barely know where to start. First, there is the whole "stereotype" assumption made by this "reporter." One of the comments summed it up pretty succinctly:
VG; "stereotype" Who put the stereotype on Palin?? All you Obama loving scumbags in the corrupt MSM. You people make me sick.
I think many of us can appreciate this person's sentiment about the circular practice of the MSM - castigate and attack, then stand back and "report" people regurgitating back the attacks launched, then explain that as the reality of the situation.
There were a few more comments I must share with you, beginning with the issue of women:
John; Unfortunately, women can't be president. Just watching the vitriol that has been thrown at Sarah Palin makes that clear. The attacks on her family have been disgraceful. The attempts to dig through 24,000 pages of her email to try to find any dirt also makes it clear that America is not ready for a female leader. Best to tell our daughters to become teachers or mothers so they don't become the next woman to be Palinized....
Jim (in response to Katherine); "There was a woman running in the Dem Primary, and she was pilloried by the misogynistic media... Palin got it X2, and she is still standing, and appears to be stronger than ever. Just sayin'."
@Katherine: Couldn't have said it better. I am an ex-Democrat and have had it with the way the democratic party takes the women constituency for granted. I am sick of how they treated Hillary. This was a woman that was many times more accomplished than Obama and after Obama's presidency we can safely say she would have been many times more effective as a president. Now they are doing the same thing to Palin. I am just sick of the venom that has been thrown at her - just sick of it. [snip]
Amen, amen, and amen - I could not agree more. Many of you know that this has been my refrain about the Democratic Party, Obama, and the blatant, virulent misogyny they have been spewing our way.
But there is another piece to all of this:
[snip] “She’ll be on stage with me,” Johnson said. “I want to get her involved, little by little. I like to say that for the black community, nothing will change until we learn to love our children more than we love the Democratic party.”
After Stephen K. Bannon cast her in his 2010 documentary about conservative women leaders, “Fire From the Heartland,” he asked Johnson to speak about Palin’s influence on her for “The Undefeated.” Other tea party personalities have failed to capture Johnson’s attention as Palin has.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
Holy moley - calling out the black community for its allegiance to the Democrats is a mighty interesting turn. No doubt, that will raise some eyebrows, along with charges of being an "Uncle Tom." I don't know about you, but it does seem that whenever a black person does not subscribe to a particular point of view they are, by necessity, an "Uncle Tom." I thought this comment by Colint summer it up:
Black woman as "unlikely" supporter.... funny.... imagine that, a black who isn't brainwashed into loving the useless Democrats. Wow... what a revelation.
Could she have figured out the lie... figured out that the Democrats are race baiters?
Good question. Of course, Ms. Johnson would not have to look far. Heck, she need look no farther than my representative, Jim Clyburn, to see numerous instances of race baiting.
I don't know about you, but I found this to be a pretty interesting glimpse into both how the MSM tries to package information, and how more people are not buying what they are selling. Maybe there really is hope yet.
UPDATE: Speaking of the media, The Hollywood Reporter has a glimpse into the new movie, "The Undefeated". Hold onto your hats, this is not for the faint of heart:
[snip] The movie begins with Sen. John McCain introducing his running mate, then quickly cuts to the Hollywood sign, and the music turns ominous. A TV news anchor says, "Hollywood has a new favorite pastime: taking aim at Sarah Palin."
Then the celebrity montage begins: Damon likens Palin to a "really bad Disney movie" and says she's "really scary"; Letterman attacks her, and the discourse descends in to the filthy from there. Maher insults her on his TV show, Madonna screams obscenities about her while on stage, and comedians use graphic, severely bleeped language to describe Palin and the intensity with which they "hate her."
When the montage is through, the screen goes dark and a Bible verse comes into focus: "By their fruits ye shall know them." [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
Yes, indeed we will. And the fruits being sown by these people against a woman they have never met, using the vilest of language to describe her, and even attacking her special needs child, says it all. Copyright © 2011 by Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy