Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Reactions to Palin Pick an Eye-Opener

I'm going to say this as delicately as I can. The reactions of certain Catholic bloggers to the Palin pick have served as an eye-opener for me ... a look into hearts and minds and agendas that perhaps were not as readily apparent to me prior to now.

Criticism of candidates is not a problem when it is warranted and based in relevant facts and in reality. But I have never seen such a vicious media feeding frenzy as that which we are currently witnessing with regard to Gov. Palin. And for Catholics to join in on this nonsense?

When Catholic bloggers start taking their cues from Daily Kos and Huffington Post, it's time for me to tune them out. Suffice it to say that I have decided to seriously curtail my reading of a number of blogs that, heretofore, I had previously visited on a fairly regular basis.

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At 9/03/2008 8:37 AM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

That some Catholic bloggers could so viciously attack an ardent pro-lifer like Sarah Palin demonstrates that for them the pro-life cause is of absolutely no consequence.

At 9/03/2008 8:56 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Actually, Donald, it's worse than that: it suggests that the pro-life cause is an obstacle to them. I doubt that this is necessarily deliberate, but the visceral reaction is telling.

At 9/03/2008 9:05 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

I've spared myself a lot of anguish, it seems, by tuning out this (these) blog(s) a while ago. I don't think I even want to know what was said.

At 9/03/2008 9:16 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I've been tellin' ya, Jay, life's too short...

This is not new, and should not be surprising. These guys were jubilant that the GOP nominee was someone whose pro-life bona fides were questionable. But given a sign that he might actually do something about abortion, and their heads predictably explode.

You've long known (for example when they've criticized you for fighting abortion) that they were liberals first and Catholic (if at all) a distant second.

These guys are typical liberals, just like I've written about.

And we all know what liberalism leads to.

At 9/03/2008 11:48 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

You all might be surprised to know that I'm talking about a number of blogs, including one prominent blog for an online magazine from a conservative/libertarian Catholic perspective.

And The Corner is out, too. I've got better things to do than read the hand-wringing second-guessing of that bunch of metrosexual girly-boys who are now entrenched at WFB's once fine publication.

At 9/03/2008 12:11 PM, Blogger RobK said...

I'm with Crankycon. I must be looking in the wrong place, because I only see excitement.

I went to a ballgame with our associate priest over the weekend, and he was excited too (you've got to love priests under 40).

I guess it is good to be out of certain loops.

At 9/03/2008 12:15 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


Believe me, out here in flyover country, all I've seen so far is excitement. This was a grand-slam pick in red-state (and purple-state?) America.

It's the disconnect between the pundit class and the people that has me irked. And the fact that certain Catholic blogs have decided to pile on, as well.

At 9/03/2008 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I read your comments over at a particular blog.

I'm surprised you held out that long there and the editor's response that the features they post are faithful to the Church but politically bipartisan.

And, it isn't just the Palin kerfuffle. In general they have leaned so far to the left, that's all it's attracting now. They grant license to liberal commenters who beat up orthodoxy unmercifully. Some of the liberals are even regular featured writers for them.

When everyone else is trying to unify to put a halfway decent administration in the White House so the least amount of children die at the hands of abortionists the mission of their apostolate is without goals other than entertaining donnybrooks. The glee with which he posts inflammatory sound bytes an then watches the melees unravel unity is disheartening.

I hope they shape up before they drive every orthodox Catholic away.

At 9/03/2008 7:40 PM, Blogger Kyle R. Cupp said...

Criticism of candidates is not a problem when it is warranted and based in relevant facts and in reality.

What constitutes a relevant fact? What facts would you say are not relevant?


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