Dear Obama: A letter from Bristol Palin

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Culture
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Bristol Palin wrote a strong worded blog post on Sunday directed to the President about his double standard treatment of liberal and conservative commentators.

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Dear 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.

But…

What if you did something radical and wildly unpopular with your base and took a stand against the denigration of all women… even if they’re just single moms? Even if they’re Republicans?

I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money.  You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency.  I’m not even really expecting a call.  But would it be too much to expect a little consistency?  After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals.

Strong words from a person who should have been considered just as much a victim as Sandra Fluke. Liberal commentators might think that there is a difference between Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher and therefore shouldn’t be compared. They are attempting to create a distinction without a difference. People assume that talk radio is a hard news program like the nightly news; however it is an entertainment program that typically involves politics. However, topics can vary between politics, pop culture discussion, economic/financial discussions, and some shows are centered on paranormal conspiracies and fortune telling. Bill Maher’s show is the same thing, but on the TV. He discusses politics with a high level of comedy.

One could argue that because Maher uses a high level of comedy and the show airs on HBO, viewers should expect crude language. The problem with that is the President is still directly criticizing one political commentator while staying silent about another who uses crude language regularly. Not to mention that the latter has donated to the Obama re-election effort.

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