It seems serendipitously synchronous that I’ve been reading Jamie Glazov’s United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror during a week in which Sarah Palin has been back in the headlines. In the first half of his book, Glazov details the political pilgrimages various intellectuals, artists and assorted left-wingers have made over the years to tyrannies and proclaimed their rulers to be enlightened despots, describing those brutal tyrants in terms mythologies reserved for deities and heroes of ancient legend.
They did not portray Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh or Fidel Castro as not the actual man who respectively presided over Russia, China, North Vietnam and Cuba, but the heroic figure of their imagination. The political pilgrims just projected characteristics of an imaginary, benevolent wise man onto the actual presence of a tyrant who was trying to remake a nation in the image of the ideology to which he subscribed. The intellectuals saw each tyrant as they wanted to see him, eager to have a ruler adversarial to their nation embody all the noble qualities they found lacking in their own leaders.
And just as they project benign qualities onto our nation’s adversaries, they project malign ones onto conservative leaders in the United States. From Ronald Reagan to Sarah Palin, charismatic conservatives have been a particular object of their scorn.
Governor Palin’s resignation has become yet another chance to just how obsessed they have become with this good woman. Just consider all the conspiracy theories they are spinning about theabout her recent decision. They don’t seem to allow facts to interfere with their analysis.
Just as the Zorastranians had a benign (Ahura Mazda) and maleficent (Angra Mainyu) deity, so do today’s liberals have their benign and malign deities, yet, unlike followers of this ancient tradition, they describe real life human beings in terms the faithful reserved for beings who did not no longer assumed human form on this earth.
Just wonder at how they refused to let go of Mrs. Palin even when her ticket was defeated last fall and she departed from the national stage. What is it about her which gets them so upset and causes them to spin so many conspiracy theories?