Friday, April 24, 2009

Palin-Hating "Feminists," Alaska Version

Self-described "feminists" who detest one of America's most notable feminists, Sarah Palin, exist both in Alaska and nationally. Scroll down and you'll see the first of many pieces about two of the Alaska, Linda Kellen Biegel and Sondra Tompkins, both Palin-haters, both driven by motives that they themselves may barely grasp (apparently). Sarah Palin has just started a Legal Defense Fund (more about that this weekend) to defend herself from frivolous lawsuits by Biegel, Tompkins, and others. Like Yuval Levin below, my approach will be in-depth and psychologically oriented. There's a good body of literature about people who file unwarranted lawsuits, and it's not a pretty picture. In general, they're starved for attention and contemptuous of the accomplished people they seek to defame.

"The reaction of the intellectual elite to Sarah Palin was far more provincial than Palin herself ever has been, and those who reacted so viscerally against her evinced little or no appreciation for an essential premise of democracy: that practical wisdom matters at least as much as formal education, and that leadership can emerge from utterly unexpected places. The presumption that the only road to power passes through the Ivy League and its tributaries is neither democratic nor sensible, and is, moreover, a sharp and wrongheaded break from the American tradition of citizen governance." [Yuval Levin writing in Commentary about the psycho-social causes of what's become called "Palin Derangement Syndrome." Levin is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington, DC think-tank.] You'll learn more about American society in Levin's essay than you would from two semesters of college.

Scroll down to read a revised version of yesterday's column on people suffering from "Palin Derangement Syndrome." BOGUS ETHICS CHARGES AGAINST PALIN

Welcome to The Alaska Fund Trust
The Alaska Fund Trust is the official legal fund created to defend the integrity of the Alaska Governor's Office from an onslaught of political attacks launched against current Governor Sarah Palin, the First Family, and state-employed colleagues. These baseless accusations have cost Alaska more than $1 million in public monies to defend, and Governor Palin has incurred more than half a million dollars in personal debt defending her official actions as Governor. You can help by donating to the Alaska Fund Trust today!
Statement of Trustee Kristan Cole
"Over the past months it became increasingly clear that supporters of Governor Palin needed to help defend against the onslaught of frivolous attacks against her. These baseless accusations are designed to inhibit her ability to focus on the issues Alaskans truly care about and force massive personal debt on her and her family. I joined with fellow Alaskans in forming the Alaska Fund Trust to help alleviate the Governor's legal debt incurred while performing her job as well as eliminate the incentive for future attacks by her opponents. In doing so, we have created one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history."

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