The Daily Beast Misses the Point

Before taking you on a more than 1,000-word Palin-bash journey, Michelle Cottle at the Daily Beast wants to make it absolutely clear that she’s too cool to talk about Sarah Palin.

“Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas.”

One could try believing that until they read the next line:

“Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches.”

Yikes!  Right off the bat, it’s clear that Ms. Cottle has a problem with traditional folks who have the backbone to call out the hypersensitivity of angry atheists and that she had hoped that this book wouldn’t have received the reception it has.  Now that those hopes have dashed, she’s got plenty to say about it.

So make no mistake, while she wants you to believe otherwise, she and others like Jonathan Capehart who begin their slam pieces by telling you how disinterested they are in Governor Palin continue to hang on her every word.

Cottle refers to Governor Palin as the “Queen of Grievance” and snaps by saying that the book is not “informative on either a political or a theological level.”

Well, that’s because it’s not a book with a primary focus on either politics or theology.  Overall it’s a book written by someone who uses strong faith to get through the same hard times that others go through.  To liberals though, there is no faith – only “hopey changey” accompanied by dronish books on theology which they only pretend to read (and understand) that are acceptable to their crowd.

Who needs a book about strong Christian faith written by someone who actually can exemplify how it is applied to everyday life?

Cottle suggests that Governor Palin is at her “toxic best: snippy, snarky, snide” right in the middle of writing an article that is anything but heartwarming and understanding to another point of view.

She complains that the Governor makes mention of the plethora of ethics charges falsely filed against her while she was governor, the fact that her personal email account was hacked, and that she takes on President Obama, Obamacare, and Nancy Pelosi who’ve unleashed their fundamental transformation on the nation resulting in devastating results for the people.

If you notice, Cottle can’t debate these issues on substance and she certainly cannot debunk the disgusting tactics of the left (and some Republicans) against Governor Palin or her family that are mentioned in the book.

Further she scapegoats the reason Governor Palin talks about these things in an attempt to undermine the message and create yet another false narrative: that Governor Palin is a self-grieving victim, bitter to the very end.

Yet, when Governor Palin has been asked about personal shots taken at her and her family in the past, she’s been anything but self-grieving.  On multiple occasions, Governor Palin has said that she was happy to take the shots she takes as she understood that Americans struggling to make ends meet were ultimately paying the real price of the left’s tactics.

While Governor Palin doesn’t correlate her personal struggles with the struggles of Americans in the book, she evangelizes on the use of strong faith to get through hard times with the hope that “great joy” awaits at the end of the journey.  She doesn’t grieve for herself inasmuch as she grieves for the pain others are going through when she calls out the politicians responsible for the country’s discontent.  The implication in not only a suggestion to apply strong faith, family, and tradition on a personal level but suggests a collective restoration of this faith as a nation so that we can come back stronger as a people living in the greatest country on Earth – a people morally capable of living in freedom.

Good Tidings and Great Joy encourages real hope (not “hopey changey”) that through America’s willingness to face tough times together, we will again find our greatest days by holding strong to the same principles that made our nation great (while holding politicians who defy us accountable).  That means returning to our Constitution for proper direction.  It also means going back to our founding documents that proudly encouraged the same faith held by the majority of Americans today – and of course to reject those “angry atheists armed with an attorney” that seek to destroy it.

That was the point.  It’s just too bad Ms. Cottle missed it.

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