Let the shrieking, hysterical outrage of the left begin!
Breaking news: After pardoning a turkey, Sarah Palin was interviewed while a turkey farmer went on with his business of butchering them in the background, to the utter horror of PETA and liberals everywhere. The video has been played on all the various media outlets, to the consternation or hilarity of a variety of viewers. Reactions range from “So, why is this a story?” to “Shocking video of turkeys being slaughtered!” I’ve been cruising around guaging reactions, and they’re hilarious. I have to admit, David’s and my reaction upon seeing the interview clip was of the former variety; butchering animals before eating them is kind of the way things work in the food business. I realize that the turkey I cook for Thanksgiving didn’t just grow out of the ground trussed up in shrink wrap. But we chuckled, too, because the worker also appeared unsure of whether or not he was in the shot, and apparently unsure of whether or not to proceed. Of course, he ultimately decides to go forward with putting the turkey into what some hysterical liberal called the “cone of death.” (You can see the video here.)
Really, sometimes you’ve just got to laugh.
Of course, being a person with very pro-life sensibilities, I find the consummate horror being expressed at the “bloody, seeping gore” of the turkey butchering almost unreal, given the fact that we abort 4,000 human babies per day in the US by dismemberment, chemical burns, or skull puncturing, and many of these same individuals do not bat an eye at it. It is, after all, “between a woman and her doctor.” For many, apparently, it’s “Save the turkeys, kill the babies.”
The insane rage being directed at Palin for her apparent nonchalance about the turkey butchering behind her, her “disregard for the life of the turkeys” is…funny? Sad? Pathetic? All of the above? I have to conclude that there is a blindness there, a mental disconnect, to call a woman anti-life who chose to do what 90% of women don’t do these days: bring to term a baby with Down Syndrome and welcome it with loving arms.
UPDATE The New York Times has issued an editorial decrying the “execution” of the turkeys in the Sarah Palin turkey pardon interview. Yes, I double-checked; the story isn’t from The Onion. What else are we to expect of the Times, though? (via Malkin):
November 21, 2008, 5:17 pm
A Sarah Palin Thanksgiving
By The Editorial Board
“We’ve differed with Sarah Palin a great deal on substance. We don’t agree with her hardline approach to the Iraq War, her harsh anti-government rhetoric, and her style of negative campaigning.
But we also worry a bit about, how should we put it, the persona she has brought with her to national politics. We did not care at all for the swipe she took against community organizers at the Republican National Convention.
And then there’s this. You don’t have to be a huge animal lover to question why Governor Palin chose to be interviewed — while issuing a traditional seasonal pardon of a turkey — while turkeys were being executed in the background.”
The poor girly-men can’t handle a strong conservative female. They need their blankies.