Monday, April 25, 2011

The "Politics of Personal Destruction" against a kid with Down's Syndrome.

You just have to wonder what the heck is going on in the minds of lefties who make up the audience base - and writing staff - of trendy, hip, liberal/progressive/left blog sites where making fun of retarded children in order to demean the child's mother is considered "funny." 

A case in point is a "Wonkette" post:

Know what doesn't go over well with advertisers? Making fun of disabled children.


On April 18, political blog Wonkette published a post titled "Greatest Living American: A Children's Treasury of Trig Crap On His Birthday" (none of which we will quote here). Trig, for those who don't remember, is Sarah Palin's youngest son, who has Down Syndrome. The initial response to this "celebration" of Trig's birthday was limited to comments getting in on the action, contributing the sort of jokes that would make Gilbert Gottfried proud.
Fortunately, not all of America has lost its mind.  Wonkette paid a price in lost advertisers which forced it to do a "walk-back." Eventually, Wonkette ended up with this bit of stench:

A post on this page satirizing Sarah Palin using her baby as a political prop was very badly done and sounded like the author was mocking the child and not just Sarah Palin/Sarah Palin’s followers.


The writer, Jack Stuef, has apologized for it. And we have decided to remove the post as requested by some people who have nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but who do have an interest in the cause of special needs children. We apologize for the poor comedic judgment.
Poor comedic judgment?  Very badly done?

How about a complete lack of human decency?

Because making a joke about a kid with Down's Syndrome would have been "hunky-dory" if people had laughed?  Wouldn't that have been - you know - worse!

Mark Shea nails it with this typically Chestertonian common-sense observation:

One of the many marks of a culture in radical decline is when the comics stop doing their job of making fun of the powerful and begin to make fun of the weak instead. As is always the case with human beings in the grip of evil, such cowardice always attempts to portray itself as courage ("Look at me! I'm edgy!"). The fitting rejoinder to such comics is, of course, other comics who still remember what their job is (NSFW):

To get some balance from this foulness at the heart of this post, vent along with Steven Crowder.


And don't ever forget that for these people it's about "choice," not about killing people who they consider life unworthy of life.

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