Since when has it ever been “cool” to be deplorable?

Former Governor Sarah Palin campaigns for former Judge Roy Moore in Alabama, screengrab of Live Satellite News.

deplorable (adj.):

1. causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable: “the deplorable death of a friend.”
2. causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval; wretched; very bad: “This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!”

Normally, I couldn’t care less about anything vomited forth into the public space by Caribou Barbie. That said, her latest attempt at regaining her long since spent 15 minutes of fame is- even for her- truly pathetic. As a parent, surely she understands the importance of teaching values…right? She has to understand the Golden Rule and that being nice to others and treating them with respect is a good thing. Except that she clearly doesn’t. For her civility, kindness, and compassion are of concern only to losers and Liberals.

Elevating a candidate because of qualities most rational, competent parents would never teach their children is about as reprehensible as it gets. Then again, Palin has made a “career” out of doing or saying whatever it takes to put her in the public spotlight. She’s the very definition of “deplorable,” which, despite what she’s telling us, isn’t a good thing.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin campaigned for former Judge Roy Moore at a wall-less barn in Alabama Thursday evening.

“Judge Roy Moore was deplorable before it was cool to be deplorable!” Palin said of the insurgent Republican who was twice suspended as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

She’s clearly unaware that “deplorable” doesn’t mean what she thinks it means. Or perhaps she is aware and is heavily invested in elevating the darker side of America because it accrues to her advantage. Perhaps for her evil is just another tool to be used to gain and maintain political power.

Regardless of whether you lean Republican or Democratic, no rational person would argue that being deplorable is…well, deplorable. Yet Sarah Palin is campaigning for a Christocrat who’d turn America into the set of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” What’s deplorable is that neither Palin nor Judge Roy Moore seems to recognize, much less acknowledge the separation of Church and State.

An argument could be made that the biggest problem in America today is that kindness, compassion, and civility are no longer considered values to aspire to. Living by the Golden Rule is of concern only to losers and Liberals. Offering a helping hand is interpreted as a sign of weakness and lack of resolve.

America has always been a nation divided along ideological lines…but it seems as if we’ve reached a point where it’s no longer considered necessary to be kind to those who don’t share your beliefs. Those who think, believe, live, and/or love differently are by definition subhuman and obviously “less than.” Only those who agree to live by your narrow rules are to be regarded kindly and treated with respect.

(Don’t even get me started on Palin’s ideological fellow travelers- like Alex Jones, f’rinstance.)

Is this really the America we want to be?

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