Parker: Why liberals hate Clarence Thomas and Sarah Palin
In days when slavery was legal in this country, all slaves did not willingly resign to the grim fate cast upon them.
The human spirit longs to be free. In some individuals, that longing beats so strong in their breast that they will take large personal risks, against great odds, to rebel against tyranny that has transformed their life into a tool for someone else's will and whim.
Slaves who had the temerity to run away from their plantation "home" paid dearly if they were caught and returned. Measures were taken to make them an example to others who might harbor similar thoughts about freedom.
Among those measures were brutal public beatings of rebels to which other slaves were forced to bear witness and digest with great clarity the price of rebelliousness.
Their whip is the mainstream media and the means of punishment of this virtual whip is not beating of a physical body but assassination of character.
This perspective helps us understand the ongoing liberal obsession with destroying Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Thomas and Palin are particularly threatening to liberals because their lives fly in the face of liberal mythology. According to this mythology, the essential and ongoing struggle in our nation is a power struggle of interests between "haves" and "have-nots" rather than an ongoing struggle for human freedom.
According to this mythology, there is an elite class of "haves" who, by virtue of fate and birth, control power and wealth. They are conservative because their only interest is to keep things as they are.
Fighting against this conservative elite are noble "have-nots", struggling, by any means possible, to get their fair share of wealth distributed by an unjust and blind fate.
A high-profile conservative whose very life and personal history poses an open challenge and affront to this mythology is a liberal's worst nightmare.
Not only should that individual want to live on the plantation, but you'd think they would want to participate in the noble cause of keeping it growing.
The federal government plantation now sucks out one-quarter of our economy. Seventy percent of federal spending now amounts to checks government cuts and mails to individuals.
Those who are successful, who know there is no future on the plantation, will be publicly flogged by the overseers. Such is the case of Justice Thomas and Mrs. Palin.