One of the things I like about Sarah Palin is the fact that she is totally self-aware: she knows that just about everything she does pisses off liberals, so she doesn’t try to mitigate it in any way.
In this respect she is very similar to Rush Limbaugh, who has never taken prisoners in his struggle against the left.
I have watched a few episodes of her new reality show, and while I have not seen the hunting episode, I look forward to watching it.
Not so eager, however, was Aaron Sorkin, who penned a nasty little screed over at the Puffington Host (of course I learned about it through the Hated Instapundit).
Other blogs have already taken the easy shots (so to speak) of noting that Sorkin has a cocaine problem. What surprises us is that they ignored a much more important point: Aaron Sorkin hates Native Americans.
When he analogizes hunting to dog fighting and denounces hunters as being cruel, he’s (unwittingly, of course) condemning tribal communities all across this continent for whom the hunt is not just about pleasure, but a sacred ritual and essential tradition.
Are they all sick? Should they all be imprisoned? I’d be fascinated to hear Sorkin explaining his thoughts on how (like all good Hollywood liberals) he believes in multiculturalism and toleration while denouncing one of the most critical aspects of Native American culture.
Of course hunting crosses all cultural boundaries in America, which is one of the great things about it. What Sorkin fails to understand is that hunting is perhaps the most natural thing in the world – far more natural than writing scripts for a medium that didn’t even exist 80 years ago.
It is a universal experience, and it is no accident that hunters are more in tune with nature (and contribute more to preserving it) than suburb-dwelling liberals. To walk the woods in pursuit of game is to understand the pulse of nature, to re-enter the circle of life. That phrase is more than just a throwaway Tim Rice lyric, it is an essential truth that liberals simply don’t get.
Hunters know that if their game drinks polluted water, they too will be polluted. They also understand that building massive Al Gore/John Edwards hideaways destroys habitat and forces animals into closer proximity with humans – with dire consequences for both.
Moreover, hunters know that nature is not kind, that the truth about life in the wild is that it is violent and harsh. A century ago Jack London documented this for increasingly urbanized audiences in Call of the Wild and other stories which showed nature as it was - “red in tooth and claw.”
That is a timeless truth. Despite our increasing seperation from nature, and our attempts to convince ourselves that we can live a post-industrial, electronic lifestyle without harming Gaia or injuring other living things, there will always be a food chain and if we want to live, we had better be on top of it.
Some may say that Sorkin's real objection is that Palin takes pleasure in the kill, but all hunters do. The kill is the culmination of the hunt and the closing of the circle. It represents the completion of the task - no different from the fisherman bringing in his catch or the farmer gathering his harvest. All are essential for our survival.
Once again, Palin has helped rip aside the mask of liberal tolerance and shows an increasingly informed electorate that the biggest bigots today are on the left, and in Hollywood.