Responding to the Viral Sensation, Loving my Brother

I’ve been totally blown away by the responses to my post below, which went viral beyond my wildest dreams. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the post, and it’s been shared – at the time I write this — 88,000 times. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting. I received over 1,700 comments, and I’d like to take a moment to respond to some of them. The comments basically fell into one of three categories:

Category 1: “I hate you.”

Example: “JLE” at 7:52 am on March 20:

Bristol Palin you have some nerve President Obama does not owe you anything your a nobody, a young loose cow with kid!!!!! You and your mom are true idiots your Alaskan Hillbillies so go back in your igloos stay out of the public eye we are tired of your UGLY FACED YOUR SON TOO& BROTHER TOO!!!!

At first, the Patheos moderators weren’t letting these types of comments through, but we decided to let you have at least a glimpse of the things people say about my family. (We still don’t approve the dozens and dozens of truly obscene rants. This is a family blog after all!) You can see that Bill Maher is not some lone comedian with a unique perspective on us. Rather, he taps into something evil and dark that resides in the hearts of many people who hate our family. Even after so many years, I’m still a little surprised when people make fun of my little brother. They, however, can’t silence me or my mom. In fact, they motivate the to keep speaking. Evil can’t win!

Category 2: “You’re comparing apples to oranges.”

Example: Donna Hess wrote at 1:14 am on March 20:

Bull, a comedian pretty much can say what they want. Limbaugh actually represents the Republican Party. They pay him. Obama has nothing to do with what Bill Maher says it is his opinion.

Bill Maher is much more than a comedian. He’s a big-time political player who hides behind the “comedian” label whenever he gets criticized. His guest list represents a huge chunk of the Washington establishment and sometimes even includes prominent Republicans. And as I said in my original post, he’s put himself straight in the middle of presidential politics by giving $1,000,000 to President Obama’s SuperPAC. Bill Maher isn’t just some guy behind a microphone in a seedy comedy club in the middle of nowhere. He’s a comedian and political commentator like Rush is an entertainer and political commentator. He’s a little bit less popular, but his professional failure compared to Rush doesn’t make him any less accountable for his vile speech.

Category 3: “We love you!”

Example: most of the other 1,700 comments – thanks!

I think the reason my blog post struck such a chord is that people are fed up with the double standards in this country. The very people who call out for “civility” in our conversations ignore the hatred that spills out of their friends, allies, and million-dollar donors. However, most people have shown such an amazing amount of support to my family over the years, and we are so thankful to have gotten to “meet” you… even if it’s just in the comments section below.

Thanks so much for talking with me here at my blog. It won’t always be political, but sometimes I have to speak out!

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  • pattie@pattiemyhre.com

    Mr. President should appologize but we know that will never happen – it is all about his liberal base. The crazy left can dish out all the hate and horrible things they say all they want and get away with it over and over. Your brother and your son are beautiful.

  • Kurtis

    Yikes, people are relentless. These people (mostly) don’t know Christ and aren’t asking Him for forgiveness. That being the case, they’ll be dealt with sooner or later. But its so sad to see people attack people for…believing something different? We don’t discriminate against Catholics or Mormons or Muslims. So because politically people dont agree with us they have to attack us? I love it. Bring it on. Feel free to use this saying I’ve made up. “Liberal name calling and harassment is an allergic reaction to facts and logic.”

  • marifi

    God bless you and your family…

  • Wayne

    God bless you, Bristol! I have daughters as well, and I love them tremendously and would not put up with the likes of Bill Maher. He is a little worm that will someday be judged by the God he claims doesn’t exist. Kepp up the good work and I think that your Mother is a very classy lady and may God bless her in all her future endeavors.

    Sincerely Yours,

    Wayne

    Ps. I lived in Alaska for 7 years and loved every minute of it! I spent 3 years in Anchorage and 4 years in Fairbanks while in the U.S. Army.

  • Carlene Higgins

    Bristol, Obama may find himself a grandfather of an unwed daughter someday and understand your situation a little better. I have been a single mom and a single mom with a disabled son. There are many kinds of handicaps in this world and prejudice is one. The public always assumes that it is black hating whites but it seems that lately it is very much reversed.Obamas’ comment in reference to Trayvon Martins shooting was uncalled for. I am sorry for your loss would have been appropriate. Vanity of how people look seem to be important to him, as well. “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” Was that a slam to his daughters? Obama should not even be employed in the public eye let alone the President of the United States. I read your mothers’ book, “Going Rogue”, so I understand why she is not running. Selfishly, I think she or Debra Medina are the only two who could pull us out of the mess this country is in! Stay strong and remember “OUr God is an awesome God! He reigns, on Heaven and Earth!”

  • Alexis

    I find it interesting that you feel justified in attacking the president’s family but feel justified in defending your own. you canplacethis inthe hate category if you want but I ONLY feel SORRY for you. It is the very type of limited thinking and white priviledge only attitude that priviliedged individuals feel the need to express that make me feel that your comment is inappropriate. NOT ONCE has the president attacked your family but you feel it is appropriate to hide behind the publicity and networks established by yours while you have the right the audacity to attack someone else’s. IT is people like you that make me realize that come this presidential election i WILL VOTE #OBAMA 2012

  • http://www.artfulcynic.org Artfulcynic

    Sadly, some people think the internet gives them the ultimately anonymity to say the most hurtful spiteful things they can think of to please their own egos. However, same people could never say the same thing to your face.

  • Jimi

    You are a vile human being and your mom is one of the worst and least educated people to ever be involved in running for the highest office of our nation. She ran on a platform of hatred, fear, and utter ignorance and she’s obviously passed it on to her children. Your family puts itself in the public eye ad nauseum to suck the last bit of money and fame out of your 15 min, this other young woman spoke out about birth control, something you yourself should have been made more familiar with. She’s a slut for using birth control? What are you for having a baby out of wedlock? I love how you think just because you exist and have an opinion you should be respected, but maybe you would if all your opinions didn’t seem to be your mothers and her supporters. Maybe you should try being a normal person and not sucking on the tit of your mothers fame if you can’t handle the criticism.

  • Renee White

    Bill Maher is such a sad, angry person. But then again, most liberals are. But you know that already. We love you, and your family. You have grown up in front of America, and you should be very proud of the woman, and Mother you have become. I know your Mom and Dad must be proud of you. Keep it up girl, ya doing great!

  • Tim Kelley

    I LOVED THIS! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! You nailed it. THEY ARE UNASHAMED HYPOCRITES! Bill Maher is the slimiest of the slimy. Women are an object to be used by old granpas’ like him and hefner. A VERY SAD EXCUSE for an “ADULT” Male. His best work was in the movie “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”?! not sure about the name…no wonder he become an off color commentator the guy could NOT act …it’s been downhill for him since then. I am still irritated that Matt Damon was so condescending and rude in regard your mother’s candidacy- they were a bunch of predatory wolves attacking her before they really even knew anything about her just because she had an R next to her name. I got a book ecently that has listed all the prayers of the Presidents and many, many, many of them adrress God as Creator. But ALL of the SUDDEN, according to the god of Hollywood, Matt Damon, if you believe in God as Creator you are not fit to be President. Well I guess George Washington acc to Matt was unfit to be President, or Abraham Lincoln…or MANY others….They were just not intelligent enough for Matt. Not ACCORDING TO THIS ARROGANT KNOW IT ALL Matt Damon Who PRETENDS for a living. I won’t take it away form him- he wrote a good movie script with Good Will Hunting and he is a good actor but in reality his little european car in The Bourne Identity would have never made it down the steps without cracking aprt and he wouldn’t have made it through ONE FIGHT he would have got his butt kicked… Maybe he is having a A Bourne Identity Crisis , where he really does think he is invincible. My brother used to do the same thing when he would put on his batman cape as a kid. INt’s sad really. Notice he plays these roles where he is borderline genius…maybe he really beileves he is more intelligent than everyone. Well perhaps the fact that he grew up in a commune in Cambridge MA near Harvard… may have influenced his squeued view of our Presidents faih in CREATOR GOD. He was probably not taught the true history of these great men. (As a side note: If God can make a fully mature man-(Adam), with ther appearance of age, why could he not create a fully developed mature looking universe that in actuality is not as old as people think??)..Well in Matt’s mind…His worldview is “In the beginning was Matt”…and he knows EXACTLY how it all began – Keeep pretending Matt…you are good at it.My brother has been an aspiring actor in hollywood for a long time and has bought into the “groupthink”It is pretty sad that to get ahead you have to totally agree with the powers that be or be marginalized. Back to Bill Maher. I would pay good money to see your Dad and Joe the Plummer in a tag team bout with Maher and Matt. or you can throw Al freanken in there. Your dad give Matt a good manly beating and then say…”HOW do YOU like DEM APPLES?!?” HA!!…All in good fun i am teasing of course…i think. I am thinking about running for the Senate in MN in 2014. I am going to do some comedy like Freanken and some wrestling like Jesse Ventura…and then i should be all good to go to get elected to the second highest office in the country!!!!! And they say your mother didn’t have experience …HA…SUCH a double standard!!!!! Remember TJK for US Senate-Minnesota 2014. you heard it hear first!!!! :)


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