Michael Joseph Gross’s Vanity Fair piece demonstrates that there will be no end of attacks on Sarah Palin, no limit to their mendacity, and that they will have the exact opposite effect that the left yearns for. The American left and its tame media desire — with an intensity that normal individuals would find impossible to understand — to treat Palin the way a pit bull would treat a rabbit: tear her to pieces and toss her aside broken. But each new encounter ends with the governor stronger, more powerful, and more popular than before. What we’re seeing is the latest example of the left’s habit of creating its own nightmares.

Halfway through his presidential term, Jimmy Carter initiated a program that he’d evidently been thinking about for some time. He’d gotten it into his head that the private Baptist church schools which educated a large number of children across the South were racist institutions practicing segregation. In full defiance of the 1st Amendment’s free exercise clause, he ordered the IRS to harass the schools until they shut down. This campaign went unmentioned in the monopoly media of the day.

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As in much else, Carter was deeply mistaken. The Baptist church in the South is divided into two major conferences, one black and one white. Both have their own schools, attended, in each case, by black and white children. It’s difficult to grasp how an ordained minister could have missed this fact. What it all came down to was an American president utilizing a false appearance of racism to harass a religious group.

Like many evangelicals, the Baptists tended to avoid political activity as an occasion of sin. (Can anyone blame them?) But in this case, pastors encouraged their congregations to become involved in the campaign to save their schools. Within days, over 3 million people contacted the White House to complain about the IRS campaign. Carter was forced to drop the effort.

Read More: By J.R. Dunn, American Thinker

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