Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley’s Right Wing Persecution Complex

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to defend yet another persecuted Christian (aka, Tea Party favorite) in South Carolina, Nikki Haley. Haley is the front-runner in the Republican primary for Governor of South Carolina and she has been accused of having an affair with a staffer by said staffer who recently announced the affair on his blog. In reality, this isn’t persecution, this is politics.

Sarah Palin Smugging Up Her Endorsement of Tea Party fav Haley
Sarah Palin Smugging Up Her Endorsement of Tea Party fav Haley

The irony of this scandal is that its origin comes from the patriarchal values and inherent hypocrisy of both extremist Christianity and the current Republican Party. It’s a scandal steeped in faux-feminism and dirty Southern Republican politics. Palin claims the origin of the accusation is “the opposition”, which is as disingenuous and inaccurate as almost everything that comes out of Palin’s mouth.

Sarah Palin’s Facebook Note: “Nikki Haley in Opposition’s Crosshairs: a Good Sign for Nikki and South Carolina!

Well, whaddya know? South Carolina’s conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state’s race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface….

When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house a few weeks ago, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she’s a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell. That, unfortunately, is the nature of the beast in politics today – especially for conservative “underdog” candidates who surge in the polls and threaten to shake things up so government can be put back on the side of the people…

The accuser, Will Folks, is a Libertarian Republican who not only worked for the current Governor Sanford as a spokesperson but has also done PR work for Mrs. Haley. How exactly is he the opposition? Folks claims the relationship took place when he worked for Haley in 2007. And how is he “some blogger”? He writes a blog called “Faith in the Sound”, a conservative blog that according to the Guardian UK:

“…features occasionally insightful commentary, thinly sourced stories of state political intrigue and photos of women in bikinis.” Oh, my. Misogynist much? The Guardian goes on to describe “His website refers to him as “Sic Willie,” sports the tag line “Unfair. Imbalanced,” and often promotes Haley’s campaign. Besides running his website, Folks has worked on several successful political campaigns.” In other words, he runs a website comprised of a veritable patriarchal feast: conservative news combined with cheesecake porn and alpha male sports, topped off with steroidal puffed up egotism and proud ignorance. In other words, the current conservative platform.

Haley is certainly no “underdog”, she was the front-runner in this race and a conservative in Red South Carolina. This is just more of Sarah Palin’s fantasy world where she and Carrie Prejean (masturbation video queen) are victims of a cruel world, who have to carry a heavy wooden cross nailed to their backs as they faithfully carry on in the name of their co-opted Jesus.

An added twist in this story is that Folks pled guilty to domestic abuse in 2005 when he kicked in a door and pushed his then fiancé. It’s worth noting here that the very same patriarchal “values” which are the tenets of the Republican authoritarian platform, enable violence against women who are second-class citizens in their world-view. It’s as if everything Palin stands for empowered this accusation to be leveled at Haley.

It would be unfair to suggest that accusations of infidelity don’t smear male candidates, as Haley certainly knows from watching her mentor Gov Sanford go through the public Crucifiction (but ultimate pardon from the old boys network of the Southern Republican party who did not impeach him after his Argentinian hike, but slapped him on the wrist). In fact, when Haley was asked about his affair in a debate, she hypocritically stated, “We need to keep the Lord close, we need to keep our family close, we need to keep our friends close. And we need to make sure we are never put in those situations so that that can happen.”

The only bonus for her is that she is not being charged with sexual harassment, which she most certainly would be were she a man, as Folks worked for her. I’m sure Palin remembers her ranty rants about David Letterman, no?

For those of you unfamiliar with the South, to be a far right Republican Christian in the South is different than the rest of the country. It’s not doubling down but tripling down on rigid gender stereotypes. See, Haley stands for the same things Palin does, which are not values that promote freedom and liberty for women, but rather keep women oppressed. Haley has been given a 100% rating by LIFEPAC, the South Carolina Citizens for Life political PAC, an anti-choice group that claims to protect the “pre-born” from euthanasia.

A true feminist would not be running on a Republican Christian ticket. The Republican party has been grooming women like Haley and Palin to be sexy Uncle Toms — ultimate betrayers of their gender, and that’s part of what makes this story so predictable and yet so sad. Palin the anti-feminist endorsed Haley, another anti-feminist.

The irony that this woman-abusing man is the person outing Haley can’t be lost on those who value their freedom and liberty as women. Having an affair and being outted for it as you inch closer to success is not persecution, it’s politics. Had Palin been paying attention during the 2008 campaign, she might have noticed a man named John Edwards whose career was ended over this very issue. What’s hypocritical here is Palin’s claim that this is persecution from the opposition by “some blogger”.

If Palin or Haley were true feminists and Christians, they would not claim persecution when called out on their failings nor resort to hiding behind Jesus. Personally, I could care less who John Edwards slept with, who Bill Clinton slept with, or who Nikki Haley slept with. But then, I am not a radical Christian running on family values and social issues that involve judging other lifestyles.

To be brought down from success by a sex scandal sucks, but this is the world and the value system Republican Christians support. To be hoisted on this petard should come as no surprise to them unless they are so hypocritical as to believe the standards they seek to impose on others do not apply to themselves, as Sanford asserted. The Right seems to believe that Jesus has given them a special dispensation when it comes to infidelity.

In truth, it’s impossible to reconcile infidelity with their Family Values Platform and this is the problem. This isn’t persecution, it’s politics.

Edited to Update: Sic Willie (Folks) now claims he has the emails to prove it and he’s none too happy with Sarah Palin accusing him of “making things up” and at least one news outlet confirmed it was ready to run with the story which Folks claims is what prompted his confession. If this is true, any reasonable person can read between the PR Titanic and surmise that Haley may have been working with Folks to get the best version of this story out there ahead of the revelations. Or at least, that’s what they’re suggesting in the SC State House.

15 Replies to “Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley’s Right Wing Persecution Complex”

  1. @Skip,

    Is there a difference? Looking at Palin prance about selling sex, I can’t tell. I thought Republican Political Porn Barbie was all the rage for little Conservative girls.

  2. Will Folks screwed up by not bringing evidence. A stained pair of blue jeans or something. He has no credibility now, and this time Scarah O’paliny / Haley has him dead to rights. I think in this instance, it not too far from the line between persecution and politics. This could backfire and give her more support. In fact it may have been set up to do just that.

    However, the Southern Christian part. I cant speak for any place else, but in my local area a Christian(read baptist) woman does not go to church wearing slacks. Simply because the bible says not to dress like a man. She doesnt go wearing one drop more make up then necessary. On Sunday they go by the old testament so they can subjugate women, during the week the women live by the New testament because they are all saved.

    Its a pure farce. But I still think Folks screwed up his credibility. And its nice to note all the players here are republican or some derivative thereof. Let O’Paliny think its persecution.

  3. @Shiva,

    Yeah, I wondered about that, but he has since come out with some evidence, which I updated the post with.

    I pondered this long and hard based on his past, as at first it struck me as a typical abuser coming after a woman, but after much thought, what made more sense was that he and possibly Haley probably cooked this up to get ahead of the story, which the evidence is bearing out now. It’s funny, because my first draft version of this story was swinging in the direction of your comment. I kept researching his past and getting more disgusted, so I was going in the direction of defending her. Then the facts simply didn’t add up to justify that position.

    Either way, I don’t care for him personally at all — but it looks like he may be telling the truth about this. My first gut reaction as a woman was he’s an a$$ who abused his fiance so this is probably some kind of power play. He makes my stomach turn, but I had to look past that to try and figure out the truth.

    He pointed out that Haley has neither called for a retraction or sued, both of which are excellent points. If he were lying, she would have most certainly done so by now.

  4. @Sarah Jones, I didnt notice the update when I posted, but if he has the emails, then its politics all the way. I was trying to not judge either personality but it looks that is the direction this will go towards.

    I wonder what Sarahs reaction will be if the guy can prove it? Will she bury the woman or continue to bray against the persecutors when the rank and file already understand its politics.

    This may not be an abuse case simply becuase he did what he did with his fiancé.. Lets remember we have around a 51% divorce rate here and what someone does in anger and love doesnt make him a power mad lover.(unless you far more about him than I do which is likely).

    In any case she will either withdraw and palin will whine or she will get sympathy and palin will crow victory

  5. You say she has not been accused of harassment because she is a woman, but he worked for her. Harassment can go both ways. Just because she is a woman does not mean she didn’t harass him: maybe she should be accused of harassment if she did have an affair with him. Thank you for pointing out, for the very strong point that it is not about sleeping with someone, it is about the hypocrisy of running partly on a family values, “Christian” platform, forcing their religious beliefs down everyone else’s throats, and yet they are the ones who are not living in accord with these beliefs. I am sick of it. Yet, at the same time, this is all so much fun to watch as one by one they destroy themselves and a political party that I hope goes away for a very, very long time, maybe forever.

  6. Palin’s popularity is directly related to her being a MILF. It’s obvious that Haley’s popularity is due to the same phenomenon with male white family values voters, they value your family if she’s good lookin!

  7. @daisydem,

    I agree totally re harassment can go both ways, and the fact that nothing has been mentioned about that so far only speaks to the warped patriarchal values of their set.

    Perhaps he doesn’t feel harassed and it was mutual, but the problem is that the power dynamic makes it very difficult to say it’s ok here but not there.

  8. @Shiva,

    Sarah doesn’t care about facts; she never has. She won’t let the facts get in the way of her claim of persecution, just as she claimed she was found innocent in Troopergate when she was definitely NOT found innocent in ether proceeding.

    As for his abusive tendencies, I will someday write a post about the correlation between domestic violence — the underlying power structure which enables it and the Patriarchal Right and radical Christianity, but the subject is too lengthy to get into right now.

    Suffice it to say, when I refer to his personality as an abuser, I mean that most of time, when you see a person who uses power over to control and dominate another person, you can bet they use that same dynamic verbally, etc. In that sense, and it’s very typical of abusers, it would not surprise me if he had done this to harass her or demean her. However, it looks as if it happened, so his motive is irrelevant. I still can’t help feeling badly for her as a woman, even though I don’t agree with her politics.

    Contrary to popular perception, domestic violence is an act of choice and decision, not an act of love or temporary rage — as we notice, these folks never go off on their bosses, etc like they do the women and children in their lives. Since he shoved his fiance after kicking in a door and then did the typical denial and blame game before admitting guilt, it’s pretty clear he follows the standard pattern. It would also be standard for such a person to use personal notes, etc against a woman who had done something to lessen his control over her, such as break up with him or cut off contact. However, I don’t know that any such thing happened here. I’m just talking about generalizations.

    Let’s hope he isn’t doing that to her and that he did this to CYA rather than hurt her, but in politics, it doesn’t matter why if he’s telling the truth.

  9. South Carolina has very interesting Christian family values. The best example is Governor Sanford and his hiking along the “Argentina” trails to his mistress while leaving the state of SC without a governing leader, or any information about where he was, or what he was doing or when he would return. His wife and kids were also clueless to his whereabouts. He was heart sick for his mistress at the cost of all his responsibilities and all he gets is a minor fine and a slap on the hand. The Governor was reckless and irresponsible. His family was publicly humiliated as he gave a press conference about how he lied to his wife about his mistress and soul mate. And recently, he found it necessary to notify the world that he would be meeting with his Argentine soul mate in Florida to see where they could go to from here. He is officially divorced now to no one’s surprise, but do we really need to know that he is meeting with his mistress in the states instead of Argentina? Really???????
    And in terms of Sarah Palin and the principles of Christian Family values, wow what an expert! Really????????? This should be very interesting.

  10. If the truth of the matter is finally revealed, these things might sort themselves out properly.

    Unless, of course, people aren’t interested in the truth…come to think of it; that might be a bigger problem.

  11. @Sarah Jones, as I said I know very little about this fellow and I didn’t mean to infer that he might not be abusive. I have just known quite a few couples who have had their pushing and shoving arguments at one time or another in their relationships. Most of them however have went onto completely normal relationships. Most of them would deny that it happened as well. But I do also understand the power exchange between people in relationships. I also don’t know if this fellow has a history of other abusive exchanges

    And as I alluded to in my previous post I see to some extent the male domination of women down here in the Baptist Church. It’s apparently a nonviolent but very dominant Old Testament type of thing.

    I don’t see this as being any different on the surface than the complaints that arose when President Clinton was running for office. All of a sudden there were women using phone calls and other things against him. Again, this said without any deeper research into the situation.

  12. @Shiva,

    I love your reference to the Baptist Church. I attended a service at a Southern Baptist church and listened as they told us that the only worth we had as women was to be a virgin when we got married and to produce a male child for our husbands. Needless to say, I did not go back.

    Yes, I know what you’re saying. I was wondering how many lovers have broken the news to the press in the past? It’s interesting.

    Today he apparently posted some of the texts and I have to say, for “family values” people, these folks use words like “you fu@ked her” etc. Pretty low-level.

    In this case, he pled guilty, which I don’t think he would have done if he could have gotten off with a “it was mutual” thing, but you’re right, we can’t know or judge his character based on that one instance. When you take it into account with the other things we know however, I have to wonder WHY she would sleep with him.

    At any rate, none of these people are going to win a Class Award, but then politics is full of less than savory people on both sides of the aisle. And it appears as if Sarah Palin is the Kiss of Death.

    As if you didn’t already know that:-)

  13. @Shiva, Palin lost her Christian credibility when she backed Brown who posed nude. In addition, every politician that she’s backed to date has huge integrity problems as it pertains to truthful. (i.e. “Idaho congressional Candidate Vaughn Ward who stole parts of President Obama’s 2004 Convention Speech”. or Clint Didier candidate for Senate in Washington state, who rallied against government subsidies in public, while privately receiving government funds for his farm) and theirs more.

    So my thought is that the most corrupt Conservative Republicans buy Palin as a good patriotic Christian shield and regardless of fact, Palin will back them if she gains. A case in example, John McCain who Palin backed despite the fact that he’s exactly what she and the Tea Party rally against.

    So at the end of the day, I will not be surprised to learn that Haley’s life choices do not fall in line with that of a Christian Conservative.

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