What exactly is PDS? The mere constructive criticism of Palin's behavior, actions, or politics does NOT constitute PDS. It is the obsession with Palin which fuels PDS; the tendency to blame Sarah Palin for all the sins of the word, past, present, and future that drives PDS. For example, you might be suffering from PDS if:
-- You wake up with a crick in your neck, and you think it's because Sarah Palin sneaked into your bedroom and gave you a reverse neckbreaker while you were sleeping rather than the fact that you merely slept in an awkward position.
-- You cannot start your car in -10F weather, and you think it's because Sarah Palin sneaked into your driveway during the night and unplugged your block heater rather than blame yourself for forgetting to plug it in.
-- Your gay son commits suicide, and you think it's because Sarah Palin attended a fundamentalist church in Wasilla 10 years ago rather than consider the possibility that you may have mistreated him yourself because he was gay.
Sure enough, someone is now blaming the Johansen-Millett fiasco on Sarah Palin, in which Rep. Kyle Johansen (R-Ketchikan) threw away a chance to be House Majority Leader in a spasmodic fit of misguided chivalry towards paramour Charisse Millett (R-Anchorage). In response to an Anchorage Daily News story entitled "Reactions vary on legislators who left majority caucus", somebody inevitably dragged Palin into the controversy (emphasis mine):
Kamotudo [Moderator] 1 hour ago
Kyle and Charisse Millett lovers. This is another example of Republican Values: like married, patriot, conservative and against abortion and some of them such as " Sarah Palin who claim to be a christian woman". Hypocrite and cynicals whose use religion and abortion as an efficient tool to manipulate the masses for money and political gain. If Sarah Palin is a christian, then why in the world is she using her influence to introduced her daughter Bristol Palin to Hollywood to show her body dancing for money?
This marionnette Palin goal is to promote the Alaskans natural resources and to exploit them massively, which only enrich themselves. They have been taken over by the financial wing of the Tea Party, and false prophets like Palin where they can manipulate and entire segment of this country into believing the distortions and lies being mouthed by Palin pretending to be intellectuals and conservatives. They are in it for the money. They want to take the whole control of the natural resources that's all. The don't care about Alaskans.
Ethics and principles do not guide today's Republican Tea Party Money Baggers candidates; they are con artist grifters of the first order- hiding behind the Constitution and Religion--following Sarah Palin's footsteps. Power and money for themselves is their only interest. Most of the times they go after whoever is against their ideas...
Note that Palin's name appears six times in that short three-paragraph excerpt. That's almost as bad as Wolf Blitzer referring to Dr. David Duke as "former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke" 11 times during the introduction to his now-famous December 2006 CNN interview, even though Dr. Duke severed ties with the Klan way back in 1979. In addition, Kamutodo brings Bristol Palin into the discussion without cause or context; dragging Sarah's family members into the mix is yet another sign of PDS.
But gee willikers, why stop there? If you're going to blame Sarah Palin for this, go all the way and blame Palin for the Holocaust™, the Great Flood, and the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. The fact is, Palin-bashers strive to transform Sarah Palin into a real-life Emmanuel Goldstein.
Nobody's suggesting that Sarah Palin is perfect or inerrant. I took her to task myself for some of her handling of Troopergate. But then again, like the rest of us, Sarah Palin wears the same imperfect mortal tabernacle. She is just as subject to the weaknesses and imperfections of the flesh as the rest of us. We do not come down to earth because we are perfect, but to take a crucial step towards ultimate exaltation and perfection. So, although we do hold Sarah Palin accountable to a higher standard than the rest of us because she's become prominent and a role model, we do NOT expect her to be perfect.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.