Jack Steuf seems appalled that Sarah Palin's supporters are bonkers for her "retarded" kid. He posts, with undisguised disgust, things like Glen Beck's misty-eyed commentary on how moved he is by the way the Palins welcomed little Trig, and any evidence that people genuinely think he's adorable and want to see him.
He expressed disgust with the way little Piper smoothed her baby brother's hair, and embedded a snippet of video which he introduced with "Here’s Piper licking her hand and rubbing it all over Trig’s head for some reason:" How about, "Because she loves her little brother and she's taking care of him in a way that makes sense to a little girl?"
He was also disgusted with footage of little Trig and another baby with Down Syndrome meeting at a book signing, introducing the clip with, "Here’s Trig returning the favor, meeting another Down syndrome baby and immediately trying to lick it:"
First of all, neither of those babies is an "it." And those of us who don't hate babies saw this as a beautiful moment -- the Palin family delighted to see the woman's baby, and the delight of both moms seeing their babies together. And hint to Mr. Steuf: Babies with Down Syndrome often have protruding tongues. Nice move, making fun of him for that.
He also shares a disgusting commentary by some hatermongering clown called Louis C.K. (Warning -- extreme profanity, ignorance, and pure hatred):
For those of you who don't have the stomach to listen, I'll hit the salient "humorous" points:
1. "Her baby is under one year old. It doesn't matter yet that it's retarded."
First of all, Trig is HE, not IT. And, like Jack Steuf, old CK reveals his ignorance: Babies with DS have low muscle tone and a quiet disposition that makes it necessary to give them extra stimulation. Parents also have to be alert to symptoms of some of the negative characteristics of DS, such as heart problems. The extra work of being a good parent to a kid with DS starts early. Who is it that's really "retarded," CK? A sweet little baby who is too young to have language skills, or a supposedly functional adult too lazy and ignorant to learn a little about Down Syndrome before he shoots his mouth off?
2. "What matters is when it acts the way it does now when it's fifteen years old."
Again with referring to a child as "it." And again with the ignorance. A 15-year-old with DS can do pretty much what any other 15-year-old can do with the exception of some intellectual skills. A teenager with DS will go to school, do homework, help with household chores, and socialize with friends just like any other teenager. Again, old CK displays who is really "retarded."
Then it gets really disgusting, but I'll share it because it's important to recognize just how hateful and ignorant Palin-bashers are:
3. "But when she was standing on the stage at the f-ing convention holding a baby that just came out of her f-ing disgusting c***, her f-ing retard-making c***,and she holds it up, I hate her more than anybody."
So any woman who has a baby with DS is just a "retard maker", by CK's standards. Those "retards" aren't real babies. They're just disgusting creatures. Feel the LOVE!
4. "It's not gonna start failing IQ tests yet."
Again, Trig is a "he," not an "it." And nobody "fails" an IQ test. An IQ test just shows where the person is on the bell curve in a measure of a certain kind of intelligence. Everybody is somewhere on that bell curve. I dare say Trig may not excel in the kind of "intelligence" CK has, but he'll trump CK in love and interpersonal skills.
5. "When the kid turns f-ing 12 and it's still not tying its shoes, she's gonna be, 'Enough with this! This is now a challenge and not a joy, frankly.'"
More dehumanization, still referring to Trig as "it." And more ignorance -- kids with DS learn to tie their shoes just fine. And they remain just as much a joy as ever to their families, who love them. Not everybody is like you, Mr. Steuf, insisting that people meet your personal standards before they're worthy of love.
Steuf posted a half-assed apology:
I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.
All he does here is show that he really doesn't get it. He doesn't see anything wrong with referring to two children as "it". He doesn't see anything wrong with dehumanizing children and making fun of their families for actually loving them. He clearly still finds "retards" so disgusting that he can't understand why the Palin family loves Trig, and why so many open-hearted people think he's beautiful and are glad to see him fully embraced as a member of the Palin family. What does Steuf want the Palins to do? Lobotomize Trig and hide him in an institution the way the Kennedys did with Rosemary? Evidently so, since he's so offended that they take their baby out in public as if he's a "normal" kid.
Thus spake Jack Steuf and Louis C.K., whose idea of humor is displaying their utter ignorance, intolerance, and irrational hatred of anybody who is different from them or who loves those different people.
Some people say that the idea that there's a Hell is cruel. But could Heaven really be Heaven with those two there, kicking kids like Trig Palin for all eternity? God will ultimately protect Trig Palin and other vulnerable people from the hatemongers forever. And that's going to be a good thing.