Why the Left fears Sarah (and who can possibly relate to her?)


I just read an article at American Thinker about why the Left fears Sarah Palin…..and they do.

Sarah Palin has been persecuted by the Obama-loving media, the so-called print media, and left-wing attack groups since her arrival on the national stage last year.

From American Thinker, excerpts (my emphasis):

Have you ever seen so much hatred for, and vitriolic criticism of, someone who had only a brief stint on the national political stage? More than a year after the presidential election in which Sarah Palin, as the GOP nominee for Vice-President, campaigned for about three months, she is still being pilloried by the left-wing loons as though she had been elected and were actively engaged in dismantling the liberal establishment. Not a day goes by in which we don’t hear or read vicious attacks on a woman who represents the wholesome conservative values of Middle America — values that have been insidiously and incrementally eroded during the last few decades.

….What this country needs is a strong conservative leader with the courage of her convictions. Sensing those qualities in Sarah Palin, the liberal left is becoming frantic because they can’t seem to halt her popularity. The reason they’re panicking is because they’re afraid of her connection with regular folks who work for a living, pay their taxes, attend a religious worship service regularly, and believe that our country has lost the moral fiber that once united us.

……I could illustrate hundreds of other examples of rampant corruption by people in elective office. Pointing to government decay is the job of the free press. But are they hounding any of the power-hungry scoundrels that masquerade as symbols of decency and honor? No, they’re engaged in a continuous merciless attack on a woman who has led the way in the fight against the very corruption being overlooked by those who have become blinded by ideology.

Sarah Palin is a threat because she symbolizes decency in a country taken hostage by moral degenerates. If she isn’t stopped, this country might end up reclaiming some of the values that made us the envy of the world.

This is exactly what is happening in the attempts to bring Sarah Palin down.  

Frankly, I really don’t know if she could win the Presidency or if that is her desire.  What I do know is that her brand of conservatism and love of America is a threat to those who view America as evil and who apologize for America.  And I believe that she has a perspective unlike just about anyone else on the national stage right now. 

Sarah Palin embodies the experiences of a wide cross-section of Americans.  She is the exact opposite in her beliefs and experiences than what the liberals and media elites believe is “correct” in a popular politician.    She is pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-American, pro-Capitalist, pro-free market, pro-family, pro-national security, pro-Constitution, and a devout, unapologetic Christian.    And did I say she is wildly popular?  Her book*, Going Rogue, was an unprecedented best seller before it hit the shelves this week. 

Thus, you see the Left’s urgency in attempting to bring Sarah Palin down politically and personally.

My own personal opinion on her popularity and also the source of the vitriol from the Left is that Sarah Palin can relate to different aspects of many American lives…and vice versa. 

This is in stark contrast to many of the “professional politicians” leading our country who have attended elite schools, have made leaching from the government their life’s career, and are smothered in the snobbery of thinking they know better than everyday Americans.

Sarah Palin hits a chord with many different groups and types of Americans, thus the huge interest in her.  Many politicians and those in the public eye can voice opinions on issues such as conservation, outdoor sports, hunting, guns, abortion, motherhood, war, babies, special needs children, and more.  But few of those politicians and figures have ever truly experienced or embodied the actual values they espouse in those areas.  Or, at least, many don’t have the list of experiences in those areas that Sarah Palin possesses. 

What experiences and with whom does she seem to so naturally connect?

Average ordinary Americans – Sarah Palin wasn’t born with a silver spoon, she attended a “regular” college in Idaho, she married her high school sweetheart.  She wears a $35 wedding band. She eloped with Todd at the age of 23.  She grew up in the same manner as the vast majority of Americans  in a middle-income household with two parents who love her and taught her many of life’s lessons.  She didn’t attend Harvard or Yale, she didn’t need “affirmative action” to take the place of real credentials, and she didn’t set out to be a career politician.  She’s not a lawyer and she doesn’t have labor unions in her back pocket (or the other way around.)

Hunters, Outdoorsmen (and women), and True Conservationists –   Sarah Palin learned to hunt and respect the land she lived upon from a young age.  Where she was raised in the state of Alaska, many people engage in hunting and live with a respect for the balance between wildlife, land, resources, and human needs.   Like many older and rural Americans, Sarah Palin understood and has lived this balance long before the “green religion” was thrust upon us.  She is the complete opposite of the fat, meat-eating, jet-flying, carbon generating, false “green” prophet, hypocritical Al Gore. 

Gun Owners – Palin is an advocate of gun ownership.  She believes in, defends and exerts her Second Amendment rights.  She actually owns firearms…and she knows how to use them!  (Wonder how many of the anti-gun lobbyists and politicians have actually owned a gun, much less shot one?)

Mothers – Sarah Palin is the mother of five children.   Mothers, stay-at-home mothers, mothers of special-needs children, single mothers….all have a role model in Sarah Palin.  Mothers who’ve sent their sons off to war have a role model in Sarah Palin.   Mothers with teenage daughters can relate to Sarah Palin (especially those with daughters who have found themselves as unwed mothers at an early age).    Mothers relate to other mothers…especially those who have: remained married to the father (Todd), taken the responsibility for raising their own children, made parental mistakes, forgiven their children’s mistakes, and faced the ups and downs of parenthood with grace.  She has a happy, traditional family.  Unbeknownst to many liberals, that still resonates in America.

Men – Let’s face it.  Even aside from Palin’s experience, knowledge and “essence of ordinary” — she’s is considered hot!  (Of course, unfortunately, that can also work against her professionally)

Women – Educated and career-oriented women have a role model in Sarah Palin.   Young women can see the potential in themselves by studying the life and career of Sarah Palin.   Older women can respect the traditional life and values of Sarah Palin.   Self-made women can relate to and admire Sarah Palin since she went from  housewife to holding local office, to mayor, to governor to VP  of the USA candidate.  Doesn’t get much more “self-made” than that.

Pro-lifers – Sarah Palin, while faced with an unexpected pregnancy AND impending birth of a Down Syndrome baby, chose to keep the life that God created.  It probably wasn’t much of a “choice” since she believes all life is sacred, but it resonates BIG with those in America who also believe all life is sacred.    Sarah Palin also encouraged and supported her own unwed, teenage daughter to keep her child when she discovered the teenage pregnancy.

Parents of Special Needs children – Sarah and Todd Palin are the poster parents for embracing the love and special place that these children bring to a family.  These children are not mistakes and parents of these children know it experience God’s little blessing everyday.  These children bring many lessons, much love, patience, and enjoyment to the families for which they belong.   Parents of special needs children have a connection and bond that other parents do not.  And Sarah Palin has stated that one of her passions is elevating the understanding of and the place for these children in our world.

Americans with loved-ones in the military and fighting in the War on Terror – Sarah’s own son just returned earlier this year from a one-year tour in Iraq.  Sarah Palin proudly displays a blue star mother flag and lapel pin.  Patriotic, proud Americans with loved ones in the military know that Sarah Palin understands their plight like only those who’ve sent loved ones to the War Zone can.  Not only that, Sarah Palin is unabashed in your support and love for those who have chosen to serve our country….and it is sincere. 

The list is long and the areas I’ve mentioned are life areas and not particularly political or policy areas in and of themselves.  If you include Sarah Palin’s policy and professional experience you would have to list among those curious and intrigued by her as those involved in energy, security, local governing, state governing, and other business arenas.

All I can say is God Bless Sarah Palin and I hope she succeeds in promoting her Reaganesque conservatism to the masses …..in whatever form that may take.

(*I am awaiting the arrival of her book, Going  Rogue,  that I pre-ordered weeks ago on Amazon–can’t wait to read it.)

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4 Responses

  1. You’re absolutely right – I’m more frightened of her than I ever was of Bush. It scares me that someone who genuinely believes the earth is 6000 years old could be holding the country’s nuclear codes. If I may use your post as a template…

    Average ordinary Americans: Wait, is it a detriment to attend a prestigious university? I’m all for smaller, most specialized colleges, but to look down on fellow American citizens for no reason other than that they attended the Harvards and Yales of the country? Is that where this country is now?

    Hunters, Outdoorsmen (and women), and True Conservationists: I’m not quite sure how $150,000 in campaign clothing for her and her family at high-end stores equates to “conservationism.”

    Gun Owners: Not a fan as a matter of personal belief, but I can live with this.

    Mothers: One area of her life for which I do give unceasing credit and respect. She’s done a marvelous job.

    Men: Interesting point.

    Women: She is indeed a self-made woman, but I come back to my first point: is this somehow saying that it’s unfavorable to actually get an education? Palin attended how many different universities before finally receiving her undergraduate degree? Is persistence in pursuing one’s higher education not something women should be taught?

    Pro-lifers: Agreed.

    Parents of Special Needs children: Agreed.

    Americans with loved-ones in the military and fighting in the War on Terror: Agreed…except for the superficial nit-picking point that it’s “terrorism”, rather than “terror”.

    Another bit about her that worries me. From the moment she entered the political spotlight, her uncompromising nature has been harped upon relentlessly. I’m all for believing what you believe and believing it with your entire heart, mind, and soul, but I also need to know that you can admit to being wrong from time to time, and switch gears accordingly. Bush couldn’t do it, and given that I disagree with Palin on many more fronts than I did Bush, this quality about her is the capstone for my litany of worries regarding Palin.

  2. “but to look down on fellow American citizens for no reason other than that they attended the Harvards and Yales of the country? Is that where this country is now?”

    No..our country is more at a place where the elites in Washington (some who have attended Harvard, Yale, etc.) look down on ordinary Americans.

    But my whole point was not to knock ALL American citizens who attend Ivy League schools, but that Sarah Palin is more like average Americans than many in Washington (including Barack Obama and George W. Bush).

    “I’m not quite sure how $150,000 in campaign clothing for her and her family at high-end stores equates to “conservationism.””

    Sarah Palin didn’t purchase the clothing you refer to, nor did she ask for the clothing that was purchased FOR her AND her family. As a matter of fact, every piece of it was returned to the RNC.

    In addition, you may not be aware that Sarah Palin shops at and wears clothing from a consignment store in Alaska. She even wore some pieces on the campaign trail.

    I’d like to know if any of Al Gore’s suits come from a consignment shop in Nashville.

    “Gun Owners: Not a fan as a matter of personal belief”

    I hope you never need to defend yourself or your family.

    Throwing Al Gore’s book “Inconvenient Truth” at a home invader probably won’t do much to stop them. Unless, of course, they see the picture of the bulbous Al Gore. (humor)

    “Mothers: One area of her life for which I do give unceasing credit and respect. She’s done a marvelous job.”

    Kudos to you Magsol…I would agree..you see what many on the left refuse to see.

    “Women: She is indeed a self-made woman, but I come back to my first point: is this somehow saying that it’s unfavorable to actually get an education? Palin attended how many different universities before finally receiving her undergraduate degree? Is persistence in pursuing one’s higher education not something women should be taught?”

    Now wasn’t it you that thought I was trashing Ivy League schools/graduates and asked “is that’s what we’ve now come to”? Now you are saying that Sarah Palin didn’t “get an education” because she went to five colleges before GRADUATING?

    And she still got out in 5 years…which is not uncommon.

    And about persistence….do you know why Sarah Palin missed a semester? She had to work to pay her way through school. Do you know why she begrudgingly entered the beauty pageant? To earn money for school.
    Persistence is paying your own way to school and finishing in five years.
    I’d say that’s a great example. Not unlike many at the age of 18, she may not have known up front exactly how to complete her education but she found a way.

    Oh, and she first chose Hawaii for school and wanted to “expand her horizons”. Once she realized that she may not finish school with such a leisurely lifestyle, she chose to go back to Idaho to school. Is that not responsible?
    You see, she didn’t have a scholarship from God knows who…nor did she rely on affirmative action to acquire her degree.
    She worked for it.

    “From the moment she entered the political spotlight, her uncompromising nature has been harped upon relentlessly. I’m all for believing what you believe and believing it with your entire heart, mind, and soul, but I also need to know that you can admit to being wrong from time to time, and switch gears accordingly.”

    That is precious coming from someone who voted for Obama…the man who blames everyone else for the woes of the country HE LEADS.
    Perhaps Obama could admit that the stimulus that he STILL advocates and he said wouldn’t allow unemployment over 8% if passed…now has done nothing but increase the size of government and unemployment over 10% (and forecasted to continue going up)?
    Perhaps Obama could explain why he can’t decide what to do in Afghanistan when just over one year ago he said Afghanistan was “the central war” and “must be won”. Could it be that he lied a year ago? (most likely). If you beleive he didn’t lie, then how come he can’t admit he was either wrong then or wrong now because his “central war” meme doesn’t equate to the dithering you see today.

    But to the point of an “uncompromising” nature. It is not uncompromising to protect and believe in your values.
    You also need to give examples of where she won’t compromise…other than some lame story put out to destroy her in the media. Examples?
    (Now I know to many liberals, compromise means agreeing with what they want to do and the other party forgetting their own values. So if Palin stands strong against big government, abortion, cap and trade, healthcare takeoer, etc….she is not being uncompromising.)

    I can give you a great example of why she isn’t uncompromising and is actualy quite thoughtful in her decisions. While in office in Alaska, Sarah Palin actually recites in her book about one time when she had to choose between her pro-life belief and the law as it stood at the time. She basically had to sign a bill that included some pro-abortion laws because the courts had already ruled that way on the issue. (I can’t remember the specifics, but if you don’t believe me, I will look them up page by page in her book.) In other words, her beliefs didn’t supersede the law and the courts even though she could have went that route and fought it at taxpayer expense.
    Now, truthfully, how many of today’s Democrats would remotely be that thoughtful in putting the people and law before their own ideology?

  3. But my whole point was not to knock ALL American citizens who attend Ivy League schools, but that Sarah Palin is more like average Americans than many in Washington (including Barack Obama and George W. Bush).

    Fair enough, thank you for clarifying that point.

    I hope you never need to defend yourself or your family.

    I hope the same, and hope that for every other family. I would also sleep more soundly at night knowing there is 0 chance of my children getting into a nonexistent firearm. Martial arts training is a superior form of self-defense.

    Now you are saying that Sarah Palin didn’t “get an education” because she went to five colleges before GRADUATING?

    No, my point was not that she didn’t get an education, only that it took attending three different schools to do it. It’s certainly not uncommon to take 5 years; that’s what I did as an undergraduate, as I alternated each semester between working full time and taking classes full time. As a caucasian male in America’s middle class, I’m about as far toward the bottom of the “affirmative action” list as one can get. I’ve essentially had to mortgage my future (six figures’ worth) in pursuit of graduate degrees.

    Point being, I understand finding a way to graduate while not necessarily knowing what that way is; it was three different schools in five years that seemed strange to me.

    That is precious coming from someone who voted for Obama…the man who blames everyone else for the woes of the country HE LEADS.

    Easy…I never said Obama didn’t have this issue. For all you know, he might be the reason for this particular pet peeve of mine.

    It is my belief that anyone worth his or her salt will have some sort of inalienable set of beliefs they adhere to by way of their actions. “Settling” or “compromising” in the sense you’ve described is not what I meant; if someone is truly wrong in the purest sense, I need to know they can admit it and switch gears, as opposed to either 1) “staying the course”, or 2) blaming someone else. This doesn’t mean forgetting their values; it simply means they either acted in a manner inconsistent with their values, or prioritized their values incorrectly.

    For examples, it bothers me that Sarah had run for governor in ’06 on the platform of building the bridge Congress had apportioned money for, but as McCain’s running mate (and in the face of a lot of criticism for the “bridge to nowhere”), she declared she’d turned down the government’s money?

    The whole “troopergate” issue also bothers me. Obviously Palin put forth some interesting rhetoric, saying that it was entirely possible that the former public safety commissioner had felt like he’d been pressured even though that wasn’t Palin’s intention. But like anything in politics – particularly when personal issues like nasty divorces are involved – I’m skeptical that something didn’t happen; after all, Sarah did have the nickname “Barracuda”.

    I also find it amusing that she fired the public safety commissioner for “egregious rogue behavior”. I thought that was a good thing? /humor

  4. magsol,

    “it was three different schools in five years that seemed strange to me.”

    While not ideal, I don’t see that as strange especially for someone working her way through school and then actually completing it.

    I had a very successful career before I became a mother. My career was the result of a four-year degree and a Masters. I attended one University for most of the 4 years. But I also went to a small college my first summer out of high school because I was offered the chance to attend a special summer program free of charge. I acquired credits toward my degree that summer. I also attended a Junior College acquiring credits I could take locally in the summer. So I guess you could say I attended 3 colleges in 4 years…but I was far from a bad student and uneducated when I got out.

    I think you are assuming that just because she didn’t stay put on one campus that she received a bad education. Heck, I’ve known people who did stay on ONE campus for 5 or 6 years and never received a degree….
    One college campus does not a guaranteed education make.

    (Oh, and I’d love to critique Obama’s educational record with you just as thoroughly, but darnit, the “Messiah of open government” just won’t release any of the information concerning his college years, except for the Ivy League status….)

    (One more thing…good for you putting in the hard work and money to go to school! That’s excellent)

    “For examples, it bothers me that Sarah had run for governor in ‘06 on the platform of building the bridge Congress had apportioned money for, but as McCain’s running mate (and in the face of a lot of criticism for the “bridge to nowhere”), she declared she’d turned down the government’s money?”

    Let’s set this record straight. As far as the facts dictate, the worst Palin offense on this “Bridge to Nowhere” was changing her mind about it.

    The funding for this bridge appeared in the 2006 Appropriations Bill as an earmark with the two Republican Senators in Alaska supporting it. Sen. Tom Coburn (Republican of OKlahoma) offered an amendment to remove the money and instead redirect the money to repairing a bridge in/near New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. That amendment failed.
    Even if it had passed almost $150 million of the money would have gone to Alaska anyway as part of the “state’s equity bonus and state-by-state allocation” from Congress.

    Sarah Palin supported the bridge prior to her inauguration. Shortly after being sworn in and while setting state priorities, she cancelled the STATE funding that would have gone for the bridge. She stated that funding was short for the bridge and that she would “focus on what could be done not what has happened.” Her spokesperson cited that she “changed her mind after Alaska was perceived as taking from the country and not giving.”
    Seems reasonable whether you look at it politically or just as an American.

    (Sources: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Budget/wm889.cfm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravina_Island_Bridge)

    “The whole “troopergate” issue also bothers me. Obviously Palin put forth some interesting rhetoric, saying that it was entirely possible that the former public safety commissioner had felt like he’d been pressured even though that wasn’t Palin’s intention. But like anything in politics – particularly when personal issues like nasty divorces are involved – I’m skeptical that something didn’t happen…”

    Palin’s firing of the Safety Commissioner was reviewed by an independent investigation sanctioned by the state of Alaska’s Personnel Board.

    Palin was found WITHIN HER RIGHTS to fire the Safety Commissioner. She was exonerated of any wrongdoing last November.

    Read about it here: http://www.adn.com/palin/story/577323.html

    In addition, in her book, she goes into some detail on the insubordination of the public safety commissioner. She also makes it very clear that as an executive she has the right to hire and fire those who “work at the pleasure of the governor”. This is not a new concept that she created.
    And she also tells us that the commissioner went so far as to indicate that he understood why he was offered a different position (which he turned down). It wasn’t until Democratic operatives got a hold of him that he changed his story.

    It is amazing to me that two issues that the media have blown out of proportion in an effort to crush Palin were much more concerning to you and 52% of Americans than Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, ACORN, and others….Not to mention his weak experience.

    At least Sarah Palin was in the trenches as a city, then state, EXECUTIVE while dealing with the two issues you raised.
    All the while, Obama was diddling with ACORN teaching them his corruptive Saul Alinksy tactics while Palin was gaining the very executive experience Obama lacked.

    It is interesting that many of the issues raised by people like myself and many, many others about Obama last year was 1) never/almost never covered in the media, and 2) written off by those who chose to vote for him.
    But much of it is coming back to rear its ugly head in Obama’s unique mix of incompetence and far-left radical ideology.

    But darnit, that Palin fired a guy she had every right to fire and changed her mind (in the interest of the taxpayers in Alaska) about a bridge. Ooooh…she’s way out there in corruption and radicalism /sarc.

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