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.)


Lee Greenwood and Sarah Palin: GOD BLESS THE USA!

Today, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sarah Palin, First Dude Todd, and the whole GIGANTIC crowd joined Lee Greenwood in singing God Bless The USA!

Listen and see if you don’t have a big load of pride smack you right in the chest. From Rock the Facts:

Hard not to get emotional, especially now, when listening to that crowd, huh?

Just a reminder….I’m fairly certain, Mr. Obama wouldn’t have the same reaction to the video as those of us who love America as she is and seek to preserve our heritage, Constitution, and traditions.    To the New York Times in 2007, “Mr. Obama described the (Muslim) call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

Palin vs. Obama – Let’s talk about experience and background, shall we?

The comparison below is the best I’ve seen so far in debunking the “experience” (or lack thereof) rhetoric thrown out at new VP candidate Sarah Palin.

While Obama claims to want to fix Washington, beat back corruption, end unnecessary spending, and be the “bi-partisan” master as President……facts show Sarah Palin already has him beat in many of those categories…..

This is an impressive list and really points out that if you believe Obama is qualified for President, Sarah Palin, at this point anyway, may be better equipped for the role of PRESIDENT than Obama.

From RedState.com:



Sarah Palin

Barack Obama

Office being sought Vice President President of the United States and Leader
of the Free World
Full name Sarah Louise Heath Palin Barack Hussein Obama II
Nickname Sarah Barracuda Barry Obama; “The One”
Public opinion Smoking hot in a “naughty
librarian” sort of way
May be The Messiah
Age 44 48
Children 5: two sons, three daughters 2: two daughters
Evangelical Christian;attends Juneau Christian Center when in Juneau and grew up
attending Wasilla Assembly of God
Attended Trinity United Church of Christ
for 20 years, a “black liberation theology” church formerly led by
Rev. Jeremiah Wright and governed according to the Black Value System
Current Job Governor of Alaska Junior Senator from Illinois
Previous Public
Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2002); President of Alaska Conference
of Mayors;City Council member (1992-1996)
State Senator (1997-2004);Community Organizer
Governor for 2 years;Mayor for 10 years None
Foreign Relations
Governor of state that borders two
foreign countries (Canada and Russia)
Chaired Senate subcommittee on Europe but never called it into
session;once gave a speech to 200,000 screaming Germans
Military Affairs
Commander in Chief of Alaska National Guard;Son is enlisted Infantryman in U.S. Army None
Private Sector
Sports reporter;Salmon fisherman Associate at civil rights law firm
Speaking ability Beautifully executed initial stump speech
in Dayton, OH hockey arena without a teleprompter
An enter…wait–did you say without
a teleprompter
Spouse’s name Todd Mitchell Palin Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Spouse’s occupation Salmon fisherman;Former North Slope production supervisor for BP Oil Vice President for Community and External Affairs at University
of Chicago Hospitals;former Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of
Chicago;former Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public
Allies;former Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago;former associate at Sidley Austin law firm
Reaction to spouse’s political
Quit 17-year BP oil job when BP became
involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with wife’s
Promoted and given 160% pay raise by UofC hospitals within
months of husband’s election to U.S. Senate;Employer received $1,000,000.00 federal earmark, requested by
husband, after her promotion
Coolest thing about
Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile race champion (longest snowmobile
race in the world);In 2008, while defending his championship, was injured when he
was thrown 70 feet from his machine. He was sent to the hospital
but still finished in fourth place
Sister of Oregon State University head
basketball coach Craig Robinson
Most Courageous Moment in Public
Resigned in protest from position of
Ethics Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
in order to expose legal violations and conflicts of interest of
Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney
General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas
Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and
supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.
Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd
of anti-Iraq war demonstrators in Hyde Park in 2002
In Current Office
Upset sitting Governor in GOP primary due
to public support for her efforts to clean up corrupt government
Republican opponent, who was leading in
the polls, was forced to leave race after unsealing of divorce
records exposed a sex scandal
Theme: Change and Clean Government Hope and Change;”Bringing Change from Outside Washington”
What they’ve done to live that
Replaced entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation because of
conflict of interest;Resigned from position of Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil
and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose corruption among
members of own party
Selected 36-year incumbent Senator as
running mate
Family Affairs May have removed State Public Safety
Commissioner as part of effort to protect sister in messy divorce
and child custody battle
Often says, “I am my brother’s keeper”;Brother lives in a hut in Nairobi on $12 per year
Union affiliation Union member, married to Union
Endorsed by a union
Iraq and Troop
Formerly (pre-surge) critical of apparent lack of long-term
strategy for Iraq;Visited wounded U.S. soldiers in Germany;visited AK National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait;Son deploying to Iraq on 9/11/08 as Army infantryman
Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators;almost visited wounded troops in Germany, but decided to go
shopping in Berlin instead
Married to a non-Republican;Exposed corruption within own party;Campaigned for Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell against corrupt GOP
congressman Don Young;Called out Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) to “come clean” about
financial dealings that are under fed investigation
Talks about bipartisanship
Legislative Record Passed a landmark ethics reform bill;Used veto to cut budgetary spending;Prevented “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers
$400 million dollars.
Voted “present” over 100 times as IL
state senator
How they dealt with corrupt
individuals in home city/state
Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska
Republican leaders;Campaigned against corrupt GOP Representative;Ran against and defeated corrupt incumbent governor in GOP
Launched political career in home of unrepentant domestic
terrorist Bill Ayers (and still refers to him as a part of
“mainstream Democratic Chicago”;Purchased home with help of convicted felon Tony Rezko
Guns Lifetime member of NRA and avid hunter;video can be found on YouTube of Palin firing an M4 at a
military firing range
Worked to pass legislation in Illinois
that would prevent all law-abiding citizens from owning
Earmarks Opposed “Bridge to Nowhere” project;Said Alaska should avoid relying on federal money for
projects;Campaigned against porker Don Young (R-AK) in 2008 primary
Secured federal earmarks for wife’s
employer and for campaign bundlers
Abortion Pro life;gave birth to 5th child knowing that he would have Down’s
Pro-choice;only IL state sen. to speak against the Born Alive Infant’s
Protection Act, which required medical care to be given to live
infants who survived abortions
Energy Believes energy independence is a matter of national
security;For drilling in ANWR, which is in her state
Says Americans should “get tune-ups” and “check tire
pressure”;Says “we can’t expect the world to be okay with” our use of
heating and air conditioning
Environment Chair of Alaska Conservation Commission (2003-4);Announced plans to create sub-cabinet group of advisors to
address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in
Talks about the environment a lot
Athletic prowess Runs marathons Has reporters tailing him to the gym