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Saint Sarah of Wasilla

February 9th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Once again I bring you a fantastic post from Mr. Alan Caruba of Warning Signs. Alan tells it like it is, he doesn’t play the PC game either. A lot like me, just nicer! :P

Saint Sarah of Wasilla

By Alan Caruba

Every time I see Sarah Palin, I think of the total population of Alaska which, according to the 2010 World Almanac is 686,293 citizens. Anchorage’s population is 279,243..

Then I think of the many other U.S. cities that have populations that exceed the entire population of Alaska. They include Austin, Texas, Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and San Jose, California, to name just a few.

There are mayors throughout the U.S. that deal with problems of far greater magnitude than the former Governor of Alaska and former candidate for Vice President of the United States of America ever encountered.

I may well be the only conservative in America who thought John McCain was out of his mind when he chose then-Governor Palin to be his running mate in the 2008 campaign. The last person to choose a woman running mate was Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter’s Vice President, who in 1984 was soundly defeated by Ronald Reagan.

I do not think America is ready for a woman president. I will leave it to the political scientists to argue whether Sarah helped or hurt the McCain campaign because, in my view, most of the damage was self-inflicted by Senator Maverick.

I confess, I have never been keen on women in political office. It is a prejudice of which I am not particularly proud, but one need only cast an eye on the likes of California’s Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Feinstein to find common ground with Burt Prelutsky, a fellow commentator, who says they remind him of the three witches in the opening scene of Macbeth.

There are many other women in Congress and most of the time when I see or hear one, I keep wishing they had stayed home to raise a family or run a flower shop or some other business than the nation’s business.

None of this is politically correct, but I’m not here to offer pabulum.

I watched Palin’s $100,000 address to the Tea Party conference in Nashville and could not shake the notion that it was 98% pure clichés. This is not to say that the attendees weren’t the best kind of patriots America could hope for, but it is to say that Palin has very little to offer other than to wave the flag, mention Reagan a lot, and tease President Obama.

That didn’t keep the audience from giving her many rounds of applause and even, at one point, to shout “Run, Sarah, run.�? No, please do not run, even though we both know you have to dangle that prospect in order to remain a viable political figure.

Part of my problem with Palin is that she resigned from the last political job she had. No doubt the rising costs of all the nonsense lawsuits brought against her played a role in that decision. The prospect of cashing in on her sudden celebrity and popularity was no doubt a factor as well. I daresay it may have been the best decision to make at the time.

The Palin conundrum is this: she is pretty much the lone voice of the conservative movement; articulating its fundamental values of self-reliance and responsibility, smaller government, and a strong defense. Almost alone among the Republican Party’s spokespersons, Palin plainly says we are at war with al Qaeda.

Even though I am in agreement with her, whenever I see her I cannot shake the same feeling I get while watching a circus act, akin to fire eaters or sword swallowers; briefly entertaining, but quite forgettable.

For the present, Palin offers the Republican Party a “personality�? to carry the flag until someone like the new Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, develops a national following or some other new faces emerge from the 2010 midterm elections.

With few exceptions, male Republican office holders tend to be fairly colorless policy wonks and pinstripe-suited folk who have the right answers, but not the theatrical skills to evoke much enthusiasm from a wary and weary electorate.

At some point, however, Sarah needs to return to Alaska…and stay there.

Warning Signs: Saint Sarah of Wasilla

So, there you have it, I’m not the only one that sees Palin in this light. I just hope enough folks on the GOP and RNC side of the equation, as well as the good folks at The TEA Party, take notice of this and THINK before you tout a *fluff piece* for POTUS.

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16 Responses to “Saint Sarah of Wasilla”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ron Russell

    I am waiting for that strong conservative figure to step forward and pick up the banner once carried by Ronald Reagan and others, but as yet that person remains in the shadows. It has always been the case that in times of crisis such a person will appear—I’m waiting!

    I must say like Alan Caruba I would like a man at the helm, but I suppose thats just my male ego speaking. I do however, feel that in the election in 2012 the candidate who manages to get the majority of the women’s vote will be the winner—take that for what its worth. Would Sarah do that—your guess is as good as mine.

    I would like to ask one question, does anyone see a person out there at this time who has the name recognition and the true conservative credentials to pick up the flag and carry it to victory in 2012?

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    I would like to ask one question, does anyone see a person out there at this time who has the name recognition and the true conservative credentials to pick up the flag and carry it to victory in 2012?

    Not even a hint of a great candidate, and sadly, that may very well open the door for Palin…

    But mark my words, IF the RNC/GOP can’t come up with someone other than Sarah Palin, we can count on 4 more years of Obama and his socialist, Marxist BS, and if that happens, America is LOST!

    And I have said, many times, IF Palin is the best the GOP can offer up, we are in deep Doo-Doo…

  3. comment number 3 by: ratsofred

    McCain lost the election because of John McCain. Sarah Palin is exactly like Alan said. We need the black dude in Florida who was just forced out of the military. I can’t think of his name, but heard one of his speech’s. I believe this guy is a true conservative, with balls of steel. He could bring this movement together in a hurry. Maybe I’m wrong on this and then again who’s been right lately? As a getting older NamVet I can say what the fuck I think when ever I want to say it. Our current government needs to be dismantled head by head, and damned soon!

  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    I believe the name you’re searching for is LtCol. Allen West, and you know, he may be an excellent choice…

    Allen West for US Congress 2010

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    While serving in Taji, Iraq on August 20, 2003 as commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Lieutenant Colonel West was in charge of but not present at an interrogation of an Iraqi police officer who was suspected of having information about planned attacks on American forces. According to the Iraqi police officer, Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi claimed that during the interrogation soldiers under West’s supervision assaulted him attempting to get him to talk. West fired a pistol near the policeman’s head, threatened his life, and allowed his troops to physically assault the man.

    West, who at the time was just short of having 20 years of service, was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and was in danger of receiving an 11 year prison sentence, dismissal, and losing his retirement benefits. West was processed through an Article 32 hearing in November 2003, where he admitted wrongdoing, was fined $5,000 over two months for misconduct and assault. He then submitted his resignation, and was allowed to retire with full benefits in the summer of 2004.

    At a hearing, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again. “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can,” he said.

    Allen West (former U.S. military officer)

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    And I have to say, LtCol. West is an individual that I can support. What he did, how he did it, and his reasons FOR doing it more than vindicate the gentleman!

  7. comment number 7 by: BobF

    I’ve listened to a few of Lt Col Wests speeches and so far, he has me shouting for glory. Not many officers would sacrifice their career for their men. This man risked all he worked for to take care of his men. And, last I knew, the RNC isn’t supporting him.

  8. comment number 8 by: Annie Oakley

    I understand why you would want Lt Col Allan West but I don’t think he’s even running, or is he??
    Just a suggestion. True Patriotic Conservatism would come from Sen Jim DeMint. He seems to be the answer and I still cannot find a flaw!

  9. comment number 9 by: TexasFred

    Yes, he is… See the West for Congress link above… He isn’t *running* for POTUS, at this stage, no one is…

  10. comment number 10 by: Ron Russell

    I seen clips of Col Allen West and he certainly appears to be the real thing. Annie Oakley, I’ve noticed Senator Jim DeMint and like you have seen nothing so far not to my taste. I’m sure this time around a good man or woman will step to the plate. The primary season in 2012 should be interesting to say the least.

  11. comment number 11 by: Annie Oakley

    Just read the link on LT Col West. He’s very impressive, guess we’ll see where the road takes him. Looks pretty good for him if he should want it……..

    Ron, I’m really hoping the Conservatives start pushing someone out front SOON to gain recognition & I’m afraid they think Palin’s the answer. Hope they consider backing more than one person, they stand to lose alot of votes w/ Palin. I just think they need to get busy and get their stuff together now.

    I like DeMint but I’d like ANYBODY who was a true Conservative & had wisdom, enforce changes,smaller govt, military expertise etc. I dont like fickle ppl or quitters. That’s what Sarah is, I dont think she should be out front, I have a bad feeling about this. If you have alot of “friends” post to read, its amazing how many ppl are really behind her. Yikes…..

  12. comment number 12 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Palin campaigning for McCain, a Progressive RINO, is enough to label her “part of the problem”. The RNC not backing Allen West is enough for me to think of THEM as part of the problem as well. Pressure needs to be applied to the RNC daily! If they don’t “get it” before the elections this fall, we will be screwed.

    As far as women in politics goes, there are some strong ones. Michelle Bachmann comes to mind, and I have the highest respect for Carly Forina (not a politician, but rather the woman who brought Hewlett Packard from the red ink to the black ink!) who I hope to see take Babs Boxer OUT!!!! Do I think America is ready for a female POTUS… nope. We need to have someone in that position that the entire world will take seriously.

  13. comment number 13 by: sdkar

    I have looked up Allen West and I am wondering, isn’t his career a little short to be considering POTUS?

    Tell me if I am wrong, but are the days of the white male politician gone? It seems in order to avoid any criticism of being a racist or being labelled a RICH OLD WHITE GUY party, we have to have a minority or female in order to have an effective candidate?

    I am starting to think that Joe Biden is the token white guy and the effective people in charge are the minorities/women. Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Hilary, etc. seem to be the order of the day. Don’t get me wrong…if someone is the best qualified, then it doesn’t matter their color or gender. But now, that seems to be the main focus. What happened to “judge a person by their character and not the color of their skin”?

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I am starting to feel like I don’t want a minority/female in a position of power…not because I don’t think they are fully qualified, but becasue I don’t want to be accused of being a sexist or racist when I criticize those in charge. And I mean criticize for doing a lousy job…not for any other reason. I want to shy away from voting for such a candidate for that reason. But then again, it seems that if we don’t put a minority/female candidate forward, we don’t have a chance of winning. What do you guys think? Am I wrong to some degree or completely wrong?

    Maybe Palin is the GOP hopeful because we are scared to put another white guy on the ticket against a minority. Is our country so self-loathing about our past treatment of women and minorities that this has become almost a requirement for our leaders? What a horrible way to atone for the past.

    I do know that a lot of people voted for Obama because he was “the same as them” and for no other reason. Was this the percentage of the vote that pushed Obama into the winner’s circle?

    If that is the case, than I think it is lousy that we have to think like this. Today, the minority gets the job over the white guy and the minority gets a seat in college over the white guy too. Maybe that has become the line of thinking all the way up to the highest job in the country.

    However, if the top jobs in our country are now full of minorities and women, can we get rid of affirmative action since obviously its not needed anymore? Heck, if anything, it seems the white guy needs more help getting ahead.

    Of course, I suppose I am now a racist for mentioning the above.

  14. comment number 14 by: TexasFred

    Maybe Palin can pull a 40 pound vacuum on a burlap sack….

    sdkar, West’s military career alone makes him far more qualified than Palin, Obama and pretty much anyone I can think of…

    Well qualified military guys… You can’t do much better…

  15. comment number 15 by: minuteman26

    West is a good man and a patriot. When women control this country’s politics and defenses, we are doomed.

  16. comment number 16 by: TexasFred

    Especially when they’re ding-a-ling Media Whores and Drama Queens…

    Ya know what I mean by golly don’tcha? You betcha ya do, ya know! :P