Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Right Person

Last winter, Republicans had the chance to nominate a wholly conservative, Reaganesque politician—a man who was pro-life, libertarian, and smart. But the Republican party didn’t nominate Fred Thompson. Instead it nominated John McCain, a decent candidate, but far from a great one. The Republican party could have nominated a true, ideological conservative—but didn’t.

Let’s not make that mistake again. We can’t nominate a real conservative for president in this election—John McCain is a fine candidate, but hardly a true conservative. But in Sarah Palin, we have a leader in the mold of Ronald Reagan. She is steadfastly pro-life—she opposes abortion in all cases, even rape and incest. She also removes the “women’s rights” facet from the abortion debate—she refused to abort her Down Syndrome child. The pro-life movement has never had a stauncher ally.

She is also an expert on energy (at least as it relates to oil drilling). She was governor of the country’s largest oil producing state, and supports offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR, and nuclear power. Energy is perhaps the most important issue in this election, and it is an issue that Sarah Palin understands very well.

Most importantly, Sarah Palin is articulate; she can communicate conservative principles flawlessly. This ability was what made Ronald Reagan great; it has been George Bush’s greatest failure. Inarticulateness and political clumsiness has doomed many Republican candidates: George H.W. Bush looked at his watch while Bill Clinton felt a voter’s pain; Bob Dole couldn’t compete with the smooth Clinton, and George W. Bush, while he has won two presidential elections, has not been able to communicate his principles effectively. (One wonders how perceptions of the Iraq War would have differed had Bush been able to say something other than “stay the course.”)

This failure to communicate is a pity, because Americans like conservative ideals if expressed properly. Ronald Reagan won landslides, Rush Limbaugh is the most popular media figure in America, and Fox News is the most popular cable news channel. But Republican politicians haven’t been able to communicate this vision—none of the crop of Republicans running this year could be called a great communicator.

Palin is. I have just finished watching her convention speech. I came into the speech very favorably inclined towards Palin, and my judgment is, to be frank, impossibly skewed. I can’t give an unbiased opinion of her speech—but either she is brilliant communicator along the lines of a Barack Obama, or I can’t recognize rhetorical brilliance. (I mean that—possibly, I am so blinded by my liking for Sarah Palin that I am giving her speech too much credit). Her speech was brilliant—it hit Barack Obama hard, it showed who Sarah Palin is, and fired up the GOP base.

Republicans have been waiting for a conservative to lead the party for years—ever since Reagan. Palin could be that person. But we must make sure she is elected—her political career may depend on it. If John McCain wins the election, she will be Vice President and next in line for the presidential slot. If he loses, she will become John Edwards—a losing vice presidential pick. didConservatives must do everything possible to ensure that she wins.

When he stepped onstage tonight, John McCain said only one thing: “don’t you think I made the right pick”? He did.


At September 3, 2008 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Beth said...

I have come to the conclusion that I judged Gov. Palin much too harshly, and I now think she would be an asset to our country in the role of Vice President.

At September 4, 2008 at 5:34 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"She is steadfastly pro-life—she opposes abortion in all cases, even rape and incest."

So long as she holds this view, she'll never get a vote from this guy.

It is no more permissable to excuse government's exclusive monopoly on force under this pretense than it is for Democrats to do the same.

In a truly free society, it is not the purpose or role of government to legislate morality.

At September 4, 2008 at 5:47 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Soapie, we could get into a huge debate about abortion, but I simply cannot see how the circumstances of the pregnancy makes a life any less valuable.

If you truly think that way, then you are pro-choice.

At September 4, 2008 at 5:50 AM , Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

John McCain picked a super star in Sarah Palin, she did a wonderful jod and I think she will bring new and much needed energy to the REPUBLICAN party. Sarah Palin was a Great PICK!
To anyone that was not happy with her, I say, eat your hearts out!
Sit home and do whatever turns you on..... I have never seen so much excitement and approval of a candidate as I did with Sarah Palin. She is one gutsy, strong, Self-confident, unpretentious, articulate and beautiful women. The lady was refreshing and awesome!

At September 4, 2008 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"...I simply cannot see how the circumstances of the pregnancy makes a life any less valuable."

The beauty and wonder of a free society is that you are free to hold near and dear your opinion with respect to that.

However, I would caution you once your opinion turns to a willful intent to act in the interest of that opinion and then force said opinion upon another individual who holds a different view.

At September 4, 2008 at 6:12 AM , Blogger The Saint said...

The Republican Party's future lies with such a fresh and compelling figure as Sarah Palin who is a tough executive and who has demonstrated her ability to be able to play hard ball with the Big Boys. She is no doubt a rising stars in the Republican party ...
I am very proud to be a Republican this morning.

At September 4, 2008 at 9:34 AM , Blogger Throwing Stones said...

Very wise pick; woman, state Governor;i.e. executive branch experience; not afraid to butt heads with the likes "Sir Ted, the Dread" who needs to be deposed from his throne as senator from Alaska, and the accolades could go on. There is now a woman on the ticket, a smart, conservative woman with a brain as opposed to one such as the air-head speaker-of-the-house everyone knows and loves, Nancy P. who does not know how to pour Piss out of a boot!
She would be a fine Prsident if the need arises.
Off topic.
Soapboxgod, are you for real? She just happens to be a woman who has everything and you don’t like her?
It must be very lonely to be you..

At September 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Kris said...

I agree with all, well almost all. I am thrilled. There is a line from Kathleen Parker inPalin the Inpaled that reads:

The greatest achievement of feminism won’t be that a woman reached the vice presidency, but that a woman no longer needed feminists to get there.

I love that. It is a true statemnt through and through. She does not meet the feminist description. I don't either so I can relate.


At September 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

I didn't say I didn't like her. In fact, I have to draw a conclusion about her at all. However, what I said is that I wouldn't support her if it be her desire to use government to impose her will upon the people (vis' a vis' the abortion issue). The Constitution does not address the issue of abortion and the Federal Government has no business in making decisions about it. That is a decision left soley to the states.

But, what I will say with respect to Gov. Palin in addressing this notion that she is the face of the new Republican or that Conservatism is born anew, et al. is this....

Being actively involved at present and working on a campaign and a PAC, I can tell you first hand that the present Republican establishment holds a monopoly on the way things work and the manner in which things are done.

While Palin may be a start (on the National stage), the only way you will honestly bring about change to the national stage or the local and/or state level to bring about a more libertarian/conservative brand of Republicanism to the party is to infiltrate the structure.

What many people don't realize is that there is so much to the structure that affects how things at the top are done. There are a flurry of committees which, if you don't get involved and infiltrate them with your brand, make appointments and decisions which set the course for everything.

I've seen it at the Congressional District level, the State Convention level, and yes...I've even seen it now at the National Level.

So, while Palin at the top is a positive sign, it is essentially nothing more than a name. As long as the status quo/present establishment holds all the cards and pulls all the strings, you will never see the change you're expecting.

Mark my word on that.

At September 4, 2008 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Victor's Voice said...

Soapboxgod has said: "Mark my word on that."

You know, You might just be a mind reader when you grow up. ...

Boy what a blowhard!

At September 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Ah...the resort to name calling.

Good to know maturity abounds.

Are you politically active? Have you another story to tell at the local/state or national level?

If so, then present it.

At September 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Victor's Voice said...

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At September 4, 2008 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Victor's Voice said...

Soapboxgod said...
Ah...the resort to name calling.

Not name calling just forming my opinion and putting it into words..

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