Friday, September 5, 2008

Stepping Back

Sarah Palin has recharged the conservative movement. Its fun listening to Rush now—his enthusiasm and passion is limitless. It’s the same story with the conservative blogosphere—bloggers who two weeks ago were fretting about McCain’s destruction of the Republican party are now enthusing about the new face of the GOP and wondering how much money to give to McCain. Many—on both the Left and Right—see Palin as the next Ronald Reagan, and the real leader of the GOP.

Maybe she is. But she’s not God. Conservatives are becoming much too caught up in “Palinmania.” Sarah Palin is a good person, and a brilliant pick for McCain. But she’s not perfect. Not every speech will be a barnburner like the one she gave at the Republican National Convention. There will be times when she gives poor speeches, or commits monumentally stupid gaffes.

And there will be times when she and the conservative movement disagree. Do you know her position on illegal immigration? Or free trade? Or Social Security? You don’t—nobody does. (The usually dependable OnTheIssues.org has little or no information about her stance on any of these issues). There will some issues on which her position differs from that of the conservative movement. (It was the same way with Reagan. On occasion, he abandoned the conservative on issues such as spending, immigration, and abortion).

That doesn’t mean she is not a good, even a brilliant, candidate. She is. That doesn’t even mean that she’s not the next Reagan—she very well could be. But she is not a totally flawless candidate, and conservatives should realize that.

Much of the Right’s enthusiasm over Palin reminds me of the hype surrounding Barack Obama when he first entered politics. He was the One, the man (or was he only a man?) who would forever change the face of modern politics, the person who was the change we were waiting for. Democrats fell for the silly hype, and look where it got Obama—two months before the election, he is neck and neck with an unexciting old codger with a dreadful speaking voice who can’t excite anyone. (Now Palin is energizing voters, but McCain was close to Obama even before he picked Palin). Messianism is not all that it is cracked up to be.

Are conservatives going overboard in their excitement over Palin? Some are, sometimes. Bill Whittle (whom I very much enjoy reading) exulted that “Sarah Palin has stolen Barack Obama’s glamour. She’s stolen his excitement, robbed his electricity, burgled his charisma, purloined his star power, and taken his Hope and Change mantra, woven it into a cold-weather fashion accessory, and wrapped it around her neck.”. Really? After one week? Peggy Noonan, another of my favorite writers, calls this election a “nation-defining” election due to Palin’s presence.

Perhaps both will be proven right—but after one week, there is not nearly enough evidence to support those conclusions. A one week performance can’t prove anything—it is possible, albeit unlikely, that Palin is a one-hit wonder who will just fizzle out.

I’m ecstatic about Sarah Palin. I am now proud to be a Republican in a way I wasn’t before. She is a wonderful pick, and could very well become the next great leader of the GOP. I suspect that most conservatives feel the way I feel, and they should. But they should also be aware that no candidate is perfect, and refrain from showing her the sort of adulation that Democrats feel for Barack Obama. She’s a great candidate—but she’s only human.

22 Comments:

At September 6, 2008 at 5:30 AM , Blogger Bob said...

Sarah Palin is the hotest thing that has happened to politics in the last 50 years and yet Oprah won't have her on her show!!!!
Ridiculous and beyond belief or reason? This goes to show you what a RACIST she really is.
Any and every talk show would give anything to have her on!

 
At September 6, 2008 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Bob said...

Daniel has said: "I’m ecstatic about Sarah Palin. I am now proud to be a Republican in a way I wasn’t before. She is a wonderful pick, and could very well become the next great leader of the GOP. I suspect that most conservatives feel the way I feel, and they should."

And I agree, I have written several blogs on this myself.
And I will continue to go to bat for her and for John McCain, the real Hero. The man that had the guts to nominate her.

 
At September 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Throwing Stones said...

Great blog Daniel and Bob made some very good points as well..
And btw, I really enjoyed reading your blogs Dan.

 
At September 6, 2008 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Bob said...

Oh, I wanted to add one other thing please. Any one who calls John McCain a Liberal needs to check in to a mental hospital !!!!

 
At September 6, 2008 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

Thanks, Throwing Stones. :)

 
At September 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Joseph said...

Great blog buddy.

 
At September 7, 2008 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"Any one who calls John McCain a Liberal needs to check in to a mental hospital !!!!"

Would a Liberal put forth policy that undermines the First Amendment? Would a Liberal attempt to exercise their authority to prevent someone from exercising their First Amendment right?

Would a Liberal author and seek puting forth policy which would increase welfare?

Would a Liberal author and seek puting forth policy which would increase your taxes in any way shape or form?

Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call John McCain a liberal. But, that John McCain can answer in the affirmative to, not one but, ALL of the aforementioned questions tells quite a story.

Consider that. And, consider that one who does that touts themself as a "conservative". Then ask yourself, who is a better candidate for the mental ward.

 
At September 7, 2008 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Victor's Voice said...

Soapbox, give it a rest already?
You keep singing the same old song, over and over again
Geezzzz

 
At September 8, 2008 at 5:39 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Just because you can't come to terms with the facts that I presented, don't complain to me that I keep presenting them.

 
At September 8, 2008 at 5:53 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Soapie, Bob and Victor are no better than Napqueen, who never actually could bring anything of substance to the debate, but either attacks the person they disagree with or simply tell us to shut up.

 
At September 8, 2008 at 6:04 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

This is so very true Beth. And, while I apparently keep "singing the same old song", isn't it fitting that the party loyalists who take umbrage with the facts of what I post keep "singing the same old song" about how McCain is a Conservative?

 
At September 8, 2008 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Bob said...

“Soapie, Bob and Victor are no better than Napqueen”
I don’t know that’s supposed to mean, but who cares?
I don’t have to impress either one of you.
But since you asked for issues and to talk about the subject on hand.
Where in the world do you have the idea that in less than 60 days before the election you can look for another candidate ? Especially a 3rd party candidate ? That’s simply crazy!
All you do is bitch about McCain.
A vote for Barr is a wasted vote.You Barr fans do know he’s against a border fence, don’t you?
A vote for Ron Paul is a wasted vote.
A vote for Alan Keys is a wasted vote.
You have a choice between a maverick who is the best chance we have voters, or a hard core Marxist.
If you choose the Marxist, thinking that will deliver some
kind of retribution to an America that “deserves it”, then
you may not get another chance in your lifetime.
I believe these times are that serious.
To vote for the Arab that will allow Iran to succeed in getting it’s atomic bombs, and then using half a dozen on the USA, will throw this country into uncharted waters.
Like what part of world banking collapse don’t you get?
I wish we had better candidates also, but we have what we have!!!
We can not vote for who we do not have.
Our country faces a cross roads. We either poop or get off the pot. The communists that seem to be running the DNC are intent on destroying the US economically
I want a politician to stand up for the values, Strong miliary, SMALLER federal government, privatized social security and medicare/medicard. End the stranglehold of the AARP, Sierra Club, Ag Interests and get back on track people.. I don't think we can survive the vision of liberalism and someone in the party needs to recognize. And I think that John McCain is that person.
Early in the primary I had hoped Fred Thompson would have been a bit less like an old coon dog and more like a bull dog.. But he wasn’t. He was more like a wimp.

I know there are some big downsides for us but by compromising this year we will be victorious and on the big issue (the war) McCain is right!
And we have to make a choice, talking about 3rd parties and dumb ideas like that is fruitless.
And YES, you do keep singing the same old song" about McCain
Stop whining.
Say something constructive for once.

 
At September 8, 2008 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I cant help it Danny!

I have "Palinmania" too :-)

I havent seen our base this jazzed up and ready to vote in a long time :-)

 
At September 8, 2008 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Soapie did post some specific concerns he has about McCain, that I noted you didn't address Bob, but if you want to give McCain a pass on everything just because he's a Republican or just because he's better than Obama, that is just plain crazy. As a conservative, no matter who wins, we cannot just sit back and not express our displeasure with whatever they do that we don't agree with. And bringing up our concerns before they are elected is absolutely fair game.

Stop acting like a close minded liberal and hold your elected officials accountable, no matter if they are Republicans or Democrats.

 
At September 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Bob said...

I’m too happy about the way the McCain/Palin ticket is going Just like Ms. Marie is on the post up above your post . If you open your blind eyes and look around, so is everyone else.
To get all flustered up like the likes of Soapbox and you.
BTW, I have no displeasure with John McCain, none at all. It’s people like you and the SoapGod one that are constantly finding fault where none really is.
I hope that I inspired you in some way! Have a wonderful day! ... And try not to be so Lonely

 
At September 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Oh, I was under the impression you were conservative, Bob, sorry I shouldn't have made that assumption.

 
At September 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

"...finding fault where none really is."

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

1. Would a Liberal increase Welfare and/or raise taxes on Americans?

The "Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007" (S. 1348) was born from the "Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act" (S. 1033), a bill proposed in May 2005 by Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain. According to the Heritage Foundation: Amnesty Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers at Least $2.6 Trillion http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1490.cfm

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Cap & Trade Legislation

"Washington – McCain’s cap-and-trade bill to limit CO2 emissions is badly flawed and would do great damage to the economy. Although McCain promotes the cap-and-trade plan as a market-based solution, it is just another heavy government regulation with tremendous costs to American businesses and economic growth."

"According to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis, the legislation would amount to a $1.21 trillion tax over ten years. These costs will then be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices." - Club for Growth: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/mccains_capandtrade_plan.php

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Stifling Free Spech:

McCain Asks N.C. GOP Not To Run Obama-Wright Ad http://cbs13.com/politics/mccain.obama.ad.2.706646.html

"Presidents swear to "protect and defend the Constitution." The Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech." On April 28, on Don Imus' radio program, discussing the charge that the McCain-Feingold law abridges freedom of speech by regulating the quantity, content and timing of political speech, John McCain did not really reject the charge:"

"I work in Washington and I know that money corrupts. And I and a lot of other people were trying to stop that corruption. Obviously, from what we've been seeing lately, we didn't complete the job. But I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government." http://www.gunowners.org/mcwill.htm

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I could offer a response to that last First Amendment issue but I think it apropos to invoke the following quote instead:

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." - Thomas Jefferson

 
At September 8, 2008 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Bob said...

Oh quit that BS Beth, you are the one always saying “Lets talk about the issues” and now you give me that high and mighty Conservative crap. Ya want to talk about the issues then do so. Don’t get on your high horse and lecture me!
I’m a proud American that is for John McCain and Sarah Palin and not for Barack Obama, and if that’s not politically good enough for you then to freaken bad!
I think that John McCain and Sarah Palin is just what the Republicans needed. The Dems had a historic ticket with the first black man to be nominated and seemed to reach for the higher moral ground. Now the GOP for the first time has brought aboard a woman and has leveled the historic ticket playing field. Perhaps now we can get down to issues. A sticky point between Palin and the dem’s...The GOP platform is another issue that has to dealt with as well. The abortion issue should not be in the platform for openers. No matter if I agree with it or not, it don’t belong there..
Most of all I support John McCain because he "gets it". He has a world understanding like no other candidate. He understands that we need to act in our own best interest, but we need to trade and engage with other nations freely. He recognizes the threats we are facing with Islamic Extremists. While others talk about how they are equipped to handle a terrorist attack, Senator McCain is equipped to PREVENT terrorist attacks. McCain was correct about the surge, he knows that free trade is necessary to keep our economy strong, he understands that Social Security and Medicare need to be fixed, and he is somebody that works to get things done. I am not voting for Senator McCain because of the things I disagree with him on. I am voting for him because of the things I agree with him on, and his ability to lead this great nation.
As for Sarah Palin, I think that she is just what the party needed. To repeat what everyone else is saying (except you and your cohort) A breath of fresh air. Like it or not...She thinks for herself and challenges what she sees to be wrong. It appears that she is a unique brand of politician. And i love it. She appears to be in the same mold as McCain, although I would say that she is probably much more conservative than McCain, which is something that I would have thought would make you happy. But it seems that NOTHING makes you and your cohort God happy!
But like it or not, she’s here to say and has already helped boost the ticket in to the lead in most polls.

 
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