Monday, December 13, 2010

Stuart Schwartz: Sarah Palin and the Haters of American Normal

Sarah Palin is quintessentially American. What gives her the right to be happy?
It's open season on Sarah Palin, declared by the elite establishment on both the "Crazed left and sclerotic right" observes Stuart Schwartz at American Thinker. "Stop her now," is their battle cry, which is loudly trumpeted in the usual suspect media -- the New Republic, The Atlantic, New York Times and MSNBC MSPDS. Even on Fox News, Bushie Karl Rove is leading the RINO squadron in sortie after sortie on the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, Schwartz remarks:
From left and right, insiders all, the anger is palpable at what James Lewis of American Thinker terms "American exceptionalism in the flesh -- and downright attractive flesh at that."

Why do they hate her? Lewis hits the nail on the head. Sarah Palin is quintessentially American. She is a throwback to the days of the founders, when citizens became politicians because the common good demanded service -- not because political office offered wealth, power, and a pool of Beltway interns ripe for sexual exploitation -- and followed their tenure with a return to private life. But we now live in the age of professional politicians, the self-proclaimed best and brightest who make decisions for an electorate too simple to understand "the facts or the truth." Or so says Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts politician who is to "haughty" what Paris Hilton is to "self-involved."

And so anger and angst bubble over, spilling out as the grandees realize Sarah Palin is just so darned...normal! Lewis describes her as a "beautiful, strong, intelligent, articulate, healthy-looking, truth-telling...gun-totin', sports-lovin', all-American woman." And that "sunny disposition" sets them off, for Sarah Palin is a fiery red poker plunged into the pasty white of the collective metrosexual gut. Elizabeth Wurzel, the best-selling author who blogs for the Atlantic, howls with pain at the realization that Palin is actually "the most visible working mother and female politician in America, that she is the best exemplar of a woman with an equal marriage, that she has put up with less crap from fewer men than those of us who" are the official feminists within the media and political elites.


But Sarah Palin is not Elizabeth Wurzel smart. Nor is she Karl Rove savvy, Keith Olbermann articulate, or Barack Obama cool. No, Sarah Palin is just plain normal. And not just any normal -- she is American normal, the kind of normal that wrenched a nation away from a calcified European aristocracy and established what Abraham Lincoln described as "a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." It is no coincidence that the United States is the single nation that, for the entirety of its existence, has had immigrants fighting to be included in a community structured upon individual "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," as our Declaration of Independence puts it. And now that normal is being challenged by those who want to control every aspect of American life.


Sarah Palin for president? The screams of the elites are in a crescendo, and it's not even 2011. The roar is deafening: She's not a Karl Rove or Nancy Pelosi, they cry, a John McCain or a Barack Obama, a Hillary Clinton or a Lindsey Graham. She's not Washington or New York or Manhattan or San Francisco. She's Sarah Palin, and she's Alaska, for Obama's sake!

And your point is...?

Joining the list of usual suspects noted by Schwartz is former New Jersey governor and still Vichy Republican Christine Todd "Landslide" Whitman. Whitman, a leading enabler of abortion, including partial birth abortion, founded a political action committee called It's My Party Too (IMP-PAC), with the goal of electing RINOs at all levels of government. Whitman claims that Gov. Palin's resignation shows 'attitude' against constituents. By that same "logic," Whitman's veto of a partial abortion ban showed "attitude" against innocent infants. Gov. Palin can wear Whitman's opposition to her as a badge of honor.

- JP

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