While America is still deciding whether it should fret or revel over HBO’s new “Game Change” film, I think it’s worth reassuring former Governor Palin that those of us who sincerely admire and respect her will always see her as America’s best vice presidential candidate ever, and no movie can ever diminish the real star that Sarah is to us.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned in his famous Harvard address three decades ago, “A statesman who wants to achieve something important and highly constructive for his country has to move cautiously and even timidly. There are thousands of hasty and irresponsible critics around him … As he moves ahead, he has to prove that each single step of his is well-founded and absolutely flawless.”
“Actually, an outstanding and particularly gifted person who has unusual and unexpected initiatives in mind hardly gets a chance to assert himself. From the very beginning, dozens of traps will be set out for him. Thus, mediocrity triumphs with the excuse of restrictions imposed by democracy.”
Sarah may not be perfect, but then again neither is our system and neither are we. What I do see in Sarah is an exceptional human being with a good heart, full of faith in God and love for her family who stood to be counted when America needed leaders.
Since the 2008 campaign, Sarah has not shrunk from service but committed herself to the cause of restoring honor to America and giving a voice to those whom others ignore. It’s worth noting that among the poorest and most disadvantaged Republicans, polls reflect that Sarah is most favorably viewed. Why? Because Sarah is a woman who connects with compassion, class and a courageous spirit…
In 2010, one of my friends, John Willoughby, ran as a Republican candidate for Congress here in Hawaii. Despite being a retired U.S. Navy officer who served during the Battle of Mogadishu – known to the rest of us as the Black Hawk Down incident – he was brushed aside and lightly esteemed by local conservatives, who said he could never win.
When Willoughby won his contested Republican primary, while people were still saying my friend couldn’t win, Sarah was the first national personality to endorse him. Sarah, who understood what it was like to be lightly esteemed, consistently shows honor and respect to all those who put their names on the line to serve their country.
In 2011, when I wanted to present one of my Hawaii friends with a unique birthday present, I requested a personalized autograph from Sarah with a birthday message. Sarah gladly provided it.
Say what you will about Sarah Palin. The real Sarah is a woman of incredible humility, character and honor who, God willing, will one day return to elected politics and not just change the game, but stop Washington’s playing of games at taxpayer expense.