I cannot tell you how many times me or many of my friends at C4P have been accused of believing that Governor Palin was a saint. While it’s true that her record of reform and public service trumps that of pretty much any politician’s in DC today, most of us concede that there is only One who is Holier-Than-Thou and someday we’re all going to have to face His standard individually.
But with the left, it’s different. Governor Palin is an impressive advocate for personal responsibility. To the left, “personal responsibility” means never hunting, never defending yourself, and never expecting to keep more of what you earn through your own personal endeavors. Therefore; to them, it doesn’t matter if Governor Palin accomplished all she laid out in her agenda in only half the time in public office before resigning to prevent them from further abusing the Alaska Ethics Act. It also doesn’t matter to them that she was able to balance a budget as a Governor, cut spending, and prioritize to make sure proper funding was available for education and low income seniors.
What matters to them is the picture they can paint on their own. You see; a book and movie based on anonymous sources wasn’t enough. A peeping-Tom neighbor who wrote a book filled with lies and more anonymous sources wasn’t enough. 24,000 e-mails that were released reflecting her years as Governor weren’t enough either. In fact they served as the direct opposite to the smoking gun the left thought would be hiding in there. They proved she was engaged and in control as Governor of her state.
This is why the left has created an unbelievable standard of perfection for Governor Palin. However, this sainted image they create has never been filled by any politician in DC now nor will it ever be filled by any human being who walks the planet.
This is how you know that even they are unsure of the false attacks and smears released despite the millions of dollars it took to produce the various aforementioned hit pieces.
Sure, they appreciate the efforts but it’ll never be enough to quench their thirst for more hate. And that is why we love Governor Palin so much around here.
She married her high school sweetheart. They had five beautiful kids together. They face the same challenges each and every other American faces and they keep their faith and love for one another at the forefront of their lives. Governor Palin is happy, she continues to stay fit, and even though some really smart professors out there are penning Op-Ed’s for the NY Times telling us to scrap the Constitution, she’s out there fearlessly fighting for it.
So of course when news breaks of some kind of personal sorrow in her family, the left rushes back to that phony standard of perfection that they pretend we set up. In a smug way, they refer to her as “Sister Sarah,” and portray her as a crusader of perfection who roams the country damning and cursing single motherhood and divorce.
There is a problem though with their standard – it never existed.
It’s common sense people. Of course, we can never expect the left to catch onto common sense. This explains why Obama had a majority in Congress in his first two years as president and why today he blames a few members of Congress on the right for the fact that he’s never passed a budget.
Single motherhood is not an optimum condition for a child. Neither is divorce. But being someone who finds themselves in either situation does not disqualify them from engaging in the same kinds of personal responsibility that Governor Palin encourages.
You do the best you can with what happens in life. Half of all marriages in America end in divorce. We all know someone who’s been divorced. We all have friends whose parents have divorced. We all know single mothers. We don’t beat these people over the head every time we see them in daily life with lectures about family values. Rather, we invite them to become part of the solution in lieu of giving up hope.
Underneath all their hate and rhetoric lies the truth of the left’s mission. How many of them truly want divorced and single mothers in the inner cities to pull themselves up out of poverty? How many of them really want these young women to fight hard to make something out of their lives so that they can move forward in life as teachers by talking to young women to encourage them to choose a different path? The answer is simple: it’s far better for the left to have these people be punished and frightened from coming forward and to be further entrapped by government. Their treatment of Bristol Palin is proof of that.
What bothers the left about Governor Palin isn’t the fact that someone in her family may get a divorce or have a child without being married. What bothers them is that the Palin family is proof of using personal responsibility to optimize less-than-ideal circumstances.
And since there is nothing more “less-than-ideal” than the state of our nation under President Obama and the current Congress, her record and resolve shall remain the same threat it was to the left four years ago.
Happy New Year!