Defending One’s Own — Starting with Sarah Palin

On a recent radio show, Rush Limbaugh bemoaned the tendency of conservatives to shut up when one of their spokesmen (or women) is attacked:

When a conservative, a public conservative gets in trouble, other conservatives tend to throw that person overboard to get rid of the problem, rather than defend them. . . . The left circles the wagons around their people, but we never have. We didn’t have people defending Romney on the specific charges made against him. The Bush people didn’t even defend themselves on some of the absurd accusations they faced! We just don’t do it. We don’t defend our own people.

He went on:

And then [a caller] says, "Conservatives simply have no one in the media that has any credibility with the ill-informed masses."  I sadly think that’s true.  There’s a reason for it.  It’s not that conservatism doesn’t fit.  It’s not that conservatism doesn’t apply, because Reagan did have that credibility. It’s one of the reasons why the revisionists in history have been so unkind to Reagan.  Reagan was profoundly effective and they hated him for that simple reason.  And they hate anybody else who is, by the way.  So they have to destroy them.  Now, the difference is, when they launch assaults, pick your favorite conservative anywhere, elected or in the media, the rest of the conservative establishment usually does not defend that person.  They join in the criticism, or they express sorrow and concern and agree that something needs to be done about what that person said.

On American Thinker today, Lloyd Marcus picks up this theme in The Lesson in the Betrayal of Sarah Palin:

Allow me to recap.  Immediately following her amazing VP nomination acceptance speech, the media/the left went crazy, consumed with hatred and a desperate desire to destroy her.  Why?  Palin was a beautiful, smart, articulate, and strong woman who boldly touted traditional values and a love for God, family, and country — all of which are anathemas to the left.

No tactic was too low to discredit Palin.  Thus, the left even attacked Trig, Palin’s Down syndrome child.

Women in my family parroted the media talking point that Palin was bad for women.  I thought, "You idiots…Palin is the epitome of everything the left/Democrats claim to desire for women — successful inside and outside the home."

While she was governor of Alaska, the left tried to drown Palin in lawsuits.  Palin resigned to save her state from the cost and aggravation.  The left’s mantra was that Palin is a quitter, and Republicans/conservatives joined their chorus.

He closes:

Have we learned something from the Republican/conservative betrayal of Palin and their passivity and culpability in the media’s vicious, vile destruction of her image? . . . Sarah Palin, on behalf of We The People, I wish to thank you for your profile in courage, trumpeting conservatism (God, family, and country).

Both Limbaugh and Marcus deserve a complete reading. The point is that anyone who looks like they might be an effective advocate for conservativism –especially with women or minorities, who are regarded by the Progressives as personal political property — will be attacked and demonized. It is crucial that conservatives defend them. Use the public prints; make the point in personal conversation; post on Facebook. Start a food fight at the family reunion (you never really liked that cousin anyway). Recognize that the average Progressive has an attention span suited to the 140 character limit imposed by Twitter, so learn to speak in tweets. Don’t let them get away with nonsense.

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  • Isabel Matos

    The GOP hates us, we-the-people, via Sarah.  That is why I love her and will support her no matter what she does and no matter how long it takes.   

    • Elwanda Burrell

       AMEN……me toooo!!!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Isabel!!

  • bnotestine

    Sarah has openly proclaimed her love for Jesus Christ, and proven her pro life position intimately. She seems to be chosen as a focal point for those who love Life and life, and those who hate accountability in both.

  • Jon Kelly

    Look when the Left and now the Republican Establishment feel threatened. These "elites"-know they have the right to allow, even abet the LSM in their attempts to destroy a human being who stands in their way. They’re like the 21st Century MAFIA- IT’S NOT PERSONAL–JUST BUSINESS. So many hacks like David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, "political experts" like Rove and Schmidt wax on on how the Republican (their Republican Party) must change with the times. THIS IS THE NEW FORM OF "POLITICAL CRONYISM",  These bottom feeders have made fortunes running, losing political campaigns and like their media favored political pundit bottom feeders make fortunes being that token "Republican" on the media and talk show circuit. Governor Palin is hated because she has the Courage to stand up a speak out about FAMILY VALUES, COMMON SENSE AND THE COURAGE TO SPEAK OUT HONESTLY. THIS COUNTRY IS BETTER OFF AND HAS A FUTURE BECAUSE OF GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN.  Republican or Independent I STAND WITH SARAH PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • Val

      Great post Jon Kelly

  • Hipparchia

    Excellent points.  An adult, capable woman who wants to serve her country, Sarah Palin is the polar opposite of what the Democratic party encourages women to be.   

  • DocBarry1

    Thank you L. Marcus – terrific words – where are the so-called Conservatives that allow, even to this day, act in a demeaning and vile way re Gov Palin and her family.

    Thank you!!!!

  • Founders1791

    ……a post I made on this subject over at NRO about the Retreat of GOP ‘leadership……

    Paul Ryan? OMG how stupid and tone deaf could you be?

    The guy has a personality of an accountant, zero zip in his step, and in 13 years on the job accomplished nothing but cave into every single increase in the size of government proffered by our socialist enemies. Let’s also not forget that in every single venue during the failed Romney fiasco he pulled crowds less than 1/2 of the former candidate. NO ONE even knows who this guy is despite $1 billion wasted by the GOP. Paul Ryan is a soldier, not general  material.

    Who in the party has actually helped members get elected who have made a difference in the last two Congressional contests?

    Who in the party is the number one target of every attack known in politics for 5 years in a row?

    Who has survived all of that vetting and still attracts $5 million a year in PAC dollars that get 75% of their candidates elected against opponents with hundreds of millions?

    Populist, blue collar, woman ……former Governor Sarah Palin

    I’ll bet a $1,000 bucks that if you take any significant gathering of people, anywhere in the country, and without warning introduce any of the current candidates bandied about in the GOP, along with Governor Palin, and she will absorb all the oxygen there is within 15 minutes.

    You can’t buy that at any price!

    If you get stuck on all this mental masturbation of who is better educated, refined, or what have you, you will lose like the narrow minded pigeon holed rinos have with HW in 92, Dole in 96, McCain in 08, and Romney in 12.

    All that matters is winning elections, not the intellectual high ground, all that is simple sophistry that the public simply doesn’t care about and if our politicians continue to ignore what interests them, they will be perpetually stuck on stupid pontificating in the losers corner.

    • colint

      Outstanding comment. Brief. Well expressed. Repeat it again and again everywhere.

      • Founders1791

        It’s now at the Atlantic, soon to be WashComPost, and everywhere it seems appropriate!

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      And let’s not forget who was there in Madison, Wisconsin, no less, leading the call to "fight like a girl!"  She didn’t say "fight like Paul Ryan" now, did she?  Where was Paul Ryan that day, anyway?

  • chuckjr

    Having lived through so much of the slanted media’s b.s. on Sarah and our family, this post hits home. Thank you for sharing it.  One of the most painful aspects of all of it has been watching my mother go through it. She instilled in Sarah high morals and Christian values. To see her daughter continuously torn apart by people who are either ignorant or just plain full of hate is disheartening to say the least.

    I’m just thankful that Sarah has always been as tough as nails… most people have no idea what she’s had to endure.  Our entire family is grateful for the support and prayers so many of you have shown us.

    Have a great weekend,

    • generictrainee

      Too mild to call media slanted , media is a senseless propaganda machine .

      But it has exposed how the psychopathic crony politics works.
      "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      There are millions of us who respect and admire your sister and your family, as well, and who are grateful to your parents for raising such admirable offspring.  Please tell your mother how we feel about her and her family.  She deserves to know.

    • LuvGuvSP

      Must’ve been kinda nice reading an article about your sister written by someone who truly ‘gets it’, huh? (other than something written by the purveyors of this site, of course)  Heck, I’m not even related to her and I must say that after all the garbage that’s been written about your sister, even I felt great reading it :)

      • conservativemama

        Hey there LuvGuvSP!

        • LuvGuvSP

          Hey there to you too, conservativemama,,,and Charter Oakie too :)

          I was thinking about you (& others I know who live in your fair Commonweath) the other day when I heard your Guv talking about eliminating the gas tax.  Started making mental calculations to figure out if it would be worth the time & money saved to ‘cross the boarder’ & ‘filler up’ if that happens :)  Will be watching & waiting….

          Hope all’s well!

          • conservativemama

            All is well down here in Virginia.  Could our states be more different?

    • Rightmindedmom

      I am so thankful that you are a regular reader and contributor to this site, Chuck Jr.  Please be assured that there are millions of us regular people, who are ready to do the legwork necessary to back Sarah whenever she is ready — if that (God willing) ever happens.  We may be thousands of miles from her, and have never met her, but we’re longing for a leader who can represent us in the USA.

      Mom in Wisconsin

    • lyndaaquarius

      mr mrs heath must be so proud of their children. An absolutely inspiring family. America’s finest.

    • n4cerinc

      Sir, know that when she is attacked, many of us feel attacked. She is us. She has an ARMY standing ready to get behind her if she so choose. 

      • conservativemama

        Absolutely.  As I’ve said many times, Sarah is the first woman on the national scene that I could identify with.   And it’s not just her, I recognize my marriage in her marriage.

        We are here, we’ve not faded away, and we are ready should Sarah enter the fray.  And if you think I’m committed, you should know my sister.  Our mother, diehard conservative, would be proud.

    • CharterOakie

      chuck – we love and thank God for Sarah.  We shall continue to pray for her and her/your entire family.

      Your blog is wonderful, by the way.  Just wish I could access Disqus to comment when I get the emails at the office!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, Brother!!!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Chuck!!!

      WE STAND WITH YOUR SISTER, and with all of you guys!!

      God bless!!

      • CharterOakie

        Ave amicus fidelis.

        We PROUDLY stand with Sarah Palin and the family!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Amen, Frater!!!!!

    • wodiej

      God bless you and your family Chuck.  Most of us have been here since 2008 w unwavering support for your Sis and family.  We get it.  

  • PAWatcher

    The new talking points of the progressives…………….We the People are terrorists who want to over throw the government, set the USA back to the stone age and can’t cope with minorities becoming the majority. Homeland security is on red alert to watch conservatives, not jihadists mind you- conservatives.
    This article defines US as being unable to defend conservatives properly. What more could We have done for Sarah? We felt every blow she has taken from the left, right and below the belt from the entertainment industry. We stand solidly in hopes of her leading the way.
    If the TEA conservatives march, they’re scary mobs. If We bombard politicians with emails/petitions, We’re devisive and un yielding. If We contact our representatives and want spending cuts or no increase in the debt limits, We are disruptive and keeping congress hostage. If We still protest to have obamacare defunded, We hate the poor. If We want answers other than amnesty to imigration, We hate minorities. If We are pro life, We hate women. If We are pro 2nd amendment , We want more kids to be killed. 
    In other words if We speak up or keep quiet the attacks continue. How do We defend conservatives in this upside down world of progressives? On the internet it’s speaking to the choir with a few trolls thrown in, Fox is semi helpful at best, Beck can make a case for the problems with few if any solutions- he’s into building a dream utopia for conservatives…………..I’m ready for Sarah to lead the way out of this nightmare, if only to point US in the right direction or to the right representatives i.e. Ted Cruz.
     A few words from Sarah always has an optimistic result, can you imagine a daily dose of game plans to follow from Sarah?

  • Guest

    Often when the vipers rattle & strike at our beloved SP, the following verses come to mind:

    Jn 15:18-21

    “ If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me….."

    Then Yeshua goes on to say:
    "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come…." (John 16:13)

    • M_Minnesota

      bingo!!!!! brother/sister chzn2bfree!!!!

  • c4pfan

    I really liked the article Lloyd Marcus wrote, because I know how much of a role he plays in the Tea Party! 

  • goldenprez

    The problem lies in the use of "conservative." Just exactly who does Rush think is a "conservative" in the GOP? Rush himself has been carrying water for the GOP since 1986. He constantly states that he is a "conservative," but always refers to the Republicans as "we."

    When it comes to political analysis where leftist agenda is concerned, there is no one better than Rush. However, Rush is as out-of-touch with the grassroots conservative movement as any Permanent Political Class member in D.C. I have been listening to Rush since 1986, and I can say, as a certainty, that Rush is giving advice to Republican "conservatives" on an hourly basis.

    When a supposedly conservative Senator such as Pat Toomey votes for the "Fiscal Cliff Deal," he has lost his credence as a conservative. He should now be recognized as a "Republican who leans to the right."

    Republican and conservative are not synonymous. In fact, they are diametrically opposing nomenclatures. The very fact that there are still people who believe that Paul Ryan is a conservative speaks to the gullibility of too, too many grassroots conservatives. That there were people, especially here at C4P, who thought that Paul Ryan would be any different as Speaker than John Boehner, speaks to the gullibility of too, too many grassroots conservatives.

    It doesn’t matter a whit what these GOP "conservatives" say. The only thing that matters is what they do. Look up their records. Stop giving them a "pass" when they compromise basic conservative principles. Every Republican who voted for the "Fiscal Cliff Deal" is not a conservative. No matter how much lip service they give. Excuses for not voting for conservative principles are just a means to try and fool grassroots conservatives again.

    Even those "conservatives" who were purged in the House, did not have the guts to vote against John Boehner. Unless you "walk the walk" just "talking the talk" is designed to live up to the GOP credo: "How can we fool them today?"

    Big Government conservatives actually have a label: Republicans.

    Unless, and until, the coming representatives are beholden to no political party, but only to "we the people," there will be no change in "business as usual" in the federal government.

    It is time for all conservatives to stop begging for scraps from the Republican table.

    Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

    Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

    Illegitimi non carborundum.

    Barracudas Maximus.

  • Mr.L

    excellent column. 

  • section9

    Only when Conservatives learn to give the Left cold steel, day in and day out, no matter the consequences, will we start to win again. There is no room for compromise with these people; they wish to take away our freedom and impose a fascist nightmare on our country.

    Show them cold steel Always attack, never defend. That’s the way you win.

  • Timothy Jacques

    Pat Caddell  (16:30 mark…give or take) talk about Palin and how Schmidt back stabbed her.

  • Gary

    If Sarah led a party that fully supported her program for relentless reform, I believe we coulg win the vast majority who are fed up with the corruption.

    • cnswpassion

       I agree.  I believe that a large portion of our minority population would vote for Sarah, also.

    • SiennaP

      Third parties are a sure way to lose even bigger.  We need to change the Republican party from within.  A good start with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and all the real conservatives that Sarah has helped elect.

  • viewfromalaska

    I don’t know how you folks kept from going "postal" on lib’s. As a fellow Alaskan I was so enraged by the all out assault by the Anchorage Daily News on your sister I literally couldn’t sleep at
    night… I just smoldered. I’m not satisfied that their subscriptions dropped 40% the following year or that they laid off so many people that they had to close their Juneau and Fairbanks branches. I won’t be satisfied until that rag collapses. They will blame the internet, but most folks I know were astounded by their turn-about after her VP selection. None of us knew what to do about it except write nasty-grams to them. I imagine you want exoneration. I want revenge. I want to see all of them in the unemployment line.

    • Jean_A

      I expect such from the leftists but the so call republicans are the ones that can rot in hell.

  • wodiej

    Lloyd Marcus has consistently been a fierce advocate for Gov. Palin whereas Limbaugh’s support has been lukewarm at best.  Same w the so called "great one" Mark Levin.  Both have a wide audience and both could have done much more to encourage and support a Gov. Palin presidential run.  Some may disagree w me but I did not read a flurry of articles substantiating that they did.

    Gov. Palin hired an advisor in early 2012 and my guess is that he was gauging how much support she would have if she did run.  It wasn’t there.  Why-I suspect based on comments I’ve read and heard from voters range from her being a woman, she’s not ready, she’s not smart enough etc, etc, etc.  What does that say about the Republican voting bloc when they do not even recognize a real conservative who has had nothing but a successful record for 20  YEARS? Who sold the Governor’s jet and drove herself to work? Who wouldn’t throw out food in the Governor’s mansion left by the previous resident because she didn’t want it wasted? Who is as honest as they come? Well I don’t know about you but for me that shows the party is still full of intolerant, narrow minded, bigoted and low information people and that is putting it mildly.  It has nothing to do w the GOP party or establishment people.  It’s about the voters who would not support her and that is the plain and simple truth.  

    In Indiana voters do not have to be a registered member of either party which is good because neither one is worth a damn as far as I’m concerned. 

    • 08hayabusa

      Sorry pal but Mark Levin has always supported Palin. He even appeared in the movie the Undefeated by Steve Bannon.

      I agree with the rest of your post though.

  • SiennaP

    Too late.  Sarah Palin has been destroyed.  Those of us who have defended her at every turn are a small, insignificant minority and even I have finally just shut up.  They won because Republicans are cowards.  It didn’t help that she decided not to run against Obama.  I always thought she was the ONLY one who could have defeated him but I am sure she had her reasons.She doesn’t owe us her life but it was a bitter disappointment when she called Levin to tell him she was bowing out.  Now, the mantra that she’s a quitter and shrill and stupid and all the things they have labeled her has sunk in the national consciousness and I don’t see how it can be changed.  Sorry to be so negative but after all these years defending her and fighting for her with everything I had, I am sad to admit that they have won.

    • lanahi

      You are a bit quick to write her political obituary, Sienna.

      All Sarah has to do is talk to the people directly, and they’ll respond to the truth they hear from her.  Propaganda works only for so long, then people finally recognize it for what it is.

      • SiennaP

        NOTHING would make me happier than to be totally and completely wrong.  NOTHING.

  • georgianeighbor

    We need a third party.  The GOP sabotaged McCain, Palin, Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum, and Romney – much to the detriment of our country.  A new party with all those voices just mentioned heard and heeded.  Put them in charge.  Save this country.

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