Skip to comments.Sarah Palin, Man of the Year
Posted on 12/30/2009 10:22:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
2009 was an extraordinary year in which ordinary people did extraordinary things not because they were the easy things to do, but because they were the right thing to do. The people ranged from young Hannah Giles who jump-started her journalism career by donning a hookers garb to bring down the racketeer influenced corrupt organization known as ACORN, to Chesley Sully Sullenberger III, who culminated the decades of his life that he worked toward airline safety simply by landing a engineless plane on the Hudson River.
Michael Paul Mizzone, a carpenters business representative, pulled Josef R. Bruckuf, 82, out of a burning house, severely burning himself in the rescue. Police Sergeant James Crowley refused to buckle under presidential pressure and apologize for arresting a belligerent man. Economist Douglas W. Elmendorf refused to buckle under presidential pressure to cook the books for Obamacare.
The list of such candidates was long as the United States and Canada are nations that still celebrate and nurture rugged individualism. We still produce people like Stephen McIntyre who demand proof before they sign onto the global warming fad.
And lest we forget, the Netherlands gave us Jasper Schuringa, who saved Flight 253. The Dutch have our gratitude.
While each of the finalists was deserving, there can be only one man of the year Sarah Palin. In the pantheon of people who stood up this year for that which is right, no one else stood taller or looked better.
She endured the most and came to symbolize the majority of American citizens who are stunned by the attempt to rapidly dismantle this great nation of ours and transform it into another Euro-weenie socialist country that apologizes for trying to save the rest of the world over the years.
The cynic in me said I should honor the person most responsible for reviving the conservative movement Barack Obama. His arrogance and over-reach gave people pause. The plunder of the treasury in February caused even apolitical people to question his true motives. His slide to 44% approval among voters came lightning quick and we all know that thunder follows lightning.
But conservatives make lousy cynics. Skeptics yes. We refuse to act now, think later. This is why so many of us were cool to the theory of global warming. Climategate proved us correct. We may be suspicious, but being conservative means never saying things will not get better someday. Usually tomorrow. Conservatives are patient. Wait till next year became the battle cry by August. We shall see how that works out in November.
This post originally was written as the runner-up slot. Most readers thought Sarah Palin would be the first Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog, but I had other plans. Just as in the Miss Alaska contest a quarter-century ago, she would be the runner-up. Rush Limbaughs CPAC speech was a magical moment in American history and so he would win.
The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that while Rush Limbaugh deserved the award, Mrs. Palin did even more for the conservative movement, and therefore for America, this year than even he did. In the final days, they switched places.
Naming Sarah Palin as Man of the Year is the only logical conclusion to a year when Americans who petitioned their government for a redress of grievances were smeared as un-American by the people who are temporarily in charge.
And still the people rose up.
Mrs. Palin has endured more slings and more arrows than any other politician in America. She may not have gone into any burning buildings, but she was singed nonetheless. Had Obamas mansion deal received one-tenth the scrutiny that her shopping for clothes received, we conservatives would be grousing today about President Hillary. All things considered, Mrs. Clinton would have been the better president than this one.
The personal attacks on Mrs. Palin this year were so vile that if she were the Rutgers womens basketball team, David Letterman would have lost his job. But CBS put profits above decency. Letterman had no problem calling her a slut and her daughter a slut on national TV; it upped his ratings as liberal misogyny is alive and well and profitable.
His offer of a half-assed apology with an invitation to come on his show and boost his ratings was met with an the iciest No of the year, so cold that it actually shocked him into giving a real apology.
Mrs. Palin moved on, marching to the beat of the American drummer. She caught hell from the left for another year, and began firing back. Her Facebook posts are well-written and thought out. Tagging Obamacare as having death panels rattled the lefty cages and woke up Americans to the rationing of health care that was right around the bend.
Not all the criticisms of her were without substance. Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep. She stood up for what is right and held her head high as she marched forward ever forward.
Half the people of the United States love her for hanging in there. They love her for sharing their values of home, hearth and country. They love her for being of the the people, by the people and for the people.
Oh, not the elites and the elitist wannabes. The little potty-mouthed drones on the left think they are so sophisticated as they mock 14-year-old girls, babies with Down syndrome and people who shop at Wal-Mart. The Washington Posts book reviewer bragged that she did not read Sarah Palins book. Ignorance is now a status symbol for the left.
Ordinary people did read her book and they were impressed. The people who shop at Wal-Mart bought 1 million copies of her autobiography in just 2 weeks. Thousands of them stood in line by the thousands in the freezing nights of November and December just to get her autograph. She is of them a hockey mom who is naive, unsophisticated and learning just how rotted from within Americas political system has become. She beat corruption in Wasilla. She beat corruption in Alaska. And well, she finished 2009 with a higher approval rating than The Won.
She did this despite nearly universal adulation in the press for him and nearly universal condemnation in the press for her.
The people know the elites hate her. Dumping on her has gone beyond the point of reason. The Tina Feying of her backfires anymore. We get it already. The more they mock her, the deeper the resolve of her fans. The odd thing is, her detractors slam her because Sarah Palin boosts ratings. They are trying to stop the hurricane with a beach umbrella.
Her appearance on Oprah Winfrey pushed Oprahs ratings which have sagged since Oprah publicly endorsed Obama up by 68%. Mrs. Palin gave Oprah her highest ratings in 2 years, easily topping the appearances by anyone named Obama.
She is genuine. Her beliefs in freedom, in independence and in community service reflect how she was raised. She does not hide who she is. There are no ulterior motives. There is no one underneath her bus.
The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentlemans B+ but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.
Sarah Palin, Man of the Year of the Don Surber blog for 2009.
The other finalists:
Rush Limbaugh, Man of the Year Runner-up.
Kenneth Gladney, Man of the Year Finalist No. 3.
Glenn Beck, Man of the Year Finalist No. 4.
Douglas W. Elmendorf, Man of the Year Finalist No. 5.
Jim Justice, Man of the Year Finalist No. 6.
23 Carnegie Medal heroes, Man of the Year Finalist No. 7.
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, Man of the Year Finalist No. 8.
Chesley Burnett Sully Sullenberger III, Man of the Year Finalist No. 9.
Hannah Giles, Man of the Year Finalist No. 10.
Stephen McIntyre, Man of the Year Finalist No. 11.
Rick Santelli, Man of the Year Finalist No. 12.
James Crowley, Man of the Year Finalist No. 13.
Andrew Breitbart, Man of the Year Finalist No. 14.
Jasper Schuringa, Man of the Year Finalist No. 15.
Very nice— thanks for posting it.
To preempt to more radical feminists out there, this right-wing feminist believes the nomination an accurate one. Taken as a verb, the word "man" means to take charge of a job. This Sarah Palin does with vigor.
Palin / Beck 2012....... Ann Coulter press Secy... and campaign manager
What the hell is the matter with these people? It can only be willful ignorance.
Just turned the channel in time to see the repeat of Sarah’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Shatner. She did really well, that man of the year.
I suppose people who can't figure out why Sarah Palin left the governorship, have not heard of the expression, "she had bigger fish to fry." She knows her fish.
“She won’t tire..she won’t run..she won’t cave.....
someone REALLY needs to make a bumper sticker/T-shirt of this!! I expect most people WOULD understand the meaning!!
Go get em Sarah! Keep up the great work and keep the testosterone flowing!
I remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. Good parents teach their chilluns to follow thru on commitments - no quitting the junior high curling team in mid-season. And “bigger fish to fry”? Perhaps she could have remained in Alaska’s governorship & found an imaginative, effective way to turn up the heat on those who were trying to fry her.
Not pulling your chain, I'd very much be interested in why you refer to yourself this way. What attributes should a female possess to be designated a right-wing feminist?
I take it you are unaware as to how much the frivolous ethics charges were costing her and Alaska?
Many of us remain puzzled by her decision to resign abruptly as the governor of Alaska. But her campaign for the 2012 presidency continues despite this misstep.We were all shocked by it - but it wasn't a misstep.
It was not a retreat. It was, as Chesty Fuller put it, "an advance in a different direction."
It proved that Governor Sarah Palin is bigger than any political hack because she does not regard any perquisite of office above the interests of her constituents.
She was sued into bankcruptcy by Democrat hacks and denied the possibility to engage in national politics. Leaving office was the only way to financially save her family and re-enter the national stage, both which she is doing with huge success.
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