Skip to comments.By God, @SarahPalinUSA Is Right!
Posted on 07/03/2013 8:15:14 PM PDT by Bratch
Last week, a Breitbart News article highlighted Sarah Palins criticism of the Gang of Eight immigration bill, and on Sunday, she wrote a Facebook post excoriating this bipartisan sellout:
Great job, GOP establishment. Youve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill, and we needed them to enlarge that tent of which you so often speak. Its depressing to consider that the House of Representatives is threatening to pass some version of this nonsensical bill in the coming weeks.
Palin went on to say that many Americans, herself included, are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party, denouncing both parties as dysfunctional political machines.
Hear! Hear! Attagirl, Sarah! You tell em!
Then, in response to my friend Josh Painter, Governor Palin said she liked his suggestion of joining forces with Mark Levin to create a new Freedom Party if the GOP continues its drift toward abandoning a commitment to core American values. This comment was picked up by the Daily Callers Jeff Poor (who has always hated Sarah Palin with a blind fury) and was in turn seized on by a Red State diarist who, in order to illustrate his post, used a Photoshopped image to mock Palin.
By a strange chain of events having missed the build-up of the brewing controversy I learned of this via Stacy Drake, who slammed the dishonesty of the Red State attack. Quite frankly, a lot of Palin supporters have been bitter toward Red State since 2011, when Erick Erickson went out of his way to mock them. But let us lay aside these ancient quarrels to ask: Is Sarah Palin right?
Not only is she right to oppose this amnesty sellout, but the resentment toward GOP leadership she expresses touches on key aspects of a criticism that the most astute minds in the conservative movement have been making for many, many years. Readers already acquainted with this critique will excuse me for taking time here to explain to new readers the historical and philosophical background.
The perennial problem of the Republican Party is that they are a party of ideas, whereas Democrats are a party of people. That is to say, the GOP since the era of Reagan has been devoted to a philosophy of conservatism an ideology while by contrast, the Democrats sit around identifying specific voter groups (labor union members, women, blacks, gays, etc.), telling them that the Republicans are their mortal enemies, and then pitching them with promises: Were on your side. Were your friends. Vote for us and well give you X, Y and Z.
Republicans succeed when they are led by spokesmen who can clearly articulate a conservative philosophy, and who consistently point out the Democrats history of dishonesty and failure: Even if you could trust Democrats to do what they say theyre going to do (which by the way, you cant) their policies dont work, have never worked and never will work. People who vote Democrat in the belief that Democrats will fix their problems always end up with worse problems.
Want to see what Democrats do for their friends? Go to Detroit.
Republicans fail when they lack confidence in their own beliefs and instead offer voters a Me, Too agenda of Democrat Lite. This has been a GOP problem since the era of Herbert Hoover, at least, and was a basic reason why William F. Buckley Jr. and a number of other like-minded people organized what we now know as Movement Conservatism during the 1950s. It is a sad fact that many of those who today claim to be conservatives have never really studied the development of this movement. Too much of this history has either been forgotten or twisted by liberal authors (e.g., Sam Tanenhaus) so as to be unrecognizable to those familiar with the actual facts.
Many of my friends of the libertarian or traditionalist persuasion (Old Whigs, so to speak) scorn Movement Conservatism as weak tea, a pragmatic compromise with electoral politics that lacks the radicalism of a fighting creed which can inspire a true revival. As one of my late acquaintances liked to say, the conservative movement is an oxymoron; it conserves nothing and doesnt move anywhere.
Well, steady licks kill the Devil, as they say. We have seen in the past half-century that, if properly organized and properly led, the conservative movement can make real changes. But personnel is policy, and too often the ambitions of individuals careerists seeking to make politics the vehicle of their own personal success have put the wrong kind of people in key roles, enabling them to prevent success (and then, of course, to scapegoat others for the failure).
Ability and ambition are not always accompanied by virtue and wisdom. Quite commonly in political life, we encounter selfish people who cleverly present themselves as principled idealists, zealous for The Cause, while enriching themselves and enhancing their own influence behind the convenient camouflage of political purity.
Al Regnery once summarized this problem by saying that the success of conservatism had created opportunities for opportunists.
In other words, back when conservative was an unpopular label and a misunderstood idea, people could not get rich or build careers for themselves by parading beneath the banner of conservatism. But the success of the conservative movement during the Reagan era and beyond made it a popular thing both for Republican office-seekers and for various sorts of political functionaries to identify themselves as conservatives, to claim to speak for conservatism, and to assert that their particular ideas were True Conservatism.
This influx of opportunists has not only confused the public as to what conservative means, but it has erected an organizational infrastructure of the movement staffed by careerists more interested in their own advancement within this hierarchy The Ziggurat of Ambition, as Ive called it than in conservatism itself.
Sarah Palins career on the national stage has involved some misfortunes, which the Red State diarist imperfectly summarizes:
Ill admit, for a brief moment in 2008, I thought John McCain might actually have a chance at winning the White House. That moment was at the end of Sarah Palins RNC convention speech during which she took a mere 45 minutes to eviscerate the 18 months of image building that was Barack Obamas campaign.
In 2008, to me, Sarah Palin was the hope and change the GOP could have used. Palin seemed to be more the maverick than McCain ever was or could hope to be.
However, shortly after her convention speech, the McCain campaign took over, the Left attacked, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, after four years of being the quasi-professional bomb-throwing GOP outsider, Palin is tossing the idea out there that shes open to supporting a third party.
This certainly summarizes a perception of Palin that many people might agree with, if they havent bothered to study Palins biography and to assess the fundamental problem: What happens when a successful but relatively obscure Republican with no previous exposure to high-stakes national politics is suddenly thrust into the spotlight and finds herself surrounded by the sort of vicious backstabbing crapweasels who were running John McCains campaign?
Seriously: If Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace are the future of the Republican Party, we are doomed beyond all hope of redemption.
Criticize Palin however you will say she was not ready for primetime, call her a bomb thrower, accuse her of greed or excessive vanity, impugn her temperament, whatever but you must understand this: Sarah Palin is not whats wrong with the Republican Party.
And while I do not mean to endorse a third-party effort in 2016, Governor Palin has put her finger directly on a key problem for conservatives, namely that such leaders of the Republican Party as have joined The Gang of Eight Liars are betraying the people who elected them with the belief that those voters have no alternative.
Controlling the party apparatus and able to hire plenty of conservative intellectuals to endorse their betrayal as essential to the future success of the GOP, these Republicans proceed on the assumption that conservative voters are so lacking in devotion to principle that they will always vote Republican no matter what.
Governor Palin cant say this, but I can: Fk you, Republican leaders.
And while were at it, fk anybody who says we should roll over and accept this kind of phony conservative bullst as inevitable.
No, by God, I say we fight these bastards with everything weve got.
Fight them until Hell freezes over, and then fight them on the ice.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, a fine occasion to declare our independence from these vicious backstabbing crapweasels.
If Governor Palin is willing to help lead this fight inside the GOP so long as there is hope, but outside the GOP if we must then I say, Patriots! We must conquer here or die! Rally on the Alaskan!
DAMN straight...I’m with you!
You’ll like this one.
Reagan actually got amnesty into law..(and they vote for Obama now)
Lets hope we can stop it this time.
I am with her, down with her, would suffer with her and damned will do what I can to see her the first female President. For our God and country!
I thought I was the only who read this guy from to time.
I never post because he is very comfortable with expletive delitives, which I don’t have a problem but, many on FR would.
Great redact and The Other McCain is heelarryus.
Gotta see what hottie he posts this week.
If Boehner brings out any immigration bill it will lead to an Obama signature on amnesty and it will be Boehner and the House Republicans fault even if 90 percent of them vote NO, they are all responsible since they made Boehner their leader.
For me that’s a serious line in the sand if Boehner and the GOP choose to cross it......
Awe shush! You’ll vote for Chris Christy and like it, I tell you!!!
See you in Cairo.
Way to go RedState Erickson you are busted for photoshopping Sarah Palin onto your fantasy sexual surrogate.
Way to go founders1791 for exposing Eric Erickson for what he is.
In all my adult voting life I have only been a republican and voted for the same, I am no longer a republican, I am a conservative.
Rubio, Bush, Rove, McCain, McAmnesty was the last straw, I will never give money to the RNC, RNCC, or repubicans running for office, if the person isn’t a real conservative.