Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin's Power

Margaret Thatcher once said: “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding, because I think, well, if they attack me personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

Sarah Palin should take heart in those words, and the rest of us should remember how true they are, for the liberals' response to her vice presidential nomination has been one personal attack after another.

What we saw in Palin’s speech last night was true conservatism that was unapologetic, unashamed and unafraid. She hit the nail on the head when it came to every major topic: national defense, energy production, taxes, government waste, the sanctity of life, etc. Her jabs at Obama (such as likening her former job of mayor to Obama’s former job of community organizer, "except that you have actual responsibilities") were not only accurate, but delivered with humor and good cheer and not even a hint of bitterness.

For years conservatives have been growing disenchanted with the GOP because of the way its officeholders have gone native after arriving in D.C.: the way those officeholders have lurched leftward, behaved like Democrats, sucked up to hostile media, and failed to stand up for the conservative ideals they espoused while running for office. That is the reason the GOP lost control of Congress and that is the reason Bush’s approval ratings are low – not because Republicans became too conservative, but because Republicans stopped being conservative. Liberal pundits and pols know this, which is why they are frightened of Sarah Palin, which is why they are attacking her.

Palin's speech last night was something we have not seen since the days of Reagan. Conservatives know we have a voice in the party again, and looking at the party's recently drafted platform, we know that voice is strong despite the problems we've had with McCain over the years. With Palin now at center stage in the country’s political discourse, and with her becoming conservatism’s standard-bearer, the future of conservatism is bright regardless of what happens in November.

1 comment:

Erika said...

You know I loved listing to her speak - I really loved watching it with you my politically brilliant hunk who helps me understand all of the things that my mind can not comprehend!