Look at Sarah Palin, an American Patriot, and Proud of it.
Seven weeks Peggy Noonan’s given Sarah Palin. Seven weeks to express her deepest philosophical yearnings on the campaign stump in order to personally inform HRH Peggy Noonan where Palin comes from. Are her roots Reaganite or Bushian? McCainian or Palinian? Will Palin start a new movement altogether, a Joe Sixpackian Party?, Noonan would sniff. (Or maybe a Joe the Plumber movement?) I can just see this newly declared Democratic elitist growing pale.
In the fullness of time history now appreciates the hard decisions that the late President Harry Truman faced so Ms. Noonan writes appreciatively of his achievements. She doesn’t mention that when Truman left office his approval ratings were extremely low because of his policies.
Noonan switches to her poison pen to write about Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate who has single handedly revived concepts of reality, reform, love of country and duty to the people of the United States. (and really given a boost to the Republican base) Along with President George W. Bush the concept of patriotism becomes again a stirring of the heart and soul, instead of a simple political phrase.
Like President Truman, President Bush has experienced a drop in popularity, but no one can question his patriotism or his success in the defense of his country and the American people. Virtually from the beginning of President Bush’s administration, Noonan was there, writing missives to him in her articles, almost as if she were a stage mother. At first she seemed proud of his performance in the campaign, in the debates, and after the 911 attacks.
As the years wore on Noonan’s articles became more critical of the president, criticizing the pitch of his voice, the missteps in his administrations’ policies; the state of the union addresses that others found stellar. Noonan nit-picked but that was okay. She was involved in the Revolution as she wrote.
But something happened to Noonan. Somewhere around 2005 her writing turned moodier, darker, and she seemed to want more nuance from President Bush, less patriotism, less, shall we say, God.
When did she cross over into such cynicism?
Noonan’s anger is evident throughout this disjointed and emotional article which meanders around in many directions, lightly criticizing Obama, then mugging John McCain, but using the body of the text to attack Sarah Palin for spending the past seven weeks essentially campaigning for John McCain and withstanding an onslaught of attacks that would make any person break down and cry.
One suspects the real target of this article was President Bush and the conservative writers who have stuck with him these past eight years. That seems to really irritate Noonan. She never could lead any of these patriots off the ranch into her land of bitterness and that must frustrate her greatly. The last line in her article betrays her bitterness and deep anger.
But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I’ve listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign policy is shaped by a certain emotionalism, or a conservative whose principles are rooted in philosophy, and whose foreign policy leans more toward what might be called romantic realism, and that is speak truth, know America, be America, move diplomatically, respect public opinion, and move within an awareness and appreciation of reality.
But it’s unclear whether she is Bushian or Reaganite. She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things.
Noonan’s bitter and acerbic attitude reveals a contempt which will not allow me to any longer give her articles the benefit of any link.
You have gone many lines too far Ms. Noonan. You have arguably lost the reason that it takes to think through the difficulties of the moment and you have taken the emotional way out. Instead of simply keeping your counsel about things which may have puzzled or hurt you in the past seven weeks (I’m certain Sarah Palin has had many of these thoughts) you made the unfortunate choice, to think out loud.
Thankfully, Sarah Palin is a patriot. She is a happy warrior.
Yes, to red-blooded Americans, Sarah Palin is the Statue of Liberty, holding up the torch, reminding us who we are, an exceptional people whose great deeds were done in this world because we are free and it is not time to let go of that freedom.
And we will not let go of that freedom.