Sarah Palin: Not so tall, but oh so strong
by: Joe Leonardi
The republican party went and did it. The democrats spurned not only the first female presidential candidate, but they rejected the opportunity to put a woman on the ticket period.
The republican party, led by independent maverick John McCain, went and made history. John McCain shocked most of the entire world with the announcement that the little known Alaskan Governor was going to ride shotgun with him all the way to the White House.
Well, I for one am not surprised. I am ecstatic, elated and excited!
I have been on the verge of changing my voter registration to either Independent, Libertarian or the American Conservative Party for the last few months. Dismayed, dejected and disheartened by what the neo-conservatives have done to my beloved GOP — this was my last hope. I have been proclaiming to all who would listen, “if John McCain picks anyone other than Governor Palin — I am out.”
John McCain the straight talking politician, combat veteran, prisoner of war and hero is once again — heroic.
Many folks are wondering; who is Sarah Palin?
A simple Google search will reveal much.
Watch her first speech with John McCain and applaud as I did.
Those who tuned into the convention Wednesday night were blown away.
And for the last week the democrats and liberals have been bullying Sarah Palin, in the words of Joe Biden she went back out and bloodied their noses. Congratulations Vice-President Palin.
Many have decried her lack of foreign policy experience; perhaps, a valid point. However, I wonder, other than evading the draft and getting drunk at Oxford, how much foreign policy experience did a little known governor from the state of Arkansas have prior to his election?
Governor Palin presides over a state that produces vast amounts of oil, and now because of her initiative and leadership, natural gas. What did Governor Clinton preside over? A substandard educational system?
Compare Governor Palin to Senator Biden: If the American people were so enthralled with the partially plagiarized writings and speeches of what appeared to be perennial presidential pursuer Joe Biden — why is it that in several attempts to be elected president, the Senator from Delaware has never, ever been given even passing consideration from his own party? Joe Biden has been summarily sent sulking to the scrap heap time and time again.
Sarah Palin is a woman who carved her own path to political prestige, she didn’t need to rely on the coattails of a politically successful husband. She has risen to the Governor’s mansion on her own terms, on her own steam. On the way she has looked the power players of Alaska in directly in the eye — and they are the ones who blinked.
Will the disaffected Hilary Clinton voters turn to Sarah Palin? The argument has been made that on many matters, especially abortion, the two are polar opposites. That the question of abortion most prominently will keep the Hilary voters away from Sarah. Well, then people do not understand the working class democrats in Northeast Pennsylvania. Most of the democrats who were going to turn to Hilary, were going to give the Senator a pass on abortion. You see, the democrats here in NEPA are mostly pro-life. I know, I met over twenty five thousand of them when I ran for Congress in 2006. The number one question asked of me was: Are you pro-life?
The misogynistic, misguided members of the democratic party have tried to minimize her utilizing sexist, derogatory, disrespectful dismissive terminology. Senator Biden identified the difference between the two by stating that she is good looking. WILK morning talk show host Kevin Lynn stated that she was just some girl McCain chose.
John McCain and Sarah Palin will bring to the White House something that has been sadly missed for the last eight years — a parents’ love for a military member in harms way. Both will have children serving in the Middle Eastern war zone. They will have a connection to all military families who have lost and may lose their children in combat. They will have a vested interest that many others in our country share.
That connection, that interest, that love — will ensure they act with deliberate consideration in future actions that will put our brave military men and women into battle.
Is Sarah Palin qualified to be Vice President? Is Sarah Palin ready to be President?
Leadership is not defined solely by experience. Leadership is not defined solely by qualifications.
Leadership is defined by intangibles such as character, fortitude and integrity. Sarah Palin in her time in elected office has demonstrated those traits.
When the legislative body of her state threatened her with investigation, Governor Palin said — investigate me.
When the cowardly anonymous liberal bloggers made the malicious allegation that her baby was actually her daughter’s, Governor Palin told of her family situation and how they were going to handle it.
In my run for Congress, Rich Connor during my editorial board interview asked me about the Republican party’s handling of the Mark Foley scandal. I answered, “I am glad that I am not going to D.C. To be a Chiropractor, because there would not be many spines to work on.” Sarah Palin will bring a spine to D.C..
Governor Sarah Palin did not evade, did not duck, did not parry — Governor Palin did not wave her index finger at the American people and tell a boldface lie. She did not send her spouse out to decry a vast left wing conspiracy. No Sarah Palin faced her challenges head on.
That is the trait that we need in our leaders.
That is the trait that Sarah Palin will bring to the Vice-Presidency.
That is the trait that in the future Vice-President Palin will one day bring to the Presidency.
by: Joe Leonardi