Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Give 'em Hell, Sarah!

Sarah Palin's Speech at Fort Wainwright on September 11th to her son and other troops heading off to Iraq

I'm noticing that Hollywood elitists, liberal elitists and even some conservative elitists have a huge problem with Sarah Palin. Joy Behar looked aghast at the thought that Palin could get anywhere near the White House. Behar shrieked to Larry King that Palin is mean to animals and she's too religious. As I watched Larry King and Behar discuss Palin's faith with upturned noses. I realized that they had no clue how out of touch they were. Not only were they offending those of us who love Sarah Palin but they were offending millions of us who have a similar faith to her.

Then we have Chevy Chase, who I thought was going to burst a blood vessel he was so upset about Palin and said he wanted her to be decimated. Lindsey Lohan weighed in, which I thought was hilarious. She has a substance abuse problem and can't even run her own life but she's going to lecture the country on how Palin isn't up for the job of Vice President. Maybe, when Lohan accomplishes a fourth of what Palin has we'll care about her opinion.

Matt Damon obviously believed a bunch of the smears about Palin and came across as an out of touch airhead with his comments. I usually ignore actors' idiotic views in real life, but I've never been that big of a Damon fan so I'm going to have a hard time watching any more of his movies.

What does all of this show? First of all, it reminds me of Laura Ingraham's first book, Shut-up and Sing. Ingraham's message to entertainers was, stick to what you are good at and stay out of politics. Just because someone is famous doesn't mean they have a clue about politics or current events.

Second, the elitism shown by all of these entertainers and by the Drive By Media is completely obnoxious. It doesn't resonate well with those of us who live in "fly over country". What elitists never get is that they are in the minority.

The other thing that strikes me as funny is that the elitists keep saying that the media loves her. It isn't the media, it is the American people. It is the people who live in "fly over country". There is a reason that Palin has an 80% approval rating in Alaska, the people there love her and so does America. She does a great job of going above the heads of the media, directly to the people, like Reagan did, and the people love her for that. Remember what she said in her convention speech:
"But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

Palin is being compared to a lot of famous people in history such as Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. I think an argument can be made for all of those comparisons. One that I hadn't thought of was Harry Truman. Yet, Steven Hayward makes a good case for their similarities in his article entitled, Give 'em Hell, Sarah. He argues that she is a natural born executive like Truman. He talks about the reason so many people are upset is because she isn't an elitist and she hasn't jumped through the right hoops. He makes comparisons of her to Truman and Reagan, who had to prove themselves. He thinks Sarah will have to do the same but like me, he has no doubts that she will do so, successfully.

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