What’s Sarah Palin up to? Is she going to announce her candidacy for President or is she going to sit this one out? What’s going on with her bus tour? Is she nothing more than an attention seeker hell-bent on stealing the limelight from the legitimate Presidential candidates or sincere about raising the awareness level of the American people on a number of issues that we’re facing as a nation. The left attacks her over and over calling her dumb and shallow. The right says she’s not Presidential. The left targets her family. The right believes she’s too polarizing. Each day she is bombarded with a variety insults and thoughtless comments from both sides and yet she continues to stand firm. She appears to be purpose driven and undaunted in her quest to change the narrative of the national conversation. So what is her game? What is she really up to? Why does she drive the left so crazy and puzzle so many so called conservatives? The answer I came up with just might surprise you.
The first step in piecing the Sarah Palin puzzle together is to break down why the left absolutely loathes her. In order to do this I had to go back in my “way back machine” to 2008 when she first found her way to the national stage. When I first watched her I found she was very genuine. There was something different about her as compared to typical Washington politicians. She spoke in plain English and was confident with what she said. Her words struck a chord in people. No matter where she went her crowds grew larger. People wanted to hear what this plain speaking conservative had to say. The left immediately recognized the danger. They realized very quickly that unless they neutralized her she could grow into a force that might sweep them completely from power. So they launched an all out assault on her and her family. They carpet bombed the airways with negative remarks about her until it slowly began to take hold. Even after the election was over the MSM continued its attacks. This tactic was designed to reinforce the narrative they had carefully weaved about Sarah Palin. When she returned to Alaska she found herself in a constant state scrutiny after accusations of ethics violations were levied against her. So finally in 2009 she decided to step down as governor of Alaska and embark on a new journey. I listened to her speech the day she resigned. She spoke of her support for the military, the bias of the MSM, and the good people of Alaska. I couldn’t wrap my brain around why the left was so determined to destroy this woman. The reason I couldn’t see it at the time is because I was thinking like a conservative. In order to understand the left’s disdain for Sarah Palin, I had to step out of my comfort zone and view her through the eyes of the left.
You see the left is governed by emotions. They are agitators, activists, and community organizers. They are an emotionally charged group who understands the power of a mob mentality. They dismiss logic and reason and embrace rainbows and unicorns. So when Sarah Palin was exciting the crowds back in 2008 they quickly realized she had the stuff. She has the charisma to inspire people with her words and her words were an indictment of the flawed progressive ideology that is destroying our institutions. She has the ability to convey the founding principles of liberty and organize the people. She proved this during the 2010 elections and quickly became a Tea Party favorite to speak at a number of rallies. She became the essence of what the left fears the most; a polarizing conservative community organizer. And this is the main reason she is so puzzling for many on the right.
You see we on the right tend to see things in black and white. Because we are conservative we sometimes find it difficult to understand community organizers and activists; it’s not in our DNA. We embrace a live and let live mentality while celebrating individualism and rejecting collectivism. We live by the rules and believe in fair play. So when we see Sarah Palin running around the country on a campaign style bus tour, the last thing that enters our mind is she’s actually playing the role of a community organizer. She is cleverer than many give her credit for. After withstanding an avalanche of criticism from both the left and right, and the MSM, she still has everyone playing the guessing game. She has turned the tables on the MSM and is using them to achieve her goals. In my opinion she has completely out maneuvered both sides and remains three steps ahead of the game. I think what she’s doing is absolutely brilliant.
She’s driving the left crazy and keeping the attention on her while the other candidates establish themselves and criticize Obama’s record. You see Sarah Palin is indeed a polarizing force and this is the kind of force that charges up the base. She’s calling the President’s policies socialistic and this is the kind of language that charges up the base. She has already told us in her own words she is not campaigning.
“This isn’t a campaign bus,” Palin said, according to reports. “This is a bus to be able to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested in all that is good about America and to remind ourselves we don’t need to fundamentally transform America, we need to restore what’s good about America.”
Does this sound like someone getting ready to run for President or someone organizing the conservative community? I believe it’s the latter.
Check out this excerpt from the Huffington Post.
“Even though the media too often sadly chose sound-bites over substance, they did get lots of substance during our ‘One Nation’ tour from the nearly two dozen opportunities I got to speak candidly with them and talk about policy, politics, history, and everything in between. More importantly, I got to talk with countless everyday Americans who want to get our country back on the right track.”
“More importantly, I got to talk with countless everyday Americans who want to get our country back.” That says it all in my opinion. She knows that she’s a polarizing figure and she also understands polarizing figures sometimes struggle on the national level. But the one thing polarizing figures do quite well is charge up their base and she realizes that no matter who the nominee is, they will need the base to beat Obama. I personally do not believe she is going to run, but in politics nothing is ever a sure thing. I feel that she’s settling into her role as a conservative community organizer and will wield a great deal of influence in the 2012 elections.
Lastly, the one person who I feel understands what Sarah Palin is up to is President Obama. After all he went on his own bus tour through Iowa shortly after Palin left the state. And in the end a community organizer can definitely relate to another community organizer; especially one organizing on his turf.
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