DE GRACIA: Sarah Palin is the new conscience of the Republican Party

Sarah Palin rebukes the GOP establishment for betraying America. Photo: Palin sparked a firestorm when she hinted an exodus of the major parties is imminent. (AP / File Photo)

HONOLULU, July 2, 2013 – Sarah Palin didn’t actually say she was planning a departure from the Republican Party during a controversial weekend interview, but her hint that the GOP could lose future supporters over amnesty was more than enough to throw the political establishment into gossip frenzy.

“If the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and of Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are gonna start saying you know, what’s wrong with being independent – kinda with that libertarian streak that much of us have, in other words we want government to back off and not infringe upon our rights,” Palin told FNC’s Uma Pemmaraju.

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“I think there will be a lot of us who start saying, GOP if you abandon us, well, we have nowhere else to go except to become more independent and not enlisted in a one or the other of the private, majority parties that rule in our nation, either a Democrat or Republican. Remember these are private parties and, uh, no one forces us to enlist in either party.”

Just a day earlier, Palin had posted on Facebook a status update that “Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democratic Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American” (sic).

The GOP establishment should take careful heed of these rebukes. Rather than listening to overpaid, gimmicky consultants and campaign managers, Republicans need to start listening to Palin.

While warnings of partisan exodus are nothing new to the Republican Party, the conservative firebrand and former vice presidential candidate isn’t one to make empty threats and knows what Americans want.

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In 2009, Palin defied the GOP by endorsing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava. Palin’s electrifying maneuver tossed the GOP into a firestorm of conservative rebuke and set an example to always vote ideology over party.

In the three years that followed, Palin leveraged her star power to dethrone establishment incumbents of both parties and brought conservative newcomers into national prominence.

Even as Palin’s home state famously serves as America’s strategic first-line-of-defense, the former Alaska governor built a reputation as a reliable political early warning radar for conservatives against progressive intrusion of the Republican Party. 

Last week, Sarah Palin took to social networks to excoriate Republicans for supporting amnesty.

It’s no wonder that among low income Republicans, past opinion polls have reflected immense support for Palin. Her warning that people are “barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party” is proof that America’s working class is becoming increasingly frustrated by the elitist, anti-sovereignty, pro-globalist slant of the political class.

The more Americans work, the more it seems establishment Republicans and Democrats work against them.

Between Congress making a law against everything, the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Big Brother and the President consulting the United Nations for permission to start wars, Americans can’t find relief from their distress.

Palin is correct that voter unrest will eventually unravel both major parties, but in the meantime, Democrat and Republican dereliction of duty in D.C. will leave America desolate for decades to come.

Mark Twain once wrote “The nation is divided, half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which.” Democrats and Republicans were supposed to keep each other accountable to the people and to the Constitution of the United States. They failed. If elected representatives of the two major parties have any shred of courage or conviction left, they should demonstrate their patriotism by turning America around now before it’s too late.

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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