HONOLULU, July 3, 2013 – No politician is more underappreciated or more misunderstood in our time than Sarah Palin.
Last year, when the Obama Administration was still holding to its official Benghazi narrative Palin took to television and social networks to demand full transparency over why Americans were allowed to perish. Pundits blasted Palin and heaped racist accusations on her for daring to suggest President Obama was lying, only to discover later that the Benghazi rabbit hole was far deeper than the public was first led to believe.
Rather than addressing the glaring inconsistencies in the Benghazi story, pundits sophomorically fixated on mocking Palin’s intellect and personality. Though eventually vindicated by the truth, Palin received no apology from critics for her prescience and no gratitude from Republicans for her patriotism.
More recently, when Palin excoriated Republican leadership for endangering the economic security of legal immigrants and U.S.-born Hispanics, critics again ignored the core message and chose to sensationalize Palin’s comments.
Palin warned that voters were being betrayed by amnesty and could become independents as a result of having no place else to go. The message national media chose to communicate instead was that Palin was considering an immediate transfer from the GOP to the Libertarian Party.
Despite the fact that Palin never expressed an interest in partisan defection, in one article, official spokespersons for the Libertarian Party and Reform Party were asked how they felt about Palin “fitting” among their ranks. Since third parties always compete for the scarce crumbs of media attention, any opportunity to talk about a rival politician in a national publication is predictably answered with chest pounding.
The resulting article made it seem like not only was Palin in search of a “home” but that nobody wanted her.
Because mainstream media has already propagandized the public to believe third parties are strictly-second-division hives of contrarians and conspiracy fanatics, the attempt to characterize Palin as shopping for a third party “home” was also effectively a dog whistle for saying the former Alaska governor was too crazy for even the political lunatics.
In all this hullabaloo, a powerful political science lesson can be learned from the way Palin has been treated: Republicans and Democrats hate real conservatives and real liberals.
America’s two-party dominated system has become reminiscent of the Roman civil war between the factions of Marius and Sulla, where supporters of two differing visions of nationalism were but fodder for the distorted egos of ruling elites.
In today’s America, modern Republicans and Democrats use high ideology to woo conservatives and liberals but deny by their actions in office the very principles they profess to uphold.
Whether it’s Sarah Palin or Howard Dean, Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, political leaders who actually believe in their party’s purported doctrines are the ones who receive the most persecution. Instead, who is most likely to succeed and be worshipped in either party are the ones with mercenary attitudes. Republicans want Republicans, not conservatives. Democrats want Democrats, not liberals.
Politicans gain power, parties squabble for opportunity and the first and only casualties of war are hardworking Americans and the truth.
Don’t believe it? Compare what a party precinct president believes about the official platform to how his party’s elected officials actually vote on the floor of Congress. In this sense, sincere conservative and liberal partisans are divided by doctrine but united by fate – they both mean well for America, but in the end, their parties betray them both.
Perhaps this Fourth of July, Americans might set aside their differences and realize the real battle isn’t between conservative and liberal but between concerned citizens and establishment elitists.
When Palin warned that the political machines were abandoning common sense Americans, she was speaking for everyone, not just conservatives.
George Washington once said, “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other and show the whole world that a free man contending for liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” America’s parties have betrayed the people and enslaved the country.
It’s time to stop thinking like just Republicans or Democrats and start thinking like free men again – and that is the real message of Sarah Palin.
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