Opinion: Palin - Paineful as always

September 22, 2012, The Weekly Standard published an article that captured the wise words of Sarah Louise Palin.  Mrs. Palin and I do not agree on much. However, we have a few things in common. As a young lady, Palin went by Sally (a name I sometimes like to go by), played basketball, ran cross-country, played in the marching band in high school and four years ago, on September 22, 2008, was in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was at a McCain-Palin political rally in Media and I was close by, most likely in class at my high school.

We thought we were in for something big these past four years, didn’t we? But then on that fateful day this past October, thank God, Palin announced that she would not be running in the 2012 presidential election. I, for one, thought she had gone rogue—an American way of life (or so she claimed in her 2009 memoir: Going Rogue: An American Life). I will go even further to say that, the various reactions from Katie Couric to Hillary Clinton to the former McCain campaign aides, led me to believe that Palin was officially considered to be a wackadoo and a rogue one at that. But, recently Palin took an aside from her Tea Party conventions to speak with the weekly conservative magazine, the Weekly Standard.

Daniel Halper’s article, “Palin to Romney-Ryan: ‘Go Rogue’”, quotes Palin’s words as seemingly legitimate advice for the Republican ticket.  I strongly believe, body and soul, that Palin should not be allowed to advise presidential and vice-presidential candidates of her own party, let alone the opposition…on anything. You can decide for yourself here.

“With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should ‘go rogue’ and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security. They need to continue to find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform.”

Four years ago at the political rally in Media, PA, Palin stood mentioning what she was going to do for the hard working voters in front of her.  Here is a link to a video excerpt from this rally.  Palin was not concerned with the 9.79 trillion dollars we were in debt then. She was more attuned to the cost of living, groceries, but more to the increase in energy costs. “Energy.”  She said this word eight times in a 2 minute 22 second video.  It is clear what was most important to her then, when debt was the highest it had been yet.

Palin goes on to tell Romney-Ryan that they need to have a “come to Jesus” moment.  I think we all expected this from her, but she really blew us away with the next part.  Palin quotes Mister Thomas Paine, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Great quote if you ask me. I DO find it funny that, after suggesting that the two candidates come to Jesus, she quoted Mr. Paine (author of The Age of Reason).  For the readers who do not remember, this book in question supports deism, reason and freethinking, and speaks against institutionalized religion and Christian doctrine specifically.  I’m not entirely sure what it means to “come to Jesus.” Yes, I should know that. I worked at Vacation Bible School, went to youth group growing up, went on a pilgrima… Point is: Thomas Paine was not your man here.

If you watched the whole video, wasn’t that funny? Always. Let’s just be glad that we probably will not have to hear a “drill, baby, drill” chant encouraged ever again.


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