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I Am Palin, Hear Me Roar

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Last week, I attended the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. While sitting in the stands of the Xcel Center, I watched as history was being made.

Sarah Palin, the first woman nominated as Vice President of the Republican Party, roared like a lion and changed the entire dynamic of the 2008 Presidential race.

Her speech was more than simply effective. It was a complete paradigm shift. The platform of real America – the platform of the future – now belongs to the McCain/Palin ticket.

Just today I read the USA Today/Gallup poll for 9-5-07 through 9-7-08. The poll showed John McCain up 54% to 44% over Barack Obama. Palin Power has taken the nation by storm.

What is it about this woman that makes her so amazingly influential? I think it is her genuineness and her strength of character. Listen to this segment of Palin’s speech last Wednesday night:

“Politics isn’t just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good. Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant’s heart.”

When was the last time you heard a politician speak straight from the heart and show such authenticity? When was the last time a politician spoke about a Biblical principle like having a “servant’s heart” with such sincerity? Contrast Palin’s Biblical reference to Nancy Pelosi’s outrageous claim that the Catholic Church has not determined when life begins, and you will see what makes Sarah Palin so refreshing. She is real.

So what do you think the Democrat Party, home of the second-wave feminist movement did after John McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his Vice President? They responded with nothing but pure vitriol. National Organization of Women PAC Chair Kim Gandy had this to say about Palin in a recent press release: “Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women's rights, just like John McCain.”

So because Palin does not buy into the monolithic, liberal-feminist worldview, she opposes women’s rights? It gets worse. Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer, actually mocked Sarah Palin for having a 5-month old child with Down Syndrome:

“You want to look good to the evangelicals? Choose a running mate with a Down Syndrome child.”

Reimer then insults Palin for having once been a beauty queen when she wrote, “She won't be able to hold her own against Joe Biden in a vice presidential debate. But wait until the swimsuit portion of the competition.”

What is it about Sarah Palin that makes the left cringe? She is a pro-life, evangelical Christian woman for one. It is one thing for a male politician to be pro-life. For a female politician to be pro-life is total heresy as far they are concerned.

Just how deeply does Sarah Palin believe in her pro-life convictions? When told her baby would be born with Down Syndrome, Sarah Palin refused an abortion, remarking that God has a plan for her little boy. That is character and integrity in action.

Another issue that causes the left as a whole to despise Palin is that she hunts for big game like Caribou. That’s right, Sarah Palin packs heat and can even fire an M-16 rifle accurately. As an Army veteran, I say: “HUA!”

Sarah Palin also opposes placing the polar bear on the endangered species list, and is a strong proponent of oil drilling in Alaska. Her husband is a snowmobile champion who once finished a snowmobile race with a broken arm. That is one tough family.

Sarah Palin is also a basketball star that led her high school to the state championship title game and was nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda” by her teammates. A barracuda is exactly what she showed herself to be as she challenged the status quo within her own party, took on the corruption in her state, and brought political reform to Alaska as mayor and Governor.

With such a record of personal and political achievements, you would think someone on the left would at least show Sarah Palin the respect she deserves? Instead of praising Palin for her achievements, the media have reduced themselves to attacking Palin’s 17 year-old daughter Bristol, for being pregnant. Just like her mother before her, Bristol chose life, not abortion. That is character and integrity in action, once again.

It appears that no matter how hard the media attack Sarah Palin and her family, the truth just makes them shine brighter and brighter.

Born the son of Italian immigrants, and growing up as a blue-collar kid in Western Pennsylvania, I can relate to the Palin family. The vast majority of people in America can relate to the Palin’s too. They live paycheck to paycheck and know what it means to work for a living.

Remember when Obama showed his true elitist colors while speaking to a crowd in San Francisco? He said, “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

This Freudian slip shows that at heart, Obama is the poster child for the Democrat party, whose leadership has been out of touch with the American people for a long time now. Barack Obama is not an agent of change. He is an agent of class warfare.

Sarah Palin on the other hand is real America. I like how Investor’s Business Daily put it,

“Palin is also a straight-talker. As governor of a small-population state, she’s accessible, with a history of working with and listening to people, taking in all sides. She uses plain language and doesn’t fear gaffes. She couldn’t be further from the canned, focus-group-driven politicians who dominate politics. This builds trust. McCain’s and Palin’s similarities present an emerging political coherence and unity of message that should appeal to voters.”

Sarah Palin is a real American woman. Hear her roar.

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