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Sarah Palin: Intellectual, Airhead or Lightweight?

Posted by reagantman on December 17, 2010

from Organize4Palin

The Left and even some GOP Establishment types want you to think that Palin is not substantive on policy issues. They claim she is an airhead at worst or a lightweight at best because she’s not an intellectual. Yet when you do your own research, you find she is extremely in-depth and is in fact giving us some serious insight into specifics about her policy positions and how she would govern as president.

Forget the garbage you read in the mainstream media or see on TV and look past that to find the real Sarah Palin. Don’t even listen to Charles Krauthammer on this one even though he is usually right on policy issues. Sarah Palin has been rolling out extremely insightful policy positions since leaving the governorship in Alaska. Watch how this prospective 2012 presidential candidate communicates her ideas through her own writing and in interviews she has been giving to non-Fox related outlets. You are seeing the unveiling of the plan for what she would do if elected president in 2012.

Palin is formulating, much in the way Reagan did, key policy issues that she would be focusing on as president. According to TIME’s Jay Newton-Small:

Asked via e-mail what she would do if elected, Palin carefully says the first priority “of the next Republican President” should be “to sign a bill for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with true free-market, patient-centered reform.” Obamacare’s repeal, she adds, “would help to cut future deficits. It would also send a strong signal to America’s workers and employers that government is back on their side and is no longer seeking to impose its one-size-fits-all ‘solutions’ from above.” Palin says she would “also look for entitlement reform, as well as a systemwide audit of government spending with a goal to move us toward zero-based budgeting practices and, ultimately, a balanced budget. We need to start really living within our means. As any mother or father will tell you, don’t spend what you don’t have.”

And Reagan isn’t the only one spoke about reawakening America’s industrial Giant. Palin has the plan for reviving our economy. We don’t need to print money. It’s in the ground in our untapped oil and gas reserves, in our mines and in the capitalistic ingenuity that non-government steered green technology may hold for our future. In her National Review Article “Drill” Palin wrote:

Building an energy-independent Amer­ica will mean a real economic stimulus. It will mean American jobs that can never be shipped overseas. Think about how much of our trade deficit is fueled by the oil we import — sometimes as much as half of the total. Through this massive transfer of wealth, we lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year that could be invested in our economy. Instead it goes to foreign countries, including some repressive regimes that use it to fund activities that threaten our security.

Palin continued unveiling more policy today in the Wall Street Journal where she addressed the tax code and entitlements in a pretty convincing way.

The Roadmap would also replace our high and anticompetitive corporate income tax with a business consumption tax of just 8.5%. The overall tax burden would be limited to 19% of GDP (compared to 21% under the deficit commission’s proposals). Beyond that, Rep. Ryan proposes fundamental reform of Medicare for those under 55 by turning the current benefit into a voucher with which people can purchase their own care.

On Social Security, as with Medicare, the Roadmap honors our commitments to those who are already receiving benefits by guaranteeing all existing rights to people over the age of 55. Those below that age are offered a choice: They can remain in the traditional government-run system or direct a portion of their payroll taxes to personal accounts, owned by them, managed by the Social Security Administration and guaranteed by the federal government. Under the Roadmap’s proposals, they can pass these savings onto their heirs. The current Medicaid system, the majority of which is paid for by the federal government but administered by the states, would be replaced by a block-grant system that would reward economizing states.

Together these reforms help to secure our entitlement programs for the 21st century. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Roadmap would lead to lower deficits and a much lower federal debt. The CBO estimates that under current spending plans, our federal debt would rise to 87% of GDP by 2020, to 223% by 2040, and to 433% by 2060. Under Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap, the CBO estimates that debt would rise much more slowly, peaking at 99% in 2040 and then dropping back to 77% by 2060.

She is planning trips overseas to build up her foreign policy credentials. She spoke in Hong Kong about a year ago. She was in Haiti this weekend. And, word is, she has plans to visit the UK and Israel in the coming year. She is Reaganesque in her foreign policy. She believes in a strong military, not coddling adversaries (“we win, you lose”) and working with allies toward crafting good international agreements. She has recently criticized the START Treaty.

Since 2008, Palin has been a naturally intelligent and evolving candidate who carefully studies the issues. These traits are not new to her. She has given her intellectual time to issues confronting Alaska while governor. Although criticized for being shaky on foreign policy issues when selected as McCain’s running mate, the fact of the matter is Palin could have explained in mind numbing detail ACES or the TransContinental AGIA natural gas pipeline because that’s what she was doing at the time. And because she was nose deep into those issues, it’s understandable that she would not have been reading volumes on the Bush Doctrine on Alaska state time. Palin stays on focus and worked on state issues when she was governor just as she is working on national issues now that she is a political activist and potential presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin Governor of Alaska

Don’t pay attention to the left hand as it distracts you from the reality of what Sarah Palin is actually doing on the right. They want you to believe she’s not up on policy. But it is, in fact, the exact opposite. Because the media has created such a picture of Palin that is so out of touch with reality, it may sound funny when trying to describe her as a policy wonk. But she is; and therein lies their “misunderestimation” of her. And therein lies the challenge for Palin supporters to convince people that Sarah Palin is more up to the job than anyone else in America right now.

It is a two part challenge. In order to make the case about Palin’s substance, you have to first overcome the subliminal hypnotism of America that has been perpetuated by a media that has been complicit and incestuous with the Left. For over two years, they have been pounding the American psyche with hatred for her heavily peppered with contempt and outright lies. They put out hit stories which they later retract after readers have long left the scene of the journalistic crime.

Josh Painter at Texas For Sarah Palin gets a big hat tip for picking up on an article written by “the blogger who writes using the pen name of weholdthesetruths” at HubPages. The piece is titled Why Palin Makes Liberals Nuts.

Having observed what the pop culture and the media had done to Sarah Palin during and since the 2008 campaign, it is apparent that the liberals are playing by a set of rules on a board that they now own. “We won,” the president told members of Congress shortly after his inauguration. For decades, conservatives were a silent majority. Never ones to get their hands dirty, they silently rejected the politics of personal destruction and shied away from the pop culture which they saw as being in conflict with the values they were trying to pass down to their children. Suddenly, conservatives found themselves in a street fight, having to resort to tactics they once disdained simply for the sake of survival.

“Truths” writes:

They attacked personally, the conservatives, by making Palin the proxy, and conservatives, for the first time, didn’t roll over and die. Nor did Palin. Instead, the more they throw at her, the more she generates support for herself and the ideology attacked by proxy.

Conservatives realized they could no longer bring a knife to a gunfight. Instead, they got up and spoke out. They took on the government, the media and the cocktail party circuit. Realizing that the country was still center-right and that they outnumbered liberals 2-1, they found the courage of their convictions and took on their attackers.

They also realized that they couldn’t sit on the sidelines and watch the pop culture run roughshod over the values of the country. They learned from the lessons of the 1950s and 1960s that by complaining about the music and the movies that they were being the negative ones. The moral majority was stigmatized by the Left as being intolerant, self righteous and judgmental. Well, the kettle calls itself black now as they have become the intolerant, self righteous and judgment ones. And in response, the conservatives became positive and engaging.

When conservatives were unwilling to play the game, the liberals won. But when it came down to do or die, conservatives rolled up their sleaves and played the ugly game only to find that they were smarter, faster and more cunning than those who had swept in from the underbelly of the infiltraton of American institutions. Now confident, conservatives take on the Left in the media, pop culture and on the cocktail circuit. Conservatives speak up now in the check out lines of supermarkets and when talking amonst their peers. The sheep are sheep no more.

And who better to lead this movement than a badass from Wasilla Alaska who is willing to take on the hate mongers and the hostile press? Who better than her to show us that if you engage the opponents at their own game and beat them at it that you could take the board back and put the grown ups back in charge. If there was ever a time for conservatives to get their hands dirty underneath the hood of the American car, it’s now. And because of that, the grown ups may someday emerge from the childishness of vitriol, liberal lies and an unwillingness of many to confront the fact that the Constitution is not an outdated document and conservatism is not an outmoded dogma.

What more of a lightning rod could Palin be, than to subvert media and celebrity to campaign for conservatism? You could not possibly be more “in your face” than to use the very tools and venues of progressivism to promote conservatism.

Palin’s not dumb. Not ignorant. She is the child of two passionate teachers. She knows more about biology and physics and math and history and geography and the list goes on, than the vast majority. She knows her place and our place in history. And she knows where we, Americans came from. And that exceptionally bright “city upon a hill” and “beacon of liberty” to the world. That’s the kind of teaching that real teachers taught. It may be “ignorance” as defined by progressives. But it’s the wisdom of age, time, and history.

And just when they believed the battle to overcome history and wisdom was won, along came the most unlikely hockey mom from a dusty and un-sophisticated town, in the most primitive state, championing the most unprogressive ideas, and in doing so, taking that victory and flushing it down the toilet. Instead, the TEA Party showed up. It’s the worst nightmare of the intellectual, the elite, the progressives. Thank God. I thought for a while the darkness would win. We had forgotten that even a hockey mom from Wasilla can beat back the darkness. We fear it no more.

And because of Sarah Palin, we fight. We bleed. We battle the demons in the dark. We know that the battle will be hard fought, that we will suffer the slings and arrows of vitriolic hatrid and that we will take on some of the most entrenched enemies of freedom that have ever gotten such a stronghold on the internal fabric of our institutions. But we know that we are headed toward the light and we can see that flicker from a city that shines so distant on hill. That flicker grows brighter. It grows brighter because we are coming home.

One Response to “Sarah Palin: Intellectual, Airhead or Lightweight?”

  1. Joy said

    Wow, Reaganman!! That was eloquent and gave voice to some very real concerns I’ve had of late re how can Palin overcome the regressive “progressive” vitriol & lies if she tosses her hat in the ring! In fact, a Palin website posted not long ago that, in fact, she is ALREADY running – ’cause she’s doing it (like everything else) HER way!

    I want to scream every time I hear Krauthammer and Rove instantly demote and denigrate their own credibilty whenever they speak of Palin. They simply cannot see what’s in plain view: i.e., that she’s already expressing and discussing “policy issues” which they seem slavishly to worship – but only in the outdated and old-fashioned way. They cannot recognize that the world has changed – the train has left the station and those poor saps are still left standing clueless on the train platform…

    I reallly love the way you’ve bolstered our own self-confidence and given us the tools and incentive to advocate for Palin!

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