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Palin discovers the ties that bind Americans on bus tour

Posted by loricalabrese on May 30, 2011

Sarah Palin knows how to create a stir. With the announcement of her national bus tour, media outlets are grappling to be the first to find out specifics. Where is she heading? Will she speak? Is this the beginning of a possible 2012 run? The media might claim to hate her, but they certainly can’t get enough of her.

Greta Van Susteren writes on her blog, “She is in an unusual situation in that we in the media have made her into a media topic by virtue of us always talking about her. She, of course, contributes to that intense interest by painting a bus and taking a tour and taking a tour to historic sites.”

Palin kicked off the tour on Sunday, not riding on the bus, but rather a Harley. Palin roared down Constitution Avenue in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, an event to raise awareness about prisoners of war and those missing in action. Although some Rolling Thunder organizers were displeased of Palin’s attendance, Ben Smith of Politico found out that Palin did not go uninvited as she was the guest of an Alaska veterans group. But invited or not, organizers should have welcomed Palin’s presence as she brought positive publicity to the cause and brought attention to POWs and MIAs. She didn’t give a speech and steered away from politics for the day, focusing on shaking hands and thanking the families of those who make the ultimate sacrifice to make this the greatest country on earth.

Palin said, “This is what Memorial Day weekend is all about. Many of us this weekend are firing up the grill and enjoying time with our loved ones. Remember that we’re able to do that because someone else’s loved one is willing to lay it all on the line to defend our freedom. Someone is willing to re-deploy again and again far from home. Someone is willing to endure the blistering heat of Iraq’s deserts or the brutal cold of Afghanistan’s mountains. Someone is willing to put his or her own life on hold to make sure we’re safe. We never hear them complain, do we? And we never hear their families complain either. That’s what duty and service means. And Rolling Thunder’s commitment to them is what loyalty means.”

The day certainly set the tone for Palin’s plans for the tour (at least what we know of it.) To “celebrate the good things that bring Americans together; those things that will give us the needed strength to meet the heady challenges ahead.” Although Palin’s tour continues to remain a mystery, Palin has updated everyone through the SarahPac website, informing everyone that after the rally, she took an incognito tour of some of our national monuments.

Palin said, “We met some great everyday citizens who were also “taking it all in” in honor of the greatest nation on earth… Tonight, as the sun set and we gathered to read the eternal words of President Lincoln at the majestic memorial in his honor, we were shown more reasons why Americans can feel great pride in our exceptional nation. The Lincoln Memorial reminds us that ours is to be a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” and it’s with gratefulness for past generations that we can commit ourselves to living out the promises and values etched on those memorial walls. And that’s what this tour is all about.”

The media and those in the Republican party can continue to huff and puff that Palin hasn’t filled them in on her every move, but I couldn’t agree with Greta Van Susteren more when she writes, “Right now she is a citizen, with her family, who is not running no matter how much we all guess, predict, or whatever – and no matter how much some of us may think it looks like it. If you think about it, she is free to do whatever she wants….bus ride, no bus ride.”

So what’s with all the attention? Don Surber at the Daily Mail nailed it on the head when he said, “Sarah Palin takes a little motorcycle ride in Washington and suddenly politics is fun again.” Let’s face it, we’re all on pins and needles waiting for the 2012 field to take shape. Who will jump to the front of the line in what will be a neck and neck race? Politics is about winning over voters with charisma and inspiring speeches. It’s about raising attention and having a vision for the future of our country. It’s about getting people talking and garnering attention. Palin has done that and shaken up a race in which she hasn’t even announced her intentions.

Many can contend that the former Governor of Alaska is unelectable, but after stealing the thunder from other contenders in the GOP field this weekend, Palin continues to prove that if she wants, she can have a hand in the restoration of all that is good and strong and free in America.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has no doubt that his former running mate Sarah Palin can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012 if she decides to run. McCain made that clear when he answered Fox News’ Chris Wallace’s question on Sunday, “Can she win the Republican nomination and can she beat Barack Obama?”

“Of course she can — she can,” McCain insisted. “Now whether she will or not, whether she’ll even run or not, I don’t know.”

Andrew Sullivan also told Chris Matthews this weekend that the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin could beat President Obama in next year’s elections running as the “principled candidate” representing “this grassroots movement of cutting government down to size.”

Anti-Palin books are tanking on bestseller lists, perhaps a sign that Americans are sick and tired of attacks on Palin’s credibility.

No doubt, Palin will continue to create a stir and sooner or later, we’ll all find out her intentions. But as she visits historical sites like Gettysburg and ends up in New Hampshire, one of the first states to vote in the Republican primaries, hopefully Americans take her up on her offer, “We encourage you to support the pro-America events we’ll be privileged to participate in during these coming weeks. Discover the ties that bind Americans, our history, our traditions, and the exceptional nature of our country!”

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As published on Examiner.com

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