It's been said that Sarah Palin is the candidate of the tea parties.
What are the tea parties about? At their core, three things:
1. Quite spending money you don't have and stealing from our children.
2. Try listening to We the People once in a while.
3. Is it too much to ask that you abide by our Constitution? (and by the way, if you continue to ignore us, we'll vote you out so fast you won't know what hit you.)
Now, I liked Sarah Palin in the beginning. I had a good impression of her already because I was impressed with how she handled the birth of Trig back in April.
When she was announced as VP, I was ecstatic.
As the campaign went along, I knew that she had it in her, but that she needed to manhandle the media more. In other words, she needed to quit giving her interviewers (like the principal and the the elf - Gibson and Couric) the benefit of the doubt and control the interview herself.
I think she has since mastered that quality. (If you want proof just check out her recent interviews with Matt Lauer and Wolf Blitzer. And then, she took Letterman on and actually beat him at his own game. The Cuda is making progress.)
But anyway, back to my point....
I found myself in the position of halfway believing the media's perception of her, but I wasn't sure. I had a gut feeling that there was more to the story, so I did some research of my own. As a result I think I know more about Alaska than I do about my own state.
I decided to disregard the campaign and focus on interviews and explanations for decisions she made before she started running. After all, who you are before you run is who you actually are, and that is who you will be when the campaign is over.
I did my research, and I liked what I found.
Unlike some politicians where the more you dig, the more disenchanted you become, the more I dug up on Sarah Palin, the more it confirmed my initial reaction that here was a gold mine.
Her style is great, but it's backed up by real substance. Good substance.
I listened to her Pittsburgh Tribune interview where she laid out her conservative and pragmatic ideals. I heard a woman who thought of herself as accountable to the people and looked to her state constitution for guidance on all her decision-making.
I found her IBD interview and her press conference with then-Senator Ted Stevens where she showed her expertise and pragmatic approach to energy issues.
I found countless other interviews and speeches where, more than anything, I discovered a woman whose supposed bane of never being accepted by the establishment was actually a huge blessing.
Since she has no elite supporters with big money behind her, she is one politician who is truly free. Free of strings and special interests, free to actually represent the people, free to (imagine this) govern by common sense.
Her decisions actually make sense.
I cannot tell you what a relief it has been to find a political leader who actually governs by her brain and the laws of the land, and not by the wishes of her political donors.
That's why most of what Washington does defies logic. They're not working on the side of we the people, they're working for their donors. I think it's time we cut off the money supply.
After the big partnership was announced between Exxon and TransCanada, Sarah went on a local talk radio show in Alaska. Her philosophy of government is so awesome, it's so simple it's stupid, but it works! It is what America needs.
Listen to both parts here.
Don't you love it? Common sense Conservatism. "We're going to use common sense and abide by our Constitution and it's all gonna work out."
I have to work the night of the fourth of July, but I'm still going to try and find a tea party or a protest somewhere, and I'm going to be there.
On the 233rd anniversary of our Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of Britain, let us now declare our independence from the tyranny of Washington. America may go down, but she will not go down without a fight.
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light!"
We the People are awake, and We the People are coming.