Sarah Palin’s “Earthquake”
© 2011 by Anthony James
A little less than three years ago American conservatives received a devastating gut blow when Barack Obama was elected president. Although the mainstream media had not done any of their usual in-depth vetting of this largely unknown candidate, there were nonetheless millions of Americans who had availed themselves of the information digging properties on the Internet, who knew very well who this man was, who his radical past associations were, and who knew without being told what he meant when he said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
A few scant weeks earlier that same core group of American conservatives had been given reason for joyous exultation and celebration. Taking the stage at the RNC convention was an amazing conservative superstar unlike anything seen before or since. When Sarah Palin, Republican Governor of Alaska and John McCain’s selection for vice president in 2008 strode to the microphone and delivered that amazing acceptance speech, I felt like a grade school child watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. I was out of my mind with joy.
In the nearly three years since Obama’s victory, American conservatives have remained sane largely by keeping our focus on that bit of light at the end of the tunnel. That bit of light is also the most brightly shining superstar in all of American politics. We were able to bide our time and suffer the horrific indignities of the Obama administration by clinging to the hope, the desperate belief, that come 2012 we would have a chance to watch Governor Sarah Palin do for America what she had done for Alaska as president of a Nation once again allowed the opportunity to draw itself up to its full height.
On the evening of Wednesday, October 5, 2011 tens of millions of conservatives across America once again had the wind kicked out of them as Sarah Palin on the Mark Levin radio show announced that she would not be running for president in 2012. The sense of abject hopelessness and despair was palpable and numbing. Year after year of sincere prayer, desperate wishes, and hopeful optimism as expressed by tens of millions of Americans throughout the heartland, all were snuffed in that instant.
Those among the deeply invested who wanted so badly for Sarah to run were not mindless followers or deluded Kool-Aid drinkers. They were people like yours truly who were thoroughly conversant with the amazing record of successes Sarah had amassed as Mayor of Wasilla and then as Governor. We could recite by heart her specific and unique qualifications that marked her as the perfect person for the job, and fully waist, head and shoulders above anyone else in the field.
We also knew that of all the candidates who might win in 2012 for the Republican ticket, only Sarah had a well known history of hunting down those of her predecessors who had run afoul of the law and having them fitted for state-issued jumpsuits. Nothing less would have been appropriate in Alaska under Governor Palin, and nothing less will be remotely acceptable now for America.
FreeRepublic.com is America’s leading site for conservative activism on the World Wide Web, and has been for well over a decade. Despite not really having the heart to engage in any political discussions given the recent paralysis which has consumed me since last Thursday, I logged onto FreeRepublic today and was given my life back. A FReeper (as the inhabitants of FreeRepublic are often referred to) known as “upsdriver” had received permission from the site’s owner and founder, Jim Robinson, to start a thread called “Sarah Palin’s Earthquake.”
Apparently Sarah had been asked in one of the recent interviews what it would take to get her to change her mind. I’m assuming here that she replied that, “…it would take an earthquake.” This is how the idea was born that those who, like me, have spent the last few days stumbling around in the blind funk might find a way to channel and even make extremely productive use of this terrible sense of loss and emptiness by doing something positive to change it. When you really look at it, isn’t this what America has always been all about? Taking having been dealt a lousy hand, and with effort and innovation, turning it into something worth leaving to your children?
If you are among the millions who who know that there is nobody who will come close to generating the enthusiasm, filling the stadiums, or bringing out the voters in 2012 like Sarah Palin will, this movement is for you. If you are among the millions who know that there is no other candidate with a proven track record and decades of experience doing exactly those things that most need to be done to save this nation as it trembles on the brink of Third World mediocrity, it’s time for you to act.
We will be Sarah Palin’s “Earthquake.” There is even a Facebook group started called Sarah Palin’s Earthquake. If you’re on Facebook go and sign up. Either way, get a postcard… or better still, get 50 postcards. Fill them out with this phrase:
“WE ARE THE EARTHQUAKE!”
Mail them to:
The Office of Sarah Palin
P.O. Box 871235
Wasilla, AK 99687
Let’s make absolutely certain that, at the end of the day, if Sarah doesn’t end up running for president in 2012, at the very least it will not be because she did not know how many of us would dearly love to see her and her amazing American family in our White House.
It remains impossible for me to reconcile how someone could be so sincere in their frequent praise of our troops and their willingness to leave even their lives on the battlefield in answer to the call of their country, and then for that same person to turn her back and walk away as her country cries out in its most desperate hour of life and death need. Quite frankly, that’s not the Sarah Palin I know and love.
Let’s make sure she knows it, too.
“Buck up or stay in the truck!”
“If you can’t ride two horses at once you probably shouldn’t join the circus.”
“Don’t retreat… RELOAD!!!”
~ Sarah Palin ~ 2011