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But that's exactly who she is. Her appeal is that she talks like a real person. She doesn't talk down her nose at us, or from the intellectual mountaintop. She doesn't chide or scold or put American's down. She loves this country and speaks glowingly about it, which is so out of fashion in D. C. these days.
Sarah strikes a chord with the half of the population who did not vote for Obama and who won't be voting for him in 2012. That includes many registered Democrats and Independents, as well as Tea Party members and the GOP. It includes people like me who are worried about the huge deficits, the debt we owe China and Japan, waging (and losing?) two invasion wars for all these years. I see friends affected by a terrible economy and a lack of jobs, and there is no reason to believe that will change anytime soon, because the current administration isn't looking at employment. It is meddling in healthcare, the environment, and immigration at a time when Americans are losing their homes and their hope.
Sarah Palin speaks for those people. And she does it her own way. She isn't representing the GOP. She is representing Americans.
It drives the media and the haters crazy that she isn't following the rules or the blueprint for candidacy. That she won't say whether she has a plan to run for anything, let alone president. She isn't fitting into anyone's peconceived boxes. Instead, she is criss-crossing the country, making speeches, writing on Facebook, appearing on television, and all the while, continuing to speak out about the Obama deficits, Obamacare, and his new foreign policy of appeasement.
She also reaches out to individuals, commenting on the stories of the day, expressing concern and sympathy.
In short, she is acting like a human being and it is driving the haters insane.
She is actually doing what she said she would when she resigned as governor: "My choice is to take a stand and effect change - not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities - and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans."
My secret hope is that she isn't planning to run for anything. That she's decided to speak out because her voice is needed and her message is heeded, as evidenced by the crowds that turn out for her everywhere she goes. That she will remain outside of Washington and be the voice of reason that doesn't get heard there.
And I hope she continues to make a lot of money. Piles and piles of it.
I have a "Sarah Palin" category on my google news page, and every day I look to see whether any headlines make the feed that are at all positive about this amazing American woman. Rarely do I find one. Most are disgusting, hateful, misogynistic, and repulsive.
Right now, the headlines reflect their authors outrage that Sarah Palin has become rich from her own celebrity. When has that EVER been a cause for condemnation in this country? Oh wait, yes, it was when Hillary wrote a book...
How dare she accept actual money to make a speech? WTF people! Famous individuals have been doing that forever. But Sarah does it, and it is somehow distasteful, shabby, in poor taste, and indefensible.
The double standards boggle the mind.
So many cheap shots at her intelligence, yet she has shown over and over that she has the kind of intelligence that really means something in life. She knows how to touch people. How to inspire those who share her views.
The more I see her trashed by the media, the more I like her.
But I really, really, really hate how women in the public eye are treated in this country. It is ugly. Brutal. Hateful. Shameful.
Any woman who applauds the way Sarah Palin is talked out, ridiculed, caricatured, misrepresented, and defamed should ask themselves how they would feel if she was their daughter.
Or them. How would you like your every word, every movement, every decision, to be examined, fact-checked, ridiculed, and minimized? How would you like to see a picture of you bending down to talk to your daughter superimposed so your head is in front of John McCain's crotch?
We have become an ugly society. Treating people like shit has become okay with us. When did that happen? When did we becoem a nation with National Enquirer morals?
Today I looked for an image of her to go with this piece. I found plenty of photoshopepd images of her head on the body of someone with huge boobs. It should really bother women that our bodies are such a joke. That large breasts = stupid. That a pretty woman is considered vapid.
It pisses me off royally.
So I chose the one of her pointing at the camera, and the caption of that picture, to me, is: I am my own person. Deal with it.