By C. A. Bamford
I once admired Peggy Noonan. She was a worthwhile voice in the political arena, who when she was good, was very, very good, writing the words so famously uttered by President Ronald Reagan as he spoke of “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc” on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. After the Challenger explosion, America wept when Reagan read her quote from poet John Magee in a moving tribute to the heroes who had “slipped the surly bonds of Earth…and touched the Face of God”.
But when she was bad, she was horrible. It was Noonan who wrote the “Read my Lips” speech that lost President George H.W. Bush the election. Sadly, Peggy Noonan loosened her grip on mainstream Republican ideals and leaned fawningly to the left, lending her talents to those harshly critical of President George W. Bush. She has chosen to embrace the liberal media and entertainment industry, while virtually abandoning the values of her beloved President Reagan.
During the 2008 campaign, Noonan angered a great many conservatives by denigrating Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Now a firmly entrenched elitist, Noonan raged that Palin “did not demonstrate the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office.” Noonan compounded her embarrassing rant, by saying Palin’s candidacy marked a “vulgarization in American Politics” that is “no good… for conservatism…or the country.”
Her apparent ignorance of Governor Palin’s popularity and record of outstanding accomplishments reminds one of the fact that looking at things through the bottom of a glass of gin tends to distort them.
With her knowledge of Alaska’s geography apparently learned from Tina Fey comedy bits, she seemed unaware that Alaska spreads across 4 time zones (combined into one for expediency) and has a coastline that exceeds the combined coastlines of all other US states, including Hawaii. Clearly, she did not understand the huge challenges and enormous responsibilities of governing this vast and diverse land.
But Noonan has gone too far this time. In trying to excuse her establishment friends for the GOP election loss, she ignored the rampant corruption and incompetence that is overwhelming our government. In a rambling lecture she tried shamefully to lay blame on hardworking citizens of our country – citizens who have given endless hours of their own time and money that they often cannot spare, to defend our freedoms.
Noonan doesn’t understand that the “Tea Party” is not a party. It does not have gangs of uninformed and violent thugs like the left she asks us to emulate. It is the best of America in all its facets. The tea party is male, female, young, old, rich, poor, middle class, white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Arab…all demographics from all regions of America. It is comprised of individuals; all standing up for our country in their own way because they know freedom is not won or kept by compromise with those who care nothing for our freedoms.
It’s not rage that you hear, Ms. Noonan. It is outrage. Outrage that those who live grandly on our money are not even attempting to do their job. Outrage that they are lining their pockets while letting the country we built be destroyed and perverted into a weak and dependent debtor nation. It is impatience and disgust with condescending pundits telling us what is wrong with us, while ignoring a prostituted press, a corrupt and incompetent government, and an electoral process so riddled with fraud that our votes have become inconsequential. Rage? No, Ms Noonan. You are seeing determination to do all we can to protect this nation for the future generations who will inherit it from us. Vulgar sentiments, Ms. Noonan? No doubt you think so.
You urge Americans to change our public face and “Move Forward”? Unlike you and your associates, we do not have two faces. Our public face is the same as our private face. We have taken a good look at ourselves, Ms. Noonan, and we are not the ones who need to change.