By Gary P Jackson
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has written an elegant piece about the state of the 2012 election, and the Republican field. He titled his article A Time For Choosing
Kristol writes to the Republican voters in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, reminding them of their great responsibility. How they must forget the hype, the campaigning, the pundits, TV ads, and so on, looking past the sales pitches, and into each candidates actual record.
I’ve only been saying this since day one! In case you missed it, I spent quite a few words saying it here. Kristol does say it more eloquently though, and paints us a dire situation with his words. The candidate we choose to go against Obama will have a monumental task, not only defeating the regime, but cleaning up the mess he will have left the nation in.
At this moment of great peril for our nation, you have the privilege of beginning the process of selecting the 2012 Republican presidential nominee—the individual who will save us from the ghastly prospect of an Obama second term, and who will then have the task of beginning to put right our listing ship of state, setting our nation on a course to restored solvency, reinvigorated liberty, and renewed greatness.
I think we know someone who could meet Kristol’s, [and America’s] needs. Someone who could Revive, Renew, and Restore America to her greatness. Someone who, like Ronald Reagan, sees America as that Shining City on a Hill. Someone with a solid record of fiscal responsibility, and common sense governance.
After quoting from Federalist #1 Kristol notes this is not the crisis of 1787, but a crisis nonetheless. Kristol then quotes Thomas Payne as he makes an appeal to those who elected not to run for president this cycle. [emphasis mine]
And it is a moment, as you prepare to cast your vote, for others to reflect on whether they don’t owe it to their country to step forward. As this is no time for voters to choose fecklessly, it is no time for leaders to duck responsibility. Those who have stood aside—and who now may have concluded, as they may not have when they announced their original decision, that the current field is lacking—will surely hear the words of Thomas Paine echoing down the centuries: “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Now is not a time for leaders to engage in clever calculations of the odds of success, or to succumb to concerns about how they will look if they enter the fray and fall short. Now is a time to come to the aid of our country.
Incredibly strong words aimed at those who chose not to run.
It was through the pages of the Weekly Standard that I first learned of Sarah Palin. She was a brand new Governor who had already made a name as a tough reformer and brilliant fiscal hawk. Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes were quite high on the lady from the frozen north.
As I read the continued pleas from top Conservatives for someone else to enter the field, I try to find an other time in my life this has happened. There are always one or two every election cycle who are dissatisfied with field. They usually have a person in mind when they make their dissatisfication known.
This cycle is different. We are seeing many strong pleas for someone, anyone who is better than the current field, to jump in. Though many bring up the same tired old names, many talk about Sarah Palin.
Monday night Eric Bolling, filling in for Bill O’Reilly, asked Carl Cameron if there was a buzz about Sarah Palin.
Cameron sort of dances around the issue, by saying there is talk, but then quickly issues a litany of reasons why it can’t work. Why no one could pull it off.
This is a good time to remind readers Cameron has an agenda when it comes to Sarah Palin. He spent a lot of time in 2008 spreading some of the lies told about the Governor, including the one about her not knowing Africa was a continent.
For those that may have missed it, no less than the New York Times outed the person responsible for all the lies. A Senior Fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence exposes the entire hoax. It’s quite the read.
Bolling’s questioning of Cameron comes on the heels of his interview with Sarah Palin herself, where she answered his question if it was to late for her to jump in, by saying it wasn’t too late for “someone” to jump in. Many feel this was significant, because she usually shoots down such talk outright, but in a round of interviews since the one she did with Bolling, has been less firm on the whole issue of sitting this one out.
Like the rest of the world, no one here knows what Sarah will, or will not do, but it’s for certain, should she enter the race, she would be the front runner immediately.
There are other patriots who could enter the race. People of great character and solid principle. The problem is, most lack the experience to be president. They also lack everything it would take to pull a late entry off.
For a candidate to jump in now they would need to have solid name recognition, good campaign and organizational skills, the actual ability to do the job if elected, and of course, be a real alternative to those already in the field. They would need a solid plan of action once they became president, and be able to articulate that to the voters. They’d need real world solutions to real world promises, not grandiose pie-in-the-sky schemes. Most importantly, they’d need to raise boatloads of money, and enthusiastic supporters who would work 24/7 to make sure they succeeded.
There is really only one person who can pull this off, and her name is Sarah Palin. She really is the only one who could jump in now, and actually become president.
Sarah Palin is the only one who could create the excitement needed to rally the nation in support of common sense over the lunacy we see now.
The 2012 election will be like no other. You have almost half the country saying no one running for president, in either party, would make a good one. Roughly half of the Iowa voters are still undecided. The American people want real solutions to real problems, not just a bunch of folks rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!
As I noted on Monday, there is an incredibly hard working group trying to create an “earthquake” in Iowa. They have put together a series of television advertisements, on their own dime, that are running in major markets urging Iowans to write Sarah Palin’s name in.
This group, and others, are dead serious about their efforts to make enough noise that Governor Palin will reconsider and join in.
In normal times these sort of efforts would be considered foolish. But these aren’t normal times. Our republic is at the edge of the abyss, and we are facing a crisis like no other. Should America fail, the entire world will fail. A darkness will fall. The great experiment of Liberty and Freedom will have died.
Make no mistake about it, if something isn’t done and done now, America WILL fail and take the entire world down with her.
Electing Sarah Palin alone won’t mean much though. We’ll have to elect a Congress worthy of the ideals set forth by our Founding Fathers. In fact, electing Sarah, or anyone else as president, is meaningless, unless we give her a Congress that cares as much about integrity as she does and we do.
Is it fair to ask Sarah Palin to run? Should we ask so much of one woman? Is it fair we should put the burdens of an entire world on her shoulders? No, probably not. But what are we to do?
As I read Kristol quoting Thomas Payne, I was reminded that many of our greatest leaders have been reluctant ones. I’m also aware of the great personal sacrifices they made for their country. Sacrifices no man or woman should be asked to make. But if, throughout history, great leaders had not sacrificed, our nation would not stand today.
The time is right for Sarah Palin, should she choose to accept the call. And if she chooses to accept the call, we must all be very aware of the great sacrifices she will have to make, and support her bid with every ounce of our souls.
We would owe her at least that much.