PALIN’S EXIT AND THE GOP RENAISSANCE


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By Paul Nicholas Boylan,

Columnist

[Reprinted with permission of the Sacramento Valley Mirror, a small but mighty newspaper]

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One of my regular readers – who goes only by the name “Penelope” – recently wrote:

“I bet you feel pretty smug sarah palin is leaving politics you say you are a republican but you are a lying evil atheist liberals like you that chased sarah away I’ve read what you wrote about her in the valley smear you are a liar and I have it on good authority that you do drugs and are a homosexual a confidential source told me you kill puppies just to watch them die I seen pictures proving it I plan on posting them on the internet so the world can know you are an evil drug using homosexual Puppy killer another confidential source told me that you dial 411 to get phone numbers you could easily find on the internet or look up in the phone book I spend all day on the internet so I know more than you do you drug using gay Puppy killing information dialing jew liberal loser”

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Penelope

Cette femme – ou homme – a je ne sais qua.  Penelope, I do not feel smug about Sarah Palin’s recent resignation as Alaska’s governor.  I am ecstatic.  Palin’s resignation is the best news I’ve heard in a very long time.

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They agree.
They agree.

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Let’s be clear: Palin’s resignation does not mean that she is leaving the national spotlight.  She resigned because she wants to avoid ethical challenges and because she wants to make money – lots and lots of money.

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She may be an idiot, but she is no fool.
She may be an idiot, but she is no fool.

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But Sarah’s personal motives and goals do not concern me.  I am, instead, concerned with how the GOP responds to what may be our last chance to regain what we lost over the last 25 years.  I am thrilled that Palin resigned and the weird way she did it, but I am also worried that my fellow conservatives will squander what may be our last and best chance to restore the moral and intellectual honesty we need to regain the trust of the American people and win back hearts and minds that were instantly lost the moment John McCain chose Palin as his running mate.

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Former Republicans
Former Republicans

If you consider yourself a liberal or identify with the Democrats, please stop reading.  Go watch MSNBC.  Do something to save the planet.  Just keep out of my way.

I have no interest in explaining myself to you.  I am, instead, interested in reaching out to conservative Republicans who, like me, have helplessly watched the GOP commit political suicide and want to do something to fix what is broken.  Palin’s exit presents us with a huge opportunity to take the GOP back from the forces of ignorance and darkness that drove conservatives like you and me to supported Barak Obama only because what McCain/Palin offered was too horrible to contemplate.

We can restore the GOP, but to do that, we must first remember our roots.

The GOP has always been the party of conservative reason and reality, tempering the beautiful, but unrealistic, utopian dreams of the Democrats.  For example, a liberal will say, “We need to feed hungry people because it is the moral thing to do” and a conservative will respond, “okay, but how are you going to pay for it?”  This exact difference of political opinion is what underlies the current California budget crisis. The liberal Democrat majority has been authorizing social services without having the money to pay for them, and the conservative Republicans won’t let them raise taxes to do it.

Wishing he had a sword.

Republicans also believe in limiting federal power through a plain, no nonsense approach to the United States Constitution. Prior to 1980, the GOP was not against abortion on moral or religious grounds: the GOP was against federal laws regulating abortion, arguing that, since the United States Constitution doesn’t cover abortion, the federal government cannot regulate it.  If states want to do it, they could – and, prior to Roe v. Wade, states did regulate abortion.

How they did it prior to Roe v. Wade.
How they did it prior to Roe v. Wade.

But back in the 1980’s something happened that began the process of slowly transforming the rational, realistic Republican Party into a twisted mirror image of the Democrats, an image that was just as unrealistic and prone to ideological fantasies as are Democrats.

Living the dream.
Living the dream.

It started with Ronald Reagan and his successful 1980 presidential election campaign.  To the world, it appeared to be a typical showdown between the liberal Democrats – personified by the painfully idealistic Jimmy Carter – and realistic and practical Ronald Reagan.  America was fed up with Jimmy Carter’s failed policies – which were incredibly unrealistic and based on pretty liberal ideals – the result of which was a botched foreign policy symbolized by Americans being held hostage in a post-revolutionary Iran and by historically high unemployment and inflation.

Still doesnt know what happened or why.
Still doesn’t know what happened or why.

The American people elected the pragmatic conservative to inject some much-needed reality back into the political mix.  So they replaced Jimmy Carter with Ronald Reagan. What the world didn’t know is that, prior to the election, Ronald Reagan convinced the Republican Party to invite a group of people into the GOP that historically had been excluded by all national political parties: the “social conservatives” of the Religious Right.

It is all his fault.

Ironically, it turned out to be a deal with the devil, and, as is often the case when one accepts the devil’s bargain, it cost the GOP its soul.

(Continued)

11 Responses to “PALIN’S EXIT AND THE GOP RENAISSANCE”

  1. I suspect there’s a long way to go for the GOP. Over here in Oz there’s stuff all difference between the two majors. They are rather good at blowing raspberries at each other and that can’t be such a bad thing. As far as the 8 year old boy Penelope is concerned I hope he gets his own column soon.
    Sarah? A strange political diversion for you folks. I’m sure our National Rugby League could use her on their judiciary.

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  2. Ana Nymous Says:

    “If you consider yourself a liberal or identify with the Democrats, please stop reading. Go watch MSNBC. Do something to save the planet. Just keep out of my way.”

    Sorry, couldn’t keep myself from reading the whole thing. It is just too much fun. Besides there are always those visual treasures you include, like the wonderful pic of the Republican group of intellectuals for intercultural dialog and the poster which comes next. Priceless.

    Just thought I’d say hi. Now I’m off to save the planet…

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  3. paulboylan Says:

    Therbs – Of course there is a long way to go. All I want is to at least make the case for rejecting the lunatic fringe coalition that is going to gather around Palin. When it does, they will have rallies that will put the National Socialists to shame. I want the GOP to turn down Palin’s offer of an alliance – with Palin’s Real American Party providing votes and money in exchange for national influence. The GOP must say no to this deal if it is going to survive as a viable national political party.

    Ana – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go hug a tree – but not too hard; you could injure yourself, or worse, could injure the tree.

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  4. nymphsreply Says:

    ‘Liberal pussies’?
    I never knew.

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  5. paulboylan Says:

    It is actually a tautological term, if you think about it.

    Laura – if that IS your real name – how delightful it is to see you again.

    However, as delighted as I am to encounter your fine mind after so much time, I am afraid that, as you point out, I will be forced to modify the adult nature of my invective.

    No offense intended, of course. It is just that your mother frightens me.

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  6. Hahahahaha!! Her mother scares you.

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  7. Could Palin come pick up that twit Harper in Ottawa? Maybe he could be made an honorary Palinite or something. Just get him the hell out of Canadian government.

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  8. nymphsreply Says:

    The delight is, of course, mutual.

    No need to be frightened though. Just a jab at my own naivety. Keep this place as raunchy and explicit as you please!
    I am of a legal age where my mother no longer has the right to punish you for exposing me to things of an “adult nature”. So you don’t have to watch your back.

    Perhaps just casually check over your shoulder from time to time.

    Furthermore, I went to public school. There is not a thing you could post that I haven’t heard or, in some cases, witnessed.

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  9. paulboylan Says:

    You’re of legal age? Really? Wonderful. Let’s meet. I want to show you my tattoos.

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  10. nymphsreply Says:

    Oh Goody.

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  11. paulboylan Says:

    Young lady, didn’t your mother teach you that it is impolite to call an old man’s bluff?

    Young people…

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