Monday, November 23, 2009

The Palin Phenomenon

What are they responding to? "She's real. She's true to who she is. She's not perfect, but my goodness, you get what you see."

And in this Age of Duplicity, that's a godsend. We didn't want the country fundamentally transformed. We wanted it to become closer to the ideal it was designed to be.

Let me state for the record that I like Palin's fire, her spirit and what feels like an All-American reality-based woman. But no matter that she exists, the real battle is more fundamental than supporting Palin, which I plan to do at least for ballast to right a listing ship of state as a result of the dead, toxic hand of the Democrats.

The real issue and battle is about the moral basis required not only for a life graced by happiness but to have political freedom for human beings be a viable, secure reality on earth. We live in a painful time, powerlessly observing the loss of political freedom. We see the government has turned on us and is wholesale violating our individual rights at every turn. A big part of the reason this has been able to happen is because the Republican Party has always supported and drawn on the moral base which has allowed it. I don't see Sarah Palin being able to speak from a moral base any different from the one that is the root of the problem.

The work ahead is not really political. Any political work can only buy time for the real work to happen. The real work is to cause a cultural renaissance which will arise from learning to live on a new moral base. From there the political consequences will naturally follow. This is what my life is dedicated to and I must say that it is one kickass, hell of an adventure.


Robert said...

We stand on the verge of rightly rejecting the progressive agenda and its corruption only to put into power a theocracy that will have no limits...we're trading one version of unlimited government for another. You don't really think they will refrain from using police power to ban abortions do you? That's really getting between a woman and her doctor.

The Tea Parties claim to want to re-establish the rights in the Constitution but they always seem to bring up that old time religion and the abortion issue.

principlex said...

Last evening I was listening to Palin talking to Greta Van Susteren and I could hear where she is not clear about the basics of a person's right to his life when living in society. If she is a leader of our country, the time will come when she will have to make a decision that requires she go to that level to determine a course of action. When that happens, I'm certain that she will go to God and religion as she understands it and she will use the power of the state to carry out her decision.

So, Palin is another "not it" alternative in today's politics. Obama, and the Progressives' method of making decisions about human life in society is also a "not it". Both tell us that the authority for our lives is someone outside ourselves. In the first case it is God, and in the second case it is Society.

This illustrates to me that culturally we are in an intellectual vacuum which requires that we go deeper for answers.

I think that the objectivist position has that answer to this problem. It goes to the roots of the requirements of man to live his life and then constructs a social system consistent with that.

Here is a very clear presentation of that argument:

principlex said...

I'm having an internal dialogue about Palin and her appeal. One thing I'm getting is that people concluded she was treated viciously by the press and the Left last year. Given that, her current supporters are out to defend her. They are so outraged that they will stay out all night in sub-freezing temperatures to show their solidarity with her.

I think it is important to be clear about one aspect of her appeal - it is the utter rejection of the human-hatred of the Left (various utterings of people such as Garofalo, Letterman, Rev. Wright, Soros, Obama and many others) and the embracing of what looks to be innocent life.

As this basic value gets expressed, the need to express it will die down and what will then happen is that we will be able to hear Palin generating from her own basic principles. We will then be able to see if she is the great protector of human life or not. (The test is not if she keeps a Down's syndrome child. Rather it is if she can stand for the fundamental requirement of being human while living in a society of humans. What is this requirement? That a man be free to be guided by the judgment of his own mind.

But we do need to own right now that the Left, by its speaking, being and actions, is embodying human-hatred and it is being rejected. The incredible non-stimulating spending, the anti-mind takeover of business and other anti-mind economic policies, the demonizing of all categories of people except politicians, and the anti-justice hoisting aloft of America's (i.e., freedom's) enemies all look like human-hatred from here.

Rebel Radius said...

She has no morality.

"It takes a united nation, and it does take godly counsel, and it takes prayer and answers to prayer - and a collective humble heart of a nation seeking God's hand of protection and his blessings of prosperity.

The former Alaska governor referred to an Abraham Lincoln proclamation that declared a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer.

Mrs Palin said: "If we could get back to that, that humbleness, with that kind of contrite spirit, I think that we would be able to be provided more of the answers to so many of the great challenges that we're facing."

Palin or Obama? How much humility would you prefer?