Sarah Palin, Bulletproof
These past few days have been nothing short of insane. The media has relentlessly called into question every iota of Sarah Palin’s character, and has spun her family as some sort of Jerry Springer nightmare. Rumors and allegations of every stripe have been slung towards her, out of the deepest mud from the deepest bowels of media Hades. Decency is no more.
Tonight was the night to turn that all back around. To stem the tide of allegations, the storm of misconceptions, the onslaught of accusations. Tonight was the night to tell the American people Sarah’s side of the story, to show to them that she is ready to serve them in one of the highest offices of public service in the land. Tonight, Sarah had to allow the entire country into the mind of Sarah Palin, to see her life, her ambitions, her plans for the future. And tonight, Sarah showed us one quality of hers that stood above all others. She showed that she is absolutely bulletproof.
Bulletproof is the concept that inspired me to start this website. It is the concept of absolute strength. The idea that words and the people who speak them exude an eternal quality. I was inspired to visit the Lincoln Memorial this past winter. As I walked into the breathtaking marble colossus, I noticed the massive presence of Lincoln, staring fervently ahead. However, I noticed that on each side of him in the memorial, words were etched into the stone on the walls. On one side, the Gettysburg Address; on the other, his second inaugural address. I read each word slowly and comprehensively, trying to grasp some meaning from words that were so important that they must be etched stories high in stone. It then dawned on me: these words were powerful not because the man made them, but because they made the man.
This brings me back to Sarah. Her words defined her tonight. She was neither magical nor flawless; she was straightforward and human. She looked towards the future while remembering the past. She introduced herself while promoting her running mate. She criticized her opponents with grace. Such synergy defined her speech and has defined her life. She is a “hockey mom” looking out for her childrens’ future and a governor looking out for the Nation’s. She is a political outsider who has gotten more done than people who have spent decades in office. Unlike politics-as-usual, she has delivered on her promises. It is rare for politics to attract good people who stay that way. She is a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled room. And, most importantly of all, she has finessed the art of being a true public servant. This leads me to my favorite excerpt from her speech:
I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.
She is absolutely normal. She isn’t perfect, nor does she claim to be. And, as we saw these difficult past few days, in the ultimate contradiction, her imperfection makes her absolutely bulletproof. I would like to end on a quote, something that can fully encapsulate what Sarah did tonight. And, as usual, I turn to the brilliant Ann Coulter: “Sarah Palin kicked ass!”