The Palin Trick

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It is intellectually
discouraging to watch so many of my politically conservative friends
begin flocking to the John McCain bandwagon since he named Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential choice.

Most of
them despised McCain's candidacy the day before the selection, knowing
McCain is a warmonger, neoconservative, foe of free political speech,
political spendthrift and heir apparent of The Legacy of George

Then, the
Palin announcement.

Forget about
McCain. This apparently socially conservative boat rocker who may
have successfully challenged the Republican power structure in the
nation's largest state is rapidly being seen the Goddess of Redemption
for McCain. All his sins are forgiven because Mrs. Palin will seemingly
keep McCain's statist tendencies in check.

Focus on
the Family's James Dobson, after publicly blowing off the McCain
candidacy, now says he may vote for the GOP presidential nominee.
Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, once a conservative
and now a neocon, who was thumped in his 2006 reelection bid, took
time from his public crusade against "Islamofacism" to
endorse McCain. In the previous months, Santorum had nothing good
to say about McCain, personally or professionally.

Now Santorum,
Dobson and their ilk are Republican political grandstanders and
professional celebrities, much like Al Sharpton and James Carville
are for the Democrats.

But, a
number of my longtime friends and political allies are simply run-of-the-mill
students of the constitution, free market advocates, Pro-Life activists,
conservative Christians and professed freedom fighters.

The Palin
candidacy has seemingly erased the hard drives tucked in their grey
matter. Attempts to reason with them, to bring charges of nay-saying
and cynicism.


When was
the last time a Vice President of the United States publicly challenged
the sitting President on any significant issue? Or kept the President
"in check" on matters of war, taxation, human rights,
freedom, government regulation, fiat money or any meaningful issue?

Did Nixon
keep Eisenhower in check? Did LBJ reign in JFK? Did Humphrey have
anything critical to say about LBJ until his boss dropped out in
1968? Did Agnew challenge Nixon? Did Ford? Nelson Rockefeller was
a nonentity and Mondale was a lapdog for Carter. George I bided
his time under The Gipper and that pre-eminent conservative Dan
Quayle never said a word of disagreement as George I's veep. Then
Algore sat patiently under Bill Clinton, awaiting his chance at
the crown.

Dick Cheney may well be Bush II's puppet master, but I have yet
to see him upbraid the sitting POTUS.

John Nance
Garner was apparently correct when he compared the vice presidency
to "a warm pitcher of spit."

A vice
president is chosen because he or she is believed to enhance the
candidacy of the presidential hopeful. In the case of Mrs. Palin,
thus far, it seems to be paying off handsomely.

But, that's
about it. The number two person is not expected to help develop
the administration's plans unless he or she is used as a "stalking
horse" for trial balloons on proposed public policy.

The vice
president is expected to be a cheerleader and, perhaps, do some
lobbying for the President with old cronies from Capitol Hill. Of
course, Mrs. Palin, unlike the Democrat's veep choice, U.S. Sen.
Joe Biden, doesn't have any cronies on Capitol Hill.

So, why
have so many normally thoughtful people opted to give McCain a clean
slate in light of his choice of Mrs. Palin?


These people
are aware that the United States of America is imploding. They don't
want the blatant socialism offered by the Obama/Biden ticket. They
have no faith in third-party efforts. They feel compelled to go
to the polls on Election Day. They feel the creeping socialism of
Republicans is preferable to the Democrat brand of equal misery
for all. They think that someday, somehow, somewhere, sometime,
the Republicans will address the questions of abortion, national
bankruptcy, individual freedom and perpetual war for perpetual peace.

It is a
malady known as "cognitive dissonance" and Mrs. Palin's
candidacy is providing them with a piece of driftwood in an ocean
of disaster.

If Mrs.
Palin does become Vice President of the United States, she can ascend
to the Oval Office only one of two ways — by tragedy or by being
a good girl and keeping her mouth shut when she disagrees with the

Of course,
in 2016, she will only be 52 years old and thoroughly indoctrinated
in the ways of Sodom on the Potomac.

5, 2008

Jim Panyard
[send him mail] is the
retired President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association,
a onetime candidate for the GOP nomination for governor of Pennsylvania
and currently vice chairman of the Constitution Party of Pennsylvania.

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