The 'Mayor Palin' Program: Sarah Palin's Golden
Opportunity to Change the Country
by Gary North: Paymaster
Germany and the Endgame
authority effectively, you must first serve honorably. This is basic
to every hierarchy: military, corporate, and professional.
not involve the exercise of power. It need not involve giving orders.
It can mean rule by example. Rule by example survives the grave.
This is why it offers greater potential for social transformation.
How much institutional power did Jesus have? Or Buddha?
If Sarah Palin
wants to lead, she must follow. Follow what? The rules. Which rules?
The ones she has formally consented to.
She must first
deal institutionally with the public accusations against her characer.
She is the target of a hatchet job book and a hatchet job documentary.
have been dismissed by liberals as third rate.
The book says
she had sex with a sports star when she was single. Liberals don't
criticize people for that sort of thing, especially since he is
black. It says that she has had martial problems. Liberals don't
criticize politicians for that. It says she snorted cocaine. Same
In other words,
the book has gotten publicity for her in a way that tends to create
liberal sympathy. Their position is "private behavior and public
policies are separate issues. Leave private sexual morality out
of the discussion of public policies."
So, are the
conservatives upset? Not really. The book is not well documented.
The stories of adultery and drugs are rumors. So, she probably will
be able to dodge the bullets, which may be blanks.
She still has
a problem if she wants to lead. She has been associated with two
theologically conservative congregations. Neither of them tolerates
the mainstream media give her a free pass, and the conservative
support base does, too, she has to deal publicly with these stories
in the context of her present church membership. She does not get
a free pass from God.
discipline is lax. This is one reason why church influence is minimal.
The membership system is not sufficiently self-regulating.
needs to come clean or prove that all of the accusations are wrong.
Government must begin with self-government. This is the traditional
conservative political view, the libertarian view, and the Christian
view. In the context of church membership, to come clean means public
confession of sin for publicly exposed sins.
goes back to the early Protestant Reformers, who rejected private
confessionals. Sanctions had to be public.
If she gets
this dealt with, she can then go on to stage two. I call this the
"Mayor Palin" program.
She uses her
mailing list and her bus tour to focus her followers' interest on
local politics. She creates a DVD/workbook on how to win local political
campaigns. She creates a website to promote this. She shifts her
focus from national politics to local politics. I
have written about this personal strategy before.
If she were
to do this, she would pre-empt the field. Nobody really cares about
local politics. Nobody cares about what I
called the dogcatcher strategy back in 2000.
Yet the importance
of local politics will increase over the next two decades. As the
welfare states of the industrial West finally borrow their way into
bankruptcy, local politics will become far more important comparatively.
When Washington's checks bounce or don't buy much
the crucial functions of civil government will be performed mainly
by local civil governments. A great decentralization will take place.
who think this is impossible, I recommend the final chapter of Jacques
Barzun's Extraordinary book, From
Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the
Present (Harper/Collins, 2000): "Demotic Life and Times."
It is about 30 pages long. If that seems like too much to read,
then read only pages 776-81. There, you will learn two crucial facts:
(1) the nation-state is increasingly unable to deal with crime,
which is its crucial function, and (2) the social security programs
will go bankrupt. (Note: Barzun write this book as the culmination
of an extraordinary career in which he wrote dozens of books, beginning
in 1927. He was born in 1907. He is still alive.)
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