Sarah’s Appeal


by Richard H. Frank

Love her or hate her, the undeniable truth is that Sarah Palin has captured the attention and imagination of America.  The media and her political opponents from both major parties don’t quite know what to make of the nationwide phenomenon she has become.  I suggest we take a look at who she is, and what she is not, in order to better understand the polarizing impact she has on our political establishment.

What she is:

  • Sarah Palin is a young, attractive and articulate woman unafraid to speak her mind and challenge those ideas that are counter to her own beliefs.
  • She is a mother that places family above ambition with a strong belief in God and the sanctity of life.
  • She is a staunch defender of the Constitution.
  • She has participated in and supports our American free enterprise system.
  • She is a self-declared maverick willing to take a stand against corruption regardless of its political origin.
  • Her personal life story is that of millions of Americans educated in the public school system, attending college and becoming a productive member of society without having Government to intercede on her behalf to gain an advantage over others.
  • She recognized a need to serve her community, state and nation and has ,with the blessing of her family, answered that call.
  • She has experience running a small business as well as being Chief Executive in Alaska’s state government.

What she is not:

  • Sarah is not a member of the elite political establishment.
  • She is not an academic or legal scholar.
  • Thankfully, she is not a lawyer.
  • She is not a skilled orator able to transfix the masses with soaring rhetoric.
  • She does not engage in political double speak to avoid giving straight answers to questions on real issues.
  • She is not afraid to acknowledge what areas in Government that she is least qualified to address at this point.
  • She is not afraid to admit a mistake or say she was wrong.

In short, Sarah Palin is a quintessential American and feared by the progressive media and the political elite in Washington.  Someone that the average citizen can relate to.  When she speaks her mind she says what many people believe but lack a platform to express.

With regard to the question as to her qualifications to become President, it can be argued she is as qualified as Barack Obama was when he ran as a candidate beginning in 2006.

If she chooses to run in 2012, can she be elected?  Only time will tell.  In the interim, her message as a Constitutional Conservative seems to be gaining more and more acceptance across America.

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