Either/or 6

When Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, she was widely perceived, even by admirers, as lacking the gravitas necessary in a national political leader.

If that was all she lacked to qualify for high office, she now qualifies, because she has acquired it. She has knowledge and sensible opinions about foreign affairs. And she has given serious thought to the nation’s economic predicament.

The Fed announced that it would buy $600 billion in Treasury securities over the next eight months. It’s a dangerous move, and Sarah Palin has spoken out cogently against it.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Sarah Palin, delving into a major policy issue a week after the mid-term elections, took aim Monday at the Federal Reserve and called on Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to “cease and desist” with a bond-buying program designed to boost the economy.

Speaking at a trade association conference in Phoenix, the potential 2012 presidential candidate and tea-party favorite said she’s “deeply concerned” about the central bank creating new money to buy government bonds. Ms. Palin said “it’s far from certain this will even work” and suggested the move would create an inflation problem.

She’s right. It will.

She went on to say:

When Germany, a country that knows a thing or two about the dangers of inflation, warns us to think again, maybe it’s time for Chairman Bernanke to cease and desist … We don’t want temporary, artificial economic growth bought at the expense of permanently higher inflation which will erode the value of our incomes and our savings.

Palin’s influence on public opinion is tremendous, as the November 2 elections proved.

Should she be the Republican choice for the presidency in 2012? The only strong argument against it is that she is “too divisive”. Feeling among the voters runs as strongly against her as for her.

And as that is true of Obama too, her standing against him would present a polarized choice. The contrast between them – what they respectively stand for – would be stark: collectivism versus liberty, the great political division of our time personified in the two candidates. A starker choice than ever before?

The nation would be confronted with an either/or: a commitment to one future or another.

Would it be too intimidating for every voter to have to make such a momentous decision?

America would be deciding what it wanted to be, that “shining city on a hill”, that “beacon of liberty”, that “last best hope of mankind”, if it chose Palin? Or a declining power, a shabby welfare state, beset by enemies and insufficiently armed to defend itself, a glorious ideal abandoned, a vision of civilized freedom lost, a colossal wreck, an historic tragedy, if  it chose Obama.

  • Indigo Red

    TIME Magazine has, in the Best Political Invention catagory, credited Sarah Palin with re-engineering politiacl campaigns by using her 140-character Twitter feed and her popular Facebook account. Even a Liberal rag has to give her credit for smarts.


  • CEM

    The Federal Reserve is just another example of the federal government outsourcing its Constitutional responsibilities.

    I must say it is a bit of a surprise to see the “Atheist Conservative” on board with Sarah Palin, at least in principle.

    I thought she was one of those brainless, loony, right-wing, young earth creationist, Christian, flat-earthers who atheists so despise and ridicule.

    Go figure.

    • Jillian Becker

      We are “right-wing” ourselves in the sense that we are conservative.

      Sarah Palin is not brainless or loony.

      We think her religious beliefs are ludicrous. We think all religious beliefs are ludicrous. But we appreciate all who try to uphold conservative values.

      We don’t think Palin should be president of the United States. We were pointing out that if she stood as a candidate, she would polarize the issues.

  • Tyler

    While I still believe she does not have what it takes to be in the White House, “apples to apples,” she was more qualified than Barack Hussein Obama

  • Franklin Oliveira

    The Federal Reserve is a particularly wacky institution. If the government is going to print money, then the government should just print the money rather than have some institution to which it is indebted (i.e. the Federal Reserve).

  • Frank

    I would like to see her publicly support the following statement:

    “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”
    ~ John F. Kennedy

    But I know that isn’t going to happen.