- Yes, she is pro-life.
- Yes, she is a member of the NRA.
- Yes, she wants to drill in Anwar.
But that’s not why conservatives love her. If the mainstream media truly understood what conservatives believed in, they just might get it.
Think about President Reagan – the patron saint of conservatives. What was it about Reagan that so appealed to conservatives. The media would have you believe it was lower taxes, strong national defense, pro-life stance, and big business. And that would be a very wrong assumption. It was Reagan’s belief that the greatness of America is in its people, not in the government.
Conservatives believe that:
- In America, anyone can rise above his/her present position through hard work and perseverance.
- Laws that guarantee fairness, must be in place and enforced and laws that are unfair to any group need to be changed.
This is the optimistic way that conservatives see life in America. That is why we can praise both Colin Powell and Barack Obama for their successes, while rejecting Obama for his liberal beliefs. Given the opportunity, most conservatives would vote for Colin Powell or Michael Steele or Condi Rice or J.C. Watts, but not for Obama. Some in the media would claim this shows that conservatives are racist – and they would be wrong. It is about beliefs and a way of life, not about race.
When conservatives look at Sarah Palin, we see a woman that has succeeded not by being part of the “old boy network”, but through her own intelligence, hard work, and drive. We see a woman that refused to put up with government corruption. We see a woman that demands a fair playing field for everyone. We see a woman who believes that people are better at making life choices than the government. We see a woman that believes families know better what to do with their money than the government does. And she demonstrates this by the way she and her family live their lives.
Sarah exemplifies everything that is good about conservatism – a belief in the greatness and importance of every person, refusing to allow corruption in government or business at the expense of the citizen, and a love and passion for the US and Alaska that brings a tear to my eye.
So media, you might want get the facts right next time.