I’m not too proud to admit that I enjoy a good debate on Facebook, or other sites, and sure, I’ve been known to get pretty worked up on occasion, but few things get my dander up like the mindless, hate-filled attacks on Sarah Palin and her family. Since it has become clearer to most that she may well actually enter the race for the GOP nomination, the frequency of hate-filled spew-fests has begun to accelerate in some venues. What I’ve noticed is that among certain other GOP campaigns, there has been an attempt to dissuade her from running by joining in the hate-fest. Apparently, these folks weren’t listening when Ronald Reagan explained the 11th commandment he observed, refraining from making personal attacks on fellow Republicans.
The talking points are always the same, and they take nasty stabs at her as a mother, a wife, and a politician, but none of them ever seem to focus on what makes Sarah Palin superior to all the rest: She’s a genuine, sincere leader who has committed to a terrible struggle to preserve our liberties and our nation. I will always defend that position, and any such leader who takes it.
You can always detect when you’re dealing with another “troll.” They’re numerous, and seem to multiply whenever conservatives gather. Some of them will simply be the garden-variety pot-stirring lefty, and you’ll detect them quickly enough, because at least half their number can’t form a cogent line of argumentation that doesn’t condense to: “BECAUSE!” On the other hand, there’s another brand of troll that sneaks in under the wire pretending to be among your number. They feign sympathy until they see the opportunity to begin unloading their garbage. It usually takes no more than a post or two to see the first signs. It will come in the form of “doubts” or “questions” about the intended target’s character, or ability to raise a family. It’s always some nasty smear, at its root, and it is generally dismissed with ease once you’ve identified them. They tend to realize they’ve been caught, and beat a hasty retreat, and you can nearly see them saying in Snidely form: “Curses, foiled again.”
The last sort are the obvious shills for some other candidate, who they will do their best not to name for as long as possible, until by their policy preferences, they reveal who it is they must really support. You can detect them quickly by focusing on a single issue or two of distinction. In one case this morning, I dealt with one troll who thought he could simply say “Sarah Palin has horrendous policies.”
I immediately responded: “Name one.” Then came the endless game of back-peddling to avoid the question. Eventually, it came around to her support of Israel. I then pointed out the naïveté of the proposition that we can simply abandon Israel. This ended the cat-and-mouse game and defined the battle. After all, if you’re going to attack Sarah Palin’s relative intelligence, you really ought not do so while pretending to yourself that Ron Paul’s position on Iranian nuclear ambitions or his willingness to abandon Israel signifies “wisdom.” This same genius suggested she couldn’t win because of her “horrendous policies.” Sadly for him, 67% of the American people at large likewise support Israel, and more than 80% view Israel as an important ally. That says nothing of the even greater support for Israel in the Republican Party. This fellow was actually suggesting, at least in part, that Sarah Palin could not win, and her policies are horrendous because of her position on Israel, while he offered up Ron Paul as a better substitute(?) Yet, this guy questions Sarah Palin’s intelligence?
In the end, what was most laughable about one of these incidents was that the thread in question started out with mockery aimed at Sarah Palin being the least substantial candidate, but within two hours, a quick review of the other threads on the page showed all the activity centered around just one thread: The one focusing on Sarah Palin. That’s a telling anecdote that should hearten Palin supporters, because what it implies is that Governor Palin evokes passion. Her adversaries and enemies know it, too, and like her, we should take every opportunity to revel in it, because what it all reveals is what we who support her have known all along: She’s real, and she’s a true danger to the establishment. Their every response or reaction to her makes it unavoidably clear. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to begin dusting off your war-paints. I think I can hear the first echos of the call coming from away North, quietly now, but growing in the distance, like a faint rumble still… Ssshhh.. Like a train approaching from a way down the track, you can see it in the distance, you can feel its first vibrations, and you might detect just a bit of the sound of the wake it’s plowing through the air, but you don’t get much sense of its speed or inertia until it’s almost too late. Listen for it. I can almost make it out now: “Game on!”
In the weeks ahead, I expect the rumble to become a full-throated roar, and the naysayers will retreat a bit in awe if we let them hear it. As they pick up the pace of their hate-filled disinformation, we must answer it, loudly, and at once. That’s what it’s going to take, from each of us, who have so patiently waited, defending her as needed, but biding our time with her. The battle cry is coming, and you won’t doubt or wonder when it’s been spoken. I will report it here, but you’ll already know.