by Sandy Stringfellow
The BBC’s Jackie Long recently spoke with Governor Sarah Palin in Big Lake, Alaska, as the Iron Dog snowmobile race was set to begin. The Iron Dog course is over 2,000 miles, making it the world’s longest snowmobile race, and where driver teams experience some of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain, while accompanied by the brutally harsh winter weather for which Alaska has long been known.
Todd Palin competed in this year’s Iron Dog, finishing in second place after his left snowmobile ski was damaged from an impact, losing first place in the last 100 miles of the race. Todd has been on the winning team four times since the Iron Dog (originally the Iron Dog Iditarod) races began in 1984.
The BBC reporter began by asking Gov. Palin a question that has probably crossed the minds of many people living a modern lifestyle of pampered comfort:
“Can you tell me about the race; can you tell me why it’s so important?”
Gov. Palin responded:
“(The race) is pretty uniquely Alaskan, you know, 2,000 miles across rugged conditions… a lot of us are living sort of vicariously through the Iron Doggers, because so many of us would love to be tough enough to do what they’re doing.”
What the Iron Dog Competition Represents
Gov. Palin’s candid expression of forth-right admiration for the independent, daring, can-do spirit of individuals competing in the Iron Dog are an honest reflection of her own life experiences, having spent all but the earliest months of her life in Alaska.
One doesn’t “fake it” in a place like Alaska, where so much is demanded merely in order to survive. It takes old fashioned hard work and dedication to the task at hand; a level of physical and mental toughness that few will experience, lest one fall prey to the forces of nature and the unforgiving elements that present an ever-present danger.
After a question about Todd’s possibility of winning this year’s Iron Dog, the BBC reporter followed up with this question:
“And [may] I just ask you, of course, the big race everyone is interested in, outside of the Iron Dog, is the presidential race; what are your thoughts on that: are you going to run?”
Gov. Palin responded:
“Well, there again, you enter a race to win the race, so there are still a lot of considerations that have to be made. We haven’t made up our mind or desired to make an announcement yet as to what it is we will be doing.”
The BBC reporter responds with this question:
“I mean, what are the considerations at the moment; what are the things you’re weighing up?”
Gov. Palin responded:
“Well, understanding that Obama has already said, you know, he’s going to rake in and spend a billion dollars in this race; money is certainly going to be a consideration.”
“And then, just the idea of…will the American electorate be ready for someone a bit unconventional in terms of a candidate who calls it like she sees it, and who will not be beholden to special interests, or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of just doing what’s right for the voters?”
An Unconventional Candidate
Yes, Gov. Palin, most definitely yes…the 70% of us for whom our lives in the United States are lived on a daily basis as conservatives, and have been stubbornly clinging to traditional U.S. ideals, values, and principles, are way beyond ready.
It has become quite clear (as of this writing), through the recent behavior of Speaker of the House John Boehner, that it’s not enough for the Tea Party to merely win a landslide mid-tern election. These candidates were elected to establish the most well-defined Conservative mandate since 1980: de-fund Obama-care, however it can be done, by any and all means possible; kill the bill that socializes our health care, and do it immediately.
Tea Party candidates who were swept into office campaigned on doing exactly that. Speaker Boehner ran on the same platform as well, and has stated publicly that he would do the same.
Immediately following the election, Speaker Boehner hand selected his lieutenants, bypassing the normal process of having contenders vying for various positions of leadership compete for support among their peers.
Speaker Boehner’s blatant gamesmanship and heavy-handed tactic of political maneuvering to cement his authority guaranteed that he would have no dissenting voices among associated leadership positions in the House of Representatives.
The opportunity to pull the trigger and de-fund Obama-care was before Speaker Boehner, yet predictably, as an entrenched career political hack, he didn’t have the guts or the integrity to do it.
Gov. Palin: we, the people, understand that it’s still business as usual in Washington, D.C., and that you are the only electable Conservative on our national political stage who will change the culture of elitist Establishmentarian political opportunism and crony capitalism through the strength of your unique and principled leadership, based upon a profound love of country and sense of moral responsibility.
As Mark Levin has so accurately stated, “Only conservatism will save America.”
Gov. Palin, with your twenty years’ experience as a trail blazer in cost cutting, ethics reform, and a consistent track record of Reagan Conservatism, nobody else in the Republican field of pretenders can come close to your authenticity or credibility in exhibiting the philosophical Conservative essence of “a servant’s heart.”
In short, Gov. Palin, there is no one who can remotely compare with your career accomplishments in public service regarding the desperately called-for and immutable qualities of duty, honor, and country. You are uniquely qualified to become the 45th President of the United States of America.
Please believe me, Gov. Palin: we, the people, are ready for your 2012 presidential campaign, and we are willing to fight for you with all that we have, in every meaningful way imaginable, to insure that you will be our next President and that America will once again become “the land of the free”, as our Founding Fathers intended, and as so many other brave and selfless Americans’ have fought courageously to preserve.
Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics.
Reprinted with author’s permission, www.canadafreepress.com.