Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump is a defining moment, not just in the campaign of 2016, but possibly in American history.
The joining of a lifelong pro-life Christian conservative and a guy who was pro-choice not too long ago isn’t seen often, especially at the high level that was on display as Palin took the podium to declare Trump’s ability to “make America great again.”
But the two share one common realization, along with millions of Americans from all different backgrounds: America cannot bounce back from the Obama years.
Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler, seeming puzzled at news of her announcement, told CNN, “I think it [would] be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorse Donald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion.”
Tyler’s point is understood, and a good one, but he isn’t listening to Palin’s words: “It can’t be salvaged, it must be savaged.”
This isn’t a campaign of who is the best to lead America. This, at least to Palin, appears to be a campaign about who is best to “burn down the barn” and start over.
There comes a point in any rodent or insect ridden home when the only solution is to leave for a few days while the heavy exterminators come in and do their job.
Americans will decide if we are to do just that. And if that’s the objective, Trump may be the best choice.
There are leaders who govern and there are leaders who revolt.
General George Patton was the most significant war general of the past few generations, but would wither away, according to him, during peacetime.
And Newt Gingrich, possibly the most compelling political mind of our lifetime, led an electoral effort that was a political prize for Republicans that turned an entire generation of voting patterns upside down. But when it came time for him to try executive elected office, he failed. Even though it was his Contract With America that led America to the prosperous times of the 1990’s.
The Founding Fathers knew the time would come when a revolution, possibly armed, would be the only way out of a corrupt and oppressive government.
The question now is if we’ve come to that point.
Listen to my explanation on my morning show on Newstalk 98.3, where I ask the question: is America ready to tear everything down and rebuild?
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