The Conservatism of Sarah’s Decision

by Sal on July 7, 2009

in Election 2012,Politics

Since Sarah Palin’s announcement on Friday, pundits from across the political spectrum have been in a frenzy, with pundits from across the political spectrum arguing over whether or not her career is over, speculating on her health and welfare, and pontificating on whether her decision is part of one grand political strategy which will either prove to be incredibly brilliant or completely foolish.  I have been tempted but have avoided to write and comment on the reaction to Palin’s announcement.  However, one article in particular struck me as particularly spot-on, a post by Jim Prevor over at the Weekly Standard (H/T:  Patriot Room).

The main thesis of the article is the standard that seems to be in place among the political class that only government employees are worthy of consideration for higher office, and that government is the axis around which the universe rotates.  To illustrate his point, Prevor contrasts the reaction to Palin’s announcement to that of any other public official announcing their resignation to take on a cabinet post.  Indeed, did anyone accuse Sens. Ken Salzar or Hillary Clinton of abandoning their constituents when they resigned to take Secretary of the Interior or Secretary of State, respectively? They were given a pass because they were moving from one political post to another, from one government position to another.  Yet Palin’s resignation from political office and return to the private sector is met with the attitude that the private sector is not a productive place for one to serve one’s country.

Prevor further makes the argument that Palin’s decision was a completely conservative decision.  Whether she felt her role of advocating for limited government could best be achieved through the private sector, or that her family simply needed her attention, her decision was based on the fact that a role in government is not necessarily the only role that matters.  On the political front, if Sarah felt she could do more to advance the cause of limited government and Conservatism as a private citizen than as the Governor of Alaska, why is that such a travesty?  Why is it that only bureaucrats and career politicians are considered viable candidates for high office?

Indeed, for a country that was founded on the idea of “citizen government”, we have evolved into a country with a political ruling elite.  Although Democratically elected, one is expected to follow a certain career path to achieve high office.  The system of an elite governing class has not produced good results.  Our government is dysfunctional and our political priorities are completely out of whack.  A return to “citizen government” would be a refreshing change, and Sarah Palin is the perfect person to lead that charge.

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Claire Solt July 7, 2009 at 10:20 am

Commentary seems to come from would be handlers, the hangers on that think thery know better than candidates, the ones always looksing for jobs. They deny the importance of Saqh because she disses them. I like Jonah Goldberg but he cites the donut hole as something he could teach her. Sorry Johah, the insurance commmmpanies obliteratd the donut hole. Likewise, the demnd tht she bone up on nationsl issues is a commplete red herring. But then I have always regrded the Katie Curic trqwvesty as a black eye for Curic.

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