|Yes. This was my license plate for the last 5 years.|
I had to let it go on January 4th of this year.
Following Sarah's endorsement of Trump
on January 19th, I'm no longer sorry that I did.
Since the day John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, Sarah has been hunted. She has been hunted by the media. Hunted by many on the left, by some haters, and by some fans.
Those who love her and those who hate her can never seem to get enough of her.
I know her fans.
I know her supporters.
And, I know her haters.
I used to know which one I was. Today, I'm no longer sure.
I know I'm not a “hater.”
I've seen the way the worst of those cretins have treated Sarah and I'd never behave that way toward her.
I know I'm not a “fan.”
I never really was a “fan” in the first place. Her "fans" are the ones who fall inline with her every word. Those who do whatever she suggests that they do. They vote for whomever she endorses whether they're the best candidate or not, for “Sarah knows better than I” or, "Sarah's met them and I trust her judgement" - I've heard many of them say these exact things.
I guess I'm best described as a “supporter” of hers.
Although, following her endorsement of Trump, an endorsement that pisses directly all over ALL of the previous words spoken by Sarah Palin herself, I can no longer refer to myself as a “supporter.”
So, there is no "label" left for me other than "former supporter," I suppose. (I'll include a few details a little later in this post about my previous level of "support" for Sarah.)
What she's done with this one “rogue” move of hers (endorsing Trump) was damaging to the country and to the Conservative movement (aka, the "TEA Party") in this country. I think that Sarah's endorsement of Trump basically ERASED EVERYTHING that she had fought to accomplish over the past several years. I also think that Sarah fractured the Conservative base with her endorsement of Trump and she'll pay a heavy price for doing so. It will be a permanent penalty that she'll serve, too. Go read the comments on her Facebook posts from disappointed Conservatives. Her endorsement of Trump was on January 19th. Almost 3 weeks later, there is still a heavy stream of comments from people who can't believe that she endorsed Trump. Instead of the nasty screeching harpies from the left who like to get nasty and go ballistic on Sarah's Facebook posts, now there are Conservatives voicing their disapproval.....the majority of which are in a mostly decent tone, too. There are some nasty comments, as always, but the majority of them are not "nasty," they're from people who are HURT by what they perceive as her betrayal of the Conservative cause. As am I.
Donald Trump is not a Conservative. He doesn't even know what one is. (I know it's "not nice" to say that someone isn't a Conservative. Many people "got mad" when National Review did it. But, I thought Trump supporters didn't have any problem with people saying sh*t they're not supposed to say? Or is that only a one-way street? I know it's a one-way street for Trump, himself.)
From Saturday's GOP debate on ABC:
Moderator David Muir: Mr. Trump, you've heard the argument from many of the candidates on this stage that you're not a true conservative. Tell the voters watching tonight why you are.
TRUMP: Well, I think I am, and to me, I view the word conservative as a derivative I -- of -- of the word conserve. We want to conserve our money. We want to conserve our wealth. We want to conserve. We want to be smart. We want to be smart where we go, where we spend, how we spend. We want to conserve our country. We want to save our country. And we have people that have no idea how to do that and they are not doing it, and it's a very important word and it's something I believe in very, very strongly.
And, TRUMP is the one that made fun of one guy who actually knows what it is - Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
Instead of making fun of people like Senator Sasse, maybe Donald Trump should spend a little more time talking with them? After all, he's says that that is one of his special skills..."making deals" and "dealing with people." Where has he put that supposed tremendous skill on display for anyone to see? All we see him do is attack people (the list is too long to include) and USE people...like he *USED veterans the night he didn't have the guts to answer questions from Megyn Kelly at the last FOX News debate.
*(And, DO NOT give me that bullsh*t about him having raised $6 million that night for veterans. Trump is a multi-billionaire. If he was so concerned for our veterans at any other time except when he could USE them to his advantage while he's running for president, why hasn't he demonstrated it with action in the past? Trump could have built and FULLY FUNDED a specialty/private hospital that serves only veterans. But, he hasn't. He hasn't been concerned for veterans. If he had, we'd ALL know all of his "generous acts" toward their causes in the past. It is phenomenal that $6 million was raised that night - but, you're kidding yourself if you beleive that he held that event for anyone but himself.)
Of course, there's also Trump's usage of Sarah from the day he met her. My, my, my how kind he can be when he wants something from someone or sees that they could be of some use to him...
Sarah's endorsement of Trump will forever be a stain on her legacy. And, for what? To prove a point? To prove that she would really back someone for president who wasn't already an elected politician? To back a billionaire, who is at best, a "New York Republican" (which is a Democrat), who has nothing to lose and everything to gain? (Even if he loses the election, HE still will gain personally from his participation in this election cycle.) To back a rude pig of a human being to lead the United States of America? Seriously, Sarah? You think a bully, like the one who accosted Bristol in that bar in California a few years ago, is the best that can be found in all of the United States of America to endorse for president!?!?! Really??? And, you're willingly hoping to inflict a jerk like him on the rest of us? Gee, thanks a whole bunch for that.
In my mind, her endorsement of Trump single-handedly placed her into the tiny little box that the left has always tried to carve-out for her.
Her endorsement of Trump wasn't gutsy. It was stupid.
It wasn't daring. It was safe. Backing the one who leads in the polling isn't daring...it's safe.
(Even though, as Sarah knows: "Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" - she coined that phrase. Too bad she can't share that little gem with Donnie. Maybe that would stop him from constantly quoting the results of the polls in which he's the leader?)
Maybe Sarah's sick and tired of always fighting the uphill battle? Maybe she decided to take the easy road this time? I don't pretend to know why she did what she did. I never have – and, believe me, PLENTY of her fans do EXACTLY that – they hang on her every word. They dissect her every move. They analyze why or when she does everything she does. The worst of the worst also deeply believe that their analysis is spot on and anyone that doubts them “isn't a real Sarah supporter” and must be a hater or "a liberal." These are people that completely dismiss others simply because they disagree with ONE THING that their hero Sarah Palin does.
Well, there's a thin line between love and hate and they're all going to hate me - not only for the things I've already said in this post - but, because I think that Sarah's endorsement of Trump is the WORST-EVER endorsement made by anyone ever in all of American political history.
I'm well aware that in the fan's context of “Palin world” it is 100% UNacceptable to voice an opinion or take a stance in opposition to that of Sarah (and in some cases, to that of anyone and everyone in her family). If you're not 100% FOR every single thing everyone in the entire Palin family does, and if you make the fatal error of mentioning that fact, you'll be ostracized from the clan. That's already been done to me. But, hey, since ***October 7th of 2011 I only put thousands of hours out of about the next 3 or so years of my life into busting my ass IN SUPPORT of Sarah Palin...all for zero money. So, it's only fair, right? Past deeds mean nothing...which is blatantly obvious if you call yourself a Conservative and you're supporting Trump.
***October 7th, 2011 was the day "Sarah Palin's Earthquake" was founded. I am one of the original founding members. On October 5th, 2011 Sarah Palin announced that she would not be running for president in 2012. On October 7th I started a Facebook group asking Governor Sarah Palin to please reconsider her decision to not run for president in 2012. Unbeknownst to me, at nearly the exact same time, another woman had also started a similar group on Facebook. When I saw that her group was growing at a quicker pace than mine, I shut my group down and asked those that were in my group to join her group. The founder of the other group and I have worked together ever since and we've become great friends throughout the process.
I made all but one of the 50+ videos for the group as well as about 20 or so other "pro-Palin" videos that are on my own YouTube channels. The last video I made for the group was about 9 months ago. Together, we've all been lied about, we've been mocked, and we've been harassed in various ways...by other Palin fans/supporters/bloggers and, of course, by the Palin haters. But, we always remained true to our mission and never let any of the lies or harassment derail us from a goal. There are many, many good people in that group who have put in 1000's of hours of their own time and their own treasure toward accomplishing the goals of the group.
I include this information here to let readers know that I'm not a "casual Palin supporter." I've actually spent a great deal of time basically studying Sarah's words over the past several years - which is sort of a by-product of editing videos - you get to know your subject extremely well...which is why her endorsement of Trump makes zero sense to me. Trump is just about the polar opposite of who I would expect her to endorse and have seen her endorse in the past. I know I'm not the only member of the group that is utterly dismayed at this endorsement. Many, many people are shocked...not just the few members of our group of which I'm aware, but other Conservatives who have also been great admirers of Sarah's for many years. I am not alone in the "horror" (for lack of a better word-?) I feel about her endorsement of Trump. I'm just probably the only one dumb enough to state it in such a public fashion. :) Que sera, sera.
Sarah is getting more detached from everything she's stood for in the past by the day. She's now buying into unbelievable claims like the TOTALLY FABRICATED "story" she shared in her latest Facebook post about Trump (see below) and lending credibility to the source by sharing their "story." (And, last week, she called Ted Cruz a part of the Establishment because he did the exact same thing she would have done in the exact same situation - shared with Iowa Caucusgoers the "breaking news" that Carson was quitting the race. Just like the Rubio and Trump camps did. They just weren't as organized about doing so as was the Cruz camp. They all fell for the same misinformation that was put out by CNN - which CNN is lying about ever having put out in the first place).
Seriously, I'm wondering what is wrong in Sarah's life - at least, it seems to me as there is something wrong. Her once-sound judgement appears to be mostly gone. In her Facebook post (below) she's passing along a story from "The Conservative Treehouse" (or "The Last Refuge" - whatever in the hell its name is) which appears to do NOTHING but shill for Trump and bash everyone who isn't Trump.
Posted on the website is a story (lie) based solely on the author's opinion about how "Trump is such a great man that he stopped and waited with Ben Carson when he got confused during the introductions at the ABC debate Saturday night" which Trump supporters are now passing off as FACT.
To know that is a lie, all you have to do is WATCH THE VIDEO:
Trump was JUST AS CONFUSED as Ben Carson was. You can tell by the dopey look on his smug face. Trump was trying hard to not look like a boob and he FAILED, miserably.
Now, Trump supporters are attempting to turn Trump into some kind of "hero" for what "sundance" at the Conservative Treehouse called "the remarkable character of Donald Trump" because the anonymous "sundance" believes that "Trump showed his leadership by standing right next to his friend, and not walking onto the stage." Give me a break!
The anonymous "sundance" goes on to say:
"People often mistake Donald Trump’s self-confidence for arrogance or even narcissism. But there is not a narcissist on the planet who would have put themselves into a position like that to assist a competing colleague."
Excellent point, "sundance." But, you left out 3 words at the end of your sentence:
"There is not a narcissist on the planet who would have put themselves into a position like that to assist a competing colleague, including Donald Trump."
That isn't what happened. Trump was confused. They couldn't hear. The world won't end over it. But, to attempt to create a story in which Trump is portrayed as the "hero" is just plain sad.
Sarah Palin has said in the past that she has no respect for "anonymous" bloggers who write hit-pieces about others without any risk to their own reputation (because they're anonymous). And, here she is sharing an UNTRUE post from the anonymous "sundance" on the "let's shill for Trump" website "Conservative Treehouse." WTF?
Sarah is on the hunt...but for what, remains to be known. It's not Constitutional Conservatism...not with Trump at the helm. It's not "consistency of message"...not when she posts things like this on Facebook. I wish I knew. I do hope she is OK.
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