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Q & A with Jedediah: Palin, Racism, and the Midterm Elections

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

There’s been a lot of talk about how Palin should replace Steele as Chair of the RNC. What’s your opinion on her assuming that role now or in the future? Andrew; New York

There certainly has been a lot of talk about that. Jim Hoft at BigGovernment.com even linked over to a “Draft Sarah For RNC Chair” petition.

While I think that Palin could successfully fulfill the duties of RNC Chair, that’s not a role I’d like to see her in. Her greatest assets – in my opinion – are her independent streak and the fact that she doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own.

I’d like it to stay that way.

My guess is that Sarah Palin is headed for much bigger and better things than RNC Chair. Let me add that I noticed some backhanded compliments swing her way with respect to this topic. For example, Kevin Williamson over at NRO’s “the corner” said this: “Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker . . . A Chairman Palin would help set the right tone for the Republican Party without having to get herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development, which has not been her forte.”

For the record, I’m perfectly comfortable with Palin getting “herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development.” But unlike what happened in 2008, I want her calling the shots.

What do you think of the recently-released Sheila Jackson Lee speech at the NAACP convention? – Terrence; Texas

I think it’s a disgrace. Show Me Progress recently reported that Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said the following on July 11 during a speech to the NAACP in Kansas City: “All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement.”

This has become a sickness on the Left. And make no mistake: the Left will continue to brand the Tea Party movement as racist because it’s an easy way out. It’s a heck of a lot easier than dealing with the realities that Barack Obama’s policies aren’t working, that he has lied to the American people time and again, and that many Americans are rightfully angry. According to Rasmussen on July 16, “Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.” According to Gallup on July 7, “Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate.”

I’m not denying that racism exists in America. It exists against people who are black, white, and every other color. If you were to look at any group of individuals that consists of hundreds of thousands of members, I’m sure you’d find a few racists. And a few liars. And some men and women who cheat on their spouses. And a homophobe here and there. What the heck does that have to do with the objective and spirit of the group at large?

The answer is nothing.

The repeated branding of the Tea Party movement as racist by the Left is absurd, irresponsible, and laughably transparent.

Do you worry in the midterm elections that the Tea Party voters may not show up if a moderate candidate wins the Republican primary, and vice versa? – Chris; New Jersey

I’m not worried about that because I think that people see the larger picture, which is for candidates who do not support Obama’s far-left ideology to pick up as many seats as possible in the House and Senate – and hopefully halt his agenda.

While I certainly prefer strong conservative candidates, I would surely vote for a moderate Republican (who would likely oppose the Obama agenda far more than he/she would support it) over a Democrat (who would likely support the Obama agenda far more than he/she would oppose it). In the presidential election of 2008, I wasn’t particularly enthused to pull the lever for McCain, but that didn’t diminish my recognition of the importance of getting out and voting for John McCain over Barack Obama. (Granted, McCain’s running mate did sweeten the pot quite a bit.)

I think that when it comes down to it, Americans recognize the severity of what’s going on right now and the need to vote for individuals who will not pledge allegiance to the Obama agenda, even if it means not getting to vote for their ideal candidates.

With that being said, I have my fingers crossed that it will be conservatives who bring it home this November.


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