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The Lesson in the Betrayal of Sarah Palin

By Lloyd Marcus · Jan. 21, 2013

Rush Limbaugh on his radio show discussed an article which stated that there is no respected voice in the national arena articulating Conservatism. Such an advocate for Conservatism is crucial to reversing the direction of America as Obama drives us toward socialism while low-info voters gleefully sing Kumbaya in the backseat.

Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for Conservatism and look what happened to her. Judas on our side betrayed her – sold her reputation for 30 seconds of fame and favor with the media.

Even now, folks on our side are still beating up on Sarah Palin saying – Palin has lost her appeal – Palin is unelectable – Palin wasn't smart enough – Palin wasn't prepared and etc. So, this is how we treat our heroes.

Many Democrat Party politicians/advocates are immoral, liars and cheats. And yet, they are treated like super-stars by the media. Democrats have the backs of their associates, no matter what. For example: Democrats never rebuked Clinton for receiving oral sex from an intern in the Oval Office. They simply launched a campaign claiming that any man in Clinton’s position would have reacted like him. Think about that folks, Democrats and the media lowered the standard of national leadership behavior to cover their guy.

We Conservatives act as if our representatives must be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ – perfect in every way. At a Conservative's slightest misstep, Republicans/Conservatives trip over one another backing away from the individual in an effort to get out of the media and Democrat's line of fire.

Clearly, advocates of Conservatism are expected to walk on water by both political parties.

Word on the political street is we need a respected advocate for Conservatism to reach low-info voters. While I do believe a new voice will emerge, I wonder who could be better than Sarah Palin? Will we betray our new Conservative hero?

Inevitably, Palin's humanity was revealed; she was not perfect. But still, Palin is extraordinary and will be a tough act to follow.

Allow me to recap. Immediately following her amazing VP nomination acceptance speech, the media/the left went crazy consumed with hatred and a desperate desire to destroy her. Why? Palin was a beautiful, smart, articulate and strong woman who boldly touted traditional values and a love for God, family and country – all of which are anathemas to the left.

No tactic was too low to discredit Palin. Thus, the left even attacked Trig, Palin's Down Syndrome child.

Women in my family parroted the media talking point that Palin was bad for women. I thought, “You idiots, Palin is the epitome of everything the left/Democrats claim to desire for women – successful inside and outside of the home.”

While governor of Alaska, the left tried to drown Palin in lawsuits. Palin resigned to save her state from the cost and aggravation. The left's mantra was Palin is a quit-er and republicans/conservatives joined their chorus.

Another thing the left successfully did to discredit Palin was to brand her “stupid”. Who among us could survive every word out of our mouth being judged from a point of view that you are stupid? Meanwhile, Obama ran around saying America has 57 states and the media completely ignored this faux pas, along with several others by Obama.

Despite relentless attacks by hostel interviewers, in every TV interview, Palin always stood strong, boldly touting Conservatism. Man, you got to love this remarkable woman.

Also, completely ignored is Palin's tremendous charisma which I witnessed first hand on numerous occasions. We launched one of our Tea Party Express national bus tours in Searchlight Nevada - a huge dust bowl. Palin was our keynote speaker. Twenty-five thousand patriots attended with many camping out the night before to reserve their spot. Through the windows of our Tea Party Express bus as we arrived, I watched seniors who parked a mile away using walkers to make their way to the event.

The admiration for Palin felt a little like the scene in the Bible in which a woman said if I can just touch the hem of His garment, I will be made whole. In all of my 400 tea parties and 9 tours across America, no one, I repeat, no one affected audiences like Sarah Palin.

When this new conservative voice emerges on the scene, will we stand behind our hero no matter what, barring something immoral or criminal? Or, will we expect our guy or gal to be the second coming of Jesus. Have we learned something from the Republican/Conservative betrayal of Palin and their passivity and culpability in the media's viscous vile destruction of her image?

Sarah Palin, on behalf of We The People, I wish to thank you for your profile in courage, trumpeting Conservatism (God, family and country).

Lloyd Marcus is Chairman of Conservative Campaign Committee |


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Kurt.S in Missouri said:

Well said and long overdue.
Sarah Palin could have been the Savior of this country if only McCain had the grace to die early in office.
Of all the RINOs this country has to offer, how did the party manage to choose such a diamond for Veep?
God bless her in her every endeavor.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Nonsense. God help us all if she'd been president. The nukes would have killed us all by now.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Somebody has hijacked me. I didn't write that. I love Palin. I mean, what's not to love? She's the whole package of what mostmen say they want.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Kathleen in Frankfurt, Germany replied:

Why "saviour" with a capital S? Sarah is just as human as the rest of us. She is not a God .And that in a nutshell is the problem - many of her supporters endowed her as being god-like when she most clearly she is not.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:11 AM

Sam in OK said:

This is a good article but I would like to add a clarification of your statement "Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for Conservatism and look what happened to her" We STILL have an advocate and she is Gov Sarah Palin and 'they' are still trying to destroy her. May her voice never be silenced!

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Palin will never win a majority, just like Goldwater couldn't. Palin for GOP candidate? Expect to lose all 50 states.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

I think you're half right and Limbaugh is half right too. Palin is great but when challenged she seems taken aback. She flounders as she tries to explain what she feels is obvious. To those not already converted, it doesn't seem confident. Worse, it seems like something she learned in school. Reagan, when asked if a government doesn't have a responsibility for the welfare of its citizens replied without one moment's hesitation: "Governments don't have citizens; citizens have governments." He didn't hem and haw and talk "compassionate conservatism." He went to the basic flaw at the base of the question. Governments have subjects and a subject people has its sovereignty in the state. The people in the USA are sovereign and government is its servant, representative, the executor of its will. When we have a leader who can articulate like that, basic things, then we'll have what Limbaugh is talking about. She's great, I agree, but she's not that person who can get people to see her point of view.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Radio Randy in Colville, WA replied:

Reagan had a few years seniority on Palin. For this, alone, I would be willing to forgive some of her lack of knowledge/leadership.
Just look at our current president if you want to see someone who was virtually, totally lacking in leadership when he started (and I have yet to see much of an improvement).

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

"I would be willing to forgive some of her lack of knowledge/leadership."

You would, I would, but that's precisely the point I was trying to make: she doesn't speak well to the other side, the side that has to be convinced. Surely there must be someone. Jindal looks good.

You can't compare her to Obama. Obama has the media, he is the expiation of the nation's original sin, the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the final celebration of the Woodstuck Nation. It's hard to compete with a myth.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

BTW: When asked what she expected to do in Washington during the VP debate, she said she was looking forward to going to Capitol Hill and presiding over the Senate. Biden scoffed. A guy elected 6 times, who sat in the Senate for 40 years, didn't notice that the guy who presided over that body was the VP. "The vice-president doesn't have anything to do with the legislative branch," he scoffed, "he's in the executive branch." She answered, "yes, the vice-president presides over the senate." He laughed his silly laugh. 6 terms and... how do you explain that kind of stupidity or blindness. Did he spend any time there at all? Was his blood alcohol level above 3.0 all the time? And yet... and yet... she sounded more like the cheerleader than the quarterback, even the second-string quarterback. Merkel never sounded like that. Nor did Thatcher. Nor Meier. She's great, she's a great part of the team. But I don't see a leader here.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Eleanor in AK said:

McCain and the GOP set her up to fail. The first time I heard her speak, I looked at her unkempt hair and well-worn clothes and thought she needed a make-over. Every woman in the Lower 48 knows that to be considered half as good as a man, she must be twice as good. The whole package is considered. It isn't enough to hold conservative values. The other party is equally relentless in their criticism of the women in their ranks, with the possible exception of Skeleton Pelosi and Frumpy Hillarity Clinton. Have you read posts about the First WhatLady on this site? Michelle Obama needs a Lady's Maid! In 4 years there has been only 1 outfit of hers that I would consider appropriate for the occasion. If Sarah Palin wants the office, she is going to have to claw her way into it.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Alex in NJ replied:

Nonsense. McCain set her up to fail? Then why chose her at all?

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Lynn Stokes in Malad City, idaho said:

I can not agree more. As I see it, Sarah or the GOP can't offer the simple plain, honest America that I, my father and both my grandfathers fought two world wars and a war to stop the spread of communism for in a manner that can be overheard with all the noise of slavery being sold by progressives. My parents and grandparents raised with the idea that government sole purpose is to protect and defend its citizens. Anything else is the responsibility of us. The bible clearly states that there is only two forces in our world and it is easy to tell them apart. If it expounds the teaching of Christ it is of Christ, if it does not it is of the devil.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

martin davis in concord ca said:

i say yes to a palin ticket my bumper sticker reads palin 2016

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Merciful Nate in Seattle, WA said:

"Despite relentless attacks by hostel interviewers..."

I don't remember Palin being interviewed by any managers/owners of Hostels. Man, you got to love this remarkable proofreading. Does Sarah Palin "read" you? With smart journalism like yours, I really can't believe that Conservatism lacks a respected voice in the national arena.

By the way, 2nd largest Jewish Exodus: When John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. Unlike some low-information & symbol-minded voters, we saw passed the Magen David flag pins and necklaces.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

We have Sarah Palin, Mia Love, Anne Richards, thousands of free market Capitalist Women, ---but blind sheep want dependency & debt!! The Governess of alaska has wisdom, integrity, and humility; three qualities not found in Marxists/Engelists!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

rickross88778 in Orlando, FL said:

If Palin is your choice for the conservative voice, then God help us all. To even suggest her is the reason why the GOP has been in trouble. We need a Reagan and not the right wing myth of who Reagan was. In today's world Reagan would be considere a RINO (A Governor from a Liberal State, amnesty for illegals, support assault weapons ban, passed one of the largest tax increases in history, who grew the federal goverment and exploded the national from 980billion to 2.6trillion when he left office, sold arms to Iran, armed Osama Bin Laden, sold weapons to Iran, etc. etc.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Jill Roxbury in Topeka kansas said:

Oh please Palin lost us the 2008 election. Can you imagine her in the oval office? She couldn't even serve out her term as Governor. I think she should her trashy family and mush into the sunset!

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM

P. Long in Texas said:

If the new conservative voice isn't Paul Ryan or Bobby Jindal, or another one of the "groomed for the office" guys, you can look for the knives to come out again.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

JJ Foley in Phoenix said:

You've convinced yourself of many things; that liberals hate God-family and country! What an absolutely ridiculous comment to make! You can't fathom that those of us women who couldn't stand Palin were put off by her lack of intelligence and inability to put sentences together in ways that make sense, by her view that religion is the answer, that everyone must make the same "choices" that she has made, and due to having examined her record in Alaska and being alarmed at what was discovered. Instead of having the courage to look at the real Sarah Palin you will not give up the fantasy of Sarah Palin which was simply that. I respect Ms Palin for having Trig; does the fact that she is a working mother make mean she cannot be scrutinized? Of course not and you certainly wouldn't call Hillary the second coming of Jesus when she has successfully navigated family life and a brilliant career and represents the beliefs and politics of many of us-Sarah Palin is not of the intellectual calibre of Hilary or many other potential candidates. She is mean spirited, dishonest and frankly has done much to earn the disdain. Furthermore she didn't even have the temerity to finish out her term in the state of Alaska. Can't take the heat? Get out of the kitchen. She did and ran to FOX news where the money beat any public office. That is the real Sarah Palin.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Please JJ, let's be fair. Do you have private knowledge of Sarah Palin's IQ? Do you, really? How can you say she is not intelligent if you do not know her intelligence? On what basis are you judging her intelligence? Is there some way you can cover such crass and insensitive words toward another human being you do not know? How can you? Is this an example of the high ideals you would like to represent? You cannot measure intelligence by public performance. I think you know that. The only way to measure intelligence is to MEASURE it. Judging it by means of personal opinion with no reference is certainly not measuring it. I consider your remarks completely void because of this assumption of Sarah Palin's lack of intelligence without any factual basis.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico replied:

Of course liberals hate God and country!! If it isn't obvious to you, let me explain it: Yahshua said (I'm paraphrasing,) "If you love me, keep my commandments." That is in John 14:21. Liberals are promoting anything and everything that is contrary to Yahshua's commandments. You promote abortion, which is murder. You promote homosexuality, which Yahshua says is an abomination. You promote stealing from the workers in this country, in order to pass the money out to those who will not work. You promote excessive taxation and slavery to the government through increasing the national debt with irresponsible spending. You liberals promote crime by trying to take away our God-given rights to self defense. You are trying to take away our freedom of speech, and freedom of religion by forcing people to support free contraception and forcing people to fund abortion causing drugs. You liberals also promote anti-Americanism in your foreign policies by supporting Islamic nations against Israel. So, don't go off sounding so high and mighty. You do hate God, and by hating God, you liberals also hate America.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Alex in NJ said:

What bothered people most about Palin I think was that she truly was completely unqualified to be President. At best she was a fair governor of a minor state. That didn't qualify her to be president in the event McCain died - at his age and with his medical history a distinct possibility.

Yes, Obama was only a junior Senator but look at his academic accomplishments by comparison to Sarah.

I wouldn’t want Sarah’s shaky hand anywhere near the nuclear button, neither do the vast majority of Americans. Palin will NEVER be president, not ever. Give up on her guys, she's forever fated to be a presidential election footnote.

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

"Obama was only a junior Senator but look at his academic accomplishments by comparison to Sarah."

What academic accomplishments? Smoking dope and attending marxist rallies? Hell, the clown won't even release his transcripts/records. Frankly, what I've seen coming out of Ivy League schools (such as Columbia) is less than impressive.

The man follows Keyensian economic theory as if it was God's own word, yet this theory has been discredited every time it was attempted. He has never held a private sector job and you claim he's qualified to make economic decisons? The guy couldn't run a lemonade stand at a profit.

Obama can't even string two coherent sentences together without his beloved teleprompter and you want to complain about Palin?

Take the blinders off, dude, the emperor has no clothes.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

Thank you, Rab.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

All his academic accomplshments did was make him an over-educated man with absolutely no common sense. By the way, what were his academic accomplishments? He had his college transcripts sealed so I don't believe you have an inkling of what they were. Just spouting the usual liberal BS and ignoring the facts. Just exactly what qualifications did he have to become President? Just for my edification, what is a minor state?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe,GA replied:

"look at his (Obama's) academic accomplishments by comparison to Sarah", We're all still waiting to look at his academic accomplishments, his college records have been withheld from public scrutiny, which you well know.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Adrien Nash in Crescent City, CA replied:

"I wouldn’t want Sarah’s shaky hand anywhere near the nuclear button,"
Sarah Palin's hands are the hands of a true-blue red-blooded American citizen, -a natural citizen as the Constitution requires of the presidency, while those of Obama are the hands of an ineligible administrative-policy citizen. Get it through your skull that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and by it Obama is the greatest travesty against the office of the President in U.S. history because he was born without statutory citizenship, without derivative citizenship, without constitutional citizenship (14th Amendment), and without provisional citizenship. His citizenship is merely the result of an interpretation by the Attorney General (in 1899) of the Supreme Court opinion regarding 14th Amendment citizenship in Wong Kim Ark vs the United States. Eric Holder could change that interpretation overnight and declare that Obama is not and never has been a United States citizen, and is therefore usurping the office of the President. Obama is not qualified to have his finger anywhere near the nuclear button because the only people that are allowed access and control over those weapons are natural born citizens of the United States, and Obama is not one. He is a man without any natural citizenship in any nation because of the hybrid nature of his national origins. see obama--nation dot com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 5:15 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Progressive Alex: Here is a short list of Barack O'Zilla's accomplishments; Demagoguery, Division, Exploitation, Downsizing, Demoralizing, Destruktion of private arena, ----Go read your NY Slimes and THE NATION Marxist publikations, please!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:55 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio replied:

And thank you, too, Tod.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM