WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2016 — Sarah Palin’s biography paints a picture of a woman whose youth augurs an adult of substance and spine. Alaska’s Republican governor was one of her mentors. When she became governor, she was able to see clearly the state’s situation. What she found was a group of Republican insiders engaged in oil industry malfeasance.
Did she go along to get along? Did she ignore what she found? Did she change course but fail to reveal the truth? No, no and no. Instead, she bit the hand that fed her. She told the public what was going on in their name and then set about fixing it. How many partisans can you think of with the same single-minded devotion to the voter?
The odds are, none.
Those who are put off by Gov. Palin should at least see that she deals the cards as she sees them without regard to partisanship. And she’s done it again. She’s come to the defense of “Candidate Number Four,” Dr. Ben Carson. She’s calling out members of her own party, mainly Sen. Ted Cruz, for running with a bogus story that Carson was bowing out of the race an hour before the Iowa caucuses convened.
Palin joins “Candidate No. 2,” Donald Trump, in calling for an end to such political shenanigans. Rush Limbaugh suggested that Cruz might even consider tossing a few delegates Carson’s way as a mea culpa gesture.
As if that will ever happen in this day and age.
One man now finds himself down in the mud with the rest of the power-seekers, and he’s been placed there not by his own doing. Now Carson must go tough and show us all the steel that we know stiffens his spine. It’s too bad, but when bullies hit you, you must hit back, and hard. Reason and gentlemen’s politics are simply not the order of the day.
To Dr. Carson, let us offer up some words of consolation from President Theodore Roosevelt, who said,
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Carson’s a quick study. He’s also not anyone’s fool. He’s not “Candidate No. 4” by accident. He might even have been the man President Roosevelt foresaw when he uttered those famous words.