Even though she was among the first attacked – figuratively and not literally – Sarah Palin waited until today to release her thoughts on the Arizona shooting.
Her video on her facebook page is titled “America’s Enduring Strength.” In its eight minutes she manages to encapsulate America’s feelings on the event brilliantly and in a Reaganesque manner. Her pitch and tone are perfect.
“Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting,” she says. I like that. I like that she didn’t rush in, but paused until facts were at hand and high pitched emotion began to subside. The media made jerks of themselves as did the politicians who thought they knew what we wanted to hear, but didn’t listen to us at all.
“If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But especially, within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible,” Palin notes.
She goes on to put the shooting in context. As she explains, the founding fathers saw slander, angry words, even duels in their time. Today is not unusual. What troubles her is the attempt “to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.” And that is not a reason to blame others.
“Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively, on all the citizenry of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their first amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election,” Palin says.
It was a single evil man who did it, Palin points out.
Like Reagan, she is uplifting. “A bittersweet irony is that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy.”
Then she calls upon politicians and journalists to “respectfully embrace our differences” and for the public to pray for our country.
Palin rose to the occasion with this speech. Her well chosen words reflect a sane voice at last.
The left has already attacked the speech because it is – pardon me – on target. Contrast her with President Obama who immediately made a statement and insert himself. Going to Tucson to the memorial is more about him than about the grief of the stricken. Maybe someone will keep track tonight of the number of “I’s” in his delivery.
Sarah Palin recognizes it is not about her, but about the victims.