The Left’s Assault On Gov. Palin

Rick Hamada
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Wednesday - September 10, 2008

I have a love/hate relationship with politics.

I believe our American system of government, although not perfect, is the best in the world. The ideal of representative democracy intends that individuals exercise their God-given right to freedom via affirmation of the citizenry. The balance of powers in the three branches of government is a stroke of genius. Although employed in various forms throughout history, our utilization of Executive, Legislative and Judicial entities sharing equal authority is the envy of peoples throughout the world.

Our founding fathers envisioned a fair and equitable society. Emerging from the suppression of monarchy, the revolutionaries cherished the idea of self-determination unencumbered by threat, coercion or oppression. It’s understandable that the basis of their fight for independence, steeped in the desire for an antithetical governmental system, produced our Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.

I love the men and women in our United States military- Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard - and all those directly and indirectly associated in the defense of our nation. These individuals are sworn to protect our constitution and collectively they sacrifice to preserve our freedoms. Without these selfless citizens, we would not enjoy the benefits and the challenges of a free society. Yes, politics affects our armed forces. History has proven what a strong or weak commitment to our military means to our sovereignty. Theodore Roosevelt said “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Our men and women in uniform comprise the biggest stick there is, and thank God for every one of them.

As much as I love our system of government, I hate the machinations of politics. I realize that, based on your particular political affiliation, you could call fouls committed against your candidate.

McCarthy supporters decried the ad portraying a little girl counting down an atomic bomb explosion. Ted Kennedy supporters bristled at the invocation of Chappaquiddick during the 1980 presidential race. Edmund Muskie melted at the hands of dirty trick-sters dispatched by Richard Nixon to eliminate him as a possible opponent in the 1972 presidential election. Gary Hart was destroyed by photographic proof of extramarital dalliances, which ended his presidential bid in 1984. Speaking of 1972, Thomas Eagleton’s political career disintegrated with reports of his psychological therapy, including electroshock, decimating the McGovern campaign.

Truly, politics is not pretty. Fast forward to today. I am certain you’re a familiar with the media coverage of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. I will not rehash some of the tawdry details of her treatment by the left. The utter lack of respect, the boldfaced lies and innuendo passed as fact concerning a sitting governor of one of our 50 states is obscene. I can appreciate justifiable criticisms of a public figure, but the venomous assault on this public servant is shameful. The bottom of the cesspool was seen when speculation concerning her 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy hit the blogosphere and mainstream media.

I can’t believe anybody with any class or sense of decency would invoke a teenage girl’s challenges into a political campaign. The treatment of Gov. Palin will be a case study in the devolution of our societal standards and abdication of our collective tolerances. Apologies are not accepted because it is clear that none is forthcoming.

Our political process should be a celebration of the individual desire to serve instead of a witch hunt designed to humiliate and eliminate. The tactics employed against Gov. Palin can only exist with our approval. Until we decry the politics of destruction, we only harm ourselves.

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