Fear and the Far Left

What is fear, and why does it affect us so? The process of creating fear starts with a scary stimulus and ends with the fight-or-flight response. It can cause us to run, to fight, to freeze or create other mystifying responses. So exactly what is this powerful emotion that can consume us for brief periods of time?

To quote Brian Maxwell, from his ezine article, “What is Fear?” he says: “The medical definition of fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight or flight response.” That stimulus could be anything; an evil looking bug, a spider, a gun pointed at you, or Sarah Palin resigning from her position as Governor of Alaska.

Of course Mr. Maxwell didn’t put that part about Sarah Palin in his article. I added it to illustrate how the left views Ms. Palin and what she represents to them. Why is it that she strikes fear into the left? What is it about the former Vice Presidential candidate that bothers the left so much? She represents something they do not like. That is evidenced in the 20 different ethics charges that were brought against her; each one beaten in the court of law at considerable tax payer expense. Let’s examine what she has accomplished and maybe that will give us the answer we are looking for.

In her role as Mayor of Wasilla, she made her political name first known. Now Wasilla, with around 10,000 residents as of 2007, is the fifth largest city in Alaska and is located in the south central part of the state. Upon winning the mayoral race in 1998, Sarah set to work. She reduced her own salary by 10%, consolidated some city departments and created the position of city administrator. An interesting note that shines a light on the type of leadership Sarah Palin provides is that she kept a jar on her desk with all the names of the residents of Wasilla in it and once a week, she would randomly choose a name, call that person and elicit their thoughts on how the town was doing. I think that we need more mayors like this in America with this kind of dedication, no matter their political party. That is real government accountability and transparency.

She cut property taxes by a whopping 75% by using a 2% sales tax increase that was enacted before she took office. She also eliminated business inventory and personal property taxes. She made improvements to city streets and sewers using municipal bonds and increased Police Department funding. When Sarah ran for re-election against the man she beat to win her first term, she got 75% of the vote. The Boston Globe ran a story that quoted a local business owner who credited Sarah with making the town “more of a community … It’s no longer a little strip town that you can blow through in a heartbeat.”

And all this was only as mayor of a small town and only her first term. One can begin to see why the left fears Sarah Palin. Her second term as Mayor of Wasilla was also successful, seeing her bring to fruition the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex. An eminent domain issue had to be dealt with; however, it was built on time and under budget and for only a half percent sales tax increase. Due to term limits, she was limited to running for only two consecutive terms as Mayor of Wasilla. So she set her sights on the state capitol.

After an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as Ethics Supervisor. She resigned in 2004 citing unethical practices by her Republican colleagues. She filed charges against them and essentially cleaned house.

In 2006 Sarah ran and won the state Gubernatorial Seat. During her tenure she doubled state revenues. Yes, you read that right; she DOUBLED state revenues to $10 billion. And that is without a state sales tax or a state income tax. She ran on a platform of clean government and delivered, even selling a state owned business jet for $2.1 million dollars.

Yes, it is easy to see why the left fears Sarah Palin. She is the quintessential conservative candidate. And now that she has left office, there are many questions as to why she did so.

  • Money? The speaking circuit can be quite profitable, as everyone knows.
  • Power? Well, giving up the top position in a state is not quite doing that.
  • The ever-popular “run for President?” Who knows, and more importantly, who cares? It is ultimately up to Sarah to reveal that to the American public in her own good time.

But, regardless of what one thinks of her – neither she, nor anyone else could effectively build a campaign for President from the great state of Alaska. It is just too geographically removed from the mainland. Add to the fact that now that she is a civilian, the muckrakers who want to press made up ethics charges against her now have to pony up money, and one can see why she did what she did. It was a smart move for more than one reason.

She is intelligent, holds traditional conservative views, is pleasing to the eye and has a presence on the stage or behind the podium as the case may be that we have not seen in this nation since Ronald Reagan. That being said, I think the reason she came off less than stellar during the campaign is twofold.

  1. The mainstream media gave her a very rough time. Waiting like vultures to pick on each and every word she misspoke. For example, she told a grade schooler, I think the child was 8 years old, a very simplified version of what the Vice President does. The media took that and ran with it, saying she didn’t even know what her job would be if McCain won. On the other hand, Obama said he had been to “all 57 states.” The media was strangely silent on that. Imagine if you will that Palin had made that faux-pas. It has been said that she was picked from relative obscurity and thrust into the limelight. A difficult proposition no matter which side of the aisle you sit on. Due to McCain waiting so long, she basically had to hit the ground running.
  2. First hand accounts at the McCain rallies testified to the political star power that Palin wields. McCain’s rallies swelled in number and he was quoted as saying, “The response to her has been overwhelming, it’s been incredible. She’s ignited America.” I believe that McCain’s handlers actually became wary of that, and therefore they joined in the left’s efforts to malign her. To his detriment, McCain did not put a stop to it as he should have. It would have made him look like a leader and actually, I think, scored points with the GOP base.

The left is still maligning Sarah Palin and this only proves that she is a person that they fear. Saleem Rana said in his ezine article, “How Fear Inhibits Self-Expression and Personal Growth” that “Fear left unchecked can lead to all kinds of neurosis and inhibitions.” And that “the reaction to fear is so extreme that something is actually created to fear.”

The left is in danger of pushing their hatred of Sarah Palin too far. Because to go back to the fear article I cited at the beginning of this essay, the left needs to remember the Law of Attraction, which states that “Excessive focus on a feared event will attract to us exactly the event which we fear.” In other words: what we focus on we create. So keep it up, far left. You are helping to forge if not a great conservative Presidential candidate, then surely a great conservative voice.


17 comments on “Fear and the Far Left

  1. Really funny stuff. No one on the left fears Palin. The woman is a scatterbrain. The national stage will finish Palin off in a way that seals her fate once and for all. The woman quit her job with 18 months left to go, and has little other experience in government. Her immaturity as a politician shows every time she opens her mouth. This time around, she won’t have any McCain people to coach or silence her and she is going to get in really big trouble out of the gate. Your article highlighting her achievements is so laughable, especially about her chairing an ethics committee. Isn’t that the fox guarding the hen house?

    • You are the funny one, ndfence. How can you say that she isn’t ethical when NONE of the 20 ethics charges against her have stuck? NONE. She cleaned house, pure and simple and built her political clout on that platform.

      I dare say that had you been put in her position, you would not have come off so polished, either. She was behind the 8 ball from the beginning in the McCain campaign and being in the spotlight is not an easy thing to deal with.

      She comes across with a natural, average Joe-type persona that resonates with the American public. I guess you are denying all the good she did both as Mayor and Governor while in Alaska?

      And to address you point that she “quit her job with 18 months left to go.” Well if you can’t understand that while in office, all those fake ethics charges cost the people filing them nothing and cost her plenty for legal representation, then you are beyond hope. Not to mention, the millions it is costing the taxpayers of Alaska. Once she is no longer in office, I am sure you will see those charges fall by the wayside. When it costs the far left money, they won’t be so quick to cry foul when all they have are false charges.

      So tell me ndfence, do you have any proof of her being or acting unethical while in office? Either as Mayor or Governor.

      I am dying to see if you know something that the rest of the country doesn’t.

      • I’ll give him this, he memorized the talking points very well.

        Again, not being the biggest Palin fan, if the left didn’t fear her, why did they expend so much effort trying to destroy her? I doubt the democrats spent this much time in Alaska since it was purchased!

      • That is usually the case, matt. When confronted with indisputable facts, the left seems to resort to attacks. I know that elements on the far right do it as well, but that is what we have to fight against. In order to take this country back, it will have to be done in small increments.

  2. Great post! Very informative. I was never the biggest Palin fan, but you’re making me give her a second look. I also like your take on the factor of fear. The left is very clearly afraid of Palin, and they are going the extra mile to use the Alinski method against her.

  3. Excellent post. I’m not quite sold on her but as a now somewhat veteran politician basher I wouldn’t find reason to bash her, and I can certainly warm to her.

    The Republican party now has to earn my vote, and respect. I no longer give it freely and will gladly give it to an obscure third-party candidate who deserves it more.

    But Palin has a chance to earn my vote. And I LOVE that the left hates her. That always tells me, like it did you, that they perceive that someone is dangerous.

    BTW: Thanks for your comment over my way. I like your place as well and am adding you to my ever-expanding blog roll. There are a lot of great blogs out here. This is a good thing.

    • Someone has to take the reins of the GOP and get them inline. They lost their way under Bush, unfortunately and we need to get this country back on track.

      And thank you for the link. I added you as well. Just keep me laughing like you do, I mean with Obama in the White House I need it!

      • I’m selfish. I really do my thing to keep me laughing. But it’s a hell of a lot better when others join in. In these terrible times, I think we can all use a few laughs.

  4. OK. Recently I’ve had a bit of a period of ‘seeing the other point of view’ in terms of politics. Just to clarify, I see myself as a liberal and to that end I automatically routed for the Democrats in your US election last year. But your description of Palin’s dealings prior to her Vice-Presidential run now has me thinking that maybe she isn’t that bad.

    But then again, if you look at one of her press conferences – take that revaluation of her resignation for example, or all through the campaign. The way she speaks, with her “golly”‘s and her “gosh darn”s – it’s so….so non-politician. The inexperience is almost tangible.

    I’m not going to deny that she may have done a lot of good in her past. To be honest this blog is the first I’ve heard about her past work so I’ll go away and confirm it (don’t take any offence, you should always get a second source for something you read on any blog) and then see what I think then…

    Thanks for adding my blog to your blogroll by the way, keeping reading and commenting – I’ll do the same here. 😀

    • Tom, no offense taken! I always check my sources as well. That is why I include links to what I post. I like to back up what I say with facts, unless of course I write a pure opinion piece. Then it is an article that illustrates my take on the topic du jour.

      As to her “golly gee’s” and such, I think that is a big part of her appeal to the majority of American voters. She doesn’t come off as a “business as usual” polished politician. She comes off as someone you know, someone you can trust. Despite the far-left’s attempts to malign her, she is political star power and I think she will be good for the Republican party.

      Glad to have you on board and I will visit your site to educate myself on the ways of politics “across the pond.”

      • Haha. Yes. Our politics is slightly boring at the moment – Parliament went into their summer recess yesterday, nothing major will be happening until October now unless something major happens in the war or with Swine Flu.

        And on Palin: You think she has a good future in the Republican Party but as you say, she resigned just 18 months before her term ended anyway! Why not see it through? I understand she has been the focus of a LOT of public lashings but, that’s in key with the profession she’s chosen. A politician, even one who isn’t “business as usual” as you describe her, HAS to be able to take insults and public scrutiny. She has to be able to work through it no matter what. Stepping down to me just says she’s cracked and has had enough. I don’t agree with other left-wing people like myself who say she’s going to run for national office again and if she does, I think she’ll be met with the same amount of contempt as she was last year. To me, she was chosen as VP candidate because she was a younger woman to run along with an older man. Not that Obama can say he did something different. And old white man running along side a oldish-but-not-that-old black man is practically the same thing.

        Now, it’s all very well me saying that. But I’m very aware that I’m British and live here in the UK and so don’t come into contact with the US media and general happenings as much I do with UK events, but even from out here she looks a little spent…

        Here’s a question. Do you think she would have made a good VP? Honestly?

      • Would she have made a good Vice President? Just look at Biden… Seriously, the man puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens it. He just said that the only way to get out of the economic mess our country is in is to spend. Yes. Spend our way out of a recession.

        “We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

        “Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”


        He also said this –

        “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”

        But as to why she quit. In the state she is the Governor of, which is the great state of Alaska, when a public official has an ethics charge leveled against them, the state pays for the prosecution and investigation and the public official has to pay for their own defense. The person who files has to pay nothing save for the filing fees at the courthouse. Her legal bills have surmounted a half million dollars. So I can completely understand why she stepped down. The false ethics charges have cost the taxpayers of Alaska more than 2 million dollars. I think her stepping down is the absolute right thing to do.

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