Q & A with Jedediah: Palin, Racism, and the Midterm Elections

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

There’s been a lot of talk about how Palin should replace Steele as Chair of the RNC. What’s your opinion on her assuming that role now or in the future? Andrew; New York

There certainly has been a lot of talk about that. Jim Hoft at BigGovernment.com even linked over to a “Draft Sarah For RNC Chair” petition.

While I think that Palin could successfully fulfill the duties of RNC Chair, that’s not a role I’d like to see her in. Her greatest assets – in my opinion – are her independent streak and the fact that she doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own.

I’d like it to stay that way.

My guess is that Sarah Palin is headed for much bigger and better things than RNC Chair. Let me add that I noticed some backhanded compliments swing her way with respect to this topic. For example, Kevin Williamson over at NRO’s “the corner” said this: “Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker . . . A Chairman Palin would help set the right tone for the Republican Party without having to get herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development, which has not been her forte.”

For the record, I’m perfectly comfortable with Palin getting “herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development.” But unlike what happened in 2008, I want her calling the shots.

What do you think of the recently-released Sheila Jackson Lee speech at the NAACP convention? – Terrence; Texas

I think it’s a disgrace. Show Me Progress recently reported that Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said the following on July 11 during a speech to the NAACP in Kansas City: “All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement.”

This has become a sickness on the Left. And make no mistake: the Left will continue to brand the Tea Party movement as racist because it’s an easy way out. It’s a heck of a lot easier than dealing with the realities that Barack Obama’s policies aren’t working, that he has lied to the American people time and again, and that many Americans are rightfully angry. According to Rasmussen on July 16, “Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.” According to Gallup on July 7, “Thirty-eight percent of independents approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, the first time independent approval of Obama has dropped below 40% in a Gallup Daily tracking weekly aggregate.”

I’m not denying that racism exists in America. It exists against people who are black, white, and every other color. If you were to look at any group of individuals that consists of hundreds of thousands of members, I’m sure you’d find a few racists. And a few liars. And some men and women who cheat on their spouses. And a homophobe here and there. What the heck does that have to do with the objective and spirit of the group at large?

The answer is nothing.

The repeated branding of the Tea Party movement as racist by the Left is absurd, irresponsible, and laughably transparent.

Do you worry in the midterm elections that the Tea Party voters may not show up if a moderate candidate wins the Republican primary, and vice versa? – Chris; New Jersey

I’m not worried about that because I think that people see the larger picture, which is for candidates who do not support Obama’s far-left ideology to pick up as many seats as possible in the House and Senate – and hopefully halt his agenda.

While I certainly prefer strong conservative candidates, I would surely vote for a moderate Republican (who would likely oppose the Obama agenda far more than he/she would support it) over a Democrat (who would likely support the Obama agenda far more than he/she would oppose it). In the presidential election of 2008, I wasn’t particularly enthused to pull the lever for McCain, but that didn’t diminish my recognition of the importance of getting out and voting for John McCain over Barack Obama. (Granted, McCain’s running mate did sweeten the pot quite a bit.)

I think that when it comes down to it, Americans recognize the severity of what’s going on right now and the need to vote for individuals who will not pledge allegiance to the Obama agenda, even if it means not getting to vote for their ideal candidates.

With that being said, I have my fingers crossed that it will be conservatives who bring it home this November.

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11 years ago

fabulosa ombunci mi ribamo te tarro entobecno idimpede. amolol te adist fapremano nos eritides o erichit hereco radessais bien.

Maureen Hammons
12 years ago

Subject: Racism
I have yet to understand why anyone here in the USA needs to be called anything but an AMERICAN citizen. I am truly tired of hyphenated definitions for citizens of this great country. I believe if we quit using this form of defining anyone, then part of racism would naturally subside. I do not know of any other free country in the world where african-?, asian-?,hispanic-?,etc., is used, do you? I think that defining one another this way only serves to divide and interestingly enough the only ones who use this type of self definition are the very people who love to scream racism. I am a naturalized Irish-American and since the day I was naturalized some 50years ago as a child, I have never used the term Irish-American to be identified. I am an AMERICAN CITIZEN and quite proud of the simple definition.

12 years ago

I actually think Sarah could do a very effective job as head of the RNC. Regardless, I would like to see conservatives,moderates, and others join forces with the Republican party and focus on the immediate objective of defeating Obama’s radical agenda.

During the 2008 presidential election I voted for McCain even though I disagreed with his policies on immigration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I knew what would happened if Obama was elected and my worst fears have become reality. He wishes to destroy the country socially, economically, and politically and Americans need to join hands and vote against ALL democrats (senators, congressional reps, and governors) in the 2010 elections. Otherwise we will have a one party government and can say goodbye to the America we love and cherish.

Vance MCClellan
12 years ago

I voted for Palin in the LAST election! McCain was just a pain that came with it. Let’s hope next time we’ll have the WINNER’s name First !

10 years ago

I believe Sarah was in a catch 22, she condlut move because of all the Mindless baseless Liberal Ethics attacks, her Geographical position prevented her from the Liberties of most of the rest of her foes have , the ability to travel cross country in several places and get home in one day, I believe she will run for the Senate and should be a shoein for that position, she can do much more for the Country as a whole in the Senate.

12 years ago

The main thing about Sarah Palin is that most everyone has an opinion, rightly or wrongly.
She is NOT being ignored and that is important. Many expected her to fade away. Yes, she is ridiculed but also praised, by many of all political stripes.
I suspect that all the attention stems from the REAL possibility that she could occupy the White House one day. That strikes fear into the hearts of many but, also hope into the hearts of others.

What we need right now is a new declaration of independence, not from foreign powers but from the tyranny of big “well meaning” government.

2010 (and 2012) will tell the tale. Let us hope we last until then.

12 years ago

You’re absolutely right about Gov. Sarah Palin. The only reason the establishment GOP want her as RNC chair is for the same reason ex- Alaskan Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed her Chair commissioner of the AGOC and that is to put her in a little “box” and hopes she doesn’t “make wave”, weed out corruption. Which ultimately failed as attested by record in Alaska. Just like she did with the Alaska GOP, she will do the same to beltway establishment GOP. She will reform the party from the inside, weed out the corrupto-crats and return the party back to Reagan principles and eventually the country back to the people. She is destined for great things, being underestimated, unappreciated has always being her strength and I don’t believe she would want it any other way.

12 years ago

It’s my opinion that the stories touting Sarah Palin for GOP chair are being fueled by party insiders (establishment types) who want to have their cake and eat it, too. That is, benefit from the old school politics they are used to engaging in while raking in the dough with Palin. But they sure as heck don’t want her becoming president or gaining the type of power that’s necessary to clean out a swamp.

I am a Reagan conservative Republican. This is what I want for my party: take a page out of the liberal playbook after 1968. Have conservatives, Tea Party activists and libertarians infiltrate the party and take it over thus returning it to the party of Reagan.

Both parties have sludge. Yes, the Democrats way moreso than the Republicans. But sludge is sludge and if it’s in our own party, it needs to be cleaned out.

They know the only one capable of cleaning it out is Sarah Palin and they are afraid of her because of that. She has a record of doing that in Alaska.

It’s not their fear that she will ineffective as president because of perceived or planted notions about her not being a policy wonk. That’s just political cover. The real reason is what her record in Alaska shows and how effective she really can be – especially when it comes to “weeding” the garden and getting rid of the corruption.

12 years ago

Little do most African-Americans realize, or acknowledge, that it was Democrats who spawned organizations like the KKK. It was the Democrats that blocked African-Americans from entering schools in the South. It was Democrats who used fire hoses to spray protesters during the Civil Rights movement. It was Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in greater numbers than Republicans. The list goes on and on. Yet, African-Americans overwhelmingly support the Democrat Party without question. “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”

Navyman Norm
12 years ago

I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of Sarah Palin. Sarah knows where she is going and doesn”t need to be “kicked ipstairs” by the good ol’ boys of the GOP who fear her.

Regarding Sheila Jackson and her (excuse me) asinine racist comment,all I cansay is “it takes one to know one”.

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