Saturday, September 10, 2011
The New York Times published an article yesterday about the weight of Governor Palin's Indianola, Iowa speech last weekend. Yes, I said The New York Times.
The author, Anand Giridharadas, began by admitting something all far-left liberal media members should admit:
Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.
In other words, left-wing media bias, the filter through which the press sees and hears everything, would keep them from recognizing the intelligent ideas Governor Palin articulates, which really is a shame. Their prejudice won't allow them to even be mindful of the ideas she offers that would help boost our economy, develop our resources, preserve our freedoms, and root out the self-wheeling-and-dealing running rampant in Washington.
Early in the piece, the author gives an example of that blinding, deafening bias:
The next day, the “lamestream” media, as she calls it, played into her fantasy of it by ignoring the ideas she unfurled and dwelling almost entirely on the will-she-won’t-she question of her presidential ambitions.
So there's Exhibit...'Z,' as if anyone really needed another one.
The article then ventures into breaking down the Governor's speech:
But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.
She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).
“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”
Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.
“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”
Is there a hint of a political breakthrough hiding in there?
No one knows yet whether Ms. Palin will actually run for president. But she did just get more interesting.
The article is worth a full read. Do so here.
If you missed Governor Palin's Iowa speech, watch it here.