Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Despite all the false narratives about the Palins permeating the minds of people, due in large part to the media's agenda, the one-on-one encounters with Todd and Governor Palin always leave a lasting impression, and it's not the impression the lamestream media and the political left want people to receive.
Steve Flesher detailed here, as I did here, the response Todd Palin's Stars Earn Stripes co-star, Andrew McLaren, had upon spending time with Todd and the Governor. Though some of his friends are "shocked" that he has become good friends with the Palins, he stated that his view of them changed from the "vastly distorted" media image, and he went so far as to say, “Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met." That's quite a compliment from someone who admits to disagreeing with them on some important issues. It also demonstrates a maturity that too many do not possess today, as they choose to cling to their bitter view--a false one--of the Palins.
Add The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince, to the list of those who have now come face to face with the Palins and speak highly of them.
According to Access Atlanta:
Palin, he said, became a good friend. “He invited me to his home in Alaska,” said Quince, who came to the national scene last year when he joined “The Biggest Loser” as a coach. During the “Stars Earn Stripes” shoot, he got to meet Sarah. “Politics aside,” he said, “she’s a great person.”
The key seems to be an ability to set politics aside and get to see people for who they are, even when you do not agree on everything.
It seems that this reality show is much more reality than show, as it not only serves as a means to support our military and first responders, but brings together people whose separate paths may have never crossed otherwise. This endeavor to bring awareness to our nation's finest, raise money for a great cause, and push one's physical and mental capacities to the absolute limit has also served to stretch people beyond their usual ability to see what others try to block them from seeing. It has allowed people to view the Palins, in particular, without the faulty lens of the media's even faultier microscope. So much for the memes that the Palins cannot interact with people who do not share their political persuasions, do not share their racial backgrounds, or do not share their particular ideologies. What remains, unfortunately, is the intolerance with which the Palins are too often treated by others, the constant attacks on their character, and the denial that they have always respected others' rights to have their own perspectives, even when they differ from their own.
I respect that Andrew McLaren and Dolvett Quince have allowed themselves to see the Palins for who they are and have acknowledged what they have discovered. Now if only the GOP Establishment would follow in the footsteps of these Stars Earn Stripes participants, set aside their own fears which hinder them from celebrating the gifts that Governor Palin brings to the table, and utilize those gifts for the benefit of the country, we could praise their maturity as well.