Michael Reagan on Sarah Palin

Please note: This is an old post. America has moved on from the election, embraced their new leader, and many are praying for his success.

RealClearPolitics carried this article by Ronald Reagan’s son, MIchael, on Sarah Palin.

Welcome Back, Dad
By Michael Reagan September 5, 2008

I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been
wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge
and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like
again because he was one of a kind.

I was wrong!

Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on
television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this
time he’s a she.

And what a she!

In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my
Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center,
shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and
electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we
haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene.

This was Ronald Reagan at his best — the same Ronald Reagan who made
the address known now solely as “The Speech,” which during the Goldwater
campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional
conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight
years and revived the moribund GOP.

Last night was an extraordinary event. Widely seen beforehand as a make-
or-break effort — either an opportunity for Sarah Palin to show that she
was the happy warrior that John McCain assured us she was, or a disaster
that would dash McCain’s presidential hopes and send her back to Alaska,
sadder but wiser.

Obviously un-intimidated by either the savage onslaught to which the
left-leaning media had subjected her, or the incredible challenge she faced —
and oozing with confidence — she strode defiantly to the podium and
proved she was everything and even more than John McCain told us.

Much has been made of the fact that she is a woman. What we saw last night,
however, was something much more than a just a woman accomplishing
something no Republican woman has ever achieved. What we saw was a
red-blooded American with that rare, God-given ability to rally her dispirited
fellow Republicans and take up the daunting task of leading them — and all
her fellow Americans — on a pilgrimage to that shining city on the hill my
father envisioned as our nation’s real destination.

In a few words she managed to rip the mask from the faces of her Democratic
rivals and r eveal them for what they are — a pair of old-fashioned liberals
making promises that cannot be kept without bankrupting the nation and
reducing most Americans to the status of mendicants begging for their daily
bread at the feet of an all-powerful government.

Most important, by comparing her own stunning record of achievement with
his, she showed Barack Obama for the sham that he is, a man without any
solid accomplishments beyond conspicuous self-aggrandizement.

Like Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is one of us. She knows how most of us live
because that’s the way she lives. She shares our homespun values and our
beliefs, and she glories in her status as a small-town woman who put her
shoulder to the wheel and made life better for her neighbors.

Her astonishing rise up from the grass-roots, her total lack of
and her ordinary American values and modest lifestyle reveal her to be the
kind of hard-working, optimistic, ordinary American who made this country
the greatest, most powerful nation on the face of the earth.

As hard as you might try, you won’t find that kind of plain-spoken, down-
to-earth, self-reliant American in the upper ranks of the
liberal-infested, elitist Democratic Party, or in the Obama campaign.

Sarah Palin didn’t go to Harvard, or fiddle around in urban neighborhood
leftist activism while engaging in opportunism within the ranks of one of the
nation’s most corrupt political machines, never challenging it and going along
to get along, like Barack Obama.

Instead she took on the corrupt establishment in Alaska and beat it, rising to
the governorship while bringing reforms to every level of government she
served in on her way up the ladder.

Welcome back, Dad, even if you’re wearing a dress and bearing children this
time around.

Mike Reagan , the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard
on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America
Network. Look for Mike’s newest book, “Twice Adopted” and other info at

E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.

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