Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Long March

Guest submission by: Del Parker
Thank you Gov. Palin. 
Thank you Peter Singleton and the Iowa crew. 
And thank you Stephen Bannon. 
And thank you gentle folks in Texas and OK and one from NM that made their way with me to Indianola, September 3rd. 
I too listened to Gov. Palin’s “…you don’t need a title to make a difference…” interview a week before her October 5th announcement not to run.  I feared there would be no run.  A fundamental requirement by the electorate of a presidential candidate, though not enumerated in the Constitution, is the candidate seeks  the office.  So I was of course puzzled in the hearing, as everything I was listening to defied everything I knew about Sarah from Alaska. 
And then, a week later, I became a grief counselor of sorts, taking calls from supporters that were in tears or angry, trying to understand just what was happening, and how and why everything that they had hoped for and worked for had seemingly evaporated.  And yes, this decision not to run was final.  Indeed, Sarah called out Gov. Christie for being indecisive about not running, to underscore the finality of her decision, as Sarah Palin was going to have none of that.  She was not running.  And an audible was given for Herman Cain and his 999 Plan, so any supporters that had to leave immediately, could do so, and make exit. 
I offered up the following explanation. Gov. Palin was planning a strategic late entry, and the Establishment GOP, supporting Gov. Romney, had advanced the primary dates a month or so.  This turned three months of preparation for the early primaries to two months, which included at least three holidays.  There was all of one million dollars in SarahPAC.  And in a short race, although Iowa was perhaps ready, NH, SC, and FL were not, and there was insufficient time to effectively organize the one-on-one ground game of o4p in the shorter time frame.  So ad money would in part become the means of winning perhaps 2 or 3 of the early states, and the previous survey of expected O4P financial support, including the money bomb, was not deemed sufficient to prevail.  Faced with these difficult and seemingly unsolvable challenges of being squeezed for time and money in the early state primaries, another door was closed.  The establishment-controlled GOP made it clear they would not be supporting her candidacy, in the primary, or in the general. 
This last point of no support, or even quasi-neutral support, from the GOP Establishment, even if  Gov. Palin were to secure the GOP nomination, would ensure Obama’s victory, as would a ruled-out third-party candidacy.  And Gov. Palin, first, is a problem solver and coalition builder.  She has successfully reached out to liberals, with a track record for governing as a social libertarian. And she is joined by conservative Democrats on cutting spending and a balanced budget.  But not having the backing of her own party is lacking a key element of her coalition. Indeed, some state filings require the party to certify her candidacy, and that event itself may have been clouded or subject to delay.  In any case, the GOP was bought and paid for and locked up against her, working actively against her in the primary, and offering no support in the General.  So, given all this, there was no clear path to the presidency, and her entry would increase the likelihood of an Obama reelection, given the present status quo. 
Challenging the status quo of an entrenched enemy on the left and on the supposed right is a many faceted exercise.  Gov. Palin, just by threatening to enter the race, has already perhaps effectively prevented the entry of other GOP establishment figures more formidable than Gov. Romney, as it would split the GOP establishment vote, while Gov. Palin would gain most of the conservative and independent vote.  A survey of how the dynamics of the campaign would likely unfold weighed on the decision.  Had Sarah announced on October 5th, the heavy lifting would have fallen to her.  But the heavy lifting is ours. 
Yes, we had 60 coming out of Texas to Indianola, but that is not the 800,000 or so needed for the FL Primary, or the 60 million needed to clean the Senate and House in November 2012.  Sarah Palin can not restore this nation. Only Americans can restore this nation.  And when Sarah from Alaska closed the door on a presidential campaign, on October 5, she did indeed feel a sense of relief, and a confirmation, as the realization is now hopefully stark and clear, the burden truly falls to each of us to raise the banner of restoration for this nation. 
And an interesting thing happened following the announcement.  We are still here, and have actually grown.  There is no one else that I want to see in the presidency other than Sarah Palin.  There is no one else that is the author of the five-point plan.  There is no one else that has the vision to present and implement the terms of the Palin Doctrine to guide this nation’s foreign policy.  All these things are so right for America, and right for America at this time.  There is no one else that has the ability and vetted credentials to campaign for relentless reform.  All 60 of the folks that went to Indianola out of Texas and OK are still here, and still waiting to see this nation make itself ready for the likes of Sarah from Alaska to become President. 
But, as Jelayne Sessler, PalinDefender and o4p Ft. Worth, has commented, “… [on October 5th] all she had was us.”  And Organize 4 Palin, as it stands now, given the constraints of money and time, is not enough to restore this nation, and make this nation ready to accept Sarah Palin as president.  And Gov. Palin did the correct thing, as this race is to be run, in a manner that it can be won.  If, after the lawyers have made clear, the GOP establishment fine print for running a presidential campaign, makes Sarah Palin’s presidential campaign an insurmountable mountain to climb, Gov. Palin has done well to immediately change tactics and alter course. 
Rather than sell her soul to the GOP establishment, Sarah Palin has stood in the St. Louis arena, and declared, “…Palin is not for sale.”  And she has taken what was to be a presidential campaign to the next level and done what only Sarah Palin can do.  She has upped the volume. It will not just be a campaign for the presidency, but a campaign for every office in America.  It will be a campaign for the ideas of Sarah Palin. Relentless Reform, Fighting Crony Capitalism and Pay for Play, the Five Point Plan of Restoring States Rights, Repealing Obamacare, Reigning in Spending, Restoring Energy Resources, and Lowering the Tax Rate, and implementation of the Palin Doctrine. 
Organize 4 Palin is still here, as we have no where else really to go.  And while there are leaders, such as Cain that can articulate parts of Palin’s ideas, there is no leader on the national stage whose ideas these all are by heart. So it is Game On.  Let the chips fall.  The burden is on o4p and on Americans  throughout this land to do what it takes to set the stage for these ideas, which are worth fighting for, to come to fruition.  When the burden of bringing restoration to this nation is lifted by Americans throughout this land, Sarah from Alaska will have a path to the presidency.  Until then, as Peter Singleton reflected late in the night of October 5, we have a long march ahead.
‘Texas is Palin Country’ Bus Trip to Indianola, Iowa on September 3rd, 2011

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