Frank Maguire
Semper Fi Sarah: "Don't retreat, just reload"
By Frank Maguire
December 10, 2010

I am always suspicious of a person who starts off with a qualifier like "Well, I don't like everything about Sarah Palin, and I'm not sure that she has what it takes to be President, blah, blah, blah." I see this tendency most among Republicans and "Christians." They take out the equivalent of an insurance policy that pays-off if the candidate of their choice tanks.

What follows will strike some as being somewhat facetious. It is, I admit, "somewhat."

When George W. ran, we were cautioned that he was childish, as dumb as a brick, and a closet lush. I looked over the field and I said, "I like George W. because he has a youthful way about him, and, by the way, his gpa. was better than John "Ketchup" Kerry's, and if Al 'Internet' Gore can be regarded as a better choice for president, then there is something wrong with the office of the presidency, and something seriously wrong with the American mentality."

So, in my humble opinion, President Bush did a number of "progressive/globalist things I regard as brick-dumb (at the least), and most often in the "spirit of bi-partisanship." Have I changed my tune? Am I retreating? No! I say, "Bush did a terrible job in some areas and a good job in others." Gratefully, "W" didn't do ALL that which Kerry and Gore would have done. There is definitely something to be said for a prevent-defense.

When Scott Brown the Massachusetts "republican" was elected, the Repub's were thrilled. "Scott 'The Bod' sure has that presidential look, doesn't he? I mean, like, he's sexier than Bill Clinton and almost as much a thigh-throb as Barack Obama. Maybe we're taking Massachusetts back?" I said, "Scott Brown is a virus. Isn't it obvious that this emperor has no clothes?" No, it wasn't obvious to most, even though the most publicized photo of him was his recumbent torso in his birthday suit. "Aw shucks," is the defense, "it was just the petty-peccadillo of a scampish stripling."

There is no such thing as an "elected Republican" in Massachusetts. I was born and raised in Boston and served as a campaign worker for Avi Nelson whom I can honestly tell you was in the Tea Party Vanguard long before the current movement began. In 1978, Avi ran in a primary campaign as a Constitutionalist Republican against the Massachusetts mugwump Senator Ed Brooke, whose mug was on one side of the fence while his "wump" was on the other. With the odds and big-bucks against him, Avi, the son of a rabbi, and the graduate of MIT and Yale missed by a whisker of knocking-off Brooke.

Now, "Brownie" the Nudie-Dudie has let the cat out of the closet. He tells us that he has examined his conscience and must go with his conscience, thus he must, in good conscience, support the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" in the matter of those "light in their combat boots." How very Massachusetts! Barney Frank will likely recommend that the Republicans choose Scott Brown to be their presidential candidate because he is a man of "conthienthe" — above mere politics.

Sarah? I love Sarah. She is our Margaret Thatcher who was not afraid to chide her supercilious detractors with a smile, a chuckle, and a phrase like "I'm just a hot little number." Iron Maggie is a Lady. Always has been. Sarah Palin is in this class...a class that negates the trivialities of caste and class characteristics, those producers of hubristic division, when unselfish action by each person is necessary to restore the spiritual health and the security of one's nation.

Persons who hate Sarah hate her with vituperation, because they see her as impossibly good and impossibly honest. Some of the Sanhedrin hated Jesus for that very reason. In contrast to those who vilify her out of envy, Sarah towers like Mt. McKinley above her detractors — they in their molehills and termite mounds.

Very few can abide the presence of someone whom they, by comparison to themselves, realistically conclude is superior in moral constancy and real-world savvy. I say, "O Lord, allow me to be in the constant presence of such persons, and to avoid the company of those who see no reason to live in complete obedience to you. Lord, send me to those who will improve me by their loyalty to you and their honesty to me. I need them."

Sarah for President? She'll be good for this nation no matter what she chooses to do. Will those partizans who hate her stop hating her if she doesn't present a presidential challenge? Of course not! With morally disordered zealots, hatred is incurable.

The reason many hate her is simply this: she is smarter and tougher than those shallow poltroon — accommodators who have achieved, under cosmetic supervision, that "Presidential look." Sarah is not only as good as the office, she would restore respect for the Oval Office. Politics and Party are not her lares et penates — her household gods — and she makes no bones about it. Choose between her Down's syndrome son and being president? Only a foolish Christian would choose the child, right?

Sarah Palin is my kind of "fool." "Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become 'fools' so that you may become wise." 1 Corinthians 3:18 (New International Version, ©2010)

© Frank Maguire


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(Frank Maguire passed away on May 19, 2021. His obituary can be read here.

Frank Maguire was born in Dorchester, MA, 1938, attended schools in Massachusetts, California, and Arizona, where he completed degrees in music and English writing/Journalism. Frank has been married to Helen Isabel Maguire Estevez of Culver City, California, since 1957. They have six children, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.


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