Why do most people think that when a conservative like Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump yesterday, that made Donald Trump more conservative? Why don’t people think when Sarah Palin endorsed populist Donald Trump yesterday, it revealed to us that Sarah Palin is really a populist?
It is a very important question to ponder. I believe most of us have incorrectly pegged Sarah Palin as a philosophical conservative — one whose ideas bubbled up from the same ground springs in which the Founding Fathers drank. However, yesterday’s announcement made it abundantly clear that our understanding of Sarah Palin has been incorrect. She too is a populist. For another set of exhibits to prove my argument: when have you heard Sarah Palin ever talk down any of Senator John McCain’s populist, big-government ideas? Answer, never. She is loyal to the establishment while wearing red, white and blue.
Unfortunately, most of us were fooled, for Sarah is one who latched onto popular conservative ideas and railed against the left. However, when it came time to stick her neck out, instead of endorsing the true conservative, Ted Cruz, she goes with the popular choice, Mr. Apprentice. She calls that picking a winner. I call that hedging your bets and accepting the under-the-table offer by Trump.
Our beloved Congressman Greg Walden is the same way. Many think he is conservative because he talks bad about Obama, Reid and Pelosi. But that is not the test. You see when Walden is in the House Leadership and approves their budgets (including fully funding Obamacare and Planned Parenthood) we quickly see the standing verbally against socialists is not the test. Instead, the real test of whether someone is conservative or not is when that person is in power — what choices do they make with that power: the popular choice (increase the size and scope of government, or in this case who will make Sarah more popular) or the right (conservative) choice which limits government?
Sarah Palin has made her mark on the political landscape once again, but unfortunately it was a negative one for those of us who love the ideas of liberty and personal responsibility. Trump has said little to nothing about repealing Obamacare, let alone limiting the size and scope of government. As most moderates, Trump hopes to Make American Great Again by running government more efficiently (code for accepting the status quo, but not growing government quite as fast as the other guys).
Dear Sarah, you are now (politically) dead to me for you have chosen the one who places popularity over the values of our Founding Fathers.