Monday, June 13, 2011

Palin's fear is a poor trait to support

The request by news organizations that was made for Sarah Palin’s emails were a rational inquiry into a person that would like to lead the nation.

One of the many complaints that Palin and her supporters have is that news organizations have not asked for the emails and other documents from other politicians. A quick search on line finds that news organizations have said that they have or are requesting the emails of other officials that are running for offices. If it is true that Palin is being focused on more than others it is because she makes good copy. It will sell papers and get people to log on to news sites to find out the juicy gossip, even if there isn’t much there.

Looking beyond the mere content, the emails provide a glimpse of a profile that is reminiscent of another political leader during the 60’s, President Nixon.

President Nixon was without question paranoid about his political foes and even some of his own people. He, like Palin, thought the “liberal” press was out to get him in ways that they weren’t after others. Nixon’s political base, again like Palin, was partially built on renouncing the liberal press and how they were after him. Also, like Palin, Nixon appealed to patriotic Americans, calling them the silent majority, for support.

Out of the eyes of the press Nixon did many things that demonstrated how far this fear went. As an example, Nixon taped conversations without telling anyone that they were being recorded. Nixon was certain that if you disagreed with him, you were being disloyal to America. He can be heard on the tapes blasting those people.

The most famous example of Nixon’s irrational response driven by fear was Watergate. Nixon may have not planned the break in but he fostered an atmosphere that gave people the idea it would be acceptable. Nixon’s involvement in the cover up provides a clue to someone that is more afraid of the press and the public’s reaction than getting out in front of the truth. It can be argued that if he had just come clean, Nixon may have finished his term.

Palin is not Nixon. But, like Nixon, it does appear she is a politician that fears an open examination of her credentials to lead the free world. If she makes a mistake about a subject, when the press makes an issue about it, instead of coming clean she claims the press is out to get her.

Like Nixon, Palin also divides the nation into two groups. There are patriots and those that are out to destroy America. Her hope is that with the patriots, and those that are fearful of not being called a patriot she will find enough votes win an election. This, rather than developing rational policy that respects all citizen of the community as a basis to govern.

Fear is not a way to live or lead. We need leaders with rational and cool heads. Fear will force the leader to cross the line between a measured response and an irrational assault.

Let’s select leaders based on sensible policy that addresses problems not fearful responses that save the leaders career.


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