In the wake of Governor Palin's decision some of her supporters have lifted their hands in despair and given up hope for any effective change to take place.
To these individuals here's a great piece from Palin4America which reminds us all who Governor Palin is and what she stands for, and that it isn't about one person but about the ideas she put forth.
I know many people are disappointed with Governor Palin’s decision, people are in disbelief, in shock and some even feel betrayed after all the work they have put in for Governor Palin.You can read the entire thing over here.
For me it wasn’t just about supporting a potential candidate, it was also about supporting a mother, wife, grandmother who was trashed and taken to the woodsheds for no other reason than existing. No one deserves that and no one should have to go through that. EVER!
As for her decision, while I am disappointed, I am not shocked. In a way I saw it coming and I had prepared myself for the possibility. Her signals were becoming increasingly obvious.
I think it came down to Palin wanting her life back. She had enough of the crap and she simply didn’t want to put her family through the whole process again. It wouldn’t be fair to them and frankly it wouldn’t be fair to her supporters. Even thick skin if you hammer it long enough cracks and I don’t think she wanted her or her families skin shattered .
It’s going to take some time for the dust to settle. But we’ll get through it and we’ll all be OK. Governor Palin would have made a great president, but you know, there have been many great people who have moved on and the world survived. The Graveyard is full of indispensable people. I don’t mean that in a negative way, my point is, that the world will continue and we’ll be just fine.
I’ve been hearing from people who are saying that by making this decision the left and the media have won. I beg to differ.
No, they haven’t won and we will continue to stand strong and prove it. They will only win if we lose, does anyone here plan on losing? I didn’t think so.
It’s all about how you look at things. If you want to convince yourself that they won and you lost you’ll only be miserable and it wont get you anywhere.
Think positively: think about how the Palin’s won’t have to deal with the crap anymore, think about how Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig will now have their mother around without the fear of them being trashed everyday, think of the things the family can now do without worrying that a camera lens is pointing in their direction.
The world doesn’t stop when a great solider dies, while it’s sad, we move on. Battle’s are not planned and won with just one general, battle’s are won with an entire army of dedicated troops. The general of our choice may have stepped aside, but the war continues and the army is still standing strong. We will continue to fight, we will not surrender and if we pull ourselves together we will win.
Another great piece worth reading is from Adam Brickley, contributor to C4P and to the Daily Caller.
He reminds the establishment that although she isn't running, her base hasn't disappeared. It is as strong as ever, and is a force to be reckoned with.
Here's the link to his article, which is aptly titled "The Palin Movement isn't Retreating; it's Reloading."
Here are some additional articles on the topic, each highlighting additional points to ponder.
Josh Painter from Texans for Sarah Palin essentially focuses on the family part of the decision which seemingly, and rightfully so, played a major role in her decision. According to Josh it was the deciding factor.
Nicole Coulter at C4P focused on "we are all Sarah's" and that we can continue to make a difference.
Although there are probably many great pieces out there, I'll end with the words of Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection.
It disgusts me that a candidate of such quality cannot run as a practical matter, and that we are left with second and third choices. But reality is reality, and it would have been a tough road to overcome the past three years.
Palin had the opportunity to be a game-changer in the direction of this country; someone who really understood at a gut level how far down the road we are on the path to a country we will not recognize; someone who understands that the political class holds the country by the throat, and that removing the grip is necessary not just changing who holds the grip.
I do not begrudge her the time she took at all. I respect that she took the time, and in the end made a sound decision, even if it is a decision which leaves me profoundly disappointed in the coming year.
If you want to know how disgusting our own party is, and what types of creeps have influence, witness Erick Erickson crowing:
At a moment when Erickson could have shown himself to be a mensch he showed himself to be a schmuck. And of course, managed to make it about him. As pointed out in the comments, he is asking “Can we all be friends now?” The answer is no.
I couldn't have said it better myself so all I will say is that I second that.