Saturday, June 25, 2011

Palin and Bachmann: Smart and Admirable

In "The Week" section of the recently released July 4, 2011 issue of National Review, the editors published two snippets of news about Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann that are unlikely to appear on any pages of the left-wing media, and certainly will never be discussed by Shariah-sympathizing misogynists like Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman or Ed Schultz.

Take note.


Regarding Sarah Palin . . .

Reporters converged on Juneau to inspect 24,199 pages of e-mails that Sarah Palin wrote as governor, released by the state in response to media requests. Preliminary eyeballing revealed nothing damaging to Palin and, indeed, almost nothing of any significance whatever. There was, however, the full text of an e-mail she sent to friends before the birth of her youngest child, Trig, written in the form of a letter from God:

"I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig,' because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: 'True' and 'Brave Victory.' . . . He'll show you what 'true, brave victory' really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is 'normal' or 'perfect.'" 

Look past the media overlay of fascination and loathing, and you can see someone human, interesting, and in this case altogether admirable.

Regarding Michele Bachmann . . .

Sarah Palin once was flummoxed when asked which newspapers and magazines she prefers. Michele Bachmann, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, learned from that example. Asked by the Wall Street Journal about her economic reading, the gentlelady from Minnesota said she was bringing along Ludwig von Mises's Human Action and Bureaucracy to the beach this summer. Other thinkers who make the Bachmann cut are Milton Friedman, Arthur Laffer, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams. Michele Bachmann may not be elected president of the United States, but it would be a tragedy if she failed to become president of the congressional book club.


Speaking for myself, I would happily elect either, or both, of these ladies to occupy the White House.

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