and that’s a good thing. When she came on the scene in 2008, the far left liberals were absolutely giddy with excitement, because she is the physical embodyment of everything that they detest about America and the 80% of Americans who don’t agree with them. As per Saul Alinsky’s 13th Rule for Radicals, they have picked her as their primary target, personalized the attacks against her, and proceeded to polarize her.
But they hate her so passionately because they fear her, as bullies everywhere hate and fear anyone who stands up to them. Instead of retreating in the face of their attacks, she rhetorically reloads, and lets them have it with both barrels. In their world, polarizing a target is supposed to destroy that target, not strengthen it.
The definition of polarize in a social context is: “cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions” or “become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation”. Synonyms include: disunite, separate, part, divide.
Liberals would have you believe that this is the effect that Sarah Palin has on the Republican Party, and to some extent this is true. She has shown a propensity for separating the wheat from the chaff within the GOP.
But more importantly, she has the ability to separate a lot of rank-and-file Democrats from the liberal loons that have taken over their party. Who do those Democrats who live in flyover country have more in common with, Sarah Palin or Nancy Pelosi? Illegal immigration? Advantage Palin. Islamization? Advantage Palin. Abortion? Advantage Palin. 2nd Amendment and Christianity? Palin hands down.
The far left knows this, and that’s why they are desperate to silence her. But Saul Alinsky should have added one more rule. #14 should have said “Shut up while you’re ahead, and don’t overplay your hand.” It might have saved some of them from making complete asses of themselves in the wake of the Tucson shootings. Or not. Since some of them continued to squeal like a bunch of stuck hogs about political rhetoric, even in the face of polls showing that the majority of Americans knew they were full of hooey, and then trying to force a debate about gun control.
We can have a debate about any issue that they choose, but to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin and the American people will win, and the liberal left will lose. The more polarized we become, the more isolated they will be. And when the Sit Down and Shut Up shoe is on the other foot, they are going to rue the day that they decided to take on Sarah Palin.