Whenever you read a negative story about Governor Palin, the author of the article, in order to diminish the Governor, will focus on some petty flaws, like mispronouncing a word, getting a fact wrong, or anything that will make her come across as less than perfect. Hardly will you ever find the writer focusing on the policy issues with which they disagree with the Governor.
The reason being when it comes to the issues, most Americans side with Governor Palin, but because we live in a culture of celebrity where everything has to be perfect, where even our leaders are expected to embody that perfection, portraying Governor Palin as less than perfect sends a message that she’s not good enough to be president.
Perhaps the most constructive and educational part of the entire West Wing series are these few lines spoken by Jimmy Smits, who plays Presidential candidate Matt Santos. In episode 6-22, during his speech to the democratic national convention, addressing a scandal of one of his opponents, Santos said this:
We’re all broken — every single one of us — and yet we pretend that we’re not. We all live lives of imperfection and yet we cling to this fantasy that there’s a perfect life and that our leaders should embody it, but if we expect our leaders to live on some higher moral plane than the rest of us, well, we’re just asking to be deceived.
Shame the shows producer, Aaron Sorkin, doesn’t stand by his own script.
You see, like the rest of us, Governor Palin isn’t perfect. Yes, she has flaws. And that’s exactly the type of person we need as a leader. We don’t want an angel running the country. Angels don’t understand that humans make mistakes. We need human beings with flaws in leadership so they understand that their peers, other human beings, have flaws and will make mistakes, so they can carry out their duties objectively.
While every politician and leader has flaws, makes mistakes and screws up, no other politician’s shortcomings have been exploited like those of Governor Palin. She has been taken to the wood shed and smacked down for every tiny little thing. As a result, Americans fail to get to hear her message, a message most agree with.
Santos closes his speech with the following:
Don’t vote for us because you think we’re perfect. Don’t vote for us because of what we might be able to do for you only. Vote for the person who shares your ideals, your hopes, your dreams. Vote for the person who most embodies what you believe we need to keep our nation strong and free. And when you have done that you can go back to Seattle and Boston, to Miami, to Omaha, to Tulsa, Chicago and Atlanta, with your head held high.
If you are a fair-minded American, seeking the truth, think about what’s important to you, what you truly seek in a leader. Do your own research about where Governor Palin stands on the issues. Whether you’ll end up supporting Governor Palin or a different candidate, at least you’ll be able to hold your head high knowing that you supported the candidate who most embodies what you believe we need to keep our nation strong and free – not the candidate some journalist told you is smarter than you are.