Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation Tour”

The Association of Mature American Citizens
By Jedediah Bila

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation Tour” is well under way. Stops have included Independence Hall, Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, Fort McHenry, The National Archives, Ellis Island, and other locations.

Many in the media have been in a tizzy because the details of Palin’s stops are known only to the Palin team, and she didn’t invite the media along for the ride. Some have chosen to follow the bus in order to snatch a few minutes of Q & A with Palin at each stop. Greta Van Susteren landed an interview on May 31, but she, too, acknowledged that she had no idea where the tour was headed next.

Some have taken issue with the fact that Palin hasn’t provided mainstream media outlets with a schedule in advance and/or invited them to hop on the bus. I can’t help but wonder why anyone in the media would feel entitled to that invite. Sarah Palin is a smart lady, and she likely knew darn well that many in the media would be lacing up their running shoes and sprinting to keep up with her bus. But in the spirit of all things Palin, that didn’t change her desire to proceed with her original plan—to highlight historic American sites in an unfiltered fashion that wouldn’t bow to media whims or entertain anything staged or artificial. She chose to bring those sites—including photos and personal reflections—straight to the people via a blog-style approach on her website.

To be frank, I don’t really care about the media’s role in all this. What I care about is that Palin has taken the time to reawaken an interest in our founding documents, in the strength, vision, and commitment of our founders, and in sites that carry such immense significance in our country’s history.

In one of her first postings with respect to the tour, Palin wrote, “Our nation is at a critical turning point. As we look to the future, we are propelled by America’s past. It’s imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward.” I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you to Sarah Palin for highlighting what makes America exceptional. And for continuing to bring her message of a “Fundamental Restoration of America” straight to the people—unfiltered—just the way so many of us like it.

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