Michael Reagan, "Welcome Back Dad" Excerpt:
I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind (Reagan, 2008, ¶1).
I was wrong (Reagan, 2008, ¶2)!
"Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she (Reagan, 2008, ¶3).
And what a she (Reagan, 2008, ¶4)!
In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene (Reagan, 2008, ¶5).
Two years ago today at the twenty second hour and the thirtieth minute Eastern Daylight Time, our yearning for a great leader to bring the Republican Party back home to its basic principles was answered. Someone at the GOP knew this, for Governor Sarah Palin had a countdown timer running throughout the RNC convention until her speech began. The Presidential candidate did not, but he may have realized win or lose that she was his final gift and final act of sacrifice for our nation.
Since that time, Governor Palin accomplished at the conclusion of her term what 50 years of successive administrations in other states could only dream of. Her brainchild, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act began the process of morphing a 30-year-old pipe-dream into a real pipeline to be completed by 2019. Governor Palin did not just say nice words about energy independence. Her actions made AGIA arguably the pinnacle of her gubernatorial career and will likely result in an accomplishment beyond the scale and scope achieved even by presidents.
Some fourteen months have passed since Governor Palin was summoned and passed her Time of Choosing. Using nothing more than a laptop and FaceBook, she changed legislation and altered political discourse. She authored a book, had a major book tour, is nearly finished with a second book, does commentary on Fox News, is doing a documentary series on The Learning Channel, traveling on an international speaking circuit, and has endorsed and/or stumped for over 40 candidates with a success record greater than 60%.
That history is simultaneously repeating itself and being made could not be clearer....
Reagan, M. (2008, September 4). "Welcome back, dad!" Human Events. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28389&s=rcmp