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Sarah Ringbearer, or, A Gift From Frodo
private mail to Nathan Bedford ^ | October 6, 2011 | grey_ whiskers

Posted on 10/05/2011 8:05:41 PM PDT by nathanbedford

Here are a few thoughts from one of the Hobbits (as Sen. McCain called the Tea Party members) on the announcement by Gov. Sarah Palin that she will not be running for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. I borrow heavily from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Frodo described the effects on himself of bearing the Ring as follows: “But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”

Frodo indeed gave up all that he loved, during the journey, and afterwards. But he did it in order to save it for others. Is there anyone reading this who can question for a second all that it has cost Palin to carry the torch of Freedom and Conservatism thus far?

And yet — Frodo was not the only hero in the story. His sacrifice and heroism would have been useless, and indeed a waste, if they had not been answered by the equally noble response of Aragorn. His path, prophesied from of old, led him to wander afar for many years, away from his betrothed, in the face of great danger, alone, and friendless; to face the Dark Lord Himself in the palantír, through the Paths of the Dead; and finally, in a seemingly futile charge against the impregnable gates of Mordor, surrounded by a Sea of Foes, “ten times and more than ten times their match.” Frodo’s sacrifice in carrying the Ring has been answered by another sacrifice, of the Army of the West yielding up their lives, if necessary, to buy Frodo the time to complete his quest. As Aragorn whispers / calls to his compatriots over his shoulder before the final charge, in the Peter Jackson film adaptation of the books, “For Frodo!”(*)

And the actions of Frodo, Aragorn, and the Army of the West and their allies may be taken as a sign and an example for all of us today. An ancient saying, on the Seal of the United States, is the phrase E Pluribus Unum — “out of many, one.” It of course refers to the Free Republic founded by our Constitution, the United States of America: but it also describes all patriots who work together united for a common purpose.

Many people feel personally dismayed, if not crushed, by Palin’s decision not to seek the Presidency. But we need to be reminded of the words of St. Paul “...we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” And this need not be a statement of mere stoic defiance as quoted in The Battle of Maldon either. St. Paul had his eyes on a higher goal, and so should we.

Let us recall who and what Sarah Palin is, what she represents, and who we are. Many of us have grown increasingly frustrated at the selfish, secular, grasping, manipulative, controlling thing which it seems our government has become; and we are perplexed at the large number of our fellow citizens who seemingly enjoy exerting themselves onto to the extent of complaining or demanding even more benefits at others’ expense. What has happened to the “can-do” American spirit, which conquered the Continent and sent a man to the Moon? Sarah Palin seemed to be a reminder of the hardy pioneer spirit, coming from a state with a true frontier wilderness, Alaska; a reminder of Americans who believed in and practiced self-determination, and said “No!” to an ever-expanding government; a reminder of the best of citizens stepping forward to participate in the government, rather than using government merely as a means to self-enrichment (either as recipients of largesse, or as despots and functionaries).

Why, then, should we be dismayed that she has decided not to seek higher office? We know that our hopes were never merely on her; in fact, our hopes were in our fellow citizens, that they too would catch a glimpse of the vision she raised, and work with her and with us to RESTORE our society and our government to the vision of the founders. One might even say, that by declining to run for President, Sarah Palin has removed herself as a temptation for us to rely on her alone, as too many Americans rely on government alone, to provide their needs.

Let us take a moment, then, to catch our breath; to recall the 2010 elections, where, without a President Palin, and in the face of FAR higher odds (a seemingly annointed, non-scandal-ridden Obama; an all-but-insurmountable deficit in the Senate, and no control of the House of Representatives), WE THE PEOPLE arose and began the work of reclaiming the government as our own.

And then, with that work done, let us proceed, as in the Lord of The Rings, to the Scouring of the Shire.

For SARAH!

(*) It is interesting in this regard, that the memes used by our enemies are but a pale mockery of the true themes of nobility and goodness and love. For President Obama has called for “shared sacrifice” meaning a greater plunder of the successful by himself and his minions; but in the acts of Frodo and of Aragorn we see the true meaning of shared sacrifice, stated in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; election2012; palin; sarahpalin; vanity; whiskersvanity
By Freepmail grey whiskers asked me to post this on his behalf because he is under lockdown at work.


1 posted on 10/05/2011 8:05:43 PM PDT by nathanbedford
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To: nathanbedford
****Sarah Palin seemed to be a reminder of the hardy pioneer spirit, coming from a state with a true frontier wilderness****

A year or so I ago I read about the story that ranked which states were the most free and the least free. Alaska was #1.

2 posted on 10/05/2011 8:12:34 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (So how did Charlie Weiss get to be on Dancing With The Stars?)
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To: nathanbedford

THANK YOU!! to grey whiskers... and nathan bedford

for sarah for liberty


3 posted on 10/05/2011 8:12:45 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: nathanbedford

Well written.


4 posted on 10/05/2011 8:17:34 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: nathanbedford

For Sarah it is, then!


5 posted on 10/05/2011 8:28:20 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale.")
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To: nathanbedford

There is a major problem with your analogy to Frodo’s quest in the Lord of the Rings. While Frodo struggled against the Dark Lord of Mordor, Aragorn led legions in a seemingly doomed attack to divert Sauron’s gaze from Frodo’s seemingly equally hopeless task.

Where was Sarah Palin’s Aragon? Where were the legions of brave warriors riding to what appeared to be an inevitable doom to aid her quest. During the days after Tucson, and in every other incident when the MSM and the literati literally went crazy in their loating and vilification of Palin, what did Romney say in her defense. NOTHING. When did Perry speak up for her. NEVER. When Casper Milquetoast Pawlenty was queried about the target map, he mumbled that, well, it wasn’t his style. Oh, you say, I remember Bachmann speaking up for her frequently. YOU REMEMBER WRONG. Cain’s silence was DEAFENING. Don’t remember Gingrich speaking up.

Pick another story to analogize. The Lord of the Rings doesn’t work.

What will be fun to watch is what will start tomorrow. You’ll hear the Romney campaign whittering about what a brave and courageous spokesperson for conservative values Palin is, and he’ll likely condemn the savaging that was dished out on her. Ditto the Perry camp, and Cain, and the others, all desperately seeking her endorsement.

Look also for Coulter, and Frum, and Ingraham, and Brooks, and maybe even Trotter, all of whom have dissed Palin for years and as recently as in the last week or so, to begin furiously penning columns professing how much they love Palin, and how they hope she will be able to inspire the masses to support the GOP in ousting Obama and electing a solid candidate. They love her as a cheerleader, not as a leader.

I wouldn’t be surprised to even see a flattering article or two in the New York and LA Times as they pen postmortems on the whole affair. There will not, of course, be any apologies or retractions.


6 posted on 10/05/2011 8:31:50 PM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: nathanbedford

I for one appreciated this post. Thanks. I thought it was spot on.

While she was on Greta tonight, her mouth was saying she wasn’t running, but her eyes said she wanted to. She does want to right the wrongs going on in America. And she can not do it herself. WE have to stand up, speak up, support imperfect but conservative candidates and vote...

Of course, Greta condescendingly told her ‘she was young’ and could potentially run in the future...I’m sure she’ll get the same media treatment, unless Americans stand up against this corrupt government and corrupt media.


7 posted on 10/05/2011 8:36:06 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: nathanbedford

Might be better for her right now. Whoever gets the job, it’s going to be Hell.


8 posted on 10/05/2011 8:39:00 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: nathanbedford; neverdem; SunkenCiv; Cindy; LucyT; decimon; freedumb2003; ...
Thanks for posting for me nathan.

Palin has flown the coop, but left a deposit on the birdcage liner *PING*

9 posted on 10/05/2011 8:39:47 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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The only thing GOP wants from Sarah is her donor list and volunteer list.


10 posted on 10/05/2011 8:40:50 PM PDT by ak267
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To: nathanbedford; E. Pluribus Unum; RichInOC; Sarah Barracuda; South40; ASA Vet; Bigtigermike; onyx
Palin *PING*.

Wrote this at 4:30 this afternoon central time, but couldn't get home to post.

Thanks for posting for me, nathan.

11 posted on 10/05/2011 8:40:59 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: nathanbedford

Well written! I would love to share this with friends — of whom should I request permission?


12 posted on 10/05/2011 8:47:35 PM PDT by patriot preacher
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To: Spartan79; nathanbedford
I wrote the piece, Spartan; nathan graciously agreed to post it for me because I couldn't post.

It is a call for Palin backers and other conservatives, for *us*, to be that Aragorn: to press on against the enemy, even if it seems hopeless without Sarah; even as Aragorn and the Army of the West pressed on after being given Frodo's mithril coat, thinking his quest had failed.

Palin laid it on the line for America; can we not do the same to honor her effort?

Cheers!

13 posted on 10/05/2011 8:51:33 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: patriot preacher
I wrote it, and I give you full permission. Just credit / blame "grey_whiskers@freerepublic.com"...

Cheers!

14 posted on 10/05/2011 8:53:10 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Spartan79

The details may not fit, but fundamentally, after nearly a century of statist control of the Federal goverment, from Wilson to Obama, with respites under Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower and Reagan (no, Nixon and the Bushes were not respites, unless statist-lite counts as a respite from full on statism), American conservatism must itself be patterned on Frodo’s quest: the renunciatory quest to destroy power, rather than seize or wield it.

The problem with “establishment Republicans” is they want to follow in Saruman’s footsteps, fancying they can wield the power of the Federal government bloated beyond the bounds set by the Constitution “wisely”, not seeing that like the Ring, it corrupts all who try to control it, or even desire to use it.

Let Gov. Palin be our Galadriel, who refused the Ring, and aided the Fellowship. Our Frodo has to be the one who goes down into the Mordor Washington has become and destroys the Ring of extra-constitutional powers and deficit spending.


15 posted on 10/05/2011 8:53:32 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Spartan79

Do not look to the minions of Mordor to rally to Frodo’s side. The political leaders to a man and a woman are without merit. Not one can stand for truth. Sarah does have a throng beside her. It is not those who are corrupted by a bloated government. It is you and me and all the other TP members who see the evil thing our government and its leaders have become. They are Mordor and their reign of horror must be ended. We will defeat them and we will rebuild our nation by controlling our representatives and requiring them to do what is right and just for our country. Maybe Sarah does havwe a lesson to teach us about leadership. It does not come through a title but by standing with the power of God, of Family and of our beloved Constitution.


16 posted on 10/05/2011 8:54:48 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: nathanbedford
I guess when she announced, was it Oct. 6 anywhere by chance?

That was when Frodo suffered the assault by the Morgul-knife in the dark at Weathertop...

Cheers!

17 posted on 10/05/2011 8:54:51 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Spartan79

You know, I must admit—you’re quite right. None of them defended her, and she was attacked brutally.

Not sure what to think of this yet. Right now, it seems unforgiveable.


18 posted on 10/05/2011 9:01:18 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale.")
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To: Spartan79
I would say to the other candidates: Save it. Don’t tell us what a great person, a tough fighter, a great trouper she was. I for one already know that. And I know that none of you thus far are up to her standards, and most of you are not even close. That’s why I was supporting her over you in the first place. You want my vote? Earn it. Step up your game. Now. And keep it stepped up. Prove my opinion of you wrong. Show me that the 2012 election year did not just become a complete freaking waste of my time three months before it even started.
19 posted on 10/05/2011 9:08:05 PM PDT by RichInOC (TBA 2012.)
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To: RichInOC
I *like*.

You just went all Lloyd Bentsen on them:

"I know Sarah Palin. I worked for Sarah Palin. Rick Perry/Mitt Romney/Newt Gingrich/Michele Bachmann/Ron Paul/Rick Santorum/Whatshisname Huntsman, you're no Sarah Palin."

"...Herman Cain, come see me in my office after the debate."

Cheers!

20 posted on 10/05/2011 9:30:30 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: nathanbedford

And who’s to say she doesn’t run in another year?


21 posted on 10/05/2011 9:32:35 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: nathanbedford

And who’s to say she doesn’t run in another year?


22 posted on 10/05/2011 9:32:47 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Spartan79

“Where was Sarah Palin’s Aragon? Where were the legions of brave warriors riding to what appeared to be an inevitable doom to aid her quest. During the days after Tucson, and in every other incident when the MSM and the literati literally went crazy in their loating and vilification of Palin, what did Romney say in her defense. NOTHING. When did Perry speak up for her. NEVER. When Casper Milquetoast Pawlenty was queried about the target map, he mumbled that, well, it wasn’t his style. Oh, you say, I remember Bachmann speaking up for her frequently. YOU REMEMBER WRONG. Cain’s silence was DEAFENING. Don’t remember Gingrich speaking up.”

Best post of the night, spartan. I began to think it was a no-go when the party dowagers signalled “no”.


23 posted on 10/05/2011 9:37:03 PM PDT by ngat
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To: The_Reader_David

Very apt and beautifully said.


24 posted on 10/05/2011 9:44:48 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: RichInOC

She quit in Alaska and she quit on us today.

Maybe the elite in Washington were right about her being a quitter and knew they couldn’t trust her.

So much for reloading and all that BS!


25 posted on 10/05/2011 9:50:51 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Cain!)
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To: Randy Larsen

Gee, that’s a resounding argument for whoever your candidate is. Believe me, I’m duly impressed.


26 posted on 10/05/2011 9:56:33 PM PDT by RichInOC (TBA 2012.)
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To: Randy Larsen

A shame, really. Your candidate is currently the only one I think comes close to mine. You really do have better arguments to go to than that.


27 posted on 10/05/2011 10:00:07 PM PDT by RichInOC (TBA 2012.)
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To: Randy Larsen

Yeah, I’d like to see you go through what she has... a conspiracy to bankrupt her and her family, being accused of complicity in mass murder in Arizona by the media, having scum like David Letterman make rape jokes about her 13-year-old daughter, having an arson attempt on her church, the deliberate tabloidization of her family by scandal rags, the outlandishly vile smears and lies about her character which were broadcast as truth across the land, endless death-threats, etc., etc.

And worst of all, not even being defending for a single moment by the Republican Party stalwarts (and that’s after working her tush off to get many of them elected!). At least it proved to me what a total scumbag organization the GOP has now become.


28 posted on 10/05/2011 10:00:43 PM PDT by greene66
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To: grey_whiskers

Working, I wish. But I see what I see, and yeah, except for the Godfather, it’s looking kind of thin.


29 posted on 10/05/2011 10:04:23 PM PDT by RichInOC (TBA 2012.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Thank you so much for the ping, dear grey_whiskers!


30 posted on 10/05/2011 10:11:54 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: greene66

So let me see if I have your logic correct...

She goes through everything you accurately describe for three long years. When other candidates start throwing their hats in the ring, she needs time to decide...I’m fine with that.

But she takes so long, the whole time knowing that nothings changed for her in the previous three years, she calls it quits!

After millions have waited for her and saving their money JUST FOR HER, she quits!

I’m sorry if you cannot understand the irony in all this.

It’s like not ever flying because of being afraid of the crash, and you finally fly for your first time with a bomb on board!

She let us down horribly! Accept that fact, and leave us alone.


31 posted on 10/05/2011 10:18:18 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Cain!)
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To: grey_whiskers

I wrote it, and I give you full permission. Just credit / blame “grey_whiskers@freerepublic.com“...
Cheers!


You got it! Thanks!


32 posted on 10/05/2011 10:18:51 PM PDT by patriot preacher
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To: Louis Foxwell
Maybe Sarah does have a lesson to teach us about leadership. It does not come through a title but by standing with the power of God, of Family and of our beloved Constitution.

Precisely!

33 posted on 10/05/2011 10:26:14 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: nathanbedford

Very nice and thank you. Having gone down in the chasm myself in battle with the Balrog, when I had cancer, I have a great appreciation for the allegory of he struggle for right in life and death in LOTR. Sarah is a light whose time has yet come. I believe she chose well although I wanted her in now. There is a good advance guard to whittle down the influence of the progressive marxist orcs. He time has yet come to claim the victory to come, when the enslaving ring is melted in the fires of Mordor. Sarah has a key role along the way as bearer.


34 posted on 10/06/2011 1:17:39 AM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Randy Larsen

Randy, she will continue her assault on the establishment, support tea party candidates, and work to rebuild the government framework by supporting common sense conservatives. That is not quitting. That is flanking the general and bolstering the troops from behind.


35 posted on 10/06/2011 3:24:26 AM PDT by rintense (ABO is not a winning strategy.)
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To: greene66
And worst of all, not even being defending for a single moment by the Republican Party stalwarts (and that’s after working her tush off to get many of them elected!). At least it proved to me what a total scumbag organization the GOP has now become.

...and yet they couldn't wait to call her trolling for an endorsement within minutes of her announcement. She said several of the current presidential candidates make those calls...wonder which ones? I'd bet on Bachmann being one of them...

They're all scum...Democrats and Republicans.

36 posted on 10/06/2011 4:01:53 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: nathanbedford

very well said all the way around


37 posted on 10/06/2011 4:45:41 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Randy Larsen

With all due respect, dude, did you think that maybe she decided that she would best serve the conservative cause as spokeswoman, rather than as President? Also, I believe that her family didn’t want her to run. Should she have disregarded their opinion?


38 posted on 10/06/2011 1:21:01 PM PDT by Jacob Kell (Osama/Obama the only difference is BS.)
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To: Randy Larsen
Quit? She never declared her candidacy. She just decided not to, she did not quit.

Millions have saved money for the campaign, choose a candidate carefully (I only see one, really, at this point), and donate--or not, as you choose.

But I think it is BS to call her a "quitter" when she never declared. She'll be around, she has drawn fire, kept the press in knots, coaxed some snakes out of the GOP grass, and exposed the lot of the pikers in the Party for what they are. She will remain a force to be reckoned with, just as soon as those who haven't been content to wait and see if whe would declare get over the fact that the only salvation this country will have will not come from one person, but from all of us, working together to restore the Republic.

Roll up your sleeves, FRiend, we all have work to do.

39 posted on 10/06/2011 9:58:14 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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