Several years back, I wrote an action script with a U.S. President as protagonist that made it to the top of the food chain in Hollywood. I’d been compelled to write it by the narrative structures director Frank Capra (MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON) championed in his best films, stories of uniquely American crucifixions. Whenever I took a meeting off the script, I’d thank God for Capra because I wrote it as if he would direct, albeit in the Calvary of the modern war theater. (Capra actually directed a couple of action films in the late silent era, though no one but me cares.)
I first knew I succeeded in telling the hard-action Capra story I’d set out to tell when a consulting SEAL Team Sixer and the very liberal film producer who optioned it — cried when they read its 3rd act denouement.
And the story I set out to tell was about a President who was willing to lay down his life for his country.
Which brings to mind the line-up of would-be Presidents at the New Hampshire GOP debate two weeks ago.
A debate that, for me, was all about what I didn’t see.
THE CAUSE OR THE CURE?
What I didn’t see was anyone respecting the concerned sacrifices of ordinary (and Capra-esque) Tea Party Americans that cemented their November 2010 wins. Rather, they seemed to be “re-debating” two-year-old Tea Party arguments as if the election never happened. Perhaps it’s the folly of allowing CNN to moderate, but underscored was the fact each pol on stage was part of the political culture in one way or another when Tea Party began in 2009. Bachmann was ensconced in RINO-gaming ineffectiveness before she began “listening” with her Tea Party Caucus (ask the Missouri Tea Party about Bachmann and Roy Blunt). And anyone who doesn’t think the Federal Reserve needs to be investigated — or used to work for the Fed (Cain) is not Tea Party. Sorry. The cause cannot affect the cure.
THE FOUNDING FATHERS’ SPIRITUAL I.Q.
I also didn’t see anyone at that debate with the spiritual I.Q. of our Founders, those willing to sacrifice hearth and home, fame and fortune, their sacred honor and their very lives — for the American freedom that reflects the gift of free will given by our Creator.
Ron Paul came close to this sacrificial spirit when he preached his economic Jeremiads in ’07-‘08. He was a lone voice in the wilderness — and evidently paying the price for his honesty at the time. But today he’s a spent shell because something other than the founding documents of this nation animate his politics, i.e. conspiracy theories. (How do you lay down your life for a conspiracy? You don’t. You just get more paranoid.)
THE NIGHT OBAMA TRUMPED TRUMP
I also didn’t see Donald Trump at the debate. And the reason he wasn’t there had nothing to do with the birth certificate tragicomedy.
CUT TO: the close up of Trump’s pale expression as Obama knifed him from the podium at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
In that painful, on-camera moment, Trump realized just how much it would cost him to run against Obama: Everything. He would have to take the Founder’s pledge and stake his fame, fortune — his TV show– all his social and business relationships in order to win the White House. And the cost was too high.
“IT IS TO THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A MATTER,
BUT TO THE GLORY OF KINGS TO REVEAL IT.” Proverbs 25:2
What Trump didn’t understand was his burst of political popularity wasn’t tagged to the birth certificate issue, per se. Trump’s surge was due to the fact he seemed to be staking his lifeblood to resolve a matter that vexed the nation. The glory of kings — or Presidents — would have been Trump’s had he held course and used all means and resources necessary to firmly settle the matter one way or another. (And “firmly” means WND is nearly-almost satisfied.)
It wouldn’t have mattered if Trump was proved right or wrong, voters were reacting to the idea of his sacrifice — of putting self- interest aside in order to serve the interests of the people. (This is a supreme political commodity, perhaps the only political commodity.) Instinctually, Americans look for leaders with this type of spiritual I.Q.
THE GRAVITAS OF PATRIOTS
Because this nation can only be saved — and a foundational restoration of the nation can only be won — by a people with the same sacrificial fight in their hearts as our Founders. It is the only way America can be America again. And only someone willing to sacrifice for our founding ideals will have the spiritual and moral authority — the gravitas of patriots — to be President.
So, for me, the last GOP debate was about all these things I didn’t see. But the most important thing I didn’t see was someone who reminds me of the fictitious character in my action script, a true Capra hero, someone who’s lived through their own uniquely American crucifixion.
The most important thing I didn’t see at the debate was this same someone who embodies Tea Party, someone who, in fact, boldly confronted Obama with Tea Party logic months before Tea Party ever existed.
The most important thing I didn’t see at the debate was someone who’s carried a “cross” of discrediting, belittling and mocking in the MSM for years, culminating in false accusations of murder on an international scale.
The most important thing I didn’t see at the debate was this someone who has the spiritual I.Q. of our Founders, someone who understands the restoration of this country can only be won by people
with that same spirit of sacrifice in their hearts.
The most important thing I didn’t see at the debate is someone, who, if she declares she’s running for President after all she’s endured, by that declaration she will veritably take our Founding Fathers’ pledge – of her life, her fortune, and her sacred honor for the sake of her country.
Because — America can only be America again if we have a President with the spirit of our Founders’ sacrifice in their heart.
This is why the most important thing I didn’t see at that last GOP debate was — Sarah Palin.