We did it.
We successfully elected a president from outside the political swamp.
Many of us who support Gov. Sarah Palin had fervently hoped it would have been her at this momentous point in American history. (Or at least in a formal cabinet role).
But whether it’s stomping out crony capitalism, cutting wasteful spending, reducing frivolous regulation, expanding energy production or returning more power to the states – there’s a whole lotta Palin in the incoming Trump agenda.
And there is much solace (even vindication) for her supporters in the new policies that will begin to emanate from our nation’s capital.
Palin’s Indianola reform agenda
One of Palin’s most memorable speeches (outside of her epic RNC speech) actually took place on the third anniversary of that speech, on Sept. 3, 2011, in Indianola, Iowa.
On that rainy Labor Day weekend, in front of thousands of Tea Party activists, including many O4P and C4P volunteers, at the Restoring America rally, Gov. Palin reminded us that “America is at a tipping point” of debt and economic anxiety – anxiety which continued through 2016 for large swaths of the American heartland. She spoke of the Tea Party being an “American awakening” of ordinary people and she listed five needed reforms:
- Return as much power as possible to the states.
- Repeal the costly job-killing Obamacare monstrosity.
- Stop runaway government debt.
- Become the pre-eminent energy producer in the world.
- Make America the best place to do business in the world with tax cuts, but also by ending corporate welfare and bailouts.
Her five-point plan nearly mirrors the agenda put forth by the Trump Team. (Palin spoke of common sense conservatism long before Donald Trump adopted the phrase.) And while Trump has added border control, trade reform, military and infrastructure rebuilding to his core aims, Palin’s basic outline remains intact.
But what’s even more important, in my opinion, is that like Palin in Alaska (who was vastly outspent in every election) Trump is not beholden to donors. Just last night Trump chewed out his own big-money donors for being cowards! (He said they should have cut checks before he won, instead of just after!) In her Indianola speech Palin told the crowd she was “not for sale” just as Trump has proclaimed throughout this election that he could not be bought.
Gov. Sarah Palin opened my eyes to the corruption in D.C.—and Trump has further expanded my understanding of the regressive influence of money in our politics. There is a reason, as Governor Palin pointed out, that the “permanent political class” does not embrace change or reform. There’s a reason all the zip codes in the immediate vicinity of D.C. have not suffered any economic recession but instead are among the wealthiest counties in the country. There’s a reason so many of our elected officials go to Washington with modest means and wind up filthy rich. There’s a reason they never seem to cut any wasteful government spending – decade after decade after decade.
As Palin said: “Yes, we need sudden and relentless reform, and that will return power to “We the People.”
Ironically, we have returned “power to the people” by electing a hard-working, straight-talking businessman. I often reflect on how the middleclass Palin paved the path for billionaire Trump. I think of how both of them face unrelenting ridicule for daring to challenge the status quo. I think of how both represent not just better ideas, but stronger resolve.
Like Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash and Throw Them All Out, I am hopeful about the new administration. Will Trump stay outside the swamp? Here’s Schweizer’s take:
“I count myself right now cautiously optimistic. I love the Trump message of ‘drain the swamp.’ I think there’s some very serious things that he is looking at, that could get bipartisan support, to work to drain the swamp. If for no other reason, think about this: Donald Trump is the first candidate, I would have to say going back more than 30 years if not longer, who is not really beholden to the money class in Washington D.C. The lobbyists, the PACs—they didn’t give him money, so he doesn’t feel like he owes them anything.”
Trump’s independence truly makes him the People’s President. And we can forever thank Governor Sarah Palin for her part in fueling the Trump brush fire now sweeping the Capital.