Longtime reader, and fellow Kansas Citian, Always Fired Up, of the Missouri 4 Palin blog, has written an outstanding review of The Undefeated , which I’m honored to cross-post, here. I always meant to write my own review of the excellent film, having seen it at RightOnline, but other pressing things kept taking precedence, so I’m jumping at the opportunity to share this:
The first hint that the point of this excellent documentary film is not Sarah Palin is its title. After all, we all know McCain/Palin lost the election in 2008. The more astute might also remember that Mrs. Palin lost an earlier race for Lt. Governor of Alaska. So who are they kidding, naming a movie about Sarah Palin “The Undefeated”?
Well let me be far from the first to explain: The movie is not really about Sarah Palin. The movie is about a distinctly American conservative spirit that will not die.
Recall that Barack Obama entered office in 2009 to thunderous assertions of a new permanent center-left majority, buttressed by inexorable demographic change. Newsweek Magazine confidently asserted “We are all Socialists now!” Conservatives and others who believed in the superiority of capitalist America were left to drown their sorrows quietly, out of the way of Progress. How did this happen?
The Left completed a coup of the democratic process, enlisting Hollywood and traditional mainstream media outlets in its successful effort to smear, delegitimize and humiliate anyone who dared articulate common-sense conservative concepts like low taxes, minimal regulation and small government in a positive and appealing manner. However, most of us had no idea quite how mendacious this campaign had been.
But Sarah Palin knew. Palin, as “The Undefeated” illustrates with simple first-person anecdotes, was a popular bipartisan governor who did not let her conservative ideology get in the way of efficient government. She also took no guff from people who thought she was in over her head, and proved herself a tenacious and inspirational leader. This is not to say “Palin must be the next President!” (although I am quite comfortable with the concept), but only that she was a decent, ethical, capable and pragmatic governor with a conservative philosophic bent. In other words, she was a good person.
Yet the Left was able to twist Palin’s character — decency, ethics and pragmatism — on its head. The campaign bought her clothes? She’s a bubbleheaded fashion doll – a Caribou Barbie! She changed her mind on a particularly high-profile boondoggle termed the “Bridge to Nowehere”? She’s a liar and a hypocrite, freeloading on wealthier states and then having the nerve to pretend to be against earmarks! She embraced a Down Syndrome son and pregnant teenage daughter and welcomed her new baby grandson? She’s a terrible mother who forced her son and daughter to endure the humiliation of being seen by millions in such an embarrassing state, probably caused in the first place by her own narcissism and neglect! She can name chapter and verse of federal oil and gas regulation? She’s an idiot who can’t even read!
The movie “The Undefeated” attempts to unwind the layers of misrepresentation and spin to reveal the truth of Sarah Palin’s history in Alaska. In so doing it exposes how the angry Left formulates its attacks and how the weak institutional Right reacts with “Don’t blame me, blame him/her/it!” Every. Single. Time. Make no mistake: If they can turn this good and humble woman into a veritable Antichrist, they can do it to anyone. We cannot let them. Full stop.
This may sound as if the movie inspires rage. On the contrary: It inspires action. The second half of the film covers the birth of the Tea Party in reaction to the mendacity of the Obama campaign, administration and Reid/Pelosi-led Congress. It reminds us of the power we held in 2010, roaring back from utter defeat in 2008 and enabling the Republican Party to win an historic number of seats and retake the House. It reminds us that we do not have to accept the received Washington wisdom that fair and honest conservatism can no longer win American hearts and minds. It reminds us that the supposed “Party of No” is actually the party of “not only yes, but hell, yes!”
I have long thought that the Tea Party was a fire that grew from a spark ignited on that day in September 2008 when a certain Lipsticked Pitbull stepped onto the stage in her red Naughty Monkey pumps. Palin created an excitement and hope for the future of the GOP that it hadn’t seen in twenty years, a fervor that lasted long past the disappointment of the November loss. This fervor became what is now known as the Tea Party. Palin does not lead it or control it. She was merely the impetus to our realizing that we needed to stand up for ourselves and educate our neighbors about the virtues of a free people and a free economy. The fire burns on its own, spreading from one patriot to another.This is why next time, next election, it will be different. We now have our own media outlets, networking sites and rapid-response teams to rival those the Left used in 2008 to set memes about Republican and conservative candidates. We have seen the depths to which they will go to undermine any candidate with the potential to beat their Lightbringer Obama. We have the tools and awareness needed to strip the whitewash from Democrat peccadilloes and malapropisms and clean the mud off our own candidates. We no longer have to accept the world as the Left would have us believe. The center of this country can see that three years of Leftist policy and crony anti-capitalism has left our economy in ruins with little hope of recovery. The conditions are ripe for a broad reawakening of American conservatism. All we need is the will to set our own destiny and to reject the pessimism of conventional wisdom. We are, after all, The Undefeated.
“The Undefeated” will be premiering on July 15th in:
Grapevine, TX, Highlands Ranch, CO, Oklahoma City, OK, Orlando, FL, Kennesaw, GA, Orange, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Independence, MO.
Please go to http://theundefeated.cinedigm.com/tickets.html for your ticket purchases. While there, be sure to buy an extra one and bring a Palin “fence-sitter” with you.
Linked by Smitty at The Other McCain, who will be returning from Afghanistan in time to see The Undefeated, this weekend, (if he can tear himself away from his wife’s feet in time for his date with RS McCain….)