Last week I previewed the new documentary that chronicles how Sarah Palin became the person that the left and political insiders from both parties most hate and fear.
The documentary, defiantly titled “The Undefeated,” is striking in a number of respects.
It reminds viewers of the almost overwhelming level of vitriol, derision and hate directed at someone who is dismissed as lacking in intellect and ability. There can be no doubt that if anyone on the right engaged in a similar array of death threats, attacks on a politician’s children and coordinated, acid-tongued message-points against a liberal public figure, the U.S. attorney general’s hate crimes unit would be dispatched and MSNBC, CNN and The Huffington Post would be inflamed with indignation.
But the hate directed at Governor Palin is only a backdrop that reveals her inner toughness, determination and courage against seemingly insurmountable odds.
In Alaska, Palin unseated an entrenched mayor in Wasilla, and then went on to uproot a culture of corruption in Juneau that engulfed the Republican governor and other state officials.
Sarah Palin, the woman who made “drill, baby, drill” a catch-phrase, fought the oil companies to force them to drill the oil and natural gas on the public lands that they leased from the state. Palin also put in place the framework for a natural gas pipeline that will deliver this clean, abundant fuel to the lower 48 states for generations. Quite a record of success for someone who is satirized as being nothing more than a bubble-headed bimbo.
Interestingly, Palin herself only appears in the documentary through public speeches and the audio versions of her books, yet it is these sections that serve both as a reminder of what a force of nature Governor Palin is when she speaks to a crowd and how undaunted she is in her God-given quest to help restore America to its rightful greatness.
The documentary provides just enough snippets of Palin’s coming-out party at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota to take viewers back to the overwhelmingly positive first impression that most Americans who listened to her first speech felt.
“The Undefeated” pulls no punches and spares no feelings as it pierces to the heart of the political entitlement cultures in Juneau and Washington, D.C. It explains how Palin successfully stared down those who derive their power from deal-making in smoke-filled rooms rather than from the support of the people.
Right now, most Americans are desperate for a leader who will be unfazed by the entrenched big-government culture that pervades D.C. regardless of which political party is in charge.
Most Americans look at the crowd of Republican candidates for the presidency and yearn for someone with guts, charisma and accomplishments.
Most Americans want someone who they can trust to do what is right for America regardless of the political risk to their own career.
“The Undefeated” reintroduces America to Sarah Palin, a person who has the exact combination of qualities that Americans know are needed to restore America’s greatness and primacy in the world.
Sarah Palin has already endured the worst that her opponents can throw at her, and has emerged through the fire undefeated — the face of the non-Washington, D.C. establishment Republican Party, with a proven record of breaking through political cultures that serve everyone but the American people.
It will be intriguing to see if Americans can get beyond the Tina Fey imitations to re-discover the Sarah Palin who they fell in love with as John McCain’s vice presidential candidate. For our nation’s sake, I hope they can.
Rick Manning currently serves as the Communications Director of Americans for Limited Government. All opinions expressed are his own and don’t necessarily reflect those of his current of former employers. He can be followed on twitter @rmanning957.