Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

More On Palin

At some point when I have the time, I'll address some of your specific criticisms of Palin. But in the meantime, here's what she had to say when McCain introduced her as his pick for the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination. And this is what I considered the best part of her speech:

Well, it's always, though, safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built. Politics isn't just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons. And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good.

This is what I've been waiting to hear -- and to hear from a person who has actually done it. I've said on occasion that the proper approach to conservatism is not to try to prevent change. We will get change, whether we want it or not.

The goal of conservatism needs to be to manage change so that -- when we look back at it from some point in the future -- we're able to look at it and say we handled it well, that we got to the right place, perhaps not as quickly as we might have, but with more certainty than other approaches might have produced.

So, yeah, I like her.
Tags: musings, politics

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