Paul A. Ibbetson
A fear worse than words
By Paul A. Ibbetson
June 13, 2009

Want to know what is worse than losing a long, grueling race for the White House? Don't ask John McCain — ask Sarah Palin. Since the moment the Alaskan Governor decided to throw her hat in the ring as the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate, she has re-defined what it means to be the candidate of the extreme. For conservatives, she injected a brief moment of pride, if not hope, in what was a more or less a pre-destined losing bid by John McCain to become the next president of the United States. While Palin brought a spark of enthusiasm to the McCain campaign, she truly unleashed the "Dogs of War" from liberals around the nation, who were driven into an anger-frenzy by her fresh face, conservative ideas, and vision for the future.

Even after John McCain's defeat to the Obama machine had long been verified, the battle to destroy Sarah Palin continues. On one of these battle fronts has been a continual character assassination that transcends the petty framing of the usage of wardrobe funds which made such grand headlines during the campaign and has now been elevated to accusations that Palin is in fact a plagiaristic word-thief. As recently reported in the June 9, 2009, Associated Press, liberal blogger Geoffrey Dunn accused the Alaskan Governor of stealing the words from a 2005 Newt Gingrich speech in a recent introduction the Governor made in Alaska for talk show host Michael Reagan.

Like a typical liberal, Dunn found a friendly venue at the Huffington Post to spew his slanderous statements, and then later edited his post to soften his accusation of Palin as a plagiarist to someone who failed to give complete and proper attribution. In retrospect, Dunn grudgingly reported later that Palin had given verbal accreditation to Newt Gingrich in her speech. Rich Tyler, Newt Gingrich's spokesman, stated that Dunn's accusation had the validity of a joke.

It would be easy to throw this incident on the growing stack of failed liberal attempts to disparage the integrity of conservative politicians and just move on. However, for the sake of what may be more than just decency, let's take a moment to look at why Sarah Palin still warrants the target of liberal hatred at this stage of the game. Despite some pretty major problems within the Republican Party that linger today, Sarah Palin remains a beloved figure among conservatives, despite the defeat of John McCain, that has placed the nation at the hands of Barack Obama. It is the same attributes that naturally draw conservatives toward her that keep angry liberals continually attempting to destroy her. That is, Palin was following (and continues to follow) the conservative values of small government, tax cuts, oil drilling, strong defense, and the list goes on and on. She does all this as a beautiful independent woman, who defies the modern liberal logic of the day and embraces the traditional conservative values of the family and the right of the unborn to live. In short, she makes liberals sick. In truth, she scares the hell out of them. Yes, for liberals like Dunn and other lackeys of the same ilk, people like Sarah Palin bring a fear worse than words to their world. It's a fear that this country might still possibly take a turn back to its traditional values of the free market, controlled spending, accountability and American pride. For liberals like Dunn, this is a fear I would like to bring to fruition, and yes, you can quote me.

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Paul A. Ibbetson

Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his PhD. in sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books and is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association's 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 award winning, Conscience of Kansas airing across the state. Visit his website at For interviews or questions, please contact


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