Sarah Palin shone the spotlight on the American Dream in a visit to the Statue of Liberty this morning, the latest stop on her "One Nation" bus tour of the land of the free and the home of the brave. Disintermediating the powers that be, she left "Beltway journalism insiders eating her dust," as Michelle Malkin writes with wit and wisdom in "Chasing Sarah: The Boys Behind the Bus." American exceptionalism resonates under culture warrior Palin's tutelage: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" (Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus," engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty). Image above of "Immigrants Arriving at Ellis Island (1892-1954).
"We'll highlight the beauty of legal [!] immigrants' work ethic and love of freedom while visiting Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty today," Sarah Palin twittered her 538,522 followers this morning, shooting "to where it's going, not to where it's been" as she tossed a word bouquet in the direction of the historic port of entry for generations of "huddled masses yearning to breath free":
Thanks for beautiful flowers, NYs Bouquets & Baskets! Man, people are nice around here! Glad immigrants who built USA got to come here first.
"Good morning! It's Fleet Week here in NYC and I've had the honor of meeting many Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. Thanks to all for their service. Had a great time in the City. Enjoyed some great NY pizza with Donald Trump and his wife last night in a nice quiet setting, Times Square," quips Palin at her dazzling new website, SarahPac. At Liberty Island this morning, above.
Too bad Ruling Class opinionator Charles Krauthammer isn't following Palin's tweets, let alone the disintermediating logic of her "One Nation" bus tour of "historical sites that were key to the formation, survival, and growth of the United States of America." Brilliant as he may be in his areas of expertise, when it comes to Sarah Palin, Dr. Krauthammer has always been stuck on stupid, from that day back in late August of 2008 when he declared John McCain should have chosen someone "safe," up to last night on The O'Reilly Factor [h/t The Right Scoop], when he once again revealed his contempt for Sarah Palin and people like us who are energized by her fierce determination and authentic American voice:
The problem with her, I think, is that she is not schooled. I don't mean she didn't go to the right schools. I mean when you get into policy, beyond instinct. I like her political instincts, I like her overall view of the world, but when it comes to policy, she's had two and a half years to school herself, and she hasn't.
How would he know what she has or hasn't been doing in the last two and a half years? He needs to get out more. As we say, stuck on stupid, and while the good doctor and leading member of the Northeast Corridor fuddy-duddy community will never see it, we twitterred him and his fellow Beltway tribesmen a little advice this morning:
When she emerged from the statue an hour later, a high school band visiting from Illinois broke into a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, as Palin covered her heart and the waiting news photographers snapped away. “She looks better in person [and] she’s definitely got my vote if she tries to run for President,” said Clayton Tarpley, 19, who snapped a picture with Palin and declared: “It’s going on Facebook.”