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Palin may be better than Powell - Mary Jane Holt

It has been less than two weeks since her name became a household word. I told my husband two months ago that she was the only chance for a Republican going back into the White house.

Then, the night before McCain picked her as his running mate, I told Daniel once more that we could forget about McCain going in, if he did not choose Palin, who was not even on his known short list.

Daniel said, "Tell me again who Palin is."

I had read about her a few months back, and felt like she could be an amazing breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C.

I am a Republican because I feel that control of money, resources, behavior -- just about everything -- should be handled at the lowest level possible: individual first, then family, larger social circles, then civil authority at the lowest level of government, and finally, as a last resort, we go to Washington for budget control or any kind of intervention.

Congress is presently suffering from its lowest public approval ratings ever. Americans are fed up with their money being spent on things we do not want to spend it on.

I have a short list of things on which I want my tax dollars spent; but, for now, let me get back to Sara Palin, and specifically to the door she is opening for Mike Morrell's daughter and my granddaughter.

Quite simply, I do not believe there are many intelligent women in this country who have not fantasized about what they would do with that budget in Washington. How many of my gender have wondered if those congressional types will ever get it?

Give me a disciplined, even a military-minded person any day. One who knows how horrible conflict can be and how much more horrific things can become, if we are not willing to take a stand and fight, if need be. One who knows the value of good communication. One who knows how to get things done efficiently.

Since it looks like I will never see Colin Powell in the White House, I will settle for McCain and Palin. Palin, who could be eligible to run for the Oval Office herself within four to eight years, may actually be better than Powell. Time will tell.

Powell said he does not want to seek that office because he does not want to put his family through the campaign. Well, Sara did not back down. Neither did her family. There was table talk at their house before she accepted McCain's invitation. I am guessing that bunch of kids and hunk of a hubby just hugged her and said, "Go for it, Mom!"

She did not enter this race blindly. I suspect her private thoughts, if she has any regarding the media, are: "Bring it on!"

As I recall, one of the first things the media threw across the airwaves and onto the printed page was that Palin is not prepared to represent America abroad, since they say foreign relations are something about which she knows nothing.

Well, give me "real" any day over the most educated, well-traveled person alive when it comes to representing me on foreign soil or home turf. Give me character. Courage. Compassion. Give me a flexible manager. And honesty. Oops! I know such a word probably should not be used in any discussion about politics.

Character, courage, compassion, flexibility and, yes, honesty, are important to me, as they are to many conscientious men and women. As we all ponder hard issues just now, and I wonder if I will live to see my granddaughter or yours run for office.

I want to share my all time favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."

Wise women innately know that we will be wiser tomorrow than we are today and we know how to be flexible and change our mind if we must. Pride does not so readily cripple us. Men, even the smartest, do not always embrace our kind of flexibility.

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word fitly spoken in right circumstances.

-- Solomon

Mary Jane Holt, an avid reader, book lover and spiritual thinker, writes an occasional column for the weekend edition of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. You can visit her at: www.maryjaneholt.com.