As a Mother of two daughters, I was dismayed to hear that Bristol Palin had “reunited” with Levi Johnston, her baby’s Father. He had not “gone gently into that good night” after their break-up…to put it mildly. He showed little grace or integrity with his immediate rush to join the media voices that regularly smear her family…the family, remember, on one side anyway, of his own son. He seemed to me to be at best immature; at worst seriously self-involved to a sadistic degree.
But as the Mother of two daughters, I also know that, sometimes, in matters of the heart, lessons can only be learned in the most painful ways. My Mother used to repeat that old axiom “You have to suffer to be beautiful.” I would add now “You have to suffer to be wise.” Levi Johnston is very good-looking young man…Bristol’s first love, the father of her child. I imagine he knows just what to say to her…just what she wants to hear. Only Levi himself has the power to teach enamored Bristol about the luster or lack of his own ethics and the depth or shallowness of his feelings for her.
Nothing Bristol’s family might have said to her could resound with her in the way the devastation of their reunion has: the betrayal after believing him fully…the feeling of foolishness after embracing him once again…and the eye-popping, searing self-realization of just exactly who and what Levi Johnson REALLY was….that she had to learn for herself.
Levi himself had to be her teacher of the scope and temerity of his shortcomings and treachery.
Yes, WE understand…don’t we, America?
America fell in love with a sweet-talking handsome young man two years ago too. He was exciting and smart. He said all the right things. He was going to take care of us. He had all the answers. He was going to reconcile both sides of the family. We would live happily ever after.
So, America, how’s that working out for us? How’s it going?
For me, I have now become a believer that you have to lose to win. The only antidote to infatuation is reality.
I imagine Sarah Palin hurts for her daughter, but doubtlessly, feels a great sense of relief. Chances are dwindling every day that Bristol will take him back again. Except in certain virulent constituencies, I believe Americans are coming to believe this about Democratic leadership. And every victory that Dems win…from Obamacare to the ruling against Arizona’s immigration law… in the long-term, is an American teaching moment…the pain of which will not soon be forgotten.
Soon the reality of Obamacare will come upon us…not the sweet-talk…NO…the taxes, the side-deals, the effects on Medicare, Medicaid,and our personal health care choices. Americans will remember that Obama and the Democrats swore this program would pay for itself. They will remember Obama and the Democrats swore that if we liked the Health-care we had NOW, nothing would change for us.
Alrighty then. That’s the starting point.
As we begin to live with the reality, every American who believes in any way that Obamacare has left him over-taxed or under-served will attach the anger of his discontent to the Democratic Party. The enemy of the Spin of Obamacare will be the Truth. Every voter in America will judge if he is a winner or loser on his own. No slick political ad, appearance on Late-Night TV, or soaring “speech-ifying” rhetoric..will be able to turn the Voter’s mind away from Obamacare as HE IS LIVING IT. Moreover, the Voter will now see anyone who tries to deny his reality as a diabolical, self-serving, untrustworthy, un-election-worthy liar.
Right now, America is standing, hand on hip, questioning frown-on-face, defiant at the door…facing down the Party that did the Deed…as we wait for the consequences. “This BETTER be good.” “This better be WHAT YOU SAID.”
I wonder if the Democrats understand this.
The Obama administration also appears to be winning their battle in court against Arizona’s attempt to control illegal immigration. Democrats under Obama are now the de facto champions of illegal immigration….Obama as Knight in Shining Armor. Democrats now own this issue too. Going forward, every crime against an American citizen by an illegal, every rancher terrorized on his own land, every U.S.state property posted too dangerous for Americans to use, will rebound upon Obama and the Democratic party. Arizona will be the little guy who tried. Washington… the Bully who defiantly swung the Door Wide Open. If social services remain strained to serve American citizens that THEY EXIST FOR, if jobs remain unavailable to able American citizens WHO WANT THEM…many of those people will begin to ask…why did Democrats not look out for American citizens FIRST? Why did Democrats FIGHT to open the Immigration doors and FIGHT to keep them OPEN no matter the consequences to ME?
Going forward, every American will look into his own life and see what voting Democratic has gained or….cost him. This will be the most potent campaign tool of all. The reality of Democratic governance upon our individual lives. None of us can escape the consequences. But, neither can Obama and the Democratic Party.
America has a lot to learn from Bristol Palin. Like her we fell hard for a sweet-talker with a pretty face. But….after the heartbreak and a hard, hard look at the reality of what HE means in our daily lives and, horrors!….for our future….America, like Bristol, will walk away. There will be new determination fueled by enduring disillusionment and utter disgust.
America , like Bristol, will be sadder but infinitely wiser, and, in regard to Levi, Obama and the Democratic Party… much less likely to make the same devastating mistake again.
Win to lose.
“Once bitten, twice shy, Babe.”