He had the porcine theme right, but if Barack Obama really didn’t mean it as a passive-aggressive dig toward Sarah Palin, then he must have meant to say: “Even a blind hog finds some lipstick every now and then.”
In this case, either presidential contender could play the pig just about interchangeably. Although Obama’s world view is socialist and McCain leans more toward capitalism, the problem is that neither one of them has known much of anything in their entire adult lives but working for the biggest, blindest hog of all: the government.
Forget about Joe Biden. He’s just like them.
Enter Sarah Palin. She is unambiguously and unashamedly the lipstick in this analogy. They represent bureaucracy. She represents life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It’s not just her good looks and her sparkling, sassy style that make her so refreshing. It’s not that she can skin a moose or run Wasilla or all of Alaska. What makes Sarah Palin so appealing in particular is the thing that we’ve heard the least about her: that she has run a business. Not just any business: a small business.
Frankly, I don’t care whether the business was a success or a failure, though I presume she and husband Todd did well at it as she seems to have done with every other thing ventured in her life.
What matters is that she has within her the fire of free enterprise, the entrepreneurial spirit that makes individuals recognize they can do it better than what they’ve seen already and then by God, risk what it takes to prove it by setting themselves into business. If anything encapsulates America, it’s that.
After the start of enterprise, anything can happen. Many businesses fail in pretty short order. Some survive. Some are just a living, many prosper, and some, like Google, fly like a rocket. But for whatever their duration and their range, they all create jobs, pay taxes, and are the glue that holds the economy together—not government, not huge impersonal public corporations, not unions, not politics.
And each small business owner at some point must do it all: hire, fire, buy, sell, live and die by the sword of their own efforts and their ability to motivate others to work toward a common goal and be judged by the bottom line. The millions of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S-corporations out there are what is going to propel us back out of a slow economy just as they have done after every downturn before.
That’s why we need Sarah Palins making their marks in American government today. Without the lipstick, government’s just a big ol’ mud-wallowing blind hog.