What’s different is we’ve had a year of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocratic governors fizzle in presidential race Obamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion Trump has 62 percent disapproval rating in new AP poll MORE, whom the media compared to Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln and Jesus last time around, and he has brought the country financially almost to the point of no return; possibly beyond it. And the MSM voices that brought him to power by the most disgraceful slanders and abuses of Palin and her children are reduced today to only an occasional racist and woman-hating rant from a New York Times columnist and one or two others. ABC’s Charles Gibson has been sent to the hinterland, while rumors abound that since Katie Couric took over the anchor job, ratings have dropped so low that her network is about to be sold to the Doublemeat Palace franchise or Mattress King.

But as Perry Noonan and so few others have pointed out, something else has happened in our country. Not everyone would respond to tyranny and abuse of power by falling to their knees as Team Obama anticipated. Orwell was proven wrong: They do not love Big Brother. Millions in just the past year, since April 15 last, have learned that the state can defend them against false government and was intended to. This is an awakening process that advances in phases. This past week, 14 states have challenged the federal healthcare plan as unconstitutional. Suppose they lose their case. They probably will. But suppose they still feel they are right? What would be the right thing to do? What is to be done?

The state of Colorado brings a ballot initiative banning abortion in the state in November. If it is successful, a challenge to federal law in the Supreme Court will follow. They will probably lose. But this is different. Abortion is a larger moral issue than political corruption. It raises the stakes. What should Colorado do then? There is potential in this issue for casus belli, the moral trigger that could lead to separation.

We have been moving fast this past year and will faster next. It is fair to say, reading Paul Krugman’s, Frank Rich’s and Charles Blow’s Times columns this past week, that both sides hate one another.

Sarah Palin can bridge these issues of states’ rights and federal jurisdiction, but she can’t help men who simply hate women (or the women who work for them). Possibly McCain can. He is an authentic American folk hero; our Gray Champion, and torture and abuse in POW camps could not dim his spirit nor temper his love of country. There is no question in my mind and never has been that, as McCain said in his speech over the weekend, Sarah Palin will be with us “for a long, long time.” But I hope he is not planning on going anywhere. He may be the only “authentic American hero” who can hold us together.

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