America’s the Titanic, sailing off into oblivion.  She can’t be sunk, some claim.

The captain is a suit and tie type guy, an Ivy League grad – He typifies what the first-class perceive as what a leader should be, yet it’s an aged rusting relic of perception.

A few see that iceberg approaching on the horizon.  They’re mostly considered second-class, but they’ve paid their way and have a right to be aboard the Great Fair Lady.

Others just want to guzzle martinis on the promenade deck, impervious to the approaching peril.  As the band plays on, they tip their glasses to each other and make merry as delusions of Love Boat folly dance about in their convoluted thoughts.

Some of the passengers have begun yelling, “Give us Molly Brown!”  She’s no longer at the stern of the ship but has stepped forward.  She’s telling all who will listen there’s not enough lifeboats to go around.  She seems willing to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty – right along with those in peril.

The captain and crew now claim they got a mutiny on their hands.  Despite their hatred for an unsinkable few, a growing many, they can’t lock em’ all up.  (They can’t silence the uproar)

Analogies are something we use to relate to, and the one I just used oh so fits.  Our situation in America is a dire one and shouldn’t be ignored as some want.

I said, “America’s in trouble” when Barack Obama became President.  I told all who would listen.  Yet … I was laughed at, ridiculed and clucked over by quite a few.  However, most of those naysayers aren’t laughing anymore.

I’m a pretty good judge of character. I like to think I’ve got an uncanny ability to sum a person up in short order.  And oddly enough I’m right the lion-share of the time.

Molly Brown went down in the annals of history as a heroine.  She helped evacuate many when the Titanic was sinking.  She had an oar with her in Lifeboat 6 to persuade that crewmember in charge to go back and search for survivors, when all seemed lost.  (All that while the captain was going down with the ship)

The citizenry of America have grown tired of politicians who lie as a rule.  They’ve grown tired of corruption.  They don’t wanna be seen as second-class passengers anymore.  They can’t be locked away in the bowels of the ship, there’s way too many of us!

Is Sarah Palin another Molly Brown?  She could be.  She’s a voice crying out in the crowd that many wanna hear.  I don’t think it’s a matter of her opposition underestimating her popularity, they don’t, they fear it.  She doesn’t fit that decayed mold the first-class passengers have conjured.  The last election she went to cast her vote wearing a Carhart jacket.  She wasn’t wearing some designer dress.  She was just being herself.  I have a Carhart, do you?  My point being she wears hip boots to go fishing in, she hunts, and does things other people do in the realm of second-class perception.

Most politicians do their best to baffle their constituents with BS.  We’ve grown tired of that and can see through the façade now.  They talk a lot but say little.  Mrs. Palin has shunned that.

There are those who claim they hate Sarah.  Are some jealous of her?  I’m sure there are.  My take on her is she’s just being her – she doesn’t know how to be any other way.  She considers herself blessed by that craze of popularity.  I’m sure she looks in the mirror to talk to herself over the marvel of it all.  There are times in life when there’s a destiny in it all.  It’s hard to fathom that which guides us at times, but Sarah is surely destined to be something far greater than she can imagine.  I’m convinced she realizes it’s not anything she’s doing, but by a greater power than that which we can perceive has chosen her path.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at

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