Friday, December 04, 2009

Palin's Revolution: No Teleprompter Required

By Nicole Coulter, aka Recovering Democrat

During her 2006 run for governor, Sarah Palin took advantage of public uproar over Frank Murkowski’s expensive state-purchased jet which had become emblematic of the waste and abuse of good-old-boy politics. She said the governor didn’t need it. And as soon as she got elected, she sold it.

With the run-up to 2012, Palin perhaps has found a similar object of public distain to use to her advantage should she run for president: The much-ridiculed teleprompter.

In what had to be a blow to teleprompter manufacturers everywhere, the former governor and now best-selling author spoke to a large audience in Hollister, Mo. this past week equipped only with a few notes and her convictions.

As 5,000 supporters in a basketball gymnasium hung on her every breath, Palin delivered a stirring hour-long speech about patriotism and public service that earned multiple standing ovations. She paused gracefully during each interruption, then continued on her rapidfire way without missing a beat. In expressing her common sense conservative message, she started by sharing her belief that we are all created with purpose, and that we must "keep our eyes open for signposts" that will guide us to our life's mission. She quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., saying, "Discover what you were made to do," and then recounted her own calling to public service with local government, which she called a great training ground for national leaders. She encouraged others to serve locally, even if it didn't seem glamorous. She confessed her "inner nerd" when it came to poring over budgets and making decisions in the public's best interests. "In local politics, your constituents are your neighbors. You see them at the grocery store. That is why local government is the most responsive."

Her remarks flowed naturally from an internalized script. She delivered the whole oration and powerful conclusion with the passion and charisma of a natural leader. It was a speech fit for the times and yet, perfectly timeless.

And, no teleprompter was required.

This was Sarah literally unplugged.

Palin, ever the master of symbolic politics, no doubt senses that the electorate is craving a return to simple virtues and responsive leadership. They’re clamoring for authenticity and substance rather than contrived style. Her ability to stand and deliver an hour-long inspiring speech without the crutch of a teleprompter not only distinguishes her from her natural rival, the teleprompter-happy President Obama, but it reinforces her key message: We can prosper by our own merit. We are free people.

"Pioneers carved a nation out of a wilderness,” Palin said. “We are a nation built by rugged individuals.”

Thousands of these “rugged individuals” turned out on a frigid night to witness a strong woman fighting for nothing less than the soul of a nation, a nation she says is experiencing an identity crisis and "failure of confidence" because many of its citizens have forgotten the virtues that made our country great. It’s almost as if we’ve all become dependent on some sort of addictive, expensive crutch, and Sarah Palin is telling us we don’t need it.

“We can prosper by our own merit, and voluntarily help our neighbors,” she said. “In the great history of our country, we’ve never believed that government was supposed to take care of us.”

In ordinary times, this statement might have been simply a given. In an era of bailouts and trillion-dollar stimulus plans, Palin’s ideas, like her rejection of the teleprompter, are revolutionary. She believes hard work, thrift, personal responsibility, neighborliness – and pioneer optimism – will lead us out of our national crisis – not government handouts financed by an ever-growing public debt.

It was fitting that Palin spoke on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, a place where tuition is free for most students, but work is required of all. Students at this Christian school graduate debt-free with profound appreciation for the value of sweat equity and the honor of public service. The mission of the school squares with Palin’s own academic experience where she worked her way through college over five years without help from her parents or school loans. She says she never even considered asking her parents for money given that there were four Heath children going through college in close succession.

“In 22 years since I graduated from the University of Idaho, it never occurred to me that my college experience was something to be ashamed of,” Palin says. “I wanted to graduate debt free.” In the vice presidential campaign, however, snobbish critics blasted Palin for taking five years to earn a bachelor’s degree. “This is how people used to get through college,” Palin said, expressing her disbelief over the criticism.

Before Palin’s remarks Wednesday, the College of the Ozarks honored several unlikely heroes who had distinguished themselves through service in the military and philanthropy. Many came from obscurity but worked their way to prominence. Palin herself helped hand out the bronzed eagle trophies to two retired generals and other members of the Greatest Generation – a generation marked by its willingness to sacrifice and work to get ahead.

Palin is indeed contrasting herself with the present administration. But it’s not a forced contrast, but rather a natural one. Alaska is the last frontier, after all. Palin noted in her book that Wasilla is known as the duct tape capital of the world. People jury-rig stuff, and get by under “less than ideal circumstances.” They are thrifty.

Sarah Palin embodies that Alaskan thriftiness. She made it perfectly clear in her speech: of all the things she hates, at the top of her list is wasting time or money. "Time is our most precious resource,” she said. “As a city council member and mayor I hated to waste time on non-important things at meetings because I was giving up a night with my young children. I worked hard to get things done and didn’t waste time.” She called the quadrupling of the deficit "generational theft." She said that the burdensome national debt was sapping confidence from the private sector and constituted a "drag on the economy."

Of her Independence Day-eve resignation, she cast it in terms of her natural thriftiness and aversion to wasting time, “My team had become a target simply because of who the team leader was. I had a choice. Being a pragmatist I asked myself how smart it was to continue on.” As a public servant, she said, there was no alternative but to resign after much prayerful consideration, and despite loving her job. “A politician holds on to power. A public servant puts the people first. A public servant recognizes when the public is hurting."

Palin expressed faith in her new outside-the box strategy regardless of the political consequences: “Too many politicians only consider their next career move without concern for how that decision hurts the public.”

At the outset, Palin told her audience that her remarks would be about making decisions under “less than ideal circumstances.” In Palin’s case, those less-than-ideal circumstances could have included power failure for all she cares. She’s unplugged. In reality, life is never ideal. And maybe that’s why a teleprompter may just embody American dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C. right now. We feel like in too many instances we’re getting overly polished, packaged politicians without the underlying depth of character. We’re getting the well-read lines without the true passion or conviction. And we’re getting leaders addicted to power, not public service.

As Sarah surveyed the crowd this past Wednesday night, and the audience cheered her on, there were no darkened glass panels between her and the people. There were no handlers or technicians in the wings feeding her the lines. Sarah was keeping it real. And that seemed the precise message she wished to convey.


Sarah Palin: Worthy American Heroes - Reminding Us What Really Matters

Via Facebook

Ready and anxious to see America’s finest at Ft. Hood tomorrow. My heart is with every military mom, dad, spouse, child, grandparent... every supporter of our proud men and women in uniform.

My brother passed the following along to me because he thought I’d like it; he was right. Enjoy... and please honor America’s finest.

- Sarah Palin

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father’s, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to ‘square-away’ those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this. A short lull, a little shade, and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.


Sarah Palin: Stupid Conspiracies

Via Facebook

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask... which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

- Sarah Palin


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sarah Palin: Mr. President: Boycott Copenhagen; Investigate Your Climate Change "Experts"

Via Facebook

The president’s decision to attend the international climate conference in Copenhagen needs to be reconsidered in light of the unfolding Climategate scandal. The leaked e-mails involved in Climategate expose the unscientific behavior of leading climate scientists who deliberately destroyed records to block information requests, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, and conspired to silence the critics of man-made global warming. I support Senator James Inhofe’s call for a full investigation into this scandal. Because it involves many of the same personalities and entities behind the Copenhagen conference, Climategate calls into question many of the proposals being pushed there, including anything that would lead to a cap and tax plan.

Policy should be based on sound science, not snake oil. I took a stand against such snake oil science when I sued the federal government over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species despite the fact that the polar bear population has increased. I’ve never denied the reality of climate change; in fact, I was the first governor to create a subcabinet position to deal specifically with the issue. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. But while we recognize the effects of changing water levels, erosion patterns, and glacial ice melt, we cannot primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes. The drastic economic measures being pushed by dogmatic environmentalists won’t change the weather, but will dramatically change our economy for the worse.

Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place.”

- Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin: The Ethos of Ethics

Via Facebook

When the Governor announced her decision to resign on July 3, she pointed out the then 15 frivolous ethics complaints that had been filed against her and dismissed. It was intended to explain, in part, her decision to resign as well to educate the public about the abuse of the Alaska Ethics Act through a repetitive stream of baseless partisan accusations, each one seemingly more pointless and frivolous than the next. The Governor’s message was not intended as an invitation to run off half-cocked and file more baseless ethics complaints, but not everyone understood that message—or wanted to understand. In August 2009, largely in response to the abuse of Alaska’s Ethics Act by partisan shills and low level lackeys, the Attorney General issued an opinion recommending changes to the Ethics Act ”to prevent another potential harm—abuse of the process. Some Alaskans have argued that the Ethics Act has been used inappropriately in some circumstances to politically damage the subject of the complaint.” (August 5, 2009 Attorney General Opinion). That argument was asserted by the Anchorage Daily News. “Our View: Abuse of Ethics Complaints Turns Good Law Into Bad Politics,” Anchorage Daily News, May 3, 2009. The Attorney General further recommended “another safeguard to discourage habitual complaint filers who use the Ethics Act process to harass executive branch employees. Statutory amendments could provide authority to the personnel board to decline to process further complaints filed by a person who has abused the Act in this way.” Though it is encouraging to see an impartial evaluation of the problem, it is ultimately up to the Legislature to implement any of these recommended changes. Governor Palin has been subjected to 24 ethics complaints, several lawsuits, and dozens and dozens of public information act requests, few of which raised even a scintilla of a good faith issue, and most of which were simply done to garner a headline or promote opposition research for political gain.

Recently we learned that two more ethics complaints against Governor Palin have been dismissed—complaints that were filed after the Governor announced her plans to step down. One complaint asserted that it was unethical for the state to follow its own per diem regulations and pay per diem to the Governor as set forth by law. Of course, the complainant conveniently overlooked that the Governor and her family received less per diem than they were entitled to under State law—why let such details stand in the way of an ethics complaint? The other complaint that was dismissed asserted that the Governor, through me, supposedly violated the constitution because we informed a person who falsely implied that the Governor was “under investigation” by the FBI, that such statements are defamatory. It is notable to watch those who agitate on all things Palin—locally and even across the Atlantic—as they Huff and puff falsehoods about Sarah Palin under the guise of free speech, which brings us to a teachable moment. All too often we hear about constitutional rights—as we should—but many forget about constitutional responsibilities. As citizens we have both rights and responsibilities. Though we have the right to exercise free speech, we have the responsibility to exercise that right without defaming people. I like the way our Alaska Constitution describes it: “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right.” Ak. Const. Art. I, Sec. 5. The irony of filing an ethics complaint because of a reminder about the constitutional parameters of free speech is no doubt lost on those consumed by irrationality when it comes to Sarah Palin; but one does not need an ethics law to know that positive political discourse depends on a robust debate about facts and the policy implications stemming from such facts. The nation is not helped by calumnious ad hominem attacks against Sarah Palin, matrilineal conspiracy theories, and aberrant notions of ethics.

- Thomas Van Flein, Personal Attorney for Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin: Faith, Family, Freedom: Remembering What Really Matters

Via Facebook

My parents and I just had a wonderful time at “Hard Work U” – the school motto of College of the Ozarks. It earned that proud nickname because students there work their way through college and graduate with little or no debt. (In other words, a place after my own heart, and the hearts of others who worked their way through college and, like me, maybe took five years to finish because of work schedules!)

At tonight’s patriotic event at the college we heard some amazing personal stories of heroism and sacrifice by our military veterans in attendance, including members of our Greatest Generation, who we honored tonight. It was such an inspiration to hear their stories and affirm the principles that make this country great – faith, hard work, perseverance, patriotism, and public service.

All Americans need to hear from these true, proud patriots. May we never forget their fight for freedom. Their battles make the petty shots and irrelevant “challenges” some of us face today pale in comparison. I thank them for allowing us a healthy perspective and a reminder of what really matters.

- Sarah Palin

PS: Please enjoy the photos below from Arizona, New Mexico, and Missouri!


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sarah Palin: Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We're In It to Win It

Via Facebook

Three months ago, I joined a number of Americans in urging President Obama to provide the resources necessary to achieve our goals in Afghanistan. Tonight, I am glad he mostly heeded that advice.

At long last, President Obama decided to give his military commanders much of what they need to accomplish their mission in Afghanistan. In the end, he decided to endorse a “surge” for Afghanistan, applying the counterinsurgency principles of “clear, hold and build” that worked so well in Iraq. Given that he opposed the surge in Iraq, it is even more welcome that he now supports a surge in Afghanistan.

This approach means, as Senator John McCain has noted, that “We now have an opportunity to build a bipartisan consensus in support of a vital national security priority: defeating Al-Qaeda and its violent extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ensuring that these countries never again serve as bases for terrorist attacks against America and our allies.”

We should be clear, however, that fewer troops mean assuming more risk. Talk of an exit date also risks sending the wrong message. We should be in Afghanistan to win, not to set a timetable for withdrawal that signals a lack of resolve to our friends, and lets our enemies believe they can wait us out. As long as we’re in to win, and as long as troop level decisions are based on conditions on the ground and the advice of our military commanders, I support President Obama’s decision.

- Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin: Media's Priorities Shine Bright, Again! :)

Via Facebook

It’s really comical at this point! Despite all of the important events happening in the world today – the president’s speech tonight on the strategy in Afghanistan, the Senate debate over health care reform, the disturbing details of the “Climategate” scandal, the continuing challenges facing the world economy – the media is concerned about my travel and lodging arrangements on my book tour?! Does this sound familiar? It should. The media showed the same out-of-proportion obsession with my personal arrangements, clothes, and hairstyles last year instead of focusing on the crucial issues involving the election.

So what is this news “story”? That I fly on an airplane to complete some of the stops on my book tour when it’s impractical or physically impossible to reach the next event on time by bus. Some news outlets are behaving as if my travel was a secret that they didn’t know about – despite the fact that I’ve tweeted about my flights and at least one local newspaper reported on the arrival of my flight into Rochester, NY. What’s even funnier is that these same media outlets think it’s shocking that we stay in hotels. I guess they expected us to pitch a tent alongside the road. We love the great outdoors, but such an arrangement is hardly practical for a book tour. Using common sense, it was determined that traveling by plane between some stops would save time and energy and allow me to go to more events. Economically speaking for HarperCollins, it’s more efficient to travel by charter, and I am very grateful to the publisher for providing my family and me with this incredible opportunity to shake hands with as many Americans as possible on this book tour.

If you’re scratching your head wondering why my flight and hotel logistics warrant news coverage, join the club. They can, of course, report on whatever they like, but in my opinion CBS loses whatever professional integrity it still has when it links in its report to a website devoted to the bizarre conspiracy theory that I’m not the real mother of my son Trig.

I’m truly humbled by the response to my book tour by everyday Americans, and if traveling by plane means that I can meet more of these wonderful people, I’ll travel by plane (or bus or train or canoe or dog sled or whatever it takes). Please enjoy the photos below!

- Sarah Palin


Going Rogue in Florida

Via Governor Palin's Facebook Page


Monday, November 30, 2009

The Daily Beast 'Bus Hoax' Hoax

Usually when we post articles from other sources, we would post and excerpt and link to the original source. On this occasion with this ridicules charge, we make an exception so to get the message out as fast as possible with minimum hassle to the reader. We thank the writers for their quick and extraordinary smack downs.

Via C4P By Joshua Livestro

Here's another (f)lie to swat:
On her book tour, Sarah Barracuda pretends to be one of the people. But she's really winging across the country on a private jet. As much of her entourage, including HarperCollins publicist Tina Andreadis, risked a collective case of White Line Fever, covering more than 3,000 road miles during the book tour’s first week, Sarah Palin herself seems to have remained above it all, apparently cosseted in the luxury of a Gulfstream II 12-passenger jet rented from Universal Jet Aviation of Boca Raton, Florida, at a cost of more than $4,000 per hour.


The bottom line is that the plane’s goings and comings track Palin’s tour perfectly: from Grand Rapids to Washington, Pa. and then to Rochester, N.Y., Roanoke, Va., Fayetteville, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Jacksonville and Orlando.
On the scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most disingenuous piece of crap I've ever read, that scores a solid 11. Let's look at the facts - it's not something journalists are supposed to do anymore these days, but humor me:

- on Wednesday the 18th of November, private jet UJT 750 flies from Teterboro (NJ) to Westchester (NY) to pick up Gov. Palin and her family members and personal aides to fly her to the place of the start of her bus tour, namely Grand Rapids (Mi). That same afternoon, the jet flies ahead to Washington County airport (Pa).

- Gov. Palin and her entourage then set off on a three day whistlestop bus tour of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. That's 650 miles in three days, with six stops in total. Not a bus tour?

- It's only three days later, on the 21st of November, that they use the private jet again to fly to Rochester (NY). Should they have done the five hour, 300+ mile journey by bus, just to satisfy Mr. McGinniss' craving for authenticity?

- On the evening of the same day (still the 21st), the jet flies them to the place of the next event, namely Roanoake (Va). A mere 550 miles, so Gov. Palin could easily have taken the bus, right? I mean, she would certainly have made it on time for her next event, which wasn't till 11am the next morning. Sure, she'd be dead on arrival, but hey: if Joe McGinniss says that's what it takes, then that's what it takes.

- late at night on the 21st, after having dropped the Palin gang off in Roanoke, the jet flies on ahead to Fayetteville (NC). Gov. Palin does the book signing in Roanoke, then jumps on a different jet to fly to Asheville for a private meeting and dinner with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son and daughter. Since this meeting was mainly devoted to the subject of religion, Joe McGinniss would probably have preferred it if Gov. Palin had donned herself in sackcloth and ashes and crawled the entire 260 mile distance on her hands and knees. Let's call that one a missed opportunity.

- Gov Palin and crew rejoin the jet on the 23rd in Fayetteville, following the book signing event at Fort Bragg. Apparently, the Palins did the maths and came to the conclusion that it was impossible to cover the 500 mile stretch from Fayeteville to Birmingham (AL) in the two hours that they had until the next event. Let's put this one down to bad scheduling (we gotta blame her for something, right, Joe?).

- The Birmingham event is a great success, with thousands of people shouting her name and... Sorry, that's not what McGinniss wants to hear. Let's talk flights. On the evening of the 23rd, the private jet (that's private as in: not state-owned. Is that still allowed in the age of Obama, you ask? That will the subject of our next investigation) takes Gov. Palin from Birmingham to Jacksonville (FL), the place of the first of her three stops in the Sunshine State. The jet flies ahead to the destination of her final stop in the state, Orlando.

- Gov Palin covers the distance between the events by bus. That's another 2 stops and 200 miles on this non-bus tour. At the end of the first part of her book tour, for some reason, she decides against covering the 2,990 miles to Tri-Cities (WA) by bus, and instead opts for flying. Strange, I know.

So what's the point of this non-story? Ultimately, it's the same as the wardrobe saga. Liberal propagandists want you to believe that Palin is a fake populist, someone who claims to live frugally but really loves to live the high live. A sort of John Kerry in drag, if you like. It's their desperate attempt at stopping people from saying that she's "one of us". After all, how can she really be "like me" if she flies a private jet? Answer: she can, because she is. Doesn't matter if she flies a private jet, or even Air Force One: to your average, hard working American, she'll always be just Sarah from Alaska. And that's the way it is, Joe.
From Texas4Palin
Al Gore flies all across the world destroying the environment with his travels so that he can sell the fantasy of globaloney. Hundreds of government officials will be crisscrossing the globe flying to Copenhagen to "save the planet" at the upcoming Climate Conference this December. All are adding to what leftists call global warming and they are adding more in just the month of December alone with their efforts than any common citizen would in their entire lifetime.

So, what is the lefty outrage du jour? Is it that these so-called environmentalists are hypocrites? Nope. The newest outrage from the left is that Sarah Palin dares to fly from city to city during her whirlwind book tour.

I know. The nerve of her, eh?

At issue with Joey McGinniss' "shocking" expose is the bus that Palin has been using to get from one location to the next in the local areas during her book tour, but has flown the longer distances. Why is this such an outrage? Because Palin said this about her book tour when it began:
“I’ll post our progress from the road.”
According to McGinniss this proves that Palin is a liar about using the buss to cross the country on her book tour. Since she has at times been flying, apparently, McGinniss thinks that the "from the road" part of her post makes her a liar despite that it is quite common vernacular to use that phrase when discussing travel. Who says "from the air" when they are talking about traveling?

McGinniss then goes on to ask all sorts of "probing" questions about the flights. He wants to know who is paying for the flights, if she has anyone else on these planes with her, if she'll continue to fly, if she… well, let's just say he has a lot of questions.

And let's remind this left-wing hack that none of the answers to these questions are any of his business! Sarah Palin is a private individual dealing with a private business. She is not working for the taxpayers and her bills are paid for out of the profits of her book sales and/or the company that is publishing the work. Sarah Palin has absolutely no responsibility to answer to some twit in the press about her expenses.

If she wants to fly 20 different private jets to fly to 20 different cities, it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

If Sarah Palin wants to drive 20 busses where ever she wants to ride them it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

If Sarah Palin wants to ride a horse and buggy to every book stop it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

Joey McGinniss has a tempest in a teapot all revved up and ready to outrage his extremist, left-wing buddies, to be sure, but he definitely has nothing of any note to write about. Must be a slow news day to be pushing this falderal.

But I guess it shouldn't be surprising. Joey McGinniss has been trying to get at Sarah since she debuted on the national scene. So, one wonders, how many books has Joey McGinniss' name sold?


Who Should Leave The Room?

Cross-posted at c4p

Governor Palin has now done a series of interviews covering a wide range of topics, including her personal life and policy issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Israel, North Korea, Health Care, the Economy and Energy. But, from reading and watching the media, you would come to the conclusion that all she was talking about was whether Levi Johnston would be joining her for Thanksgiving and whether she would run on a ticket with Glenn Beck.

While making those issues the main focus of her interviews, she is continuously criticized for responding to questions about Levi Johnston, the Katie Couric interview, and whether she would run on a ticket with Glenn Beck. She is advised to move away from those issues and talk substance. (That is exactly what she tried to do when Oprah asked her about it and her initial response was “must we”). Can you imagine the outrage of the MSM if she had not responded to those questions when asked? Asking Governor Palin how she would respond to a certain question should she run for the presidency, or whether she will choose a certain running mate, is ridiculous by default. How can she answer those questions without implying that she is or isn’t seeking higher office? The media, it would seem, is just waiting for her to insult someone so they can proclaim “Gotcha”.

I would be the first one to admit that, although on most issues the Governor has knocked it out of the park, if she plans to seek higher office she will need to familiarize herself better. But, for some reason she’s expected to have a better grip in the issues – as some supposedly GOP elder has proclaimed “her knowledge gaps are embarrassing” – and come up with better solutions on the issues than the president of the United States himself.

Governor Palin holds no elected office and receives no briefings or reports either on economic issues or national security issues, all the information she gets comes from the same place where everyday Americans get their news. Despite the limited sources she has to inform her decisions, she demonstrates a far greater understanding of these issues than the President with all the resources he has available to him. What she lacks in classified information available to the president is more than compensated for with her common sense conservatism. Common sense, of course, is a commodity totally absent from the current administration.

In comparison, on the economy Governor Palin calls for tax cuts and incentives for employers so they have a reason to grow their businesses and hire more people. President Obama’s solution of spending, spending, and more spending, will do nothing but stimulate higher future taxes, interest rates, and inflation. This is not an environment conducive to the expansion of business payrolls. Quite the opposite. On health care, Governor Palin advocates tort reform, allowing businesses and individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and tax credits for employers. President Obama’s solution: having our health care controlled by the same people who run the post office. On Afghanistan, Governor Palin urges listening to the commanders on the ground. President Obama’s response: “I’ll get back to you on that”. On Iran, Governor Palin suggests talking to those who have the most influence on the Iranians, the Russians. President Obama? Well, he’s still looking for Ahmadinejad’s phone number.

All of the ideas that Governor Palin has been calling for are always echoed by all those “elite” Ivy League commentators. However, when it issues forth from their lips it’s considered brilliant, not so when Governor Palin says it. Who can forget the bizarre article Charles Krauthammer wrote in which he tells Governor Palin to “leave the room” for bringing up the concept of death panels before he spends the rest of his article explaining why the Obama plan contains…death panels?

While President Obama, even with a teleprompter, “ahs” and “ums” over his daily briefings, Governor Palin calls it like she sees it. The President is portrayed as being a genius for answering a question on how it feels to be president. Governor Palin? She simply doesn’t measure up because she answers questions directly without 18 different shades of gray in her answers. According to the elites, Obama’s nuanced non-answers are to be celebrated while Governor Palin’s direct, common sense answers on such topics as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Israel, North Korea, Health Care, the economy and energy, are a sign that she should leave the room.

(H/T Doug Brady for editing assistance)


Governor Palin's Message for C4P

What are you waiting for? Go on go over to conservatives4palin now, that's where it all happens.
(OK, but still do come over and visit us every now and again)


BBC on Governor Palin and Going Rogue


Sarah Palin: If We're In It, Let's Win It

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As Thanksgiving festivities wind down we contemplate all we have to be thankful for as free Americans! We head into the Christmas season wishing for leadership in Washington that reflects our commitment to the values and ideals that have built the freest and most prosperous and generous nation on earth.

Heading into December and Tuesday’s announcement of our nation’s strategy in Afghanistan, I ask the President to reassure us that the administration is in this War on Terror to win.

And I’ll pass along the following from Harold B. Estes, a 95-year-old member of the Greatest Generation: “I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.”

Thank you, Mr. President. Please tell us on Tuesday that America is in it to win.

- Sarah Palin

PS: You can read Mr. Estes' complete letter here.


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