Palinistas Take Manhattan

Monday, August 31, 2009

On Saturday, many people were writing about Governor Palin's introduction to the nation. Bloggers--myself included--were recording what they remember about that day or their favorite Palin moment since that day. Here in New York, we wanted to do that, but we wanted to do more. We created an opportunity to get together with other Palinistas to connect, strategize, and, of course, give in to the nostalgia.

New York City was the location. It was too far for some in our New York network to travel, so we had a small group--four of us. I drove the five hours round trip, and it was well worth it. Though small in number, this was a strong and diverse group, capable of great achievements in the pro-Sarah, pro-America, pro-conservative movement. In attendance were Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Raj Rajagopalan, Ron Devito, and yours truly.

You know Pamela from the prestigious blog, Atlas Shrugs. She is a powerful writer, public speaker, and activist who believes deeply in what she writes and speaks about. She is fired up and passionate about America and wants to see us progress in the right direction.

Raj Rajagopalan, of Associated Content, is the New York City local organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. He demonstrates bold support of Governor Palin in a very liberal state. He speaks out without fear--sometimes using words; other times using clothing. (You'll see what I mean at the end!)

Ron Devito is another loyal Palin activist and blogger. He is the editor/publisher of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Accomplishments, for which I also write. He oversees several contributors to his blog that is committed to publishing the accomplishments of Governor Palin--accomplishments that are ignored or watered down by the mainstream media.

As the four of us talked in the restaurant, we noticed other diners paying attention to our conversation. As you know, New York is not the most conservative of places, so that's to be expected, I suppose. Raj's T-shirt didn't help matters either!

After our meal, we went to an apartment where we watched last year's Dayton, Ohio speech that Palin made after John McCain introduced her to the nation. One would have thought it was a year earlier and we were in the crowd in Ohio, for we, too, sat on the edge of our seats and clapped our hands while watching the year-old video.

Before we ended our time together, we discussed alternate avenues to get our message out. Here's some breaking news for you: we cannot rely on the mainstream media! Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we create our own media. With some tips from Pamela, I am now hoping to expand my influence and continue to get the truth out there in varied ways. Some might say, "Why? Palin is no longer the governor of Alaska or the vice presidential candidate." True. However, she is not fading into the distance. She continues to be a voice, and that voice continues to get distorted by an agenda-laden media. So the question is: what do we do about it?

That's where people like us come in. When necessary, we must be committed to going around the CNN's and MSNBC's of this world, the Katie Courics and Charlie Gibsons, and using other tools: written blogs, video blogs, online newsletters, and social networking sites. This is grassroots at its best.

As my readers know, I am the New York State Organizer and Media Director/Spokesperson for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. My prediction is we will see Governor Palin become President Palin in the next presidential election. However, whatever road she decides to travel, it will take people like us--people like you--to help her navigate safely, for we know the Left will continue to throw every rock at her that they can manage to pick up from the side of the road. This is why it's important that we get together with others who are like-minded, those who are committed to truth and have an aversion for smears and destructive tactics. The time is now. This is the time to be--not just Pro-Sarah-- but pro-active.




Raj and I holding the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee banner in NYC


Next 3 pics show Raj, Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Ron Devito, and me at NYC restaurant




Here I am holding a McCain-Palin T-shirt from Mocha Moose in Wasilla, AK


Now you see it...Now you don't! Raj and I make "McCain" disappear from T-shirt


In case you can't see it, what's printed underneath Palin's pic on Raj's T-shirt is the phrase,"Go get the socialist!" Needless to say, he got stared down on the train and in the restaurant!

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Obama's 3:00 A.M. Phone Call

Most of you are well-aware that Sarah Palin has been speaking up and leading the health care debate from her Facebook page. It is from this page that she has caused Congress to make a major change in the bill and has caused the president to quote her--again and again...and again. In spite of the fact that the White House staff denies ever even thinking about Sarah Palin, clearly she's on their minds. Seth Adams Smith of Conservatives 4 Palin, for which I also write, posted a 27 second video that so incredibly--and hilariously--exposes the White House's attention on, and fear of, Sarah Palin. As you watch, be prepared to laugh HARD. They always say the funniest comedy is comedy that is based on truth. This clip is no exception.

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Celebrating Sarah Palin's Coming Out Party One Year Later

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Today is a special day indeed as so many are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the day John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to be his running mate. In fact, I just returned from New York City where I got together with some Palin supporters, bloggers, and activists. Life has not been the same since that day last year--not for Sarah Palin, not for America, and not for me.

I remember leaving the mall that afternoon on August 29, 2008. The car radio was on, and I heard the announcement that Senator John McCain had chosen Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, to run this race alongside him. My first thought was, "Alaska?" My second thought--and I remember it so well--was, "Hillary is going to be SO mad!" As I was not at all a Hillary supporter, I relished in that thought. I did not expect Barack Obama to win the presidency--just didn't believe he would--and I just knew Hillary was going to be ticked off that a woman had beaten her to the White House!

Later when the media was covering Sarah Palin, showing who she was and discussing her record, I was hit with an awareness that she was not just another candidate. I could sense in my spirit that there was something special about her, something godly. And I was so excited. Something on the inside bore witness that this woman was the real deal.

And then, of course, all hell broke lose, as the powers on the Left descended on Wasilla, Alaska trying to dig up dirt. When they couldn't find any, they created their own. I have a feeling Sarah had no idea what she was getting herself into when she stepped onto that stage after McCain's announcement. But she certainly knows now--and she has proven that she can handle herself well.

In the course of a year, I have studied Sarah Palin, admired her record, met her and her family, visited her state, and fell in love with her hometown. My mind has not changed about her. I still respect her, still believe God has called her for this time, and still know she will continue to lead with great integrity.

When Sarah and McCain lost the election, I just knew it wasn't over. In fact, the night of November 4th, after Obama was declared the winner, I felt my world had come crashing down. But I uttered aloud, "The world has not seen the last of Sarah Palin." I had not thought before I spoke. It simply came out of me. It was one of those "I know that I know that I know" moments. And I never prayed for Sarah--or this nation--more than after November 4th.

It took a while for me to recuperate from what was lost when the country did not elect Sarah. Actually, I'm not sure I'm fully over it yet. But one thing I do believe is true, no matter what it looks like now: For America and for Sarah Palin, the best is yet to come--and I believe the two are unmistakably linked.

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Dr. King and Governor Palin: March On!

Friday, August 28, 2009

"I Have a Dream" is arguably the most-eloquent, most-respected, and most-recited speech in American history. Dr. Martin Luther King gave that unforgettable speech forty six years ago today, and forty six years from now people will still be listening attentively to those words that he gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Dr. King was assassinated before I was born, but as I reflect on the man behind the dream, I see someone who carried a message of freedom and justice, though he knew what it was to be called on the carpet for it. I see a man who loved his country and wanted to see her reach her full potential. No, he didn't believe America was perfect, but he loved her nonetheless. It was that great love that caused him to stand up and speak out when others shouted for him to sit down and shut up. He chose to fight the fight because the liberty of American people was on the line.

Dr. King once stated,

Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: "We want to be free."

Sounds like today, doesn't it? Sounds like what the masses of Americans are crying out right now--from tea parties, from town halls, from Facebook and Twitter.

I believe Martin Luther King would have gotten Sarah Palin. More than that, I believe he would have had great respect for her. Although they clearly would not have agreed on every point (who does?), Dr. King knew what it was to use his voice to speak up for the country in which he lived. He knew what it was to cry out for freedom to the point of self-sacrifice. And he knew what it was to be a threat to the establishment. He came against the powers-that-be, and he did it with a boldness that was driven by a sense of right. There's just something about being right that emboldens those who believe it's their destiny to declare it.

Like Dr. King, Sarah Palin refuses to be silenced, though the mainstream media is begging for her to be quiet rather than speak up for the freedoms of Americans, freedoms which perhaps have never been so attacked since Dr. King's day.

I remember last year when Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention. I must admit that toward the end of her speech, I cried. I did not cry because her speech was so moving or her husband was so promising. Please! I cried when she drew attention to it being the 45th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. For the first time since the campaigning had begun, I was hit with the awareness that history--to which I was directly related--was in the making, that here was the first Black man to have won the presidential nomination--and I could not vote for him. That realization made me sad in a way I never expected. Now, perhaps you don't understand those emotions, but I just remember what gripped me in that moment. It took 45 years, I thought, and this is the best we could come up with?! It cut me to the heart.

As a Christian, nothing trumps values for me--not race, not gender, nothing. Therefore, I could never have voted for Obama. Shoot--I couldn't even stand to look at him. But I suddenly felt robbed of participating in that moment, and it hurt.

The tears were fleeting. They left as quickly as they came...and the next day Governor Sarah Palin stepped onto the national stage, and I was smiling.

I have never cried those tears again, for I remember the man whose speech we remember today. Dr. King so wisely said,

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Translation: There are more important things than race. And while the Left continues to race bait, while they call white conservatives like Sarah Palin "racist" and Black conservatives like me "sell-out," I know Dr. King got it, even forty six years ago, and what's more important, I get it.

Perhaps the American Thinker expressed the difference between Dr. King and President Obama best:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a perfect example of a true leader, and the antithesis of an Alinskyite community organizer. Dr. King wasn't leading a movement of complete strangers. Nor was he dropped into Atlanta by a gang of professional troublemakers, intent on gaining political power. Dr. King, and his father before him, were echelons of the black, upper-middle-class community in Atlanta. They had lifelong friends in every black community south of the Mason-Dixon. They were so well-known, so utterly respected by all, that when Martin spoke, people - black and white alike - knew there was absolute substance behind his thunderous voice. Even the Democratic Party racists who opposed him, gave him grudging private respect.

King had no need of deceptive Alinsky tactics; he had moral authority steeped in roots going back generations in the same home town.

Such is not at all the case with what Alinsky euphemistically called the "community organizer."

Some may think it's a stretch, but I don't think so: Sarah Palin is more like Dr. King than President Obama, and I believe he would have held her in very high regard. He, like she, was a public servant. He paid the ultimate price for opening his mouth for freedom; he would not shut up because too much was on the line. I see the same spirit in her as she continues to fight the fight for the unborn, health care, energy independence, limited government--for freedom.

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Standing with Sarah on Health Care

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I received an encouraging email from someone who has been following my writing on a few different websites. She shared with me the link to the video below and said simply, "You are in it." That was all it took, of course, to pique my curiosity!

That was just an added benefit. The video, made by a website called Standing with Sarah, highlights Sarah Palin's stand on the health care reform issue. It combines some of her statements with pictures that speak to her own commitment to the health and well-being of Americans. Included in the video are pictures of Sarah at the Walk for Autism, which she participated in on June 7th in Long Island. I attended that function, as well, as did some of her family members, including her nephew, Karcher, who has autism. You can read about this event and enjoy the pictures I took here.

See, Sarah Palin clearly cares about how we handle health care for our citizens. As a mom with a special needs child, Trig, who has Down Syndrome, and as Karcher's aunt, she knows the importance of this issue. She is personally invested and has rallied the people of America and begged us to do all we can to keep the health of those we love out of the control of a government that does not--and cannot--love our family members the way we do. The wonderful thing you'll see in the video is the concern she has, not only for her own family and children, but a sincere concern for all Americans.

Now that's someone I can listen to about health care.

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19th Amendment and Sarah Palin

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which grants women the right to vote, becomes law. Washington women had won the vote in 1910, after which Washington suffragists had helped with the national campaign to amend the constitution so that all American women could vote.

Eighty nine years after the 19th amendment, America is still engaging in conversations that seek to define who a feminist is and what she stands for. Without a doubt, Sarah Palin resurrected some of those conversations when she became the first woman to earn herself a place on a Republican ticket. Geraldine Ferraro had done the same for the Democratic ticket in 1984.

It is astounding that it took so long for both these accomplishments, and even more astounding that women are still in the position of defending their place within the political process. No one knows this more than Governor Sarah Palin. She has always acknowledged those women who have gone before her to pave the way for her and desires to be a source of inspiration for those girls who follow after her.

It is unfortunate that the governor has had to fight against the smears of both men and women, some of whom seem content with having a conservative woman exercise her right to vote, as long as she's not the woman we actually vote for. Nonetheless, Sarah Palin rises above the small thinking of some who want to put "feminism" in a box. Many women have now broken out of the box and are grateful, not only for the privilege given in 1920 to walk into that voting box, but to see the name of another woman staring back at them when they get in there.

In the video below, Governor Sarah Palin discusses with Greta van Susteren her commitment to uniting women on issues of health care and equal opportunities if ever she chooses to run for higher office again.

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Sarah Palin's Invitation to You

Governor Palin just issued an invitation to her fellow Americans and concerned citizens.

An Invitation
Today at 11:34am

FOX News' Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House.

Monday night he asked us to invite one friend to watch; tonight I invite all my friends to watch.

-Sarah Palin

As a person who watches Glenn Beck regularly myself, I can attest to the fact that he loves America and is willing to expose what needs to be exposed for the sake of the country that he loves.

I highly suggest you take Sarah Palin up on her offer and check out Glenn Beck tonight.

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A Month Later - Still Celebrating Sarah's Independence Day

One month ago today, I awoke in North Pole, Alaska. A couple hours later we headed to Fairbanks to celebrate independence with Governor Palin. It was her last Governor's Picnic--the last one ever--and she would be turning the reins over to Sean Parnell at the end of the day.

I had been praying for a couple weeks that her heart would be prepared for that moment, which I figured had to come with some mixed emotions. I was so glad to see no signs of sadness from the governor that day--great love for the people of Alaska, oh yes. But I saw absolutely no regret at her decision.

In fact, when she stepped to the podium to speak, I saw nothing but utter resoluteness. And when she opened her mouth, the one thing I did not see was a public servant who had given up. On the contrary, I saw in her face, heard in her voice, and sensed from her spirit an inward cry like that of John Paul Jones who doggedly declared, "I've only just begun to fight." Perhaps her own tweets not long before that Independence Day in Fairbanks, Alaska would say it best.

Planning inauguration w/LtGov in 10 days, Frbanks. W/same cabinet, same positive pro-AK agenda it's all good, consistent success bc everyone elected is replaceable;Ak WILL progress! + side benefit=10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site. [emphasis added]

And fight she has.

Shortly after she stepped down from the podium that day, she stepped up to rule the world from her perch on Facebook. Who among us could ever lead a debate on health care and tort reform from a page on a social networking site? Who among us could hit the President of the United States so hard he would find it necessary to box back within the rings of Town Halls, radio addresses, conference calls to religious leaders, and anywhere else he got the chance? Who else could slap his head so intensely he would forget his Harvard education and instead create phrases like "wee-weed up"? You got it: Sarah Palin--and only Sarah Palin.

One month ago today Governor Palin didn't quit fighting, as her haters accused. She just started fighting harder--and became more free. I told the anklebiters in a blog back in July that they would wish they had left well enough alone.

Yes, a month after Sarah Palin's Independence Day--and on the anniversary week of Dr. King's March on Washington--I can just hear Sister Sarah singing, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!"

Read more about the Fairbanks Governor's Picnic and see my pictures here.

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John McCain: It's MY Party This Year

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 29th is turning out to be more of an anniversary of sorts than I had realized. Like everyone else, I was looking at that date as the day Governor Sarah Palin was introduced to the world in Dayton, Ohio, the day I call "Sarah Palin's Coming Out Party." I wrote a little about that last night, and you can read it here or here if you missed it.

August 29th is also the Palins' wedding anniversary. They will be celebrating twenty one years of marriage this Saturday. From that union, as we all know, they have five beautiful children to love.

What I didn't realize, however, is that August 29th is also John McCain's birthday. I discovered that today when I received an email from Cindy McCain asking me to join thousands of others in signing an online birthday card for the senator. Once I have signed that card, the email asks, would I consider donating to his reelection campaign? Now this is the way a birthday party is supposed to go down. The honoree is supposed to receive gifts from others, not the other way around, right? So what John McCain is saying today is, "Hey, I gave all of you a priceless present last year, so I'm calling in the favor this year." That gift, of course, was Sarah Palin.

Hey, I don't fault the guy, do you? The party he threw us on his birthday in 2008 has amounted to the best party I've ever attended. Who can blame him for wanting to get a little something-something back from us this year?

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Sarah Palin Killed the Lesser of Two Evils

Monday, August 24, 2009

As this is the anniversary week of what I call "Sarah Palin's Coming Out Party," I am reminded of what I was doing last year this time. As I recall, I was still suffering from heartache at the fact that my choices for President of the United States were Barack Obama and John McCain. The word to the wise was this: In the event that you are not satisfied with either choice, you must do the morally expedient thing and vote for the lesser of two evils. You've all heard it before. I had heard it a thousand times myself; however, it had ceased to make any sense to me, although for most of my life--being a person who absolutely hated politics--I never spent too much time weighing one evil vs. another. But when 2008 came, I was gripped with an awareness of the times, a deep understanding that this particular election could make or break this country, that sticking my head in the sand and playing stupid was not only juvenile but dangerous. I'm sure that was not ever the thing to do, but I knew that then, more than ever, not knowing the issues made me--plain and simply--not just an uninformed American, but a bad one.

I did not want to take the lesser of two evils road. I would never have voted for Barack Obama, so that was not even an option, in spite of the fact that one student begged me to vote for Obama "because he's Black."

"Before I'd vote for him," I responded, "I wouldn't vote at all, and that's saying a whole lot."

When he asked if I'd change my mind if someone paid me, my reply was short and to the point: "I'm not for sale." He needed a quick lesson on ethics and principles.

Now, I have the utmost respect for Senator McCain as an American hero. What he endured in service to his country deserves honor. I would not classify him as evil, but in the sense of the old adage, he was the lesser of two evils. That did not ease my heartache or make me want to vote for him. So although I knew I would do just that--given the alternative--I wanted someone to vote for, rather than just voting against Barack Obama. I had been praying since the primaries for someone to vote for. But I found no one to vote for...until August 29th.

That was when everything changed. That was when my prayers were answered. That was the day I no longer was voting against someone. I really was voting for someone, even though she was number two on the ticket. And I was not voting for the lesser of two evils, but for someone who represented all that was good and right in this country. I was voting for a woman who came on the scene with a record that had earned her an approval rating that had topped 90%. I was voting for someone who had taken on corruption within her own party. I was voting for a true reformer. And most importantly to me, I was voting for a woman who understood the sanctity of all human life. This fiscal conservative had paved her own way--not from someone else's money, but from faith in God, hard work, and a servant's heart. I was voting for a mom of five who had been tested on about every issue she had stood up for--and had passed those tests by walking the walk and not just talking the talk. I was voting for Sarah Palin, and in so doing, I was voting for the future of America.

It's hard to believe that a year ago this week, prior to August 29, 2008, I was struggling to find something to latch onto in the election, but that day I grabbed ahold of someone who latched onto the heart of America--and simply will not let us go.

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Black Preacher Echoes Sarah's Sentiments on ObamaCare

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I want to know why it's okay for President Obama to use religious talk when he wants to get a health care bill passed, but if Sarah Palin simply whispers "God," people rant and rave that she's trying to evangelize the nation! These are the same people who leave comments on Yahoo! Buzz--people who have come to my site, read my brief profile, and then go up one side of me and down the other because, according to them, I am a religious nut who wants to preach to everybody! These are people who have a problem with God period, and as soon as you make even the slightest reference to Him, their blood pressure sky rockets, for they can't believe I'm not ashamed to mention that Jesus is my Lord.

The fact that Sarah Palin is a born again Christian is enough to make some spin around, convulse, and pass out. Some even find that sufficient reason to call her youngest child names and attack her daughters. Her crime? She's a Christian. The craziest part of that is that I have never heard Sarah use politics to preach. Her recent statements have been on issues involving health care and energy. However, some people continue to attack her simply because they know she is a woman of faith. Such attacks are to be expected when one understands the spiritual battle that exists in our culture right now, but it reveals a deep sickness within the hearts of some people.

If you can stomach the comments about Sarah, me, and this site, you can go over to Yahoo! Buzz and read them by clicking here. These are comments left about the article called "Sarah Palin & I Want to Know: Why is 'Drill, Baby, Drill' Okay for Brazil but not US?" Now, I don't have a big problem with people who disagree with Sarah's position about helping Brazil (people have a right to their own opinions), but it does turn my stomach to read sexist and perverted comments about her, inhumane comments about her baby Trig who has Down Syndrome, and attacks on her daughters. Her faith in God is really the main issue for some of these people, and I have always said the hatred is demonic, so I shouldn't be surprised by them--but I have yet to be able to get used to them.

While Sarah Palin cannot say, "God bless you" to someone who sneezes without being accused of trying to force her religion on the nation, President Obama conducts a conference call with 1,000 religious leaders so he can try to gain support for his government health care proposal. It amazes me how easy it is for people to talk the talk when they have something to gain from it. The National Day of Prayer comes, and the president refuses to acknowledge it. He goes to Georgetown to speak and asks them to cover the name of Jesus so it won't be seen. But he lapses into religious jargon when he stands to benefit from it.

Andrea Tantaros wrote about this in an article she entitled "Obama Plays the God Card." Isn't that what politicians do? They always know their crowd, and they work that crowd to receive the desired response. Then you have a public servant, a Sarah Palin, who simply lives the life, who speaks as she does because that's who she is.

But President Obama may have gone too far this time. I'd like to believe that something didn't settle right for some of these religious leaders when he said, "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." It's this very mindset that gives people concerns about rationed health care. The government does NOT partner with God when making these kinds of decisions.

Tantaros wrote:

Further, Pastor Obama said that many were "bearing false witness" and took a shot at his opposition calling the pushback to date: "fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. In the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.

I pray these leaders are smart enough to know that anyone can quote Scripture and blur the issues in an attempt to get what they want. To suggest that you are doing God's work by pushing through a health care bill that will determine who is and is not worthy of care and who does and does not have the "level of productivity" in society to warrant that care is, well, to quote Sarah Palin, "downright evil."

Bishop Harry Jackson, a minister in DC who works closely with Martin Luther King's niece, Dr. Alveda King, puts this whole health care debate in proper perspective. I encourage you to listen to what he has to say about the issue, including his own personal story about how ObamaCare would have affected his life. He also puts abortion into the mix because the truth is, although President Obama continues to say that abortion is not in the health care bill, he's being disingenuous. Obama knows what some people do not know: unless the bill specifically states that abortion is NOT to be covered, it MUST be covered. Bishop Jackson exposes how this health care bill will affect the unborn--particularly Black babies. He calls the bill as it stands "ungodly and evil." Hmmm...Seems he's come to the same conclusion as Governor Palin. Watch it for yourself below.

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Palin-phernalia

Friday, August 21, 2009

If I had a dollar for each time someone asked me why Sarah Palin resigned, I'd have, well, I'd have a lot of dollars.

Today I drove two and half hours to Rome, NY to speak at a Youth Camp at Delta Lake. As I made the journey, I was reminded of the last time I traveled that road. It was almost three months ago when I went to Auburn, NY to meet Governor Palin. Read and see pictures of that weekend here, here, and here.

In Rome, I was introduced to a fellow conservative, and we began a conversation about politics which included some sharing of my recent month-long trip to Alaska. He asked if I had ever met the governor, and when I told him I had, I got the question I have been asked all too often: "So why did she resign?"

The first couple times I was asked that question, I broke into a lengthy explanation. I no longer do that. Instead, I respond with some questions of my own.

The first one is, "Did you see her resignation announcement?"

When I hear, "Yes," as I did today, I move on to my second question.

"What did she say?"

Here they explain to me what Governor Palin said. Then they look at me, and I know they're expecting something more. There's a Yeah, but what's the REAL reason? kind of silence. I was reminded of this today.

I have experienced this several times, and at first I didn't get it. As far as I was concerned, Governor Palin made herself quite clear during her press conference. I have since come to a conclusion for the apparent difficulty to take her at her word.

People are so accustomed to politicians who speak out of both sides of their mouths that they cannot wrap their brains around the existence of a person who calls it like it is. That person, of course, is Sarah Palin. They heard what she said. They fully understand what she said. However, something simply won't let them believe what she said, so...they're waiting for the real story.

"No, that can't be it."

"Okay, but what else?"

"No...really."

This is their reaction to a person like Sarah Palin because most have never seen a politician like her. One definition of politician is "a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways." Although there are other more honorable definitions, this is the one we have come to believe. We expect the usual political paraphernalia: a forked tongue, a wandering eye, and a hidden agenda--and usually we are not disappointed. The result? Distrust and/or an unfulfilled desire to discover more when there's nothing more to discover. I suppose it's understandable. After all, how often does someone step into the political arena who says what she means and means what she says? Where do we find a person who is willing to sacrifice a title and a position of prestige because it's the right thing to do for her state? When was the last time we encountered someone who would exchange the governor's mansion for Facebook freedom? In fact, "self-sacrifice" and "politician" in the same sentence is oxymoronic, isn't it?

Enter Sarah Palin--the same Sarah Palin who took on her own Party in the state of Alaska, desiring simply to boot out corruption, the same Sarah Palin who is nothing if not the antithesis of "politics as usual." She came armed with paraphernalia some have not come to expect from politicians and therefore could not recognize in her: the simple truth.

But some of us do get it--and we like it.

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American Thinker on Palin vs. ObamaCare

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sarah Palin gets it, and The American Thinker knows that she gets it. People are not letting this health care issue die. While I hear some like Geraldo and Juan Williams still reprimanding Sarah for exposing the dangers of the health care bill, I can still hear the warning bell ringing from people who understand that she's not crazy. As is pointed out in the American Thinker article, "The impulse toward euthanasia is already active in American culture." The impulse to devalue life--period--already exists within our culture. Surely, Sarah did not pull her concern from nowhere. In fact, did she not have to say over and over to an unrelenting Katic Couric that she believes we must embrace "a culture of life"? And was it not at that point that Katie became even more vehement in her attack of Sarah Palin? Absolutely! So, excuse us if we don't trust others, including Washington bureaucrats, to make the right decisions when it comes to life and death decisions for the American people.

Sadly, it is not a preposterous notion that Americans must fight for transparency from the powers-that-be when it comes to care for our loved ones. If we don't fight, we get lies, generalities, or silence--and we cannot afford either one. So I say, "Thank you" to Sarah for putting her neck on the line once again and fighting the fight.

Through the elimination of Section 1233, Palin has accomplished more for this country than any of those people ever have or are likely to do. This action will loom very large in the legend of Sarah Palin. From here on, Palin is no longer simply a politician; she's on her way to becoming a historical figure. We await her next actions with fascination.

No doubt, Sarah Palin's willingness to stand up for this issue is something for which multitudes are grateful today and future generations will read about.

Read the entire American Thinker article below:

August 20, 2009
Palin v. ObamaCare
By J. R. Dunn


Once again we're presented with evidence that the health-care debate is occurring without adequate attention being paid to the record of established nationalized health-care systems overseas.

This has arisen as a result of Sarah Palin's superb maneuver in forcing the administration to drop Section 1233 of the ObamaCare act, entitled "Advance Care Planning Consultation." Section 1233, which we might as well call the "Let's Wrap it Up" clause, calls for "planning sessions" for Medicare clients in which the "continuum of end-of-life services and supports available" would be explained in detail. This "continuum" includes "palliative and hospice care", but is unlikely to be limited to that. Palin accused the administration of opening the door to euthanasia, with Section 1233 amounting to a first step toward "death panels" making life-and-death decisions amounting to such action.

Last week Section 1233 was dropped in toto. Palin forced this result through a single Facebook posting, a stroke that if carried out by anyone else but Lady Deerslayer would have been praised far and wide as masterful. But instead we got the usual attacks on Palin's personality, intelligence, and motives. In large part this involved such usual suspects as the mass media, Huffington Post-type blogs, and Obama himself. But center-right figures were also heard from, including (inevitably) David Frum. If Palin were to save the planet from alien invasion, Frum would have something kind to say for the invaders. But the editors of National Review were also critical in their customary indirect way:

"To conclude... that President Obama's favored legislation will lead to "death panels" deciding whose life has sufficient value to be saved - let alone that Obama desires this outcome - is to leap across a logical canyon."

In fact, it's no leap whatsoever, as would be apparent to anyone who has been paying serious attention, as opposed to media-level attention, to the problem of health care. The British National Health Service, the mother of all nationalized health systems, has had what amounts to a "death panel" system since 2005. Under the terms of the Mental Capacity Act, patients unable to communicate with hospital personnel are considered to be "due to die" and are removed from all forms of life support, including food and water. In other words, given the same treatment meted out to Terry Schiavo.

The most notorious recent case involving this act occurred last year when Mrs. Ellen Westwood, an 88-year-old retiree, entered Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital for shoulder surgery. While recovering she caught the inevitable iatrogenic "superbug" infection, a daily occurrence in British hospitals, and one which costs up to 30,000 lives a year. Without further ado, the Selly Oak doctors declared Mrs. Westwood "due to die" and began the process of shutting her down.

But the Westwood family refused to cooperate. After demanding that treatment be resumed, they were threatened with law enforcement action and effectively chased from the hospital. Returning with another doctor, they obtained a second opinion and had their mother released into their care. Once home, she recovered in short order and survives to this day.

How many times the Westwood story has been repeated remains unclear -- it's not, after all, something that the NHS would be willing to boast about. But it appears undeniable that "due to die" is standard procedure within the NHS system. Nor is it limited to older patients. There are several cases on record in which mentally disabled individuals have been left to die under the same circumstances: a girl whose easily-treated cancer was allowed to metastasize without treatment, a man whose broken leg festered to the point of infection and death, and a middle-aged man who was starved to death over the period of a month after suffering a stroke. That last individual's disability was Down syndrome, the same suffered by young Trig Palin.

"Such a system," to quote Governor Palin, "is downright evil." The connection between the Mental Capacity Act and Section 1233 are easily grasped. In this country today, a simple line exists. There are certain things you are not allowed to do. Once that terminus is erased, there is nothing to stop society from sliding into straightforward euthanasia, as has occurred in the UK. Forget any talk about "guidelines" or "safeguards"; they did not help Terry Schiavo, they did not help Ellen Westwood, they did not help the unnamed retarded man dying of starvation in his lonely bed. Quite simply, they are not meant to.

Why euthanasia is so critical to the progressive project is not so easy to grasp, but it is undeniable all the same. Consider the "Project on Death in America" established by George Soros. Funded in large part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this project was intended to promote palliative care as a method of dealing with end-of-life challenges, but somehow transformed itself into an exercise in promoting euthanasia in hospitals, hospices, and medical centers nationwide. (The Soros death project is covered in detail in my upcoming book Death by Liberalism. Be sure to order two copies -- one for yourself, and one for mom to read during that lengthy upcoming hospital stay.)

The impulse toward euthanasia is already active in American culture. Sarah Palin understands this, as Obama, Pelosi, Romney, and sadly, the editors of the National Review do not. Through the elimination of Section 1233, Palin has accomplished more for this country than any of those people ever have or are likely to do. This action will loom very large in the legend of Sarah Palin. From here on, Palin is no longer simply a politician; she's on her way to becoming a historical figure. We await her next actions with fascination.

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Yeah? Well, Yo' Momma!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I am honored to have been asked to be a Contributor for Conservatives4Palin. C4P has led the charge in showing great honor and respect for Sarah Palin in their writing, and I do not take lightly being a part of their team. I encourage you to visit the website. The visitors there leave very interesting comments, so go enjoy them. Below you will find the first post I have written for C4P:


Debating health care these days elicits the same kind of response as saying, "Yeah? Well, Yo' Momma!" in New York where I grew up. Just ask Governor Palin. As one who is on the front lines of this debate, through the use of Facebook, she knows all too well what kind of response one can receive when she takes a stand, but she takes it nonetheless.

I just returned from Long Island where I was visiting family the last couple days. I have to tell you--and some of you can relate--there is nothing like watching someone you love grow old and battle illness. It's painful to see deterioration in a person who was once so full of vivacity and strength, once involved in every organization in a 50 mile radius, once incessantly bossing around everyone who was smaller and weaker--and that was all of us. That pain is only magnified when that person is someone who raised you, who made you who you are today. That's what I see when I go home to visit family.

This is my first post for Conservatives for Palin, and already you know more about me than some people I work with everyday, and I want you to hear me as I echo Governor Sarah Palin's heart on this issue.

Seeing my aunt this time brought a plethora of thoughts to my mind. This is due, in large part, to the concerns that have been voiced by the American people regarding President Obama's plan for health care reform. Governor Palin, more than any other, brought to the fore an issue that needed addressing, and, as you know, she did so with a relatively brief statement. As I spent time with my family, I was reminded of one particular aspect of the governor's statement that received quite a bit of attention:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

I was hit hard by this the first time I heard it, but it hit me even harder while home with my aunt. I watched her, very much in her right mind, very aware of her surroundings, but certainly not the woman she used to be. What I thought about was this: Do I want the government determining her "level of productivity in society"? Does it have the right to weigh her worthiness to receive care in this her hour of weakness? The answer is unequivocally no. This is a woman who must go to dialysis three times a week. When she returns, she is content to sit in her living room chair, eat scheduled meals, take her medication, and make those around her smile. Is this a sufficient "level of productivity" for people elected to serve in the America that I, like Governor Palin, know and love?

Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to that question anymore--and this is precisely what Palin is saying. We don't know, and we should never have to try to figure it out. Government has no right determining who should have a pill instead of surgery, who has first dibs on that trip to the doctor, and who has exhausted their usefulness and is now ready to receive end of life counseling.

See, where a bureaucrat says my aunt's "level of productivity" has expired, those who love her see a woman who spent her life working her tail off. I see a woman who used up a large part of that life raising other people's children--nieces and nephews--because their parents weren't up to the challenge. I see a woman who came home from one job, cooked for and ate with her family, grabbed the kids (yes, that included me), and went to another job where we cleaned a medical building top to bottom. I see someone who was strict and drove me up a wall, but taught me to be respectful, instilled in me faith in God, encouraged my love for sports, and impressed upon me the value of education--and that is why I, as a teacher and a coach, have been able to do the same in the lives of young people.

So for government to even think about weighing her productivity level now is indeed wrong. It would not just be playing unfairly; it would be playing God--and that's a game it simply cannot win. See, what government may not recognize is that my aunt's productivity is alive and well, even as she sits in that chair, heads to dialysis, or just looks out the window. Why? Because it lives on in the lives she has influenced--people like me, my sister, and my brothers who continue to live out what she poured into us. And our "thank you" to people like her cannot be rationing their health care and putting a monetary value on their lives.

So Governor Palin has hit the nail on the head once again. Many in America do not want President Obama putting his two cents into life and death decisions of people we love. He has tried to refute Governor Palin's comments by saying he would never "pull the plug on Grandma." Pull the plug or not, his apparent desire for government takeover of the health care of people we love is a serious concern. He argues it won't be Yo' Grandma. Maybe not, but will it be Yo' Auntie, as in my case, or Yo' Momma? Again, where I grew up those are fighting words, and that's exactly why Governor Palin came out swinging--and why ordinary Americans are swinging with her.

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Sarah Palin & I Want to Know: Why is "Drill, Baby, Drill" Okay for Brazil but not US?

I have felt a bit out of the loop since being down in Long Island. I hate to disappoint you all, but I don't come from a family of people who sit around watching "fair and balanced" Fox News. So I have a few things to catch up on now that I'm back.

One thing I heard in passing, however, was that the United States will be financing drilling in Brazil. It was a quick "hear," and my first thought at that point was, How is it that we are able to help pay for another country's drilling when Washington seems intent on keeping us from doing the same thing here at home?

Followed by that thought was this one: Sarah Palin will have something to say about this!

She did not disappoint.

Read what she wrote on her...you got it...Facebook page. And after reading it, answer this for me: "Is there anyone else making more sense than she is right now?" As Fox News says, so say I: "We report; you decide."

YOUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK: FIRST CARS, NOW FOREIGN OIL.
Today at 3:10am

Today's Wall Street Journal contains some puzzling news for all Americans who are impacted by high energy prices and who share the goal of moving us toward energy independence.

For years, states rich with an abundance of oil and natural gas have been begging Washington, DC politicians for the right to develop their own natural resources on federal lands and off shore. Such development would mean good paying jobs here in the United States (with health benefits) and the resulting royalties and taxes would provide money for federal coffers that would potentially off-set the need for higher income taxes, reduce the federal debt and deficits, or even help fund a trillion dollar health care plan if one were so inclined to support such a plan.

So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That's all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.

I'll speak for the talent I have personally witnessed on the oil fields in Alaska when I say no other country in the world has a stronger workforce than America, no other country in the world has better safety standards than America, and no other country in the world has stricter environmental standards than America. Come to Alaska to witness how oil and gas can be developed simultaneously with the preservation of our eco-system. America has the resources. We deserve the opportunity to develop our resources no less than the Brazilians. Millions of Americans know it is true: "Drill, baby, drill." Alaska is proof you can drill and develop, and preserve nature, with its magnificent caribou herds passing by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), completely unaffected. One has to wonder if Obama is playing politics and perhaps refusing a "win" for some states just to play to the left with our money.

The new Gulf of Mexico lease sales tomorrow sound promising and perhaps will move some states in the right direction, but we all know that the extreme environmentalists who serve to block progress elsewhere, including in Alaska, continue to block opportunities. These environmentalists are putting our nation in peril and forcing us to rely on unstable and hostile foreign countries. Mr. Obama can stop the extreme tactics and exert proper government authority to encourage resource development and create jobs and health benefits in the U.S.; instead, he chooses to use American dollars in Brazil that will help to pay the salaries and benefits for Brazilians to drill for resources when the need and desire is great in America.

Buy American is a wonderful slogan, but you can't say in one breath that you want to strengthen our economy and stimulate it, and then in another ship our much-needed dollars to a nation desperate to drill while depriving us of the same opportunity.

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah and Adrienne: Redneck Women?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hello, everyone. It seems my last post, "Sarah Palin, the Magician" hit a nerve. It made Yahoo! Buzz #7, which I admit, is totally cool. Two hundred twenty six comments were posted, both positive and hateful. It's interesting, isn't it, that I said they were positive and hateful? That seems to be the criteria when it comes to Sarah. Many people who don't like Sarah fight tooth and nail to be as nasty as possible. You will find that most of the anti-Palin comments had nothing at all to do with substantive issues. They were attacks on her intelligence and her faith and, because I wrote the article, some attacked me and my faith. Yesterday I tweeted:

When did it become un-American to be a Christian? It isn't--and I ain't apologizing! #tcot #spwbt #teamsarah #palin #patriot #gop

I have said many times that no one will agree 100% with someone else. Hey, that's life. But come on!

Don't get me wrong; there were many, many positive comments, and they far outweigh the hateful ones. After all, many people see in Sarah someone who is good for America and is willing to pay the price to defend the values of this nation.

You can read the comments--and leave one if you'd like: http://tinyurl.com/ohd7as.

On a totally different note, I found myself in a Youtube video about Sarah Palin. I had to smile because never--not in a million years--would I think I'd find myself in a "Redneck Woman" video! But if you'd like to see Sarah and this New Yorker together in Alaska, see if you can find us in the video below. Too cool!

I'm headed to Long Island to spend some time with family for a couple days. In the meantime, keep up the good fight.

God bless you!

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Sarah Palin, the Magician

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sarah Palin has the kind of influence that equates to power, plain and simple. I engaged in a Twitter conversation yesterday with an anti-Palin, pro-Obama guy. The crazy thing about it is we both went for the jugular, and when it was over, it was like, "All right, catch you later, brother." "Yep, catch you later, sis. I enjoy debating you." In other words, hey...it's all good. I'll keep fighting, and I have a feeling, he will too.

One piece of that conversation involved his telling me that President Obama doesn't spend any time thinking about Sarah Palin. I responded by saying, "Well, then he's a magician also because it's hard to keep quoting someone you're not thinking about."

Now what was I talking about? The president did a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire a couple days ago...and I was just waiting for it. Sure enough, it came. He couldn't help himself. He just had to refer to Sarah's "death panel" statement. I was waiting, and I wasn't disappointed. Sarah is SO in his head, it's ridiculous. Although the White House continues to say that they waste not one moment thinking about Sarah Palin, the truth is you can't keep quoting someone you're not paying attention to--and then to quote her in a Town Hall meeting! I mean, we knew she was in his head during the campaign, but she has gotten more powerful after losing the election! So anyone who says that Sarah is insignificant is just being dishonest. More importantly, anyone who states that President Obama is not paying attention to Sarah Palin is underestimating him. Yes, underestimating him, not Sarah. Why do I say that? It's simple: If he's just half as smart as people say he is, and if he is the politician he appears to be, he'd have to be paying attention to her because he'd be stupid not to. And President Obama may be many things, but stupid is not one of them. Besides, like I said, if he's not, then he must be a magician because he manages to quote someone he never thinks about!

The sad aspect of this is while he was defending himself against Sarah's comments, making it appear to be simple fearmongering and screaming "boogeyman!" on her part, people in the meeting were giggling about it. Do you think Sarah backed down? Come on, now. Sarah doesn't back down when she believes in something. Instead, she released this statement on her
Facebook page:


Concerning the "Death Panels"
Wed at 11:55pm

Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system these “unproductive” members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care.

The President made light of these concerns. He said:

“Let me just be specific about some things that I’ve been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. The rumor that’s been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we’ve decided that we don’t, it’s too expensive to let her live anymore....It turns out that I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills, the availability of hospice, etc. So the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything.” [1]

The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” [2] With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients. The issue is the context in which that information is provided and the coercive effect these consultations will have in that context.

Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often “if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual ... or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility... or a hospice program." [3] During those consultations, practitioners must explain “the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice,” and the government benefits available to pay for such services. [4]

Now put this in context. These consultations are authorized whenever a Medicare recipient’s health changes significantly or when they enter a nursing home, and they are part of a bill whose stated purpose is “to reduce the growth in health care spending.” [5] Is it any wonder that senior citizens might view such consultations as attempts to convince them to help reduce health care costs by accepting minimal end-of-life care? As Charles Lane notes in the Washington Post, Section 1233 “addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones.... If it’s all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to “bend the curve” on health-care costs?” [6]

As Lane also points out:

Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive -- money -- to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist.

Patients may refuse without penalty, but many will bow to white-coated authority. Once they’re in the meeting, the bill does permit “formulation” of a plug-pulling order right then and there. So when Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) denies that Section 1233 would “place senior citizens in situations where they feel pressured to sign end-of-life directives that they would not otherwise sign,” I don’t think he’s being realistic. [7]

Even columnist Eugene Robinson, a self-described “true believer” who “will almost certainly support” “whatever reform package finally emerges”, agrees that “If the government says it has to control health-care costs and then offers to pay doctors to give advice about hospice care, citizens are not delusional to conclude that the goal is to reduce end-of-life spending.” [8]

So are these usually friendly pundits wrong? Is this all just a “rumor” to be “disposed of”, as President Obama says? Not according to Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, who writes:

Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives.... It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen ... should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign. [9]

Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens....An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” [10] Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which “produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” [11]

President Obama can try to gloss over the effects of government authorized end-of-life consultations, but the views of one of his top health care advisors are clear enough. It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing, and more evidence that the top-down plans of government bureaucrats will never result in real health care reform.

- Sarah Palin

[1] See http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/president-obama-addresses-sarah-palin-death-panels-wild-representations.html.
[2] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[3] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1); Sec. 1233 (hhh)(3)(B)(1), above.
[4] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1)(E), above.
[5] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[6] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703043.html].
[7] Id.
[8] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/10/AR2009081002455.html].
[9] See http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/letter-congressman-henry-waxman-re-section-1233-hr-3200.
[10] See http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Where_Civic_Republicanism_and_Deliberative_Democracy_Meet.pdf[11] See http://www.scribd.com/doc/18280675/Principles-for-Allocation-of-Scarce-Medical-Interventions.

Well, after Sarah caused such a stir with her statement about "death panels," after the Obama media got all bent out of shape about it, after the president found it necessary to deny it by misrepresenting what she said as "pulling the plug on Grandma," we find out yesterday that the end of life provision has now been removed from the bill! Now that's what I call influence. Of course, the president and his people are paying attention to Sarah. When the woman can type something on her Facebook page and get a provision removed, well, what would you call that?! Today radio talk show host and author, Tammy Bruce, called Sarah the 101st senator of the United States because she can "type, type, type, send, and get a change in the Health Care Bill!" Yep, that about says it. But I can do even better than that: Sarah is not only the 101st senator; she's the magician, for how else could she issue a statement that makes Congress remove something that they said wasn't in there to begin with?!

Read about the change:

WASHINGTON – Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor.Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.

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Even though the end of life provision has been removed, Sarah Palin says it's not enough. Early this morning, Sarah released this new statement on her Facebook page:


Troubling Questions Remain About Obama's Health Care Plan

Today at 1:11am

I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.

The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise. The public option in the Democratic health care plan will crowd out private insurers, and that’s what it’s intended to do. A single payer health care plan has been President Obama’s agenda all along, though he is now claiming otherwise. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he said back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan.... A single payer health care plan – universal health care plan – that’s what I would like to see.” [3]

A single-payer health care plan might be what Obama would like to see, but is it what the rest of us would like to see? What does a single payer health care plan look like? We need look no further than other countries who have adopted such a plan. The picture isn’t pretty. [4] The only way they can control costs is to ration care. As I noted in my earlier statement quoting Thomas Sowell, government run health care won’t reduce the price of medical care; it will simply refuse to pay the price. The expensive innovative procedures that people from all over the world come to the United States for will not be available under a government plan that seeks to cover everyone by capping costs.

Read the rest here, along with the sources she cites.


Sarah Palin has chosen to bypass the mainstream media for now, the media that is so clearly in the tank for Obama, and she's simply utilizing social networking sites to get her message out--and Tammy Bruce is correct: All Sarah has to do is type and hit send--and it's all over. Who would have thought one could use Facebook to help win this health care battle? It is clear that Sarah knows more about this Health Care Bill than members of Congress. She knows what she's talking about, and she is studying experts on the issue.

I have one more thing to say: I bet you those on the far Left regret that Sarah was ever asked the demeaning question, "What do you read?" you know, the question she chose to ignore. Hey, Katie, now you have a whole list of her reading material--and you and the Obama administration don't like it too much, do you?!

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Sarah Palin is on Fire! She Wins Again!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sarah wins another battle today. Andree McLeod, the woman from Anchorage, Alaska who has filed several ethics complaints against Sarah Palin, has lost yet again. This particular legal issue wasn't about Sarah taking a picture with a fish in her hands, or attending the Iron Dog wearing a jacket with the Arctic Cat logo on it, or answering questions in her office. No, this one was much more official-sounding. McLeod complained that Sarah used private emails to conduct state business. I mean, I can see that such an act on the part of the former governor is detrimental to society, Andree. You definitely had to nip this one in the bud for the sake of all humanity, right? In case you're new here and don't have a feel for my sense of humor yet, I'm being sarcastic! That's how I have to deal with the anklebiters sometimes, you know.

Below is the article from the Anchorage Daily News on the judge's ruling:

A judge has ruled that the Alaska governor's office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin sometimes did.

Superior Court Judge Jack W. Smith issued his ruling Wednesday morning. He says there is no provision in state law that prohibits the use of private e-mail accounts when conducting state business.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod.

McLeod contends such use of private e-mails denies citizens the right to inspect public records.

State lawyers argued that McLeod misinterpreted current state law. And if the practice is to be changed, lawyers said it was up to Alaska lawmakers do it.
I rejoiced with Sarah once again like I have so many times as she has won legal battle after legal battle waged against her by a small segment of the Alaskan population who simply want to take her down. I had an exchange with one of them on Twitter today. Hey, as you will see, I was just minding my own business, communicating to the pro-Palin community out there until he showed up. Here's the tweet-exchange:

Adrienne2012 Sarah wins again! Judge rules she was w/in the law to use personal email address 4 state business. Get up off her, ppl! She's so blessed!

This reply showed up:
GreatGrey@Adrienne2012 Why do you approve of secrecy in government?

I didn't respond to his tweet. Here's another tweet I sent out to my peeps a little later:
Adrienne2012 Sarah can't be touched! She walks thru fire but doesn't get burned nor is smell of smoke on her!

Then comes another reply. Clearly, it's getting nastier:

GreatGreyRT @Adrienne2012: Sarah cnt B touched! She walks thru fire but doesn't get burned !/ #palin #spwbt #sgp #gop/ Must B that witchdoctor stuff.

See how they want to make it personal all the time? His last tweet is a lame attempt to attack Sarah Palin's former church. The tweet oozes a serious lack of understanding. So I replied with:
GreatGrey Hmm...Or something else you just can't understand. Why are you so bitter? #palin #spwbt #sgp #gop

I have yet to get a response to my question. It would have been healthy to have some serious dialogue about the anger and festering bitterness. The truth of the matter is that whatever causes such vitriol cannot possibly be beyond help, can it? It would seem to me that if everyone is in favor of justice and forthrightness, conversation--not unending lawsuits--is the answer. There is room for meaningful debate and disagreement, but there's a right way to handle things. Sarah Palin deserves as much, and so does the state of Alaska.

Today she celebrates yet another victory, and today--again--I celebrate with her.

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Sarah Palin & Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stand Up for Special Needs

On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away. She is not known simply for being the sister of John F. Kennedy and mother of Maria Shriver, wife of Arnold Swartzenegger. She is also known and celebrated as one who demonstrated a deep commitment to our special needs community by helping to found the Special Olympics. How ironic it is that we would lay Mrs. Shriver to rest at such a crucial time in our nation when we are debating health care and the value of human life--a woman who offered opportunity and competition to those with special needs. May her commitment to them speak to us now and challenge us to have the same respect for all life.

I expected Sarah Palin to have a comment about the passing of Mrs. Shriver, and of course, being the class act that she is, she did offer her condolences on her
Facebook page:


Our Condolences on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Tuesday at 7:37 pm

On behalf of the Palin family, we are saddened by the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Her passionate dedication to improving the lives of so many people created new opportunities and hope around the world, including for our precious miracle, Trig.

With sympathy to the Kennedy and Shriver families,

Sarah Palin


In honor of our special needs community, I am reposting three things that I posted in earlier months. The first one is a video of Sarah Palin expressing how grateful she is that her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome, will be able to enjoy sports and competition, thanks to Special Olympics. The second video is a portion of Sarah's speech at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life Banquet where she discusses the range of emotions she encountered upon learning Trig would be born with special needs. In this video she also shares the joy that filled her heart the second he was born. Finally, I have included an article I wrote called, "Sarah and Little Trig Palin Come to my Classroom." In it I share how Trig's story transformed my lesson and opened the door for my students to share their hearts in a special, transparent way. In fact, Trig actually changed my complete outlook and approach to teaching a novel I had taught for many years.

I am so grateful for Eunice Kennedy Shriver for her contribution to our special needs community. And I thank God for Sarah Palin who continues to be a voice of appreciation and respect for all human life. Whether the unborn, children with special needs, or the elderly in need of health care, Sarah Palin understands, as she said on the campaign trail, "I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves."



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Sarah and Little Trig Palin Come to My Classroom

I teach 7th grade English Language Arts, and I had the most amazing experience Tuesday in my classes. We are about to begin a novel, one that I have done with my classes just about each of the 13 years that I've been teaching. The class participated in an introductory activity, followed by an intense discussion. I had never before done this particular activity to start this book, but the most powerful aspect of it was inspired by Sarah Palin and the story of her son Trig, who has Down Syndrome.

It was Trig's story that led me to include the topic of special needs individuals, and their place in the world, in the conversation. Although the subject is relevant to the upcoming novel, had I never learned about Trig, I would have never even considered bringing up the issue of special needs. It would have never even crossed my mind, as it never has in the past. I'm so grateful that she came on the scene with Trig's story on her lips and in her heart because this particular issue broke something open in my classroom--and in me. What Trig's life did for my class was something I will not soon forget. I learned more than my students did Tuesday.

As I simply facilitated the discussion and allowed the kids to express themselves, I listened to students who clearly have an understanding of the sanctity of every single life. They poured out their hearts as they spoke compassionately about what people with special needs contribute to our lives. They lovingly mentioned family members who have physical or developmental challenges whom they "can't even imagine living without." In one class, a student said we need special needs people in the world because they help us. Now there's something you don't hear often. In fact, we usually think about how much we have to help them. But this 7th grader's vision is sharper than most, for he went on to express how much richer they make our lives, how they help us see things differently. I then told them that about 90% of Down Syndrome pregnancies, for example, end in abortion--and silence followed.

My heart was full that day, and I was so proud. With all the talk about abortion, and embryonic stem cell research, and people shooting people up; with all that we've lost as a society in terms of how we view one another, make fun of one another, and dispense so easily of one another; with the sad realization that our so-called progressive attitudes have come at the expense of the innocence of our children, I was privileged to listen to teenagers defend the value of the vulnerable, unapologetically profess the blessing these individuals are, and unashamedly announce the joy they bring to our lives--just the way they are. I think of this, and I am so very glad to do what I do: spend my days with children who seem to know a heck of a lot more than adults about compassion, love, and life.

I thank Sarah Palin for being woman enough not to add to the horrible statistic of Down Syndrome abortions, for trusting God enough to give birth to her promise, and for sharing his story with the world. Sometimes we just don't know what our seemingly small experience can possibly do for the world. But this story--Trig's story--changed this teacher's perspective, her lesson plan, and most of all, her heart.

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