Streitz Strikes (Out) Again

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Last week in a post called "Paul Streitz Backstabs Governor Palin," I thought I had dismissed the man who is obsessed with hatin' on the governor for her decision to support Senator John McCain in his re-election campaign. Well, Streitz strikes again.

Ron Devito of USforPalin writes:

Paul Streitz is at it again, accusing Governor Palin of being a RINO, sending out false and misleading emails to build his case.

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In his latest email broadcast under the auspices of “CT Citizens for Immigration Control,” Streitz wrote:

“Sarah PAC as of 6/30/09 has raised $732,767 and disbursed $276,200 in expenses and given $10,000 in campaign contributions. One was $5,000 for Lisa Murkowski for US Senate (AK). The other was $5,000 for the 2010 primary for John McCain. The date of this disbursement was 6/23/09.”

The above statement is true. The sentence that follows is a bald-faced lie, to wit:

“How many books would Sarah have sold if this were public knowledge in the fall of 2009?”

Since Streitz co-founded a Draft Committee, he should know full well that FEC disclosures come out every six months. SarahPAC’s (spelled “Sarah PAC” in the FEC database) disbursements to John McCain and Lisa Murkowski were made before June 30, and those disclosures were released the month following. They were public knowledge for over two months before Going Rogue became available for pre-order on September 24, 2009 and books were published on November 17, 2009. The FEC disclosures of these disbursements were then four months old, and there were news stories pertaining to them during this time.

Read the full article here.

Is he really suggesting that Going Rogue would not be the bestseller that it is had people known that Governor Palin donated to John McCain? Streitz's discontent with the governor's decisions is clouding his ability to see which end is up. His insistence on sending out these mass emails is only making him look like a child throwing a temper tantrum after failing to get his way.

His facts are off, his reasoning is off, and frankly, he's starting to tick off those of us receiving these foolish emails.

Take my advice, Streitz: get a grip.

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Sarah Palin: Obamacare = Stray Dog, So Says President

In her most recent Facebook note, Governor Palin comments on the same article I wrote about earlier today:

What am I missing, folks? We’re called obstructionists and made to feel uninformed in the Obamacare debate as we point out this is not a patient-driven, market-oriented approach to health care cost challenges. We’ve been saying for months that this is government takeover of our personal choices of insurers and doctors. We’re called liars when claiming that this is all about government mandates and control of up to a sixth of our economy.

And yet, shockingly, the president admitted yesterday exactly what we’ve been saying: that his Democrats and lobbyists have crafted bills that in fact will prevent us from keeping our current insurance and/or choosing our own doctor. He said:

The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented -- and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. [emphasis added]

Thanks to Tom Bevan at RCP for spotting this. The president’s statement is shocking, enlightening, and in an odd and unfortunate way also encouraging. Folks, this admission tells us we’re not off-base and we need to stay vigilant so we’re not missing anything else in this scheme. This trillion-dollar government takeover of our health care system is full of “stray dogs and cats” (the president’s words, not mine), and that’s what we’ve been saying all along.

Commonsense conservatives have better ideas on how to start tackling rising health care costs. Reps. Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and others have offered solutions. I commend their efforts to counter the White House’s attempt to ram Obamacare through as these Congressmen seek bipartisan, sensible solutions. I implore them to speak louder because we’re listening, and we’re counting on them!

- Sarah Palin

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Obama's Stunning Admission

In an article for Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan points out something that seems to have gone unnoticed by most. He calls it "Obama's Stunning Admission."

Bevan quotes the president during his appearance at the House Republican retreat:

The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented -- and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge. [emphasis added]

Well, isn't that interesting? Beval distills this for us to mean:

If we take this statement at face value, President Obama is admitting the the health care bills passed by either the House or Senate (or both) contained provisions which were "snuck in" - presumably by Democratic members and perhaps on behalf of certain lobbyists - that would have in fact prevented people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want.

Read the entire article here.

All this time later, after calling Republicans out--after calling Governor Palin out--is President Obama quietly admitting that those who were calling him out were right all along?

In her Facebook note, "Troubling Questions Remain About Obama's Health Care Plan," Governor Palin wrote:

The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise.

In Governor Palin's "Response to the White House," she stated:

I'm pleased that the White House is finally responding to Republican health care ideas instead of pretending they don't exist.[1] But in doing so President Obama should follow his own sound advice and avoid making "wild misrepresentations".[2] Medicare vouchers would give everyone on Medicare the chance to decide for themselves which health plan to use, rather than leave that decision to government bureaucrats. Such proposals are the kind of health care reform that Republicans stand for: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven.

You'll recall that Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued in September:

Health insurance reform opponents continue to spread myths about components of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. Their efforts to scare seniors have spared no myth, no method and no misrepresentation. It has gotten so bad, the Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp blog wrote, “In political circles, there is a term for the tactic” Republicans are using to frighten seniors about the effects of health insurance reform: "Medi-scare.'' According to The Swamp, Republicans are “capitalizing on fears that Medicare will be undermined… and that the government will force ‘end-of-life' decisions… It's one rhetorical stop short of warning of the "death panels'' that Republican Sarah Palin has spoken of....''

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Myth: Health care reform is a government takeover.

Fact: Under this bill, there is no government takeover of health care. Every American will still be able to choose your own doctor and health insurance plan— and make care decisions with that doctor. The House bill builds on the current system of private health insurance. Indeed, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, private insurance coverage will expand by 16 million under the House reform bill. CBO projects that only a total of about 11 million – or 3 percent of Americans – would choose to enroll in a newly-formed public health insurance plan.

So it wasn't a myth after all, Speaker?

You'll also recall Pelosi rushing through the House a late-night health care vote, to which the governor wrote:

Despite Americans’ decisive message last Tuesday that they reject the troubling path this country has been taking, Speaker Pelosi has broken her own promises of transparency to ram a health “care” bill through the House of Representatives just before midnight. Why did she push the 2,000 page bill this weekend? Was she perhaps afraid to give her peers and the constituents for whom she works the chance to actually read this monstrous bill carefully, if at all? Was she concerned that Americans might really digest the details of a bill that the Wall Street Journal has called “the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced”?

This out-of-control bureaucratic mess will be disastrous for our economy, our small businesses, and our personal liberty. It will slam businesses at a time when we are at double-digit unemployment rates – the highest we’ve seen in a quarter of a century. This massive new bureaucracy will cost us and our children money we don’t have. It will rob Americans of more of our freedom and further hamper the free market.

Make no mistake: we’re on course to have government commandeer one-sixth of our economy. The people who gave us Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now want to run our health care. Think about that.

So after all the warnings Governor Palin gave, and all the denying, name-calling, and arrogance of the Obama administration, President Obama makes the stunning admission that they had, in fact, "snuck in" some of the same things they so passionately refuted?

I agree with Governor Palin: "Think about that."

I feel my inner Joe Wilson coming on.

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Gov. Palin Tells USA: Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Friday, January 29, 2010

Via Facebook, Governor Palin reminds America that the main problem with trying terrorists isn't where we try them, but how. They should not be tried as civilians; they're terrorists! Moving these trials from New York to some other city is not good enough. They need to be tried in military tribunals. Remember, "the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." Let's stay focused.

She writes:

Stay Focused: Relocating Terrorists' Trial Doesn't Solve the Main Problem

People are celebrating the fact that the Obama Administration is considering relocating the terrorists’ trial from New York to another American city. Yet there’s still no talk of moving the trial out of our U.S. civilian courts to where it should take place – a military tribunal.

Now the administration is backtracking in order to fix its initially blundered decision to try these dangerous terrorists in New York City despite the great danger and cost to New Yorkers. This scenario is all too common in Washington. The tactic is to propose something so outrageous that the public will rise up and demand common sense, and then the White House “concedes” and changes its initial decision to give the impression of newfound reasonability and moderation. But the problem still isn’t solved! The trial location debate becomes a diversion so that we’ll take our eyes off the ball. The point missed is that our President still wants to give these terrorists U.S. constitutional protections in our civilian courts, allowing them to lawyer-up on our dime.

This tactic is in the same vein as another Washington game: creating the appearance of a “crisis” in order to push for a radical solution. (“The health care crisis must be fixed by government now or we’re all gonna die! The earth’s temperature is fluctuating; government must fix this crisis now or we’re all gonna die! Private businesses made poor decisions and bureaucrats claim they’re too big to fail, so government must fix this crisis now or we’re all gonna die!”) Politicians and lobbyists announce that there is a “crisis,” and never letting a good crisis go to waste, they propose a radical solution to fix it. The public listens intently, and in a sincere desire to help, an alternative to the politicians’ radical solution gets put forward. The politicians then “concede” and mellow out their radical solution. The public’s attention has been diverted to tinkering on the periphery, all the while ignoring the real problem at the heart of the “crisis” that started the whole debate.

The fact is our government has a choice as to where to try the terrorists. We don’t have to try them in our civilian courts. The peripheral debate regarding in which city to try these evil, dangerous haters-of-America is a diversion. Let’s get back to the heart of the matter: what choice will our government make – terrorist trials in civilian courts or military tribunals?

- Sarah Palin

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Prez, Did You Really Want Better Solutions, Or Were You Just Making Conversation?

We wouldn't want to let the president down. He's looking for bipartisanship, he says. He wants to hear ideas from others, right? Mr. President, here you go.

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

On Wednesday night, the president asked us to “let him know” if we had any better ideas, and today John Boehner handed him a compilation of the policy alternatives that have been advanced over the past year. These are ideas that deserve to be considered to turn down the volume on the rhetoric and use common sense. Please take a look at Solutions.GOP.gov. You can read the compilation of policy alternatives, called “Better Solutions,” here.

- Sarah Palin

Did you really want better solutions, President Obama, or were you just making conversation?

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Sarah Palin, the Credibility Gap, & the President's Crap

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A few minutes ago, Governor Palin responded to President Obama's State of the Union Address via Facebook. She put it all in perspective at the end when she wrote:

The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

Below is the full note:

While I don’t wish to speak too harshly about President Obama’s state of the union address, we live in challenging times that call for candor. I call them as I see them, and I hope my frank assessment will be taken as an honest effort to move this conversation forward.

Last night, the president spoke of the “credibility gap” between the public’s expectations of their leaders and what those leaders actually deliver. “Credibility gap” is a good way to describe the chasm between rhetoric and reality in the president’s address. The contradictions seemed endless.

He called for Democrats and Republicans to “work through our differences,” but last year he dismissed any notion of bipartisanship when he smugly told Republicans, “I won.”

He talked like a Washington “outsider,” but he runs Washington! He’s had everything any president could ask for – an overwhelming majority in Congress and a fawning press corps that feels tingles every time he speaks. There was nothing preventing him from pursuing “common sense” solutions all along. He didn’t pursue them because they weren’t his priorities, and he spent his speech blaming Republicans for the problems caused by his own policies.

He dared us to “let him know” if we have a better health care plan, but he refused to allow Republicans in on the negotiations or consider any ideas for real free market and patient-centered reforms. We’ve been “letting him know” our ideas for months from the town halls to the tea parties, but he isn’t interested in listening. Instead he keeps making the nonsensical claim that his massive trillion-dollar health care bill won’t increase the deficit.

Americans are suffering from job losses and lower wages, yet the president practically demanded applause when he mentioned tax cuts, as if allowing people to keep more of their own hard-earned money is an act of noblesse oblige. He claims that he cut taxes, but I must have missed that. I see his policies as paving the way for massive tax increases and inflation, which is the “hidden tax” that most hurts the poor and the elderly living on fixed incomes.

He condemned lobbyists, but his White House is filled with former lobbyists, and this has been a banner year for K Street with his stimulus bill, aka the Lobbyist’s Full Employment Act. He talked about a “deficit of trust” and the need to “do our work in the open,” but he chased away the C-SPAN cameras and cut deals with insurance industry lobbyists behind closed doors.

He spoke of doing what’s best for the next generation and not leaving our children with a “mountain of debt,” but under his watch this year, government spending is up by 22%, and his budget will triple our national debt.

He spoke of a spending freeze, but doesn’t he realize that each new program he’s proposing comes with a new price tag? A spending freeze is a nice idea, but it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. We need a comprehensive examination of the role of government spending. The president’s deficit commission is little more than a bipartisan tax hike committee, lending political cover to raise taxes without seriously addressing the problem of spending.

He condemned bailouts, but he voted for them and then expanded and extended them. He praised the House’s financial reform bill, but where was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in that bill? He still hasn’t told us when we’ll be getting out of the auto and the mortgage industries. He praised small businesses, but he’s spent the past year as a friend to big corporations and their lobbyists, who always find a way to make government regulations work in their favor at the expense of their mom & pop competitors.

He praised the effectiveness of his stimulus bill, but then he called for another one – this time cleverly renamed a “jobs bill.” The first stimulus was sold to us as a jobs bill that would keep unemployment under 8%. We now have double digit unemployment with no end in sight. Why should we trust this new “jobs bill”?

He talked about “making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development,” but apparently it’s still too tough for his Interior Secretary to move ahead with Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. If they’re dragging their feet on leases, how long will it take them to build “safe, clean nuclear power plants”? Meanwhile, he continued to emphasize “green jobs,” which require massive government subsidies for inefficient technologies that can’t survive on their own in the real world of the free market.

He spoke of supporting young girls in Afghanistan who want to go to school and young women in Iran who courageously protest in the streets, but where were his words of encouragement to the young girls of Afghanistan in his West Point speech? And where was his support for the young women of Iran when they were being gunned down in the streets of Tehran?

Despite speaking for an hour, the president only spent 10% of his speech on foreign policy, and he left us with many unanswered questions. Does he still think trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York is a good idea? Does he still think closing Gitmo is a good idea? Does he still believe in Mirandizing terrorists after the Christmas bomber fiasco? Does he believe we’re in a war against terrorists, or does he think this is just a global crime spree? Does he understand that the first priority of our government is to keep our country safe?

In his address last night, the president once again revealed that there’s a fundamental disconnect between what the American people expect from their government, and what he wants to deliver. He’s still proposing failed top-down big government solutions to our problems. Instead of smaller, smarter government, he’s taken a government that was already too big and supersized it.

Real private sector jobs are created when taxes are low, investment is high, and people are free to go about their business without the heavy hand of government. The president thinks innovation comes from government subsidies. Common sense conservatives know innovation comes from unleashing the creative energy of American entrepreneurs.

Everything seems to be “unexpected” to this administration: unexpected job losses; unexpected housing numbers; unexpected political losses in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. True leaders lead best when confronted with the unexpected. But instead of leading us, the president lectured us. He lectured Wall Street; he lectured Main Street; he lectured Congress; he even lectured our Supreme Court Justices.

He criticized politicians who “wage a perpetual campaign,” but he gave a campaign speech instead of a state of the union address. The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

Real leadership requires results. Real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the American people whose voices are still not being heard in Washington.

- Sarah Palin

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O'Keefe is Front and Center; What About Kernell?

Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe, you will recall, is the young man who recently exposed corruption in ACORN. Though his methods were not mainstream, they brought to light the type of "community organizing" ACORN has been engaged in and what American dollars have been supporting.

Fox reported at the time:

Officials with the controversial community organizing group ACORN were secretly videotaped offering to assist two individuals posing as a pimp and a prostitute, encouraging them to lie to the Internal Revenue Service and providing guidance on how to claim underage girls from South America as dependents.

Read the full article here.

Mr. O'Keefe is back in the news, this time for something he has allegedly been caught doing.

According to Fox:

The independent filmmaker who brought ACORN to its knees last year with undercover exposes was arrested this week along with three others, including the son of a federal prosecutor, and accused of trying to interfere with the phones at Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

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O'Keefe's arrest "is further evidence of his disregard for the law in pursuit of his extremist agenda," ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis said in a statement. The organization's Twitter feed commented on the news: "Couldn't have happened to a more deserving soul."

Read more here.

I certainly condemn any such actions and, if he is guilty, he will have to take responsibility and face consequences, regardless of whether he thought there was something to be uncovered. Though some espouse the notion that the end justifies the means, I assert that one who engages in corruption to expose corruption loses all credibility. One who speaks out boldly against unethical behavior ought to walk the walk.

This brings me to the irony of ACORN's Twitter feed. How could they possibly have anything to say about someone deserving punishment? How dare Bertha accuse anyone of being an "extremist"? Maybe it's just me, but registering dead people and Mickey Mouse to vote just might be the epitome of extreme, and if she doesn't know that, well, there goes that credibility I mentioned.

In the spirit of "never allow a crisis to go to waste," it should come as no surprise that Democrats want to use the charges against O'Keefe to gain a political advantage.

The Fox article went on to state:
Louisiana Democrats are seizing on the incident as political ammunition to attack Republican Sen. David Vitter, who is up for re-election later this year.

James O'Keefe's drama is front and center, it's being used to promote the Democrats' partisan agenda, and they're ready to hang him from the rafters.

Contrast him with a man named David Kernell. You may not even know who he is, although you should. Kernell is the son of Tennessee Democratic legislator Mike Kernell, the same son who hacked into the email and stole personal information from a sitting governor and vice presidential nominee.

The LA Times reported that the Department of Justice said:

The single count indictment, returned on Oct. 7, 2008, and unsealed today, alleges that on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell, a resident of Knoxville, obtained unauthorized access to Gov. Palin’s personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password. According to the indictment, after answering a series of security questions that allowed him to reset the password and gain access to the e-mail account, Kernell allegedly read the contents of the account and made screenshots of the e-mail directory, e-mail content and other personal information. According to the indictment, Kernell posted screenshots of the e-mails and other personal information to a public Web site. Kernell also allegedly posted the new e-mail account password that he had created, thus providing access to the account by others.

Kernell was released without being required to pay bail, and almost a year and a half after committing this felony, he still hasn't been brought to justice. Notice that O'Keefe has been accused of attempting to commit a felony, while evidence supports that Kernell actually carried out that crime. Kernell, however, has been handled with kid gloves, while O'Keefe has been manhandled and dragged into the spotlight. Something is rotten here, and it stinks. So what is behind the major difference between these two? The obvious difference is that the crime against Governor Palin was a greater violation--not just a thought in a man's mind, but one that he saw through. How is it then that he's slipped so far under the radar?

There's nothing new under the sun. As Governor Palin is wont to say: it's "politics as usual." Once again the double-standard that exists between the treatment of those on the left and those on the right is glaring. No one is condoning illegal activity from either side of the aisle; all we're asking for is one set of rules. It's like Trent Lott being raked over the coals for making racially insensitive comments, while Democrats looked the other way when Harry Reid referred to a "Negro dialect" and the benefits of a "light-skinned" president, words that--had he been a Republican--would have led to his swift exit from stage right. Instead, he was given a pass, his record of being "on the right side of history" commended, and granted incredible grace and mercy by Al Sharpton, of all people. I'm all about grace and mercy, as long as they're not selective. The left's selective outrage is not any more attractive.

The difference between O'Keefe and Kernell is political affiliation, period--and that double-standard is getting old. If, in fact, James O'Keefe is guilty of attempting to commit a felony, he has to take what comes. But please, finally, apply the same sense of justice to David Kernell, who's been charged with not just making an attempt, but actually carrying out a felony against Governor Palin. Consistency please, and justice--for all.

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Governor Palin's Message to CBS and NOW

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Read Governor Palin's powerful message about so-called pro-women groups, like NOW, whose efforts only work to disempower women. They push their pro-abortion, anti-abstinence message and now have chosen to fight to keep Tim Tebow and his mom from airing a pro-life ad during the Super Bowl. Sick!
But I'll let the governor speak for herself via Facebook:

Women’s Rights groups, like NOW, commendably call out advertisers and networks for airing sexist and demeaning portrayals of women that lead to young women’s diminished self-esteem and acceptance of roles as mere sexed-up objects.

What a ridiculous situation they’re getting themselves into now with their protest of CBS airing a pro-life ad during the upcoming Super Bowl game. The ad will feature Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mom, and they’ll speak to the sanctity of life and the beautiful potential within every innocent child as Mrs. Tebow acknowledges her choice to give Tim life, despite less than ideal circumstances. Messages like this empower women! This speaks to the strength and commitment and nurturing spirit within women. The message says everything positive and nothing negative about the power of women – and life. Evidently, some women’s rights groups like NOW do not like that message.

NOW is looking at the pro-life issue backwards. Women should be reminded that they are strong enough and smart enough to make decisions that allow for career and educational opportunities while still giving their babies a chance at life. In my own home, my daughter Bristol has also been challenged by pro-abortion “women’s rights” groups who don’t agree with her decision to have her baby, nor do they like the abstinence message which she articulated as her personal commitment. NOW could gain ground and credibility with everyday Americans, thus allowing their pro-women message to be heard by more than just their ardent supporters, if they made wiser decisions regarding which battles to pick. They should call attention to and embrace the Tebows’ message, instead of covertly and overtly disrespecting what Mrs. Tebow, Bristol, and millions of other women have chosen to do (in less than ideal circumstances).

My message to these groups who are inexplicably offended by a pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life message airing during the Super Bowl: please concentrate on empowering women, help with efforts to prevent unexpected pregnancies, stay consistent with your message that for too long women have been made to feel like sex objects in our “modern” culture and that we can expect better in 2010. But don’t let your double standard glare so vividly as to undo some of the good to which you could contribute.

And CBS: just do the right thing. Don’t cave. Have the backbone to run the ad.

To the Tebows: thank you. America is listening. We appreciate you.

- Sarah Palin

Enough said. Now let's see if CBS will do the right thing.

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Bristol Palin Embraces Abstinence; Oprah Suggests Retraction?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When I was a kid, I had the utmost respect for Oprah Winfrey. I admired her generosity, her sense of humor, the faith she seemed to hold dear. I was inspired by her story and how she overcame incredible odds as a child. I was so excited when I got accepted to Tennessee State University, for I soon learned that Oprah went there. I eventually chose another school, but for a while I loved the idea of attending Oprah's alma mater, especially since at that time I had some of the same dreams in my life as those that had become realities in hers. Yes, as a kid, I really admired Oprah.

But I'm not a kid anymore.

Oprah still gives as generously as she always has, and her personal story is still just as inspirational. However, now that I've matured, I guess it takes more to impress me.

I had my issues with her refusal to allow Governor Palin to sit on her couch during the 2008 campaign, but I won't rehash that. We all know how it turned out: Oprah now is quite glad to get the governor to appear on her show, and when she does, Oprah's ratings fly through the roof. So, as they say, moving on. Besides that, Oprah's worldview simply doesn't line up with mine in some very key areas, so I don't spend my time listening to her talk anymore--haven't done so for many years now--unless the governor is on.

However, my dwindling appreciation for the former Queen of Talk took a nosedive last Friday when she interviewed Governor Palin and her daughter, Bristol. Bristol has made the admirable, and correct, decision to remain abstinent until marriage. Rather than encourage Bristol to do just that, Oprah seemed to want to talk her out of her commitment. To me, Oprah's unique position as a role model to so many is incongruous with her belittling of Bristol's decision--and yes, I did sense some belittling going on.

At the start, I didn't realize the interview was headed that way. Oprah offered some good advice at first, which is advice that I have shared with single Christian women committed to waiting until marriage, probably saying something close to what Oprah advises.

Oprah tells the girls in her school in South Africa:

Make the decision before the moment arrives because when the guy is licking on your ear, it's hard to make the decision! So make the decision before the moment arrives.

I was thinking, Great advice, Oprah. I have always believed that we make decisions about how we want to act in particular situations before those situations arise. We'd be surprised how many things we could avoid altogether if that strategy were faithfully employed.

So I was with Oprah right up until a few seconds later when she said she "bristled" when she read in In Touch that Bristol stated, "I'm not going to have sex until I'm married. I can guarantee it."

Apparently Bristol's guarantee of abstinence is what alarmed Oprah, and she asked, "You don't think you're setting yourself up?"

At this point I'm thinking, "setting yourself up" for what? My confusion rested, in part, in having just heard Oprah say that she tells the African girls to do exactly what Bristol had just stated she did: make up her mind ahead of time.

Oprah's rationale was media pressure, that every guy she dates will be harassed with questions about whether Bristol had or had not remained true to that commitment. My thought here was, Hey, let the media blow it up. Better the dudes find out where I stand now than later. Better any interested guy should know where I stand before they even step to me. That way they can keep on stepping if they can't handle my plan. Truth be told, you can weed out a lot of guys from the jump that way and spare yourself the agony of dropping the "no" bomb on them later. They can't say they didn't know, can they?

Oprah, whose young adult life was not without its share of drama, trials, and tribulations, should have sincerely said to her guest, "Good for you, Bristol." Instead, she asked Bristol if she was setting herself up?! With a steely glint in her eyes, Bristol, who to me looked a bit annoyed, said, "No, I don't."

Oprah didn't say it, so I will: good for Bristol for standing by her commitment, for not backing down, for not allowing the pressure to cause her to cave in to Oprah, who appeared put off by Bristol's bold declaration of abstinence.

Had I been Bristol, however, I would have answered that question in the affirmative. When asked if I was setting myself up, I would have said, "Yes, Oprah. I am setting myself up...to achieve my goal. I'm setting myself up by doing exactly what you tell the girls in Africa: 'make the decision before the moment arrives.'"

Hey, if it's good enough for Africa, it's good enough for America.

So which one is it? Is Oprah encouraging the girls in her school to strategically choose abstinence, or when they say they have, does she pause five seconds for them to retract or ease their choice? It sounds like double talk to me. Either Bristol is supposed to stick to her guns, or she's supposed to back out. Again, which one is it, Oprah--a little of both?

When Bristol chose the former, Oprah--chuckling--said, "All right, good luck to you on that!" Belittling, demeaning, and frankly, disempowering.

I get sick and tired of people who purport to be all about the power of women and their ability to accomplish anything, except when it comes to both abstinence and giving birth to a child in less than ideal circumstances. I do not respect trying to talk a teenager, who is already raising a child, out of taking a stand on the issue. If women can do anything, they can do anything--including practicing abstinence.

Months ago, when Bristol once used the term "unrealistic" in reference to teenagers remaining abstinent, people jumped all over her. Friday, Oprah said about abstinence, "Obviously she's already had sex. So I'm just wondering if that is a realistic goal." When Bristol indicated that it is realistic for her, Oprah "bristled." This is Exhibit A of "you can't win for losing." This is why one must simply live by the courage of her own convictions as Bristol has purposed in her heart to do--and bump everybody else who doesn't believe you can. When Oprah shared the statistic that 1 out of 3 teenagers is sexually active, Bristol was unmoved. Her face seemed to say, "Well, I'll be one of the two." It may not be easy, but nothing valuable is--and she's worth it.

Abstinence is a touchy, uncomfortable subject for those who feel safer teaching birth control over abstinence. "It doesn't work," the statisticians say. News flash: abstinence, when employed, always works! It's when it's abandoned that it's rendered powerless. Besides, it seems Bristol realizes something that we could all stand to discover: though birth control protects from pregnancy sometimes, there is no birth control potent enough to protect your heart, soul, and mind from the effects of giving yourself to someone who has not given himself to you--through the commitment of marriage.

I say to Bristol in all sincerity, rather than the snarky way Oprah said it, "More power to you."

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Palin Advises President to Listen

Monday, January 25, 2010

Governor Palin tells it as it is like no one I've ever seen. She has a will of steel and does not bend under pressure. She simply will not give in to the tactics to get her to stop standing up.

Take her recent Facebook note, for example. Can you say, "complete takedown"? I noticed a couple anti-Palin comments already. Of course, they weren't about anything substantive; the left doesn't work that way. The comments were personal in nature because that's all they have--and they don't even have that.

The governor, of course, stuck to the issues about the Obama administration. Here's the note:

We’ve now seen three landslide Republican victories in three states that President Obama carried in 2008. From the tea parties to the town halls to the Massachusetts Miracle, Americans have tried to make their opposition to Washington’s big government agenda loud and clear. But the President has decided that this current discontent isn’t his fault, it’s ours. He seems to think we just don’t understand what’s going on because he hasn’t had the chance – in his 411 speeches and 158 interviews last year – to adequately explain his policies to us.

Instead of sensibly telling the American people, “I’m listening,” the president is saying, “Listen up, people!” This approach is precisely the reason people are upset with Washington. Americans understand the president’s policies. We just don’t agree with them. But the president has refused to shift focus and come around to the center from the far left. Instead he and his old campaign advisers are regrouping to put a new spin on the same old agenda for 2010.

Americans aren’t looking for more political strategists. We’re looking for real leadership that listens and delivers results. The president’s former campaign adviser is now calling on supporters to “get on the same page,” but what’s on that page? He claims that the president is “resolved” to “keep fighting for” his agenda, but we’ve already seen what that government-growth agenda involves, and frankly the hype doesn’t give us much hope. Real health care reform requires a free market approach; real job creation involves incentivizing, not punishing, the job-creators; reining in the “big banks” means ending bailouts; and stopping “the undue influence of lobbyists” means not cutting deals with them behind closed doors.

Instead of real leadership, though, we’ve had broken promises and backroom deals. One of the worst: candidate Obama promised to go through the federal budget “with a scalpel,” but President Obama spent four times more than his predecessor. Want more? Candidate Obama promised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House,” but President Obama gave at least a dozen former lobbyists top administration jobs. Candidate Obama promised us that we could view his health care deliberations openly and honestly on C-SPAN, but President Obama cut deals behind closed doors with industry lobbyists. Candidate Obama promised us that we would have at least five days to read all major legislation, but President Obama rushed through bills before members of Congress could even read them.

Candidate Obama promised us that his economic stimulus package would be targeted and pork-free, but President Obama signed a stimulus bill loaded with pork and goodies for corporate cronies. Candidate Obama railed against Wall Street greed, but President Obama cozied up to bankers as he extended and expanded their bailouts. Candidate Obama promised us that for “Every dollar that I’ve proposed [in spending], I’ve proposed an additional cut so that it matches.” We’re still waiting to see how President Obama will cut spending to match the trillion he’s spent.

More than anything, Americans were promised jobs, but the president’s stimulus package has failed to stem our rising unemployment rate. Maybe it was unfair to expect that an administration with so little private sector experience would understand something about job creation. How many Obama Administration officials have ever had to make a payroll or craft a business plan in the private sector? How many have had to worry about not having the resources to invest and expand? The president’s big government policies have made hiring a new employee a difficult commitment for employers to make. Ask yourself if the Obama Administration has done anything to make it easier for employers to hire. Have they given us any reassurance that the president will keep taxes low and not impose expensive new regulations?

Candidate Obama over-promised; President Obama has under-delivered. We understand you, Mr. President. We’ve listened to you again and again. We ask that you now listen to the American people.

- Sarah Palin

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Levi: When Lying Dogs Won't Sleep; Updated

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Everyone has heard the expression "let sleeping dogs lie." Sounds good and is arguably good advice. But what does one do when a lying dog won't sleep, won't shut up, that is?

Normally I avoid all things Levi. He's not worth it right now. Writing about him is a waste of space. He wants the publicity, so don't give it to him. I totally understand, and usually I'm in agreement. But I also understand a basic principle, and that is this: there's a time to fight back. There's a time when you just have to deal with the barking, biting dog that's been dropping you know what all over the place everywhere he goes. And sometimes you just have to put him out--not just to deal with him--but for the benefit of those he's sniping at. This particular mutt, who's been wagging his tail all over Playgirl, refuses to sit down, shut up, or play dead--and this dog is lying every time he opens his mouth.

Levi Johnston has in his camp sensationalist media, foolish Alaska bloggers, and an obviously inebriated, delusional, or severely gullible lawyer. All that, yet he doesn't seem to have anybody in his life to tell him to put his mouth to sleep when it comes to attacking his son's family. No positive male role model to pull him aside, tell him to stop his lying, and just take care of his son. Where's the tough love from somebody who will look him in the eyes and say, "Dude, what are you doing? You're gonna wake up one day from your greed-induced stupor and wonder how you sunk so low as to try to hurt your son and his mom and grandmother like this, and that's gonna be a sad day--for you."

Every time you turn around, Levi's parked on somebody's couch, making mono-syllabic statements about the Palins. And for some reason, he's absolutely obsessed with the Governor. Constantly he's saying she's attacking him so he's going to attack back. Funny thing is, his jaws are the only ones flapping.

Levi, my dawg, shut up your lying. Man up. And please...pay up.

Concerning paying up, according to TMZ:

Levi Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, tells TMZ Levi has paid Bristol more than $10,000 since Tripp was born. Jones also says Levi does not make money off of every interview he does, though he did not say exactly how much Levi has made.

Levi has not given Bristol $10,000. Levi has not had an active role in his son's first year of life.

TMZ also reported:

Attorney Rex Butler tells TMZ, Levi has told Bristol on several occasions he wanted her to come to his house to pick up checks for Tripp's support. Butler says Levi also told her "it would be nice" if she brought Tripp along when she picked up the checks, because Levi wanted to spend time with his son. Butler says on each occasion Bristol was a no-show.

Butler says Bristol is partly to blame for the fact that she hasn't gotten the support she wants. Butler tells TMZ on one occasion Levi was prepared to hand over $3,000 ... but Bristol never showed.

As for why Levi didn't just put the check in the mail ... Butler says, "Why should he have to do that. He's not dangerous to her."

So let's get this straight. Levi loves his son so much that he'd rather give no money at all than put a stamp on an envelope and mail a check? Instead of being a father to his son and providing for him, he'd rather speculate that Governor Palin is behind the legal suit and talk about Bristol's new car. Can you say "dog"? Can you say "lying dog"? If that seems harsh, it'll just have to be harsh because one thing I can't stand is a man--that's right, he's not a little boy anymore--who won't take care of his responsibilities and then lies about it.

You know when tabloids are calling you deadbeat, you've got some stepping up to do. ETonline writes:

In an exclusive interview with ET, Levi says he believes he has given Bristol more than she claims. "I don't really know but my lawyer does. But it's reasonable, what he thought was fair. For them to call me a deadbeat dad's absurd. I attempt to call her all the time and give her texts to make sure he's doing well ... I call her all the time. I try and do everything I can to see my son. I'm making an effort. I'm trying to be there for him."

"I don't really know"? "Reasonable"? "Attempt"? "Try"? "Effort"? Huh? Your lawyer knows what you're giving your son?! Growing up in the church we used to sing a song called "99 1/2 Won't Do." Look, if 99 1/2 won't do, you know 1/2 ain't gonna do!

Bristol, on the other hand, is to be commended. She is taking care of her responsibilities. Here's a young woman who, as she recently told Oprah, gets up at 4:00 or 4:30 every morning, gets her son washed and dressed, works, and takes classes. It's not easy. It's a challenge, but Tripp is her life now, and she is committed to being a good mother to him, not a "reasonable" one.

What does she get in return? The love of her beautiful baby and the joy of knowing she's making a life for her son.

Her ex-boyfriend, however, is traipsing around the country making money by selling his soul--and his lies, gallivanting around Wasilla in his new truck and new trinket (hmmm...), and refusing to buy his son so much as a pair of shoes because his little feelings are hurt that Bristol wouldn't come to his house. In the Black community, we have a word for that. Let me hip yall to it. It's called "triflin'." Of course, the community at large is well aware of the more familiar term: low-down dirty dog.

Tripp deserves better. Bristol deserves better. She's working her tail off for her son, she's learned from some mistakes she's made, and she's committed herself to doing the right thing by remaining abstinent until marriage, to which Levi barks, "I doubt it." (The daily reminder of men like Levi might be the biggest asset to the abstinence movement ever!) By the way, instead of a "role model" like Oprah Winfrey commending her for that decision, she blasted her and gave her a chance to retract it. Are you kidding me?! (I'll deal with Oprah at another time.)

The last thing I want to do is spend a Sunday on Levi Johnston. However, I'll spend a hundred Sundays on the opportunity to applaud Bristol Palin for doing the mature, responsible thing--the hard work. She's a good mom, who has another good mom as an example.

I believe there's hope for Levi; I really do. And I hope he grabs ahold of it soon because he's treading on very thin Alaska ice.

Like I said at the start, there's something to be said for letting sleeping dogs lie. But when a lying dog refuses to put his rabid mouth to sleep, sometimes you just have to put that dog down.

Update: Anyone asserting that I am suggesting Levi should be killed is out of his/her mind. By "put that dog down" I mean put him in his place, call him out, fight back instead of letting sleeping dogs lie. Hello!

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I'm Speaking at Rochester 2012 Draft Sarah Committee Meet-up

Friday, January 22, 2010

2012 Draft Sarah Committee Meet-up in Rochester, NY


As many of you already know, the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee is having a Meet-up tomorrow, January 23rd, in Rochester, NY for those who live in Rochester, Buffalo, and the surrounding areas. The gathering is an informal time for attendees to introduce themselves, mingle, and have a bite to eat. I will also be speaking, during which time I will discuss Governor Palin, the purpose of the Committee, and where we believe we’re headed.

People who are already involved with the Committee—from organizers to email subscribers—are planning to attend, and some are attending simply to learn more and ask questions.

You are invited, and so are your friends!

Information:
Bathtub Billy’s (private room)
630 Ridge Road West
Rochester, NY 14615-2898
4:00 p.m.
(585) 865-6510

If you have further questions, please email me at NY-Organizer@2012draftsarahcommittee.com or JD, our Rochester local organizer, at NY-ROC@2012draftsarahcommittee.com.

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Governor Palin's Endorsement of Senator McCain; Updated

Governor Palin, a RINO? Are you kidding me?

I have very little tolerance for backstabbers. And I have even less tolerance for backstabbers who are motivated by a desire to control the decisions of people who have proven that they operate on principle, not pressure.

Tonight Paul Streitz, co-founder of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, sent out an email blasting Governor Palin for her support of Senator John McCain, among other things. Streitz no longer holds a leadership position with the committee, nor has he for almost a year now. Although he phrased his email as if he is speaking for the committee, he is not.

His email states in part:

She has now chose to align herself with several bad actors. What should this be called, the Rinoization of Sarah Palin.

At the time of the election, perhaps Sarah Palin could have been forgiven for her ideas on immigration (and lack of knowledge) because she was governor of Alaska, not Arizona. But in the intervening months, she has done little but promote herself as a celebrity, known because her brief time on the national stage..

She is certainly entitled to write a book and make money for her and her family, but other than what has she has done to support Republican and patriotic candidates.

Where was she in VA?
Where was she in NJ?
Where was she in Mass?

Guiliani showed up in Mass because he knew what was at stake. Perhaps, Sarah was too busy talking to her agent about her Fox deal. Where the hell was Sarah?

Napoleon once said that he wanted Generals that went to the sound of the cannon. That they instinctively were fighters. He also said he wanted generals that had bon chance, good luck. Well, Sarah has had good luck, but she has not gone to the sound of the cannon, where critical battles were fought in 2009.

First of all, I'm not sure where Paul Streitz has been hiding out, but Governor Palin has always said that she would support John McCain's quest for re-election. Did he not know that she is a woman of her word? Did he expect her to turn tail and run when the time came? Mel dealt with this in an earlier post for Conservatives4Palin.

And where does he come off questioning her willingness to roll up her sleeves and run into the fight? If she's not the general fighting for common sense conservatism, who is? There is no other person who has put herself on the line for love of country as she has. There is not one other public figure who has gone through the hell that Governor Palin has gone through--her every word analyzed, her every step sized up, her family picked apart. Who else has sacrificed personal comfort and family privacy to the degree that she has in order to make a difference in this nation? She has undergone scrutiny to a degree none of us has ever seen before. The attacks, the accusations, the utter hatred she has endured are unprecedented. And with each new occurrence, she only speaks out even louder. That's not called celebrity; that's called selfless public service. Governor Palin's commitment to the success of this country is without question. Where does Streitz come off accusing her of only looking after self, simply because she's not a puppet whose strings he can dangle? That's really what this is all about, isn't it?

Governor Palin has supported candidates who support the values that she espouses. She has rallied the American people to do the same in key races in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts. In addition, SarahPAC has given generously to aid in these efforts. As promised, she will soon hit the road and support other candidates she stands behind, including Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and yes, John McCain in this critical year.

If Paul Streitz's support of Governor Palin is contingent upon his agreeing with every decision she makes or her selling out her deeply-held values, that's unfortunate. While all support is appreciated, the governor has never been for sale. Ask the Alaska establishment, who learned that early in her political career.

Paul Streitz should note that true character is revealed, not necessarily when we agree with someone, but in areas where we may disagree. The way we deal with those situations says a lot about who we really were all along. When disagreements lead to backstabbing, undermining, and trying to rally others to buy into it, I have to wonder if the knife was waiting in the back pocket all along.

Once again, Paul Streitz was not speaking for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. In a soon-to-be-released Alert, Chairman Randy Highsmith states:

Paul Streitz, co-founder of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, who has not held a leadership position with the Committee for almost a year now, sent out an email tonight voicing his disapproval of Governor Palin’s recent decisions. If you have received his email, you were probably under the impression that he was speaking for us, for he phrased it in such a way as to give that impression. However, he was not—in any way, shape, or form—speaking for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. He was speaking for himself. We do not, as a Committee, support his perspective or condone his approach.

Governor Palin has always acted on principle, which is one of many reasons we have supported her so vehemently and will continue to do so.

Randy Highsmith
Chairman

Update: As most people who are paying attention know--people unlike Paul Streitz, that is--Governor Palin did endorse both McDonnell and Christie and gave them the maximum money allowed by law. The governor also offered to go campaign for them, but her physical assistance was not required, and the offer was politely declined. As for Massachusetts, it was wisdom on Governor Palin's part not to go stump for him, as he was working hard to stand independent of the national Republican establishment. Her arrival in a blue state like Massachusetts may have easily worked against him--something the Left was hoping for--so she let him stand on his own, and we all know how this panned out for him. Streitz would be wise to get his facts straight before running his mouth.

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March for Life

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In 1973, America took a major turn down the wrong street with the Roe v. Wade decision, which granted women the right to annihilate their young, rather than encouraging them to embrace life. Today people all over are still mourning that decision, including the lead plaintiff in the case, later identified as Norma McCorvey.

That decision marked an incredibly sad day for this country. Americans aren't, however, sitting in a corner nursing a defeatist attitude. No, many continue to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. One way they do so is through participation in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. This year's march, which will take place tomorrow, continues that practice of fighting for those who are the most innocent and vulnerable among us--the unborn.

To those who are offended by this continued unrelenting effort, I have a message: we are not going away. More Americans than ever are now pro-life, more Americans are determined to support the sanctity of human life, and we will persevere by putting feet to our faith through peaceful demonstrations like the one taking place in our nation's capital tomorrow.

Among those compassionate, unbending Americans supporting the cause of life is Governor Sarah Palin. Although she recognizes that at times women find themselves in "less than ideal circumstances," she also understands that with the proper support and encouragement, women can find the strength required to rise above those circumstances having made the conscionable decision to choose life. Today she issued this passionate message called "Marching for a Beautiful Life" via her Facebook page.

Tomorrow the 37th annual March for Life will occur in Washington, D.C. January is a tough month to schedule a march in Washington, but every year hundreds of thousands of everyday Americans from across our nation brave the cold weather on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision to bear a positive witness to the culture of life.

In the years following Roe, we were told that the issue was no longer open for debate and that we should get over it and move on. But we couldn’t get over the stirrings of our conscience or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a nation. Affirming the dignity and worth of every innocent human life and defending the defenseless are fundamental American values. With that in mind, this peaceful, hopeful grassroots crowd of individuals, families and students comes to our capital every year to remind us that every innocent life is beautiful, precious and full of potential. These warrior souls come to show their dedication to the weakest among us: those with special needs, women without anyone to turn to, and children without a voice. They run the helpful pregnancy resource centers, the counseling hotlines, the foster care facilities, the adoption services, and countless other outreach programs that offer compassionate assistance and friendship to women who are struggling. I know from experience the joy and blessings that come from embracing life, and I know how important their work is in helping women choose life despite less than ideal circumstances.

The pro-life movement is pro-women, and it empowers women with the message that we are strong enough and smart enough to be able to pursue education, vocations and avocations while giving life to a child. This movement is largely run by women. In fact, many of the earliest leaders of the women’s rights movement were pro-life – women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, the author of the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, who said, “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” Today, more and more young women agree with these feminist foremothers, for they know in their hearts that the culture of life empowers women by offering them real choices. Unfortunately, rather than portray this positive message, the media often focuses on divisions among Americans on this issue. But this annual rally is not about anger and controversy; it’s about a huge grassroots effort to make our voices heard in support of women and their children.

Though I can’t be in Washington tomorrow, my heart is with the marchers. Those of us who can’t be there can still join them online at the Virtual March for Life. Please follow the link and join the tens of thousands of your fellow Americans who are already marching online. Together we can bear witness to the beauty and blessings of the culture of life.

- Sarah Palin

The Governor also tweeted twice on the subject today:

Hearty souls peacefully march4beautiful culture of life tomrrw n DC;37th annivrsry pro-life movemnt led by empowered women;see FaceBook4info

Affirming dignity&worth of every innocent human life&defending the defenseless are fundamental American values,so march peacefully&hopefully

Let us continue in our efforts to make a difference. They have not been in vain.

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Sarah Palin: Ride the Tide with Commonsense Candidates!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Via Facebook:

I want to again thank the good people of Massachusetts for propelling a commonsense, independent agenda forward! May the working man and woman feel empowered now more than ever to get involved in their government, and let's put this great country on the right track.

The past year continues to offer the promise of commonsense government in so many areas. There are steps we can all take to get there, one of which is to support candidates who promise to fight for the people and against politics as usual. I'm excited to get out and help elect candidates who will bring those principles to our nation's towns, state houses, and directly to Washington D.C. We are already making plans to support the candidates our nation needs to make a difference and speak for everyday Americans.

I look forward to helping Governors like Rick Perry in Texas, Representatives like Michele Bachmann in Minnesota, and heroes and statesmen like Senator John McCain. We will support these candidates and others so that they can continue to fight for our American values.

The special election yesterday in Massachusetts was truly amazing. It is a clear indication of things to come and a demonstration of the momentum we all share in the fight for the values and policies that will get our country back to work. The commonsense conservative principles of liberty and fiscal responsibility are on the rise, and that's why I'm going out and campaigning as hard as I can to make a difference. I can't wait to join all of you in supporting these great candidates and many more over the coming months.

In the meantime, visit the websites of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and John McCain. And join us as we embark on America's journey to November!

- Sarah Palin

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Scott Brown, Trucking Into Washington; Gov. Palin and I Offer Congratulations

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I knew it was coming, and I was waiting for it: Governor Palin just issued a statement about Scott Brown's historic victory over Martha Coakley in today's special election in Massachusetts. Read her Facebook note, and then read my comments underneath.

The Governor wrote:


Congratulations to the new Senator-elect from Massachusetts! Scott Brown’s victory proves that the desire for real solutions transcends notions of “blue state” and “red state”. Americans agree that we need to hold our politicians accountable and bring common sense to D.C.

Recent elections have taught us that when a party in power loses its way, the American people will hold them accountable at the ballot box. Today under the Democrats, government spending is up nearly 23 percent and unemployment is higher than it’s been in a quarter of a century. For the past year they’ve built a record of broken promises, fat cat bailouts, closed-door meetings with lobbyists, sweetheart deals for corporate cronies, and midnight votes on weekends for major legislation that wasn’t even read. The good citizens of Massachusetts reminded Democrats not to take them for granted.

Americans cheered for Scott Brown’s underdog campaign because they viewed his candidacy as a vote against the Democrats’ health care bill. You know that there’s something wrong with this legislation when opposition to it inspired a Republican victory in a state that currently has no Republicans in Congress and last sent a Republican to the Senate nearly 40 years ago.

Clearly this victory is a bellwether for the big election night ten months from now. In the spirit of bipartisanship, let me offer some advice to the Democrats on how to stem this populist tide. Scrap your current health care bill and start from scratch. We all want true reform, but government mandated insurance is not it. Scott Brown campaigned against this top-down bureaucratic mess. We need common sense solutions like reforming malpractice laws, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, giving individual purchasers the same tax benefits as those who get coverage through their employers, and letting small businesses pool together to provide insurance for their employees. Focus your efforts on jobs, not on job-killing legislation. Such a change in approach would show Americans that you’re listening.

My best wishes to Senator-Elect Brown. When you go to Washington, may you never forget the ordinary citizens you met while driving that truck through the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

- Sarah Palin

Democrats will try to downplay this. In fact, that has already started--along with some finger-pointing. There is no downplaying this. For a Republican to be sitting in Ted Kennedy's seat in the bluest-of-blue state of Massachusetts cannot be downplayed with any shred of honesty. This victory for Scott Brown is a referendum on the Obama administration and his policies, especially his health scare bill. Maybe, just maybe, Washington will now listen to the American people. Nancy Pelosi, of course, said earlier that no matter what, they were going to cram health care down the American people's throats--whether we like it or not. Not wise at all. Obviously America doesn't like it. We've been saying it, but Pelosi and posse have refused to listen. They'd better listen now because this reclaiming of America is just beginning!

So I join Governor Palin, the residents of Massachusetts, and the American people in congratulating Scott Brown on his victory.

President Obama just recently laughed at the Senator-elect's GMA pick-up truck, another indicator that he is out of touch with hard-working American people. Like Governor Palin, I hope Brown will take a celebratory ride all the way to Washington...in that same great American truck!

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At the Glenn Beck Show With Black Conservatives, Part II

Last Thursday's episode of the Glenn Beck Show was Part II of "A Time to Be Heard." It was a town hall show of Black conservatives discussing issues of relevance to the Black community. A few conversation pieces stand out most in my mind: Harry Reid's insert-foot-in-mouth-Negro-dialect-disaster; the use 'em-abuse 'em tactics Democrats employ to keep Blacks on the plantation, which is necessary if they are to keep them voting for them; and the question, "How many of you think America is a racist country?" You can find the entire show on Youtube.

As was the case when I traveled the two hours to New York City in November, Clifton of Another Black Conservative was kind enough to meet me at Penn Station, and together we headed over to Fox Studio. We noticed immediately that not nearly as many people were invited to this particular town hall. The producer had said this would be the case since last time was a bit too boisterous and most people didn't get a chance to speak.

To be sure they heard from more people this time, they interviewed some of us when we entered. You can watch the clip of me below. I'm at the beginning. This was played on the air coming out of a commercial break. The clip only shows a couple seconds of my remarks, where I mention wanting less government intrusion into people's lives. Actually, I also talked about the planks of the Republican party and was asked about one current issue that is of high priority to me. I discussed my concerns with the health care bill, its unconstitutionality, and the frightening thought of the government getting between Americans and their doctors.

When we entered the actual studio where the show would air live, I once again talked to the man who had made some unkind comments about Governor Palin the last time. I told him I wrote about him, and he asked me to email the blog post to him so he could see what I said--good or bad. Brave soul! He recalled what he had said, but did not go down that road again, so neither did I.

A couple times during the show I put up my hand to comment, but I wasn't able to get a word in. That's okay. It was great listening to other people's perspectives. It wasn't until the end that I thought I'd burst because I had something I just had to say. I never got to say it on television, but I did have a rather lively conversation with Lisa Frisch, one of the panelists for the first part of the show, during the commercial break and after the show. Clifton chimed in, and we agreed that this is a topic we absolutely have to revisit in a big way. Glenn had been asking what the answer was to the issues facing the Black community, facing any community really, issues like education, the family, finances. I have that answer, and I wanted to share it. Lisa was trying to say the same thing.

There is no education problem, family problem, or financial problem in the Black community. The problem is a spiritual problem. Take education, for example. As a teacher, I have heard Black students say that they couldn't earn certain rewards because, "We (Blacks) can't ever get through a quarter having passed every class and never getting even one (behavioral) referral." I've heard it said. How sad is it that some actually believe that? It is, without a doubt, a spiritual problem.

Look at the hold the Left has on Black voters, even getting many to vote against their own values and the tenets of the faith they profess to hold dear. Again, it's a spiritual problem.

So many have gotten so far away from what truly made this country great, a deep faith in God, and whenever God is removed from the equation or told to sit in the corner until called upon, disaster ensues. That disaster includes a breakdown of the things that are so vital to the success of a nation and an individual.

On the other hand, when people know who they are in God, everything changes. When a child, for example, knows in his innermost being that he has value because--and simply because--he was created (yes, I said created) in the very image and likeness of God, he lives differently. He no longer believes he can't be successful because of the color of his skin. He no longer believes that the government is his source requiring him to bow down and worship at its altar. He no longer believes that he is a victim and, therefore, must fall prey to opportunists, also known as agenda-ridden Left-wing Liberals, who play on his emotions and repeatedly play the race card to keep themselves in power. Instead of believing the lie that he's a victim, he understands that he is a victor who has been called to be the head and not the tail. He understands that he can cooperate (that's co-operate) with the God he believes in. This means he takes an active role in his own life's progress through hard work, personal responsibility, and a faith that makes all things possible.

That spiritual foundation changes everything. Without that foundation, we sit around and put band aids on one another. The band aid won't fix the problem. We've got to get to the root. Someone I know often says that if a dog is attacking a child's leg, there's no point in rushing in and bandaging the leg until you've gotten the dog off the child. It's time to get the dog off. It's time to return to what works, to what matters. This is true for the Black community, and this is true for every community. It is a principle, a truth, that does not discriminate.

America, bless God--and God will bless America.

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Personal Urgent Request for Haiti; Please Help

Monday, January 18, 2010

Urgent Request:

Two orphanages have been airlifted out of Haiti into Colorado. This was absolutely necessary because, as you know, these children are without shelter, and the rain is coming. Another orphanage that my church works closely with, and travels to Haiti to help, has a plan in place if we can get these kids airlifted out also. That orphanage is called His Home for Children, and one of our families has been going through the process of adopting one of the kids for a long time now. He is the son they have been waiting to bring home for some time now. In the meantime, they have traveled back and forth to Haiti to visit him for a long time. We need to get him and the rest of these children out of Haiti before the pounding rain comes. The children would fly into Columbus, Ohio to a church where they would have food, shelter, and clothing. Those who already have families waiting to adopt them would be allowed to go with them, and host families would take the others. The plan is in place; we just need to be able to get them here to America.

Please help. Two things can bring the results we need.

1. It is my understanding that our representatives do have some pull in terms of helping to make this happen. I am asking that you contact your representatives and ask them to exercise whatever authority they have to help these children. The offices are closed today, but call and leave a message. For those in New York, our reps' voicemails are full, but instructions will be given on what to do next to contact them.

2. I also understand that the two orphanages that were airlifted were high profile ones who received media coverage, which allowed them to receive the attention needed. His Home for Children, with which my church is involved, also needs that care. If you have any media contacts, please, please reach out to them for the sake of these children as well. Many of these kids are sick and have special needs. They cannot be without shelter when the rain comes.

Below is the information that was sent to me. The contact information is for New York. You, however, should contact your own representative.

ASAP!!! There is an opportunity for the 115 kids at the orphanage in Haiti to be air-lifted to the United States! Please call and fax the numbers below and tell your senators to Bring His Home for Children run by Hal and Christ Nungesger to Ohio. They are working with International Child Care in Columbus Ohio to bring these kids here. The children are living in a Church yard at Quisqueya Chapel with no shelter, only have pop tarts and rain is coming. It is essential to get them out, ASAP! The families who were in the process of adopting are ready to take the children now, and they already have host families for those children who were not in the adoption process. They have a church to house the children until they can be placed. Please call and fax and tell everyone you know. Just repeat the information above and leave voicemails!Thank you

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 518-431-0120 FX: 518-431-0128

Senator Charles Schumer: 518-431-4070 Fx: 518-431-4076

So many of us have been wanting to help Haiti. Here's one way. Please call and ask for help to bring these kids to America where there are already families and the faith-based community waiting to help.

Thank you for taking this seriously.

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Governor Palin and I Discuss Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I spent all day Friday talking with each of my 7th grade English Language Arts classes about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was during that lesson, by the way, that I discovered the secret to education. Everyone asks what's the key to making children attentive, expressive, and even tame. I found it...but I'm not willing to share it yet. Maybe soon! Trust me; it's worth paying me for!

Back on topic...

It was a joy to engage in classroom conversation about the legacy of Dr. King, his life, his dream, and his sacrifice. Students opened up about what he means to them, what he sought to accomplish, and whether his dream has become a reality. Adults can learn a lot simply by listening to the young.

I tell you now exactly what I told my students Friday: "Monday, when you're enjoying your day off, remember a man paid for that day off with his very life."

Dr. King seemed to know that he would not live to see everything unfold that he had fought for. He fought anyway. He seemed to know that his cry for freedom would cost him everything. He cried out anyway. May we ever continue the work that he poured himself into.

A few minutes ago, Governor Palin also discussed Dr. King via Facebook:

Tomorrow, America honors the memory of one of our greatest – Martin Luther King, Jr. He used his gifts and talents in selfless, mighty ways to mobilize efforts against racial discrimination and is deserving of our honor.

Please take a moment to tell your children about this great man. He fought for liberty and equality because he knew they were God-given and he knew that no government should be empowered to thwart our freedom. King summarized his mission when stating that no one should be judged based on skin color, but by the content of one's character.

Seeming to have a foreboding notion of how quickly life passes, he did not waste time on pettiness. He believed that “the quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

May our children follow in the footsteps of giants like King, who sincerely respected equality.

- Sarah Palin

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK

She also tweeted:

On MLK Day,remembr his selfless,faithful efforts 2 destroy racial walls."Faith is taking 1st step even when u don't see the staircase"-MLKjr

I remember when Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday. I also remember this song that celebrated it. Listen...

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Just a Little S.O.A.P.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

S.O.A.P. - Saturday, 1/16/10

Scripture - Genesis 26:24 - "And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake."

Observation - The Lord told Isaac He would pour out His blessings upon him. He would do so because of Abraham's faithfulness. God would continue His favor over Abraham with Abraham's seed. Isaac, therefore, was a recipient of God's approval of Abraham, his father.

Application - I can live my life in such a way as to cause others to be blessed!

Prayer - Father, first, I want to honor You. I want to be that special friend to You as was Abraham. Second, Lord, my prayer is to have such a walk with You, such a relationship, that others reap the benefit. Let my life cause an outpour of blessings on those around me. Lord, let it be said that You will bless others, "for my servant Adrienne's sake"! Wow! Hear my heart and cries as I lift up others in prayer: for salvation, provision, strength, comfort, joy, deliverance, etc.--and answer, my God. Thank You for that kind of favor, Lord--and for answered prayer, not just for my benefit, but for the benefit of others. Thank You, Jesus. In Your name, amen!

Read other S.O.A.P.'s here, here, and here.

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Ain't No Party Like a Holy Ghost Party!

Friday, January 15, 2010

God is good, has been good, will continue to be good. I marvel sometimes at His incredible faithfulness. Even when I'm not faithful, He remains faithful. His ability to keep me in His care is something that I cherish and hold so dear to my heart. Today I celebrate God, the baptism of His Spirit, and how He rocked my world so many years ago--and continues to rock my world today.

Twenty one years ago today, on January 15, 1989, in a church on South Road in Queens, New York, God filled me with His Spirit in such a powerful way I could never forget. I can remember it like it was yesterday, and the same joy wells up inside when I stop and reflect. I won't tell you how old I was then (LOL!), but I didn't have too many years under my belt at the time. Nonetheless, I still remember thinking--as young as I was--that my only regret was that I hadn't received Him in this manner years prior! He revealed Himself to be that good to me, that real, that powerful that I had simply one regret: I just wanted more.

That Sunday, close to 11:00 at night, my life was forever changed, and I knew that God was real. I had known it all along, but that night I knew that I knew that I knew! And I've been knowing ever since.

I thank God so much for His Spirit, His power, and His unspeakable gift.

Acts 2: 1-4 states:


1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Words on a page are wonderful, creative, and inspirational. But words that have jumped off the page to become reality "are Spirit, and they are life."

A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument, and my own experience with God--21 years ago and every day of my life--has brought His Word to life for me and within me. I celebrate the outpouring of His Spirit!

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Haiti and Frankie; a Young Man's Cry

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I admit that I have seen very limited coverage of the Haiti tragedy. Until the last couple days, I had been on a hiatus from television, just focusing my attention on God and seeking His face without the distraction of the T.V. However, when I did catch a glimpse of the horror going on there, my heart broke and I was rendered speechless. Even praying for the people in my own understanding was difficult. What does one say, you know?

However, last night I was so deeply touched as one of the young men in my church prayed to God about the situation in Haiti. Frankie just began military academy a few months ago. He and his family have poured their hearts into Haiti. In fact, our church goes to Haiti on missions trips to help at the orphanage. One of those babies in the orphanage is Frankie's little brother. His parents have been going through the adoption procedures for years now, still expecting to bring the little guy home soon. They continue to go see him, he knows they're his parents, and they're all just waiting for the red tape to be cut so he can come home with his family in America. I thank God that little boy's life was spared.

During a time of prayer last night, Frankie went to the microphone and began to pray one of the most honest prayers I've ever heard. So often we think we need to impress God. So often we pretend we don't struggle at times with our faith. We think God doesn't know what's going on inside. We think God will be offended by our honest questions. It is not God who is offended by questions; it is man, in his lack of understanding, who gets offended. I believe God is always receptive to a sincere, broken spirit--and He already knows, so we might as well just be real with Him. Frankie began to tell God--just like one would talk to a friend--that He was confused, that He didn't understand the devastation, he didn't understand the why of it all. He then acknowledged that perhaps God was going to do something through it and asked God to help him see it. That was it. So honest. So real.

I was moved to tears. But I was moved to tears even more by what I saw at the end of service as we sang "Amazing Grace." At the end of the song, we began to sing the words "praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God..." to the tune of the rest of the song, as we often do at the conclusion of that great hymn. I glanced over at Frankie and zoned in on him. I watched as he sang, "praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God," and my heart was so grateful. Here's a young man just starting his life in this world in service to his country, grappling with a tragedy that not one of us can wrap our brains around and one that affects his family so deeply, asking God why--and in the midst of the pain, he still has the faith and strength to sing, "praise God." If that won't put things in perspective, nothing will. If that doesn't make you want to stretch your faith more, nothing does. And if that can't humble your heart, nothing can. I am reminded of Job 13:15, where he said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him."

Frankie's heartfelt cry to God and steadfast faith have challenged and blessed me.

God bless Frankie, and God bless Haiti.

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Sarah Palin: On the Tragedy in Haiti

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

Todd and I join the world in extending our thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of those so impacted by the earthquake in Haiti. Our hearts are with the people of Haiti as they rebuild their country. Join us in donating to the American Red Cross relief effort. To assist those in need, consider sending a $10 donation to the Red Cross by texting 'Haiti' to 90999. Click here for details.

- Sarah Palin

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S.O.A.P. From 1/11/10

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today I will share another S.O.A.P. with you. This one is from yesterday. For a description of S.O.A.P., read "Pressing In."


S.O.A.P. from January 11, 2010

Scripture - Genesis 22:18 - "And in they seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."

Observation - Abraham's mind-blowing obedience to God created a storehouse of blessings. He did not hold back when God told him to sacrifice his son. He was obedient--and God spared his son. Just as Abraham did not hold back with God, God would not hold back either and blessed him and his seed.

Application - As Akeriah prayed tonight, God blesses simple acts of obedience. Granted, this situation was no simple one for Abraham, it would seem. However, God is teaching me that He's faithful. Abraham could trust God because God had already promised him that his seed would be great, so he knew God had to "provide Himself a lamb" (verse 8). God has promised me great, mighty, and powerful things. Sometimes things don't seem to lead in that direction, don't add up. But God is a better mathematician than I am! He Who promised is faithful. I can trust--even in the midnight hour--that He will come through. I don't need to worry about how He'll do it. I just need to know that He will do it--and obey.

Prayer - Father, give me that obedient heart--not just in the small things that require no real sacrifice, but in the things that seem so big as in Abraham's case where he was to sacrifice his only son. God, I'm reminded of how You spared not Your only Son for us--for me. Thank You, Jesus. I want a heart of instant obedience. Abraham "rose up early in the morning" to obey in a situation that was heart-rending. He didn't dawdle. He acted in faith--and You honored that faith and obedience with blessings. Faith always leads to obedience, and Lord, You always bless obedience. I want to trust You wholeheartedly, obey You in all things--and Your blessings simply flow as a result. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen! So be it!

To read other posted S.O.A.P.'s, click here and here.

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