Sarah Palin: Peace Through Strength and American Pride vs. “Enemy-Centric” Policy

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

Earlier this week, I spoke at the Freedom Fest in Norfolk, Virginia; and, evidently, the media was asked to leave – not by me, that’s for sure. I want my message out, so despite reporters making up a story about “Palin people kicking us out” (uh, the “Palin people” entourage would consist of one person – my 15-year-old daughter, Willow – and I have no doubt she could take on any reporter, but I know for certain she didn’t “kick ‘em out” of the event). Anyway, here are some of the key issues I spoke about.

DEFENSE SPENDING

It takes a lot of resources to maintain the best fighting force in the world – especially at a time when we face financial uncertainty and a mountain of debt that threatens all of our futures.

We have a federal government that is spending trillions, and that has nationalized whole sections of our economy: the auto industry, the insurance industry, health care, student loans, the list goes on – all of it at enormous cost to the tax payer. The cost of Obamacare alone is likely to exceed $2.5 trillion dollars.

As a result of all these trillion dollar spending bills, America’s going bust in a hurry. By 2020 we may reach debt levels of $20 trillion – twice the debt that we have today! It reminds me of that joke I read the other day: “Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion!”

Something has to be done urgently to stop the out of control Obama-Reid-Pelosi spending machine, and no government agency should be immune from budget scrutiny. We must make sure, however, that we do nothing to undermine the effectiveness of our military. If we lose wars, if we lose the ability to deter adversaries, if we lose the ability to provide security for ourselves and for our allies, we risk losing all that makes America great! That is a price we cannot afford to pay.

This may be obvious to you and me, but I am not sure the Obama Administration gets it. There isn’t a single progressive pet cause which they haven’t been willing to throw billions at. But when it comes to defense spending, all of a sudden they start preaching a message of “fiscal restraint.” Our Defense Secretary recently stated the “gusher” of defense spending was over and that it was time for the Department of Defense to tighten its belt. There’s a gusher of spending alright, but it’s not on defense. Did you know the US actually only ranks 25th worldwide on defense spending as a percentage of GDP? We spend three times more on entitlements and debt services than we do on defense.

Now don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with preaching fiscal conservatism. I want the federal government to balance its budget right now! And not the Washington way – which is raising your taxes to pay for their irresponsible spending habits. I want it done the American way: by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and letting people keep more of their hard-earned cash.

But the Obama administration doesn’t practice what it preaches. This is an administration that won’t produce a budget for fear that we discover how reckless they’ve been as fiscal managers. At the same time, it threatens to veto a defense bill because of an extra jet engine!

This administration may be willing to cut defense spending, but it’s increasing it everywhere else. I think we should do it the other way round: cut spending in other departments – apart from defense. We should not be cutting corners on our national security.

THE U.S. NAVY

Secretary Gates recently spoke about the future of the US Navy. He said we have to “ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines, and $11 billion carriers.” He went on to ask, “Do we really need... more strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one?”

Well, my answer is pretty simple: Yes, we can and, yes, we do because we must. Our Navy has global responsibilities. It patrols sea lanes and safeguards the freedoms of our allies – and ourselves. The Navy right now only has 286 ships, and that number may decrease. That will limit our options, extend tours for Navy personnel, lessen our ability to secure our allies and deter our adversaries. The Obama administration seems strangely unconcerned about this prospect.

OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY INHERITANCE

When George W. Bush came into office, he inherited a military that had been cut deeply, an al Qaeda that had been unchallenged, and an approach to terrorism that focused on bringing court cases rather than destroying those who sought to destroy us. We saw the result of some of that on 9/11.

When President Obama came into office, he inherited a military that was winning in Iraq. He inherited loyal allies and strong alliances. And thanks to the lamestream media pawing and purring over him, he had the benefit of unparalleled global popularity. What an advantage! So their basic foreign policy outlines should have been clear. Commit to the War on Terror. Commit to winning – not ending, but winning the war in Afghanistan. Commit to the fight against violent Islamic extremism wherever it finds sanctuary. Work with our allies. Be resolute with our adversaries. Promote liberty, not least because it enhances our security. Unfortunately, these basic principles seem to have been discarded by Washington.

THE WAR ON TERROR

His administration has banned the phrase “war on terror,” preferring instead politically correct nonsense like “overseas contingency operations.” His Homeland Security Secretary calls acts of terrorism “man-caused disasters.” His reckless plan to close Guantanamo (because there’s no place to go after it’s closed) faces bipartisan opposition now.

The Attorney General just announced that a decision about where to try terrorists like 9/11 master mind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would not be announced until after the mid-term elections. Is there something he’s afraid to tell us?

The President’s new National Security Strategy does not even use the word “Islamic” when referring to violent extremism. Does he think the ideology of those who seek to kill Americans is irrelevant? How can we seek to defeat an enemy if we don’t acknowledge what motivates them and what their ultimate goals are? President Obama may think he is being politically correct by dropping the term, but it flies in the face of reality. As Senator Joe Lieberman noted, refusing to use the word Islamic when describing the nature of the threat we face is “Orwellian and counterproductive.”

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, it is true that President Obama approved deploying additional forces to the conflict – most, but not all the troops requested by commanders on the ground. But it took months of indecision to get to that point, and it came at a very high price – a July 2011 date to begin withdrawal.

This date was arbitrary! It bears no relation to conditions on the ground. It sends all the wrong signals to our friends and to our enemies. We know our commanders on the ground are not comfortable with it.

As that great Navy war hero, Senator John McCain recently put it: “The decision to begin withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan arbitrarily in July 2011 seems to be having exactly the effect that many of us predicted it would: It is convincing the key actors inside and outside of Afghanistan that the United States is more interested in leaving than succeeding in this conflict.”

Does the President really believe the Taliban and al Qaeda won’t be empowered by his naming of a starting date for withdrawal? They now believe they can beat him simply by outlasting us. What sort of effect does he think this will have on the morale of our troops – and of our allies?

ALIENATING OUR ALLIES

It’s not the only area where the Obama administration has failed our allies. They escalated a minor zoning issue in Jerusalem into a major dispute with our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel. They treated the Israeli Prime Minister shabbily in Washington. When a Turkish sponsored flotilla threatened to violate a legal Israeli blockade of Hamas-run Gaza, the Obama Administration was silent. When Israeli commandos were assaulted as they sought to prevent unmonitored cargoes from being delivered to Hamas terrorists, the Obama Administration sent signals it might allow a UN investigation into the matter – an investigation that would be sure to condemn our ally Israel and bemoan the plight of Hamas. Loyal NATO allies in central Europe were undermined by the cancellation of a missile defense program with virtually no warning. At the same time, Russia and China are given preferential treatment, while remaining silent on their human rights violations.

CODDLING ADVERSARIES

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes. They shake hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez, send letters to the Iranian mullahs and envoys to North Korea, ease sanctions on Cuba and talk about doing the same with Burma. That’s when they’re not on one of their worldwide apology tours.

Do we get anything in return for all this bowing and apologizing? No, we don’t. Yes, Russia voted for a weak sanctions resolution on Iran, but it immediately stated it could sell advanced anti-aircraft missile to Iran anyway, and would not end its nuclear cooperation. In response to North Korea’s unprovoked sinking of a South Korean Navy ship, China warned us not to take part in military exercises with our ally.

And while President Obama lets America get pushed around by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are left to wonder about the value of an alliance with the U.S. They have to be wondering if it’s worth it.

AN “ENEMY-CENTRIC” FOREIGN POLICY

It has led one prominent Czech official to call Obama’s foreign policy “enemy-centric.” And this “enemy-centric” approach has real consequences. It not only baffles our allies, it worries them. When coupled with less defense spending, it signals to the world that maybe we can no longer be counted on, and that we have other priorities than being the world leader that keeps the peace and provides security in Europe, in Asia and throughout the world.

Together with this enemy-centric foreign policy, we see a lessening of the long, bipartisan tradition of speaking out for human rights and democracy. The Secretary of State said she would not raise human rights with China because “we pretty much know what they are going to say.” Democracy promotion programs have been cut. Support for the brave Iranians protesting their government was not forthcoming because President Obama would rather try to cut a deal with their oppressors.

When the world’s dictators see the United States unconcerned with human rights and political freedom, they breathe a sigh of relief, because they know they have a free hand to repress their own people.

This goes against the very ideals on which our republic was founded. There is a long bipartisan tradition of speaking out in favor of freedom – from FDR to Ronald Reagan. America loses something very important when its President consigns human rights and freedom to the back burner of its international priorities.

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF AMERICA

We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and in victory sought not one inch of territory or one dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, though exhausted by conflict, still laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against an evil ideology in the Cold War? Does he just see a country that has to be apologized for around the world, especially to dictators?

President Obama actually seems reluctant to even embrace American power. Earlier this year when he was asked about his faltering Middle East peace process, he said “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” Whether we like it or not?! Really? Mr. President, this may come as news to you, but most Americans actually do like it. And so do our allies. They know it was our military might that liberated countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. Yes, we do like it. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom and kept authoritarian powers in check.

It is in America’s and the world’s best interests for our country to remain the dominant military superpower, but under President Obama’s leadership that dominance may be slipping away. It’s the result of an agenda that reeks of complacency and defeatism.

(I went on from there to talk about our need to end the negative, defeatist attitudes of those in leadership. I spoke further on American exceptionalism, and Willow and I ended a great evening with some great patriots. Sorry the media chose to report anything other than what actually happened at the event.)

- Sarah Palin

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SarahPAC: 2nd Quarter Ends - Will You Assist Gov. Palin's Efforts? (Updated)


* Update at the bottom

June 30th marks the end of the second quarter for SarahPAC, Governor Palin's political action committee. That's tomorrow. It is important that as many as are able contribute to the work that the committee is doing. Governor Palin donates generously to campaigns and assists candidates who have a heart to serve with common sense. So your money is definitely seed being sown into good ground and will yield a harvest. Please click here to go to the official SarahPAC website and contribute whatever you can. Your efforts are more important now than ever. Let's help take our country back.

A couple weeks ago, C4P's Doug Brady detailed the importance of your help in this second quarter. He wrote:

The end of the second quarter is rapidly approaching and now, more than ever, it’s important for us ordinary barbarians to have a voice in the future direction of the country. America is rapidly approaching the point of no return and the political establishment in Washington remains concerned only with maintaining their own fiefdoms of power. If things don’t change, and soon, our children and grandchildren will not live in the same America we grew up in (see Greece).

Obama has America speeding down the road to socialism and bankruptcy. We can’t afford to nominate another plastic, flip-flopping politician with his finger to the wind who will, at best, manage the adventure more efficiently. We’re too far down this road already and the country is too broke to be stupid any longer. And make no mistake, if the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney or someone of his ilk, we will continue down Obama’s path. To be sure, we may travel a bit more slowly, but the ultimate destination will be the same. We need someone who will not only bring this trip to a screeching halt, but turn the nation around and head back in the direction our founders envisioned.

Reversing course will not be easy. We need a leader who is not beholden to the special interests which infest Washington, and this includes the party establishment. Witness Governor Palin’s experience in dealing with her own party in Alaska and, more recently, Nikki Haley’s experience with the Republican establishment in South Carolina. In both cases, the political establishment fought tooth and nail against the agents of change when they perceived their comfortable hold on power was threatened, even if the threat emanated from within their own party. With the establishment, on both sides of the aisle, it’s not about ideas and the well-being of the country, but rather the perpetuation of their own hold on power. We don't have to settle for this. Indeed we can no longer afford to.

Defeating the political establishment in Washington will be even tougher than it was in Alaska. What they lack in support from ordinary Americans is more than made up with money. And let’s be clear, the establishment is awash in money and will spare no expense to ensure one of their own gets the nomination in 2012. A true reformer like Governor Palin has the grassroots and passion, but she must be able to broadcast her message effectively. This takes money. The establishment-anointed candidate owns an army of political pundits who are constantly dispatched to the media to marginalize Governor Palin and tout the inevitability of their candidate. This cannot go unanswered.

Governor Palin demonstrated her grassroots power and influence on Super Tuesday and the media was forced to take notice. This demonstration of strength forced the establishment candidate out from the shadows, but opportunities such as this don’t occur very often. When they do, we must seize them. Strong second quarter fundraising totals by SarahPAC immediately on the heels of her impressive showing on Super Tuesday would reinforce the impression that Governor Palin is a political powerhouse, both in the media and, by extension, the general population.

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There is only two weeks left until the deadline and strong second quarter results for SarahPAC are crucial to maintaining the momentum generated by Governor Palin's stunning Super Tuesday successes.

Read Doug's full post here.

That was two weeks ago, and the end of that second quarter is a day away now.

The nation has taken notice of how well those endorsed by Governor Palin have done--people who believe in the Constitution, the family, the greatness of America, people who want to see our elected officials act prudently with taxpayers' money, and people who have offered themselves up not to be served, but to serve. SarahPAC enables the Governor to continue to aid in this important and urgent mandate. Please help in any way you can. Please do so today.

UPDATE: Today is the last day to make a donation to be included in SarahPAC's second quarter. It's important to support a cause that is making such a difference in America. Consider contributing what you can before midnight tonight.
Check out information about C4P's money bomb here and here.

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Stanislaus: The Left's Attempt to Make Something Out of Nothing

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Left, in typical Palin Derangement Syndrome style, get all hot and bothered over comments Governor Palin makes. Needless to say, the speech at Stanislaus is no exception. Of course, they were looking for issues from the start, with people whining about the fact that she was coming to their school to make them some much-needed money.

So Governor Palin, with a slip of the tongue, says Eureka College is in California, and the Lefty Loons get all "wee-weed up," to steal a phrase from their Messiah, as if they finally have something to pin on her. So let's set the record straight.

As usual, they have nothing on her. Obviously, Governor Palin knows where Eureka College is, for she referred to it when she spoke in Washington, Illinois earlier this year. However, the Left would insult your intelligence once again by getting all happy-clappy over something that is nothing at all. Desperate souls, these haters are. Meanwhile, so-called professionals are caught on tape after her speech dissing her like schoolyard tots. And this is acceptable? If this is what things have come to, no wonder Governor Palin cannot stomach politics-as-usual.

Here's a newsflash for those who are loathe to exercise common sense: the Governor is a human being who experienced a slip of the tongue. Nothing more. Big deal. I know this is a grand disappointment to the haters who are foaming at the mouth for more drama in this regard. Sorry, no drama.

Now, there are indeed those who will never make such a mistake as they stand before a crowd to raise thousands of dollars for the cause of education. That's because they never will, for instead, they but stand on the sidelines and watch others do the tough stuff. They won't misspeak because they don't have what it takes to speak up in the first place. These are people who stay on the shore. Sure, they never have to worry about getting wet, but neither will they swim in deep water. Governor Palin is making a major difference in this nation while others behold from a distance and pray she drowns. That's what I call silly prayers by silly people.

When the Governor makes an appearance, she actually talks to the people, makes connections, and doesn't simply rely on a word-for-word speech, also known as a teleprompter. She's insightful, engaging, spontaneous. And personally speaking as a teacher, a preacher, and a public speaker, I can tell you that when one depends on those gifts, rather than a machine to simply spoon-feed you, sometimes you say something you didn't mean to say--not because you don't know what you're talking about, but just because you were talking, connecting, and sharing as a human being, rather than a robot. Bottom line: it happens.

So let's put this nonsense to bed: the haters who are trying to use this to prove Governor Palin is uninformed should do their own research and take note of the fact that yes, she knows where Eureka College is. She already referenced it while in Illinois. If they expect that their exploitation of a slip of the tongue is going to shut her up or take the focus off of restoring common sense to our nation, they need to get a grip and a good smell of reality. They might even consider trying harder not to look so desperate in their crazed obsession to destroy her credibility. Even better, how 'bout they just grow up? If that's not enough to keep them busy and they still have more time on their hands, perhaps they should visit President Obama and remind him that Europe is a continent, not a country.

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Sarah Palin: Another Victory for the Second Amendment

Monday, June 28, 2010

Governor Palin applauds today's Supreme Court Second Amendment ruling. Via Facebook, she writes:

The Supreme Court handed down an important ruling today stating what should be obvious: that the Second Amendment, in the words of Justice Alito writing for the court, “applies equally to the federal government and the states.” Today’s decision in McDonald vs. City of Chicago, in conjunction with the landmark Heller case two years ago, should leave little doubt that our individual right to keep and bear arms applies everywhere and is a right for everyone.

For an interesting perspective on the significance of today’s ruling, take a look at David Rittgers’ article in National Review here.

- Sarah Palin

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Part II: Catching Up On All Things Palin - Todd Tiahrt Endorsement

Still catching up on all things Palin, so here's the Governor's most recent endorsement:

Via Facebook:

Thank Todd Tiahrt for True Public Service

I’m happy to endorse Todd Tiahrt’s campaign to be the next U.S Senator from Kansas. Todd is a protector of our Constitution, a pro-family, pro-Second Amendment Commonsense Conservative who has never voted for a tax increase and has fought to end the wasteful spending coming out of Washington. He didn’t just stand on the sidelines complacently, but instead actually battled against the bailouts, the debt-ridden stimulus spending, the cap-and-tax energy schemes, and Obamacare. In fact, remember on the day Obamacare was being debated, Todd Tiahrt was on the House floor all day working to defeat it, and he’s helped lead the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare the moment it was signed into law. We can count on Todd to take on the liberal spending agenda of the Obama administration and fight for lower taxes, more individual freedom, and less government intrusion.

Please join me in supporting Todd Tiahrt’s campaign by visiting his website at www.ToddTiahrt.com and following him on Facebook and Twitter.

- Sarah Palin

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Catching Up On All Things Palin: Legal Defense Fund


As I blogged here, I have been out of the loop and need to catch up on all things Palin. I will start with the news of the Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund.

As anyone who has been paying attention knows, the haters, the Palin-deranged, and the completely evil worked overtime to try to bankrupt both the Palins and the state of Alaska, which of course is why she sacrificed a job she loved and stepped down as governor. Also, as I imagine you know, in Alaska anyone can file an ethics complaint against someone without costing themselves a dime, while costing the one whom the complaint is leveled against a ton, even when the allegations have been found bogus. Such was the case with Governor Palin. Each complaint was dismissed, yet she had to shovel out massive amounts of money and spend state resources dealing with people who had a political axe to grind upon her return home from running for vice president. This is why supporters chose to set up a legal defense fund.

Recently, the fund was challenged. Let the record show that the governor acted ethically and in good faith, did not spend supporters' donations, and apparently the use of the word "official" is her "crime." So now she must return the money. But a new fund has been set up. The haters still lose, as they always will. Mark my words.

So I will summarize the events regarding this situation.

First, Thomas Van Flein, the Governor's attorney, sent out a note via her Facebook page. He ended the note by saying:

There are, of course, some remaining issues to address. The attacks against Sarah Palin will continue. They are distractions meant to keep her off message. There will be times when Sarah Palin will have to take one for the team in order to continue on with her message to the country and simply resolve matters without having to incur crushing personal debt. That is the cost, unfortunately, of public life today. When that happens, read the details closely – like the details in this court opinion. Every time you do you will see that Sarah Palin has always acted with honest intent. You will see that again soon. Today’s ruling is a positive step not just for Sarah and Todd Palin, but for all female chief executives currently in office – and waiting to take office in November.

Read the rest of what he had to say here.

Meghan Stapleton, formerly Governor Palin's Spokesperson, then set the record straight. If you want the true story (and y'all know I'm motivated by the truth), read what Meghan had to said via Facebook:

First off, let’s keep in mind that this is about a legal defense fund. According to the Summary of Findings in the decision released today by the Alaska Personnel Board, nothing illegal and nothing unethical occurred because not a penny has been distributed. Governor Palin did nothing wrong. And in fact, everyone is in agreement that Governor Palin acted in good faith. Now, let me explain how we got here.

It is no secret that Governor Palin has been subject to political and legal attacks on an unprecedented scale. Since these attacks originate from her opposition, sometimes it can be a badge of honor to be the focus of such irrational hatred. But there is a cost to all of this.

Last year, those who willfully and excitedly violated or abused Alaska law showed they would do it again and again to either bankrupt Governor Palin or paralyze her success for Alaska. Governor Palin had a choice: plead guilty to things she didn’t do so that she could focus on the state and save money for the family – or defend her good name and reputation. She chose to fight back. In the end, Governor Palin and her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, successfully defended against well over two dozen complaints, lawsuits, and allegations. Time and time again during and after the 2008 Presidential election cycle, independent investigators proved that Governor Palin’s actions were sound, her judgment was proper, and her intentions were honest. In fact, the Personnel Board, the ethics board for the Governor of the state, never even had to take up a case as each was dismissed before making it to the next level.

But it did cost the Palins financially.

Seeing this nonsense, it was suggested to me from both sides of the aisle that one way to deal with the substantial financial cost these tactics were inflicting, was to create a trust fund for legal fees – just like all the other legal defense funds for prominent politicians who are targets.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, “Such funds have become increasingly common as scrutiny of politicians has intensified.” (“Palin Backers Set Up Legal-Defense Fund”, Wall Street Journal, p. A-3, April 24, 2009)

When I approached Governor Palin with the idea, she had one primary directive – if it can be done lawfully, then I will support it. She also asked that, if possible, we keep it Alaskan.

One might think that creating a trust fund to collect money to pay legal fees should not be that complicated, but it turns out, it is exceptionally complicated. You should know that as many as seven lawyers were involved in the process; some of whom were and are nationally prominent experts in creating legal defense funds, in evaluating federal and state election laws, state trust law, federal and state tax laws, state reporting requirements and state ethics requirements. It is a sad commentary on public life today when the legal system can be used as a political weapon against an elected official, and it takes a battalion of lawyers to figure out how to fund a defense and counter-attack.

In any event, the legal team concluded that the fund they had created was lawful in all respects. I relied in good faith on that advice and advised Governor Palin of that advice.

Ultimately, the Alaska Fund Trust was borne, and within a day or two, a complaint was filed against it challenging its legality. (And like everything else, the public knew because someone – likely the complainant – violated the law and publicly released the accusation.) And so started another prolonged legal battle – this time to determine if the legal fund created to defend Governor Palin against frivolous ethics complaints was itself ethical. Quite a circle really. We made it clear that no money would be paid out on until the matter had been resolved.

Thus, to this very moment, the money received was frozen and no one, not the Palins, not the Palins’ attorney, no one ever received a penny from the Trust on the Palins’ behalf.

The Personnel Board initially appointed an “independent” investigator. That investigator, we later learned, had connections with, and was associated with President Obama. The Personnel Board had hired President Obama’s personal law firm as an “independent” investigator to review whether a fund created to raise money to eliminate a debt incurred as a result of Governor Palin’s opposition to President Obama was appropriate. We objected to both the illegal leak and the blatant political influence, and a new investigator was appointed.

The new investigator spent considerable time reviewing the old information and collecting new, but I think it proved to be too difficult to reverse an already-public decision. He concluded that the Trust fund violated Alaska law in two respects. His biggest heartburn was that we used the word “official” on the website. And he was distressed that we turned down an offer from a former White House Special Counsel to serve as trustee and instead chose an Alaskan whom Alaskans would recognize – Kristan Cole.

Kristan sat on several state boards as a volunteer public servant. The investigator concluded that because she sat on such boards, Governor Palin as governor was technically her boss, and therefore she should not be the trustee of the fund. That is his conclusion and we respect that. The law is not clear on this aspect, and not one member of the legal team saw this as an issue, but again, we respect the conclusion here and it is not worth the time or money to dispute that. But we do want to thank Kristan for taking on that otherwise thankless task. What is it they say about no good deed?

The other conclusion needs context. There was a point where it appeared that people around the country wanted to start legal defense funds for Governor Palin. The support and good will the people of this country have shown to the Palins is inspiring. But a concern was raised whether all these other potential funds would comply with various laws, including donation limits, limits against contributions from lobbyists or contributions from foreign nationals. So we used the word “official” in the website to distinguish the Alaska Fund Trust from ones we were not sure would be compliant. In our view, that was a solid and common sense reason to use the word “official,” but the investigator believes that it made it appear that the website was sponsored by the State of Alaska, and thus would be a use of Governor Palin’s ”official” office to raise money. We are not terribly persuaded that really would be the case or that any member of the public could be confused, but we respect the investigator’s evaluation of this point and it is not worth fighting about. Again, Governor Palin’s prime directive was simple – if this fund could be set up lawfully, she would support it. If not, it would not have her support.

So Governor Palin has reached a point where she decided to agree to resolve this matter with the investigator rather than spend time and money fighting an ethics complaint about a fund that was created to reimburse her for the money she has spent fighting bogus ethics complaints drawn up by insiders and outsiders violating and abusing Alaska law. Really, this is simple pragmatism and common sense.

As you know, we love a good fight, but we must pick our battles carefully. As a chief executive, Governor Palin makes the calls, and she knows that this battle, though important to her personally, does nothing for the country. She has bigger battles to fight, battles to restore our strength internationally and stand by our allies, battles to stop the downward slide of our economy, and battles to take back control of Congress.

However, I know and you know that no public official should ever have to bear the financial brunt of these attacks. And Governor Palin can lawfully raise money now through a brand new – not official but let’s call it “real” – legal defense fund without any risk of offending an investigator or state law. And such a fund now exists at http://www.sarahpalinlegaldefensefund.org/donate.php.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Alaska Fund Trust. Your heart was in the right place. And Governor Palin and her family have been overwhelmed by your generosity. If you want to, you can contribute to the new fund. In the meantime, we will try to contact you to get your donation returned from the old trust.

Now – back to motherhood for me! And common sense.

P.S. One last thought as we approach the anniversary of Governor Palin’s “reloading,” thank God she had the fortitude and wisdom to look down the road and see what she did – the state’s bills would have amounted to millions upon millions more and her personal legal bills would be personally insurmountable. I don’t know who would want to hold office under these circumstances and with loopholes our Alaska legislators refuse to close.

- Meghan Stapleton, Mom, Wife, and Now More Knowledgeable Than Ever About Legal Defense Funds

Once again, as always, Governor Palin acted ethically and responsibly. Once again, the haters lose in their attempt to derail her, and once again, her supporters will rise to the challenge, for I am confident that when funds are returned to her supporters who donated, we will be more than happy to send them right back where they belong. There has been trial and tribulation after trial and tribulation waged against this public servant, yet there is a multitude of people who will continue to stand and defend her--and not be sidetracked by the bumps in the road. She perseveres, and we persevere with her.

Please go here to learn more about the Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund and to donate.

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Made it to Missouri


I have really been out of the loop lately. School ended for me Thursday, and not a moment too soon. I have been looking forward to the end of the school year since, well, September!

The next morning, I hit the road headed to Missouri. It's an 18+ hour trip by car, so I stopped and stayed one night in Indiana and finished up the next day. I so thoroughly enjoyed the hours in the car--not tired, not aching to stop. In fact, I really felt I could have done all 18 hours in one shot, but wisdom said, "Stop for the night," so I did so after logging 12 hours--with only two bathroom breaks. Not bad for someone who has heretofore only driven six hours alone. I am so glad that I chose to drive rather than fly because the adventure was such a delight.

I will be vacationing here for at least two weeks, and I love the thought of doing nothing in particular, for there's nowhere I just have to be at any given time. I need that after the emotionally and physically challenging last nine months. It's good sometimes just to step back, get out of your personal area of battle, and take a deep breath.

I am having a great time with my friend and prayer partner, Kristi King. Yesterday was the first full day in hot South East Missouri, and it was full of God's blessings. He is so faithful. Yesterday started at church where Kristi played the guitar and saxophone. She is a marvel on that saxophone! To see what I mean, check this out where she's playing a song called "Even Now." The YouTube video is from the CD her church cut a while ago. It's the number one downloaded itunes song in the Praise and Worship genre. They sang the song yesterday, and you can see the picture of her on the sax, along with a pic below of her playing the guitar during another song. Pretty cool! I snapped these during their pre-service practice/sound check.

And now it's time to catch up on some things--like all things Palin.

God bless.


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Sarah Palin: Upcoming Events in Texas, Virginia, and Georgia

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

I’m looking forward to heading down to the Lower 48 for some great events.

On Saturday, June 26th, I’ll be speaking at the Oil Palace in Tyler, TX. You can visit their website here for more details.

Then on Sunday, June 27th, I’ll be at the Freedom Fest 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia. If you’re free that day, you can join me, Oliver North, and George Allen at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University for an evening honoring our military and first responders (Police, Fire, and EMS). And what better way to kick off the event than to have Lee Greenwood on stage to sing “Proud to Be An American”! I hope you can join us to show support for all the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces and in our communities every day. You can visit the event website here for more details.

On Tuesday, June 29th, I head to Atlanta for the P.U.R.E. Celebration sponsored by Zachariah’s Way at the Gwinnett Arena. Zachariah’s Way is a wonderful organization committed to serving our special needs community. You can visit their website here to learn more about them, and if you’re free next Tuesday, I hope you’ll join us.

- Sarah Palin

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Stanislaus Protest Planned, an Exercise in Futility; Updated

Governor Palin will be speaking at Stanislaus University this Friday, June 25th. Much has been made of this particular speaking engagement with people complaining about the Governor being the choice to headline the school's 50th anniversary celebration. They have hidden behind what they hoped would appear to be reasonable arguments for their protest, but those arguments simply don't hold water.

Look, if school officials would disqualify a "polarizing and divisive celebrity with no connection to our school or community," as one person coined her, perhaps they need to re-examine the reason for fundraisers. The last time I checked, the institution was proceeding on the common sense theory that she would raise a plethora of cash for them during a time when finances are needed. By the way, if schools, organizations, or companies only invited speakers who were connected to them personally, most people would be wiped out of consideration from the jump.

Complaining about the fee is also disingenuous. The original fee was not coming out of the school's pocket, so what's the beef? You pay no money out but receive an abundance of money in while hosting the former vice presidential nominee--and whining ensues? Let's get real. These ridiculous complaints are just smokescreens to hide a larger political agenda, as Bill O'Reilly exposed when he interviewed two students from the university. He allowed them to have their say, but he ended the segment by showing them for the obsessive partisans they are. His final point:

I don't think you're being quite honest with us. Mrs. Palin has already passed on her speaking fee and is bringing in money to the university. So it seems that even if you don't like her philosophy, she is doing good for the college. C'mon! This is ideology!

Of course it is. And their hatin' ways have yielded no rewards, for Governor Palin will indeed grace Stanislaus University this week with her common sense appeal. However, it will not go forward without some planned drama.

The word on the street is that Craigslist in San Francisco has posted a protest of Governor Palin's visit. And what a protest. Apparently the issue now is not the fee, the Governor's "polarizing" power, or her lack of connection to the school. No, they've called on old faithful. They're protesting her "racism, bigotry, and hate." What complete loons. And is it just me or do her recent endorsements belie their claim? Just saying. Indeed, these people have built air castles and moved in, and the voices inside their heads are getting the best of them.

The call to the protest reads:

Protest Sarah Palin & the Tea Party!
Friday June 25
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CSU, Stanislaus, Turlock
Meet at the corner of Monte Vista and Geer Rd.

A CALL FOR UNITY AGAINST RACISM, BIGOTRY, AND HATE!
Protest Sarah Palin & the Tea Party on June 25th

The CSU, Stanislaus community rejects Sarah Palin and her Tea Party! We are a community of working class immigrants and people of color who have been historically silenced and pushed aside by the right-wing elite that dominates our Central Valley. We will be silent no more! We urge our brothers and sisters through out California to support our struggle against the hate and racism destroying our communities.

Join us on June 25th, 2010 at CSU, Stanislaus and help us show that Palin’s agenda of hate, racism, and right-wing reactionary politics is not welcome in the Central Valley or in California!

Of course these nuts have no evidence for their allegations, as they never do. They simply throw out their own hate speech and rely on silly, gullible people to jump on board in agreement, people at a loss for how to handle their paralyzing fear of Governor Palin who is kicking their butts in every single debate in which she chooses to engage. The fact that she's making their president look like the unprepared community organizer that he is doesn't do anything to endear herself to them either. So...you know the script: "racism, bigotry, and hate." After all, anyone who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for twenty years must...Oh wait, that was someone else. Sounds like some people are projecting.

If you're in the area Friday and can show up and demonstrate your support for Governor Palin, go for it. Drop a line to @palintwibe or email palintwibe@yahoo.com to say you'll be there. As many as can, please go and respectfully make a statement that Americans are tired of the games, the politics-as-usual, the racebaiting.

I believe it's safe to say the Stanislaus protest will be as futile as the protests that have come before. The Governor is not going to sit down and shut up, no matter how loudly the Palin-deranged scream out--and neither are we.

Update: It appears that Bill O'Reilly misspoke when he said that Governor Palin passed on her speaking fee, or perhaps he meant she has already brought in more than her fee. In any case, my point still remains because the university didn't have to pay out for the Governor. As the university president has said, "This event is being 100 percent funded with fresh, private money coming into the foundation" (http://www.modbee.com/2010/03/29/1107171/turlock-uproar-on-csu-stanislaus.html). I, for one, am glad she is getting paid. It's simple: those who work are worthy of their pay.

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Governor Palin's Endorsees Win Again

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Congratulations to Nikki Haley and Tim Scott of South Carolina!

MSNBC reports:

Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, handily won the Republican nomination for governor and Tim Scott, a black lawmaker, won the GOP nomination for a House seat in South Carolina primary runoffs Tuesday, a sign of racial progress in the Deep South and the GOP.

[...]

With her victory, state Rep. Haley moved one step closer to becoming the first female governor in the conservative-leaning state. She brushed aside allegations of marital infidelity and an ethnic slur to come within a percentage point of winning the gubernatorial nod outright on June 8. And with 66 percent of the precincts reporting in the runoff, she led with 65 percent of the vote to Rep. Gresham Barrett's 35 percent.

[...]

Scott, also a state lawmaker, hoped to become South Carolina's first black GOP congressman in more than a century. He beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late U.S. Sen. and former segregationist Strom Thurmond in the runoff after securing the backing of several Republican leaders in Washington. With 83 percent of precincts counted, he led with 69 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Thurmond.

MSNBC would, of course, point out the race issue first. The victory here, however, rests in two conservatives coming out on top. While gender and race certainly do not go without notice, what's most important is that Haley and Scott espouse common sense principles, and we need more people with such commitment, regardless of gender and race.

The appropriate observation to take away from these elections is candidates' willingness to offer themselves up for service and Governor Palin's ability to once again catapult them to a place of success by rallying support from Americans who are demanding true hope and change.

The Governor maintains the real focus and tweets:

Congratulations to Nikki Haley and Tim Scott! On to November!

Absolutely...As a man once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

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Father's Day Thoughts; Update - Happy 100th Birthday, Father's Day

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Happy Father's Day to the fathers out there.

Father's Day may be even more special to me than Mother's Day, and it's not because one parent is any more important than the other. It's just that strong men who love their wives and children through it all truly stand out to me. Society seems to make it all too easy for men to walk away, and I truly believe that it is important that we pray for our families, and our fathers in particular.

Today at church, Pastor Jaron had all the fathers come to the front of the church. It was quite a sight to see these guys line up all the way across the front of the church--some old, so young, some with one child, others with several. These men came forward and bowed their heads as Pastor prayed over their lives. Some were standing there actually holding hands as they received the blessing and strength that come through prayer. Some wiped away tears as we as a church stretched forth our hands and prayed that they would continue to stand up as men of honor, commitment, and integrity, as husbands who will love their wives as Christ loves the church, as fathers who will model true faithfulness to God and their families. Men with hands lifted and hearts humbled is always a touching scene for me.

Yes, they need our prayers. It's not always easy to take a stand, to do what's right even when it seems everything is going wrong, to rejoice with the family in the good and the bad, and to trust the Lord's strength even in one's own weakness. But that's what we want for men--and that's what this nation and world need. And their children, of all ages, need them now more than ever, it seems. They need a sense of security that comes from a man committed to being a dad sold out to his family and his God.

My dad died at the young age of 47 almost 17 years ago. But I am so blessed to get to witness at Rock Solid Church fathers who have poured themselves into the lives of their children, and those who have become surrogate fathers to the children of others.

Happy Father's Day, and God bless you all.

Below is an appropriate song for Father's Day. Yes, let this be said of every dad out there. What a legacy. Enjoy John Waller's "The Blessing."



Update: Happy 100th Birthday, Father's Day!

AOLNews.com reports:

You could call Sonora Smart Dodd the "Mother of Father's Day." After all, the holiday, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, was inspired by her.

Dodd's mother died in 1898 while giving birth, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, to raise Dodd and her five younger brothers (including the newborn baby) on a remote farm near Spokane, Wash. While attending a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Dodd decided that fathers deserve the same recognition.

Within a year, she -- along with some help from her pastor, the Rev. Conrad Bluhm, the Spokane YMCA and the Ministerial Alliance -- did it: June 19, 1910, was designated as the first Father's Day. Throughout Spokane that day, Sunday sermons were themed around the importance of fatherhood.

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Sarah Palin: Tim Scott for South Carolina’s 1st District

Saturday, June 19, 2010


* Video retrieved from www.votetimescott.com

Governor Palin endorses Tim Scott via Facebook:

I’m very proud to add my support to Tim Scott’s campaign to represent South Carolina’s 1st congressional district. Tim has a remarkable success story. He grew up in poverty and was raised by a single-mom who struggled to provide. With help from a mentor and his brave mom, Tim learned to appreciate the value of hard work and American opportunity. He went on to become a business owner and has served in public office with integrity on the county and state level.

Tim is a pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-development, Commonsense Conservative who’s been endorsed by the Club for Growth because of his solid commitment to the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.

He will represent the Palmetto State with distinction in DC, so I encourage you to vote for Tim in his run-off election next Tuesday, June 22nd. Please visit Tim’s website at www.votetimscott.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

- Sarah Palin

Tim Scott reacts to Governor Palin's endorsement via Twitter:

We have just been endorsed by Gov. Sarah Palin!! #scpol

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Frances Rice: Commemoration of Juneteenth - The Celebration of Black Freedom


The National Black Republican Association commemorates Juneteenth and talks about the steps Democrats took to deny rights to Blacks, while Republicans fought vehemently to secure those rights. Chairman Frances Rice continually works to get the truth out there that so many Liberals try to hide from the public. Let the truth be told. It's time everyone knew what that truth is. Can you handle it? Read on.

From Frances Rice via email:

COMMEMORATION OF JUNETEENTH - THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK FREEDOM
By Frances Rice

As we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it is fitting that we pause to recognize the origin of this important part of our African American heritage.

June 19th marks the day in 1865 when word reached blacks in Texas that slavery in the United States had been abolished. More than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863, Republican President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Delivered during the American Civil War, this proclamation ordered the freeing of all slaves in states that were rebelling against Union forces. The proclamation had little effect in Texas, where there were few Union troops to enforce the order.

News of the proclamation officially reached Texas on June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger, backed by nearly 2,000 troops, arrived in the city of Galveston and publicly announced that slavery in the United States had ended. Republicans had passed the Thirteenth Amendment on January 31, 1865 that was ratified on December 6, 1865 to abolish slavery in the United States.

Reactions among newly freed slaves ranged from shock and disbelief to jubilant celebration. That day has been known ever since as Juneteenth, a name probably derived from the slang combination of the words June and nineteenth.

Juneteenth commemorations began in Texas in 1866. Within a few years they had spread to other states and became an annual tradition, celebrating freedom for blacks in addition to many other themes, including education, self-improvement, African American accomplishments throughout history, and tolerance and respect for all cultures.

The racial divisiveness prevalent today would not exist if the Democrats in control of the Southern states had left African Americans alone at the moment in history when blacks were freed from slavery and the Juneteenth celebrations began. Instead Democrats set for themselves the horrendous task of keeping blacks in virtual slavery.

Southern Democrats passed discriminatory Black Codes in 1865 to suppress, restrict, and deny blacks the same privileges as whites. The Codes forced blacks to serve as apprentices to their former slave masters.

In 1866, the Ku Klux Klan was started by Democrats to lynch and terrorize Republicans, black and white, and the Ku Klux Klan became the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.

To counter the discriminatory and terrorizing actions by Democrats, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks.

Further, the Fourteenth Amendment pushed by Republicans was ratified in1868 that granted blacks citizenship. The Fifteenth Amendment also pushed by Republicans was ratified in 1870 that granted blacks the right to vote.

Undaunted, Democrats passed discriminatory Jim Crow Laws in 1875 to restrict the rights of blacks to use public facilities. In response, Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which prohibited racial discrimination in public facilities.

Shamefully, Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws, and when the Democrats regained control of Congress in 1892, they passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Democrats and issued a ruling in the case of "Plessy v. Ferguson" in 1896 that established the "separate but equal" doctrine. That opinion stated that it was not a violation of the Constitution to have separate facilities for blacks. It took Republicans nearly six decades to finally get the civil rights laws of the 1950's and 1960's passed over the objection of the Democrats.

To advance civil rights for blacks, Republicans started the NAACP on February 12, 1909, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The first black head of the NAACP was black Republican James Weldon Johnson who became general secretary in 1920 and wrote the lyrics to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing". Republicans also founded the HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) because Democrats were trying to prevent blacks from getting a good education.

During the civil rights era of the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to stop Democrats from denying civil rights to blacks. It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Republican as has been affirmed by his niece, Dr. Alveda C. King in a video posted on YouTube.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of the Ku Klux Klan and segregation.

Dr. King fought against Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor in Birmingham who let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.

Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox famously brandished ax handles to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant. Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats until the day they died.

The so-called "Dixiecrats" remained Democrats and did not migrate to the Republican Party. The Dixiecrats were a group of Southern Democrats who, in the 1948 national election, ran a third party ticket that supported segregation and Jim Crow laws passed by Democrats. Even so, they continued to be Democrats for all local and state elections, as well as for all future national elections.

Unknown today is the fact that the Democratic Party supported the Topeka, Kansas school board in the 1954 "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education" Supreme Court decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower. This landmark decision declared that the "separate but equal" doctrine violated the 14th Amendment and ended school segregation.

After the Brown decision, Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of a Little Rock public school. President Eisenhower sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate the schools and pushed through the 1957 Civil Rights Act. In 1958, Eisenhower established a permanent US Civil Rights Commission that had been rejected by prior Democrat presidents, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ignored today is the fact that it was Roosevelt who started blacks on the path to dependency on government handouts during the Great Depression with his "New Deal" that turned out to be a bad deal for blacks. Even though Roosevelt received the vote of many blacks, Roosevelt banned black American newspapers from the military because he was convinced the newspapers were communists.

Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.

Little known is the fact that it was Republican Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, who pushed through the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. In fact, Dirksen was instrumental in the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1968. The chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd, a former official in the Ku Klux Klan who is still in Congress. None of these racist Democrats became Republicans.

Democrats ignore the pivotal role played by Senator Dirksen in obtaining passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, while heralding President Johnson as a civil rights advocate for signing the bill.

Notably, in his 4,500-word State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, Johnson mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Information about Johnson's anemic civil rights policy positions can be found in the "Public Papers of the President, Lyndon B. Johnson," 1965, vol. 1, p.1-9..

In their campaign to unfairly paint the Republican Party today as racists, Democrats point to President Johnson's prediction that there would be an exodus from the Democratic Party because of Johnson's signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Omitted from the Democrats' rewritten history is what Johnson actually meant by his prediction. Johnson's statement was not made out of a concern that racist Democrats would suddenly join the Republican Party that was fighting for the civil rights of blacks. Instead, Johnson feared that the racist Democrats would again form a third party, such as the short-lived States Rights Democratic Party. In fact, Alabama's Democrat Governor George C. Wallace in 1968 started the American Independent Party that attracted other racist candidates, including Democrat Atlanta Mayor (later Governor of Georgia) Lester Maddox.

Democrat President John F. Kennedy is also lauded as a civil rights advocate. In reality, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act while he was a senator. After he became president, John F. Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a black Republican.

President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King. To his credit, Republican President Ronald Reagan made Dr. King's birthday a federal holiday, ignoring how the Democrats had smeared Dr. King.

Democrats denounced Senator Trent Lott for his remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond. However, there was silence when Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd praised Senator Byrd, a former official in the Ku Klux Klan, as someone who would have been "a great senator for any moment." Senator Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and, after he became a Republican, Thurmond defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats.

Democrats today castigate Republican Senator Barry Goldwater as anti-black. However a review of Senator Barry Goldwater's record shows that he was a Libertarian, not a racist. Goldwater was a member of the Arizona NAACP and was involved in desegregating the Arizona National Guard.

Goldwater also supported the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Act of 1960, as well as the constitutional amendment banning the poll tax. His opposition to the more comprehensive Civil Rights Act of 1964 was based on his libertarian views about government. Goldwater believed that the 1964 Act, as written, unconstitutionally extended the federal government's commerce power to private citizens, furthering the government's efforts to "legislate morality" and restrict the rights of employers.

It is instructive to read the entire text of Goldwater's 1964 speech at the 28th Republican National Convention, accepting the nomination for president that is available from the Arizona Historical Foundation. By the end of his career, Goldwater was one of the most respected members of either party and was considered a stabilizing influence in the Senate. Senator Goldwater's speech may be found also on the Internet.

In the arsenal of the Democrats is a condemnation of Republican President Richard Nixon for his so-called "Southern Strategy." These same Democrats expressed no concern when the racially segregated South voted solidly for Democrats for over 100 years, yet unfairly deride Republicans because of the thirty-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party that began in the 1970's. Nixon's "Southern Strategy" was an effort on his part to get fair-minded people in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were discriminating against blacks. Georgia did not switch until 2004, and Louisiana was controlled by Democrats until the election of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal in 2007.

As the co-architect of Nixon's "Southern Strategy", Pat Buchanan provided a first-hand account of the origin and intent of that strategy in a 2002 article that can be found on the Internet.

In that article, Buchanan wrote that when Nixon kicked off his historic comeback in 1966 with a column about the South (written by Buchanan), Nixon declared that the Republican Party would be built on a foundation of states rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense, and leave it to the "party of Maddox, Mahoney and Wallace to squeeze the last ounce of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice."

During the 1966 campaign, Nixon was personally thanked by Dr. King for his help in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Nixon also endorsed all Republicans, except the members of the John Birch Society.

Notably, the enforcement of affirmative action began with Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher who became know as "the father of affirmative action enforcement") that set the nation's first goals and timetables. Nixon was also responsible for the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1970's.

Fletcher, as president of the United Negro College Fund, coined the phrase "the mind is a terrible thing to waste." Fletcher was also one of the original nine plaintiffs in the famous "Brown v. Topeka Board of Education" decision. Fletcher briefly pursued a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1995.

Nixon began his merit-based affirmative action program to overcome the harm caused by Democrat President Woodrow Wilson who, after he was elected in 1912, kicked blacks out of federal government jobs and prevented blacks from obtaining federal contracts. Also, while Wilson was president and Congress was controlled by the Democrats, more discriminatory bills were introduced in Congress than ever before in our nation's history. Today, Democrats have turned affirmative action into an unfair quota system that even most blacks do not support.

For more details on the true history of civil rights please read the book "Blacks, Whites and Racist Democrats: The Untold History of Race and Politics within the Democratic Party from 1792-2009" by Wayne Perryman.

Just as Democrats built their economic power base on the backs of poor blacks during the time of slavery, Democrats today have built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks today.

As author Michael Scheuer stated, the Democratic Party is the party of the four S's: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

Democrats have been running black communities for the past 40 years, and the socialist policies of the Democrats have destroyed the economic and social fabric of black communities. A wise man once wrote that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It is way past time for blacks to end their unfounded loyalty to the Democratic Party, stop having their vote taken for granted and seize control over their own destiny.

Only then will blacks be truly free.

Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, a lawyer and chairman of the National Black Republican Association. She can be contacted at: www.NBRA.info

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Yes! I've Been Waiting For This: Gov. Palin Endorses Star Parker

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I've been waiting for this one: Today Governor Palin endorsed Star Parker for Congress.

Via Facebook, the Governor writes:

I’m proud to endorse Star Parker for California’s 37th Congressional District. Star has an incredible story and a passionate commitment to her community and our great nation. Rising up from being a single mom on welfare, Star worked hard to build a non-profit network that seeks to reduce poverty and create a brighter future for America by promoting free market solutions and personal responsibility. There is no doubt that she will bring a new level of enthusiasm and energy to Washington for American values, limited government, and economic growth. She’s a dynamic leader who is committed to building a more prosperous environment for the families in her district and ushering in positive change. Please join me in supporting Star and her message of hope, opportunity, and self-reliance. Visit her website at www.StarParkerforCongress.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Both Governor Palin and Star Parker are role models who inspire others to greatness. The Governor grew up hunting and fishing in the "Last Frontier." Star Parker had a more troubled upbringing and became a woman dependent on the government--until she saw the light. In spite of being from two different worlds, so to speak, today they both share an incredible love for America, a deep appreciation for hard work, and a commitment to common sense solutions. They're both willing to serve to see this nation return to both fiscal and personal responsibility. I wrote more about Star Parker in March here.

So how does Star Parker feel about Governor Palin's endorsement?

On Twitter, she wrote:

Sarah Palin endorses Star Parker for Congress! http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin#!/notes/sarah-palin/the-nature-of/399842678434

On Facebook she wrote:

I'm proud to receive Sarah Palin's endorsement today.

I, too, am excited about this particular endorsement. Star deserves it, and I look forward to Governor Palin helping send her to Washington.

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Sarah Palin: The Nature of Those Tough, Self-Sufficient Bears

Gov. Palin's recent Facebook note--another round of "Mama Grizzly" endorsements:

Last summer I stood on the grassy bank of an Alaskan waterway that was teeming with salmon to watch part of Alaska’s brown bear population forage, fight, feed, and fend off enemies to survive. I joined Fish and Game biologists to observe 42 of these majestic wild animals all within eyesight, all at once. Even though I’ve lived all my life in the “Last Frontier,” I still find days like that absolutely fascinating! And I swear the hardest workers on the water were those “mama bears.”

Obviously not waiting for another bear to do the work for them, the mama bears not only foraged for themselves to prepare for winter, but they worked twice as hard to slay salmon for their cubs, too, making sure the future of the population was ready for the season ahead. She would instinctively rear up on hind legs when her cubs were threatened – you don’t mess with her cubs. And most importantly, just as the well known modern proverb expresses, she didn’t just hand over a free fish for the day – she taught young ones how to fish for a lifetime. (There’s no shortage of life lessons learned while scanning our great outdoors!)

Now, scanning the political landscape, here’s a new “Mama Grizzlies” field report! There are great guys running for office all over the place, but I hope you will join me in supporting three more bold Commonsense Conservative women who are willing to put it all the line to get our country back on track: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Star Parker, and Mary Fallin.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is running for reelection to serve in Congress. She knows the value of hard work. She grew up as a farmer’s daughter and was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. Her roots in eastern Washington go back generations. Cathy is a pro-family, pro-business fiscal conservative who has an honest, direct plan for action in Congress, which she calls her “Patriot Pledge.” It’s a 10-point agenda focused on fiscal health, tax reform, and other common sense solutions. Further, I have deep respect for Cathy’s strong voice for families who are touched by those with special needs. She formed the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus which promotes research, education, and treatment to help improve the quality of life for those with Down syndrome and other challenges. Cathy and I share a personal bond as proud moms who’ve both been blessed with sweet sons born with extra chromosomes. Perhaps it’s because we learn so much from these children and can see how they make the world a better place that I am confident that Cathy’s respect for life, and her commitment to protecting America’s Constitution, truly benefits all Americans. We need her in Congress, so please visit her website at www.cathyforcongress.com, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and please support her campaign.

I’m proud to endorse Star Parker for California’s 37th Congressional District. Star has an incredible story and a passionate commitment to her community and our great nation. Rising up from being a single mom on welfare, Star worked hard to build a non-profit network that seeks to reduce poverty and create a brighter future for America by promoting free market solutions and personal responsibility. There is no doubt that she will bring a new level of enthusiasm and energy to Washington for American values, limited government, and economic growth. She’s a dynamic leader who is committed to building a more prosperous environment for the families in her district and ushering in positive change. Please join me in supporting Star and her message of hope, opportunity, and self-reliance. Visit her website at www.StarParkerforCongress.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Mary Fallin is another strong, smart conservative who I am proud to support. Mary is running for Governor of Oklahoma, and the Sooner State is fortunate to have her offer to serve in this new capacity. Mary’s another fiscal conservative with policy experience, political backbone, and real world knowledge that will serve the entire state well as she proves her mettle as Oklahoma’s next CEO. Her personal, professional, and political background gives her a healthy perspective on the challenges facing so many of our families and businesses. Mary truly understands public service, and she served her state with distinction in Congress and as the first Republican and first female lieutenant governor in Oklahoma history. Sharing the aforementioned foundational values of Cathy and Star and so many other Americans, Mary also understands the complexities of our domestic energy policy and has been a consistent voice for energy independence. Please visit Mary’s website at www.maryfallin.org and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

I heartily endorse these liberty-loving “Mama Grizzlies.” They’ll do more than just growl about our challenges because they know how to work hard and protect America’s future by ushering a new era of prosperity and security. How? By proving their selfless service, common sense, and respect for the will of the people.

- Sarah Palin

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Bristol and Levi: Getting Along as Parents, Not Partners

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

News has emerged that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are moving forward and working together. That's all the talking heads need to hear and then they take off running with it--and get the information wrong.

Everyone wants something juicy to report. For example, "Good Morning America" and "The Early Show" quote a so-called source who said Bristol and Levi are spending a lot of time together and are a couple again. As usual, these outlets can't seem to discern fact from fiction. So let's set the record straight.

Radar Online got it right when they reported (emphasis added):

Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, and their one-time outspoken nemesis Levi Johnston are back together—but just as co-parents to son Tripp, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

19-year-old Bristol Palin told RadarOnline.com, "Levi and me are co-parents of Tripp and we are actively working on being good parents together."

What this means is two people who brought a beautiful baby boy into the world are doing what's best for their son. Of course, Bristol has been taking care of Tripp all along, and has done so under difficult circumstances. Levi, on the other hand, was bad-mouthing his son's family, particularly Tripp's grandmother, and he was dodging his financial responsibilities. I wrote then about Levi's "triflin'" ways here and expressed hope that he would take a turn for the better:

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.

Now, as late in the game as it is, he appears to have seen the error of his ways and wants to do right by his son. For Tripp's sake, that makes me extremely glad. In the spirit of wiping the slate clean, however, I hope he will make a public apology to the Palins. That, of course, would be a true lesson in repentance and humility, a lesson that would mean quite a bit to his son in the years to come.

Perhaps young men could learn something from this experience and choose to "man up" right from the start. Levi's actions were detrimental to his family, and right now he seems to want to turn that around. What everyone should be doing is wishing him and Bristol well as parents who want what's best for their son, not being gossipmongers who twist a sound parental decision into something romantic, which it is not.

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Sarah Palin: Restoring Honor Rally and Charity Auction with Glenn Beck


Below is some great news from Governor Palin via Facebook. Once again, she puts her commitment to our military and their families into action. This time Glenn Beck will join her. Read on.

I am so excited about the upcoming Restoring Honor rally with Glenn Beck on August 28th in Washington, D.C., right on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Glenn and I will be speaking at the rally, and I hope you’ll be able to join us. You can visit the Restoring Honor Facebook page here for all updates.

You can also help us raise funds for some amazing true American heroes by joining me and Glenn for breakfast on August 28th before the rally. Visit this website to bid on a fun morning with both of us, and remember all proceeds from this auction go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit charity serving the children of our fallen heroes.

Bid on the auction! Come with an appetite! And see you in D.C.!

- Sarah Palin

Already the bidding has begun, and already it's at a price that is too rich for my pocketbook. At the present time, it's up to $15,000. If you, however, can get in on this, place your bid to have a great time with the Governor and Glenn--and to be a blessing to a wonderful cause.

Picture retrieved from Charityfolks.com.

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Gov. Palin Breaks Down Pres. Obama's Oval Office Speech

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Governor Palin was totally fired up tonight in her response to President Obama's Oval Office speech. As Bill O'Reilly points out in the interview, there is no governor in these United States who has the energy expertise that she has; therefore, hearing from her on this oil spill is simply an exercise in wisdom and common sense.



(H/T PalinTV)

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Rock Solid Church Brings Founding Fathers & Soldiers to Flag Day Parade; (Updated with our Parade Theme Song)

Monday, June 14, 2010

On Saturday, my city had its Flag Day Parade. It's one of those annual celebrations that my church, Rock Solid, throws everything into. God has blessed us with the most talented people who use that talent to glorify God and honor our nation. Every year since I can remember, we've won the trophy for Most Patriotic Float. We used to also win Best Overall Float, but they stopped selecting the best float. Our guess is that it was unfair to keep awarding us both! :)

Usually my pastor's wife, Ms. Brenda, gets the vision of what she wants to do for the float. Then John makes it happen. He is an amazing artist, and there's nothing he cannot create.

We always have an incredible amount of participants from church in the parade. From men in the patriotic scenes, to people holding flags and banners, to both teenagers and adults walking and handing out Bibles and tracts, to teens on skateboards and scooters doing the same, it's an incredible opportunity to parade Jesus outside the four walls of the church and to display our love for the greatest country on the face of the earth. We carried banners with quotes from the Founding Fathers, banners with the Ten Commandments, and a plethora of American flags. It was with pride that I carried one of those flags, and I also got to hang out with George Washington. (Find me in the last three pictures!)

Over the years, it has always been humbling to see people lining the streets applauding and some weeping as we go by. In fact, there are people who are a part of our church family now who came as a result of what they saw and felt at past parades on Flag Day. Yes, God can use Flag Day to draw people to Himself, which is exactly the heart that our church has toward this wonderful occasion every year.

Clearly, we stand strong on the fact that this nation was founded on Biblical principles, and we will not be duped and silenced by the lie that God must be eliminated from the fabric of this country. Nope...not buying it. In fact, in the pictures below you will see us carrying a banner on which George Washington is quoted as saying, "Don't let anyone claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." You saw it coming, didn't you, George Washington?

Rock Solid won Most Patriotic again this year. The vision for the float was as follows: show where America has come from, how we got the freedom we enjoy now, and what it takes to maintain it. In the pictures, you will see the Revolutionary soldiers under a somewhat rustic-looking American Revolution flag. The flag waves around to a scene of the Founding Fathers and the signing of the Constitution. The flag then emerges on the other side, changed now to our current flag, and hovers over modern soldiers who are still fighting so that we may maintain that freedom fought for and won so long ago. Our guys look good in uniform too!

Enjoy the pictures below. The first few show everyone as they were getting ready for the parade and practicing before we stepped off. Then you'll see pictures as we marched down the street.

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UPDATE: Here's the song we marched to in the parade: "In God We Still Trust" by Diamond Rio. It went perfectly with our float and our message.

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