Main Lesson Learned from Governor Palin in 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

As 2010 winds down, I stop to reflect on what I've learned most from Governor Palin. I end the year with a very simple but profound lesson from her, as she has shown herself to be everything I already knew she was--authentic and fearless.

Governor Palin took on health care, the economy, the Ground Zero mosque, Iran, Arizona's attempt to secure its own borders, Wikileaks, energy independence, and the Gulf oil spill. She became a political analyst for Fox News where she weighed in on pressing issues of the day, sometimes from the studios of New York, sometimes from her home in Wasilla. Governor Palin traveled the U.S., speaking up for Constitutional freedoms, and she selflessly went to Haiti to serve those still dealing with the effects of a devastating earthquake. She supported Bristol on "Dancing with the Stars," took us through Alaska via "Sarah Palin's Alaska," and wrote another successful book, reflecting on "family, faith, and flag." She ushered in a new era of strong, active women and named them Mama Grizzlies, a distinction they still carry with pride. Perhaps most notable, she helped change the face of Congress by successfully endorsing a plethora of candidates--male and female, Black, Hispanic, Indian, and White, who will put an end to business as usual in Washington and do the people's business instead.

Impressive as this partial list of Governor Palin's accomplishments is, what stands out most to me is not what she did, but how she did it. Whereas Dana Perino may choose to babble about Governor Palin's authenticity, the truth speaks louder. No one would put herself on the line as she did without firmly believing in each stand she took. Governor Palin went through hell because she called attention to "death panels," and only now are people recognizing that she had the foresight to see what most others chose to deny. She was labeled a racist because she stood with Arizona in their effort to secure their own borders and became the most prominent face of the Tea Party movement. She was accused of being intolerant because she questioned the appropriateness of building a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. Her judgment was placed on the chopping block because she dared endorse some people with whom the Establishment took issue. Nonetheless, she did not hide behind what was safe, but she went running toward what was right. While supposed heir-to-the-Republican-nomination-throne, Mitt Romney, often hid until the eleventh hour--and sometimes much later--to endorse a candidate, the Governor spoke out, came out, campaigned, raised money, and stood by her decisions.

Whether certain individuals like the Governor's decisions or not, her fearlessness in making them and standing by them is unquestionable. She stands head and shoulders above the rest because she stands on principle. This is the kind of leader Americans are seeking. This is the kind of leader who inspires the support that she receives from ordinary barbarians. This is also the kind of leader who scares both the Left and the Right to death.

In 2010, Governor Palin surely demonstrated what it means to be busy, but she did so much more than that. She focused on issues that matter most to Americans, and she didn't let the pressure closing in on all sides divert her from doing what she knew to be best for her nation, or her family, or even her state. May we be just as fearless in our stand for truth, freedom, and justice. Governor Palin is a living example of what authenticity is really about, what it costs, and the rewards it brings. No matter who likes it or who doesn't, with her, what you see is what you get. And we see a Mama Grizzly intent on standing on the right side of all the right issues and will not back down.

As we head into 2011, I want to carry this lesson of fearlessness and authenticity with me; it reminds me of the advice Shakespeare shared in Hamlet when he wrote:

This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!

Happy New Year!

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Dana Perino, Governor Palin Can Go Camping Today AND Think Tomorrow

Thursday, December 30, 2010

As I was away for several days, some things I normally would have jumped on, I let sit for a couple days. However, I certainly want to chime in on former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino's comments about Governor Palin's "authenticity."

According to Perino, Governor Palin's ability to go camping one day and write a thoughtful op-ed about Iran the next is somehow "discordant." After enjoying the great outdoors, supposedly her policy writings the next day don't "sound like her." Well, this is a different take on things. Usually, people--those who aren't paying attention--say the Governor isn't dealing with the issues. Perino is aware enough to know that clearly Governor Palin is constantly dealing with the issues, so she instead states that when doing so it doesn't sound like her--because of her love for the fresh air of Alaska. She calls her ability to go camping and do some serious thinking "weird."

I may not always agree with Perino, but I do often enjoy listening to her perspective. She's way out in left field in this case, however, and her viewpoint is completely ridiculous, or shall I say weird?

Yes, how odd it is that someone could actually think a person has to be one dimensional to be authentic. Anyone who even gives credence to the idea that a person can't do various and sundry things, and use a different voice when doing them, is small-minded and lacks common sense. Anyone who has ever held a conversation with her child on Sunday, for example, sounds quite different than she sounds with her clients at work on Monday. And who speaks the same at an amusement park as they speak at a town hall meeting? Hopefully, no one. Yet each voice is as authentic as the other--in its proper environment. Whether Perino was airing her own feelings, or speaking about how others view Governor Palin, her validation of such a small way of thinking is...well, small-minded.

This reminds me of people who think a pretty girl or a star athlete can't simultaneously be insightful and intelligent. Who knew people still thought this way? It's absurd. I sometimes run into people I haven't seen in years who incorrectly remember me as a "gym teacher," and I have students now who will say, "You should be a gym teacher." And why do they say this? Because I kick butt on the basketball court, of course! In their minds, while they don't even realize it, one can't be athletic and also do other things well. On the other hand, those who have never seen me play ball, but have only witnessed me teach English, cannot imagine me doing anything but that. To these groups of people I point out that a person can actually have a variety of interests and do several of those things quite well. News bulletin: a person can score a touchdown today and pass a biology test tomorrow. One would not think someone as bright and experienced as Dana Perino would have to be made aware of this, and the fact that she doesn't think one can camp, hunt, log, white water raft, or whatever one day and still contemplate issues like national security or the economy the next says a lot about how out of touch she is.

Rob Port adds:

The intent here is to suggest that Palin isn’t smart enough to have her own opinions, and that her serious policy writings are the words of someone else. Which is pretty unfair as even Perino admits that plenty of politicians use speech writers and other advisers to craft their policy writings.

But I understand why many in Washington DC are looking askance as Palin. She’s not the traditional politician. She’s not orthodox by any stretch of the imagination. Her power and influence isn’t dependent on the traditional political and media structures. I think that makes a lot of people feel threatened.

Read more from Port and see the Perino clip here.

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Cal Thomas Says Governor Palin Was Right; I Sure Wish She Had Been Wrong

Thanks to The New York Times, this week has reopened the case of "death panels" that Governor Palin warned us about. She was slammed, ridiculed, and told to leave the room. Now, people are walking back their earlier reactions.

Cal Thomas, who has certainly not always spoken of Governor Palin in glowing terms, admits in a Townhall.com article that she was correct on this health care issue and deserves an apology:

Sarah Palin deserves an apology. When she said that the new health-care law would lead to "death panels" deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.

Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers -- The New York Times -- that she was right. Under a new policy not included in the law for fear the administration's real end-of-life game would be exposed, a rule issued by the recess-appointed Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, calls for the government to pay doctors to advise patients on options for ending their lives. These could include directives to forgo aggressive treatment that could extend their lives.

This rule will inevitably lead to bureaucrats deciding who is "fit" to live and who is not. The effect this might have on public opinion, which by a solid majority opposes Obamacare, is clear from an e-mail obtained by the Times. It is from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who sent it to people working with him on the issue. Oregon and Washington are the only states with assisted-suicide laws, a preview of what is to come at the federal level if this new regulation is allowed to stand. Blumenauer wrote in his November e-mail: "While we are very happy with the result, we won't be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren't out of the woods yet. This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the 'death panel' myth."

Ah, but it's not a myth, and that's where Palin nailed it. All inhumanities begin with small steps; otherwise the public might rebel against a policy that went straight to the "final solution." All human life was once regarded as having value, because even government saw it as "endowed by our Creator." This doctrine separates us from plants, microorganisms and animals.

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Do you see where this leads? First the prohibition against abortion is removed and "doctors" now perform them. Then the assault on the infirm and elderly begins. Once the definition of human life changes, all human lives become potentially expendable if they don't measure up to constantly "evolving" government standards.

It will all be dressed up with the best possible motives behind it and sold to the public as the ultimate benefit. The killings, uh, terminations, will take place out of sight so as not to disturb the masses who might have a few embers of a past morality still burning in their souls. People will sign documents testifying to their desire to die, and the government will see it as a means of "reducing the surplus population," to quote Charles Dickens.

When life is seen as having ultimate value, individuals and their doctors can make decisions about treatment that are in the best interests of patients. But when government is looking to cut costs as the highest good and offers to pay doctors to tell patients during their annual visits that they can choose to end their lives rather than continue treatment, that is more than the proverbial camel's nose under the tent. That is the next step on the way to physician-assisted suicide and, if not stopped, government-mandated euthanasia.

Read the full piece here.

Once again, Governor Palin is right on all the right issues. This issue, however, is utterly disturbing for any of us with even a modicum of decency and respect for life. This might be the first time I've wished she had been wrong.

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A Message from SarahPAC

A message from SarahPAC treasurer, Tim Crawford:

Friends,

As many of you may already know, recently a network of Wikileaks-sympathizing hackers orchestrated crippling, albeit temporary, cyber-attacks on the websites of patriotic, law-abiding organizations around the country, including SarahPAC.com. It is widely believed that the same ad-hoc group of international cyber-criminals took down the websites of many organizations that terminated their business relationships with Wikileaks after their latest dump of compromising and classified US government information. These organizations include iconic American companies such as Visa and MasterCard as well as dotcom giants such as Amazon and Ebay's PayPal.

The actions taken by Wikileaks' supporters against these respected American companies show that their true intent is far from noble, and exposes their utter disregard for the collateral damage and financial fallout that resulted from their denial of service attacks. These reckless attacks on major transaction processors during the Christmas season added uncertainty to an already fragile economy and cost them money and resources that could have otherwise been used to grow their businesses and create new jobs.

These malicious hackers targeted major American companies simply for their refusal to participate in the degradation of America's ability to engage in diplomacy and the direct endangerment of our troops through the release of thousands of battlefield reports. Gov. Palin quickly and unapologetically spoke out against the illegal and irresponsible acts that Wikileaks explicitly exists to perpetrate. After her comments, SarahPAC.com immediately became another target for cyber-attack by Wikileaks' unofficial hacker-accomplices. In the name of defending free speech, the hackers, alleged to operate under the collective branding of 'Anonymous', decided to punish Gov. Palin for hers by flooding SarahPAC.com with a torrent of web traffic in order to make the website inaccessible to supporters.

The twisted logic of these self-styled advocates for free speech doesn't seem to differentiate between releasing millions of sensitive US government documents with the intent of degrading our nation's security and standing, and criticizing those who do so. Few times in our history have we, as a nation, faced so many security threats from such a varied and unpredictable array of rogue nations, terrorist organizations, and depraved individuals, and yet these self-styled 'hacktivists' are so committed to the continued release of our state secrets that they have decided to use their considerable 'talents' to punish those who dare speak out against the reckless endangerment of our republic through espionage.

SarahPAC was forced to spend some of our resources restoring functionality to our website and defending against future attacks, but we won't allow our commonsense conservative message to be silenced by a few malcontents. Please help us continue to support solid conservative candidates around the country by donating $50, $75, or $100 to SarahPAC.

The illegally obtained information contained within the State Department cable leaks is already damaging our diplomats' ability to advance American interests abroad and the Afghanistan and Iraq war document leaks represent a goldmine of intelligence for our most dangerous enemies to use against our troops on the battlefield. Please stand with SarahPAC against the reprehensible and downright dangerous acts of the Wikileaks organization and the cyber-intimidation of its misguided hacker allies.

Sincerely,

Tim Crawford
Treasurer
SarahPAC

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Governor Palin is Voted Second Most Admired Woman in America Again

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Second Most Admired Woman: this title has once again been bestowed upon Governor Palin. While it has been reported that this is her second time at number 2, it's actually the third time she has been so named.

The question that the Gallup poll asked was:

What woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?

Governor Palin followed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the voting.

Read Ian Lazaran's assessment of the poll, including his take on President Obama's Most Admired Man honor, here. Lazaran also quotes Abe Greenwald from Commentary Magazine:
And speaking of the 2008 election, the Democrats’ national nightmare, Sarah Palin, came in second to Hillary. Palin beat out none other than omnipresent cultural goddess Oprah Winfrey, who came in third (Both beat out First Lady Michelle Obama, who came in fourth).

To my mind, the big win goes to Palin. For all the pundit chatter about her not being a viable contender for president, the public admires her more than the most beloved media personality in the country. Like Oprah, Palin channeled her talent to connect with Americans toward its most efficient use. The Tea Party allowed her to showcase her ability, raise her market value, and serve a cause she believes in: America. Right before the eyes of antagonistic columnists and hostile comics she became the credible face of the most transformative political movement the country has seen in decades. Her faults are apparent enough, but it’s not hard to see how the right circumstances are able to bring her talents center stage. And it’s not hard to see why everyone loves lists.

(h/t Ian Lazaran)

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Ed Morrissey Addresses Those 'Death Panels' Governor Palin Talked About

Monday, December 27, 2010

Earlier, I posted an editorial by The New York Sun discussing Governor Palin's foresight and accuracy in calling out the "death panels" in Obamacare. Add to that an Ed Morrissey article on the same topic. In "Surprise! End-of-life advisory incentives return — through regulation," he deals with the end of life options doctors will be incentivized into discussing with patients.

He writes:

There is nothing wrong with patients planning for contingencies through advance directives. There is also nothing wrong with doctors discussing those options with patients ahead of those decisions. As the spouse of a patient who has faced life-threatening circumstances on more than one occasion, I certainly understand why these conversations need to take place before the pressures of acute circumstances come into play. This new regulatory effort at least puts the conversation where it belongs, in routine wellness visits, rather than as a five-year set conversation. It also appears to make this a voluntary conversation (at least for now), one the patient can decline without any repercussions.

There is, however, something at least vaguely disturbing about a government incentivizing doctors to do so as part of an expansive regulatory program that has, as one of its primary goals, cost reduction. The process used by Obama and Kathleen Sebelius to get this into ObamaCare is more disturbing, and in a very specific way. Congress made it clear that it didn’t want this incentive as part of the new law. However, thanks to the miles and miles of ambiguity in the final version of ObamaCare, with its repetitive the Secretary shall determine language, Congress has more or less passed a blank check for regulatory growth to Obama and Sebelius.

Read more here.

Governor Palin was not blowing hot air, lying, or fearmongering when she warned that Obamacare would lead to "death panels." After she drew attention to it, Congress removed the panels they said were never there. The issue needed to be addressed then, and as we see now, it remains at the forefront of the health care conversation, and well it should. And now it seems governmment has found a way to sneak these panels back in.

When one of government's primary goals is to cut costs, its primary goal cannot simultaneously be to do what's best for people--and that's a problem. Now, if government would do what Governor Palin has been advocating from Day 1--such as allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, focusing on tort reform, and then getting out of the way--the private sector could open up for people to make the decisions they deem best for themselves and their families. Isn't that the way it's supposed to work in America anyway?

h/t Kelsey

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New York Sun: Governor Palin is Right on 'Death Panels,' etc

Remember the "death panels" Governor Palin pointed out in Obamacare, her way of telling us that government-run health care would lead to rationing? Now, remember the outcry even from President Obama as he referred to Governor Palin in his effort to throw people off of the truth? Remember, too, that Obamacare's approach to a sick, elderly woman might very well be to advise her to "take a pill" rather than providing her with more helpful, life-enriching health care? This is what you get when government gets between people and their doctors, in spite of the President's insistence that no one would "pull the plug on Grandma." And this is what Governor Palin sounded the alarm about.

The New York Sun agrees with her assessment, as expressed in the piece, "Sarah Palin, Scoop Artist: Her Beat on 'Death Panels' Is Confirmed by the Times":

One of the questions raised by the news that the Obama administration is going to use regulation rather than legislation to bring in the so-called “death panels” as part of Obamacare is how it happened that this was first foreseen not by the newspapers or the members of Congress but by Governor Palin. Confirmation of Mrs. Palin’s scoop was brought in by the New York Times in a dispatch issued Christmas day, more than a year after Mrs. Palin issued her warning about Obamacare leading to government involvement in end-of-life issues.

At the time, Mrs. Palin’s prophecy touched off an enormous hue and a cry among the liberal intelligentsia, so much so that the scheme was dropped in Congress. Yet even though it was dropped by Congress the New York Times is reporting that “the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation” and will start doing so January 1. The Times says that the government “will now pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.”

It seems to be the administration's conception of democracy that after the Congress so pointedly left this out of the Obamacare legislation the scheme can be advanced by regulation. The point is underscored in Robert Pear’s dispatch in the Times, which quotes one of the congressmen originally advocating for the so-called death panels, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, as saying of the regulatory approach, “we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet” and warning that the regulation could yet be “modified or reversed.”

No doubt the defenders of Obamacare will argue that this kind of advance directive is hardly a death panel. Participation is voluntary; it’s but “advice.” However, since the “aggressive life-sustaining treatment” being decided upon would be paid for by the same government that is funding the advice on whether to go for it, one can see that this is a step toward exactly the kind of death panel that Mrs. Palin warned about. She used as a proxy for all of us the fate of down-syndrome children like her own son Trig.

The question that that [sic] we find ourselves thinking about is how was Mrs. Palin able to see this issue when others weren’t. Is she just smarter than the editors and the Congress? Or does she just have more life experience? Is it that her religion gives her a framework for learning all this stuff? Or is it that her sensitivity was heightened by making of her own decision to bring Trig into the world? Or is it something about the Alaskan spirit?

Our own conclusion is that it doesn’t matter. It’s enough that she was just ahead of the others, and the point is one to mark. She has become, at a relatively young age and by whatever means, a savvy woman. We noticed it, say, when she suggested the best way to handle the question of the West Bank settlements was to let the Israelis decide, a policy the administration is now following. We noticed it when she went to Hong Kong and warned about the collapse in the value of the dollar and spoke of the importance of gold.

It was apparent when she dove in before other politicians and the intelligentsia and warned about the dangers of the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing. And when, in advance of the BP oil-spill disaster, she’d been campaigning to develop our onshore energy resources. And when she began branding as her own the idea of commonsense, conservative constitutionalism —a year before a resurgent GOP is preparing to open the 112th Congress with a reading of the entire text of the Constitution.

No doubt it will be said that other politicians were onto these issue long before the former governor of Alaska elevated them to the national debate. But the observation only underscores Mrs. Palin’s ability.

Read the rest here.

No matter how many on the Left--and Right--seek to portray Governor Palin as misinformed or extreme, the truth of the matter is that she is all right on all the right issues, the issues that matter most to Americans. It would serve people well if they set down their agendas or pre-conceived ideas long enough to listen. They just might learn something that they cannot afford to ignore.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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A 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Sunday

Sunday, December 26, 2010

With just a couple episodes of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" remaining, TLC will be reshowing episodes 5 and 6 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern tonight. The new one, episode 7, will air at 9:00. Be sure to tune in.

You can watch a preview of tonight's episode here. You can also read what Governor Palin had to say about it by clicking here. Follow Me There!

(h/t Sheya)

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Rock Solid Church Dances to 'Joyful! Joyful!' this Christmas (Pictures)

Friday, December 24, 2010

My church, Rock Solid, celebrated another Christmas Eve together praising God. Jesus is indeed the reason for the season. Below, please enjoy the pictures of some Rock Solid dancers rocking to "Joyful! Joyful!" This is the "Sister Act 2" version, so it's full of great beats to dance to. What better way to express the joy of our Savior!

The last picture shows the dancers at Walmart Thursday night as our local store was gracious enough to allow us to take the message beyond the four walls of the church into the public, to broadcast the message of Christ front and center where He belongs. It was so cool to see Walmart shoppers and cashiers stop in their tracks to rejoice with us.

The dance opened up with one person dancing and one person signing. Then the crowd emerged. Rock Solid represents God's church--different ages, different races, different nationalities, but all one family.

Merry Christmas, everybody. God bless you. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season!



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Gov. Palin: Merry Christmas to All!

Governor Palin offers Christmas greetings via Facebook:

Christmas is a time of sharing with family and friends. For Todd and me, that means spending time with our children, parents, grandparents, and siblings, gratefully acknowledging God’s blessings and sharing them with the people we love.

Ronald Reagan said Christmas was a “state of mind, found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate.” On this Christmas Eve, let’s be thankful that we live in a country known for striving to embody these values. And let’s be grateful for the brave men and women in uniform who have fought to defend our values and who may be spending this Christmas far from home.

On behalf of the entire Palin family, I wish you a very Merry Christmas; and may the new year let you realize the promise found in 2 Timothy 1:7!

- Sarah Palin

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

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Governor Palin: Follow Me There... to Afognak Island!

Governor Palin previews Sunday's episode #7 of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" via Facebook:

Come along on another Alaskan adventure as we profile amazingly hard workers in the timber industry. Loggers are hearty and hardy, and the ones I know are true conservationists. I can’t wait for you to meet these lumberjacks!

During this Christmas season, do you ever wonder where you get many of your Christmas trees, firewood, packing boxes… shoot, just look around at everything timber touches and ask yourself who begins the production of these wood products? You’ll meet them on an exciting trip to an Afognak Island logging camp where our daughter learns even more about our family’s #1 lesson: tough work ethic and character will fulfill and sustain you.

Learn how the logging families live in such a remote part of God’s country and how they cherish the land that provides their livelihood. You’ll see how their reforestation efforts allow the forest regrowth rate to repeat a life cycle of new forest nearly every 20 years. These loggers actually care more about the sustainability of their forests than most anyone because they love their livelihood, they know America relies on our domestic timber industry for good jobs and economic security, they are inspired in the great outdoors, and many of them want their kids to get to grow up to be loggers. Basically, the good folks you’ll meet want to be allowed to do what they love to do and what anyone who lives among lumber and wood products rely on them to do for us.

In addition, come see Willow’s eyes open to a new rugged and rustic lifestyle. Her driving skills improve (?) before she undertakes a family’s rite of passage with an upcoming driver’s license test. Any parent can relate.

With only a couple more episodes to share, I promise you a fun and informative episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” this Sunday night at 9pm ET/8c on TLC. Follow me there!

You can watch a preview of the episode here.

- Sarah Palin

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Treatment of Governor Palin Sparks Change in Alaska's Ethics Rules

Thursday, December 23, 2010

After the 2008 election, Governor Palin returned to the state of Alaska and was greeted by a plethora of partisan, frivolous, bogus ethics complaints. This abuse of the ethics system cost the state of Alaska and the Palin family reams of money. These antics tied up the Governor's office, forcing her administration to have to deal with this sick game instead of being free to fully focus on the business she was elected to perform. There was no end in sight; the complaints kept coming--for things as silly as the type of jacket Governor Palin wore.

Alaska law made it easy for people to get away with this nonsense. Those filing a complaint didn't have to pay a dime, while the accused had to pay to defend him or herself. These ridiculous complaints against the Governor were consistently dismissed, as there was no substance to them. Still, much damage was done--and that was the plan. To disarm the haters, who purposely and maliciously abused the system with no regard for neither the Palins nor their state, Governor Palin sacrificially stepped down from a job she loved in a state that loved her, as evidenced by the incredible approval rating she enjoyed prior to the media malpractice of 2008.

As a result of what Governor Palin endured, the state of Alaska realized that their approach to ethics complaints had to be changed. They have now adopted new ethics rules, which took effect yesterday. The Associated Press "reported" on this. As usual, they did a backassward job filling in the people as to what triggered this change.

Stacy Drake writes about this anemic coverage:

The Associated Press published an article about the new rules back on December 8th. As usual, the AP dropped the ball when it came to performing their standard journalistic function of providing their readers with the “five W’s” of the story. This time, they completely omitted the “why” part. C4P readers understand the context and origin of the new rules, but unfortunately many people not familiar with our site, rely on one of the news outlets that release AP stories such as that one, as is. The AP is biased and lazy, but thankfully more Americans realize this than ever before.

In the end, it is good to know that no other governor in the state of Alaska will ever have to endure what Governor Palin and her family went through in those months following the 2008 presidential campaign. Given the conspicuous timing of the frivolous claims (after the 2008 campaign) and the sudden disinterest of the Democrat party machine in the comings and goings of Alaska’s Governor, I think it’s safe to say that use of the new rules will be minimal.

Also, read Stacy's article, "Why Governor Palin Resigned."

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'On the Record' Haiti Special - Sneak Peek

Greta Van Susteren will air a Haiti special of her recent trip there with Rev. Franklin Graham and the Palin family. Tune in Thursday, December 23rd at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

Sneak Peek of "On the Record" in Haiti, Part I:




Sneak Peek of "On the Record" in Haiti, Part 2:


(h/t Sheya)

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Governor Palin: Helping Haiti this Christmas

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Via Facebook, Governor Palin encourages people to remember Haiti and be a blessing to them as she shares her recent experience there with Samaritan's Purse. She writes:

If you are still looking for a cause to donate to this Christmas, allow me to make a suggestion. Todd, Bristol, Greta Van Susteren, and I recently traveled to Haiti to witness first hand the amazing work done by Rev. Franklin Graham’s organization Samaritan’s Purse. Bristol wrote about our experiences on her Facebook page here.

In an effort to fight a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, Samaritan’s Purse has flown over a dozen flights carrying vital medical supplies to the two cholera treatment centers it has been running since the start of the outbreak. These centers, run by medical volunteers from the U.S., Canada, and the UK, have helped save the lives of nearly 5,000 patients.

The cholera treatment centers are part of a larger Samaritan’s Purse effort aimed at restoring the human dignity and economic independence of the Haitian people. Since the disastrous earthquake in January of this year, Samaritan’s Purse has spent $29 million on relief, helping more than half a million people by building 10,000 shelters (more than half of the shelters built in Haiti to date have been put up by Samaritan’s Purse); providing non-cholera related medical assistance (including 250 surgeries) to a total of 43,000 patients; providing clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people; and clearing the rubble from 179 building sites.

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of countless small donors. With all the blessings bestowed upon us in this great country of ours, we also have an opportunity to share those blessings with people who are less fortunate. Samaritan’s Purse is doing exactly that – saving lives one person at a time.

If you’d like to support the great work Samaritan’s Purse does in Haiti and around the world, please visit their website.

Below you’ll find some photos of our Haiti visit taken by Greta Van Susteren. They show what we saw at a temporary housing camp, at the cholera clinics in Bercy and Cité Soleil, and at a meeting where we helped to bring smiles to children’s faces by handing out shoeboxes filled with presents as part of Samaritan's Purse’s worldwide Operation Christmas Child.

- Sarah Palin

Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John; Franklin Graham and his daughter, Cissy; and Todd, Bristol, and I had the privilege of passing out Samaritan’s Purse gifts to Haitian children. Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse assembled 8 million Christmas gift boxes to bless children around the world this season!
At a temporary housing camp. Over one million Haitians have been displaced since January’s earthquake.

Washing clothes in streams they bathe in.
In Samaritan’s Purse’s cholera clinic operated by volunteers.
In the clinic with a baby receiving cholera treatment in a syringe.
In the clinic with a tiny six-month-old baby with cholera and pneumonia, a twin who was in the clinic after his mother died.
Bristol and the six-month-old orphan.
Rev. Franklin Graham and I addressing media in Haiti.
At the end of a day in Haiti, Bristol and I took in the physical beauty of the country while discussing what seems like improbable poverty and great malaise in a country with so much potential.

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Governor Palin: It’s time to get tough with Iran

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Governor Palin via Facebook:

The following op-ed was published by USA Today:

Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons. Arab leaders in the region rightly fear a nuclear-armed Iran. We suspected this before, but now we know for sure because of leaked diplomatic cables. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program," according to these communications. Officials from Jordan said the Iranian nuclear program should be stopped by any means necessary. Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt saw Iran as evil, an "existential threat" and a sponsor of terrorism. If Iran isn't stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

That wouldn't be the only catastrophic consequence for American interests in the Middle East. Our credibility and reputation would suffer a serious blow if Iran succeeds in producing its own nuclear weapons after we've been claiming for years that such an event could not and would not be tolerated. A nuclear-armed and violently anti-American Iran would be an enormous threat to us and to our allies. Israel in particular would face the gravest threat to its existence since its creation. Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, and Iran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust. It's only a matter of time before Iran develops missiles that could reach U.S. territory.

Even without nuclear weapons, Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is also the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It has shielded al-Qaeda leaders, including one ofOsama bin Laden's sons. Imagine how much worse it would be for us if this regime acquired nuclear weapons.

Toughen up

President Obama once said a nuclear-armed Iran would be "unacceptable." Yet, Iran's nuclear progress still continues unchecked. Russia continues to support Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors. It also continues to sell arms to Iran — despite the Obama administration's much-touted "reset" policy with Russia. The administration trumpets the United Nations sanctions passed earlier this year, but those sanctions are not the " crippling" ones we were promised. Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran's access to international capital markets and banking services, closing air space and waters to Iran's national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran's ability to import refined petroleum. These would be truly "crippling" sanctions. They would work if implemented.

Some have said the Israelis should undertake military action on their own if they are convinced the Iranian program is approaching the point of no return. But Iran's nuclear weapons program is not just Israel's problem; it is the world's problem. I agree with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, who said recently that the West must be willing to use force "if necessary" if that is the only alternative.

Standing with the people

But we also need to encourage a positive vision for Iran. Iran is not condemned to live under the totalitarian inheritance of the Ayatollah Khomeini forever. There is an alternative — an Iran where human rights are respected, where women are not subjugated, where terrorist groups are not supported and neighbors are not threatened. A peaceful, democratic Iran should be everyone's goal. There are many hopeful signs inside Iran that reveal the Iranian people's desire for this peaceful, democratic future. We must encourage their voices.

When the brave people of Iran take to the streets in defiance of their unelected dictatorship, they must know that we in the free world stand with them. When the women of Iran rise up to demand their rights, they must know that we women of the free world who enjoy the rights won for us by our suffragist foremothers stand with our sisters there. When Iranians demand freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom to simply live their lives as they choose without persecution, we in the free world must stand with them.

We can start by supporting them with diplomacy and things such as radio broadcasting, just as we did with those who suffered under the former Soviet Empire. Most of all, we should support them with confidence in the rightness of the ideals of liberty and justice.

Just as Ronald Reagan once denounced an "evil empire" and looked forward to a time when communism was left on the "ash heap of history," we should look forward to a future where the twisted ideology and aggressive will to dominate of Khomeini and his successors are consigned to history's dustbin.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin on Fox Business - Video

Monday, December 20, 2010

Governor Palin on Fox Business this past weekend, courtesy of Ron Devito:


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Governor Palin on Fox Business With Tom Sullivan � December 18 2010
retrieved from PalinTV

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Ron Devito's First-Hand Account of Sistah Talk TV Interview

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ron Devito of US for Palin was in the Sistah Talk TV studio last Saturday as I sat on the panel to discuss Governor Palin. With his permission, I am publishing his full account of the experience.

Ron writes in his article, "Right-Wing and Left-Wing Extremism Take You to the Same Place":

"I've Got this Gov. Palin Project on Saturday..."


During the second week of December, Adrienne Ross emailed me about a "Governor Palin Project" she had. My interest piqued, and I inquired further. "Well, I'm going to be on a public access station in NYC, and they stream worldwide on the Internet," Adrienne wrote. Each borough of New York City has a station, but "city" means Manhattan and only one public access station in the five boroughs live-streams. "Manhattan Neighborhood Network? (MNN)" I asked. Indeed it was. I'm familiar with MNN, because when I'm not working or doing doing my own Palin-related (Gov. Palin, family members, endorsed candidates) projects, I'm cutting videos for my wife's ballet instruction show, Elsy Dance, And... which airs on Fridays at 1630 (4:30 PM) Eastern. Adrienne was to be on Sistah Talk, which airs at 1400 (2 PM) each Saturday. It worked out perfectly. I had to drop off a DVD of a re-run of Elsy Dance, And... anyway.

Sistah Talk


Sistah Talk is a talk show hosted by African-American women and it is oriented toward African-American-specific issues. Without Adrienne telling me anything, I already knew that the show's hosts most likely bought into the identity politics of the Democratic Party. MNN has a sister building in Harlem, a solid Democrat area, and MNN being located on the Upper West Side, tends to run liberal. The hosts had been cajoling Adrienne to go on for months, but she was ambivalent about it. She did not want to do the show for reasons she couldn't pin down. Finally, she agreed and Saturday, December 11 was the air date. My instinct told me that Adrienne was being para-trooped in behind enemy lines. And she was. In Sistah Talk TV Interviews Me about being Black and Pro-Palin, Adrienne provided her first-person account of the proceedings.


Pre-Broadcast Preparation


Sistah Talk is broadcast live from MNN's headquarters, and I was to be in the studio audience presumably to comment. The first order of business was to drop my wife's DVD off. The DVD clanged to the bottom of the drop-off box. That mission accomplished, I went to the right and into the studio. Adrienne was already there getting ready. I had not seen her since the Going Rogue signing in Rochester.

Adrienne Ross: Grace Under Fire


Finally, the show went live. Almost immediately upon the utterance of the words "Sarah" and "Palin," the anger and hatred began boiling up in Penwah, who was seated at the left-most side of the table. She started screaming that Adrienne was "ignorant," "had been played," "had not gotten off the plantation," and "This is what is teaching our kids? God help them." Adrienne took it all in stride like a professional.

Of course, Adrienne is no stranger to controversy. She put her job on the line protesting the inclusion of Gov. Palin in a "Banned Books Week" display at her school. In Rochester, Adrienne had to mollify an angry crowd who learned they probably would not have their copies of Going Rogue signed. Ultimately, everyone's books were signed. Later that night Adrienne was caught in an egg attack on a display stand featuring copies of Going Rogue. The egg attacker had targeted Gov. Palin, but was 15 minutes too late, because she had left the building. He ended up making restitution, buying the 10 books he damaged. Adrienne handled those situations with grace and poise.

Following the show, the panelists and even an audience member who was not particularly fond of Gov. Palin complimented Adrienne on her professionalism and grace under fire.


Pre-Broadcast Preparation


Explosive Palin Derangement Syndrome


Penwah angrily demanded that Obama's title should be uttered with his name. For my part, I will do it only under two circumstances: in quoted material from Gov. Palin or on a direct instruction from her or an instruction from a member of her staff that can be authentically traced as having originated from Gov. Palin. For her and only for her, I'll do it. But, this was not the venue to express that opinion. I stayed silent.

Penwah's rage continued to boil. She huffed, puffed and fanned herself, strutting and fidgeting within her chair like a peacock. These actions may have been shtick, but her seething hatred was very real. Penwah was starting to look like a burning propane factory full of superheated tanks about to BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion).

The other panelists - though no fans of Gov. Palin by any means - at least backed their arguments against her with reasons. I found their reasons to be flawed, and flimsy, but at least Adrienne had a civilized conversation with these panelists. Reasonable people can disagree. But, there was no reasoning with Penwah, who was growing more enraged by the second.

I made the determination that my commenting during this show would have turned the situation very ugly. The identity politics were at a fever pitch. The MNN staff likes my wife's videos. I want to keep it that way. Post-broadcast, I met with Adrienne briefly as well as the more reasonable panelists she spoke with. I handed them business cards and said "Look, I don't expect you to even like Gov. Palin. All I ask is that you go here, and see her accomplishments and see her record - and draw your own conclusions."

A few days later, Penwah was tagged in a photo with Adrienne. Penwah responded with a curse and threat-laden comment. At least her online personality is consistent with who she is in real life.

The Other Extreme...


After the show, my wife and I went to a party that my lawyer had invited us to. He was a delegate on the floor of the 2008 RNC convention and saw Gov. Palin's speech live. At the party, he introduced me to someone who he thought would be a good supporter of Gov. Palin's. Those who know me, know that my wife is rather liberal. When she expressed her view, this man literally exploded. "Obama, Clinton, all of them should be hung [sic]!" "I don't know how you could be married to her! I'd have killed and buried her by now," he said about my wife. About the illegal immigrants, he said, "send them all home in body bags!" About Gov. Palin, he said, "if she gets nominated, we have another four years of Obama." So much for that "good supporter of Gov. Palin" idea....

So, how could I stay married to my wife whose politics are diametrically opposed to mine? Simple. Love transcends politics. I've been with women whose politics were the same as mine. And, I've been married for 14 years (this December 23).

The African-American raging woman that was Penwah and the Caucasian raging "Tea Partier" that was this unnamed man to me were the same person in spirit. Their hate and their extremism brought them to the same place. Hate is hate. Indeed, I remember one of my teachers telling me that extreme rightism and extreme leftism are curves on the circle that both lead to tyranny and dictatorship.

If you have not yet seen the Youtube video of that Sistah Talk TV episode, watch it here. Keep in mind that this was an hour-long show, and the Youtube clip simply shares excerpts. The full version is even more "lively."

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Bristol Palin: Humbled by Haiti

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bristol Palin shares her recent Haiti experience with us and encourages everyone to donate to Samaritan's Purse. Via Facebook, she writes:

As some of you know, I was privileged to travel to Haiti last week with my parents, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John, and the Reverend Franklin Graham and his daughter Cissy. Rev. Graham's wonderful charity, Samaritan's Purse, provides faith-based assistance to those in need around the world; Haiti is one of those places in such great need.

Haiti is a nation in turmoil. It hasn't seemed to even begin to recover from January's devastating earthquake, and now it's fighting a cholera epidemic that is killing Haitians.

Samaritan's Purse is providing care through a gracious volunteer medical staff, wonderful volunteers, and the donations we can all help provide. Though poverty surrounds the Haitians, you can feel a sense of optimism from the children there. Coming from a wealthy country like the United States, visiting Haiti was such an eye opening experience. The people of Haiti are in my prayers, and hopefully are in yours as well.

If you can help Rev. Graham with his mission, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org. Thank you so much!

Bristol

My mom and I on the beach of Haiti. -Photo credit Greta Van Susteren

My mom and I with some beautiful Haitian children - Photo credit Greta Van Susteren

Mr. Graham's daughter, Cissy, and I with more beautiful kids - Photo credit Greta Van Susteren

Photo credit Greta Van Susteren

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ADN Posts Pics of Governor Palin's Anchorage Book Signing

Today Governor Palin did what has been announced as the last book signing for her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag. As she did with Going Rogue, she saved her favorite for last, ending the tour in her beloved state of Alaska. Today's book signing was in Anchorage.

The ADN has posted some pictures. You can view their photo gallery here.

(h/t Ian Lazaran)

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'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Preview: Panning for Gold

Here's the preview to tomorrow night's "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Tune in to TLC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


(Video courtesy of Ron Devito)

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Sistah Talk TV Interviews Me About Being Black and Pro-Palin; Updated

Friday, December 17, 2010


The Youtube clip below is an edited version of a television show I took part in this past Saturday in New York City. Sistah Talk TV is an up-and-coming public access talk show, produced by Zakkee Starman, designed to cater to the issues and lifestyles of Black women. Shawn Seymour Gipson, a friend I went to school with and have not seen for over 20 years, is the show's co-host. When we reconnected via Facebook, she mentioned having seen my blog, MotivationTruth. She was quite intrigued as many people are when they find out that I, a Black woman, don't espouse the agenda of the Democratic Party.

After Shawn spoke to the show's producer, he began to take a look at my work and contacted me about coming on as a guest. He feels that the Black conservative voice is one that is not often heard, and of course he is right. Regardless of his personal view of where I stand politically, he felt it important that people realize that not only don't we all look alike, we don't all think alike either. I refused his first few invitations, but eventually--after much thought, prayer, and counsel from people I trust--I made the decision to do the show.

That takes us to Saturday. First of all, I was well-aware of what I was getting myself into. I've read some comments by my Black sisters recently that suggest that I should have known what was coming. Believe me, I knew what was coming, but I also know that there is substance behind where I stand, and I'm not usually one to be intimidated, although I certainly don't like to be ambushed.

The show was heated from the beginning. The guest panel consisted of two other guests: singer/actress/comedienne, Penwah Phynjuar, and Robin Michele Downes of yogaflava.com. The co-hosts are Dietra Kelsey and Shawn Seymour Gipson.

Most of the opposition came from Penwah, a strong supporter of President Obama, who made her--shall we say?--disapproval of Governor Palin and those who support her quite apparent. In her mind, which she expressed freely, I am simply an ignorant sell-out, a "Kizzie," not Black enough, the list goes on. She discussed her view that I've been played by what she deems to be flat-out racism on the part of Governor Palin, Republicans, and the Tea Party movement as a whole. There really wasn't any reasoning with her, nor was there any evidence given to support her claims. I'll let the video say the rest.

Ms. Downes spoke well of conservatives' focus of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps; however, she took issue with Governor Palin's hunting as shown on "Sarah Palin's Alaska," to which I quoted the Governor: "We eat; therefore, we hunt." I truly don't understand how people who enjoy a good steak, chicken, or pair of leather shoes are offended by those who make each of those things possible--and enjoy doing it.  People like the Palins hunt for food--not just for trophies. Although she and I disagreed on that issue, she conducted herself well. She was certainly professional and cordial.  That conversation is not on this clip, but it will be viewed when the entire episode becomes available.

The hosts, I felt, were clearly a representation of the Left, but they handled themselves well. Shawn came with the issues. Although she has bought into some of the lies out there about Governor Palin, she did not make it personal toward me. She was strong, yet respectful. Bottom line: as lively as our exchange became, we walked away agreeing to disagree, and we walked away with our friendship intact. Dietra had the difficult job of trying to be fair, giving each panelist an opportunity to speak, quelling the vitriol being thrown in my direction at times, and handling the calls coming into the studio.

Some of the calls had me scratching my head. One gentleman stated that Governor Palin's use of "soccer mom" (he meant hockey mom) during the campaign was a dog whistle for racism. Maybe it's me, but how is it her fault if not many Black people play hockey? Should she apologize for being proud of the sport or her children's involvement in it?

I will leave my remarks at that. The Youtube clip gives you an idea, but you really won't get the full effect until you see the full version. It truly was the lion's den, and I suppose I was intended to be dinner, but I can bite back--respectfully. It saddens me that there are people out there who hold such hate for Governor Palin without any good reason, who accuse her of racism without any evidence, and who accuse me of selling out my race because I don't need someone else to think for me but can reason on my own. I persevere nonetheless. My goals was to go and discuss the issues: why I support Governor Palin, what sets her apart from the others, what she's fighting for on behalf of this country. I believe I did just.

I thank Sistah Talk TV for allowing me a voice Saturday, even though it was indeed a battle, and the comments since then--some of them anyway--have been downright ridiculous. It is my prayer that I conducted myself in a way befitting a Christian, a professional, and an unabashed Governor Palin supporter--yes, even as a Black woman. Besides, the principles she espouses: respect for life, national security security, limited government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and job creation know no color. They serve each of us well, and both the sistahs and brothahs out there would do well to at least listen with an open heart. There's too much at stake to play the race game.



You can see more pictures of that day here at Sistah Talk on Facebook.

UPDATE: Read a plethora of comments on this post at Conservatives4Palin by clicking here.

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Governor Palin: Quads, Bogs, and Bones

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Life is so unpredictable, and like my dad always says, it’s “too short to be stuck in a rut!” One way to get out of a rut is to find inspiration in the great outdoors. Activity and fresh air are energizing! Sunday at 9pm ET/8c on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” we show you a few things that we find more fulfilling than staying indoors and sitting on the couch.

Plato said, “You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” So join us as we learn more about each other and what God’s creation has to offer, as we pack up the RV to go dog mushing, white water rafting, four-wheeling, and fossil hunting where we find evidence of ancient sea life on the high hilltops of the Last Frontier! Come join us as we experience more of Alaska’s amazing sights and meet a few more of our friends, including a very special friend we visit in this episode who passed on recently. This episode is dedicated to our old friend “Bones.” You can watch a preview of it here.

My early New Year’s wish for all is that inspiration and fulfillment will be yours in 2011. Remember that one way to find that is to get outdoors.

- Sarah Palin

Governor, we wish you the same. Thank you for sharing the beauty of Alaska with us and encouraging Americans to get out, be healthy, and embrace happiness. God bless you and yours.

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Governor Palin on Good Morning America - Videos

Governor Palin was on "Good Morning America" today. Robin Roberts traveled to Wasilla, Alaska for this interview. See more tonight on ABC's "Nightline" at 11:35 Eastern. Enjoy the following video clips of "GMA," retrieved from Josh Painter at Texas4Palin.

Gov. Palin states her opposition to the tax deal and discusses a possible 2012 run:



Gov. Palin reflects on the past two years:


Gov. Palin on raising 5 children and what she's learned from Trig:

Thanks, Josh.

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Governor Palin: Senate Republicans: Vote No on New START

Governor Palin posted the following on The Corner of the National Review Online:

The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest? I am convinced this treaty is not. It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate.

New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs. This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense. New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty it replaces, making it harder for us to detect Russian cheating. Since we now know Russia has not complied with many arms control agreements currently in force, this is a serious matter.

New START recognizes a link between offensive and defensive weapons – a position the Russians have sought for years. Russia claims the treaty constrains U.S. missile defenses and that they will withdraw from the treaty if we pursue missile defenses. This linkage virtually guarantees that either we limit our missile defenses or the Russians will withdraw from the treaty. The Obama administration claims that this is not the case; but if that is true, why agree to linking offensive and defensive weapons in the treaty? At the height of the Cold War, President Reagan pursued missile defense while also pursuing verifiable arms control with the then-Soviet Union. That position was right in the 1980’s, and it is still right today. We cannot and must not give up the right to missile defense to protect our population – whether the missiles that threaten us come from Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, or anywhere else. I fought the Obama administration’s plans to cut funds for missile defense in Alaska while I was Governor, and I will continue to speak out for missile defenses that will protect our people and our allies.

There are many other problems with the treaty, including the limitation on the U.S. ability to convert nuclear systems to conventional systems and the lack of restriction on Russian sea launched cruise missiles. In addition, the recent reports that Russia moved tactical nuclear weapons (which are not covered by New START) closer to our NATO allies, demonstrate that the Obama administration has failed to convince Russia to act in a manner that does not threaten our allies.

If I had a vote, I would oppose this deeply flawed treaty submitted to the Senate. Just because we were out-negotiated by the Russians that doesn’t mean we have to say yes to this. New START’s flaws have to be addressed in the form of changes to the treaty language that, at a minimum, completely de-link missile defense from offensive arms reductions. Other issues would have to be addressed in the ratification process. If this does not happen either now or next year, Senate Republicans, vote no!

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Governor Palin: Omnibus Defeat Is a Victory for Reality

Governor Palin wrote the following, published in The Corner of the National Review Online today:

I’m glad the Senate came to its senses and killed the omnibus spending monstrosity. That outrageous trillion-dollar pork buffet was an outright slap in the face to the American public’s expressed wishes in the last election. It was as if Congress was earning its historically low 13 percent approval rating before our very eyes. I applaud senators like Jim DeMint, John McCain, and others who fought this and stopped it.

However, the very fact that some lawmakers on Capitol Hill thought such reckless spending was even remotely acceptable is disturbing. We’re facing trillion-dollar deficits and a record national debt, but some people still want to continue spending like there’s no tomorrow. If the European debt crisis teaches us anything, it’s that tomorrow always comes. Sooner or later, the markets will expect us to settle the bill for the enormous Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending binge. We’ve already been warned by the credit ratings agency Moody’s that unless we get serious about reducing our deficit, we may face a downgrade of our credit rating. Even the lamest of lame ducks can’t ignore this reality.

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CompassionGate: Rev. Franklin Graham on Gov. Palin's Faith in Christ and Efforts in Haiti

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Governor Palin's trip to Haiti has left quite an impression--not just on those of us who followed the trip from afar but, more significantly, on those who were actually with the Governor, namely Rev. Franklin Graham and the Haitians themselves.

Rev. Graham spoke to Newsmax who shared the following inspirational report:

Sarah Palin’s visit to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti showed she is not “afraid to get her hands dirty,” says the Rev. Franklin Graham. The former Alaska governor is a “woman of strong principle and no question she has a strong faith in God,” the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said during a Newsmax.TV interview in which he discussed his hosting her Haitian visit.

“I showed her what Samaritan’s Purse has done” to alleviate the suffering from the killer earthquake and a hurricane this year, said Graham, president of the international relief organization. “We have built over 10,000 shelters for people to live in. We have set up entire communities across the Port-au-Prince area, but more importantly there is a cholera epidemic now and this cholera epidemic was understated . . . This could be a huge, huge problem. We have already 2,000 people dead.”

The January earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless. The poverty-stricken country was hit with a cholera epidemic in October and then widespread flooding after Hurricane Tomas in early November.

Samaritan’s Purse has set up two clinics, including one with 200 beds, to treat a disease so deadly in can kill in hours, Graham told Newsmax.TV in the exclusive interview.

Graham, who said he has worked with Palin on a number of projects in Alaska, invited her to Haiti to view the relief efforts. Accompanying her on the tour last weekend were her husband, Todd, and daughter Bristol.

The former GOP vice-presidential candidate “has tremendous compassion for people, she loves people, and she cares deeply about people,” Graham said.
“She was an encouragement not only to the staff and to the relief workers (but) even to the Haitian people who didn’t know her,” Graham said.

“She came in with her smile. She would sit on the cots. Now, you have to understand a cholera clinic, these cots have been soaked in urine, and fecal matter, and vomit. Cholera is a horrible thing, and she just sat right there in the middle of it, holding peoples’ hands, talking to people, holding babies, it was an amazing thing. She’s quite a lady and not afraid to get her hands dirty.”

The topic of whether Palin will run for president did not come up, Graham said. News reports about her visit have quoted her as saying it wasn’t time to be political. Instead, she said as she ended her two-day visit, “I do urge Americans not to forget Haiti."

As for Graham’s appraisal of Palin, he said: “When you read her book ‘Going Rogue,’ she gives a testimony on how she gave her life to God. And the last page of her book ‘Going Rogue,’ she mentions or says to the reader if you haven’t done what I’ve done, I encourage you to do it. And she invites a person to invite God into their heart, their life. I’ve seen the governor on a number of occasions and no question her faith is a big part of her life — that’s who she is. She’s a believer in Jesus Christ, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, that’s just her makeup. It’s her DNA.”

While people have worked overtime to turn Governor Palin's humanitarian trip to Haiti into HairGate, BlackGate, and whatever other gate they may have opened up in their minds, those who know the real Governor Palin share with us a much different story. I think they'd call it CompassionGate.

Please watch the following interview of Rev. Franklin Graham answering questions about Governor Palin and her efforts in Haiti:

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Zogby Survey: Governor Palin is 2010 Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Governor Palin is Person of the Year for 2010 according to a Zogby International survey. Zogby.com reports:

Former Vice-Presidential candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is the Person of the Year for 2010 according to a recent Zogby International survey. The poll, also names former President George W. Bush as the Person of the Decade (2000-2010).

Palin garners a 21% response with President Barack Obama claiming 16% for person of the year, and Glenn Beck tied with Julian Assange with 13%. None of the other seven people listed (General David Petraeus, Mark Zukerberg, Hillary Clinton, Conan O'Brien, Steve Jobs, LeBron James, Robert Gates) in the survey pull in more than 6%.

Democrats mostly choose President Obama (33%) and Assange (19%), while Republicans go for Palin (39%) and Beck (25%), and independents split their votes between Palin (17%), Beck (16%) and Assange (15%). President Obama only pulled 8% of the Independent vote.

Former President George W. Bush pulls in 44% of the respondents for Person of the Decade. President Obama comes in second with 20% and Osama Bin Laden garners 11%. None of the remaining six people listed (Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il) in the survey receive more than 5%.

Read more here.

(h/t US4Palin)

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'On the Record' Takes Us Behind the Scenes in Haiti

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Behind the scenes in Haiti via Greta Van Susteren's "On The Record":


Greta Goes Behind The Scenes With Governor Palin And Franklin Graham In Haiti retrieved from PalinTV
H/T Sheya, PalinTV, Conservatives4Palin

(Retrieved from Ron Devito)

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Obamacare Takes a Hit, Ruled Unconstitutional

Monday, December 13, 2010

The vast majority of Americans are opposed to Obamacare which President Obama's administration decided to ram down our throats anyway. Much is wrong with it: increased premiums, loopholes that allow funding for abortion, government getting between patients and their doctors, "death panels" (i.e., rationing), no guarantee all will be allowed to keep their own doctors, not all preconditions being tended to, a blow to the private sector, and the list goes on. Actually, we could have started and stopped with this one point repeatedly made: it's unconstitutional. This is America, and in America no one can be required to make purchases. Today, a federal judge in Virginia agreed.

Tom Schoenberg and Margaret Cronin Fisk report:

The Obama administration’s requirement that most citizens maintain minimum health coverage as part of a broad overhaul of the industry is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled, striking down the linchpin of the plan.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia, today said that the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce. While severing the coverage mandate, which is set to become effective in 2014, Hudson didn’t address other provisions such as expanding Medicaid.

“At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance -- or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage -- it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate,” wrote Hudson, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002.

The ruling is the government’s first loss in a series of challenges to the law mounted in federal courts in Virginia, Michigan and Florida, where 20 states have joined an effort to have the statute thrown out. Constitutional scholars said unless Congress changes the law, its fate on appeal will probably be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

[...]

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who brought the suit, said in a statement he was “gratified we prevailed.”

“This won’t be the final round, as this will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court, but today is a critical milestone in the protection of the Constitution,” he said.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah called the decision “a great day for liberty. Congress must obey the Constitution rather than make it up as we go along,” he said in a statement.

Read the full article here.

In an email I received today from Richard A. Viguerie of ConservativeHQ.com, he shared this personal statement:

Congratulations to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his hugely important first-round victory over Obamacare today in federal district court.

Mr. Cuccinelli has been a true leader in the cause of freedom and constitutionally limited government. His win is also a victory for the entire Tea Party movement and constitutional conservatives everywhere.

Now more than ever, Tea Partiers and constitutional conservatives must rally behind and support Ken Cuccinelli as he takes his case--and the Gadsden flag ("Don't tread on me") that decorates his office--through the appeals process.

It's time for all freedom-loving Americans to let Ken know that we're behind him every step through final resolution--and victory--in his case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a victory for all Americans on both sides of the aisle. Let the fight continue, and let freedom ring.

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