Video: Governor Palin on 'Freedom Watch'

Thursday, September 29, 2011

At the start of her interview tonight with Judge Napolitano, Governor Palin took on Juan Williams who called a comment she made Friday night about presidential candidate Herman Cain "nasty." She was right to take him on, as he clearly had no idea what he was talking about. The Governor praised Cain in that Tuesday night interview with Greta Van Susteren while blasting the mainstream media for propping up a "flavor of the week" only to crush him later. The criticism was not of Cain, but of the media.

Governor Palin also stated that she is engaged in serious deliberations about 2012 and is holding her political cards close to her chest. She did say that we should not look for an announcement from her in the next 24 hours.

She and the Judge talked about several other topics in their short interview, including crony capitalism, the permanent political class, corruption in government, and Solyndra. Watch the exchange below, courtesy of SarahNET.

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Governor Palin Talks to Judge Napolitano Tonight on Fox Business

Governor Palin will appear on the Fox Business Network at 8 p.m. Eastern to speak to Judge Napolitano. It's so annoying that I don't get this channel via DirecTV. I will, however, post the video once I have access to it.

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Which Title Doesn't Governor Palin Need?

Since Governor Palin's On the Record appearance Tuesday night, the blogosphere and media outlets have been buzzing with opinions that she's not running for president in 2012. Her conversation with Greta Van Susteren left some to ponder, perhaps more than ever, if she has decided not to relinquish her freedom--not to be shackled--for the sake of a title. Comments left in various and sundry places revealed that some people were angry, some were confused, some were frustrated, while some remained encouraged. No one was unmoved, however. No one was without some type of reaction. No one was neutral. It was, quite simply, that consequential an interview, if for no other reason than that viewers deemed it so.

I saw the same interview everyone else saw. I saw the full interview twice, and I saw portions of it several times. Allow me to offer my perspective. Please note that this is just a theory. It is one that some will dismiss immediately, and perhaps that's the deserved response. However, it may also be a theory that some will think long and hard about, and I'd like to think there's merit in that as well. Which category you fall into remains to be seen.

Last night, as I rewatched the Governor's exchange with Greta, something jumped out at me that had not caught my attention the first time. It begins at 9:25 into the video. Please watch it again. Governor Palin says:

Through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012, is a title worth it...does a title shackle a person? Are they--someone like me who's maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don't mind stirring it up in order to get people to think and debate aggressively and to find solutions to the problems that our country is facing, somebody like me--is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to effect positive change that we need in this country? That's the biggest contemplation piece in my process.

So here's my theory, which I offer in the form of a question: Is it possible that Governor Palin is contemplating a third party/Independent run for the presidency in 2012? Is it possible that the title she's referring to, that she repeatedly says she doesn't need, is not the title of President of the United States, as some are fearing, but rather the title she mentions in the above quote: GOP nominee? Again, some will dismiss this idea automatically because 1) it doesn't make sense in their political minds, 2) success would be a nearly impossible task, or 3) she said previously she wasn't in favor of such a strategy.

To point one, I offer this: she's unconventional and has prognosticated, "Mark my word, it is going to be an unconventional type of election process." What would be more unconventional than what I am theorizing?

To point two, Neil Cavuto offers this perspective on the prospects of a third party success story:
How many outside-the-Petri dish candidates would have made it if so many weren't so busy insisting they couldn't possibly make it?

Me? I can't take it.

Remember, no one has voted.

So I hardly think it fair anyone's voted off.

Besides, we could do worse than looking for our next leader outside the usual Petri dish...

More here.

Furthermore, Governor Palin told Greta she believes she can win. She said she wouldn't even be considering running without that confidence. Does that confidence disappear when she contemplates a third party run? I think not. I submit, rather, that she believes she has the name recognition, the record, and the boots on the ground to win period.

To point 3, let's have Governor Palin speak for herself. She told Sean Hannity as recently as June:
You know what? A year ago, I would have said, "Please don't even consider a third party. We've got to sure up what is good and strong and principled within the Republican Party, and we've got to run on a Republican ticket, stand strong on the planks and a strong platform that is the GOP." Well, I think conditions have changed in this last year...Well, too many in the GOP are still resistant and resisting that movement of this new crop of common sense conservatives. And if they're not careful in the GOP, there will be a third party rise-up, just like back in the day when the Whigs finally went away and Republicans rose up. That is what the GOP should be fearing today: the electorate will get fed up with business as usual in the GOP, and a third party will rise up--not that I want to see that because I still have belief, strongly, that the GOP planks are best for our country, but just the machine that runs the GOP has got to be very careful.

See that video here.

This takes us back to her conversation with Greta Tuesday night. Her biggest contemplation--perhaps what she's been struggling with and what's been delaying her decision--is whether securing the GOP nomination title is worth the cost of being shackled to the machine, to the establishment--with all its cronyism, permanent middle class pandering, and resistance to common sense conservatism. In other words, there's too much business as usual going on. Perhaps this is Governor Palin's struggle. And yes, Greta did go on to discuss that one could be more effective as President than on the sidelines. And yes, the Governor responded to Greta by insisting she could have an impact regardless. But what did the Governor then say? She commented that one must decide, "Which is the place for that candidate to be?" She spoke about the process of decision-making a candidate endures, not a private citizen simply deciding whether or not to be a candidate. Is it possible she and Greta were having two different conversations? You decide.

Some supporters went to bed discouraged after the interview, and some were furious, for they thought Governor Palin, when talking about "which is the place" to be, meant inside or outside the race altogether. I'm suggesting that maybe "the place" she's pondering is something completely different. I'm suggesting she might be pondering whether she should fight this battle for America's future inside the Party or outside, if she should take the road less traveled, as Robert Frost would say, or go the way most others have gone and all are expected to go.

Governor Palin intends to do things her way, for her previous national experience as a GOP candidate left her with a bad taste in her mouth. Did she not mention to Greta the 2008 VP campaign in which she was "being molded, being shaped...being caricatured by those around [her], which prohibits the freedom that one needs to really make a difference, and influence, and begin some aggressive debate that is needed"? Indeed, she did.

Again, this is simply my theory, for I certainly have no inside information. Each of you must weigh its value for yourself. If nothing else, it should provoke some thought and hopefully some conversation. As for me, upon watching the interview the second time, I no longer felt the suffocating blanket of heaviness that rained down via social media comments Tuesday night. Instead, I felt encouraged that Governor Palin is in a struggle to decide, not whether to right America's ship, but the best possible method she should use to do so--and this is as weighty a decision as the first.

Is it possible I'm wrong about this whole thing? Sure it is. But is it possible that I might be on to something? The answer to this is the same as the first. I don't know which road Governor Palin will take in all this, but I am certain of this one thing: wherever the road leads her, she'll find me still walking beside her when she arrives.

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Governor Palin: Now He’s Blaming Europe

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

On Monday, during a fundraiser in California, President Obama declared that Europe’s debt problems and their inability to solve them was “scaring the world.” He went on to explain that Europeans “have not fully healed from the crisis back in 2007 and never fully dealt with the challenges that their banking system faced” and that “they’re trying to take responsible actions, but those actions haven’t been quite as quick as they need to be.”

This of course is coming from a President who has done nothing to deal with our own country’s enormous debt crisis and who is in fact eager to incur even more debt with another useless stimulus bill (now called a “jobs bill” though the last stimulus failed to produce the jobs it promised, which is perhaps why Harry Reid doesn’t seem too eager to bring this new bill to a vote despite the President’s demands to “pass this bill”). Yes, Europe has serious debt problems, but for President Obama to be lecturing our allies about not being “quite as quick” in dealing with a debt crisis is downright hypocritical.

When his all-too-common finger-pointing is directed at Republicans, President Obama’s search for a scapegoat is swallowed as merely the typical Beltway politics of our permanent political class. But pointing fingers at our allies when they are working to get their own financial house in order is counterproductive and can have a serious negative affect on our ability to lead the free world.

One German newspaper denounced the President’s comments as “overbearing, arrogant, and absurd.” Another wrote: “The gloomy state of the economy is putting a damper on Obama’s future prospects. The optimism of the past is gone, replaced by a cheap search for a scapegoat.” And still another wrote: “That’s not how friends talk to each other. That applies particularly to friends who have themselves failed to get a handle on their own, self-made crisis.”

Can we blame them for feeling this way? Keep in mind this was a President who was supposed to make the rest of the world “like” us again.

It’s about time the President showed some leadership and took responsibility rather than campaigning on blaming everyone else for the financial mess his policies have exacerbated.

Between President Obama’s hypocritical lecture poking our allies in the eye again and one Democrat governor’s call to postpone lawfully mandated elections for two years, I suppose nothing should surprise concerned Americans anymore. But that doesn’t mean we have to accept these misguided memes. 2012 can’t come soon enough.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin: L'shanah tovah! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Governor Palin via Facebook:

We wish our friends in the Jewish community a shanah tovah u'metukah – a happy and sweet new year!

Rosh Hashanah is the time for new beginnings and, for me personally, I’ve always considered the new season as providing an opportunity for clear thinking about priorities.

God bless our Jewish friends, and may Israel be blessed with peace and strength as she continues to innovate and prosper and befriend our own great nation.

May this new year be filled with manifestations of our respect for our ally Israel and our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundations.

- Sarah Palin

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Video: Governor Palin on Greta

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Governor Palin spoke to Greta Van Susteren tonight, discussing Gov. Christie, our ally Israel, the current GOP field, the media, where she is in making her 2012 decision, and President Obama. Asked whether she would support him in his re-election bid if the economy turned around, without hesitating, she declared "absolutely not." She elaborated to say that he has shown himself for what he is, and he is not "the one." She also said she believes she can beat the President in a general election.

Concerning her possible entry into the race, she said that a major part of her contemplation is weighing whether having a title will require her to relinquish her freedom, if it will "shackle" her. She obviously well remembers the 2008 vice presidential campaign in which she was mishandled--and heavy-handled. It's clear she has no interest in anything similar to that again. She reiterated that she doesn't need a title to make a difference.


(Video courtesy of SarahNET)

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Governor Palin Talks to Greta Van Susteren Tonight

Governor Palin will talk to Greta Van Susteren tonight. I'm looking forward to what she'll share with us.

Tune in at 10 p.m. Eastern on Fox News.

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Happy Birthday to...Me!

Hey, the older I get, the more willing I am to celebrate me and how much God has blessed me!

Happy Birthday, me!

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Governor Palin Fighting Back Against McGinniss Lies

Monday, September 26, 2011

It looks like Governor Palin is fighting back. I, for one, say, "YES!" Too often too many treat her like their personal punching bag, pushing lie after lie in their crazed obsession with destroying her. This time Joe McGinniss may have gone too far, and legal action may very well ensue.

As I reported here, Andrew Breitbart came into possession of an email Joe McGinniss sent in which he admitted there was no evidence for the claims he made in his new book about Governor Palin. Breitbart also revealed that Random House was well aware that a lawyer had warned McGinniss that "he has provided nothing more than 'tawdry gossip' to substantiate 'any of the salacious stories about the Palin family.'" Even with this knowledge, the book was released. This may come back to bite him and Random House where it hurts, as it should.

ABC News reports:

Sarah Palin’s family attorney John Tiemessen has written a letter to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, that Palin may sue her, the company, and the book’s author Joe McGinniss “for knowingly publishing false statements” in his book released last week, “The Rogue,” ABC News has learned.

READ THE ENTIRE LETTER HERE

The book was widely panned by critics for using unnamed sources to criticize Palin and her family. Tiemessen cites an email they have access to in which McGinniss writes that attorneys from Crown Publishing told him “nothing I can cite other than my own reporting rises above the level of tawdry gossip. The proof is always just around the corner, but that is a corner nobody has been able to turn” and that McGinniss “ran out of time” to sufficiently source the book.

A source close to the Palins tells ABC News that the “Palins are fighting back and demanding answers from Random House.”

“Random House is at the top of the food chain and published a book based upon acknowledged unsubstantiated gossip,” the source said. “The revealing email is key as evidence of this defamatory approach to politics through proxies.”

Tiemessen writes in the letter that the email “clearly describes the fact that Mr. McGinniss researched and investigated many false and scurrilous allegations, and concluded that there was absolutely no evidence anywhere backing these allegations.”

Palin’s attorney writes that it is “malicious” for Crown to publish the book when it has proof McGinniss and Crown “were fully aware the statements in the book were false, intended to be false, and were intended to harm.”

“The final work that was published contains most of the stories that Mr. McGinniss complains were nothing more than ‘tawdry gossip’ that amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals,” Tiemessen writes. “Since both your company, and the author, clearly knew the statements were false, admitted they had no basis in fact or reality, but decided to publish in order to harm Governor Palin’s family, you and Mr. McGinniss have defamed the Palins.”

Tiemessen ends the letter by warning the publishing house not to “delete emails or destroy records” that may be used in the suit.

The email Tiemessen cites in his letter to Mavjee came to light last week when conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted an email between McGinniss and liberal Alaskan blogger, Jesse Griffin. In the email posted on Breitbart’s site without explanation for how they got access to it, McGinniss writes, “Legal review of my manuscript is underway and here’s my problem: no one has ever offered documentation of any of the lurid stories about the Palins.”

Read more here.

Here's the video of ABC's report:

(h/t Doug)

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Audio: Roderic Deane Show Interview

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It was a pleasure to be a guest on The Roderic Deane Show today, along with Peter Singleton, Ron Devito, O.P. Ditch, and Stephen Bannon. The title of today's show was "Waiting for Sarah Palin." We discussed what individuals are doing and can do while waiting for Governor Palin's 2012 announcement. My interview kicks off the second hour, beginning at 60:09 and lasting until 76:00; however, Roderic facilitated great interviews throughout, so please listen to the entire show. Enjoy.


Listen to internet radio with Roderic Deane on Blog Talk Radio

Thank you, Roderic, for the opportunity to be on your show. Keep up the good work.

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Roderic Deane Announces Sunday's 'Waiting for Sarah Palin' Interview Line-Up

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Roderic Deane has a huge line-up set for this Sunday at noon Eastern. While waiting for Governor Palin's 2012 announcement, her supporters have seen the years turn to months, the months to weeks, and hopefully the weeks to days. Roderic wants to talk to some of her most ardent supporters now that the time is near.

I'm looking forward to joining some of my Palin-supporting colleagues on the air tomorrow. However, having spent the last few days sick and congested, I told Roderic my goal is just to be able to talk clearly enough not to sound like I have a clothespin on my nose and to not cough throughout the entire interview!

I had the pleasure of being on his show in July. You can listen to that interview here.

Below is the information for his Blog Talk Radio Show. Listeners can call in to (310) 982-4283.

The Roderic Deane Show - Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Central Time

Show Title: Waiting for Sarah Palin

Show Description: "Sarah Palin told us to keep our powder dry and that we would know soon enough about her plans. In the meantime, how do we choose to wile away the in-between?"

Show Schedule:

Hour 1:

Peter Singleton - Co-Coordinator of the Iowa chapter of O4P (Organize4Palin)

Ron Devito - US4Palin publisher; Coordinator of NY4Palin, an O4P affiliate

Hour 2:

Adrienne Ross - MotivationTruth publisher; Conservatives4Palin editor/contributor; US4Palin contributor

Stephen K. Bannon - Producer and Director of Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated

O.P. Ditch - Vets4Sarah organizer; Major participant in the Maryland chapter of O4P

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Gov. Palin vs the Other Debaters

Friday, September 23, 2011

I have watched each of the Republican presidential debates, finding them mildly entertaining, if nothing else. Last night's debate ran short of entertainment, however, and I'm becoming less and less impressed. If I have to hear Mitt Romney and Rick Perry argue over what's in their books one more time, I might throw one at the television. What did candidates do before they wrote books? Are these Oprah Book Club events or presidential debates?

Honestly, the two so-called frontrunners aren't doing much for me at all. Romney, of course, is as plastic as they come, and I don't believe anything he says. He's a flip flopper, and I simply don't trust him. Perry is preferred to Romney, but he's a horrible debater, and he's on the wrong side of the immigration issue. Does he really believe that illegal aliens should get to have a free education in this country? Don't even get me started on Ron Paul. Can you say foreign policy?

Herman Cain has a great personality, a warm sense of humor, and refreshing authenticity. I think he's a great guy, but I don't think he's ready to be President of the United States.

Obviously, the person I believe is ready to move America forward is Governor Palin, but she has yet to declare. I'm still waiting, and I believe an announcement is coming soon. I look forward to what she'll add to these debates. Not only is she solid on the issues, but she can articulate her stand on these issues based on intelligence, experience, and common sense.

Take a look back to her 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debate against Tony Knowles and Andrew Halcro after she beat Frank Murkowski in the Primary election. The first video is the full debate, and the second one has YouTube highlights.

Things will drastically change once she enters the race. I look forward to someone who will cut through the bull, call a spade a spade, challenge candidates on their records, spotlight her own, and revitalize the American people.



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Palin's Brother, Chuck Heath, Jr, Addresses McGinniss's Lies

It's not been a good week for Joe McGinniss. Even the left-obsessed media has condemned, doubted, and blown off his anti-Palin book. Yesterday, it became public knowledge, via his own email, that he had no proof to support the claims he made in the book. Today, Chuck Heath, Jr., Governor Palin's brother, issued a statement. Big Journalism reports:

The McGinniss book is filled with one lie after another. The final straw for me was when I learned that he used me as a source for his lies about my sister and brother-in-law’s marriage. He included in his book comments falsely attributed to me by one of his unnamed sources. Neither McGinniss nor Crown/Random House reached out to me to verify, or even comment on, this alleged hearsay from an unnamed source. They just ran with it, and as a consequence, the tabloids picked it up and used it to fuel false rumors about my sister getting a divorce. All of this is a total lie, and I’m sick of seeing my sister, her family, and our extended family being trashed by smear-merchants like Joe McGinniss and his publisher.

(h/t Josh Painter)

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McGinniss's Email Proves His Anti-Palin Book Has No Proof

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I have purposely stayed away from writing about the release of Joe McGinniss's book in which he makes degrading claims about Governor Palin and the Palin family. Some things, as far as I'm concerned, just don't deserve the publicity. Even the mainstream media, certainly no friends of the Governor, lashed out against McGinniss, who had found a way to weasel next door to the Palins while writing his hit piece. No thinking person truly believed what this character had to say anyway, but today Andrew Breitbart shed further light on what McGinniss is full of.

After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”

In the email below, sent in January of 2011, McGinniss reveals that his manuscript, then under legal review at Crown/Random House, could not prove its most headline-grabbing allegations. And yet, many of these “salacious stories” that lacked “proof” (in McGinniss’s own words) ended up in the book, and on televisions everywhere during the author’s current media tour … without proper sourcing, and without any apparent new evidence to support them.

McGinniss’s panicked state is evidenced by the identity of the recipient to whom he sent his email of distress. Jesse Griffin was the author of an obscure, low-rent, and now-defunct anti-Palin blog that obsessed over Trig Palin’s maternity–claiming, without any evidence, that Sarah Palin was not Trig’s mother.

Was Random House aware that its prized author was making a desperate overtime bid to save face? And if so, why did it allow him to come forth with most of those tawdry accusations without proof or proper sourcing?

This would not be the first time McGinniss has found himself in trouble over accusations of unethical journalism. In 1987, McGinniss agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the convicted murderer who was the subject of McGinniss’s book Fatal Vision. He has also admitted to having surreptitiously distributed a competitor’s manuscript about Palin that was handed to him by his own publisher. The leak allegedly damaged the commercial viability of that book.

In 2003, Random House released a larger-than-life, massive bestseller by James Frey entitled A Million Little Pieces. Later, it was revealed that the book was a fantastical literary hoax that made its way past some of the highest-paid and most respected editors and lawyers in the literary world. Doubleday/Random House felt compelled to offer full refunds to those who had bought the book.

Has history repeated itself?

Mr. McGinniss has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

The email he sent to anti-Palin blogger, Jesse Griffin, clearly depicts a McGinniss in panic because he had no facts to substantiate the attacks on Governor Palin's character found in his book. He was essentially begging for anything to help him in his motive to take her down, acknowledging that as it stood his book was nothing more than smutty gossip. The email speaks for itself. Read it here at Breitbart's Big Government.

Breitbart has updated his original post with the revelation that Random House chose to publish the McGinniss book even after lawyers told him there was no evidence to prove his allegations. He writes:
In an email dated January 27, 2011, Joe McGinniss, author of The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, says that Random House lawyers have told him he has provided nothing more than “tawdry gossip” to substantiate “any of the salacious stories about the Palin family.”

He adds that “No one has ever provided factual evidence” (original emphasis) of the following accusations:

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Yet almost all of these accusations appear in McGinniss’s book, without any substantial proof beyond gossip, and without any apparent new information to address the lack of “factual evidence” in January 2011.

You can go here to read those accusations.

Governor Palin has yet to say directly what she's decided to do in 2012, but she has been rather consistent when speaking of the qualifications needed of the Republican candidate who will ensure that ABO (Anybody But Obama) occupies the White House in January 2013. The most vetted candidate is part of her list. Who else is more vetted than she? And the more people attempt to depict her as anyone other than a person with unquestionable work ethic, a stellar record, and upstanding character, the more foolish they make themselves look. She has been held up to more microscopes than a science lab could house, and she has emerged spotless each time. Don Surber puts it this way:
If she runs, I will vote for Sarah Palin satisfied that there are no skeletons in her closet. She is who she says she is. So many people have vetted her that I have full confidence that there is no scandal anywhere.

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SarahPAC: Governor Palin's 2012 Announcement is Imminent

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's certainly getting close to Governor Palin's announcement concerning 2012. I received the following letter from SarahPAC today. Click on the image to zoom in.

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Video: Governor Palin on Hannity

Below is Governor Palin's interview with Sean Hannity. The Solyndra controversy is bad enough, but she sounds like she has knowledge of more crony capitalism and corruption yet to be revealed in the Obama administration.





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'Big Hair Alaska' Premieres Tonight, Starring Gov. Palin's Hairdresser, Jessica Steele

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's a special day for Jessica Steele, my friend and Governor Palin's hairdresser. Tonight, TLC will air two 30-minute episodes highlighting the Beehive Beauty Shop. Tune in at 10 p.m. Eastern for "Big Hair Alaska."

Jessica is a sweetheart, and I'm happy for her!

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Governor Palin on Sean Hannity Tonight

Word is Governor Palin will be on Sean Hannity tonight. Watch at 9 p.m. Eastern. I imagine she'll discuss President Obama's jobs class warfare speech he delivered yesterday. No telling what else might be come up, though.

Don't miss it.

(h/t Ian)

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Trump Will Wait for Governor Palin

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Donald Trump reportedly met with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry recently, and the two hit it off. Word has it that Trump was impressed with Perry and offered him his posh Palm Beach, Florida club to hold a fundraiser. That said, The Donald would not go so far as to give Perry the endorsement he sought. Why not? He's waiting for Governor Palin. Newsmax reports:

Trump diplomatically told Perry he would not make an endorsement in the GOP primary race until he knows whether former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to run.

“He told Perry nicely that he probably wouldn’t endorse anybody until she made her intentions known,” the source said.

Read the full article here.

While pundits on the right continue to dismiss the possibility that Governor Palin is running for President, and pundits on the left try to convince themselves that she's insignificant, reality suggests something totally different. Not only do the media chase her tour bus down the road, hover over her hotel room in helicopters, and follow her around a state fair, someone as influential as Donald Trump waits to make an endorsement until she reveals whether she'll be in the running. And make no mistake about it, whatever you think of Donald Trump, he is influential, and he's said recently that the candidates are all reaching out to him. Nonetheless, he's waiting to see what Governor Palin will do. If that's what's called insignificant, it would be interesting to see what would happen if she ever became significant.

Hang in there, Mr. Trump. Soon we'll all know.

(h/t Gary P. Jackson)

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Governor Palin and the Constitution

Saturday, September 17, 2011

One of the most celebrated amendments to the United States Constitution, the signing of which is celebrated today on Constitution Day, is the First Amendment. It grants us, among other things, the freedom of speech.

Tara Jollie, a friend of Governor Palin and former staffer in her administration, who granted me an interview after Frank Bailey released his book of lies about her in May, reflected on the day Governor Palin announced her resignation from the Governor's office. Today is perhaps the best possible day for Jollie to have written this article, for in it she acknowledged that the Governor's difficult decision allowed her to reclaim her freedom of speech:

Monday came and, sure enough, there she was by the elevator packing some of her personal belongings from her office to her car. All my composure went flying out the window. I went to help her carry things and could not stop my tears. She did what she could to comfort me then we went for a little ride just to have a little alone time. When she dropped me off I was still sad, but happy for her to get her personal freedom back; especially the freedom of speech. I thought “What a strong role model for anyone who feels they don’t have a choice in their lives. There is always a choice!” This simple message is incredibly powerful when seen demonstrated in living color.

I know there were those with ulterior motives who pretended to support Sarah as candidate then Governor, and many more that underestimated her. I credit most of that behavior to a collective resistance to change, and, in some cases gender bias, unbridled greed, and/or a great desire for position and power. The establishment absolutely had to get rid of this rabble-rouser. No one knew this better than the appointees within the bureaucracy. The same ones who laughed at her around the water cooler before the election were sucking up like crazy after the election – trying to save their jobs until they could get rid of her. No entity resists change as well as a bureaucracy, and so the dance of sabotage began and continued to the end of her term.

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Our political system needs dramatic reform. A lofty goal, so simple and so obvious. Kudos to those determined to make a difference. Sarah Palin is beating the drum for reform. Although unintentional, resigning set her free to go that direction. Her decision to step away from her office demonstrated strength, not weakness. She really is her own person.

Anyone who thought Governor Palin would sit around and collect a paycheck if she could not be productive does not know her. Anyone who expected her to sit down and shut up couldn’t possibly have heard or read anything she said on the campaign trail. Her slogan was Take a Stand!

When Governor Palin returned from the campaign trail, the partisan vultures tried to pick her apart. Their goal was to punish her for daring to accept Senator McCain's request to help lead this country and for exercising her freedom of speech to speak out against waste, overtaxing, and an utter disregard for our Constitutional freedoms. They wanted to silence her commitment to speaking up for life, the free market, and American exceptionalism, and they especially took umbrage at her fearlessness in calling out President Obama in the process. They wanted to enslave her, and they were willing to allow frivolous ethics charges to cost Alaska two million dollars--and then some. She vowed when she resigned to continue to fight and continue to speak, even without a title. She has certainly done so.

It is without hyperbole that I say no one else has undergone the vile, despicable, and hurtful accusations and verbal attacks Governor Palin has. She is continually subjected to actions that simply would not be tolerated if the target were anyone else. The selective outrage of people on the left and the right is rather telling; it reveals the one they fear most. Such hatred toward this wife, mother, and conservative public figure begs the question: What is it about her they hate so much and seek to destroy? The answer becomes more obvious each day. It's the freedom of speech she chooses to exercise. A person's right is only as powerful as her willingness to practice it. Governor Palin respects our Constitution and the rights it affords, and she is not afraid to take full advantage of her First Amendment right to shout the greatness of America from the rooftops and to call out those vices and villains threatening our nation. Lately, she is turning up the heat as she names names in her quest to shine a spotlight on crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and the permanent political class. For this, she is maligned, slandered, and harassed in the most wretched ways--and still she perseveres, even without a title.

By the end of this month, Governor Palin will let us know if she's willing to seek a title, the highest title in the land, to effect change--reform--in a greater capacity. No doubt, even with such a title, perhaps even more so, she will continue to praise the beauty of our Constitution and to exercise every freedom it guarantees, including the beloved freedom of speech.

Concerning Governor Palin's future, Tara Jollie states simply:
I, for one, wish her well wherever her destiny takes her. History tells us it won’t be easy.

No, it won't be easy, but with an army of supporters standing behind her, she will surely emerge victorious. She is, after all, The Undefeated.

Read Tara Jollie's full article here.

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Student Provides Visual Aid for Constitution Day


Today is Constitution Day. It is the commemoration of the signing of our United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. Today is worthy of celebration, as this founding document has succeeded in helping make "We the People" a part of the freest, greatest nation on the face of the earth.

I briefly shared the importance of September 17th with my seventh grade English Language Arts classes yesterday. One of my students happened to be wearing just the right shirt. He didn't wear it in honor of Constitution Day, I'm sure, but he provided a visual aid and a valuable lesson nonetheless. Written on the front of his shirt was this phrase: "Restore Justice and Savor the Blessing of Liberty." How perfect! Once I saw his shirt, I spoke of it to the rest of my classes as I informed them of Constitution Day.

In addition to sharing this with my classes and admiring a student's T-shirt, I also registered for a five week online course on the Constitution, via Hillsdale College. It's called, "Introduction to the Constitution." Learn more about it and/or register here.

May God bless America.

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Governor Palin: Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra (UPDATED)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

UPDATE: Yet another shoe drops in the ongoing crony capitalism problems now engulfing the Obama administration. Yesterday, we learned that the Obama White House allegedly pressured a four-star Air Force general to change his testimony about a company linked to a major Democrat donor.

In my recent speech in Iowa, some eyebrows were raised when I took on our government’s enormous economic problems caused by crony capitalism. As if on cue, just days later President Obama selected someone who exemplifies a major crony capitalism problem to sit next to the First Lady when he delivered his “jobs plan” speech before Congress. He selected General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt as his honored guest.

Having grown up with great respect for GE thanks to stories my grandfather shared with us about his days working for the company and even meeting GE spokesman-at-the-time Ronald Reagan during a company event, I am saddened at GE’s leadership evolution. This corporation is now the poster child of corporate welfare and crony capitalism.

This icon of American industry is a company full of good employees that make some good products (and is the parent company of a huge media outlet), but GE is also a large American corporation that pays virtually no corporate income taxes despite earning worldwide profits of $14.2 billion last year, $5.1 billion of it in the United States. In fact, they claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion, meaning they received more of our hard earned tax dollars than they contributed. How is that possible? It’s because not only do they shelter their money from taxes, but they also get many tax credits, loans, government grants, and other benefits from the federal government that our smaller businesses couldn’t even imagine being able to profit from.

Joining GE in the pantheon on crony capitalism is another Obama favorite that has been in the news of late: Solyndra. The President hailed this “green energy” company in a speech last May as “the true engine of economic growth.” When he announced the $535 million guarantee to Solyndra, Vice President Biden said that investments like this are “exactly what the Recovery Act is all about.” (Dear God…If the failed Solyndra venture has been what it’s “all about,” then that explains a lot.) As I pointed out in my speech at the Reagan Ranch Center last February: “History has proven again and again, when government picks the winners and losers, we’re stuck with the losers, and we the taxpayers subsidize failure!” And that’s what we’re seeing now, as the FBI raids the solar energy company’s headquarters to glean more information after the company was handed half a billion dollars in “green energy” Stimulus funds from the American taxpayer only to later declare bankruptcy. More than one thousand Solyndra workers lost their jobs. Now as the truth comes out, we discover that the White House was heavily involved in the Department of Energy’s rushed decision to give the Stimulus funds to Solyndra, and they tried to move the money through so quickly they seem to have ignored concerns that the company was not viable. Why would they do this? Perhaps it’s because a large investor in the company (about 35%) is Obama campaign bundler George Kaiser. And with the way the deal is structured, Kaiser will get his debts paid before we the taxpayers see any relief. That is sickening. And that’s how it works: workers lose their jobs, wealthy political cronies stand a good chance of getting their money back, and the U.S. taxpayer gets the shaft. Again.

President Obama has his sights set on raising $1 billion for his reelection campaign. Raising that money won’t be easy. But if you can hand out other people’s money to friends, it must get a whole lot easier. This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class. This won’t stop until “we the people” say enough is enough, and we retire the permanent political class that votes for this.

- Sarah Palin

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New York Special Election Sends President Obama a Message

Last night, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin in the District 9 special election in New York in a race to determine who would replace Twitter-Sexter former Representative Anthony Weiner. Not only did Bob Turner emerge victorious, but he won by a margin of 50% to 47%. That's a decent margin of victory, but the bigger news is that this is a seat that has been occupied by Democrats for almost 90 years.

John Gizzi writes:

Speaking to HUMAN EVENTS a few hours before the voting booths closed in New York’s 9th District, Turner predicted the national tremors that would be generated if he emerged triumphant. As he told us, “If [Weprin] loses tonight, it will reflect poorly on the national Democratic Administration.”

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That someone so conservative could win in a district with the makeup and history of New York-9 meant that national factors had to play a big part in the special election. It was telling that during the close of the campaign, Weprin emphasized his expertise as a public servant rather than specific issues and his support from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rather than that of President Obama. (While Obama was making appearances in Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia over the past few weeks, he never made a stop near Brooklyn or Queens.)

“The election is a protest vote against Obama,” concluded David Pietrusza, historian and author who knows all things New York. “The Turner win is as significant as [Republican] Scott Brown​’s was for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts last year and [Democrat] Harris Wofford​’s win in the Pennsylvania special election for the Senate in 1991.”

The Obama administration has remained tone deaf, even after the 2010 mid-term elections, which were a referendum on President Obama. The President, along with his supporters, did not want to come to grips with the fact that the American people were truly dissatisfied with his policies. I wonder if they've gotten it yet. Losing a seat that has been held by his Party since 1923 is a powerful and loud statement, but is he listening? And while Weiner's actions certainly didn't hurt Turner's chances any, that district surely didn't elect a conservative, after all these years, because Weiner was taking and sending pictures of his private parts. This is more about President Obama than anything else, particularly his lack of support for our friend, Israel. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch (D) endorsed Turner over Weprin because of this, and the 9th District, with its large Jewish population, voted accordingly. They demonstrated their own displeasure in the most powerful place they could--the voting booth.
As to what was the key element in his catching up with and eventually leading Weprin in the polls, Turner himself told us that it was his early endorsement by former New York Mayor and lifelong Democrat Ed Koch. In making clear his disagreement with Turner on social issues and many spending issues, Koch specifically said his election would send a message of protest to the Obama Administration over its support for a Palestinian State and Israel returning to its pre-1967 borders.

“Mayor Koch​’s endorsement was certainly a major selling point for us,” said Turner, noting that many prominent leaders in the Jewish community (which comprises about 20% of the 9th District) weighed in for him after Koch did. Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, an Orthodox Jew, announced he would support the Republican candidate over the issue of Israel. In the twilight days of the campaign, a Turner mailing featured an elderly Holocaust survivor and lifelong Democrat who announced a first-time vote for a Republican, Bob Turner.

When HUMAN EVENTS asked Turner the issues that fueled his eventually triumphant campaign, he said: “Jobs, the economy, and Israel.”

I wish it were not so, but Obama has been a disaster as a President. His poll numbers have plummeted, the Black community is getting fed up with unthinkable unemployment, and Republicans are gaining ground in Congress. He's in over his head, but what did we expect from someone who had no experience worthy of the presidency, wasn't properly vetted, and was protected by the mainstream media? One can only be protected for so long. Eventually, one has to stand on his own and take responsibility for decisions he has or has not made.

In 2008, candidate Obama did not have a record to run on. Now he does, and it's not looking good. It didn't look good in November 2010, it didn't look good in New York in September 2011, and my prediction is it won't look good in November 2012 either.

Gizzi continues:
Should Republicans emerge in 2012 with control of Congress and the White House, a strong argument will surely be made that it all started with Bob Turner’s triumph in New York Tuesday night.

New York wasn't the only place requiring a special election due to sex or sexting scandals. Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall in Nevada in a race to decide who would take over for Dean Heller, who was appointed when John Ensign resigned over a sex scandal.
Former Republican state senator Mark Amodei has won Nevada's special election to fill a seat in the U.S. House.

Amodei easily bested Democrat Kate Marshall Tuesday in the rural Nevada district that has never elected a Democrat.

Amodei is a former state GOP chairman. He promised to fight for a balanced budget amendment in Congress and signed an anti-tax pledge.

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Michelle Malkin Debunks Gardasil-Palin Connection

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

After Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann chewed out Governor Perry for the Texas mandate that young girls be inoculated with Gardasil, Governor Palin also took on this issue in her post-GOP presidential debate interview with Greta Van Susturen.

Today, some looking to accuse Governor Palin of supporting the same practice in Alaska, took to their laptops--ill-informed though they were. Michelle Malkin takes them to task for what she calls "a really, really stupid attack on Palin." (Aren't they all?)

To the charge that Governor Palin is guilty of what Governor Perry is--including crony capitalism--Malkin states:

It’s a freakingly obvious night and day difference — Perry’s MANDATE on families and the MANDATE on insurers going over the heads of the state legislature versus the Palin administration’s decision to accept federal subsidies to increase access to those who choose to take it. (Note: Gardasil is not and never has been mandated in the state of Alaska.)

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Moreover, Palin is on record in 2008 e-mails expressing her general opposition to certain vaccine mandates.

It’s a pathetic and ill-informed act of desperation to try and turn the crony capitalism charge on Palin, which is a telling measure of how effective her voice is on this topic — and why so many would rather silence her.

Read Michelle Malkin's full article, in which she debunks these accusations in detail, here .

Speaking of those emails, multitudes couldn't wait until they became public so they could dig, scratch, and sniff some juicy tidbits that were supposed to expose Governor Palin for the unethical, hypocritical brute their narrative said she was. We're constantly reminded, however, that publicizing the private emails of her administration has instead proven--again and again--what a hard working, consistent, and extremely effective governor she was.

(h/t Whitney)

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Tim Crawford: Now is the Time

SarahPAC treasurer, Tim Crawford, sent out an email today with a subject line that reads, "Now is the time to show your ongoing support of Governor Palin." His email specifically mentions the decision-making process in which Governor Palin is currently engaged.

Indeed, now is the time, as Crawford points out, with 2012 within arm's reach. He makes a connection between defeating liberals and our financial support of SarahPAC. He asks that we show her we have her back during this important time. Clearly, the level of support one can garner--financial and otherwise--is a necessary consideration as one contemplates whether to make the life-changing decision to run for the highest office in the land.

While many have had the good sense to acknowledge that Governor Palin is one of the few who has the name recognition, possesses the boots on the ground, and has endured the intense vetting to enable her to wait to enter the race, even she has stated that she would most likely need to make her decision before September expires. We know that when she makes her intentions known, we the people will do our part to help her lead us, for we believe that she is our greatest opportunity to put America on the right track. However, those who can, let us offer more support for Governor Palin now during these crucial times as she makes this crucial decision.

Tim Crawford's email states:

Dear SarahPAC Supporter,

During these tough economic times, struggling families and individuals across America need leadership and solutions. In his address to Congress last week, our President offered only recycled proposals that have been proven to fail.

Increasing spending and expanding government control over the lives of hardworking Americans is not the solution to our broken economy. Mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren will not ensure a better situation today, but it will ensure greater burdens in the future.

With the Presidential election right around the corner, Governor Palin has to make the important decision of whether or not to run for office. You've supported SarahPAC's past efforts to defeat Obama liberals across the country, and I'm asking for your help again.

Let's show Governor Palin that she has our support as she faces this crucial decision!

America is facing a tough road back to prosperity, but we can get there with commonsense conservative leadership from Governor Palin and the support of the Tea Party Revolution she led during the 2010 mid-term elections.

Our President has failed to take the initiative required to ease the economic difficulties facing our nation, and we need real change.

Will you support Governor Palin with a generous donation to SarahPAC today?

Thank you for your continuing support of Governor Palin and SarahPAC. You can also help her by sharing our message with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter!

Sincerely,

Tim Crawford
Treasurer, SarahPAC

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Video: Gov. Palin Talks Rick Perry and Crony Capitalism with Greta

Monday, September 12, 2011

I just love Governor Palin! One thing I have always respected about her is her fearlessness in calling it like she sees it. Tonight, she spoke with Greta Van Susteren after the Tea Party Republican Presidential Debate. I agree with the Governor that tonight's debate was definitely worth watching. Never one to hold back, she praised Rep. Michele Bachmann for calling out Governor Perry for the Gardasil inoculation of little girls. Bachmann suggested that Perry wasn't motivated by any concern for these children, but by the prospect of lining his own political pockets.

Even prior to Governor Palin's Iowa Tea Party speech, when it was first reported that she would be talking about "crony capitalism," people began to speculate that she was referring to Governor Perry. After the speech, that discussion continued. Tonight, all doubt has been erased. Governor Palin made in abundantly clear that she would not tippy-toe around Rick Perry. They have been called friends, and for that reason, many felt she wouldn't get into the race if he got in, and she wouldn't call him out on his record. Not so.

In her twenty years of public service, she has never kept her mouth shut when she saw corruption; her actions helped give corruption in Alaska a black eye. She didn't keep her mouth shut tonight, either. In no uncertain terms, she articulated that she views Perry as a crony capitalist. (And some people actually said she was going to go to Iowa and endorse Perry!) Politics as usual would have necessitated she not be so bold but instead make nice with the Governor of Texas. Being indebted to the good old boys would have necessitated the same. However, when you have gotten where you are based on hard work, integrity, and incredible instincts, you can speak the truth and not worry about who likes you, who invites you to their country club, or who will eventually back your campaign once theirs fizzles out. The only one you have to look in the eyes is yourself. That's Governor Palin.

I can't wait till she gets in this race.

Here's the interview:




(Video courtesy of The Right Scoop)

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Governor Palin to Talk to Greta After GOP Debate

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Governor Palin will talk to Greta Van Susteren Monday night, September 12th, after the GOP debate. Greta's On the Record airs at 10 p.m. Eastern on Fox News. Don't miss this interview.

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Governor Palin: Ten Years Ago

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Ten years ago today, ordinary Americans went to work or boarded a plane and found themselves fighting on the frontlines of a battle they did not choose. They acquitted themselves with grace and courage, just as the thousands of men and women who enlisted to fight in our armed forces —many on the anniversaries of this day—in order to exact justice for their fellow Americans. We will never forget those who died ten years ago today, we will never forget those who died in the war that started on that day, and we ask God to comfort and bless their families. From across this great nation, grateful Americans honor those who defend our homeland. God bless America.

-Sarah Palin

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Remembering 9-11 Ten Years Later

I remember that day ten years ago so very well. I remember where I was when I heard, my reaction, and my utter disbelief as I watched the television screen shortly thereafter. Who could ever forget?

Ten years later, as images cross the screen or survivors discuss the experience, the sadness is just as real as it was then. In some ways it seems deeper. The word I've found myself using lately is "haunting." Hearing about it, seeing it, feeling it is haunting--still.

Americans remain strong, determined to continue building, refusing to cower in fear. We remain vigilant with an awareness that there are enemies who seek our destruction. We've become humbled by the knowledge that there are men and women who are daily sacrificing their freedom to preserve ours and secure it for others.

Ten years later, we remember those who died, heroes who helped others survive, and families that still mourn. We will never forget, but we're Americans, so we will also never stop moving forward. Let us do so in faith.

Here's the video tribute I showed my students Friday.


God bless America, and may America bless God.

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NYT Discusses Weight of Governor Palin's Iowa Speech

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The New York Times published an article yesterday about the weight of Governor Palin's Indianola, Iowa speech last weekend. Yes, I said The New York Times.

The author, Anand Giridharadas, began by admitting something all far-left liberal media members should admit:

Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.

In other words, left-wing media bias, the filter through which the press sees and hears everything, would keep them from recognizing the intelligent ideas Governor Palin articulates, which really is a shame. Their prejudice won't allow them to even be mindful of the ideas she offers that would help boost our economy, develop our resources, preserve our freedoms, and root out the self-wheeling-and-dealing running rampant in Washington.

Early in the piece, the author gives an example of that blinding, deafening bias:
The next day, the “lamestream” media, as she calls it, played into her fantasy of it by ignoring the ideas she unfurled and dwelling almost entirely on the will-she-won’t-she question of her presidential ambitions.

So there's Exhibit...'Z,' as if anyone really needed another one.

The article then ventures into breaking down the Governor's speech:
But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.

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She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

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“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”

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Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.

“This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk,” she said of the crony variety. She added: “It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest — to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners — the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70 percent of the jobs in America.”

Is there a hint of a political breakthrough hiding in there?

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No one knows yet whether Ms. Palin will actually run for president. But she did just get more interesting.

The article is worth a full read. Do so here.

If you missed Governor Palin's Iowa speech, watch it here.

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Audio: My Interview with 'The Two Teens Tonight Show'

Friday, September 9, 2011

This evening, Madeleine McAulay and Connor Lanser of The Two Teens Tonight Show interviewed me. The two teenagers do an admirable job of hosting their blog talk radio show. Tonight, they were very much interested in discussing my impact as a teacher and methods of motivating students, countering liberal bias in education, and my own interactions with co-workers in light of my political perspectives. In addition, we talked about my support of Governor Palin, the current political climate, America's hope, President Obama, and 2012.

The interview is below, and I'm on for about the first 23 minutes:

Listen to internet radio with The Two Teens Show on Blog Talk Radio

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'The Two Teens Tonight Show' Interviews Me at 6:00 P.M. Eastern

I'll be on The Two Teens Tonight Show with Madeleine McAulay and Connor Lanser tonight at 6:00 Eastern. They are teenagers who are highly engaged in the political arena and strong supporters of Governor Palin.

Madeleine's description of herself on Twitter:

Christian, Teenage Palinista, Conservative Blogger, North Carolinian, Homeschooler, writing a book The Makings of a Political Maverick

Connor's description of himself on Twitter:
I am a 15 year old conservative activist from Boca Raton, Florida. Together we, the youth, can and will take our country back!

Tune in to the online interview by going here.

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Video: Gov. Palin on 'America Live'

Governor Palin was on America Live with Megyn Kelly today. Here are both parts of the interview:





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President Obama's Change vs Governor Palin's Reform

Thursday, September 8, 2011

President Obama centered his presidential campaign on the notion that he epitomized "change you can believe in." He brought people's emotions to a fevered pitch as he invoked their participation in his chants of "Yes, we can!" Even though some of them couldn't tell you what it was they could actually do, they felt certain, as they listened to this orator, that they could figure it out. They did their part of "we" by casting their votes in favor of this virtual unknown with no real record of accomplishment, and he was crowned President of the United States. The onus then fell upon him to take up his part of the "we." To those who knew all along that there was as little substance to then-candidate Obama's speeches as there was weight to his resume, "Yes, we can what?" was an important question but not one we had to ask long, for it didn't take long for it to become obvious that what he intended is exactly what he told us from the beginning. Whether he called it "change you can believe in" or a "fundamental transformation" of America, the goal was the same.

The President's problem is that some of us actually like America just fine. Some of us are quite satisfied with her place as the (pronounced thee) most exceptional nation on the face of the earth. Some of us enjoy the liberties we possess, purchased for us by the flesh and blood of those who came before us. Some Americans appreciate the rights bestowed upon us, not by government, but by our Creator--the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Some Americans actually believe that citizens should be allowed to dream bigger, work harder, and earn more--and keep it. We know this country isn't perfect, but we also know that it's worlds apart from any other country. That is a fact, as Governor Palin always states, for which we simply will not apologize.

President Obama, however, has found it necessary to apologize for America. But he hasn't stopped with an apology. He has worked hard to live up to his campaign promise to change this country. And if he somehow manages to remain in office another term, he will continue his commitment toward that end. Now, that you can believe--unfortunately.

But there is hope. Governor Palin's vision for America differs exponentially from President Obama's.

Senator McCain introduced Governor Palin to America as a reformer. Many of us did not know this reformer, much less what she had reformed. When we did our homework, however, we didn't have to look far to receive the answer. We learned of her fight for ethics reform in Alaska. We discovered how corruption turned her stomach and caused her to act to bring it to its knees. We understood that she took on Big Oil without backing down because developing Alaska's resources was more important than doing business as usual and allowing them to sit on those resources. Her entire career as a reformer becomes more and more obvious as one watches Stephen Bannon's The Undefeated .

The major difference between Governor Palin's hope for America and President Obama's nebulous idea of hope and change is this: Obama wants to change who we are, while the Governor desires to restore who we are. I believe it's President Obama's disatisfaction with this country that he focuses on most, which causes him to seek to transform it. Governor Palin focuses on her great love for America, which causes her to seek to restore it. Even her "One Nation" bus tour is all about drawing attention to America's history and calling for a restoration to the principles that have gone into building her. She has a determination to stop this change that's leading us away from our greatest self and replace it with "sudden and relentless reform," bringing us to a restoration of what has been lost, as she declared this past weekend in Iowa. Her faith wherever she has served--whether as a city council member, a mayor, a governor, an oil and gas regulator, a vice presidential nominee, a spokesperson for the pro-life movement, a tea party patriot--hasn't been one of blind faith. It hasn't been one of denial, either. On the contrary, it has recognized when something was lacking or ailing, and it caused her to roll up her sleeves, take on both sides of the aisle when needed, and usher in true and lasting reform. And as she continues to fight for America today, she continues to praise America and to reject the sentiment that our best days are behind us. She wants to help return us to who we were fundamentally founded to be.

Simply stated, our President is in the business of change by dismantling, while the Governor is in the business of reformation by restoration.

Edmund Burke, often referred to as the father of modern conservatism, explained:

There is a manifest, marked distinction, which ill men with ill designs, or weak men incapable of any design, will constantly be confounding,--that is, a marked distinction between change and reformation. The former alters the substance of the objects themselves, and gets rid of all their essential good as well as of all the accidental evil annexed to them. Change is novelty; and whether it is to operate any one of the effects of reformation at all, or whether it may or may not contradict the very principle upon which reformation is desired, cannot be known beforehand. Reform is not change in the substance or in the primary modification of the object, but a direct application of a remedy to the grievance complained of. So far as that is removed, all is sure. It stops there; and if it fails, the substance which underwent the operation, at the very worst, is but where it was.

In Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin elaborated on Burke's assessment in chapter 2 when he wrote:
For Burke, change as reform was intended to preserve and improve the basic institutions of the state. Change as innovation was destructive as a radical departure from the past and the substitution of existing institutions of the state with potentially dangerous experiments. Furthermore, the Statists often justifies change as conferring new, abstract rights, which is nothing more than a Statist deception intended to empower the state and deny man his real rights--those that are both unalienable and anchored in custom, tradition, and faith.

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Change unconstrained by prudence produces unpredictable consequences, threatening ordered liberty with chaos and ultimately despotism, and placing at risk the very principles the Conservative holds dear.

Do not these explanations draw a sharp contrast between President Obama and Governor Palin? Obama, representing change as innovation, seeks to engage in dangerous experimentation. Health care mandates come to mind first and foremost, rammed through with no regard for the will of the people, not to mention the Constitution. His idea of change works to strip more and more Americans of their liberties, choices, and individuality and add to the power of an already out of control government. It's a complete radical takeover, rather than a prudent dealing with the aspects that need reform. Governor Palin, on the other hand, celebrates our God-given freedoms, highlights the founding principles that have made this country great, and continually calls our attention back to our founding documents. She praises hard work, competition, and fiscal responsibility, and she condemns wasteful spending, high taxes, and crony capitalism.

Theirs is a complete difference in worldview, a line drawn in the sand. Which side of that line the vast majority of Americans decide to stand on will make all the difference in the world. Yes, we can embrace President Obama's fundamental transformation of all that is America, but we'll wake up one day wondering what happened to the country we once knew. Thankfully, that's not the only choice. We can choose, rather, to fight alongside Governor Palin to reform the nation in which we live and restore the principles in which we believe. Which side will you take? As Governor Palin said in her RNC speech:
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those...who use their careers to promote change.

The first part of that statement, of course, refers to Obama who used a mantra of change to capture people's attention and elevate his status. The second part was intended to speak of John McCain. Governor Palin's record, however, demonstrates that those words could better be applied to herself.

I'll pass on President Obama's version of change. America needs Governor Palin's reform, and we'll be the better for it.

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Gov. Palin: Catch “The Undefeated” for Alaska and America’s Story

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

Steve Bannon just released a powerful film about Alaska’s history, our rich resources, and a committed team’s successful effort to tackle political corruption. Bannon’s independently financed, produced, and directed film called “The Undefeated” is now available on cable via pay-per-view and video-on-demand. I’m thankful for Bannon’s group at Victory Films for independently putting their own time and resources into documenting the work my team in Alaska did in successfully fighting corruption and enacting real reform that put local and state government back on the side of the people. Thank you to the good Alaskans who participated in the film and spoke so passionately about our state’s history, our natural resources, and our destiny as the energy contributor for America’s security.

Bannon’s film shows how on a state and local level all citizens – no matter background or party affiliation – can come together to fight the special interests and the corrupt powers-that-be that steal power from the people. Through examples of putting government-run businesses back into the private sector hands, inviting competition, reducing taxes, and blowing the doors open to force government transparency, “The Undefeated” shows that though real reform is difficult and real reformers are vilified, it is possible. The obstacles in the way of reform are why true reform is so rare, but as the film shows, it can be done and it is worth doing.

This film is not about any one person. It’s about great American values – like our indomitable optimistic pioneering spirit – that will always see America through no matter how tough times are. It’s the spirit of our Last Frontier, it’s the story of how Alaskans fought corruption and won, it’s the story of the spirit of the Tea Party Movement, and it’s the story of a people’s movement for reform. I’m grateful to these filmmakers for telling the story.

Here’s more about Steve Bannon’s film and where to view it. I encourage you to watch it. I promise you it will open some eyes.

- Sarah Palin

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Back to School!

The first day of school is always interesting--for teachers like myself, as well as our students. Here's to another school year!

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Wishing Todd Palin a Happy Birthday and Why

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I'm taking a moment today to wish Todd Palin a happy birthday. Not only does he deserve to be honored for so obviously being a wonderful husband and father, but he deserves recognition for being a fine example of what every man should aspire to be. My last conversation with him left such an impression on me. I remember listening and thinking, "Every young man needs an opportunity to sit and talk to Todd." As an educator in a public school, I see the needs of our youth, so as he spoke of the integrity and work ethic that are so needed in our young people, I wished they all could listen and learn from this man.

Todd Palin is what we would call a man's man. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty building houses, working on the North Slope, or racing his snow machine, certainly. At the same time, he's never been too macho to style Piper's hair and change Trig's diapers. Furthermore, he's secure enough to allow his wife to shine, but make no mistake: Governor Palin very much respects and honors him. He is, indeed, the complete package.

Happy Birthday, Todd.

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Governor Palin: Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.

To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden “stimulus” funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.

Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when they’re all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the President’s friends on Wall Street.

We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.

It’s sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in “waging war” against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCain’s running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.

Recently someone commented: “I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America.” I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.

In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.

- Sarah Palin

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