Governor Palin: If I Were Running for President

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Washington Post asked Governor Palin, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, and businessman and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain what they would be focusing on if they were campaigning for the presidency. The Governor zoned in on the importance of embracing energy independence and tackling crony capitalism. She also implored the current GOP candidates to recognize what is at stake in this election and to act accordingly.

Governor Palin wrote:

Given the concerns I have for some of the Republican field’s focus thus far, I must implore the candidates to do something that sounds self-promoting, but whatever. Candidates, please turn to Chapter Three of “Going Rogue” and read what it takes for our country to step toward energy independence. Note the lesson I share in the same chapter about taking on the “elite,” the crony capitalists and the permanent political establishment to get a job done.

Do you really realize what is at stake? What is at stake is our republic. The gravity of today’s situation is real. We count on you to lead our nation on the right path. Please let us know you realize this. Understand how the left’s terrifyingly naive assault on American industry exposes us to the mercy of foreign regimes whose prime objective is, at worst, our permanent demise and, at best, is stripping away our freedom. God has blessed America with ingenuity, natural resources and the strength of our workforce. Let’s use them. Tell voters that you understand this. Talk about this on the campaign trail. And quit gripin’ and moaning about “inside baseball” partisan machinations and maneuvering. We have other things to worry about. Stay strong. Focus on defending our republic and how we’ll re-industrialize our most exceptional nation in order to defeat the incumbent and win for America.


Would Governor Palin Say 'Yes' to a Newt Gingrich Offer?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Just in time for the Iowa Caucuses on January 3rd, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has stated that Governor Palin is a consideration to be his pick for Vice President or Energy Secretary, should he secure the GOP nomination. I have had many conversations with Palin supporters in the past about whether the Governor would ever again agree to be the #2 on a ticket, especially after experiencing Senator McCain's poorly-run campaign. Having been mismanaged, mishandled, and mistreated by some of his back-stabbing staffers doesn't sweeten the pot, either. So I have a hard time picturing her putting herself in that position again, particularly when she was so close to saying "yes" to being at the top of the GOP ticket.

Now, Energy Secretary, that's a whole different ball of wax. Of course, she is an expert in energy and has led the charge in encouraging America to embrace energy independence, reminding us again and again that there's a link between energy and national security and energy and prosperity. Compare this to President Obama who, playing politics with such an important issue and the promise of thousands of jobs, has decided to delay making a decision on the Keystone Pipeline. Anything to pacify environmentalists and keep from angering this voting bloc. Governor Palin, never one to bend to pressure from either side of the aisle, would make the right decision for the country. Having negotiated the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history, and having brought big oil executives and corrupt politicians to their knees in the process, Governor Palin's expertise is much needed.

Time will tell whether such offers come and whether she would accept if they did. It's possible she may say yes. She may choose to continue to point out the crony capitalism which is running rampant in Washington, as her foreign adviser, Peter Schweizer, has written about in his new book, Throw Them All Out, reviewed here. She may continue to impact elections, as she did in the 2010 mid-terms, by endorsing and campaigning for people so Republicans can maintain the House and take over the Senate and White House. Whatever she decides, she will definitely not be going away.

I'm still unable to find the candidate I feel comfortable supporting. When, for over three years, you've expected the complete package to run, the individuals in the current field simply don't measure up. Although I agree with Governor Palin when she says that all of the current candidates are "infinitely better than President Obama," settling still doesn't feel right. Nonetheless, Newt Gingrich is wise to take note that having Governor Palin in his corner, on his ticket, or in his administration is a giant step in the right direction, even though I'd much rather see her at the top of a ticket.

As reported at Real Clear Politics, here's what Gingrich had to say in response to a question about selecting Gov. Palin as his VP:

She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers, and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska. So, she’s somebody that I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government, and that would be one of the possibilities. There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. So, tell her she certainly would be on the list of one of the people we would consider.

(h/t M. Joseph Sheppard)


Black Leaders Blame Nike for Fights Over Air Jordan Sneakers

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What ever happened to personal responsibility? Community activists and preachers in the Black community are calling on Michael Jordan and Nike to take responsibility for the people willing to kill each other over Air Jordan sneakers as we saw here. How is it that we've reached the place where everything is everyone's fault except those who actually commit the crime? What are we saying when we look to high prices and a limited supply to excuse people acting the fool in their quest for the all-important sneaker?

I'll just put it this way: with all the needs running rampant in the Black community, the least of our concerns is acquiring the newest athletic shoe. These so-called community leaders can offer all the excuses they want, but the responsibility of our actions rests on us and no one else.

Can we please get it together?

(Video retrieved from The Blaze)

(h/t Kristi King)


Ancestors Fought So We Can Fight...for Air Jordan?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Is this not one of the most disturbing sights one could ever witness? A mob of people busting into a store for...sneakers. There was a time in our culture when education was worth fighting--and dying--for. There was a time when freedom was worth putting everything on the line. Dr. King even said, "If a man hasn't found something he's willing to die for, he isn't fit to live." I find it hard to believe he meant the latest pair of "kicks" named after a retired basketball icon.

Obviously, the people in the video possess a storehouse of passion. Unfortunately, what inspires that passion doesn't amount to a hill of beans. No one can deny that these shoppers found something for which they're willing to stand up, trample, and stampede, but what does this something say about who they are and what they value?

My prayer is that they would become inspired to stand up for something that actually means something, something like school choice, less government intrusion, the removal of Planned Parenthood from our neighborhoods, along with its racist agenda. Instead, we allow our children to remain in failing schools and act like fools when they get there, we let some of these so-called community leaders pimp us out so they can remain relevant, we vote for politicians who keep us dependent by pushing victimhood, and we embrace Planned Parenthood, which is more than willing to take money designated specifically for the abortion of our babies, the modern day version of founder Margaret Sanger's "The Negro Project." Why aren't we storming the gates of hell to deal with these issues, or would that interfere with our date with Air Jordan?

This is what my ancestors paid the ultimate price for? God, help us.


Celebrate Jesus!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a wonderful day to celebrate with family and friends, but the real celebration exists when we realize its true meaning. Jesus came as the greatest Gift of all. God robed Himself in flesh to come bring us salvation. If we believe in Him, acknowledge His Lordship, and ask Him to forgive us of our sins, we can have this amazing Gift--not only with us, but in us. Now, that's reason to celebrate!

Isaiah 9:6:
6For 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.

Luke 2:6-14:
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Glory to God indeed! Let's celebrate Jesus, for He is worthy to be praised!


Governor Palin: Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Governor Palin via Facebook:

My family and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I offer this to all because Christmas is a holiday for all, whether you are a Christian believer or not. The message of Christmas is full of hope, peace, joy, and the fellowship of all mankind; so I find it amazing that every year we hear more accounts of a ramped up “war on Christmas.”

How sad and ironic that a handful of grinches are at war with the annual celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, whose coming was prophesied centuries earlier and was then gloriously heralded by the angels with a blessing for “peace on earth” and “good will toward men.” Even if one doesn’t believe the story, can’t one at least recognize the beauty of the message? Or at the very least, let everyone else enjoy the season without throwing a temper tantrum at the sight of a Nativity scene? People who feel affronted by a baby in a humble Manger display or a few Christmas carols have truly lost all sense of proportion and seem to be most in need of some holiday cheer.

At a time when our country is divided on so many things, Christmas unites us. It’s a beautiful part of our culture, and for many of us it’s a beautiful part of our Faith. In fact, for believers it’s “the main thing.” In today’s tumultuous times we can remember the bible’s record of Three Wise Men from the East who received an angelic message of Jesus’ birth. They may have been unsure of the message, so they sought truth. They trekked to Bethlehem to find out more. There, they found Jesus and they honored Him. The story of the wise men reminds us that today wise men still seek Him. So in this season especially, let’s seek truth.

Let’s celebrate with family and friends. Let’s shout a cheery “Merry Christmas” to everyone we meet. Let’s remember our brave men and women in uniform defending us far from home. And let’s all pray for a peaceful New Year.

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas.

-Sarah Palin


Mr. Smith Goes to the Same Old Washington to Throw Them All Out

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In America By Heart, Governor Palin retells the story of the classic movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I ran across that account again recently when doing research for my review of Peter Schweizer's Throw Them All Out. Her second book is filled with substantive, complicated issues, including our Founders, the Constitution, American exceptionalism, common sense conservatism, feminism, family, and faith, among other important topics. Nonethless, in the midst of all these issues of incredible import to our culture as Americans, it is most notable that she would begin this book with a synopsis of a Hollywood movie.

The Governor writes on page 2:

In case you've forgotten, Mr. Smith is about an American Everyman, Jefferson Smith, who goes to Washington to fill the Senate seat of a corrupt senator who died in office. The political machine chooses Smith because he is an ordinary man, a nonpolitician, and they think they can control him. But he holds fast to his ideals--the ideals of the American founding--and eventually defeats the machine. The movie was made in 1939, but its message is timeless: there may be corruption in politics, but it can be overcome by decent men and women who honor America's founding principles, the way the American people do.


Jefferson Smith loves the words of the Declaration of Independence, not because he's mindlessly pro-American, but because, as he says, "behind them, they...have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little lookin' out for the other fella, too." He understands that those words are a gift, not just to Americans, but to all humanity. But that gift is being corrupted by special interests and forgotten by Washington.


Americans love Mr. Smith Goes to Washington because it's about an ordinary man who stands up to power and says, We're taking our country back.

Having never seen the movie, her words, combined with Schweizer's book, which uncovers the corruption so prevalent in Washington today, sparked a desire to see it for the first time, and so I did. It could have easily been a book set in 2011. The graft we see today in Congress--the so-called honest graft that Governor Palin has been highlighting and railing against recently--was as real and tangible at that time as it is today. Corruption is nothing new, and it's not confined to one particular side of the aisle.

On page 261 of America By Heart, the Governor writes:
There's plenty of blame to go around for how we got here. Americans know in their hearts that both political parties are at fault. Both parties contributed to the overspending and government growth that is robbing our children of their future. Worst of all, both parties are part of the Washington culture of entitlement. This is the corrupt mind-set that has members of Congress writing tax laws for the rest of us, but failing to pay their own taxes, and crooked legislators being caught with their fingers in the till, refusing to live by the same laws and standards as the people who pay their salaries.

For those who know the movie, Mr. Smith, played by James Stewart, managed to win a battle on the floor of the Senate; however, the battle for ethics in government continues to this day. If it were just a movie showing good triumphing over evil, that would be inspirational, but knowing the movie is just as relevant over 70 years later makes it a resounding call to action, and makes it all the more clear why Governor Palin is committed to helping usher in the "sudden and relentless reform" for all of America that she helped bring to Alaska.

To summarize, Jefferson Smith writes a bill for a government loan to build a national boys' camp. The loan will be paid back through donations, and is highly popular. The problem is his plan steps on the graft scheme of corrupt politicians, which he soon discovers. He quickly becomes the enemy of what they assumed would be an easy opportunity to line their own pockets, and they will stop at nothing to remove this threat and destroy his credibility. He responds:
Mr. President, I stand guilty as framed because section 40 is graft! And I was ready to say so. I was ready to tell you that a certain man in my state, a Mr. James Taylor, wanted to put through this dam for his own profit, a man who controls a political machine, and controls everything else worth controlling in my state. Yes, and a man even powerful enough to control Congressmen--and I saw three of them in his room the day I went up to see him.

Though not the same scenario, the scheme in Jefferson Smith's day to capitalize personally off land brings to mind what Peter Schweizer discusses in his chapter, "This Land is My Land." He writes on pages 54-55:
Members of Congress have used federal earmarks to enhance the value of their own real estate holdings in several ways: by extending a light rail mass transit line near their property, by expanding an airport, or by cleaning up a nearby shoreline. Federal funds have been used to build roads, beautify land, and upgrade neighborhoods near commercial and residential real estate owned by legislators, substantially increasing values and the net worth of elected officials, courtesy of taxpayer money. Not only is this legal--by the bizarre standards of the Permanent Political Class--it's also deemed "ethical."

He names Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Bennie Thompson, Senator Charles Schumer, and (then) Senator Hillary Clinton, among many others, who have used earmarks to profit personally, and on pages 68-69, he writes:
Leveraging your power for a land deal is one of the best paths to honest graft.


But there can be little doubt that the political class is the only group of people in America who can get away with using taxpayer money to increase the value of their real estate, while declaring they are doing it in the public's interest.

Again, different set of circumstances, but definitely the same spirit.

Even in 1939, the media played a large role in setting the narrative against the anti-establishment. Jefferson Smith's good name was smeared through the help of the lamestream media, though, of course, that term wasn't used. The media refused to report the truth or simply made things up. To boot, efforts to spread the truth by his young supporters resulted in vicious attacks upon the children. It sounds all too familiar, doesn't it?

Mr. Smith went to Washington to make a difference, but the people weren't ready for the "sudden and relentless reform" he embraced. They deemed him unsophisticated, unqualified, and unimpressive. No doubt, he would have embraced the words Governor Palin so passionately spoke during her RNC speech:
I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

The same need exists in 2011. Crony capitalism, insider stock tips, land deals, and corruption of every kind must continue to be highlighted, and it needs to be stopped in its tracks.

America needs more people like Jefferson Smith, in whatever capacity they chose to effectively lead, who are willing to lay themselves down, to spend themselves, to be the voice crying in the wilderness--not for personal aggrandizement, but for a pure respect for what's right. America needs more people like Mr. Smith who love the history of our country, who stare in awe at the Capitol Dome every time they see it, and who feel like ants when standing before the Lincoln Monument. In other words, America needs more people who choose to operate from a servant's heart. In addition, America needs more people like Mr. Smith who, when faced with a threat to American decency and truth, aren't afraid to call it like they see it, take on the establishment, and fight to the end to make sure corruption and greed don't succeed in destroying the future we desire for our progeny.

Now that I have read Throw Them All Out and watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I'm not at all surprised that Governor Palin has asked us all to read the book and has named the film one of her favorites. Together, they shine a light on the ongoing battle for the moral, fiscal, and constitutional soul of America. It will, no doubt, be a tough challenge, but it's one that's worth it. The Governor is much like Mr. Smith in many ways, and like him, she loves this country, our history, and our potential--and she has given more than most to preserve its greatness for those yet to be born.

As Jefferson Smith states:
I want to make that come to life for every boy in this land. Yes, and all lighted up like that, too! You see, you see, boys forget what their country means by just reading "the land of the free" in history books. And they get to be men - they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, "I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't. I can. And my children will." Boys [and girls] want to grow up remembering that.


Governor Palin Talks to Eric Bolling on Fox Business Network

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tonight, Governor Palin was a guest on Follow the Money with Eric Bolling on the Fox Business Network. This is definitely an interview worth watching. They talked about everything from President Obama, the Keystone Pipeline, the death of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il, Tim Tebow's faith, and why his faith drives the left over the edge. The Governor again proclaimed the wonderful name of Jesus and praised Tebow's unashamed expression of his faith in Christ, which she said allows the rest of us to feel strengthened in our faith. She once again stated, from experience, no doubt, that "Jesus will rock your world if you give it all over to Him." She added, "Just try it and see what He's going to do in your life." I've tried it. She's right!

The interview ended with Bolling telling Governor Palin that there's still time for her to jump into the 2012 fray. She responded, “You know, it’s not too late for folks to jump in. Who knows what will happen in the future?” That particular portion is the take-away for some desiring her to enter the race. While I do not believe her comments were an announcement that she has changed her mind and is now jumping in, it certainly inspires me to continue to do what I've been doing all along: praying that God's will is accomplished in Governor Palin's life and in this country. No one would be happier than I to see her enter the race, if that's what she feels God has directed her to do. So again, I simply continue to pray and take my cue from her.

(Video courtesy of SarahNET)


Governor Palin: Happy Hanukkah

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

As Jewish families gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Todd and I would like to wish them a very Happy Hanukkah. This beautiful holiday commemorates the story of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following years of struggle by the Maccabees, when one-day’s worth of consecrated oil miraculously lasted for eight. This story never ceases to inspire because it reminds us of the power of faith, hope, and perseverance.

The modern State of Israel is the living embodiment of the Hanukkah miracle – a country that was not expected to survive the onslaught of its enemies, and which has not only survived but thrived as a beacon of freedom, tolerance, and innovation. In a region consumed by chaos and oppression, Israel continues to be a light of inspiration. As Jews around the world sing “Maoz Tzur,” we remember that our nation, too, was conceived in faith in our “mighty stronghold.” Let us cherish the values and warm bonds of friendship that unite us in this season.

- Sarah Palin


Governor Palin on Fox News: Jesus is Going to Rock Your World

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Governor Palin appeared on Fox News this afternoon, interviewed by Shannon Bream. The Governor stated that she is not yet feeling enthusiastic about the current GOP presidential field, a sentiment that I and many others share. She made it clear that unless she does feel inspired, she will not endorse anyone:
My endorsement will be with sincerity and enthusiasm. I’m not there yet, and a personal endorsement does not amount to a hill of beans compared to the wisdom of the American voter.

Without naming names, Governor Palin went on to mention the failure of some of these candidates to usher in the much-needed "sudden and relentless reform" when they had opportunity to do so at the state or congressional level. This, of course, is a problem because America is teetering on the edge. We either get our moral, fiscal, and constitutional house in order or it's adios to this country as we know it. Therefore, the Governor's concern is well-placed.

Shannon Bream ended the interview by asking Governor Palin to weigh in on the Tim Tebow "controversy." The Governor praised his boldness:
He knows that Jesus is going to rock your world when you give it all over to Him, and he's bold about it, and he knows that the Son of God should be honored and praised, and Tebow does that. I respect it.

I could rattle off a plethora of reasons I respect Governor Palin, but her own boldness in expressing her faith is definitely at the top of that list. She and Tim Tebow are both examples of what it is to give praise to Jesus Christ.

(Video courtesy of SarahNET)


Tea Party Pining Palin Candidacy

Saturday, December 17, 2011

To this Politico article covering MJ Lee's interview with Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, I say, "Amen."

The tea party is still pining for Sarah Palin.

The grassroots conservative movement has yet to throw its support behind a Republican presidential candidate because “we don’t have the female Ronald Reagan running — and that’s Sarah Palin,” said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express.

“We haven’t engaged in presidential politics yet because the movement hasn’t coalesced around anybody, so we’re just sitting back and waiting,” Kremer added.

Predicting that a good slice of the country’s conservatives will not make up their minds until they are standing in front of the ballot box, Kremer singled out the former Alaska governor as “the only person out there right now that can truly excite the base.”

“Certainly some candidates bring their own energy and excitement. Michele Bachmann had it early on when she won the [Iowa] straw poll, and then when Perry got in,” she said. “But there’s no one that is electrifying as Sarah Palin.”

Kremer is the leader of one of many tea party groups. But while she is far from being the authoritative voice of the movement, she suggested a sense of ambivalence and frustration is widespread among conservatives.

Read more.

(h/t Stacy Drake)


Party Like 1773

Friday, December 16, 2011

Today marks the 238th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, as I discovered via a retweet by @LoreleiAmI. The original tweet came from Michelle Malkin, who linked to an article by Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum. On their site, this history lesson is found:

On the winter night of Thursday, December 16, 1773 the “tea crisis” in Boston came to a head. Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians were armed with an assortment of axes. They quietly boarded three ships carrying cargoes of British East India Company tea moored at Griffin’s Wharf. In a span of three hours, 342 chests of British East India Company tea were smashed and dumped into Boston Harbor. Over 92,000 pounds of tea were destroyed and thrown into the harbor. The implication and impact of the Boston Tea Party were enormous; the event directly led to the sparking of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.

Learn more about the Boston Tea Party at the the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum website.

In October of 2010, Governor Palin referred to partying like 1773. The left rejoiced at what they thought was a lack of historical knowledge on her part, revealing in the process their own knowledge gap.

Happy anniversary, Tea Party. Onward and upward.


Final Pre-Iowa Caucus GOP Debate

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tonight is the final GOP presidential debate before the Iowa Caucuses. Moderated by Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and Neil Cavuto, it is being touted as the most important of the debates thus far. Make up your own mind by tuning in to Fox News at 9 p.m. Eastern.


Outing and Throwing Out the Permanent Political Class

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

People are often drawn to others who share the same values, interests, and passion--often referred to metaphorically as a fire in the belly. I am not surprised, therefore, that Governor Palin employs Peter Schweizer as her foreign-policy adviser. His commitment to exposing corruption in government mirrors her own. She, of course, determined years ago that something must be done about it. She took action, even to her own detriment, stating often, "In politics, you're either eating well or sleeping well." She continues to choose a good night's sleep--and apparently so does Peter Schweizer. His new book, Throw Them All Out, outs corruption in Congress that ought to outrage every honest American.

Having just finished the book myself, I encourage everyone to do what Governor Palin asked of us: read the book. On every page, I was doing exactly what Governor Palin is doing in this video from 15:17 - 15:24 as Eric Bolling discusses the issue with her. The unethical behavior these politicians so arrogantly engage in leaves one shaking her head--again and again. I do not consider myself naive, certainly not a utopianist. Nor do I believe that to be the case for most of my fellow Americans, as evidenced by Congress's dismal (dis)approval rating. However, I was indeed both shocked and appalled as I read. I do expect more from our elected officials. The insider trading and crony capitalism running rampant highlights the key word in the title: they all need to go. There's a stench emanating from Washington, and it's not confined to any particular side of the aisle. The Permanent Political Class is not partisan, just pathetic.

Throw Them All Out will educate and irritate, fascinate and frustrate, enlighten and yes, frighten. The idea that those who hoist themselves as representatives of the American people are more committed to enriching themselves than to exemplifying ethical behavior is disheartening at best. Schweizer takes no prisoners, withholds no names, and throws these people under the bus--where they belong.

He is careful to state that the insider trading they participate in is not illegal--for members of Congress, that is. Anyone else who would dare trade on information obtained in private would go to jail, and rightly so. These people, with access to taxpayers' money, get away with it, however. They benefit personally from it. They very often come to Congress as average, everyday Americans. They leave rich, and they have us and the laws they exempt themselves from to thank for it. Now that a bright light is being shone on it, we must do more than just hope that something will be done. To borrow--and slightly alter--a phrase, we need more than hope; we need change. On page 137 of Throw Them All Out, Schweizer quotes Federalist No. 57:

If this spirit is ever corrupted to the point that it will tolerate a law which does not apply to both the legislature and the people, then the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty.

Governor Palin has been studying this corruption for years, is drawing attention to it, and says it must end. In a Wall Street Journal article that was published on November 18, she states in no uncertain terms:
No more sweetheart land deals with campaign contributors. No gifts of IPO shares. No trading of stocks related to committee assignments. No earmarks where the congressman receives a direct benefit. No accepting campaign contributions while Congress is in session. No lobbyists as family members, and no transitioning into a lobbying career after leaving office. No more revolving door, ever.

What part of "no" do we not understand? I think it's safe to say she's prepared to fight.

Furthermore, in USA Today this week, she writes:
Our permanent political class relies on an apathetic and uninformed public to get away with this stuff. But if there is one issue that unites Americans across the political spectrum, it's absolute disgust with the corruption of our elected leaders. Congress and the White House need to earn the American people's trust again. We the people are not going to give up until we get the sudden and relentless reform we deserve or, as the book says, "we throw them all out" in 2012.

Governor Palin, of course, knows a thing or two about throwing people out. In Alaska, as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she faced the decision of whether to eat well or sleep well when the blatant corruption of Randy Ruedrich, an AOGCC commissioner, led her to make a career-changing choice. On page 96 of Going Rogue, she details the situation:
When [Governor] Murkowski tapped me for the commission, he quickly named me chairman. That meant I also became the ethics supervisor of the staff, a job that turned out to be more than just a compliance title. When a staffer hinted that Ruedrich seemed to spend a lot of time running the Republican Party from his new AOGCC office, plus dealing with GOP operatives as a National Republican Committeeman, I mentioned it to the party boss-slash-commissioner.

Then another problem cropped up: Reudrich involved himself in adjudicating two cases that were closely intertwined with his old Doyon illegal dumping case. Commissioner Seamount and I urged Ruedrich to recuse himself, but he refused. An administrative assistant took me aside to say she suspected Ruedrich of sharing confidential commission information with a coal bed methane company we were supposed to be regulating. She was right: he was passing agency information to the company's lobbyist.

When Governor Palin's attempts to handle things quietly didn't yield results, she did what she had to do to eradicate the corruption. The Going Rogue account continues on page 99:
Nothing happened.

So I had to make something happen. I prayed long and hard. I loved the job. And I had to consider that by making any drastic moves I would be crossing swords with the most powerful men in my own party. My political career would be over. My whole future was before me. But I also knew I couldn't sit there and be a party to all of this.

I knew what I had to do, so I resigned--stepping away from the ethical lapses and hierarchical blinders to effect change where I could--on the outside.


Out of a job but sleeping well again, I knew that any shot I might have had to become a GOP insider was gone, which was fine, but I wanted Alaskans to be able to believe in the party ideals again. I knew the GOP planks made the strongest foundation upon which to build a strong state and country.

With this type of record, I have every confidence that what Peter Schweizer's research has uncovered has placed an even hotter fire in the Governor's belly. Reading the book should spark one in each of ours as well. From Nancy Pelosi to John Kerry to Dick Durbin to Judd Gregg to John Boehner, Ben Bernanke, Warren Buffett, and on and on, the "honest graft" is dishonorable. The corruption involves various industries, including--but not limited to--energy companies, credit card companies, railroad companies, and banking companies.

And perhaps the most deplorable of all is the involvement of President Obama and his administration. The big favors enjoyed by those who donated big bucks to his campaign speaks volumes and again leaves the reader shaking her head. Meanwhile, he continues with his class warfare campaign and demonization of job creators. Could this be part of the reason Governor Palin called him a "phony"?

Schweizer, on page 150, writes:
In our system of government, the legislative branch polices itself and the President is allowed to skirt conflict of interest laws because, well, he's the president. It is time for that to change.

I'm looking for the sudden and relentless reform Governor Palin so often talks about. Many of us have been so focused on the 2012 presidential election, but it's going to take more than that. Replacing President Obama with just another crony capitalist won't do. What difference does it make whether there's a 'D' or an 'R' behind a name if the game remains the same? After reading this book, I appreciate more what Governor Palin said about changing the entire team, not just the uniform.

Speaking of teams, there seems to be more outrage at unethical behavior in sports than in government. Why isn't every media outlet incessantly focused on what's going on, encouraging the passage of these bills Governor Palin wrote about in her USA Today article, and demanding responses from members of Congress? Why do we spend more time discussing betting on games by professional baseball or basketball athletes? Shouldn't members of Congress be held to an even higher standard? Shouldn't the money that really belongs to we the people and the integrity of elected office matter? Indeed it should, and it must.

Again, I encourage each person to read Schweizer's book. Read it, share it, and embrace the anger derived from it. But don't just get angry. Sudden and relentless reform is needed. I did a lot of shaking of the head and rolling of the eyes as I read, but that simply isn't enough. The question I'm asking myself now is: "What can you help do about it?" I agree with Peter Schweizer's words on page 165-66:
If we accept crony capitalism with a shrug and an eye roll, we might as well accept a world of bribery and out-and-out vote buying. Crony capitalism has a corrosive effect on our politics, our economy, and our character. And we don't have to accept it.


Governor Palin in USA Today: Congress, It’s Time To Stop Lining Your Pockets

Monday, December 12, 2011

In a USA Today article, Governor Palin addressed the unethical behavior displayed by members of Congress, a subject taken on in Peter Schweizer's new book, Throw Them All Out. As I am currently reading this book, I add my "Amen" to Governor Palin's sentiments. I do intend to address this topic soon myself, for what is going on is disgusting; something must be done. Each page leaves my mind spinning and my blood boiling. Every American needs to read this book.

The Governor writes:
Thanks to the solid new research and recent revelations in Peter Schweizer's book Throw Them All Out and the subsequent coverage on 60 Minutes, we have concrete proof to explain how members of Congress accumulate wealth at a rate astonishingly faster than the rest of Americans and have stock portfolios that outperform even the best hedge-fund managers'. (Full disclosure: Schweizer is employed by my political action committee as a foreign policy adviser.)

From sweetheart land deals to initial public offering (IPO) stock gifts to insider trading with non-public government information, the methods of unethical wealth accumulation for our permanent political class are endless. The reaction from the Beltway establishment to the revelations concerning insider trading among members of Congress was predictable. First they denied it, then they dismissed the problem as much ado about nothing. Some said there was no need for new laws or action because the Securities and Exchange Commission could prosecute members of Congress under existing laws against insider trading.

But under current law, there is no way the SEC will ever go after a powerful congressman or senator. The SEC never has, even though insider trading prohibitions have existed since the 1930s. Here's why: Congress sets the SEC's budget, and senators approve the head of the SEC. Congress uses its power of the purse strings to threaten federal agencies that get in their way.


A hands-off SEC

Does anyone really think the SEC under current law will have the courage to investigate the insider trading in Congress? Remember that this corruption (and failure to deal with it) encompasses both sides of the aisle. We fool ourselves thinking we can trust an agency dependent on Congress for its budget to investigate Congress.

I hate the idea of more laws, but because our politicians have shown a failure of ethical leadership, we must reassert the rule of law through strong new legislation that holds Congress accountable and prevents retaliation against whistle-blowers and regulatory agencies investigating corruption. Legislation has been put forward, but there are serious concerns that these bills contain major loopholes in stopping congressional insider trading and the gifting of IPO stocks from companies seeking to influence policy. In fact, Robert Khuzami, the SEC's director of enforcement, testified that the bills as written only make stock transactions related to pending or prospective legislation illegal, not any other insider information trading; and they only cover stock transactions, not options trades, exchange traded funds or mutual funds.

The bills by Sens. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are particularly weak. Members of Congress should disclose all trading activities immediately, not after 90 days as their bills propose. More immediate disclosure deadlines (similar to the strict deadlines corporate executives adhere to when trading certain amounts of stock) are imperative for real transparency.

Members of Congress must be required to put their assets into blind and "deaf" trusts. Deaf because we must make it illegal both to trade on non-public government information and to pass on such information. It does no good to set up a blind trust run by a friend, family member, or acquaintance and then casually pass on information to that person. Technically, members of Congress can claim they weren't actually making the trade or ordering another person to make the trade; they were simply "having a conversation" concerning information any competent trader would know what to do with.


Other congressional ailments

Also, remember that insider trading isn't the only corruption problem in Congress. Crony capitalism has run rampant for too long and is bankrupting our country. We need conflict of interest provisions on earmarks and other legislation to stop sweetheart land and construction deals.

Our permanent political class relies on an apathetic and uninformed public to get away with this stuff. But if there is one issue that unites Americans across the political spectrum, it's absolute disgust with the corruption of our elected leaders. Congress and the White House need to earn the American people's trust again. We the people are not going to give up until we get the sudden and relentless reform we deserve or, as the book says, "we throw them all out" in 2012.

Read the full article here.


One Year Later: Lion's Den Flashback

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A year ago today, I appeared on Sistah Talk TV. As the name suggests, the show often focuses on issues that are pertinent to Black women. I was sought out as a guest because I am both a Black conservative and a Black supporter of Governor Palin. For some, those things simply don't mesh. My being a Black conservative is enigma enough. My supporting Governor Palin leaves them shaking their heads. Of course, people who are familiar with her principles know that it makes perfect sense for Americans to support her, and that Blacks in particular would benefit from the principles she upholds. Read more about that here, here, and here.

I am not naive; I knew I was entering the metaphorical lion's den when I reluctantly accepted the invitation. It's an experience I'm very glad to have had.

The actual broadcast lasted an hour, and the aftershow was an additional 15 minutes or so. So one year later, let's flash back to the edited excerpt.

Click here to read my write-up after that experience.


ABC Hosts Iowa GOP Debate; the Palin-less Race

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tonight, another GOP presidential debate occurs, this time on ABC. The buzz has been centered around what the exchange will be like between the former front runner, Mitt Romney, and the current front runner, Newt Gingrich, who has soared ahead in the polls. As much as I'm interested in seeing the exchange between these two, I am also hoping to hear more from Rick Santorum, who secured the endorsement of Iowa Secretary of State, Matt Schultz.

The debate, held in Des Moines, Iowa, begins at 9 p.m. Eastern and will be moderated by George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer.

Like many other supporters of Governor Palin, I was hoping to have the full package in a candidate this time. That package, of course, is the Governor herself, who has opted not to run at this time. She has the executive experience, the business background, and the energy expertise we need. In the course of her dual-decade career, she has cut spending, forward-funded education, and paved the way for job growth in her hometown, transforming Wasilla into the fastest growing city in the state. She upheld her state's Constitution, looked big wigs and "corrupt bastards" in the eyes, fought corruption--and won. She secured the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history. She is not beholden to special interests because she has never been for sale, and she has called out crony capitalism, which has since become a major focus of conversation and inspection. Her accomplishments are numerous, many of which are highlighted in Stephen Bannon's The Undefeated. When you've supported someone like this, it's hard to settle for just part of the package. I have not yet found that one conservative in the race whom I can put my heart behind as I am behind Governor Palin. Some don't even come close to securing my vote of confidence, much less my vote for president, and it might just be a game-time decision. In the meantime, I will vet these candidates, research records, watch debates, pray, and wait. I will also continue to be grateful that Governor Palin is not going away. Rather, she continues to use the platform she's been given to fight for what's right for this country, even without a title.

I do believe that each candidate in the race would make a better Commander-in-Chief than the one we now have, so I'm certainly not sitting this thing out.

Tune in tonight.


Video: Gov. Palin on Eric Bolling's 'Follow the Money'

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Governor Palin appeared on Eric Bolling's Follow the Money on the Fox Business channel at 10 p.m. Eastern. In addition to discussing the 2012 election, she tackled the crony capitalism and insider trading that members of Congress have been engaging in, which Peter Schweizer highlights in his new book, Throw Them All Out. Corrupt though it is, this behavior remains legal for members of Congress, while the rest of us would go to prison for doing the very same things. I'll be writing more about this in the days ahead.

Here's the video of tonight's interview with Bolling:

(Video courtesy of SarahNET)


Governor Palin on Hannity Calls President Obama a Phony; Will Support GOP Nominee

Governor Palin did not hold back tonight during her interview with Sean Hannity. She called President Obama out for his socialist worldview and flat out called him a phony. The Governor also discussed the GOP presidential field, imploring the candidates to focus on unseating President Obama rather than battling each other. When asked about endorsing a candidate, she said she doesn't intend to do so before Iowa, as Iowa is not the end but only the beginning. She added, "At the end of the day, I will support the GOP nominee." The Governor still subscribes to the ABO (Anybody But Obama) philosophy, for every one of our candidates is, to use her own words, "infinitely better" than the one we now have in the White House.

Thanks to SarahNET, here's the video:


Palin Adviser, Peter Schweizer, Shines Light on D.C. Legal Corruption

Peter Schweizer, Governor Palin's foreign policy adviser, has been getting quite a bit of attention since recently releasing his earth shattering book, Throw Them All Out. I'm in the process of reading his book now, which exposes legal corruption in government--corruption that will leave the reader absolutely appalled. Today, he appeared on MSNBC.

Thanks to Stacy Drake, I also learned of an article Schweizer wrote for Big Government. Drake introduces the article this way:
Peter Schweizer posted an article yesterday over at BigGovernment on the congressional insider trading hearings led by Rep. Spencer Bachus, who also just so happens to be featured in Schweizer’s book “Throw Them All Out.” In this piece, Schweizer showcases Representative Bauchus’ use of these hearings as an attempt to “whitewash” his own actions by using carefully selected “experts” on the panel discussion, and feigning his own “victimhood.”

Please read the full article, which Schweizer ends with this:
The American people have not spoken precisely because hearings like the one Rep. Bachus held today haven’t let them. Rep. Spencer Bachus orchestrated a list of witnesses designed to protect his wealth and the wealth of his friends in Washington. Voters must keep the pressure on. And if the “Bachus as usual” antics continue, the American people must throw them all out.


Governor Palin: “Smoking Gun” in Fast & Furious?

Governor Palin, via Facebook:

For anyone following the Obama administration's scandalous cluster-of-an-operation Fast & Furious, which resulted in the deaths of innocent people, please see the article excerpted below. (And in my humble opinion, I do believe the anti-2nd Amendment characters working in the Obama administration purposefully used their Fast & Furious gun walking operation to propose more gun control regulations.)

Scour this article and let me know if you too think this might be a “smoking gun” in the Fast & Furious case.
ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or "long guns." Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF's Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

"Bill - can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks."

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as "(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue." And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: "Bill--well done yesterday... (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case."

This revelation angers gun rights advocates. Larry Keane, a spokesman for National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, calls the discussion of Fast and Furious to argue for Demand Letter 3 "disappointing and ironic." Keane says it's "deeply troubling" if sales made by gun dealers "voluntarily cooperating with ATF's flawed 'Operation Fast & Furious' were going to be used by some individuals within ATF to justify imposing a multiple sales reporting requirement for rifles."

The Gun Dealers' Quandary

Several gun dealers who cooperated with ATF told CBS News and Congressional investigators they only went through with suspicious sales because ATF asked them to.

Sometimes it was against the gun dealer's own best judgment.


'The Undefeated' Autographed

Tim Crawford, SarahPAC treasurer, sent out the following email today:

SarahPAC Supporter,

We stand at the edge of an uncertain future. From the uncertainty of the millions of unemployed to the uncertainty of future tax burdens for small business owners, it is clear that we must now fight against the fundamental transformation taking place against all that has made America truly exceptional. We must bring certainty back into the lives of the American people.

To do this, SarahPAC will continue to be a driving force in the discussion for reforms that tackle the problem of crony capitalism and promote free markets, smaller government, domestic energy development, and removing the excessive tax and regulatory burdens that have left American industry more uncertain and less prosperous.

With the 2012 elections right around the corner, now is the time to join Governor Palin and SarahPAC’s continuing efforts to take our country back.

If you give a gift of $100 or more to SarahPAC, we will send you a copy of "The Undefeated" DVD signed by Governor Palin to show our appreciation for your ongoing support.

With the holiday season upon us, this collector's item is the perfect gift for a friend or family member and if your gift is received by December 18th, we guarantee delivery of the DVD by Christmas!

With your donation of $100 or more to SarahPAC, you will not only be receiving this exclusive signed copy of "The Undefeated," but you will also have a direct impact on the 2012 election cycle by ensuring that Governor Palin and SarahPAC have the resources needed to help elect conservative candidates and send them to Washington.

The future of our country belongs to those who are willing to fight for it, and with your vital support we can continue to help elect commonsense conservatives who will do what is necessary to ensure that America’s prosperity is renewed.

Once again, I ask you to take this stand with us.

Thank you for all you do for Governor Palin and SarahPAC,

Tim Crawford
Treasurer, SarahPAC


Herman Cain Suspends Campaign

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Today, Herman Cain suspended his 2012 presidential campaign amid accusations of sexual misconduct. While he maintains his innocence, he has opted to remove himself from the fray. He states that he will not be silenced and will continue his fight for the principles he values. He also said he would be making an endorsement. Speculation has already begun as to which candidate would benefit most from his withdrawal, with many believing Newt Gingrich would gain most of his supporters.

I wasn't there, and I don't know what happened, but I must admit, either way, it's a sad day. If the assault of the unjust media or dishonest accusers have prevailed against an innocent man, what a shame. If he's guilty, it's a double shame. As it stands, no one wins.

(Video courtesy of The Right Scoop)


Governor Palin on Sean Hannity Radio

Friday, December 2, 2011

Governor Palin followed up last night's interview on Sean Hannity's television show with an interview on his radio show today. She spent a lot of time discussing the GOP candidates and tackled the issue of her endorsement again. It was a very substantive interview as she dissected those who have offered themselves up to be the next President of the United States. Though she has declined to seek the GOP nomination at this time, without question she remains the most qualified person to do the job; therefore, it's good to know she's still fighting for the principles so needed to progress this country.

Still inspired.

(video courtesy of C4P)


Video: Sean Hannity Interviews Governor Palin; Updated

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Governor Palin was Sean Hannity's guest on his television show tonight. She discussed 2012: the candidates and their strengths; the Herman Cain controversy; and the need to vet everyone, choose the best one, and support that individual. When asked about making an endorsement, she stated her endorsement wouldn't amount to a "hill of beans." Her endorsement, of course, does mean quite a bit, but she's certainly accurate when she stresses the importance of individuals researching for themselves those seeking the highest office in the land.

(Video courtesy of The Right Scoop)

Update: Governor Palin tweeted the following after her appearance on Sean Hannity's television show:
@SarahPalinUSA: Dang - spoke too rapidly on @hannityshow; should have clarified I'm for eliminating "fed corporate income tax."

@SarahPalinUSA: Glad Santorum wants to re-industrialize USA w/ eliminating the corp income tax on manufactures.

@SarahPalinUSA: We should eliminate it for everyone & also cut corp welfare to fight crony capitalism while letting the private sector create American jobs.

@SarahPalinUSA: I spoke about this here:


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