Wednesday, July 31, 2013
While some of us are foolishly stepping out as Daniels in the lion's den, Mayor Bloomberg has his priorities straight, right? Watch my newest vlog on the topic:
While some of us are foolishly stepping out as Daniels in the lion's den, Mayor Bloomberg has his priorities straight, right? Watch my newest vlog on the topic:
Governor Palin appeared on Hannity last night to discuss Obamacare, along with its accompanying "death panels" (i.e., rationing), which even Howard Dean has now admitted exist in the health care law.
GOP message and the black communityRead the full article here.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Editor's note: Adrienne Ross recently spoke in Cape Girardeau at the Cape County Republican Women's Club.
By Adrienne Ross
Every race, creed, and gender would state emphatically they are not a monolithic group. They are comprised of individuals who have various personalities, priorities and preferences. Black Americans surely are no exception. However, who can deny the fact 95 percent of black Americans reserve their votes for the Democrat party?
That's an astounding statistic and seems to belie the claims of anti-monolithism. This has been the case for decades. Thus, it begs two questions: "Why?" and "What should Republicans do about it?"
I grew up believing Republicans were white people who cared about white people -- rich white people. They were, therefore, racist. Blacks were Democrats -- and were supposed to be Democrats. Democrats were people like my family: people who cared about the little guy, were compassionate, and believed in lending a helping hand to those in need.
I don't remember anyone sitting me down to tell me this was the truth, but for as long as I could remember, this simply was the truth.
Because I was apolitical until recent years, I did not possess the knowledge or interest to counter these givens. It was not until I was over 30 years old that I began to feel convicted about my complacent attitude toward what was going on in this nation. Until then, not only had I not voted, but I was not even registered to vote.
In 2004, however, everything changed. It was then I asked two friends why blacks were Democrats and not Republicans. Until then, I had absolutely no information about what the parties represented. All I knew was Republicans were racist and Democrats were compassionate. After the conversation with my friends, I realized I actually knew nothing at all.
I discovered that I had been duped, bamboozled, hoodwinked. I was no Democrat -- and I certainly still was black! So what was that all about?
To my amazement, I soon came to see I was a conservative, both fiscally and socially. Not only that, but I realized many of the black people I knew were no more Democrat than I. Many of us embraced the same values that are inherent within the Republican party.
If this is true, why, then, has the Republican party not been able to capture the black vote? Why have we not even wholeheartedly sought the black vote? I am convinced the reason is deeply rooted in the fact we on the political right are simply not consumed with race.
The left uses race as a weapon. They race-bait to play on the emotions of a community already understandably hypersensitive about race.
Republicans promote the planks of the platform, which are good for all people. They find no need to pinpoint different groups of people, and they certainly do not choose to exploit them. This is America, and a platform that supports individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, low taxes, a strong military defense, and a respect for God and life empowers everyone, so it need not highlight minorities in particular.
Sounds good, and it is good -- but it is not working to appeal to all people, which means the GOP has a problem.
So should the Republican party specifically target the black community? I asked this recently when giving a speech to the Cape County Republican Women's Club.
Reminder: The Smart Girl Summit is right around the corner. It's next weekend in Indianapolis. I'll be one of the panelists discussing Minority Outreach: Politics or Pandering. To learn more and to register, go here. To see the full Summit agenda, click here.
Governor Palin tore into President Obama and the GOP elitists in this fiery On the Record interview with Greta Van Susteren:
Cowardly Christians can't feign shock as it snowballs. Will free people cower to intolerant radicals; where are the Daniels in the lion's den? You know where this is headed. If military chaplains are censored and banned from doing their jobs speaking about faith, there will be no military chaplains, which is the radicals' goal. And the radical minority won't stop there. Will you cower and cover your eyes and ears to all this? Or will you rise up in defense of freedom?
- Sarah Palin
Operation Royal Baby Watch has now come to an end. The whole scenario brought a rather important thought to mind, and I discuss it in my newest vlog. So consider this: What if Kate had aborted? Does that question rub you the wrong way? Is this question more palatable: "What if we awaited every birth with the same excitement as this royal birth?" Just askin'.
Take a look:
Personal responsibility is such an important aspect of the conservative message. Some people, particularly people on the left side of the political aisle, view this kind of expectation and talk as the antithesis of compassion for those in need, however. Not so! In fact, personal responsibility is true compassion. It's about empowerment and believing that people have what it takes to rise up, even if they have found themselves in situations where they have needed help for a time.
Personal responsibility comes in various forms. One such form involves behavior. Liberals often are offended when conservatives bring this up. They say we are trying to push our value system on others. Let's think about that, though: when one person's behavior affects another--me, for example--do I not have a right to comment? When I am expected to subsidize someone else's lifestyle, that lifestyle becomes my business. It's time to have these kinds of transparent--and often painful--conversations. Are you ready?
We are emotional beings; we cannot help that. God fashioned us this way. We have a mind, a will, and emotions. That's what makes up our souls, but we cannot simply live in the soulish realm. Too often, unfortunately, we do just that. Furthermore, there are people who play on these emotions so they may stay relevant. People like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson come to mind. It's a very dangerous "game." We need to stop allowing these players to play us. Rather, truth has got to lead and guide us.
My latest vlog deals with this. Here's the YouTube description, followed by the vlog:
America is more divided than it's been in a long time, certainly more than it's been in my lifetime. This is largely because some people make a name off of playing on the emotions of others. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, for example, play this dangerous game. Enough is enough. We must elevate truth over emotion.
I am excited to announce that I will be participating in this year's Smart Girl Summit conducted annually by Smart Girl Politics. The conference will be held August 9th and 10th in Indianapolis, IN. I will join other panelists to discuss "Minority Outreach: Politics or Pandering."
Yesterday, SGP tweeted:
Friday, August 9
9:00 SC meeting
9:00 Exhibitor set up begins
12:00 Blogger Set Up
12:15 Registration opens
1:00 Welcome and National Anthem (Lisa Mei)
1:10 Speaker: Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann
1:15 Governor Mike Pence Welcome Video
1:20 General Session
1:45 Panel: Minority Outreach - Politics or Pandering
(Confirmed: Jennifer Korn, Adrienne Ross, Kira Davis)
2:30 Panel: Fighting Back - Women on the Left
(Confirmed: Teri Christoph, Colleen Holcomb)
3:30 Panel: Common Core - What's Happening to Our Schools?
(Confirmed: Rosa Leonetti, Marcia Chambliss, Joy Pullman)
4:15 Speaker: Dan Bongino
5:30 Cocktail Hour/Meet and Greet
8:30 Gun Range Pre-registration/Info - Required for all gun range participants
*** Madison Rising who was scheduled to play has cancelled their appearance at our event.
Saturday, August 10
8:00 Gun Range Participants Only - Bus Leaves
9:30 Self-Defense for Women - Nikki Turpeaux
12:00 Break for Lunch
1:00 Speaker: Jenny Beth Martin
1:15 Speaker: James O'Keefe
1:30 General Session
2:00 Panel: Generation Smart Girl - Reaching our Youth
(Confirmed: Alex Smith, Bethany Bowra)
3:00 Panel: Rant Like A Champ - Getting Your Message to go Viral
(Confirmed: Emily Zanotti, Kira Davis)
4:00 Panel: Smart Girl Panel - Getting Involved at the State Level
(Confirmed: Jennifer Leslie, Tami Nantz, Cheryl Lavette, Stacy Mott)
4:45 Closing Speaker - TBA
5:00 Wrap up
5:00 Exhibitor break down
6:00 VIP Cocktail Reception (VIP Ticket Holders Only)
6:30 Banquet and Awards Dinner
Speakers: Karen Handel & Katie Pavlich
This schedule is tentative and items are subject to change. Receptions and awards dinner times are now set.
Founded in November 2008, Smart Girl Politics Action (SGPA) is a 501(c)4, non-profit organization focused on bringing fiscally independent women into the political process. We are a grassroots community of women activists who believe in the free market, personal responsibility, and limited government.
Founded by Stacy Mott and Teri Christoph, two stay-at-home moms turned activists, SGPA is one of the fastest growing social networks for conservative women in the country. Over 60,000 women from all fifty states make up the membership of SGPA. We have established organizational structures in twenty four states and continue to increase our reach to women.
In 2010, Smart Girl Politics Action was named by Politics Daily as one of the “Top Political Powerhouses to Watch” and, nationwide, we continue to grow and lead women in activism and education initiatives. We have built the organization using our strategic social media skills--tools such as Twitter and Facebook. In 2009, the #sgp hashtag was the seventh most used hashtag for the year on Twitter. By 2010, our team had successfully promoted #sgp to number three on that same list, where it remains.
SGPA began with the mission to engage, educate, and empower conservative women to get involved in the political process. While those three goals are still key to everything we do, in 2013 we will evolve to take on a much more agressive mission.
Smart Girl Politics Action (SGPA) advocates for public policies that encourage free market solutions, fiscal and regulatory government limitations, and personal responsibility on both the state and national level. SGPA is an organization of grassroots leaders and activists who work on the ground to educate women on the impact of government intrusion in their lives. Through community, culture, and civics, we work to encourage women to become activists, entrepreneurs, and strong community leaders. SGPA supports candidates who focus on improving the quality of women's lives through policies that encourage independence, not government dependence.
Education reform that empowers parents and gives children the foundation for economic freedom.
A simplified tax structure that gives women more control over their own financial independence.
Reducing legislation that puts unnecessary constraints on individuals and families.
“There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.” -Margaret Thatcher
Ben Franklin wrote: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
The government needs to stay out of our garage, refrigerator, church, gun safe, bookshelf, etc. America, are you willing to give up freedom for more government control?
Take a look at this article linked at the top of Drudge. Government is out of control and too many citizens are sheepishly and sleepily okay with it all. This is not what generations of Americans have fought and died for. We should be ashamed of ourselves if we give another pass to government on yet another step in the erosion of freedom and privacy.
Enough is enough of this Big Brother Government.
- Sarah Palin
“America by Heart” is back! I’m very excited that HarperCollins has released “America By Heart” this month in paperback. I hope you’ll enjoy the changes and the new cover photo showing an iconic day of riding at the Reagan Ranch. It was such an honor to experience President Reagan’s beautiful ranch and then speak later that day at the Young America’s Foundation’s 100th anniversary celebration of President Reagan’s birthday.
I love the outdoor image for “America By Heart” because the book reflects the values that President Reagan held dear. I explain in my book my decision to use a quote from Reagan as my closing statement during the 2008 vice-presidential debate because his words perfectly expressed our need to preserve and protect the values that made America great. It’s why we won’t give up the fight for what is right. The quote I used in the debate against Joe Biden was this:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the blood-stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
“America By Heart” was written from my heart about “the principles that have made our country great—keeping our government limited, our markets free, and our families strong.” And, as I note in my introduction, “these principles, like all fundamental human truths, are not self-reinforcing. They have to be remembered, cherished, and taught to new generations of Americans.”
If you’d like a copy with the new cover, hopefully you can it at your local bookstore, or order online at:
I do hope you’ll enjoy the encouragement and historical lessons the book provides. Keep the faith!
- Sarah Palin
Today, I had the privilege of delivering a speech to the Cape County Republican Women's Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The topic was "Conservatism and the Black Community." I had an amazing time and am so grateful for the opportunity to share a message that is so very needed. Someone called it a "breath of fresh air." The club made it easy; I simply fed off the energy in the room.
Below is the YouTube description, the video, and pictures taken after the speech.
Should Republicans target the black community? Adrienne Ross delivers a rousing speech to the Cape County Republican Women's Club on the topic of "Conservatism and the Black Community." She discusses the chasm that exists between the Republican party and black Americans, but declares it can be overcome--and now is the time to walk through that open door. Who's willing and why bother?
This afternoon, I will speak to the Cape County Republican Women's Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The topic I will present is "Conservatism and the Black Community." I hope to post the video later.
Here's the press release:
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN HOSTS ADRIENNE ROSS
[Cape Girardeau, MO] – 7/9/2013—Cape County Republican Women’s Club is pleased to host Adrienne Ross who will speak from the perspective of, not only a conservative, but a black conservative. While she will acknowledge the chasm that exists between the black community and the Republican Party, she will highlight why the seemingly impossible task of appealing to them is not impossible at all. In fact, conservatives have more of an open door with black Americans than they have had in decades. The question is, however, "Are they willing to do anything about it?"
Adrienne Ross was born and raised in New York. There she has been a public school English Language Arts teacher for the past seventeen years. Previously apolitical, she awakened to politics during the 2008 presidential campaign and found her home in the Republican Party. While her values align with the Republican Party platform, she more readily identifies herself as a common sense conservative. She has endured the ridicule of both blacks and whites who believe that she, a black American, belongs to the Democratic Party. She rails against this faulty expectation.
The 2008 election, particularly Senator McCain’s selection of Governor Palin as his running mate, was the impetus that caused her to herald conservative principles. She started her own blog called MotivationTruth. It did not take long for her influence to expand to other venues, and Adrienne has served since as a contributor, author, and editor to several websites and blogs. From New York to Alaska, she has been interviewed on the internet, radio, television, and in print about such issues as politics, race, faith, and education. Writing continues to be the open door through which Adrienne promotes and defends common sense conservatism and common sense conservatives. She willingly supports public servants—with or without a title—who willingly support freedom, fiscal and personal responsibility, and the sanctity of human life.
The program will be held on July 12 at noon at Dexter BBQ and is open to the public.
On Tuesday, Governor Palin gave an interview to Sean Hannity on his radio program. When Hannity asked if she is considering a run for the US Senate, she said she is because some have requested it of her. She did not say this is something she will definitely do, and she actually downplayed it, I feel. However, she did say that Senator Mark Begich has to go because he has not done right by Alaskans. Of course, the media ran with it, as did others who lapsed right into Palin Derangement Syndrome.
Begich himself responded by questioning her Alaska residency and pulling out the tired "she quit" meme, although he, no doubt, understands the circumstances surrounding her resignation from the governor's office and why it was the right thing to do.
Sarah Palin “quit on Alaska” as governor and “ has lost touch” with her home state, Sen. Mark Begich told POLITICO.More Begich nonsense here.
The Democratic senator said Palin, who said Tuesday she’s considering challenging him for his seat in 2014, might not even be a resident of Alaska and is someone he won’t take seriously unless she emerges from a competitive Republican primary.
“I don’t know if she’s a resident. She’s been away from Alaska a lot and has probably lost touch with what’s going on. She should go to my webpage,” Begich said. “Most Alaskans I see on a pretty regular basis, but I haven’t seen her for a long time.”
Really, Mark? Really?
Margaret Thatcher used to say, “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” So, thank you, Mark Begich, for making me and others exceptionally cheery today! Mark, after looking at your voting record I can see why you are looking for a distraction. You have voted FOR Obamacare, FOR massive tax increases, FOR carbon taxes which could cost Alaskans 21,000 jobs, AGAINST pro-life legislation, and there’s so much more. You even flip-flopped to oppose the nation’s balanced budget amendment. You agree with, and vote with, ultra-liberal Senators Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid approximately 90% of the time. Mark, you recently said, “Alaskans pick who they want based on what’s good for Alaska.” Couldn’t agree more, Mark, which is why many hope to see great changes for our great state following the upcoming 2014 election. In the meantime, we suppose we’ll see much more playing of the ol' Washington political game using those inside D.C. reporters each time you have to distract from yet another bad vote for Alaska in the U.S. Senate. It cheers us up and gives us good opportunity to remind Alaskans just how loyal to the Obama agenda you have been.
- Sarah Palin
–In 2009 he voted for the Affordable Care Act. (some of the authors of this mother-of-disaster bills are now calling it a "train wreck.")
–In 2009 he voted against a measure to stop stimulus spending.
–In 2010 he voted for Dodd-Frank
–In 2011, he voted against repealing Obamacare.
He also voted to increase the debt ceiling, against Senator Rand Paul’s budget earlier this year, and yes, he supported the internet sales tax, too.
[Begich] goes on to criticize Governor Palin’s resignation by telling only half the story, repeating a continuous cheap talking point often used by the left and the establishment wing of the GOP. Obviously, these people have yet to catch up with the rest of us where the perils of career politics are concerned. Accordingly, Governor Palin refuses to fall into the permanent political class’s mold of acceptance. She didn’t "quit" on the people of her state. She selflessly resigned to prohibit further waste at the expense of taxpayers; waste created by a small-but-radical group of people who filed numerous frivolous ethics charges against her which were eventually dismissed. John Hawkins at Townhall described it perfectly:
Most people just note that Sarah Palin "quit" as governor of Alaska without pointing out the "why" behind it. Palin spent more than half a million dollars defending herself from frivolous ethics charges filed against her after she was on the 2008 ticket. Because of a since-fixed quirk in Alaska law, the Palin family had to pay all of these legal bills out of their own pocket. So in other words, it was COSTING Sarah Palin hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to be governor and without the financial resources she has today, it was putting a lot of financial strain on her family. Nobody should be put in a position where she has to choose between serving as governor or bankrupting her family fending off meritless, politically motivated lawsuits.
Begich's voting record...
More on Begich's voting record...
Alaskan Chameleon (an endangered species)...
The legal watchdog Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents revealing the Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of the Department of Justice, was deployed to Sanford, Fla., following the death of Trayvon Martin to help organize rallies against George Zimmerman.More here.
According to the documents, from March 25 to March 27, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, Fla., to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
Judicial Watch also revealed:
March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, Fla., “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, Fla., “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, Fla., “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
April 11-12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, Fla., “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.”
I published an article at CainTV yesterday. Judging from the feedback, many common sense Americans concur with the sentiment expressed. We're growing increasingly frustrated with both political parties. Republicans and Democrats need to get the message.
Though a registered Republican, I am first and foremost a common sense conservative. I believe in principle above party, and I'm not alone in that. The GOP needs to pay close attention--or suffer the consequences.
On Facebook, Herman Cain wrote:
What will happen if Reince Priebus and company ignore Sarah Palin's latest challenge? New contributor Adrienne Ross has a warning for them.
Governor Sarah Palin received a plethora of attention for her Facebook post on the heels of the Senate’s vote on what many are labeling, not just immigration, but amnesty. Those who follow Palin politics are accustomed to her sharp criticism of the Obama administration and what she calls D.C.’s “permanent political class.” So why have these particular comments fired people up? Her recent remarks did more than offer up criticism. She placed the Republican Party—her own party—on notice. While she is wont to hold both sides of the aisle accountable, this time she went further than usual.
Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American. Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new “bi-partisan” hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines.
In addition, on America’s News HQ the weekend before last, Uma Pemmaraju read a tweet by blogger Josh Painter in which he asked if she would consider building a Freedom Party with Mark Levin. Palin made it clear that if the GOP continued to abandon its principles, she could foresee many people becoming more independent and not enlisted in either private party.
Now, when the former governor of Alaska speaks, people listen—and they react. Her most ardent supporters tend to find wisdom in her words. Her detractors are often so unhinged, they wouldn’t find merit in anything she says, no matter how sound. True to form, reactions concerning her warning have been varied. Some praised it, for they also have found themselves increasingly at odds with the GOP. Others denounced it in fear that leaving the GOP would do damage to the two-party system and would not serve to further the conservative cause.
To be clear, Palin did not say that she would start a third party. In answer to Painter’s question, she simply said it was not outside the realm of possibility that another party would emerge, since the GOP has left many feeling politically homeless. Mark Levin has followed up by saying that this is not an ideal solution, but when the Republican Party clearly doesn’t want you, what else are you to do?
So where do I stand on this issue of what some might call Republican abandonment?
Palin’s comments about a possible exit from the Republican Party resonate with people who are already suffering from a severe case of GOP disillusionment. We have watched the Party “leaders” grow squishy on issue after issue. We have scratched our heads as we have seen politicians we placed trust in flip-flop on their campaign promises. And we are fed up. This amnesty bill bull is not the only issue; it’s just the latest. I have always self-identified as a conservative first, content to be a registered Republican because of my belief in the planks in the platform. But my belief in the planks is only as good as the party’s willingness to abide by them. I have no reason anymore to trust that they will consistently do so.
One thing that has kept the “R” next to my name is the fact that in New York anyone not registered as a Democrat or Republican cannot vote in our closed primary system. The thought of not having a say in who gets to represent my interests bothers me. But I’m starting to wonder if what I lose in that step of the process is worth what I will gain in abandoning the party that seems content to abandon me. While Governor Palin’s ultimate decision is not all that will go into my decision, it certainly holds weight with me, as it does with many others.
So let me say this: I may be small potatoes in the big world of national politics, but I do stand under the big banner of We the People. I, therefore, issue the GOP a warning of my own: You would be wise to take heed to Governor Palin’s notice because I’m not sure your Reince Priebus-led Republican establishment could stave off a Sarah Palin-backed Freedom Party.
Governor Palin's Hannity Radio interview today:
After a most interesting dream that got me thinking, I decided to share my musings via video blog--or vlog. I gathered my thoughts and secured a videographer, Kristi J. King. Now, I present this to you.
America is an exceptional country. I think most of us--at least conservatives--agree with that. But what exactly is America? Is it simply land and soil? Land of the free and home of the brave alone? Not so. Perhaps a more appropriate question is who is America? My dream really brought this home for me.
What do you think?
Last year I briefly encountered Sarah Palin at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Washington, and took the opportunity to ask her an important question: who’s your favorite band? The verdict: Van Halen. As you’ll see in the video, Governor Palin seemed surprised, but then a little delighted, to be asked about rock and roll. Everyone just assumes that that’s Jay-Z wingman President Obama’s turf.
I’ve always wanted to follow up with Governor Palin, and I recently sent her some questions about popular culture. She was kind enough to respond. Here are her answers, followed at the end by a couple of my own observations.
Gov. Palin, what is your general philosophy about modern popular culture?
Culture matters. As Andrew Breitbart liked to say, politics is downstream of culture. If you wonder why a civilization is in decline, you have to look at the culture first.
We were both teenagers in the 1980s. Did you have a favorite band or genre—heavy metal, pop, English bands?
My favorite bands as a teen were Van Halen, Boston, and AC/DC.
Do you think conservatives are engaging the popular culture effectively today?
Good question. No, conservatives aren’t infiltrating and influencing pop culture enough, and we’re missing the boat. That’s why I’m fine with, for instance, Bristol being on the shows she’s been on and why I preach against preaching to the choir.
For years, conservatives have glumly waved the white flag when it comes to influencing popular culture. Defeat has been declared many times. But the civic values that conservatism cherishes—like courage, honesty, integrity, hard work, patriotism, faith, fortitude, individual liberty—are values that civilization depends upon. So, if conservatives lose the culture, the culture will collapse and take civilization with it.
For years we have been focused on November election nights, and perhaps not focused enough on Oscar night, or Emmy night, or script buys, or production deals. We have been focused on sending our brightest and best to Washington. But we also need to send them to Hollywood or to the Columbia School of Journalism. We need to take back Hollywood and the mainstream news media. We need to step out of our comfort zones. We can’t allow ourselves to be pushed to the margins. We can’t allow the principles upon which this nation is founded to be ignored or undermined.
Furthermore, Palin is spot-on about conservatives waving the white flag when it comes to engagement in the popular culture, and that if a society loses its culture, its civilization soon follows. Palin is downright wise in this regard; it’s just sad that more conservatives don’t get it.
As we wrap up a most patriotic week in America, I’d like to share with you the most patriotic band I know! The name is “Missing Stateside,” and it includes rough and tough and amazingly talented vets who’ve served our nation in war zones and have it in their blood to stand ready for whatever selfless duty calls. They’re some of the most patriotic and supportive guys you’ll ever meet. And their music is GREAT! In the interest of full disclosure, I’m very proud of my own connection here – my cousin Jason ("JD”) is the big guy in the band; he's on guitar and vocals. Jason is from a long line of honorable military men and women. Both his parents served, as did aunts and uncles, and now nephews and others in the family's younger generation. He and his wonderful wife, Trish, both recently retired from years in the service that took them around the world, away from friends and family, for years. They so missed Stateside... and we're so glad they're back. My Airman cousin has been an enormously positive influence on my son, cousins, and my two Washington state nephews who just enlisted (Hooah!). It’s always a pleasure to do anything to support great Americans like the guys in “Missing Stateside.” Please check out their website linked below. I’ll also post some videos. Shout 'em out, and I'll look for new friends sporting the band's tee as we travel this great land.
- Sarah Palin
Here's Missing Stateside's single “Fire & Ice”...And this:
Here's my cousin Jason singing the National Anthem...
Outrageous. Once again the cover-up is worse than the “crime.” Secretary of State John Kerry WAS on his boat while Egypt fell into turmoil resulting in an overthrow of its new government ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood that the Obama Administration had so recently supported and may still support. (That, however, we do not know because President Obama's absolutely dithering foreign policies, his "leading from behind," and his benign statements on the Muslim Brotherhood make no sense to sensible people.)
The State Department categorically denied Kerry was on his boat. Yet CBS had pictures to prove it. Goodness. There is no need to lie, even on such a "little" thing as the location of a government leader during a military confrontation happening in real time. (Benghazi? Ring a bell? There still isn't anyone in the media who'll find out where our Commander-in-Chief was that night.) Come on, Obama Administration! It's no big darn deal that Kerry was on his boat! We expect, and deserve, to assume that our highest ranking public servants to whom We the People have given the most responsibility are always working – even when they're clearing their heads and breathing in some fresh air on a yacht, or sweating away stress on a basketball court, or yukking it up with pals on the fairway... let's trust they're always preparing for the proverbial 3:00 AM phone call.
Being on his boat isn't the issue. Blatantly deceiving the American people is the issue.
Our government, yet again, either had no idea where the boss was, or worse yet, they lied to us. (Oops-a-daisy. Correction. In Obamaspeak, we were told the "least untruthful statement.") Our government directed its swift-ly boat changing denials to what one can only surmise is their perception of who we are: a nation of sheep – heads down, grazing away, gullible, ignorant, and undeserving of truth.
Confronted with photographic evidence, the State Department merely tossed the public a handful of hay today in its tepid effort to kinda-sorta explain the whole thing away. Something about, well, yeah, so the evidence contradicted all their public claims, but… eh, no harm, no foul. And like good herder dogs, with calm authority to avoid commotion, the bureaucrats barked the suggestion that we all just move along now.
No. You move along, little doggie. Enough is enough. It's unacceptable. Remember, the nation's Mama Grizzlies don't just rise up to swat away threats to protect the next generation. They also school, scold, and signal to teach a lesson. One lesson taught all children is if you lie on the little things, you'll lie on the big things.
George Orwell wrote of a time when citizens could no longer trust big government, and by wearing down the citizenry through doublespeak and lies a tired country finally retreated to its dark and depressing demise.
America, we shall not go there! Why? Because if we know from our nation's forefathers that weariness is not in our blood! It's not in our DNA to retreat. Have faith that there are enough patriots in our exceptional nation willing to fight together for what is right. Proof of this is all the families still encouraging and supporting their loved ones who choose U.S. military service. And proof of a unified commitment to defend our republic is what the independent tea party movement is all about. Disregard the constant criticism, mocking, and flagrant lies about this diverse, proud movement that still spew from big government cheerleaders and their lapdogs in the media. Despite harassment and intimidation, commonsense conservatives are rising up again to get a better view of what is ahead. They are identifying threats to our Constitution and our children's future. The permanent political class angrily bemoans this because they know our diverse working class – those who make the world go 'round – can shake off the slumber, unify, and effectively encourage others to come out of a 2012 hibernation and demand accountability at the 2014 ballot box. It's there we prove the average, everyday American's ferocious strength when exercising that beautiful belief in loyalty only to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Until then, we mustn't have the fighting instinct of sheep. Pay attention, do your own homework on candidates and political machines, turn off media that would disrespect you by continuing to deceive, and keep the faith.
While celebrating America's glorious Independence this week, be secure in knowing that there are more of us who support men and women ready and willing to fight on our behalf for freedom and truth than those who would continually deceive us. Thank God. And thank a Vet.
State Department: say you're sorry and don't ever do this again. CBS News: thank you for doing your job on this issue.
Happy 4th of July weekend, America.
- Sarah Palin
Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans! What a blessing to live in the greatest country on the face of the earth. God has poured His grace upon us. I pray that we turn to Him and allow His ways to become ours; true independence comes through Christ alone. I am, therefore, doubly free!
Governor Palin, via Facebook:
The beauty of catching some of our Alaskan species with fins is the amount of meat harvested with each fish. Rod and reeling red salmon, or, my favorite, a big (or even not so big) halibut ensures you've got a few dinners taken care of even when feeding a bunch of people.
We had a blast hauling in halibut in Homer a few days ago, despite the cold rain and queasy waves for which Cook Inlet is notorious. Todd flew his Cessna 185 alongside the Inlet, then on to Pedro Bay, then the next day we drove the scenic Seward Highway to Anchor Point's salt water, also part of Cook Inlet. The kids and their friends have gone back and forth between work schedules to different fishing grounds this summer, and they're helping fill the freezer with organic protein for winter! It's the best. I especially love the halibut, and for weaklings like me, it takes a few of us working together to hike the heavy white meat over the railing to gaff and club it. Then tradition calls for a whole group to sit around a bonfire once ashore to watch one pro (that wouldn't be me) do all the filleting while we eat.
Even more fun than the catch is having the crowd in the kitchen try different ways to cook it. The goal on the water may be to catch the big one, like an 80 lb. king or a "barn door" halibut, but IMHO the best eating is a smaller halibut pulled fresh out of the water and dipped right into the beer batter.
It doesn't really take a village to catch a fish. But it's fun to have one to eat it up. Here's how the girls and their friends cooked this weekend's fish, and I invite you to try this perfect recipe for wild rhubarb pie as an accompaniment. We stayed in a cabin on the Inlet with an old abandoned garden out back, and even without any horticultural care the perennial bushels of rhubarb never seem to go away. So I hacked stalks of this tart leafy plant to feed our village... er, the crew... in Wasilla. I used my mother-in-law's simple, delicious pie crust recipe (see below) and tried a rhubarb filling recipe I found on the internet. It was heavenly. Piper put together a collage to show you some before and after shots of the outings, along with a few randoms (see below).
Something different but still maybe par-for-the-course for us: Bristol took her paycheck from starring in a recent episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (She and Willow had a ball working with Joan and Melissa Rivers on the episode! Really!) and bought a pontoon. (You can spot it festooned with a big bright American flag in the background of one of Piper's collages.) So we finally felt like tourists out on our lake putzing around – no gill nets, cork lines, lead lines, chaos – just floatin' in slow motion. All we're missing is the heat! I'm glad our girls are learning mechanical skills and a general knowledge of "how stuff works" with their acquiring of various pieces of equipment and large used toys for their Alaskan lifestyle. I respect the hardcore, real world skills needed to keep things running.
Enough sport fishing for now though, or as Todd says,"Enough playing with our food," because our commercial fishing season soon peaks. The guys have headed over to Bristol Bay to slay salmon at our sites while I stay back awhile to get Piper to basketball camps, do some work for FOX, finish my Christmas book, then travel Outside for various events.
Have a great pre-Independence Day week. Take time to appreciate the bounty we're blessed with on God's green earth. I encourage you to get outdoors, breathe it all in, and be thankful!
Enjoy these recipes. Eat dessert first:
Faye Palin's Simple, Perfect Pie Crust
(Note: This amount makes extra so you can also bake some "Kids' Crust" with drizzled butter and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top. Plus, if you're like me, when you indelicately roll out the dough and it falls apart you can use the extra to plug holes and cracks in the pie crust; it tastes just as delicious!)
Caution: if you're annoyed by these detailed instructions, I don't want to hear it. I often explain kitchenese in simple and exact terms because my kids followed in my footsteps and took Shop Class in school instead of Home Ec (Do they even teach Home Ec anymore?!). Thankfully, while growing up my mom cooked three squares a day in our small town without any big grocery stores or even a McDonalds, and she was a 4-H and Scout leader, so we all garnered good old-fashioned cooking and sewing skills in those groups and in Campfire Girls. It was through osmosis we learned to cook from mom! Nowadays, not so much. So forgive the elementary instructions – they're written for my Taco Bell-addicted kids and their peers.
2 1/2 C. flour
2 Tsp. salt
1 C. vegetable oil
6 Tbsp. cold water (You may need a tiny bit more or less cold water to sprinkle in to moisten the dough as you mix it)
Mix flour and salt. Add oil; mix with fork until it looks like meal. Sprinkle with the water; mix with fork or curved pastry blender until it looks like pie dough you may have seen on a TV commercial.
Glob the dough together. Press into three balls, one larger than the others. Roll the larger ball of dough (this is your bottom crust) between two long strips of waxed or parchment paper (so there's less mess!). Place paper-side-up in pie pan. Peel off the paper and then fill 'er up with the rhubarb mixture (Click here for recipe); trim edges. Roll the top crust the same way. Trim it ½” beyond pie plate rim. Fold under. Seal and flute. Google "fluting" if you don't get it. I like pinching the edges using left pointer finger between right finger and thumb. Cut decorative ventilating slits in middle of this top crust (when I bake this as a gift I carve the recipient's initials in it, but whatever yanks your crank). The key to a golden shiny top crust is to brush on a small amount of milk and sprinkle sugar atop before placing it in the oven.The glaze is gorgeous.
Hint: Measure the flour by dip-level method (meaning level off the cup using a straight edged tool – like the back of a table knife) to guarantee an exact level cup.
Now, most of our family recipes are perfected by eyeballing and just getting a feel for ingredient amounts and baking techniques, but Faye has taught us that by always being exact in these crust measurements, the consistency is always good. When you roll the dough out between the paper sheets, you can roll it very thin. You just have to be patient when you peel back the paper as you place the crust atop the pie. (Maybe that's my "indelicacy" problem and explains why Faye's pies look prettier than anyone else's – one has to exercise patience!) I promise you this is superb!
Final Note to Kids Baking: Do the dishes. Or the pie won't turn out right.
Recipe for quick halibut preps that family and friends loved the other night, one fried and one grilled... so easy I can't even mess 'em up:
Use a store-bought box of beer batter mix and one flat beer ("don't drink it if the mountains aren't blue"). You can't go wrong. (If you're out camping with limited supplies, you can adapt and use your pancake mix.) Cut halibut into inch-and-a-half sized chunks. Follow instructions on the box of mix and dip fish into the batter to coat the little chunks. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan (I like to cook it outside or else my kitchen smells like fish for three days and no candle masks that), or use a deep fat fryer. Dip these white nuggets into hot oil for a couple of minutes and turn over for just a couple more minutes. Remove the meat and place on paper towels. You'll know you cooked it long enough if the fish cuts easily with a fork and it's quite white inside and golden brown crispy outside. Mom makes homemade tarter sauce; I buy it. Either way, serve it up with tarter and/or our newly discovered delight – jalapeno flavored Greek Yogurt Dip – and enjoy this scrumptious fare from the sea!
Another way: place a halibut fillet on Pam-sprayed tinfoil; drizzle with melted butter, lightly sprinkle with lemon pepper, add sliced onions on top, then glob on a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream, then generously pour grated cheeses and crumbled potato chips as the meat's mountain pose. Cover with foil and place on pre-heated grill or over a campfire. Cook until the meat is white and flakey. Seriously, angels must eat this in the great by-and-by. It's that good. I wish I could cook it for you.
Thank you for following us on social media, thank you for your support; thank you for loving the simple things in life that add to this great country's exceptionalism.
- Sarah Palin
I sure respect Greta Van Susteren's work ethic, independence, and ability to stay on top of so many current events that viewers count on her covering. (Check out gretawire.com to see what she's keeping up with, just today!) I look forward to joining her tonight on her Fox show "On the Record" -- I'll be interviewed from Alaska (10pm EST, 6pm Alaska time). Greta's so good about inviting feedback; you have opportunity to sound off on gretawire.com
- Sarah Palin
When tragedy strikes, it leaves all of us heartbroken. The death of 19 firefighters in Arizona is so very tragic, and our hearts ache for this loss. We pray for God to comfort and strengthen their loved ones as only He can.
Governor Palin tweeted her condolences:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragic fire in AZ. God bless the hero firefighters who gave their lives to save others.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) July 1, 2013
My thoughts & prayers go out to the families who have lost so much and the first responders battling this situation. #YarnellHillFire— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 1, 2013
Our hearts and minds are w/ the people and their suffering right now. We are planning to hold a public memorial at the same time and place— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 1, 2013