Governor Palin posted the following on Facebook concerning an article she wrote for Breitbart:
New op-ed: "Flushing Critters & Retrieving 2014." The photo at the top is me & my Dad with his antler retriever lab, Bo!
Here's the article:
A simple fact is missing from all the media hysteria and political establishment temper tantrums over Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s attempt to defund Obamacare.
Americans are getting slammed by Obamacare right now. Workforces are decimated as health care prices rise. Public opinion is on our side. If now was not the time to unite and fight it, when was? Those who are attacking Cruz and Lee’s efforts have forgotten how negotiations are won.
Use as an example the negotiations a governor of energy-rich Alaska must engage in with powerful multinational oil tycoons. In my experience, I found that the key to achieving success for the people you’re elected to serve is to take a firm position, stand solid, and negotiate from there when the other guy is ready to take you seriously. You fight as hard as you can with whatever small edge you’ve got until the other guy respects you enough to wise up, sit down, and come to a mutually acceptable agreement. You get nothing at all if you preemptively surrender before the battle even commences.
Imagine how much stronger the GOP’s hand would have been if every Republican (and those Democrats who’ve finally admitted Obamacare’s devastating flaws) stood together against cloture in order to prevent Harry Reid from cutting off debate and stripping Obamacare defunding from the bill?
Not only would there have been pressure on red state Democrats up for re-election to join the right cause, there would have been pressure on Reid and the White House to negotiate agreements. Even if the GOP couldn’t have defunded all of Obamacare, they could have negotiated some relief for average Americans who now feel they can do nothing but brace for the coming train wreck. We average Americans know we’ll never get the exemptions and favors Obama gave his political cronies and Congress, but any relief for the middle class would have been welcomed.
But Republicans got nothing from squabbling with each other and denouncing (on and off the record) the brave men who tried to do something.
Ted Cruz and Mike Lee fought to fulfill the campaign promises every Republican made, and their actions have been revelatory for all of us.
Read the rest here.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Bristol Palin continues to speak out on behalf of Pastor Saeed, imprisoned in Iran one year ago today for his Christian faith. Today, she posted Rev. Billy Graham's letter to the new president of Iran, requesting his release.
Today, I was so touched to see that Franklin Graham placed a full page ad in the New York Times, urging the new President of Iran to free Saeed Abedini, an American who is in Iran’s Evin prison. There, prisoners are routinely hanged outside their cells to terrorize the other inmates.
All across our nation – and the world — people are gathering to hold prayer vigils. He certainly needs them. Saeed is being beaten, persecuted, and tortured simply because of his faith. (I’ve written about him several times, but we have to keep fighting for him until his release!)
What can you do to help? If you can’t attend a rally, you can send a letter directly to the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, just like Rev. Graham. To send your own letter, click here.
What else can you do?
Attend a vigil.
Sign a petition.
Tell people about it on Facebook and Twitter
Thank you, Rev. Graham, for continuing for speak out for the oppressed!
Read Rev. Graham's letter here.
Governor Palin then drew attention to Bristol's post, added her thoughts on the impact Rev. Graham has had on her family, and asked President Obama to intervene for Pastor Saeed.
On Facebook, she wrote:
Please read Billy Graham’s impassioned plea to the new president of Iran imploring the release of the imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini. Bristol has been covering Saeed’s story for a long time on her blog. We are all so grateful to Rev. Graham for taking out this full-page ad in the New York Times to bring light to this terrible injustice.
President Obama, please act on this by using your position to appeal for Saeed’s release. We often ask ourselves, “What would Reagan do?” Well, in the 1980s, President Reagan worked behind the scenes to appeal to the Soviets for the release of Russian Christian dissidents who wanted to emigrate, and because of Reagan’s quiet work in the background, these Christians were finally allowed to leave the former Soviet Union. Reagan used the exceptional position of POTUS to appeal for justice, and it worked. Now we need our current president to appeal to Iran's new president for the release of this imprisoned Christian.
Kudos to Rev. Graham for taking action today. I have so much respect for him. As my dad wrote about in his book, Billy Graham was the man who led my mom to Christ years ago, which resulted in the rest of the family becoming Christians in the 70s.
- Sarah Palin
Let's continue to pray for Pastor Saeed. Believe, for our God is able!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Governor Palin posted on Facebook yesterday:
The U.S. Senate has some arcane procedural rules, and as ordinary Americans our eyes glaze over trying to decipher them. But it’s important for us to understand that Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare are worthwhile and doable.
We shouldn’t preemptively surrender the fight to those who rammed through this outrageously burdensome and unaffordable ploy for government control of health care even though some are trying to convince us that the fight is futile. Just because a fight isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting.
This defund movement boils down to a very simple request. As Andrew McCarthy recently pointed out: “Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress.” All we’re asking is that the rest of America “get the same relief from this awful law that Obama cronies, the ruling class, and the politically-connected get.”
Please call your senators and politely ask them to stand with Senator Cruz. This is especially important if your senator is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state in 2014. That would be Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). Remind them politely that we are watching their votes very carefully and even a procedural vote that shuts down this debate will be regarded as a vote for Obamacare, and there will be consequences for them at the ballot box next year. The same goes for Republicans up for re-election. We definitely expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Cruz through thick and thin.
The number for the Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask for your senator’s office. You can also find their contact information and contact them online at
Remember, we elected these senators precisely for moments like this. If they can’t do anything with the power we’ve given them through their elected office, then perhaps it’s time for them to retire and let someone else have a go.
Opposition to Obamacare carried us to victory in 2010. And 2014 is just around the corner.
- Sarah Palin
She also posted this interview that Neil Cavuto conducted with Mark Levin:
Mark Levin nails it here. Remember time is short before the nation is fundamentally transformed unless we fight for the USA.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Governor Palin's interview with Shannon Bream on America's News HQ today:
(Video courtesy of SarahNET)
Here's my problem with the GOP Establishment and why I prefer the term "conservative" to "Republican" when identifying my political affiliation: The GOPe is squishy, cowardly, and unprincipled. They continue to play politics-as-usual. They're content to bow to political pressure. My plea to them is simple: stand for something...please.
In the ongoing discussions about Obamacare, people like Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have stood strong on the position to defund it. They are adamant about funding the government--except the train wreck that President Obama's health care law is. Obamacare is unworkable, unaffordable, and unpopular with the American people. Senator Cruz has made it clear that the ball is in the Senate's court. The House has done its part by voting to defund it. So let question be: Will the Democrats shut down the government?
Instead of standing their ground, the GOP Establishment is cowering in a corner, worried that they will get blamed for shutting down the government, worried that standing on what they know is right will cost them political points. What happened to principles? What happened to listening to constituents? What happened to going on the offense by writing your own narrative, rather than allowing the enemy to write it for you?
Even Mike Huckabee went on Fox & Friends yesterday and opined that Republicans would only hurt themselves by defunding Obamacare because this will lead to demonization by Democrats. I found myself yelling at the television: "When will we take a stand? When will we do the right thing simply because it's the right thing?! When will doing the right thing supersede politics-as-usual?
While the permanent political class is afraid of what Democrats will say about them if they do the right thing, Governor Palin
says that we need to get on Cruz control--Ted Cruz control. As is her wont, she has advocated taking a stand, not allowing the left to back us into a corner, and remembering what we're supposed to stand for. Furthermore, she understands a very basic fact about Democrats, which she articulated in an article written for Breitbart:
They lie. Deal with it.
Why does she even have to remind us of this? We should have that part down pat by now. More importantly, since when does anyone over twelve years old make decisions based on what his enemy might say? What adult decides to do what's wrong because if he does what's right his enemy will say he did what's wrong?! No parent instructs a child to ignore principle to be popular or liked. No, responsible adults always advise against allowing the haters to dictate one's actions.
Additionally, as Governor Palin points out, the haters aren't going to love you anyway, so why bothering trying to placate them? It defies reason and certainly common sense. Of course, they're going to say the GOP is to blame. Of course, they're going to say Republicans shut down the government. It's a lie. It's what they do. Let the record show we have voted to fund the government and have asked the Democrats to do so also. That's the truth. Stand on it. Be bold. Be strong. Be adults, for crying out loud. Then move forward, secure in the knowledge that you stood on the side of liberty, and principle, and the American people.
GOP Establishment, for once in a long while, get a backbone, and stand for something...please. Governor Palin wields a lot of power in terms of fundraising and endorsements, as she pointed out in her piece for Breitbart yesterday, but should it really take a threat from her to get you to take a stand for what each of you knows is right?
I would exult in the opportunity to readily, without hesitation, identify myself as a proud Republican, but the Republican party needs to woman up, as Governor Palin has said. Now's the perfect opportunity.
Governor Palin posted this must-read article on Breitbart last night. No one stands and fights like she does; the GOP establishment should take notes:
Americans who are fed up with Obamacare won a victory yesterday. The House voted to defund Obamacare while still funding the federal government to avoid a “devastating” shutdown. (I shall not digress, but it’s beyond distressing to hear liberals try to convince Americans that any government slowdown is comparable to “terrorism.”)
Now the battle goes to the Senate, and we’ll find out if Harry Reid is so committed to the horrendous “Un-affordable Care Act” that he’ll be the one to shut down the government to fund the unworkable Obamacare.
Let’s be clear. Republicans in Congress aren't advocating a government shutdown. That’s why they voted in the House to fully fund our bureaucracy while defunding Obamacare. The conservatives in Congress are listening to the majority of Americans who do not want Obamacare.
Following the will of the people is apparently a novel idea in D.C. these days. Just ask Senator Ted Cruz and his liberty-loving posse on Capitol Hill who have led the charge to defund Obama’s train wreck.
Those of us who hang in there supporting a major political party with our energy, time, and contributions would like to believe that that party would praise principled conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for following through on campaign promises. We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way these bold leaders have rallied the grassroots to their cause. But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless.
We’re now, once again, subjected to the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. The Capitol Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Senator Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.
Welcome to our world, Ted. The same people have been denouncing conservatives like me for years (right after they ask for help fundraising for themselves or endorsing the latest candidate they’ve suckered into paying their exorbitant consulting fees). We can compare shiv marks next time we meet, my friend.
If the Senate doesn’t get behind Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare, it won’t be because of any failure on Ted’s part. It’ll be because there weren’t enough principled leaders to stand with him, and that would be a tragic loss, not for Ted, but for America.
More and more Americans are waking up to the nightmare of Obamacare as its rollout continues. Hardworking families are losing their employer-provided health care coverage. Businesses are cutting back their employees’ hours to skirt Obamacare’s mandates. Americans barely scrapping by are discovering that Obamacare has made health care completely unaffordable. Those who aren’t part of a protected special interest group have been left in the cold.
When you’re living on a fixed income, having to pay hundreds of dollars more each month for health care will cut into your ability to pay for basic necessities like food, electricity, or gas (which has increased 90% under Obama). Open your eyes, America. When the full reality of Obamacare strikes home, we’ll thank God that principled leaders like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee took a stand to stop it in its tracks.
But the permanent political class is handwringing and howling that if there’s a government shutdown the media will blame Republicans for it. Here’s a little newsflash, GOP establishment: Whenever anything bad happens, the media blames Republicans for it. That’s not an excuse to roll over and play dead. It’s a call to follow the advice I give my daughters: Woman up, stand your ground, and fight like a girl!
I want no pity. I need no empathy. But use me as a barometer. Over the years, the leftwing media has falsely and irrationally accused me of everything from faking a pregnancy to abetting murder. They lie. Deal with it.
Republicans in Congress support funding the government. If the Democrats block these funding measures, a government shutdown is on them. In the meantime, stop the ridiculous hysterics. Heck, about the most significant thing that happened during the last government shutdown was Clinton hooked up with Monica.
As I said in my speech at CPAC this year, it’s time for the Senate to put itself on Cruz Control.
Ignore the peanut gallery pundits. They’ve written my political obituary so many times, I’m practically Lazarus. Now they’re trying to destroy Ted Cruz. Good luck with that, you weasels. Texans are just as tough as Alaskans. Smaller, but just as tough.
But here’s the important thing that none of these establishment backstabbers understand. It’s not the messenger that matters. It’s the message. You can try to take out someone like Ted Cruz, but that won’t stop the message from catching fire. The message is liberty, and it’s been resounding ever since a band of patriots dumped tea in Boston harbor.
The message only grows stronger. The grassroots is bigger than any one person. We the People will rise up, and we will make our voices heard. Right now, Ted Cruz is speaking for us in this Obamacare fight. God bless him for it.
Hang in there, Ted and Mike. You have millions of supporters among ordinary hardworking Americans. We support you because you don’t shy away from the fray. May your colleagues in the Senate gain the wisdom to support your excellent efforts so that you can see that the view is better from inside the bus than under it.
Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Governor Palin penned a much-needed message on National Review Online this evening, and she ends with a powerful word of advice:
All of us were horrified by the murders at the Washington Navy Yard this week. Once again, in the aftermath of a shooting, a new installment of the debate about gun laws has broken out. But what we really need is a new discussion about what kind of people we are and what kind of country we want to be.
It’s no secret which side I’m on in any debate involving the Second Amendment (or the whole Constitution, for that matter). We call Alaska America’s Last Frontier, and firearms are a big part of our lifestyle here because they are part of our frontier tradition. And, as I tell my daughters, the ability to use a firearm responsibly and to defend yourself is also part of our heritage as American women.
The iconic musket over the fireplace wasn’t just for the menfolk on the frontier. Those stalwart women who crossed oceans and wilderness to settle our country knew how to protect themselves and their families. (One of my favorite scenes in the miniseries John Adams is when Abigail Adams, alone with her children in besieged Massachusetts while her husband is away at the Continental Congress, shoulders the family musket to protect her little ones when she hears the distant sounds of battle. That’s our heritage, ladies.)
I’m proud of my frontier heritage, and I’ll fight vehemently against anything that would limit the constitutional rights of Americans. But I can certainly sympathize with the many well-meaning Americans who desperately feel the need to find a way to prevent these senseless killings. Who among us doesn’t feel sadness, anger, and even despair after these tragedies?
But we must remember that emotion won’t make anybody safer or protect our rights. Beware of politicians who exploit our emotions in an attempt to pass laws that even they admit wouldn’t have prevented the violence.
CNN’s Don Lemon recently saw the light on this issue and highlighted the Centers for Disease Control study showing that so-called military assault rifles account for a small fraction of gun violence. The overwhelming majority of gun-related deaths are inflicted with handguns, but a ban on handguns is not only politically untenable; it would also hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves (especially Americans who live in troubled urban areas where the police are slow to respond to emergency calls).
Instead of offering real solutions based on facts, reactionary politicians offer us the politics of emotion, which is the opposite of leadership. It is the manipulation of the people by the political class for their own political ends. It is so very self-serving, but, worse, it is destructive.
The first thing politicians ask after these tragedies is essentially: “What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?”
And that is the wrong question. The question we should be asking is: “What can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom?”
Earlier this year I spoke at the NRA convention and reminded a conscientious, patriotic audience that our country’s Founders asked themselves that question and knew the answer. They understood that a free people must either nurture morality or lose their freedom. John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Not coincidentally, he wrote that to the officers of the Massachusetts militia when the young republic was on the verge of war with France. He reminded those officers who were charged with leading armed men that the freedoms secured by the Constitution take for granted a decent and civil society.
This isn’t just a question for American society. It’s a civilizational question for all humanity. Margaret Thatcher spoke eloquently of this co-dependence of freedom and morality. She said, “Freedom will destroy itself if it is not exercised within some sort of moral framework, some body of shared beliefs, some spiritual heritage transmitted through the Church, the family, and the school.”
I’m reminded of that quote every time I see politicians reach for the easy answers instead of asking the hard questions after tragedies like the one this week. When they seek to strip away our Second Amendment rights instead of suggesting that those who hide behind the First Amendment need to act more responsibly, they are helping freedom destroy itself. When Hollywood glorifies violence with its movies and music, but then underwrites efforts to take away our rights, it is helping freedom destroy itself. When those incorporating virtue into their lives are criticized, mocked, and bullied while pop culture’s kingmakers elevate and celebrate a self-centered “I’ll do what I want and consequences be damned” mentality, those kingmakers and bullies are helping freedom destroy itself. And when We the People shrug our shoulders and duck our heads while society becomes more cynical and our sense of family and community atrophies, we’re all helping freedom destroy itself.
Americans have always had access to firearms. Guns certainly aren’t any more pervasive now than they were back when the Minutemen were stockpiling weapons at Lexington and Concord. But something definitely has changed since then. It’s not the weapons. It’s us.
Instead of rushing to find some magical legislative solution, we need to ask ourselves a few hard questions: Are we creating a culture that can live and thrive in freedom? Do we have bold leaders willing and able to nurture such a culture? Do we have artists whose works reflect and inspire such a culture? Consider the answers to these questions carefully, because, if the answers are no, then we are in much more trouble than any new law can fix.
A decent and moral society is guided by voluntary self-restraint. The less moral we are, the more legalistic we become. But more laws can’t protect a civilization that has lost its way. At most, they’re just tiny speed bumps for a runaway truck.
The solutions we seek won’t be found in the halls of Congress or state legislatures. Might I humbly suggest that we step back from the TV, take a breath, hug our kids, reach out to friends and neighbors, and say a prayer.
Read the full article here.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Happy Constitution Day!
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Governor Palin posted the following message on Facebook, followed by a photograph:
In honor of Constitution Day, I'm rereading the great document, and I encourage everyone to do the same and to visit the National Archives to view our founding documents.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I posted the following announcement on Facebook this evening:
Through much praying, seeking God, and listening to the counsel of my pastors and other godly people in my life, I run forward in faith. It's time. This is my 18th year teaching, and today I submitted my letter of resignation from my career as a teacher, effective the end of next month. This is a God-thing, a defining moment, and yes, a big leap of faith. Good thing my God is a BIG God! #TeacherStories
Friday, September 13, 2013
Happy Yom Kippur from me to the Jewish community. May God lead and guide you as you seek Him. May revelation be yours.
Always supportive of Israel and the Jewish community, Governor Palin posted her Yom Kippur wishes, along with an expression of its important meaning. On Facebook, she wrote:
My best wishes to the Jewish community today as Yom Kippur is celebrated. This is the most solemn and important of the Jewish holy days wherein we’re reminded of humanity’s timeless struggle for peace and justice in a world in need of redemption. May we never cease striving for these ideals, may we never lose hope in the ultimate goodness of God, and may we always seek His unearned mercy and grace. It is amazing that He miraculously and freely gives to those who ask and accept.
I received such a meaningful gift yesterday from friends in New York. This photo shows the rose they sent me; it’s handcrafted out of the remains of rockets fired at Sderot and other Israeli communities from Gaza. The sculpture represents people who grow roses from rockets, “creating beauty from ashes,” representing an Israel that has endured so much. May the people of Israel know who their friends are, and may they know peace.
- Sarah Palin
You can see the photo to which she refers here.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
On Facebook, she posts:
Remember when President Obama promised us, “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep your plan?” That was not true, and his deceptive claim falls in line with all the other lies about Obamacare – like there’d be no health care rationing.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense can understand that if it is cheaper for a company to cancel employees’ health benefits and pay the $2,000 Obamacare fine instead of providing, say, a $10,000 government mandated employee health care plan, then of course that company will choose to pay the much smaller fine.
And if companies don’t have to provide government mandated health care for part time employees, then of course that’s an incentive for them to cut back employees’ hours and make their workforce part time.
This isn’t rocket science. This is Economics 101. And it’s happening right now at companies all over the country.
We saw this coming, and now even President Obama’s union leader friends have finally 'fessed up to Obamacare lies. These union leaders betrayed their own membership by enthusiastically endorsing Obamacare, and now our good union brothers and sisters are at risk of losing the benefits they’ve worked for and counted on their whole lives. Union bosses, you owe your membership an apology, retraction, and resignation.
Union leaders are now scrambling and trying to get special carve-outs exclusively for union members. I sympathize with union members – especially when they’re led by thugs. I always do. But this is the wrong way to go about fixing the enormous train wreck that is Obamacare. More cronyism, select exemptions, and special subsidies make the problem worse.
We need to repeal the whole darn thing, and that starts with defunding it.
Union brothers and sisters, don’t let your incompetent leadership hoodwink you again. Demand a full repeal, an immediate defunding, and some resignations.
- Sarah Palin
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It's hard to believe that it's been twelve years since September 11, 2001. Again this year I had in-depth discussions with my classes. I knew it would be emotional, as it always is. In fact, I even considered not doing a full lesson on it--just to avoid the emotion of it all this year. However, I simply could not refrain. Why? Because the lives lost deserve to be honored. Those who saved lives or died trying deserve to be honored. America deserves to be honored.
We also remember the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack a year ago. They are: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith. We demand answers--and justice.
We persevere, but we never forget.
With all the talk about Syria, Governor Palin redirects people to the important issue of Obamacare. SarahPAC released the following video, reminding us that she was right about "death panels," as more and more people--yes, even Democrats--are acknowledging.
On Facebook, she posts:
Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare.
Take a look at "Just Sayin'":
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Tune in to African-American Conservatives (AACONS) on blog talk radio tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Host Marie Conway Stroughter interviewed both Marcus Lemonis and yours truly:
Marcus Lemonis is Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, and the star of CNBC's hit new reality show, The Profit.
Adrienne Ross is founder of the blog MotivationTruth.com and is a speaker at such conferences as Smart Girl Summit.
Click here to listen at 9.
UPDATE: Here's the interview. My part begins 29:39 into the recording. Listen and enjoy.
A big "thank you" to AACONS and Maria for this opportunity.
Monday, September 2, 2013
I was interviewed today by Marie Conway Stroughter of African-American Conservatives (AACONS), which will air tomorrow, September 3rd, at 9:30 p.m. I'll post the link beforehand.
We had a very important and interesting conversation that included Common Core, the GOP and its relationship within the black community, and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech/March on Washington, which was recently held in D.C.
You definitely don't want to miss it, so be sure to tune in!