Thursday, March 31, 2011

Palin Derangement / Liberal Psychological Projection

This is a letter to the editor of the Storm Lake Times that I sent in response to an offensive editorial. No one is getting a free pass. As Palinista's we need to confront the smears. It may be a little strongly worded, but like Governor Palin, I am not going to sit down and shut up.

It's like this:

Don't start none
Won't be none


You made a statement about Governor Palin that, while clearly your opinion; was stated as if a fact of certitude. You said, “she is a full-blown idiot.”

Now, this is certainly the narrative that has been propagated by late night comics and a left wing press that has worked tirelessly for almost three years to destroy her. Anyone just barely paying attention has probably picked up on this theme. Unfortunately for her political opponents, it is a false narrative.

She is not the caricature she is portrayed to be, but that certainly represents the opinion of most of the groupthink folks in the democrat party. It takes the ability to listen and read what she actually says, not the often mischaracterized media version, as well as think for oneself, to discern reality.

Governor Palin is unique among political figures, in that she evokes a visceral reaction that is almost Pavlovian.

Like a crucifix to a vampire, her character and inherent goodness causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror. One only has to say her name and stand back and watch the spittle fly.

As such, she has seemingly become a reflecting pool of liberal pathology. It is quite amusing to watch the psychological projection:

Those lacking in intelligence will scream, “She’s stupid!”
Those lacking in sanity will scream, “She’s crazy!”
Those lacking in achievement will scream, ‘She’s unqualified!”
Those lacking in civility will scream, ‘She’s divisive!”

Of course, those of us who have read her books and followed her career a little closer understand this is more a reflection on those making those infantile comments than on Governor Palin.

Still, I do appreciate liberals self identifying. If anyone is curious about Governor Palin’s real record and accomplishments, I’d invite them to check out the Iowan’s4Palin blog on-line.

Thanks, and don’t be too surprised to see Governor Palin in 2012! That feeling you’ll be having is called cognitive dissonance, an affliction many on the left experience when confronted with reality.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Governor Palin Responds to Obama Speech on Energy

President Obama gave a speech this morning entitled "A Secure Energy Future." Needless to say, Governor Palin was fast to respond as only she can. This time it came via Facebook:

FLASHBACK: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

by Sarah Palin 

It’s unbelievable (literally) the rhetoric coming from President Obama today. This is coming from he who is manipulating the U.S. energy supply. President Obama is once again giving lip service to a “new energy proposal”; but let’s remember the last time he trotted out a “new energy proposal” – nearly a year ago to the day. The main difference is today we have $4 a gallon gas in some places in the country. This is no accident. This administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.

Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now. We’re subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and purchasing energy from them, instead of drilling ourselves and keep those dollars circulating in our own economy to generate jobs here.

The President said today, “There are no quick fixes.” He’s been in office for nearly three years now, and he’s about to launch his $1 billion re-election campaign. When can we expect any “fixes” from him? How high does the price of energy have to go?

So, here’s a little flashback to what I wrote on March 31, 2010, at National Review Online’s The Corner:

Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations.  Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide.  And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”

Since I wrote the above, we have even more evidence of the President’s anti-drilling agenda. We have the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic. We have his 2012 budget that proposes to eliminate several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. We have his anti-drilling regulatory policies that have stymied responsible development. And the list goes on.

The President says that we can’t “drill” our way out of the problem. But we can’t drive our cars on solar shingles either. We have to live in the real world where we must continue to develop the conventional resources that we actually use right now to fuel our economy as we continue to look for a renewable source of energy. If we are looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly, and abundant domestic source of energy, why not turn to our own domestic supply of natural gas? Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available, affordable, and economically viable on their own.

It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them. That’s why I like natural gas, but we still have to drill for natural gas, and this administration doesn’t like drilling or apparently the jobs that come with responsible oil and natural gas development. They don't have a coherent energy policy. They have piecemeal ideas for subsidizing impractical pet “green” projects.

I have always been in favor of an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy independence, but "all-of-the-above" means conventional resource development too.  It means a coherent, practical, and forward-looking energy policy. I wish the President would understand this. The good news is there is nothing wrong with America’s energy policy that another good old fashion election can’t solve. 2012 is just around the corner.

- Sarah Palin

Governor Palin Responds to Obama Speech on Libya Action

This is what leadership looks like!

Sarah Palin will return honor and truth to the Office of the President of the United Sates of America. Her ability to clearly state what our interests are and what we as a nation should be doing provides a stark contrast to the current administration's 'nuanced' and incoherent dissembling.

Of course Governor Palin was the first to point out Obama was not really being straight with the American people. She was on the air the very night of Obama's speech with this response. You have to wonder when the other candidates might come out from hiding to offer their opinion. Palin leads. She is fearless.

The Associated Press fact checked the Presidents speech and they too found it lacking.

Palin's best line?

"And U.S. interests can’t just mean validating some kind of post-American theory of intervention wherein we wait for the Arab League and the United Nations to tell us ‘thumbs up America, you can go now, you can act’, and then we get in the back of the bus and we wait for NATO, we wait for the French to lead us. That’s not inspirational."

This is the type of strong leadership this country needs!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palin on the Issues: Energy Independence

 I found this on the Right Speak Blog and it is a very thorough compilation of Governor Palin's  stated positions on energy independence. As the author states, Governor Palin is far and away the most qualified to address this issue facing our nation. She has the experience, but more importantly, the strength of character, to see us become truly energy independent. ~ teledude


by Right Wingnut

There's been a lot of discussion about energy policy on Right Speak over the past two days. Since this will be a defining issue in the upcoming campaign, it's certainly a worthy topic. Earlier today, my good friend Doug produced a brilliantly written piece highlighting Mitt Romney's views on energy, referencing Romney's book, No Apology. While I didn't find much to disagree with in Doug's post, I thought it would be fair to briefly highlight Sarah Palin's experience with energy, and provide a reference for our readers to research her positions.

Prior to being elected Governor of a state which receives more than 80% of it's revenues from oil producers, Palin served as Chairwoman of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, a regulatory body with jurisdiction over oil exploration in the state of Alaska. This hands-on experience alone puts her head and shoulders above any of the other potential candidates on energy issues.

Over the past two years, Palin has been a persistent advocate for energy independence - frequently prescribing detailed solutions to our dependence on foreign oil. The following is a very long list of op-eds and Facebook posts, related to energy, written by Palin over the past two years. Following each link, is a brief excerpt from each article. In addition to her writings, she routinely discusses energy policy in her speeches and television interviews. I apologize for the length of the post. It just so happens that Palin discusses energy more than any other topic. This post does not discuss the entirety of her record on energy. I would need to write a book to cover it all. In fact, people have.


The 'Cap And Tax' Dead End
...There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources. But the answer doesn't lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America's economy.

Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years. So much for creating jobs....
Stall, Baby, Stall
...Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide. And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”...
...My home state of Alaska shows how it’s possible to be both pro-environment and pro-resource-development. Alaskans would never support anything that endangered our pristine air, clean water, and abundant wildlife (which, among other things, provides many of us with our livelihood). The state’s government has made safeguarding resources a priority; when I was governor, for instance, we created a petroleum-systems-integrity office to monitor our oil and gas infrastructure for any potential environmental risks.

Alaska also shows how oil drilling is thoroughly compatible with energy conservation and renewable-energy development. Over 20 percent of Alaska’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources, and as governor I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025. Alaska’s comprehensive plan identifies renewable options across the state that can help rural villages transition away from expensive diesel-generated electricity — allowing each community to choose the solution that best fits its needs. That’s important in any energy plan: Tempting as they may be to central planners, top-down, one-size-fits-all solutions are recipes for failure...
Facebook Posts (17):
NYT, There You Go Again

...“The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs. Even more recently, the newest employment numbers from Alaska show that oil job numbers were higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, indicating that jobs are growing at the seasonal level. Parnell argues that state revenues are in jeopardy, but it is estimated that his proposal would reduce revenues by $100-200 million.”...
The $4 per Gallon President
...Before we saw any protests in the Middle East, increased global demand led to a significant rise in oil prices; but the White House stood idly by watching the prices go up and allowing America to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world....
Obama’s Message to America: The Era of Big Government is Back, Now Help Me Pay For It
...When it comes to energy issues, we heard more vague promises last night as the President’s rhetoric suggested an all-of-the-above solution to meeting our country’s energy needs. But again, his actions point in a different direction. He offers a vision of a future powered by what he refers to as “clean energy,” but how we will get there from here remains a mystery. In the meantime, he continues to stymie the responsible development of our own abundant conventional energy resources – the stuff we actually use right now to fuel our economy....
Drill, Baby, Drill and Mine, Baby, Mine; Serious Consequences
...Although the Left chooses to mock the mantra of “drill, baby, drill,” and they ignorantly argue against the facts pertaining to the need for America to responsibly develop her domestic supply of natural resources, surely they can’t argue the national security implications of relying on foreign countries to extract supplies that America desperately needs for industry, jobs, and security. Some of the countries we’re now reliant upon and will soon be beholden to can easily use energy and mineral supplies as a weapon against us...
Energy Producing and Manufacturing States Must Send Job Creators to D.C.
...I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think cap-and-tax could potentially be more disastrous to our economy than Obamacare because it would devastate our businesses and cripple our energy and industrial sectors. Cap-and-tax would put the nail in the coffin for our manufacturing jobs and our resource development...
Fuel America with Terrorist-Tarred Oil Instead of Drilling Our Own, Baby?
...There’s an obvious common sense answer to our need for security and energy independence, but don’t hold your breath waiting for common sense to surface in Washington – it’s an endangered species there. Obviously we must responsibly develop our God-given domestic oil and gas reserves right here, right now; we must conserve energy; and we must develop renewables that are based on sound science, not snake oil and favors for political pals...
Less Talkin’, More Kickin’
...I learned firsthand the way these companies operate when I served as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). I ended up resigning in protest because my bosses (the Governor and his chief of staff at the time) wouldn’t support efforts to clean up the corruption involving improper conflicts of interest with energy companies that the state was supposed to be watching....
Extreme Enviros: Drill, Baby, Drill in ANWR – Now Do You Get It?
...Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it. We need permission to drill in safer areas, including the uninhabited arctic land of ANWR. It takes just a tiny footprint – equivalent to the size of LA’s airport – to tap America’s rich and plentiful oil and gas up north. ANWR’s drilling footprint is like a postage stamp on a football field...
Domestic Drilling: Why We Can Still Believe
...This was the position I took as an oil and gas regulator and as Governor of Alaska when my administration ramped up oversight of the oil industry and created a petroleum-systems-integrity office to monitor our oil and gas infrastructure for potential environmental risks. I took a lot of heat for the stand I took “against the oil industry” (which is how political adversaries labeled my actions). But we took tough action because there was proof of some improper maintenance of oil infrastructure which I believed was unacceptable. We instituted new oversight and held British Petroleum (BP) financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. We also filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief against Exxon’s interests for its decades-old responsibility to compensate Alaskans affected by the Valdez spill, and I took other actions “against” the industry which ultimately helped hold it accountable...
Nonstop D.C. Nonsense: Drilling Down on Energy Doublespeak
...According to a study by the American Energy Alliance, opening the OCS to drilling could create as many as 1.2 million new jobs and add hundreds of billions of dollars annually to the US economy. Those are real American jobs – and great American opportunities – that can’t be outsourced. Offshore drilling would provide billions in revenue for our states, allowing them to reduce their budget deficits without raising taxes. It would help reduce our trade deficit, which spikes with each rise in the price of oil because we’re so reliant on foreign sources of energy. And because we have some of the best environmental standards in the world, we should be drilling for our own oil instead of buying it from countries with less stringent standards...
“Global Warming” – More Like a Snow Job
...And though I applaud the President’s newly declared interest in nuclear power, it should be noted that he’s merely following through on loan guarantees authorized during the prior administration. What’s more, while the White House now touts the building of new nuclear power plants, its budget inexplicably calls for cutting funding to the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. A real nuclear energy plan requires a strategy for dealing with nuclear waste storage and recycling...
Alaska Steps Forward Towards Energy Security

...Congratulations are due Exxon and the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for completing the first development well at Point Thomson in northern Alaska. This is a huge field full of domestic crude, and it’s time to drill for it! This week we’ve witnessed great progress toward more energy security for Alaska and our entire nation. What began as hefty trucks and hard working men and women heading up an ice road last year, to the commencement of drilling at Point Thomson, this progress has finally led to Exxon’s announcement today of completion of its first development well to produce oil and gas. Our “tough stance” with big oil and perseverance in insisting that Alaska’s resources be developed instead of warehoused while foreign countries are busy developing their oil and gas reserves has paid off to the benefit of everyone involved....
...Many of us appreciated the President mentioning in his State of the Union address that “tough decisions” had to be made regarding offshore drilling. People have had doubts about his seriousness in regards to domestic energy policy because our Department of the Interior is dragging its feet on Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. Still, we’ve held out hope that America’s voice will be heard on energy...
Where’s the Oil in Our National Energy Policy?
...America’s energy challenges are getting more and more serious every day, and yet the Obama administration just doesn’t get it. Please see this informative article that sheds light on one aspect of the president’s problem. It starts by explaining our energy demand will increase, and oil will be part of that demand...
Drill, Baby, Drill... Even Off-Shore
...The international community recognizes the potential of Arctic off-shore drilling; it’s about time our government allowed us to compete with them by developing these rich reserves in an environmentally responsible way. As I said last April in my testimony before the Secretary during a federal hearing in Anchorage, “Alaska’s oil and gas resources can and should be a major part of the implementation of any creditable energy plan for our nation. Alaska has proven that these resources can be developed safely, but Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”...
Response to Vice President Biden's Comments Today About My Position On Energy Independence

...As the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence. Among other things, my alternative energy goal for Alaska sits at 50 percent because Alaska reached more than 20 percent during my term in office. The Obama-Biden administration, on the other hand, recently announced a renewable goal of only 25 percent. However, domestic drilling should remain a top priority in order to meet America’s consumption and security needs...
Further Proof of the Need for Energy Independence
...The British newspaper The Independent reported today that Gulf oil producers were negotiating with Russia, China, Japan and France to replace the dollar in pricing oil with a basket of currencies.[1] According to the Wall Street Journal, Arab oil officials have denied the story, but even the possibility of such a talk weakens the dollar and renews fears about its continued viability as an international reserve currency.[2] In fact, today a United Nations official called for a new global reserve currency to replace the dollar and end our “privilege” to run up huge deficits.[3] We can see the effect of this in the price of gold, which hit a record high today in response to fears about the weakened dollar.[4] All of this is a result of our out-of-control debt. This is why we need to rein in spending, and this is also why we need energy independence. A weakened dollar means higher commodity prices. This will make it more difficult to pay our bills – including the bill to import oil....

Monday, March 28, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin, and the Death of Dignity

News Real Blog
by Wendy K

I just heard that former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro passed away last Saturday. Hearing this news evoked so many memories.

I recall being a young feminist when Walter Mondale selected Ferraro as his vice presidential running mate. I was so proud and excited. What a turning point for women, I thought!

I admired Ferraro; she was a no-nonsense, straight-talking New Yorker, like me.  Although my New Yorkese had been seriously watered down after a few years in California, I still appreciated an East Coast’er.  You always know where you stand, as opposed to Californians who hide their displeasure behind an artificial smile.

I’m sad to hear that Ferraro has died.  But my sadness isn’t just for Ferraro, it’s for all of us; it’s the death of an era when female politicians were respected and protected.  What a 180 degree contrast between how Ferraro was treated and Sarah Palin!

Back in the ’80s it would have been unheard of for any woman politician, either from the Right or the Left, to be blasted with obscenities. No one would have dared.

In the very unlikely circumstances that someone did lob an obscene comment at a woman the person would face stern consequences. Certainly when Ferraro was on the ticket she was never called a monster or a b__ch like Hillary Clinton.

But whatever was done to Clinton pales in comparison to the treatment of Sarah Palin.  Sexually degrading and menacing words have been hurled at Palin on a daily basis. Because no one in a position of authority called off the dogs early on (think Obama here,) it’s been open season on her and other conservative women.
With no one demanding that the verbal rape stop, the abuse has only gotten worse. Not surprisingly, just this week, Bill Maher has gotten away with a vile characterization of Palin, with no consequences at all.

Back in the day women of both parties could run for office without their daughters being subjected to rape jokes. And it wasn’t just liberal politicians. Republican Paula Hawkins was the first woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right.  It would have been unthinkable for anyone to use sexually objectifying language towards her or her colleagues.

What has happened since then?  So many things: there’s the Internet’s immediate gratification and anonymity.  We’ve seen the unraveling of the social and moral fabric with 24/7 pornography and violent media.  The Judeo-Christian values that bind us together lay in tatters.

And last, but not least, we have the reign of Obama.  He apparently gestured with his middle finger when invoking Hillary Clinton’s name during a campaign speech.  Obama made the classless remark comparing Palin to a pig with lipstick.

And, most significantly of all, when Palin and her daughters were menaced with sexual threats, when her church was torched with children in it, Obama said nothing.   The not-so-subtle message to his base was that it was open season on female conservatives.

This elegy that I’m writing is for Geraldine Ferraro, whom I admired as a hard working woman dedicated to bettering this country.  But my goodbye is not just for her.

I also say goodbye to my younger self who truly believed that having women in high places would restore civility to this world.  To my shock I have discovered that women will sell out each other without blinking an eye. Just look at how enthusiastically leftist women have trashed Palin.

I also say farewell to my younger self, that former leftist who believed in identity politics.  Now I’m older and wiser and vote for the most competent choice, regardless of race or gender.

And, perhaps most sadly of all, I say goodbye to a bygone era when women could run for political office and not be the target of rape jokes. Those days are dead and gone.

Ironically, Ferraro learned first-hand how much things have changed when she helped to run Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President.  In her straight talking manner, Ferraro made the obvious point that Obama was a serious presidential contender not based on stellar credentials, but because of his ethnicity.

Of course Obama’s handlers and the politically correct media cried racism.  Ferraro took the hit and resigned from Clinton’s campaign.

As a Queens DA, a Congresswoman, a VP candidate, and an Ambassador, Ferraro spoke her mind. But the rules of the game had changed once Obama entered the national arena.

It was all over for women, the dignity and the decency.  Racism, alleged or real, trumped everything.
The lesson for Ferraro, for all of us?  Women are fair game. The sky’s the limit when it comes to degradation.  Because in the age of Obama, women do not matter — and neither do men, frankly.   It’s all about power –  his, not ours.

Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun
Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
Searchin’ everywhere I know
Askin’ the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?. . .
Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
For dignity
(from,  Dignity, by Bob Dylan)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Why Governor Palin must be the GOP Nominee

Free Republic
by Extremely Extreme Extremist

Governor Palin must be the GOP nominee because of energy.

Energy will arguably be the top issue facing America in 2012. The rise in fuel prices also brings about a rise in commodity and food prices, as those products are trucked, shipped, and flown to their destinations. I work in transportation logistics, and I can tell you first hand that fuel prices are so high, drivers for most of the carriers my account is contracted to are refusing to haul freight unless they get additional money for fuel. There are over 6,000 products made from petroleum. Here is a partial list of them. That means the prices of those goods will also skyrocket.

It is suicidal for the U.S., or any country for that matter, to lock up its reserves and continue to transfer billions of dollars to foreign regimes who loathe America to import their resources. None of the other potential GOP candidates or even elected Republicans right now have touched on this. Only Palin has talked about the $10 billion the U.S. loaned to Brazil for Petrobras and the oil rigs that are shutting down in the Gulf of Mexico because of Obama's regulations. Palin understands that with sound energy comes liberty and away from meddling in Middle Eastern politics.

Palin has never supported anthropogenic global warming. The sub-cabinet she created as Governor was for naturally-occurring climate change, and even then the sub-cabinet was a watchdog-type agency to study the issue, not a regulatory one. As President, Palin will rein in the EPA and reform the Energy and Interior Depts as well, and give more authority to state DNR agencies. Palin does not support cap and trade, while the other GOP candidates have, including Pawlenty, Romney, and Christie, who all support a regional version of it.
Governor Palin does support renewable energy (Alaska is already at 25% of her goal for renewable energy), but only as a long-term goal and only to supplement conventional energies until their use becomes viable and cost-effective. Nationally, Palin does not support them right now and have rejected their premise of it outright in her speech in India last week.

Solar, wind, ethanol, fuel from garbage, skittles crapped from unicorns....these are simply not viable and they do not work unless via massive government mandates and massive government subsidies. When Palin is talking about an "all of the above" approach to energy, she is CLEARLY talking about proven, existing fuels: Coal, nuclear, natural gas, petroleum, hydroelectric, and geothermal. Palin is also not afraid to explore new and groundbreaking energy sources, such as methane hydrates, coal to oil conversion, hydrogen energy (fuel cells), pebble-bed nuclear plants, and nuclear fusion. The other candidates would continue the same-old status-quo of complicating the tax code with credits and subsidies without addressing the core, underlying issue.

Governor Palin is the ONLY Republican candidate who is not afraid to call the environmental movement for what it really is: A hypocritical, leftist movement designed not to care about the environment, but to weaken the U.S. both militarily and economically and facilitate socialism. As President, Palin will tell the envirowackos to pound sand. The other candidates will compromise, grovel, and push for more funding of "green energy" the minute some moonbat calls them a polluter.

Palin also rejects the "green job" myth and rightfully called it social engineering, in her Q & A in India after her speech. Palin knows that green jobs are nothing more than crony capitalism at the expense of working and middle-class taxpayers. She will investigate the Obama stimulus funds that went to green jobs and prosecute the crooks.

Governor Palin is not "in the pockets" of Big Oil, so it will be extremely difficult for her opponents to paint her as such. She promoted tough oversight and accountability in Alaska. But at the same time, Palin recognizes that oil companies need elbow room to do what they need to do. Therefore, Palin will work with the oil companies, and reduce frivolous lawsuits, junk science environmentalism, limit the Endangered Species Act and Clean Air Act, and other ridiculous regulations and directives that are hamstringing energy production.
By working with the oil companies, Palin will cut coastal residents and states in on the royalties, which neutralizes the NIMBY Luddites. Being that Palin is the type of person who wants everyone to benefit rather than a select few, she would probably create a national energy fund where all taxpayers would receive an annual energy rebate of some sorts.

And finally, only Palin can sell energy to a public duped by decades of liberal lies in layman's terms. This message will especially resonate with low-income residents in the Midwest and Northeast. It's BS that there's a federal heating program to help the poor pay for their heating costs in the winter. Here in WI, the law states that residents' power cannot be shut off from November to April. By the time April rolls around, a lot of people are behind and end up getting their electric shut off. Again, this is typical, knee-jerk liberalism that doesn't address the real issue but creates yet another victim class to be exploited and dependent on Democrats. Palin will end this and promote energy production as a means to lower energy prices across the board for all.

Of course, there are other valid reasons why Palin must be the GOP nominee, but energy is by far the most important reason for her to be.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Run, Baby, Run

This amazing article comes to us from Organize4Palin, originally posted on The Liberty Lamp Blog, and it expresses my position perfectly. (The conclusion is awesome!)  If I were to write why I support Governor Palin this would be it! - teledude

-from Liberty’s Lamp
 by ReaganTMan 

For over two and a half years now, Sarah Palin supporters have been writing their fingers to the bone, speaking out in their communities and standing up against vicious opposition from hate-filled hearts towards her. Some, like Jedediah Bila and Tammy Bruce, have taken to radio and television punditry to advance the cause and stand up for the one person who has taken more slings and arrows than any other politician that comes to mind because they all believe in her. They recognize that she stands for and articulates the core values that have resonated silently inside all of us since the torch was doused with the passing of Ronald Reagan. 

The comparisons to Reagan are many; but it’s not about the next Reagan anymore since many are growing weary with the references. It is, however, about relighting that torch and carrying it forward again. People like Michael Reagan and Bill Kristol who once extolled Sarah Palin as the fresh new face of a Republican Party that had lost its way have grown cold having given into the pressure from the establishment within their own party as well as by allowing the false doubts perpetrated by the mainstream media to slowly seep into their heads. It’s as if many in the GOP are giving up on that dream – that belief that we could again have a leader that inspires us to go through the political desert and the dark forest of our current political culture with full faith and optimism knowing that, despite the fatigue and despite the lack of political food and water, if we just keep moving forward we will get there. We will get there to that shining city on a hill once again.

As a Republican, this writer is partisan; but as an unpaid political scientist (this is a euphemism for having a political science degree that doesn’t make me any money) I see all sides and pride myself on understanding the whole mechanism of politics, not just my side of it. Observing as an unbiased analyst, it troubles me to watch a country of people who are all over the place ideologically trying to coalesce behind a leader. We have become a country of what we don’t want rather than a country of what we do want.

Americans didn’t want George W. Bush anymore, so they voted for Obama. Now they don’t want Obama, so they wait until someone handpicks the next opponent (okay, we all know the primary voters are supposed to pick the nominee, but many people sit it out until a candidate is presented to them and they end up making the choice of the lesser of two evils in the general election). 

When you consider the evolution of civilized man, we have yet to find a Utopian vision that can stand the test of time and which is impervious to outside forces whether they be man made or natural. This premise leads me to believe that collectivism doesn't work. Thus, I fall on the conservative side not because I picked an ideology out of a hat and blindly followed it, but because I found the place on the political spectrum which most closely matches what I freely believe in. I thank God every day that our Founders created a nation and a Constitution which allows me to do this.

Yet, it appalls me whenever I see people on any side of an issue try to impose their views or demean the person with whom they may be arguing or debating. If we are to move forward as a nation, we need to govern it in such a way that we recognize that everyone is all over the place ideologically and that the only way to govern such people is to maximize the amount of personal freedom they have and minimize their abilities to impose their views and lifestyles on other.

The unifying forces that will keep our nation great lie in our abilities to live and work with each other even if our interests are different. Because of the wisdom of our Founders, we have become a civil society where conflicting interests and competition for wealth and resources is best kept orderly by a government which puts as much power into the hands of individuals, local communities and state governments and limits power at the federal and centralized level.

As long as we have roofs over our heads, food on our tables and a source of income to sustain our basic needs, we should be thankful to our Lord for our blessings. Yet, many on the Left mistake utopia for a place where people live lifestyles free from the natural repercussions that are built into the fabric of existence because all of their basic needs are provided to them without the requirement to labor for them. And, many on the Right mistake wealth and abundance or the lack thereof as permanent states that don’t ebb and flow with the same mobility as the water and the tides. 

Some believe that they can argue with others over petty issues as if they are experts on how people should think. Watching both the Left and the Right split over the issue of Libya, for example, worries me not because people aren’t entitled to their opinions, but because people become so arrogant in their beliefs that they are willing to even go after their own because they have to be right. 

Winning an argument will not stop the planes from enforcing the no fly zone. Nor will losing that argument do the same. The frustration lies in the inability to grasp the greater picture. The “I’m right, you’re wrong” attitude misses the truth that we are merely fleas on an elephant’s ass – or to put it more delicately we are from dust and to dust we shall return.

Securing the future of our nation and renewing our national ambition and spirit is not a matter of greed. Yes, my business will do better and I will have more economic security personally if my country isn’t going bankrupt and won’t be nuked by a terrorist or even worse a terrorist nation some day. But what good is it to me if others around me don’t have the same opportunities to be free? What good is it to my son if our future is only bright for some people and not others? Government by cronyism frustrates our country because Democrats and Republicans take turns suffering and basking in the economic lows and highs depending upon which one is in power.

Our two party system has replaced the free market with competing brands of crony socialism and crony capitalism. Each wins at the expense of the other while the voters just throw their hands up having been brought to submission by the old adage “well it is what it is.”

This is where we stop dreaming. Here’s where we stop striving for more as both a nation and as individuals. It’s the fatalism, the pessimism and the negativity which drives our country closer to the edge of the cliff faster than the liberalism or the conservatism. We are not a nation of liberals versus conservatives. We are a nation of cry babies and whiners versus optimists and believers. 

Sometimes it is what it is, but it shouldn't mean stop trying to turn it into what it should be. We’re arguing over the drapes when it’s really the color of the walls and the placement of the furniture that’s the problem. We focus on too much little stuff that we miss the big picture. We major in the minors when we should be minoring in the majors. 

It’s our responsibility as individuals to learn two things: what we need to know that’s technical and specific to our own daily lives and what we need to know about our greater world around us. Changing the greater world around us starts with changing the technical and specific stuff we do as individuals, and not the other way around. The world cannot be changed from the top down; it can only be changed from the bottom up.

In order to rally around positive change, we need to seek out coalitions and find like minded people who may sometimes disagree on the specifics but are willing to work as allies toward the general. As the Republican Party seeks its next presidential nominee, we're seeing a disturbing picture. We're seeing the reemergence of self interest at the expense of the common good. We are seeing backstabbing and the turning of friends and supporters on each other.

We watch as the Republican establishment bends over backwards to tell us who not to choose as our nominee, but we don’t see them offering a better alternative. It’s this sickening negativity that drives me to wonder am I really a Republican anymore?

I’ve considered myself a loyal person. As such, I don’t run to any bandwagon that sets up outside the party each election like some do. And that’s okay if you’re honest about being an independent. But for those within the party, if you can’t work with a party system that requires building coalitions that respects the opinions and candidacies of all, don’t be a member of a party! This particularly is aimed at some in the GOP establishment who feel that going along to get along is okay when it comes to dealing with the opposing party, but that it’s all or nothing, my way or the highway, when it comes to selecting its own nominee.

Since I came of age during the Reagan years, my vision of the Republican Party has always been that it is the party of Reagan and Lincoln. When I see the party establishment reject candidates who see that same vision, I scratch my head and wonder what really motivates some of the party leadership. Then I realize it’s them not me. I’m loyal. I’m not leaving the party. The party is leaving me!

Since Reagan left office, the Republican Party has slowly drifted back to the Left. Again, the spot on the political spectrum where I am chose me. I did not choose it. My belief system matches well with that spot on the spectrum where conservatism shares a border with libertarianism. My political party has always been somewhere reasonably close to that spot but lately it’s been moving away from there.

I’m okay if my party’s a little left of me or a little right of me. Anyone who seeks perfection or complete unity of thought with a candidate or a party will easily be let down or frustrated unless they are lucky enough like me to have been graced with having a political “meeting of the minds” with both Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin. It’s rare, sometimes non-existent, that a constituent can be so closely aligned with a candidate that there is nearly total agreement on not only issues, but the entire world view.

It was not a problem for me to vote for George Herbert Walker Bush, Bob Dole or George W. Bush. My party came to a consensus on candidates who were not exactly me or with whom I’d agree with all the time. But it wasn’t ridiculous. The party never shut out a better candidate those years and we voted for what we had. The country wasn’t on the brink then either.

I admit I struggled with the idea of John McCain being the candidate in 2008. As a Romney supporter then, I was looking for more conservatism and less “maverick-ness.” I knew Romney wasn’t perfect and understood his flaws reluctantly. But there was no one better available at the time.

Having watched the failure of a past administration in taking care of the Iran problem and having watched a past administration which had an admirable view of the free market but which still allowed the maggots of socialism and liberalism to undermine the housing and banking industries, my hours of darkest despair regarding of the future of our country were never more pronounced than when it looked like John McCain would be doing rallies in fields of crickets while Barack Obama was drawing hundreds of thousands who were fainting and getting thrills up their legs.

When John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, it was as if just as I was about to turn off the light and close the door behind me, someone yelled out “leaving so soon?” Suddenly it was as if I had to turn around, put the lights back on, fire up the computers and call everyone back in. Wheel in the drinks and start the food going again. The party that was just about over wasn’t over anymore. Even though we lost, I was still reinvigorated by the VP candidacy of Sarah Palin.

So, here we are two and a half years later. Our country’s a mess. The Republican Party is wandering around like a dog chasing its tail. Yet, the people… the people are vibrant and optimistic. The Tea Party believes we can get our fiscal house back in shape if we just listen to them. The Tea Party believes that we can be that beacon again, that shining city on a hill. There are a lot of Americans who really want this to shine again – enough to win the next the presidential election if we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot.

Yet, we let the negative ones drag us down. Negativity is a communicable disease. It infects the GOP. It infects the Tea Party. It infects our entire body politic. It’s our optimism, the Tea Party’s optimism, the Reaganite optimism that is tainted by the negativity. We are strong healthy groups of people willing to unite behind common causes, but then we can’t pick a leader or even worse we put some of those who want to be our leader down?

Intellectual honesty requires me to disclose this. I don’t put down any of the other GOP presidential hopefuls on my blog or in my tweets. I may be critical of them occasionally and if so I do it in a civil and light hearted way. As we get into the primaries, I will be more critical because this is the selection process. This doesn’t mean I won’t be fair. It also doesn’t mean I won’t be slow to draw the rhetorical sword on anyone who acts traitorous to the conservative cause or treats mine or any other person’s candidate in an unfair or underhanded way.

Therefore, it bothers me when even people on my side who support my candidate speaks of another Republican in a harsh way. This is not to say they shouldn’t do it if it serves the purpose of advancing the cause. But, I prefer to not personally fight this battle as an anti-Romney guy or an anti-Huckabee guy.
I prefer to fight this thing as a pro-Palin guy. And, I will not tolerate anyone who says that Palin can’t win, shouldn’t run or she’s this or that if they can’t deliver their argument in a civil way and without using mainstream media lies and talking points as their supporting facts. Tell me why you disagree with her position on drilling, fiscal policy or national defense. Don’t tell me she’s an idiot.

All of those on the Republican side who put Sarah Palin down are either purposely or inadvertently getting into bed with the liberal media. The liberal media has made it clear that their smear campaign against Sarah Palin can’t work unless prominent Republicans parrot their memes about her intelligence and her gravitas. And for the most part, there are too many on the Republican side too willing to oblige.

Our entire country’s future is on the line here. Watching people on our side take shots at Sarah Palin while Barack Obama and the progressive movement fundamentally transform our country into a European style socialist democracy as it tenderizes it for its place in the New World Order is no longer just a matter of getting mad at a fellow Republican because they don’t like Sarah Palin. It’s a matter of life and death for the party and the country. Wake up, man!

We fell for the progressive trick once before. They led America like sheep into the slaughter pen in 2008. That time it was for the purpose of feeding their political machine off our meat and clothing themselves off our wool. The next time they do that, they will not be tricking us into voting for a progressive president, they will be tricking us into giving up our sovereignty as a nation.

I’m not an extremist. I would never yell fire in a crowded movie theater if there wasn’t a fire. Ladies and gentlemen, please find the exits because this cinema is ablaze.
As for Sarah Palin, I have only one argument that no one is capable of truly refuting me on. Can you show me a better horse?

I admire true Paul, Huckabee, Romney and other candidates’ supporters because they believe in their guy. They stand up for their guy. But, as for some of the undecided people I meet or chat with online, the conversation ultimately turns to why Palin can’t win rather than why she can. If you weren’t such a disillusioned negative dead butt who didn’t have a candidate of your own, why in the hell would you want to try to convince me that someone can’t do something? That’s infuriating.

I knew a guy who sold business opportunities. When he would speak to a prospect, he would ask them if they would like to become a millionaire. Once he explained the business opportunity to them, he had a sure fire way of qualifying them for it. It was always the ones that asked “what if it doesn’t work?” that told him that the person wasn’t qualified. He’d give them one last chance by asking “Well what if it does?” If they couldn’t see it by then, he knew it was time to move on and find another prospect.

Therein lays the power of positive thinking. Therein also lays the cancer of negativity. If someone can’t believe it or someone thinks it won’t work, it’s a self fulfilling prophecy. Of course you can’t fix your car if you don’t believe it needs a new starter. Of course you can’t mow your lawn if you think you can’t change the oil and sharpen the blades. Of course you can’t elect Sarah Palin president if you think you can’t flip the crony capitalists’ tables in the temple or if you think you have to know someone or be on the inside to take down the progressive establishment.

Obama supporters, liberal kool-aid drinkers and those who aren’t unhappy with the state of current affairs will never vote for Sarah Palin. But, why are so many people - who are disillusioned with Obama, the direction of this country and who actually understand how dangerous big government, insolvency, a caliphate and nuclear armed countries like Iran really are - so unwilling to accept Sarah Palin as a viable option?

We should be working toward forming coalitions and consensus within the Republican Party so that we can unite behind a nominee whoever it may be. This is not the time to disillusion an entire wing of the conservative movement. It would be sheer stupidity for the GOP establishment and the blue bloods to alienate the Palin wing of the party. She has a strong base of support regardless of whether the polls say she can win or not.
I’ll speak for myself here, but I think a lot of Palin supporters may agree. If the Republican Party focuses on stopping Palin when they should be working to defeat Obama, I don’t know if they can count on me to help them in 2012 if they don't do this thing right. Seriously, if my country is going to go down in flames it’s not going to matter what RINO we put in there next. 

The time to stop the bleeding was in 2008. John McCain could have handled that much had he won. But the patient is flat-lining now and if you don’t shock it back into life with an electrifying candidacy like that of Sarah Palin, than you might as well elect Mickey Mouse president. As our economy continues to fall to pieces and our foreign policy makes people yearn for the Carter years, anyone the GOP may nominate is not going to save America if he doesn’t take this country in the direction being put forth by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.
This is not an ultimatum. I’m a fair guy. If Sarah Palin runs and she loses fair and square, I’m okay with that. If Sarah Palin stumbles on the trail or if another candidate simply outperforms her, I’m good. This is not to point a gun at the head of the Republican Party and say if you don’t elect Palin, I’m going home. This is, however, a demand that they stop the nonsense and let her run fair and square.

In fact, I want her to run because I need to know if all this crap the media has been throwing out about her electability is true or not. The more they say her poll numbers are down and the more they say she’s a lightweight or she’s unelectable, the more skeptical I become about the truth to these claims as I watch Palin’s army grow on Facebook, Twitter, in the blogosphere and in real life. It’s an informal observation. Sheya at Conservatives4Palin sees this too.
Which raises the question: if they really believe she is as stupid and uneducated as they suggest, why not let her run and make a fool of herself? If she’s that dumb, then her stupidity will be on full display during the primaries and the “smart” guy they support will inevitably outsmart and defeat her. Why, then, do they care if she runs? On the contrary, if she runs and makes a fool of herself it will vindicate their argument that she’s in fact uneducated and unfit for office.
The answer, of course, is because they know that she’s really not what they portray her to be, and when the campaign begins in earnest and Governor Palin takes her message directly to the voters, everything the establishment has been saying about her will be brought into question, and it won’t be Governor Palin who’s looked upon as stupid.
We have watched Sarah Palin grow from being a political newcomer on the national stage in 2008 into the political behemoth that she is now. Argue as much as you want about her national starting point. Tell me she was great back then because of her RNC speech, the way she drew crowds and the way she beat Joe Biden in the debate. Or, tell me she wasn’t ready then because of her Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric interviews or because people thought she didn’t know Africa was a continent. Either way, or whatever point in between you want to define as her starting point, tell me honestly and with a straight face that she is not bigger, better and stronger than she was in 2008. 

They started tearing her up back then because they knew this was going to happen. She’s always been an evolving candidate. Think about where she was two and a half years ago. See where she is now. Imagine where she will be if  you look two and a half years into the future.

Tell me that the Sarah Palin you saw on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night or the Sarah Palin you saw in India or Israel is not up to the job of being president. Come on, tell me that she isn’t at least as qualified as any of the other Republican candidates who may run for president. Tell me that based upon her undistorted record in Alaska that we’d still be better off with Barack Obama if she got the nomination.

Instead of looking for the gotcha, why not look for the possibilities? Why not have faith that she could do a better job about bringing renewal and restoration than Barack Obama did about bringing us hope and change?

If you’re concerned about her resignation as governor, dig deep and be intellectually honest about understanding why she made that decision; and if you still can’t accept it, at least respect her for having the courage to do it or at worst understand her reasons.

Running for the presidency should not be a science experiment. She has said if she does run, she will run to win. But will we ever know how dastardly the mainstream media and the Republican establishment really are if she doesn’t run? Is this the reason they are discouraging her from running? Are they afraid they will be exposed for who they really are if she does well or even outright wins?

There are thousands of pro-Palin bloggers and tweeters who are figuratively getting carpal tunnel syndrome supporting this woman. There are millions of people who buy her books, read her Facebook notes and listen to her speak. Now you can see why I’d be skeptical of a media that keeps telling us she’s not electable. Do the other candidates have this type of a following? Why are they not being barraged with hit pieces everyday telling us why they shouldn’t run or why they can’t win?

Something’s not right here. And that something cannot be righted or fixed until Sarah Palin gets into the arena and does battle. In sports, it’s why they play the games. All the punditry, polls and expert opinions from sports writers don’t choose the winners of the championship games. The teams play for it.
Finally, I want to direct the rest of this piece to Sarah Palin. 

As one of us, you seek the next great one. As one of us, you yearn for the greatness our nation is capable of; you seek that shining city with a swelling heart and the tears of anticipated joy in your eyes as fervently as or even more so than we do. You tell us you are considering running but that if there is someone out there who has the servant’s heart and is looking to lead for all the right reasons you will support them.

That person is you.

Like I ask those with whom I argue, I ask you this with all due respect. Do you have a better horse?
Ma’am, if there was someone out there better than you, I’d be supporting them already.
Put your faith and trust in God and let the rest of us out here help you. I realize it’s a huge request, but don’t let the backstabbers and the weasels of the world sway your decision. We got your back.
What if it doesn’t work? You’ll still be Sarah Palin and we will still love you. 

Run, baby, run.

About the author


Patrick S. Adams blogs at Patrick's World USA and hosts Patrick's World USA on BlogTalk Radio. He is a contributor to Palin Twibe, Palin Promotions and Sarah Palin Information Blog. Patrick is a member of Team Sarah and also blogs about conservative issues on Townhall at The Shining City on a Hill. Follow him on Twitter.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Palin Scores on the World Stage, Does India and Israel in One Stride

A surprisingly positive article from The Huffington Post

If Sarah Palin should declare her candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the past few days may be looked back at by political historians as an important marker. While pundits continue to dwell on the supposedly collapsing poll numbers for Palin and trumpet the erosion of her presidential ambitions, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was abroad, buttressing the one area seen as a major weakness in Palin's ability to project herself as a national political leader, foreign policy. Palin was the keynote speaker at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, an assembly of the most prominent Indian business leaders. Her speech dealt with her vision of America, with a major focus on energy independence and oil drilling, a possible key issue for a future Sarah Palin for President campaign.

After her speech to India's elite, Sarah Palin went off to Israel for a brief visit, which included a private dinner with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dual visits to India and Israel within such a compressed period of time showed Sarah Palin as not only comfortable but even self-confident on the world stage. In New Delhi, she answered questions in an unstructured Q & A session that was devoid of major gaffes. The interview she granted Fox News upon her return from Israel, in which she commented on events in Libya and the Middle East, revealed a Palin that was no longer awkward in speaking publicly and to the media on issues involving the international arena.

It seems clear that Sarah Palin has been working hard on buttressing her knowledge of foreign policy issues, and her facility in discussing international affairs in a public setting. No doubt, Palin has been helped by some serious coaching from others who are much more knowledgeable on foreign policy. The question that surfaces is this: for what purpose has Sarah Palin devoted time and effort towards enhancing her grasp of foreign affairs? Critics on the left, and even within the establishment of the Republican Party, will argue that this is merely for the purpose of increasing her marketability and fees as a celebrity speaker. I think these critics do not fully comprehend the objectives and political ambitions of Sarah Palin, and her determination and focus in pursuing them.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sarah Palin is a Threat to More than Just the Establishment Here at Home

The Shining City on a Hill
by Patrick S. Adams

Sarah Palin’s trip to India and Israel is a great opportunity for her to boost her foreign policy credentials, solidify future potential alliances, learn more about the issues by engaging directly with the movers and the shakers and develop relationships which will be important to her should she become president. But, it’s also an opportunity for those who are enemies of America to size up a potential opponent; and if you are a Muslim extremist bent on establishing Sharia law worldwide, Sarah Palin represents a serious threat.

Because liberalism and elitism in both major political parties here at home are protecting their own interests, not enough is being understood about the role Palin would play on the world stage should she become president.

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher experienced the same issues along their ways. They were seen as lightweights from the uneducated classes that couldn’t fully grasp the complexity of things like détente, global interconnection, the complexities of intelligence gathering and the concessions that had to be made in order to keep people safe – even if it meant toning down rhetoric or letting a domino country or two fall. They couldn’t grasp the complexity of these things not because they were unintelligent. It was because they didn’t accept the premise behind these things in the first place.

While opponents of Reagan on both sides of the aisle saw a cavalier cowboy who would say something inflammatory enough to cause the Soviet Union to go to war with us, they operated from the premise that we could be scared but the Soviets were too cold to fear us. Reagan knew defeating the Soviet Union wasn’t going to come from pressing the button and throwing the planet into World War III. He knew that defeating them required us to have a set of convictions and be willing to stand up for those convictions in much the way a child stands up to a bully.

You can put all the greatest political, intellectual, military and diplomatic minds in the country into a room and have them overanalyze any issue. In their great complexities and in their deep thinking rooted in years of education and research, you will find one difficulty with their methodology. “We win, you lose” is too simple a concept for them to grasp.

This is not to say people shouldn’t be educated and shouldn’t analyze problems. This is to make the point that in any competition or conflict, the ultimate underlying meaning is winning is everything. One never wins out of weakness or fear, but rather out of primal brute strength. Calling out an “evil empire” or demanding that its leader “tear down this wall” may sound provocative to “trembling tigers” that are comfortable in their positions of power on what is now becoming a rocky boat, but it’s a language better understood in international power politics than it is in our domestic language of civil debate.

You earn the respect of your enemy when you demonstrate the ability to stand up to them and defeat them. Getting together, holding hands and singing Kumbaya may work in the feel good confines of Berkeley, but it’s a completely foreign language to forces outside our bubble of Constitutional democracy. The only language they understand is force; and if we don’t speak to them in that language, they won’t understand us.

Force can be defined as political, economic or military. But the fact of the matter is you don’t communicate with people who are using triggers, detonators and suicide bombers by calling a meeting.

There are too many people in America who don’t understand that there are millions of Muslim extremists throughout the world who want to destroy us. There are too many people in America that don’t understand that these people are already in the process of establishing a world caliphate. If we wait for the “plane to hit the building” this time around, it may be too late.

Once again, it’s not the complexities of the situation that disqualify people like Palin the way the elites would have us believe; it’s her unwillingness to accept the premise that really drives them nuts. Just as it was with the Soviet threat, the idea of peaceful coexistence or curling up into a ball and only attacking them if they attack us are still being seen as viable options against Muslim extremism. Coexistence and isolationism didn’t get us out of the Cold War; and these will not prevent a worldwide caliphate either. “We win, you lose” is the only way to stop them.

When it comes to the language of international power politics, you must remember that the world does not operate under a civil democracy where disputes are settled in courts. It’s a wild frontier out there with armed maniacs willing to die for Allah. It’s not about being scared of them. It’s about understanding their language so that we can communicate with them. Their language is brute force. Until we learn to speak that language fluently, we will always have problems relating to a world that doesn’t relate to us through our prism of civility and a naiveté that assumes they value life the way we do.

Sarah Palin understands the language of international power politics. She's fluent in it. When she uses mama grizzly imagery, she is talking about the primal condition of nature. Here in America, we are civil human beings. But out there in the world, a lot of those people are just animals.

The elites and the liberals in America may worry that she will rock their little boats and upset their little apple carts, but they can take solace in the fact that this country will still be a familiar enough place for them to survive in if she does win the presidency. One cannot say the same should Obama win a second term.

Watch how we react when the electricity goes off or if there is no food in the store. They say you can’t release domesticated animals into the wild because they won’t survive. Well, we humans better realize that we, too, have been conditioned like domesticated animals. Our problem is we are spoiled as a nation. See those folks over there in the Muslim world? The extremists don’t have that problem.

Americans are easily distracted by Charlie Sheen, Jersey Shore or Desperate Housewives. While entertainment is fine, let’s not short change ourselves on keeping an eye on our country. Many are caught up in the pop culture and get their news in sound bytes from a very biased media.

This may at first seem like not a big deal, but it’s crucial to an educated citizenry in a democracy that people know that someone like Sarah Palin is out there discussing real threats to our country and raising alarms regarding our current leadership while the media lies about her, distorts her image and doesn’t cover the substantial stuff so they can get us to believe that she’s a lightweight. It’s also dangerous to not know that Muslim extremists are looking to impose Sharia law on the whole world while the media paints a picture of them as just a bunch of terrorists who can’t do much more than blow up car bombs while steering us away from the “M” word.

This is serious, folks.

The lame stream media won’t touch the Palin Doctrine or call Muslim extremism what it really is. They’re afraid people might start listening to Palin and take her seriously.

The media lives a double life of lies by propping up the incompetent president they helped get elected while desperately hiding the truth about Palin’s strengths, qualifications and message because they know these could get her elected in 2012 at the expense of their poor chosen one. Listen to;Sarah Palin’s 2008 VP acceptance speech and check that against Obama’s message of hope and change. Is what we have going on right now in America and in the world the hope and change that some of you voted for?

Don’t kid yourselves. Muslim extremism is as dangerous as communism was back in the Soviet days. Resist the urge to watch the Tina Fey version of Sarah Palin play back in your head when reading this or any other article that is trying to break through the fabric of a lying media. They want you to doubt her. They want you to fear her. Unless you’re a Muslim extremist, those fears are unfounded.

Governor Palin Visits Israel

Sarah and Todd finished up their trip to Israel with a private dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in their home Sunday night.

The warmth and affection between the couples was obvious. It was so good to see the Governor hitting it off with the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. It looks like there was an instant connection and the Palin's really seemed enjoy their stay.  I get a kick out of the smile on Bibi's face. Of course that's a natural reaction when meeting Sarah, as she has the ability to light up any room.

Earlier the Palin's were able to take in some sight seeing, including a trip to the Western Wall and other Holy sites.

“It’s overwhelming to be able to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith,” Palin told reporters upon exiting the tunnels. “I’m so thankful to be able to be here, and I’m thankful to know the Israel American link connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations will continue.”

The Palin's trip to Israel was an important step for Governor Palin as she readies herself for the potential discision to run for the Presidency, but it was also a moving spiritual experience I'm sure.