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Sarah Palin is Unstoppable. You Misunderestimate Her at Your Peril.

Mrs. Peel gives a great, positive review of Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue. Her general feeling about Mrs. Palin after reading the book:

Last year was not the first time Sarah has failed. She knows how to learn from failure. She’s done it before, and she’s doing it again right now.

If she runs for President, she will win.

That’s what comes out of this book for me: this woman is unstoppable.

You misunderestimate her at your peril.

She also provides a great explanation of why Sarah Palin resigned her position as Governor of Alaska earlier this year. I share her opinion that it was a net positive for (1) Alaskans (2) Sarah Palin personally (3) Sarah Palin politically and (4) Americans in general, as she has been the most active in working against President Obamao’s and his Marxist minion’s efforts to destroy America from within.

I don’t think resigning was a mistake. Since she resigned, she’s been able to control the debate from Facebook, and Sean Parnell is continuing her policies (and has the 80% approval rate she had before the campaign). What she wants done is getting done, and it’s not costing Alaska and Alaskans millions in prosecuting these frivolous ethics complaints.

So, benefits of resigning:
1. Her agenda for Alaska is being implemented.
2. Alaska’s resources aren’t being wasted on frivolous complaints.
3. She’s able to do her book tour, which helps rehabilitate her image, without detracting from her duties as governor.
4. She’s able to influence the debate on topics like health care. Again, she’s doing that from Facebook.

Disadvantages:
1. Some people think it was a bad idea.

Resigning was the right thing to do, for Alaska (which she puts first) and for herself.

November 26, 2009 , 11:52PM Posted by | Conservatism, Sarah Palin | 3 Comments

Yes, Unlike Obama, Sarah Palin Has Actual Accomplishments in Her Career

Not that anyone would know that, considering the only thing about which the mass media seems concerned with regards to Sarah Palin is SNL-type reporting or National Enquirer-type reporting. Commenter Dan here, though, reminds us that Sarah Palin actually does have quite a good history of impressive political accomplishments:

I often marvel at how people IGNORE all of Sarah Palin’s accomplishments. They act like she has none and is popular for no particular reason other then people identify with her. Please share these FACTS.

1. Sarah took on corruption in her own party and risked her career in politics doing it. Name one politician who has done this that is currently serving. By the way, has Obama asked Charlie Rangel to step aside? NO, they are in the same party after all.

2. Sarah cut the budget in the Alaska which is unheard of. She saved money when the oil money was flowing in so now when the oil price dropped they are not cutting police or education or raising taxes to balance the budget. How are New York and California doing by the way on their budgets? How is Obama doing with his deficit projections? 9 trillion right?

3. Sarah TOOK ON THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANIES IN THE WORLD, the big oil companies to make sure Alaskans were getting a fair shake and SHE WON. Has Obama bucked the big labor unions in a similar fashion? Or the trial lawyers?

4. Sarah negotiated a natural gas pipeline deal that will result in the largest construction project in North America which will produce REAL JOBS and will provide CLEAN energy to the lower 48. Has Obama ever… oh never mind, its obvious he has not done anything like this and neither has anyone else who currently serves.

These are major accompishments and cannot be denied. Now, if you question whether the electorate knows about these things and therefore would not vote for her because they did not know them, I grant you that, but that is what a book tour, interviews, and a CAMPAIGN is for.

I stand with her. …

Posted by: Dan at November 25, 2009 08:41 PM

As do I. And the more Americans find out about her, I believe they will too.

UPDATE 12/03/2009: I decided to look at the referrers for this post and I came across this one. In the comments, people are all up in arms about me claiming that Obama has no accomplishments — (and no, despite what one of the idiot commenters states, winning a Presidential election is not an “accomplishment”. It’s akin to saying that I accomplish something by succeeding in a job interview and getting a job. Obama passed a job interview. Big deal. That is not an accomplishment. What one does on the job is an accomplishment.) — and many were copy/pasting the below list of “accomplishments” for Obama. Upon doing a Google Search, it seems this has been spammed all over the internet on various comment sections… never with any attribution, never with any citations to verify anything. So, in the interest of fairness, I decided to look into this shining example of Barack Obama’s grand political accomplishments:

– Graduated first black president of Harvard Law Review having won trust and support of conservative members.

So? What were his accomplishments while President of the Harvard Law Review? What did he write? What did he review? Anything? If he was such a great President of the Harvard Law Review, why can’t we know about his accomplishments there? Or was his only ‘accomplishment’ the fact that he was a BLACK President? Sorry, that’s not an accomplishment.

— Passed over 600 high-money law firm offers to work for civil rights practice at fractional pay.

This is an accomplishment? Please. Try harder.

— Added health insurance for 20,000 children, welfare reforms, earned-income tax credits, and increased minimum wage in Illinois.

Added health insurance for children? Was that as a supplement to his wife’s patient dumping at the University of Chicago Hospitals?

‘Welfare reforms’, huh? Does this mean that he helped to get people OFF of welfare and into jobs? Or did he simply enact “welfare reforms” to help keep people enslaved to the government and stuck on welfare?

‘Increased minimum wage’. Which is a job-killer, which hurts the low-income, low-skilled, minority community the most. Brilliant ‘accomplishment’.

— Reformed death-penalty cases, requiring that interrogations be video-recorded. Passed Illinois Senate 58-0. Signed into law by Illinois governor who first opposed Obama’s bill. Obama succeeded by building consensus with conservative opposition.

Ah yes, his death penalty reform. Which included voting against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty to gang members who murder first responders. Not to mention, Obama was the only member of the Illinois State Senate to vote against a bill that prohibited early release for sexual predators. Wow, great accomplishments there!

— Opposed Iraq war publicly, long before invasion. Accurately depicted it as of undetermined length, undetermined cost, undetermined objective, with a great likelihood of civil war breaking out.

He publicly opposed the Iraq war effort. Wow. What an accomplishment. And he was wrong on every account about it. Thanks only to the leadership of President Bush, the COIN (Counter Insurgency) plan and leadership of GEN Petraeus and the hard work of our US military, the Iraq war effort has been a great success. I don’t call being against something which is a success, to be an “accomplishment”. Nice try.

— Expanded program to locate and dismantle stray Russian WMD with Republican Senator Lugar.

Hmmm, I find it interesting that upon doing a Google search to verify this info, the only citation is this ‘list of accomplishments’ being copy/pasted all over different websites’ comment sections. Without, of course, any link to a credible source of the info.

— Passed major ethics and lobbying reform bill with Russ Feingold, insisting upon tougher restrictions around gifts, meals, etc. And extended the interval preventing exiting congress members from moving directly into lobbyist positions.

While this is true, people are honestly putting up Barack Obama as some example of good ethics? That’s a laugh! Let’s see… his shady land deal with corrupt Tony Rezko, his funneling of taxpayer money to his wife’s hospital, his wife’s patient dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Hospitals, his time on the Woods Fund with terrorist Billy Ayers shuffling money to ACORN and his radical mentor Rev Wright’s Church TUCC, just to name a few.

Let’s also not forget him getting his opponents kicked off the ballots when he ran for State Legislature and working with the Chicago media to smear Senator Jack Ryan by illegally releasing his divorce records to the public to force him to drop out of the race. Yeah, Barack Obama is one shining example of ethics in politics. Riiiiight. And I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to talk about Obama’s record on lobbyists, including his lies about cozying up to the oil industry lobbyists.

— Toured Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories, telling Palestinian Authority Abbas that US would never recognize Hamas leaders until they renounced mission to attack Israel.

Yeah, ‘just words’ — as Obama would say — considering Obama is best buddies with two Israel-haters in Rev Jeremiah Wright and terrorist Billy Ayers. Not to mention his cozying up to PLO operative Rashid Khalidi in LA. Obama has a long record of being anti-Israel and pro-Palestine.

— Cosponsored Secure Orderly Immigration Act by John McCain. Passes Senate 62-36. Makes undocumented persons who have been here 5+ years only allowed to stay and apply for citizenship if they pay back-taxes, learn English, and have no criminal record.

Oh please. Not even John McCain’s supporters believed this was anything more than political bullshit. There was no need to pass this “Act”, since the laws were already on the books. The problem is that no one ENFORCES them. THAT is what I am talking about when I say ACCOMPLISHMENT. An accomplishment is something which produces RESULTS. Passing Acts and Laws are not accomplishments. Now, if those acts and laws produce results, THEN they can be deemed accomplishments. But just passing meaningless Acts and Laws which never have any effect on anything, since no one enforces them… not an accomplishment.

— Communicated frankly to Michigan automaker executives of need to increase fuel-efficiency standards by at least 3% per year.

OOOOOOH, he communicated! That’s an accomplishment? Communicating. Wow. High standards you have there. What did this communicating accomplish? NOTHING.

— Many aisle-crossing bi-partisan solutions throughout 10 years of senate experience (8 state, 2 federal).

Really? So what are they? Funny you don’t list them, just state something without attribution or citation. Brilliant.

— 100% approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood. National Education Association gives him an “A” on their most recent scorecard.

OOOOOH! Now approval ratings by left-wing organizations are accomplishments! Wowee!

— In Illinois State Senate sponsored 780 bills, 280 were signed into law.

Really? What are they? What did these laws ACCOMPLISH (yes, there’s that word again — accomplishment)? Did he sponsor a jay-walking bill? Did he sponsor a walking and chewing gum at the same time bill? And what is the reason for 500 bills not being signed into law? Were they meaningless crap he sponsored just to make it look like he was doing something while in office? Funny how you don’t say.

Also, while you’re looking up that information, you might want to find out which ones were bills sponsored by other Democrats, but had Obama’s name added to them thanks to Obama’s buddy Emil Jones.

— In first year as US Senator, held 39 town-hall meetings throughout his state, sponsored 152 bills and resolutions, and cosponsored 427 more.

OOOOOOOOH! Holding meetings! Sponsoring and cosponsoring bills… which you don’t list. More non-accomplishments! Great job!

— Designated US Senate point person on ethics by Speaker Harry Reid.

Oh boy, the liberal idiot Reid appointed a man completely devoid of a history of good ethics, with absolutely no time in the Senate, as a point person on something on which he has no experience. What an accomplishment!

So this is the Obama-lovers’ defense of their messiah’s record of “accomplishments”. Pathetic.

November 25, 2009 , 5:41PM Posted by | Barack Obama, Conservatism, Energy, Michelle Obama, Raila Odinga, Reverend Dr Jeremiah Wright, Sarah Palin, Trinity United Church of Christ, William Ayers | Comments Off on Yes, Unlike Obama, Sarah Palin Has Actual Accomplishments in Her Career

I Want to be Able to Safely Ignore My Government

Great comment left in response to this post: Oh Dear: Rubio Within Ten of Crist; Palin Favorables Up

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: elections are always referendums on the incumbent. If by some quirk of fate Keynesian economics and pump priming and massive entitlement programs cause prosperity for the first time in the history of the world, then we will lose in 2012 no matter who we run.

However, if unemployment is high, and the economy is sluggish, and the deficits continue to be sky high, and (depending on the healthcare bill) people are getting their first taste of socialized healthcare, then we will win. That’s what the issue is, and it should not be as hard as it is, what with McCain completely concedeing the economic argument to the Dems last year.

I think a lot of this is that people who think they are free marketeers, people who think they believe in the power of the private sector, people who think they know that the government creates problems, these people don’t really believe that in their bones. They are scared to death that Obamanomics will actually work, and that if we stake out a strong position, if we make strong predictions, then we will look like fools in 2012.

There is no need to fear. The reputation Keynsianism enjoys is entirely a product of the conflation of the New Deal with the immense contracts for the American defense industry, steel, chemicals, etc. caused by WWII. The New Deal was an abject failure. Obamanomics will be an abject failure.

We need to start laying the groundwork for a conservative counterrevolution. There has not been a conservative President and a conservative Congress seated simultaneously since the 20s. The Dems make their case. They just attack the Republicans and then the power falls into their lap. Then they do the things they want to do. I want to do that. I’m sick and tired of watching my freedom get traded away piece by piece. I want it stopped. Stop compromising with them, they never compromise with us. More importantly, some things are not up for compromise. My freedom is not up for majority vote. We are at a point in this country where I don’t feel much love at all for my government or for fully half my fellow citizens. Well meaning fools will ruin us all, and I’m sick of me and mine picking up the mess. That’s why I like Sarah. She doesn’t whine, she doesn’t make excuses. She handles shit. You have no idea how much I want a President I can ignore for a week in safety. Every day I flip on the monitor wondering what Barry did today. I want to be able to safely ignore my government. That’s what the American Dream is.

When the hell did we lose that?

Posted by: Britt at November 19, 2009 06:59 PM

November 20, 2009 , 3:38PM Posted by | Barack Obama, Conservatism, Democrats, Liberalism, Marxism, Sarah Palin, Socialism | Comments Off on I Want to be Able to Safely Ignore My Government

Rush Interview with Sarah Palin: Independents and the GOP

Rush had an absolutely fantastic interview with former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin this afternoon. Be sure to go to his website to listen to the audio or read the entire transcript. I’m going to make a few posts to excerpt her answers to questions on specific issues.

RUSH: New York-23 is being portrayed as a race in which you and I — because we supposedly went up there — handpicked Doug Hoffman, he supposedly lost, even though that race, they still haven’t finished counting the votes. It’s two weeks! This is not Chicago. They haven’t finished counting the votes. He says he wishes he could un-concede now. But they’re trying to diminish conservatism, and I think in the process intimidate the Republican Party from going in that direction. What’s your read on New York-23?

GOV. PALIN: I think this is exciting. It’s encouraging. No matter the outcome even with his recount of some of those, well, uncounted ballots, it’s exciting that the race is going to be even closer, and it’s a clearer and clearer picture that what Americans are seeking, even in a district there in New York, they are seeking commonsense, conservative solutions to all the challenges that we’re facing. I’m glad to see this.

RUSH: So the positive thing there is that the Republican Party was rebuffed in nominating essentially a RINO, a liberal?

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think what you saw there is — and of course it’s not just the Republican machine, it’s the Democrat machine, too. You know, if you’re not the anointed one within the machine, sometimes you have a much tougher row to hoe and that’s what Hoffman faced. He was the underdog. I think great timing for him, though, to stand strong on his conservative credentials and essentially come out of nowhere and prove that an American without that resume, without that machine backing can truly make a difference in an election like this.

RUSH: Well, now, you used the term, “If you’re not the anointed one by the party machine, you’re the underdog and you have a tough row to hoe.” Based on things that I read, the Republican establishment would not anoint you to be a nominee of their party should you choose to go that way. I’m not asking you the question because I know you’re not going to answer and give away what your plans are in 2012.

GOV. PALIN: (chuckles)

RUSH: Do you consider yourself one of these unanointed ones within your own party?

GOV. PALIN: Well, to some in both parties, politics is more of a business. It’s not so much a commitment to an agenda or a person or values or issues. It’s more of a business — and, no, I’m not a part of that. So if they’re going to keep using that way of thinking in their decisions on who they anoint, who they will support or not then, no. I’ll never be a part of that. But hopefully we’re going to see a shift with independents, with the Republican Party and the Democrat Party, and we’re going to get back to what the issues are, what really matters, and then hopefully we’re going to go from there, which will be much fairer to the electorate.

RUSH: All right, independents, slash, third party. A lot of people — mistakenly, in my view — are looking at New York-23 as evidence that, see, a third party could actually do well. But that’s not a good example because there was no primary there. As you said, the party bosses chose Dede Scozzafava on the Republican side and a Democrat. Had there been a primary, New York-23 would not have been constituted as it was. So what are your thoughts now on the viability of a third party if the Republican Party can’t be brought around?

GOV. PALIN: You know, to be brutally honest, I think that it’s a bit naive when you talk about the pragmatism that has to be applied in America’s political system. And we are a two-party system. Ideally, sure, a third party or an independent party would be able to soar and thrive and put candidates forth and have them elected, but I don’t think America is ready for that. I think that it is… Granted it’s quite conventional and traditional, but in a good way that we have our two parties, and I think that that’s what will remain. And I say that, though, acknowledging that I’m not an obsessive panther, I understand why people — good people like my own husband — refuse to register in a party. Todd’s not a Republican and yet he’s got more commonsense conservatism than a whole lot of Republicans that I know because he is one who sees the idiosyncrasies of the characters within the machine and it frustrates him along with a whole lot of other Americans who choose to be independent. But in answer to your question, I don’t think that the third party movement will be what’s necessary to usher in some commonsense conservative ideals.

RUSH: Now, you mentioned independents. We need to get independents. Independents right now are abandoning the Democrat Party. They did so in New Jersey. They did so in Virginia. And the White House pretty much proves this because the White House was out prior to the election saying, “Ah, Republican Party identification in polls is as low as it’s ever been.” Therefore, for Republicans to win these races there had to be independents moving in their direction. Now, I know you’re not in politics now but you have political experience. I’m not in politics. I’ve never gone out and gotten votes. I’ve always been curious about the professional politicians’ insistence that we go out and “get independents.” Sure you want to shore up the base. But these magical, whatever it is, 20% of people that are not identified or do not self-identify themselves with either party, what’s the way to get them?

GOV. PALIN: I think just naturally independents are going to gravitate towards that Republican agenda and Republican platform because the planks in our platform are the strongest to build a healthy America. We’re all about cutting taxes and shrinking government and respecting the inherent rights of the individual and strengthening families and respecting life and equality. You have to shake your head and say, “Who wouldn’t embrace that? Who wouldn’t want to come on over?” They don’t have to necessarily be registered within the Republican Party in order to hook up with us and join us with that agenda standing on those planks. In Alaska, about 70% of Alaskans are independent. So that’s my base. That’s where I am from and that’s been my training ground, is just implementing commonsense conservative solutions. Independents appreciate that. You’re going to see more and more of that attraction to the GOP by these independents as the days go on.

RUSH: If the GOP articulates what you just articulated. I’ve always believed the way to get them… Reagan got them by just being who he was, articulating conservatism. Conservatism is nothing different than the founding principles of the country. Therefore, the key to getting independents is Republicans who can articulate those beliefs.

GOV. PALIN: You know another key to this, too, is to not hesitate duking it out within the party. This is what I appreciate about the Republican Party. We have contested, aggressive, competitive primaries. We’re not like this herd mentality like a bunch of sheep — with the fighting instincts of sheep, as Horowitz would say — like some in the Democrat Party; where, heaven forbid, you take a stand and you oppose somebody within your own party because it’s the right thing to do. I appreciate that in the Republican Party. Some on the other side say — you know, they’re observing what goes on in the GOP and say — “That’s infighting, and they can’t get along, and there’s no consensus there.” No. This is healthy debate, good competition that makes candidates work harder. It makes for a better product, if you will, at the end of the day. I appreciate that about our party.

November 17, 2009 , 4:21PM Posted by | Conservatism, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin | 2 Comments

Rush Interview with Sarah Palin: National Security

Rush had an absolutely fantastic interview with former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin this afternoon. Be sure to go to his website to listen to the audio or read the entire transcript. I’m going to make a few posts to excerpt her answers to questions on specific issues.

RUSH: You mentioned earlier you wanted to talk about national security, that you hoped it came up. Well, here it is: What do we face? What are our threats, and are we prepared, or not?

GOV. PALIN: Well, I think domestically a threat that we’re facing right now is the dithering and hesitation in sending a message to the terrorists that we’re going to claim what Ronald Reagan claimed. Our motto is going to be: “We win, you lose.” The way that we do that is allow McChrystal to have the reinforcements that he’s asking for in Afghanistan. That sends that message to the terrorists over there that we’re going to end this thing with our victory. We need to start facing Iran with tougher and tougher sanctions that need to be considered. We need to work our allies with the Iranian issues, like Britain and France and not allow access to favorable international monetary deals. That’s a great threat that I think would kind of shake up Ahmadinejad and get him to listen. We need to look at halting Iran’s imports of refined petroleum products. They’re quite reliant on imported gasoline, and we need to use that hammer to wake up the leadership there, too. Those are two big challenges that we have right now, domestically and in naming those two countries, Afghanistan and Iran. Two big challenges there, too.

RUSH: Thirty seconds: Immigration. Can you do it in 30 seconds before we have to go?

GOV. PALIN: I can’t do it in 30 seconds but just know that… You know, let me put it simply: Illegal immigrants are called “illegal” for a reason. We need to crack down on this. We need to listen to the border states where the governors there have some solutions and we need to get serious about that.

November 17, 2009 , 4:16PM Posted by | Afghanistan, Conservatism, Illegal Immigration, Iraq, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin | Comments Off on Rush Interview with Sarah Palin: National Security