Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Anyway, the folks at E3 Gazette offer up an interesting wager:
Imagine a politician who is elected to one office, then two years later loses in the Electoral College. Two years and seven months into the term of the first office, months after the loss, this politician resigns! Can you imagine such a "quitter" being elected POTUS in the next election? I'll bet you $20 it can happen.
You'd lose the bet.
Andrew Jackson resigned his US Senate seat on October 14, 1825, after two years, seven months, and ten days in that six-year term. For those keeping score, that’s a dozen days fewer than Sarah Palin served of her four-year term as Governor of Alaska. He won the 1828 election for President, the first to do so in the "Democratic Party" faction he formed from the "Democratic-Republican Party". So the next time you hear a Democrat talk about a "quitter", remind them about Old Hickory.
Something more up to date but equally appropriate is a look at Ronald Reagan, the nation’s last great conservative leader, and one of our greatest Presidents. Reagan was generally disliked by the media, the democrats, the beltway elites, and the Rockefeller wing of the Republican party, the ones we today call RINOs.
Reagan was said to stupid, a B-movie actor who worked with chimps. (They always forgot he was a two term Governor of California...much like some, including Obama called Palin the Mayor of Wasilla) Reagan was said to be lazy, intellectually uncurious, a right wing nut, a warmonger, and much more.
The thing to remember about people is they generally attack who they fear the most. Just like Reagan, if Palin was such a dolt, such a joke, they wouldn’t be spending so much time trying to marginalize her.
In the last election a lot of people were upset because they perceived that the left "chose our candidate" because John McCain was the left’s "favorite Republican" and they propped him up, only to tear him down when the actual campaign against Obama started.
Well, I say this time we should let the left pick our candidate for us, as well!
In fact, they already have. You don’t see the democrats spending one minute of time attacking Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee. Not one minute. But they have thrown every dirty trick in the book at Sarah Palin to stop her.
Unfortunately for them, Sarah Palin won’t go!
A quitter indeed.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Back in the mid 1990's The Chrysler Corporation went public with a really new and exciting business model. The company best known for the K-car and inventing the mini-van at that point in time, had spent a lot of time behind the scenes to totally remake the company. They threw everything out, and started fresh. New "cab-forward" styling on their cars, and a brand new pickup truck, the first completely new truck in 25 years, and a completely refocused management, design, and manufacturing team.
Chrysler became the most exciting car company around. Envied by the other manufacturers. It really was the rebirth of a company that since the it’s formation had always been recognized as one of the best at engineering. This brought Chrysler back in a big way. Record sales, especially in trucks, helped Chrysler show healthy profits. If fact, Chrysler became so successful, Mercedes-Benz would soon come knocking with a bundle of cash and an offer!
The Dodge Division of Chrysler was in a really good place. They not only had a pick-up truck that just knocked people’s socks off! They had a world class sedan in the Intrepid. There was a new mini-van, and at the time Chrysler ruled that market with over 50 percent share. And Dodge really shook things up with the Viper, an incredible hand built sports car/muscle car that just had to be driven to be appreciated.
Dodge had a great slogan they used among the dealers and employees:
"The rules have changed! This changes everything!"
This was a real rallying point. Nothing like being in a room with hundreds of dealers and having the Dodge folks yelling "the rules have..." followed by the dealers screaming "changed!", followed by "this changes..." "EVERYTHING!" shouted by Dodge folks and the dealers respectively.
Well, I’m here to tell you, with Sarah Palin, the rules have changed!
Look, much like Chrysler’s history, the Republican party was known for solid core principles. This dates back to Abraham Lincoln. And just like Chrysler, the party has had it’s ups and downs. It’s had periods of great highs and low lows.
One of the very best eras for the party was during the Reagan years. In car guy terminology, this was like the muscle car era when Chrysler’s Hemi(c) engine was introduced and was unbeatable on the race track. NASCAR actually ended up banning the thing and NHRA factored it into oblivion.
Ronald Reagan was that dominant as well. To this day he still inspires millions.
And of course, there were those heady days in the mid 1990's when the Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich and others took back Congress. That was the culmination of the Reagan Revolution.
But sadly, the Grand Old Party is currently in the K-car business. Utilitarian and somewhat solid, but not exciting, and devoid of any real leadership or ideas. Now for sure, there are some exceptions, there always are. But basically, the GOP is at this point.. Not bad, but certainly not great.
Then there is Sarah Palin.
Sarah defies political definitions and traditions. Yes, she is a true conservative, a novelty in itself in the Republican party these days, but this woman is unconventional, to say the least! Just the fact that she is a woman is a big deal. While there are a lot of women in politics, and a lot of Republican women in key roles, none have the shear magnetism and gravitas Sarah Palin has.
Sarah is different from any politician out there. For one thing, she’s not a Beltway hack. Sarah Palin is an outsider. You can’t be more outside the Beltway than Alaska! Palin is someone who speaks her mind, and when she speaks, people listen. And, unlike most, Sarah Palin says what she means, and means what she says. Unheard of in Washington. In fact, Palin is so straightforward, that many either refuse to believe it, or simply can’t comprehend it.
Case in point: When Sarah gave her Independence Speech on July 3, most of the "elites" in politics, and the media claimed they "couldn’t understand her" or as one put it, they needed "Rosetta Stone" to help them decipher!
Funny thing, millions of us regular folk understood exactly what she was saying. Far from "rambling and incoherent" which has become the state run media’s talking point, Palin simply spelled out what she had achieved in her time as Governor, a lengthy list by anyone’s standard. She also explained why she was doing this. Of course, there were several reasons for Sarah’s decision to step down. This is a complicated situation, the fact of which seemed to fly right over the heads of the elitists.
Not to rehash the whole thing, but one huge factor was the fact the democrat operatives were basically stealing millions of dollars from the Alaska tax payers by filing so many bogus ethics complaints, all of which had zero credibility or merit.
Then there was the personal cost. These democrats have cost Palin and her family over a half million dollars in legal fees, defending false accusations. Palin actually had to set up a legal defense fund to help pay her bills. Of course, this is not uncommon. Many big name politicians have has to do this. But to hear the democrats tell it, Sarah is the first politician ever to do this. They’ve actually filed complaints because she is defending herself against all of the complaints! They even managed to get someone from Barack Obama’s law firm, Perkins Coie to play "special investigator" in this deal! And no one seems to see a conflict of interest by having Thomas Daniel "investigating" Sarah Palin!
Basically the democrats had ground Palin’s government to a halt. Nothing was getting done. That bothers Sarah immensely. Sarah is a doer. And someone who is all about getting things done doesn’t allow themselves to be halted for long!
Now one other thing that helped Sarah make her decision was the fact that to the media, and the democrats, her children absolutely fair game. Everyone knows the details, so I won’t waste your time, but the really low point was the concerted and coordinated effort to attack her youngest, Trig, who has downs syndrome. Even for democrats, this was as low as it gets.
But, the media conveniently overlooked one of the really important reasons for Sarah’s decision to step down and redeploy her efforts. Maybe since common sense is in short supply among the media and the Beltway elites, the idea of a politician stepping down voluntarily for a higher calling seems silly. To that bunch it’s all about acquiring power and never letting go. This is why they all complained that Palin’s speech was "incoherent!"
Of all of the reasons Sarah is stepping down over, the one big reason, in my mind, is her love of country. Her deep patriotism. Her sense of duty.
Sarah knows that Barack Obama is heading us on a road to ruin with his communist ideals. Obama’s plans are destroying the economy and destroying our liberty and freedom. And he is doing it at breakneck speed!
Sarah, a fiscal conservative, who slashed Alaska’s budget by nearly 17 percent for FY 2010, sees that Barack Obama has spent more money and created more debt than all of the previous 43 Presidents combined. Palin instinctively knows that Obama and the democrats are bankrupting the country, and stealing our grandchildren’s future.
Sarah also knows we need energy independence and has actually taken concrete steps toward that effort. Palin knows the nation’s economy runs on energy. Cheap, plentiful energy. This is a foreign concept to the democrats and Obama.
Sarah understands instinctively that schemes like cap and tax, and the government take over of the health care industry, are destructive to the economy, will cause massive job loss, and will destroy freedom and liberty.
Sarah gets national security. In fact, according to A.B. Culvahouse, the high powered D.C. attorney, and former Reagan advisor, who vetted all of John McCain’s prospective vice presidential candidates, Palin’s offer to be the vice presidential candidate came after her solid answers on three national security questions.
Like the rest of us, Sarah looks at Barack Obama and sees Neville Chamberlain, wrapped up in Jimmy Carter, and seasoned with a good dose of naivete. This is a dangerous world, and this is no time to be the appeaser-in-chief, or the apologist-in-chief.
So, what’s a girl to do?
Well, if you are Sarah Palin and know that Obama and his minions must be stopped and stopped now, before he and his gang do irreparable damage to our nation, you can’t sit idly by and watch.
Sarah knows she couldn’t be effective as Governor. Never mind the fact that the democrats in Alaska, the anklebiters, went insane every time she even thought about leaving the state. And logistically, Alaska is too far away from the rest of the country. So it makes sense for Sarah to step down, so she can step up.
The media elites and the establishment Republicans can’t comprehend the fact that one doesn’t have to be in any sort of political office to effect change. They certainly can’t comprehend anyone giving up what they perceive as power. These cats are the ones who have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of somewhere once they have wore out their welcome!
The media elites and the good old boys in the GOP don’t know Sarah Palin!
The story of Palin is that of a true reformer. She has done it since her earliest days as a Wasilla councilwoman, where she battled with a fellow council member over ethics. Nick Carney, the council member that actually encouraged her to run for office in the first place, had a waste management business. Not a shock, most small town council members and mayors do have some sort of business. But Carney was pushing for an ordinance that would have basically given his company a monopoly in and around Wasilla for garbage collection. Even though they were friends, Sarah fought and defeated the measure, and thus, a reformer was born.
The most well known story is how Sarah cleaned up corruption at the AOGCC. The oil and natural gas commission she chaired. This was pure Sarah Palin.
After being term limited as mayor, Palin ran for Lt. Governor. Even though she didn’t win, Palin caught the eye of Governor Frank Murkowski. Murkowski appointed her to the AOGCC. This is a powerful, good paying job. So what happened next had to be a tough decision to make.
There was a serious good old boy network in and around the oil business in Alaska. Many of the state GOP party officials worked at Palin’s agency. Most notably party chair Randy Ruedrich and former attorney general Gregg Renkes. There were major conflicts of interests between AOGCC people and those in the oil, and coal businesses which the commission regulates. Additionally, Ruedrich was known to spend a lot of company time doing party business.
When Palin tried to fix these issues, tried to clean house, she met incredible resistence. Her boss, the Governor wanted to protect his boys! In what had to be a painful decision, Sarah Palin decided to resign. She "quit." But, she didn’t really quit!
Now just like today, all of the so-called experts said she was "committing political suicide" was destroying her chances of ever being in politics again. It seem they was slightly incorrect!
You see, far from quitting, Sarah Palin had only begun to fight! In the end, resignations were tendered, fines were paid, and some ended up in prison. As a private citizen, Sarah Palin basically took down the whole Republican establishment. No wonder the establishment types hate her!
Sarah wasn’t done quite yet though. Her next move was to run for Governor of Alaska. She beat Murkowski in the Republican primary in a landslide and then took on popular former democrat Governor Tony Knowles and beat him convincingly.
This is the history of Sarah Palin that the state run media, and Beltway elites either ignore or simply don’t understand. For someone like Sarah, an out-of-the-box thinker, and an incredibly unconventional politician, it makes perfect sense to "give up power" and step down as Governor. Just like she saw an unwinnable situation over at the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she saw an unwinnable situation if she stayed on as Governor.
Anyone paying attention knows that Sarah Palin is not going to fade into the woodwork. Palin has already said that she is ready to come to the lower 48 and support pro-American conservative candidates. She wants to promote candidates that share her philosophy of small government, fiscal responsibility, strong national security, and energy independence.
Sarah already has speaking engagements lined up and more invites than one can imagine. If you are one of the nearly 120,000 people who follow her on twitter, you know Sarah is chomping at the bit wanting to get busy. She’s been dropping a lot of hints, and going after Obama. She will have a new account after she leaves office, and has promised it will be less "politically correct!" More of a Sarahcuda unleashed!
I did get a kick out of this tweet from Friday night:
Detroit Down" & "Rollin": "Aint gonna shut my mouth/I know there's got to be a few hundred million more like me/just trying to keep it free"
That pairs up quite nicely with her comment made in June in Anchorage at an event honoring Michael Reagan. Sarah was talking about how bad of a shape the nation is, and how Barack Obama’s policies were doing grave damage. She spoke of how all of her critics wanted her to just sit down and shut up. She said this:
"Politically, if I die, I die, but I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up!" She then added: "Stand up, speak up, and be bold! Screw political correctness!"
Words to live by.
And that in a nutshell is what Sarah Palin is all about. This is someone who doesn’t care if she has hurt her chances of ever holding public office again, she has bigger fish to fry!
Sarah has a deep love for this nation. She has a love that will not allow her to just go with the flow. As she said in her Independence Day speech: "Dead fish go with the flow!"
Sarah Palin has guts, something sorely lacking nowadays. She is fearless. Sarah sees the dire situation we are in and has decided that since no one else is answering the call with full force and determination, that she will do it herself. With Sarah Palin, the rules have changed.
No one knows where this journey will take her. But we all know it will be exciting and productive. Frankly, if all Sarah accomplishes is getting a great number of conservatives elected and helps take back Congress so we can stop Obama and start reversing all of the damage he has done, she will forever be remembered as a patriot.
But Sarah Palin is a unique figure in American politics. She draws huge crowds wherever she goes. And once she has these crowds she doesn’t fill their ears with empty rhetoric like that hopey-changey guy we know. Sarah talks substance and policy. That will prove problematic for the unicorn and rainbow salesman-in-chief!
Look for Sarah to energize the nation. To lead a real movement in this country. She has the Republican base. In fact, latest polls show she has a 76 percent approval rating among all Republicans. And her numbers among independents, and even moderate democrats are growing.
Much like Ronald Reagan, Sarah has the ability to build a strong coalition of common sense Americans who have had their fill of business as usual in Washington. A coalition, that if she chooses, can propel her into the White House in 2012.
By seizing the moment and breaking all of the rules, Sarah Palin will be able to turn the Republican brand around. She can bring it back to it’s solid conservative roots. Sarah can transform the GOP from the K-car of politics to the most dynamic and exciting brand going!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I turned 50 a month ago. Not a big deal. But as we all do from time to time, it was a pause for reflection. A time to remember all of the good stuff. And so far, it’s been pretty darned good!
But, it also had me reflecting on America, and the trouble she is in.
Having grown up in the 1960's and 1970's, I can say those were exciting times. I mean everything was changing. Music, the soundtrack of our lives was going through incredible change. The Beatles showed up on Ed Sullivan’s show and the whole world changed. And music continued to evolve into all sorts of exciting directions. It was a magical, amazing time.
Television was changing. Stars like Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason, and Jack Benny were being replaced by Laugh-In, The Smothers Brothers, and Sonny and Cher. Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best, gave way to The Brady Bunch, and later Good Times and Sanford and Son.
Everything was in flux. All sorts of technology was being developed, thanks to our race to the moon. As a car guy, even at a tender age, the muscle car and pony car era was simultaneously turning the performance world on it’s ear. And having owned a vintage 66 Chevelle Super Sport with the 396 and 4 speed as a teen, I can tell you, that your life just isn’t complete until you have rowed that 4 speed going down the quarter mile!
But all wasn’t perfect. Underneath the excitement of a true new age of technological and cultural enlightenment, there was a counter revolution brewing. America, was and is, the greatest nation on earth. But we had many, many problems.
Racism was a huge stain. In most of the country the race issue was exploding. There were freedom marches There were attacks on those marches. This would devolve into race riots before all settled down.
The economy was not in great shape. Taxes were sky high. The top rate coming into the 1960's was 91 percent. Thankfully, JFK upon taking office started lowered taxes, and the economy got a little better, but under democrat rule, they were opposed to lowering the tax rate enough to really kick start the economy as they should have. By 1965 the top rate was still a whopping 70 percent.
At those kind of rates, people hide their money, they don’t invest it. The economy does not grow.
Speaking of JFK, the nation suffered a great loss when Kennedy was shot. A lot of the nation’s innocence was lost. The optimism people had with this young President in office sort of peaked for a bit. Took some of the wind out of the nation's sails.
Of course, there were many foreign policy disasters. Kennedy met with Nikita Khrushchev, Russia’s leader, soon after he was elected. Khrushchev saw a weakness in Kennedy and would later try and exploit that. (Remind of you of anyone we know of today?)
Kennedy, who inherited Eisenhower’s Bay of Pigs plan for Cuba, botched that deal, and got a lot of people killed. He missed his chance to free Cuba from a generation of communist dictatorship, and strife.
This of course emboldened the Soviets, who became Fidel Castro’s new BFF. (best friends forever)
It wasn’t long before Soviet nuclear missiles were parked on Cuban soil. It still amazes me we that somehow got out of that one alive. This, I think, was one of those deals my dad used to describe as: "One was scared, and the other was glad of it!"
But, that wasn’t the only miscue. With the absolute best of intentions. and America’s national security in mind, Kennedy started us down the path to the "police action" that became known as the Vietnam War. Of course, it was really a proxy war between us and the Soviets. This war would define the 1960's for a lot of people. We still have some of the radicals this deal birthed running around. Some are actually in powerful political positions.
The Vietnam War was probably the most winnable war we had fought up to that point, but it was managed out of the Oval Office by Lyndon Johnson and Robert MacNamara, the President and Secretary of Defense, respectively. They mismanaged this war horribly. Many young Americans died in that Southeast Asian quagmire.
The Vietnam War ended up being the catalyst for a major counter cultural revolution. People rose up in disgust at the botched war effort. Protests, draft card burnings, and so on ,became standard daily fare.
But that in turn emboldened just about everyone. The issues of civil rights, women’s rights, human rights and on and on all hit the front pages of the newspapers. This counterculture grew legs. They demanded changes in our society. Some positive, some not.
But before we go further, lets make it perfectly clear who and what the riots and the protests were aimed at.
These protesters were protesting the government. An oppressive government. A government that would eventually rule for some 40 odd years. A government run by the democrat party.
Now, I know what you will say here. Between FDR and Ronald Reagan, we had Republican Presidents. We had Ike, Nixon, and Ford. But one has to remember how our government works. While the Constitution gives the President broad powers, especially on foreign policy, it’s Congress that makes the laws and holds the purse strings. The President can’t do much without them.
Now, if you are the President, and have a majority in Congress, you can get a lot done. If you have a super majority, as the democrats had for those four long decades, you rule. Of course, if it’s not your party that has the super majority, and you happen to be President, get little done. Unless you are Ronald Reagan.
So make no mistake, the 60's and 70's counterculture was protesting the policies of the progressive democrat party.
Now they did this in many ways.
For example, Republicans Ronald Reagan and Dr Martin Luther King went the peaceful route. Dr King led peaceful marches and gave inspiring speeches. He set a true tone, that had it been followed and respected, would have really built bridges for all of mankind to have crossed. His assassination would see a lot of his dream die. And racism, countered by reverse racism, continues to this day. But, for a wonderful time, Dr King’s message was strong and correct. It is still the right message today.
For those that forgot, the democrats, including Johnson and his advisor Bill Moyers (now of PBS) constantly harassed Dr King, going so far as illegally bugging his hotel rooms. LBJ had the FBI keep a file on him.
Ronald Reagan gave speeches, too. Many powerful speeches, such as the one he gave at the 1964 Republican National Convention that can be viewed here.
Reagan, speaking on behalf of Barry Goldwater, laid out all of the increasing problems occurring under democrat party control. Reagan railed on the democrats march towards socialism and tyranny. This speech as seen through history is iconic. But sadly, can be viewed in 2009, 45 years later, and sound like Reagan is talking about today’s democrat party, and government. It’s actually quite chilling.
Of course, others took a different route. Many different little groups formed around the idea of a violent overthrow of the government.
There was the militant Black Panther group, who killed police and caused mayhem all over the country. This group lives today, as the New Black Panthers. And they are still as racist and militant as ever. During the 2008 Presidential election, New Black Panther members were seen at various polling places, most notably in Philadelphia. In Philly, Panthers, armed with deadly weapons, were at the entrance of a polling place in full dress uniform.
This of course, is a flagrant violation of the voting rights act, as well as civil rights law. President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, has intervened in that case and has tried to make it go away.
Now again, there were many of these groups. One famous group was the Symbionese Liberation Army. They are famous because of the kidnapping of the heiress to the Hearst newspaper fortune, Patty Hearst. What makes this remarkable is they not only took Patty Hearst, but somehow tuned her into one of them. Still a fascinating case today.
Of course, due to Barack Obama’s rise, the most known of these radical groups is the violent Weather Underground.
The Weather Underground was a violent group run by long time Obama friend William Ayers.
Ayers, an unrepentant murdering domestic terrorist was in charge of this outfit. While they billed themselves as a group protesting the Vietnam War, their real cause was the destruction of American society as we know it. Their specialty was bomb setting. They bombed the United States Capitol building. They bombed the Pentagon. They bombed the New York City Police headquarters. The bombed a whole lot of stuff! For a complete history, you can look here.
Ayers, whose first wife blew herself up while making a bomb, is married to Bernardine Dohrn. Dohrn is a convicted felon and was once on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for her part in a botched Brinks truck robbery that left the guards and a police officer dead. One of Dohrn’s more famous quotes comes after the murder of actress Sharon Tate, and her guests, at the hands of the Manson Family.
"Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in their bellies. Wild!"
Dohrn and Michelle Obama once worked together in the same law office .
Ayers, in a New York Times interview that, incredibly, was published on September 11, 2001, proclaimed that he was not sorry for the bombings and killings, and wasn’t against doing so again. Here is one of Ayers’ more notorious quotes:
"'Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at,''
A statement that blows one’s mind when you consider the reason that Bill Ayers isn’t rotting in some prison is the fact that his dad, who Ayers says "worked for Edison" was in fact the CEO and Chairman of Consolidated Edison of Chicago! A very wealthy man who was able to get the very best lawyers for his son.
Why should you care? What does this mean? Well, for one thing, most of those people who were bent on destroying American society back in the 60's and 70's are now in powerful positions in government and academia. Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn are now "highly respected" educators. Ayers recognized that he couldn’t blow America up, so he decided to take over the educational system. This has been one of the long term goals of the communist party.
And that’s what ties this all together.
There has been a lot written about the ties between Barack Obama, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, The Black Panthers, and other radicals and groups like ACORN.
And don’t dismiss the fact that as a youngster in Hawaii, Barack Obama was tutored by Chicago native, communist, and confessed pedophile, Frank Marshall Davis.
Bill Ayers and Barack Obama sat on the board of two foundations together and worked funneling money "for education" to radical groups like ACORN.
Also, the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, and Barack Obama are students of radical communist Saul Alinsky. The Chicago communist who literally wrote the book on "community organizing."
"Rules For Radicals" and Alinsky’s previous book "Reveille For Radicals" were the blueprint for the radical take over of America.
And many of those in the democrat party including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton studied Chicago’s Saul Alinsky intensely. Hillary wrote her senior collage thesis on Alinsky, and Barack Obama’s job at ACORN was teaching the Saul Alinsky methods of "community organizing." to the rent-a-mobs.
Basically, the 60's and 70's counterculture better described as counter revolutionaries, are in charge now. Communists all.
Also, remember that Barack Obama started his political career in the living room of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And despite what David Axelrod was trying to sell during the 2008 election, Bill Ayers keeps up with his old radical buddies!
But before we go further, lets remember more history.
We all know that towards the end of four decades of the democrat party stranglehold on America things started crashing down with the presidency of James Earl Carter. Until now, considered the worst president in history.
Carter was horrible on every front. His foreign policy led to directly the formation of the Islamic Republican of Iran, the leading sponsor of terror worldwide. And unfortunately our current President seems to have a copy of Jimmy’s play book on foreign policy on his night stand right next to his dog eared copy of Alinsky’s "Rules!"
Carter also was a disaster domestically. His Community Re-Investment Act was something the ACORN rent-a-mobs went to town with by intimidating bankers to give loans to people who had no ability to repay them. This included physical intimidation. Of course, as we know now, Carter’s CRA was "supercharged" by President Bill Clinton, who brought Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on board. The resulting catastrophe is what we are all dealing with now.
And of course, like all democrats, Carter was a disaster on energy independence. His answer was to turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater. Just as ridiculous as Barack Obama’s "check the air in your tires" silliness.
It would be funny if we didn’t have so much oil, natural gas, and coal just begging to be used.
Pretty much anything economy wise under Carter was a disaster. Double digit unemployment, double digit interest rates, and high inflation. It was so horrible that the media actually thought up a "misery index" just so they could help explain how bad it was!
The good news was after four years of Carter, America said ENOUGH!
Ronald Wilson Reagan, one or our greatest Presidents, was elected in 1980. Now, Reagan still faced a hostile Congress. But he was able to forge coalition that saw him radically reverse a lot of the grave damage decades worth of democrats in power had caused the nation. But it took him 8 years to really turn it all around. That would lead to the greatest and longest period of economic growth in our nation’s history.
When America elected Bill Clinton in 1992, the young charismatic President started off just like our current one. This of course led to the second Reagan revolution, in Congress, that finally ended four decades of the democrat’s stranglehold on America.
Frankly, this saved Bill Clinton’s political career and his presidency. Like Obama, Clinton came into office with big dreams and wanting to "remake America" starting with his version of a government health care takeover.
Well, once the conservatives took over, and notice I said conservatives, because not all Republicans are conservative, but more on that later. Anyway, once the conservatives took over, they worked hard to get government back in line.
The Conservative Republican Congress gave us welfare reform and a host of cost savings. But most notably, they balanced the budget. Clinton got credit for all of this by the way.
I’m sure at this point you are asking why the stroll through memory lane. Well, it’s important to understand the past, to understand how we got to where we are at. How we got here, and where we might be going.
You see, those wonderful Republicans who took over Congress, and brought a measure of common sense to government, are no more. Oh sure, there are still some strong, honest, and sincere conservatives in Congress. In fact, there are some really bright lights that shine in that otherwise dark, dank, and corrupt body.
But, not nearly enough.
You see, some of the conservatives have left. Retirement as well as other opportunities. And of course, lost elections, have thinned the herd. But another problem, the really big problem, is that once there, a lot of these warriors who made a difference, got comfortable. They became part of the establishment.
Our founding fathers never intended for there to be a "ruling class" in America. They never in their wildest dreams wanted to see career politicians. George Washington himself set the tone when he voluntarily ended his presidency by not seeking another election victory.
It was intended by our founders that our elected leaders, who work for us by the way, would come and put in their time in service to the nation, and then go home! It was intended that these public servants would then live under the laws they themselves created. It was a beautiful vision. What better way to keep government restrained, as our founders intended, than to have the law makers return to being regular Joe’s (and now Jane’s) and have to live under the same conditions as the rest of the nation. Conditions they created.
And that leads us to where we are now.
I hate to be an alarmist. But, America is in grave danger. You remember the dangerous domestic terrorists I was talking about? The 60s and 70's radicals who completely bought into Marxism? The radical Saul Alinsky communists?
Well, they now run the country.
Now our more moderate friends out there get all crazy when you use the words communist and communism. They say it’s "too harsh." Well, it may be "harsh", but it’s the truth. As the saying goes, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a communist!
All one has to do is the very minimum of research, which is effortless thanks to the technology you are using as you read these words, and you will learn that Barack Obama was raised and nurtured in the theories of Marx and Alinsky.
Obama’s peers and mentors throughout his life have openly embraced Marxism.
But, all of those labels are meaningless. It’s the actions of all of these people that is at issue. The plans and schemes of the democrat party, led by Barack Obama, are designed to take away your liberty and freedom. They are designed to make you subservient to the state. The exact opposite of what our Constitution is all about.
Let’s remember, while Obama and his crew are still playing the "blame everything on George Bush" game, they are the ones who have caused us to be where we are at.
The Republicans, due to their inability to stick to proven and time honored conservative principles of governing, lost Congress in 2006. In other words, the democrat party has been in charge of law making and budgets for two and a half years.
When the democrats took control of Congress, the economy was in good shape.
There were issues, especially with Fannie and Freddie, which the democrats continually blocked Republican efforts to fix, and rising energy costs, which are absolutely the fault of the democrats who have a "zero new energy produced in America" sort of policy. Never mind that we are one of the most natural resources rich nations on the planet, and could easily be totally self sufficient, energy wise, if we wanted to be.
But, even with all of the issues, unemployment was under 5 percent, which was lower than the average of the entire 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's!
Our GDP had slowed, but was still growing. Inflation was low. The Stock market was setting all sorts of records.
But, the dishonest media, which had been pounding it into the public’s mind that we had a horrible economy for a long time, was finally able to convince enough poor souls that day was night, and up was down.
Since the democrats have taken control of Congress, our economy has nosedived. Some states have unemployment as high as 15 percent. The stock market almost crashed. The entire economy is in reverse.
Some say it was mighty convenient that the potato salad hit the fan at the exact same time we were in the final days of the 2008 election. But I’ll leave that for the conspiracy theorists to sort out.
Here is the real point of this long winded rant. America is under assault. Our very way of life is being destroyed. Our Constitution is being ignored. We have a President and a Congress full of democrats who absolutely hate the America that most of us grew up in. The America that was proud. The America that was strong. The America that was brave. The America that believed in the strength of the individual. The America that was optimistic. The America that was the beacon of liberty and freedom to the entire world.
The America that Ronald Reagan called the shining city on a hill.
The democrats in power, the Statists, as Mark Levin calls them, don’t see America this way, never have. They have never come to grips with the fact that America is the single greatest force for good this world has ever known. We have in our short history, literally protected the entire world, nations as old as time, from great evil.
To the Statist, it is America that is evil, unjust, and unworthy. Witness Barack Obama’s 2009 Apology Tour of the World! We’ve got Hilary Clinton, bless her heart, apologizing to China and India for OUR contribution to the imaginary "global warming" crisis! China a nation whose rivers have been known to turn some very intriguing colors from the various chemicals being dumped in them. And India with air thicker than the legendary San Francisco fog!
The current government sees America and her Constitution as fatally flawed. Thanks to the gradual take over of our educational system, starting with our colleges and universities, by Marxists and other radicals, the current majority government, the democrats, were nurtured and marinated in this anti-American, anti-capitalism, anti-liberty and freedom way of thinking.
And Barack Obama is the crown jewel of this movement.
If someone purposely took a child at birth, and devoted their time grooming them to be the perfect embodiment of Marxism, the perfect communist. The perfect Saul Alinsky "community organizer." If these people then moved heaven and earth to place him in the position to be President of the United States the most powerful position on earth. If someone purposely set out to do this, they couldn’t do a better job than what has already been done with Barack Obama.
Frankly, if you are reading this, you already know instinctively that America is big, big trouble. You already know the issues. You know about the insane cap and tax scheme to destroy jobs and industry, and impose the largest tax increase ever foisted on mankind. All in the name of a fake "problem."
You also understand that Obama and his crew are trying to destroy the greatest health care on earth. If you have started reading the details of the bill the House wants to pass, you will see this is nothing less than an end run around the Constitution in the crazed democrats’ effort to control every facet of your life.
Hey, it’s what the do. It’s in their DNA.
Look, I’m an old car guy and as one of my personal heroes Lee Iaccoca always said: "Don’‘t forget to ask for the sale!"
So, this is me "asking for the sale."
As Americans, free Americans, we have a duty to protect this nation. We have a duty to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of our fellow Americans. We have a duty to protect liberty at any cost.
This is advanced citizenship, but it is vital that you understand that the time to set around and lament, to moan and groan, is over.
We are at a defining moment in time. We are at the cusp of history. America is teetering at the ledge of total destruction. Economic destruction. Social destruction. The total usurpation of the Constitution, our supreme law. The total destruct of freedom and liberty.
It is your duty as an American to get off the couch, and get into the game. No longer can you sit idly watching this all take place. It’s time to become part of the new counterculture.
As conservatives, we make up one of the largest groups in America. Conservatives are not Republican or democrat, although there are conservatives in both parties. Conservatives are men and women. Conservatives are black and white, and Hispanic, and every race in between Conservatism isn’t a political philosophy. Conservatism is a way of life. A philosophy that is grounded in liberty, freedom, and personal responsibility.
We are what used to be called the "silent majority."
We have the strength in numbers. Now is the time to use that strength, to use that power.
Now, I don’t advocate violence. Leave that sort of thing to the other side.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t fight back with ever ounce of our souls!
Here’s what you must do. Not should do, but MUST do.
As a freedom loving American, it is your duty to become as informed as you can. Stop paying attention to the old media. Dig harder to find out the facts. Again, the machine you are reading this on is a perfect tool of knowledge, if you use it.
It is your duty to go out and grab ever other American around you, and help them understand the grave danger they are in. The grave danger America is in. It is your duty to talk to people who always say "I don’t do politics" and make them understand that their very liberty and freedom depends on them "doing politics!"
You have to start a real counter-counter revolution in your surroundings. Among those you know. Those friends and family must then be encouraged to do the same! No stone should be left unturned, and no person passed over. Shout it from the roof tops, if you must!
Get involved with like minded people. The internet is great for that. Plenty of networking opportunities. But those are useless unless you get out there and actually DO something.
As conservatives, we naturally drift towards the GOP. After all, it’s our natural home. However, the moderate, squishy, touchy-feely "democrat-lite" Republicans have been in control of the party for some time. There are many who want to walk away and start a new party. In fact, a very large group is praying that Sarah Palin does just that and makes both parties irrelevant.
I doubt she would entertain that, and it would be a disaster.
We can retake our party. Remember, politicians work for us, not the other way around.
As in every election, in 2010, every single member of the House of Representatives is up for re-election. Now I know, there are a lot of scorched earthers out there that just want to throw everyone out and start over, but that is insanity. In fact, the House is where a good many real conservatives live. Just not enough.
Here’s what you must do, and encourage absolutely everyone you know, or ever met to do. You must look at the record of the man or woman who represents you in the House. You may not agree with everything they do, but look at them as a whole. If they are doing right, if they are principled conservatives. Good. If they are not, you and everyone you know needs to come up with a real conservative, one with Reagan’s principles, to run for that seat.
Now, if your representative is good to go, help support them. And, if possible, look at the districts that surround you. Maybe you have the perfect person, but one county over, they have a bad one. If there is a real conservative running, support them any way you can. If possible, even help find one to run if one isn’t already!
The Senate is going to be a real challenge, and the GOP, isn’t helping. They have decided to back some moderate candidates over real conservatives, because they think the moderate has a better chance at winning.
Like that strategery hasn’t been a complete disaster forever!
What’s the use of electing a moderate who will vote with democrats on some of the most defining issues in our nation’s history?
Support the conservatives! Do whatever you can, and encourage others to do the same.
The bottom line is this. We can take the party back, we can take Congress back, we can take the White House back, and we can take America back.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking you are only one person, and do not matter. You have the power, thanks to the God given liberty and freedom guaranteed in our Constitution, to effect real hope and real change.
Get in the game. Join with others. Protest the evils, like cap and tax, and the destruction of our health care system, the finest on earth. Go to a tea party. Go to a rally. Be bold!
This is advanced citizenship. Go feel the exhilaration of standing up for what is right!
And bring all your friends!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
This piece of history from the great Ronald Reagan needs little set up, or commentary. As always, Reagan says it well. His very first words say so much, and looking through the prism of history were 100 percent correct. The rest is rather chilling.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I’ve written before about some of the connections between the groups attacking Sarah Palin and both George Soros and Barack Obama. They are all intertwined. And as Soros’ group MoveOn.org famously said after the 2004 presidential election, regarding the democrat party: "It’s ours, we paid for it!"
MoveOn came into being during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal that saw President Clinton impeached for lying under oath during a sexual harassment law suit, as well as suborning perjury when he asked Monica Lewinsky to do the same.
The who idea was to get America to "move on" from the Lewinsky scandal. Since then, the Soros funded group has morphed into just another arm of the democrat party.
I have referred to Soros as a real live version of the James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, or even a non endearing version of Mike Myers’ Dr Evil. But there is absolutely nothing funny about Soros, and unfortunately, there is no 007 working to stop him. But make no mistake, Soros is just as dangerous as anything to come out of Ian Fleming’s fertile imagination.
As this little primer points out, Soros is an evil man who has spent a lifetime destroying others for his benefit. He survived WWII by being a Nazi collaborator. He made in billions by manipulating currency, and profiting off of others suffering. He is very far left leaning, is most definitely a communist, like Barack Obama.
My friend, the Red Diva has put together a great bit of information on George Soros, a follow the money sort of thing that I’d like to share with all of you. With her permission, of course.
Governor Sarah Palin’s resignation speech of July 3, 2008, along with the reasons she provided, were obviously exactly what the Palin supporters wanted to hear. When the funding report for Palin’s SarahPAC was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Anchorage Daily News (ADN) reported that through June 30, the political action fund had received almost $733,000 in donations since being established roughly six months ago. Meg Stapleton, SarahPAC spokesperson, added that since the resignation announcement, another $200,000 has been received.
Following her announcement in early July, Governor Palin began speaking out about the injustice she sees with Mr. Obama’s new policies for America. One of the areas in which the knowledge and wisdom of Sarah Palin should have special attention paid is her expertise in the field of energy. She wrote an op-ed piece which appeared in the Washington Post on July 14, 2009. She correctly pointed out the short-comings of the cap-and-trade bill Mr. Obama has pushed so secretively to the American people using his Democrat – controlled Congress.
On a day when Andree McLeod filed yet another ethics charge (number 20, if you’re counting), CNN is now reporting that MoveOn.org has begun sending e-mails to its members asking them to fund a response ad "blasting Palin’s new Washington Post op-ed. "MoveOn.org is trying to make the supporters of Governor Palin believe that her article was "a marvel of misinformation and outright lies." Her supporters, of course, will not believe this effort to smear Governor Palin’s wealth of knowledge in this area, but rest assured this is nothing more than another George Soros attack.
George Soros is the "pocket" the money is coming from to fund the Democratic Party attacks on Governor Palin, and he has plenty of it to dole out. MoveOn.org is just one of the many front organizations allowing him to more securely implant Socialism into America. His OSI (Open Society Institute) is the manner he uses to fund all of his puppet organizations, only one of which is the Democratic Party.
He and his "institutes" and "organizations" provided the money that has been used in every effort to belittle Governor Palin. ACORN, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is also behind the voter fraud that occurred during the presidential election of 2008 in various states, and he had the money to dissuade the states involved from pursuing the illegalities in a court of law where they should have been taken for criminal prosecution.
There have been times when it is painfully obvious that George Soros is behind all of these efforts. Such was the case in the CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) attempt to dissuade the positive public opinion of Governor Palin as they sought an FOIA in the Troopergate matter as well as the formal complaint they filed with the Federal Elections Commission in regards to the clothing purchased for her and her family by the Republican National Committee.
Please note I too Have written about Barack Obama's direct involvement in the troopergate smear, in which Governor Palin was ultimately found innocent of any wrong doing. Of course, the damage was done, as her exoneration didn't come until after the Presidential election. Obama managed to payoff Alaska Senator Kim Elton with a make work job at the Dept of Interior for his services in trying to hurt Governor Palin. Chicago politics at it's finest!
The Diva continues:
The previously mentioned ACORN involvement in the Democratic Party, LaRaza and Supreme Court appointee Sotomayer, and this newest MoveOn.org effort are also obvious attempts by George Soros to bring this coup against our Democracy and convert it to Socialism.
The fact that he "owns" the Democratic Party by the very donations that he makes both personally and through his front groups directly involves him in the attempts to ruin, both politically and personally, Governor Sarah Palin. His goal of a Socialist America is directly threatened by her and her supporters from grass-roots America. He knows that as long as she is speaking out, people will listen. He recognizes that the best way to halt her progress is to provide reasons to doubt her veracity.
What he hasn’t counted on is that the American people are not excited about having strings attached to our arms and legs and manipulated to do his bidding. Many of the American people are not, that is, because it does appear that the Democrats in America are willing. So far, they’ve been doing his bidding with what must be considered, by Soros, as disastrous results.
This latest attempt will end the same way.
Part of the methodology George Soros uses behind the scenes is known as the "Cloward – Piven" strategy. Cloward-Piven is a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.
First proposed in 1966 by Columbia University political scientists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the initial plan was to bankrupt the welfare system in America and introduce what could be considered as a radical change in replacing it. The main idea is to use a strategy of introducing crises.
The Cloward-Piven approach in this instance called for the welfare rolls to be swamped with new applications which would result in economic collapse leading to political turmoil and ultimately to Socialism.
The welfare crisis that bankrupted New York City in 1975 was the result of the use of this strategy by The National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), founded by African-American militant George Alvin Wiley.
From the NWRO grew new movements such as the Living Wage Movement and the Voting Rights Movement, both of which are reliant upon ACORN, a George Soros front-group, depending heavily upon the financial support from another George Soros front-group, Open Society Institute.
The Cloward-Piven plan uses "aggressive community organizers" to create a crisis of militancy. Intimidated by violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for assistance in handling the "crisis" through carefully orchestrated media campaigns by leftwing journalists to introduce a federal program of income redistribution much like Mr. Obama’s "share the wealth" plan during his presidential campaign.
Although the goal of the Cloward-Piven strategy itself was a Marxist society, George Soros has adopted it to his ideas of Socialism, put it to work in the Democratic Party, and with his careful honing of some of the "rough spots" made it into a much more efficient weapon against the American people than the original developers could have hoped.
This is the strategy George Soros is using against Governor Sarah Palin. It can be seen in the fact that as this article is written, twenty ethics complaints have been filed in Alaska by Alaskans who have been "bought and paid for" by the George Soros-funded and Cloward-Pivens Strategy-driven Alaska Democratic Party. It is the same strategy Soros has used and is using to force Socialism on the American people using one of his puppets, Barack Obama
Red Diva has written more about the money and connections between the Democrat National Committee and the various Alaska democrat operatives who have been steadily attacking Governor Palin since she was announced as a Vice Presidential candidates, and of course, I too have a catalog of blog entries on these underhanded and unethical democrats, as well.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Filed under news the state run media doesn’t want you to know:
According to the website Africa Matata, Miss Malawi, Perth Msiska has given up her crown to pursue a career in politics. She cites Sarah Palin as her inspiration. As we all know, besides being a state championship winning basketball player, and marathon runner, Governor Palin put herself through college with the scholarships she earned competing in beauty pageants.
It is also reported that Malawian President, Bingu wa Mutharika was also inspired by John McCain when he picked Joyce Banda as his running mate.
Even better, Vice President Banda the first female Veep in Malawi’s history, will look to run as her party’s Presidential candidate in 2013.
It’s not surprising that Sarah Palin has inspired millions upon millions of Americans, but her effect as an inspirational leader world wide shouldn’t be forgotten.
Even liberals like former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown are saying positive things about Governor Palin. And liberal icon Camille Paglia has written in praise of Palin almost from the beginning of Sarah’s entrance onto the big stage.
Now that Governor Palin will be soon free of the democrat operatives who are costing Alaska taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars by filing their bogus harassment "ethics complaints" against her, look for her to be a serious player on the world stage.
Governor Palin has already stated she will be touring the nation speaking to crowds about conservative principles and supporting candidates that adhere to those principles. She has said she will support all who share her love for America, liberty, and freedom.
As a side note, no matter how much CNN tried to make a huge deal out of Barack Obama’s recent trip to Ghana, the Associated Press reports that few actually bothered to go and see Mr Hope and Change for themselves!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Alaska Democrats Prove Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt Sarah Palin’s Resignation Was A Genius Move...UPDATED
Rex Butler sighting Update at the bottom!
You know, at some point you just sit back and realize that some folks are just crazy. Maybe insane!
But I have to say, that in the long run, Sarah Palin’s decision to stand down, fall on her sword for the Alaskan taxpayers, was a genius move. Not only will she save the taxpayers millions of dollars, she will be free of this sort of nonsense that I doubt anyone else in public could withstand, especially with the grace and dignity in which she has comported herself.
As I wrote the other day, democrat hack Zane Henning couldn’t contain his joy when Governor Palin resigned and just had to prove her point and highlight her most self-sacrificing reason for leaving her job: The fact that these out of control democrats are costing, no, scratch that, STEALING millions of dollars and 1000's of man hours from the Alaska taxpayers with their severe case of Palin Derangement Syndrome.
You can go back and read all about that one.
But today, the loons struck yet again!
This press release came from Palin’s Chief of Staff, Mike Nizich.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor’s Chief of Staff Releases Statement
July 10, 2009 Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, issued the following statement today on the occasion of the 19th ethics complaint being filed against the governor or a member of her staff:
"A week ago today, the governor told Alaskans that she was about to step down as governor in large part because of the campaign of harassment against this office, in which the Executive Branch Ethics Act has been repeatedly abused. Incredibly, since then two more ethics complaints have been filed against the governor, including one today.
"Typically, the first action by these complainants has been an illegal one – to announce the filing of the complaints to the news media, in clear violation of the mandatory confidentiality in the law. Unfortunately, unlike the legislative ethics act, there is no provision in the executive ethics act for a complaint to be automatically dismissed when it is publicized prematurely. Regardless of that, it is breathtakingly hypocritical for anyone to violate the ethics law in the very act of making an allegation against the governor."
"Although the governor would not have thought it possible, the latest complaint rises to a new level of absurdity in alleging that she has been paid for interviews that she has given to the news media. It is amazing to me that anyone could think that, let alone put their name behind it and once again seek to distract state officials and needlessly increase their work load. The state is losing the value of some of its expenditures when public servants are pulled away from important assignments to deal with far-fetched and mean-spirited allegations."
Governor Palin issued the following statement:
"The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the ‘new normal’ of political discourse. I hope this will be a wake-up call – to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally – that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few."
Of the ethics complaints against the governor or her staff, 15 have been resolved without any finding of wrongdoing, and four are now pending.
One notices that it is illegal to release any details of an ethics complaint because of confidentiality laws.
Think about that. The first thing these "arbiters of public ethics" do is break the very law they claim they are wanting to uphold!
Of course they use their usual suspects, the "axis of nefariousness": Huffington Post bloggers Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, (AKMuckraker) Amanda Coyne and Geoffrey Dunn; Alaska’s official DNC blogger Linda Kellen Biegel; and of course, the Anchorage Daily News, to help them break the law.
The complainant here is a fellow named Ray Ward. His other major claim to fame is that he once filed a suit against the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Ward, for those who care, is a lifelong James Brown impersonator.
There is most definitely something in the water in Alaska that effects liberals in an adverse way.
I hope once Governor Palin is out of office, that Governor Parnell, and his staff work toward reforming these ethics laws, adding strict punishment, as in jail time, for those who would file frivolous complaints repeatedly or break the confidentiality laws.
The rule of law is a two way street not a play ground for liberal democrats to harass those they disagree with. This technique of course is right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules. The bible that is evidently given to liberals at birth!
Also right out of the CREW, (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) playbook, as well. CREW is a George Soros front group and is behind at least one complaint against Governor Palin, that we know of.
And independent of my own work, others have tied Barack Obama, directly to the effort to take Sarah Palin down, both before the election, and most definitely after. This has to be read to be understood.
These people are scared to death of her, and rightly so.
Of course, liberals, being liberals, they overreach. Just like Obama and his cronies are overreaching by trying to ram their agenda down America’s throat, at warp speed, these Alaskan democrats are doing the same overreaching and really overkill with this nonsense.
Every time they file one of these ludicrous "ethics complaints" they simply make Governor Palin’s point for her. They put an exclamation point on the fact that her self sacrifice for Alaska was morally the right thing to do, and something that few other politicians would ever have the integrity to do.
If we didn’t have such a totally worthless media, Sarah Palin would be heralded as a great statesman with a true servant’s heart. Fat chance that will happen with what passes for "reporting" these days.
As an aside, anyone catch Senior Washington Correspondent for Politics Today’s scathing indictment of the media and it’s total efforts to destroy Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential election and afterward? This is a fascinating piece of writing.
It deserves a Pulitzer, I wait with breathless anticipation.
One actually feels Sarah Palin’s sadness and disdain in this tweet from her Blackberry at around 9 pm Friday night:
"More precious time, public & private resources wasted today w yet another frivolous false ethics charge, I'll send presser. So sorry, Alaska."
I’ve asked this before of my fellow conservatives, and fellow Republicans. When is enough going to be enough? When are we, as a group, going to get serious about this sort of thing, and fight back?
Even if Sarah Palin isn’t your cup of tea, these tactics have been used by democrats on their enemies for decades. Never this aggressively, but used none the less.
At some point these unethical, and immoral, perversions of the political discourse will get around to someone you care about.
As Sean Connery’s .Jim Malone says to Kevin Costner’s Eliot Ness with his dying breath in The Untouchables: :What are you prepared to do!
It seems that Ray Ward's attorney in this matter is Rex Lamont Butler. Rex Butler is an Obama supporter who is basically acting as Bristol Palin's dead-beat dad ex-fiance, Levi Johnston's "agent" while he is negotiating book deals and movies. And it is reported that Butler is also representing Levi's mom, Sherry Johnston on her 6 felon drug charges. Also, Butler has admitted he paid for The Johnston family's trip to New York to hit all of the talk shows recently. Oh, what a tangled web these democrats weave!