Monday, August 3, 2009
2) Mitt Romney is a flawed candidate. Many agree that on paper, Mitt Romney is the "front-runner" for the nomination in 2012. He has business/leadership experience, and believes strongly that capitalism works. Those are both great qualities when running against a pro-government, anti-business President. However, he will have to explain why he passed a statewide healthcare program as Governor of Massachusetts, that has left the state near bankruptcy, and officials scrambling to find additional funds to keep it running. With so many Americans hoping President Obama doesn't pass his universal healthcare plan, why would they vote for a candidate who actually did pass it in his homestate? Now, it is true that the Democratic controlled legislature in Massachusetts changed much of the legislation Romney had proposed, however, he did end up signing it into law, and he will have a difficult time explaining that decision to Republican voters, paving the way for Sarah Palin to point out its inefficiency and waste.
3) She is prepared for the attacks. Lets face it, President Obama had a pretty easy road to the White House, with the mainstream media fawning all over him (think Chris Matthews and his tingle). However, Obama has shown over the past seven months an inability to deal with challenging questions from the media. During one of his many press conferences, for example, when a reporter from CNN (yes, I was shocked too) questioned the growing deficit, Obama became visibly agitated and quickly silenced the reporter by calling on another. Slight, but telling. The second time around, Obama will be running on a record, and the media will be forced to challenge him on it. They will no doubt do so lightly, but it will be interesting to see how the "cool, calm and collected" candidate that was Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign will handle a tougher challenge in the 2012 campaign. It is pretty easy to become President when you have no record to be challenged on, and the media gives you a free pass. Sarah Palin on the other hand is more than prepared to deal with the media attacks. In fact, she will downright expect them. Sarah has proven she's not only willing to take on her attackers with her head held high, but she can throw a punch with a wink and a smile. No candidate could be more prepared for a Presidential run in terms of dealing with the mainstream media then Sarah Palin.
4) She is selfless. The liberals will argue that Sarah Palin is a quitter since she resigned her position as governor with 18 months to go in her term. They'll say, "if she gave up on Alaska, she'll give up on you" That may resonate with some voters. But, the real truth is that her decision to resign the governorship was not a selfish act of self-promotion, but a SELFLESS act of putting her state first. With Sarah making the decision that she would like to be a true force in the Republican party, and would like to hit the road campaigning for other candidates, it was selfless of her to resign, knowing it would be unfair for tax payers to continue to pay her salary with her away from the state so often. As a tax payer in Obama's home state of Illinois, I can tell you it's pretty frustrating to know that my hard earned tax dollars went to paying his salary, while he traveled the country promoting himself, rather than doing what he was elected to do: fight for the citizens of his state.
5) She has a record of achievement and reform. Enough said. If Barack Obama can be elected with perhaps the thinest of Presidential resumes, Sarah Palin can be elected President because she has a record of actually accomplishing things. Even after resigning, she had a 54% approval rating among Alaskan voters because they know she got the job done. That's better than Barack Obama's approval rating right now! Like she said in her convention speech, "being a small-town mayor is sort of like being a community organizer, except you have actual responsibilities"
These are just five reasons. Feel free to add more, because I know these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Two words: Sarah Palin. Whenever her name is pronounced, people have one of two reactions- they either love her or hate her. A year ago, I did not even know who Sarah Palin was, but I am so glad that I, as well as the rest of America, has gotten to get to know this truly tremendous woman and her generous, kind-hearted family. I may have not been familiar with Sarah Palin, but my dad was very familiar with her long before she was picked as McCain's running mate. I first heard of Sarah, not by her name, but as my dad referred to her as that "cool governor of Alaska." You see, my dad had been listening to the news one day when a commentator was talking about this governor from AK who was a true reformer and fiscal conservative. My dad drew an immediately liking to her when he heard about how she had virtually reformed and cleaned-up the corruption in the state of AK. I remember dad telling me about all the amazing things she had done as governor and that he sincerely hoped she would be considered as a possible running mate for McCain. As he told me about her, I immediately began to like her and all she stood for, but I thought "Come on, we're talking about the governor of Alaska." Now, don't get me wrong, but prior to learning about how wonderful the state of AK and its people are, I was only going on what I had seen on TV and in the movies. You know those movies about distant lands, lots of snow and Eskimos? Well, let's just say that's what I thought AK was all about, not that there's anything wrong with that. Like so many of you out there, these stereotypes were instilled into my brain to the point in which it was hard to see AK as anything other than a desolate land. Let's just say that I am SOOOO glad I was wrong about AK and its awesome people. Not only is AK one of the most beautiful, resource-rich states in America, but the people who I have gotten to know from AK are the most generous, friendly people I have ever met; the saying "real people" certainly applies. It's too bad more people cannot realize what I have come to realize.
The people of AK have a lot to thank Sarah for. She not only forever changed the once-held perceptions people in the lower 48 held regarding AK and its people, but she has opened the door for conservative women like me everywhere who finally have found a voice to represent us in politics. A year ago, I was getting ready to apply for teaching positions at local community colleges to teach journalism and English, I never thought I'd be in the position I am today. I never thought I'd be blogging, getting politically active, and speaking at Tea Parties and if not for Sarah, I guarantee I wouldn't be writing and thinking about having a career in politics. Sarah has inspired me so much, and I'm sure she has inspired you as well. This blog has opened so many doors, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see what God has in store for me as I continue down this journey called life. I have gotten to know so many amazing people who have inspired me to fight the good fight and continue to press on no matter who tries to bring me down. People like #1 AK Talk Radio Host Eddie Burke, who has been nice enough to have me as a regular guest on his radio show. (Please listen to his show on www.kbyr.com Monday-Friday from 3-6 PSD.) Eddie is a great example of a person who is repeatedly attacked, but continues the good fight for a cause greater than self; he truly loves his country. Another inspiring AK individual who I have gotten the chance to know is Jessica Steele, Sarah's hairdresser who owns the Beehive Beauty Shop in Wasilla, AK. As I blogged about recently, a reporter for the New York Slimes (Times) recently wrote a story using quotes they said came from Jessica about Sarah's hair thinning from stress, and so on. Only problem is, Jessica NEVER said anything of the sort and NEVER would. This is the media of today. A Media that see Sarah as a threat, which as I have discussed before is the reason they are trying, yet to no avail, to bring down. These are just a couple of great AKn people whom I have gotten to know over the last few months. These are good people who, like Sarah, are being unfairly attacked by the liberal left. When they are attacked, they press forward, which is what I am going to do. Like them, I know that anytime I am attacked, my common sense message is getting out there. When Jesus was spit on, he pressed on just as Sarah continues to press on when slanderous statements are reported about her and her family. People like Sarah, Eddie and Jessica are great Americans who are fighting the good fight in the name of freedom and liberty. It is our First Amendment right to speak out, and until this right is taken away, I will continue to speak out and voice my opinion. Like the great Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is a great communicator who is also not afraid to speak out, which is so refressing. I did not agree with everything John McCain did in his run for the presidency, but the best thing he did was selecting Sarah to be his running mate, and I will forever be greatful. If it wasn't for his picking Sarah, America may have not gotten to know and come to love this woman. Sarah is a true jewel whom in true Ronald Reagan fashion has and will continue to do great things. Last year, as I reflected on the year that had been and the year that was to come, I never would have thought that, in the year to come, our country would be heading down the dangerous path toward socialism. I wonder what next year will look like? We NEED more Americans who are willing to fight the good fight for smaller, more efficient government. The more people who rise up and voice their concerns, the better chance we have to truly make a difference for our children and ourselves. I recommend you all read Glenn Beck's "Common Sense." It will open your eyes to what America once was and unfortunately what it is becoming. We, the people, are strongest when we come together.
So on my next birthday, it is my hope that when I reflect back on the year that was, I can look with pride at a nation who came together as one like we did following the tragic events of 9/11. Anything is possible, so, readers, keep up the good fight in the name of freedom and liberty!!!
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ANCHORAGE, AK- Governor Palin is back, almost a week since she stepped out of the spotlight.
Governor Palin gave a speech on 2nd Amendment rights at a banquet in Anchorage.
The Saturday night event capped a 4-day National Rifle Association seminar hosted by the Alaska Gun Collectors Association.
NRA director Wayne Anthony Ross, president of the gun collectors' group, says Palin attended the dinner with her husband, Todd. Ross says about 130 people attended the event.
Gun collectors groups from outside the state presented Palin with lifetime memberships. She also received the NRA's Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting.
An avid defender of our 2nd Amendment rights, Sarah Palin spoke about Big Government intrusion and the importance of being vigilant in protecting our right to bear arms.
A star-studded banquet concluded the events of the NRA's XVIII Gun Collectors Seminar in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday night, August 1, 2009.
Luminaries such as NRA President Ronald Schmeits (pictured above with Sarah Palin) and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre attended the four-day seminar in downtown Anchorage. The seminar was hosted by Gun Collectors Committee Chairman Wayne Anthony Ross and the members of the Alaska Gun Collectors Association.
Seminar activities included sessions on World War II in Alaska as well as the life of the common soldier of the American revolution and culminated Saturday evening with a visit from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who gave a stirring speech on 2nd Amendment rights. Following the speech she was presented with Life Memberships in The Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association and the Dallas Arms Collectors Association. The members of the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association also presented Gov. Palin with an NRA Benefactor Life Membership as well. She was also presented with the NRA's Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting. This is only the second time in 10 years the award has been presented on behalf of the NRA's Gun Collectors Committee.
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