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Thursday, September 3, 2009

McCain's Hole in One: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

The night before John McCain was to announce his running mate, speculation was running rampant. Journalists were fighting tooth and nail in an attempt to get any shred of information regarding the "top-secret" pick. For me personally, the "night before" speculation has become a "where were you the night before the world was introduced to Sarah Palin?" Just as I am able to recall where I was when OJ Simpson, in his White Ford Bronco, was being chased down the highway by police, I am able to recall where I was on, what would become, the eve Republican Party history would be made. I was watching Hannity and Colmes with my mom, listening to the guys' debate on who they felt would be picked. Names such as Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Jindal and even Lieberman were thrown around like a football. As a young conservative woman, I have tremendous respect for all of the men above, but I did not have the enthusiasm I would soon have when I turned the news on the next morning. Sarah Palin IS the reason why I have centered my blog on strong, conservative female candidates. It was Sarah Palin who re-energized a party that was split. Before Sarah Palin, John McCain was struggling to stay afloat, struggling to keep up with the glitzy, charismatic candidate that was Barack Obama. Sarah Palin was his "hole in one." I remember saying to my mom: "Why doesn't the Republican Party have any strong, conservative female candidates?" Well, I didn't have to wait that long for my answer because it came the next morning in the form of AK Governor Sarah Palin. I will never forget hugging my mom, tears in my eyes saying that I finally had an American political role model. I have to admit that it was fun to watch the MSM trip over themselves throughout the day of the announcement as they scrambled to uncover any little tidbit they could about the Alaskan governor: "She hunts, she fishes, she's the hottest governor of the coldest state, she was a beauty pageant contestant..." The MSM could not get enough of Sarah. Although the stories about her soon turned into negative tabloid journalism, it was memorable to see that for once, Barack Obama had been overshadowed. It is as if Sarah Palin and Barack Obama were characters straight from the "Brady Bunch," with Barack crying out: "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah."Just this past Saturday, August 29, we celebrated the one-year anniversary when Sarah was introduced to America, and today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Sarah's coming-out party when she addressed America at the Republican National Convention!!! I write this because, as I'm sure you all know, it was this day last year that Sarah wowed America with one of best, if not the best, political speeches I have ever heard in my 28 years. I am amazed and in awe of her. As you all are well aware, Sarah and her family were harassed and belittled on television and on the web after she was announced as the Republican Party's nominee, I remember telling my mom: "I hope Sarah just socks it to the media and makes them regret all of the cruel, outlandish statements they have been reporting about her!" In true Sarah fashion, she not only socked it to them, but energized a nation. There are so many parts of that speech that I adore, but perhaps the best part of her entire speech was how honest she was with the American people ( her one-liners were pretty darn good too). Not only did Sarah speak from the heart, but she gave us the straight talk. Sarah is one of us! She is living proof that you don't need an ivy-league education or rich, elite friends to be a fantastic candidate. Here she was, a self-described hockey mom who had a loving husband and five adorable children. What was not to love about her? Like many, I have so much in common with her; she is an every woman of sorts. An individual who started out just like many Americans, who learned to work hard and in the end achieve great things. A woman who mothers can cite as an example to their daughters that they too can have a family and be whatever they want to be. Thank you, Sarah, for all you do for normal, hard-working folks like me! Of all the decisions John McCain made during the campaign, his choice of running mate was the best by far. As I have written before, she not only inspires me to want to run for political office, but she inspires me to want do more and be a better person! So on behalf of all of us, Sarah, I want to thank you for shaking things up and showing us what a real woman is made of! Since this is such a special day politically, I have decided to include a couple of my favorite quotes (speech was so good it was hard to only pick a couple) from her speech:"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."Sarah Palin""The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."Sarah Palin


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Levi Johnston: Sarah Palin is an Alien

bristol-levi-SarahBy Shane Vander Hart

He might as well have said that.  Vanity Fair released some excerpts of an "essay" that Levi Johnston "wrote" that will be published next month.  Entitled “Me and Mrs. Palin” discussing his “insider knowledge” of the Palin home is designed to be yet again another smear of Governor Sarah Palin by Vanity Fair.  According to Levi:

  • There wasn’t much parenting, no cooking, no cleaning, laundry.. the kids did it all.
  • She wanted to adopt her grandchild.
  • She talked about quitting right after the 2008 elections, and pouted around the house.
  • In a press release that Vanity Fair sent out Johnston also alleges: that she fought with Todd all of the time and there was talk of divorce (at least we know who started that rumor now).

Johnston is at it again.  Here we get a glimpse into his character and find it wanting.  It’s also sad that he has pretty much destroyed any chance of a relationship with the mother of his child.  I hope the 15-minutes of fame and the money (yes he is getting paid, would they pay him if it were to be a positive story?  I doubt it) is worth it.  I’m sure his son will be proud.

Regarding the parenting claim… let’s see they have two teenage daughters… so they do the cooking and cleaning… it’s called learning responsibility.  My kids cook, clean and do laundry and they are younger.  I guess that means my wife and I are not doing any parenting.  Wait a minute… they’ll know how to cook, clean and do laundry when they are on their own.  They’ll be prepared for life.  Isn’t that parenting?  Also teenagers in general tend to exaggerate, “you never do this.”  “Everybody will be there.”  Etc.  I guess he isn’t used to that style of parenting.

Regarding the claims about her wanting to quit.  Well you didn’t see it on the job.  I’m sure in the privacy of her home she likely did complain about the ethics violations and mounting legal debt.  What I doubt is that it was discussed much around Levi.

Wanting to adopt her grandchild, perhaps it was discussed as an option.  Looking at him I’m sure that she didn’t see him as being capable.  But in an attempt to hide the fact it was Bristol’s?  Please.  Nobody is that stupid.  I mean you had people accusing her of Trig not being hers, do you think that would fly?  Perhaps we now have a glimpse of the source of the Trig Truth rumors that got started.

Regarding fighting that may occurred.  I’m sure they did and do have arguments, what married couple doesn’t?  But I think the divorce rumor has been pretty well put to bed and debunked by people who know them far better and for longer than Johnston.

I don’t even want to comment on the hunting allegation, and that she doesn’t know how to handle a rifle.  It’s just ridiculous.

I’m sure the Palin family has flaws, who doesn’t?  The problem with Levi Johnston is that he has a lying problem, and even Politico, not known to be a friend of Governor Palin’s, sees some inconsistencies.

So we essentially have a he said, she said situation, but Governor Palin has far more credibility, believability and character witnesses.  Again, she’s not perfect, but he paints a picture that is completely the opposite of what we are told by her friends, coworkers, and family. 

Governor Palin will not respond to his Vanity Fair article.  I think that is wise.  She’s got better things to do, and he certainly doesn’t need more attention.

Update: I have updates over at Caffeinated Thoughts on this.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts. You can follow Shane on Twitter and friend him on Facebook

Resurrection and Carrying the Torch

Michael Reagan, "Welcome Back Dad" Excerpt:

I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind (Reagan, 2008, ¶1).

I was wrong (Reagan, 2008, ¶2)!

"Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she (Reagan, 2008, ¶3).

And what a she (Reagan, 2008, ¶4)!

In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene (Reagan, 2008, ¶5).


A year ago today at the twenty second hour and the thirtieth minute Eastern Daylight Time, our yearning for a great leader to bring the Republican Party back home to its basic principles was answered. Someone at the GOP knew this, for Governor Sarah Palin had a countdown timer running throughout the RNC convention until her speech began. The Presidential candidate did not, but he may have realized win or lose that she was his final gift and final act of sacrifice for our nation.

Since that time, Governor Palin accomplished at the conclusion of her term what 50 years of successive administrations in other states could only dream of. Her brainchild, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act began the process of morphing a 30-year-old pipe-dream into a real pipeline to be completed by 2019. Governor Palin did not just say nice words about energy independence. Her actions made AGIA arguably the pinnacle of her career and will likely result in an accomplishment beyond the scale and scope achieved even by presidents.

Most recently, she was summoned and passed her Time of Choosing. Two weeks later, using nothing more than a laptop and FaceBook, she changed legislation and altered political discourse. That history is simultaneously repeating itself and being made could not be clearer....


Reagan, M. (2008, September 4). "Welcome back, dad!" Human Events. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28389&s=rcmp

Sarah Palin: For Such a Time as That, For Such a Time as THIS

By Adrienne Ross from www.motivationtruth.com

A year ago today, Governor Sarah Palin delivered what will go down in history as one of the best speeches--ever. More than 40 million people watched as she proved that she was not only ready for the big stage, but could dominate it.

One year later, Sarah Palin is one of the most sought-after speakers, having to decline a plethora of requests from people and organizations who recognize and appreciate the substance found within her eloquence.

Did you know that at the beginning of her speech, the teleprompter died? She never missed a beat, did she? She has a God-given gift and speaks from the heart, making it all seem so easy.

On August 29, 2008, when John McCain introduced Sarah Palin to the world, we figured she was something special. On September 3rd, we knew she was. And today, we haven't changed our minds. We needed her then. We need her now. She has emerged as a leader at a time when this nation is begging for one. She has emerged..."for such a time as this."

Rewatch the speech that earned her the praise of the world:

Washington Speakers Bureau Confirmed

News reports that Governor Palin has retained the Washington Speakers Bureau exclusively to handle her commercial speaking ventures are correct and verified true (Speakers, 2009, ¶1).


This is a significant accomplishment item for Governor Palin on many levels. First, no ordinary individual can sign up with a speaker's bureau. A speaker must have some cachet that will bring the bureau revenue. A person who earns a substantial honorarium must be an expert in oral communication. Despite claims by her enemies, Governor Palin is an expert speaker, and the Washington Speakers Bureau recognizes her expertise. Governor Palin has more than earned this honor.

Her association with this bureau also reflects Sarah Palin's recognition that the high volume of invitations she has received warrants a staff whose profession is speaking events management. The role of SarahPAC after all is to be a Political Action Committee. Involvement with all the details pertaining to even one invitation distracts from a PAC's core function. Retaining the Washington Speaker's Bureau was a wise decision.

Finally, the top flight speaking engagements Governor Palin will conduct via the Washington Speakers Bureau will give her more global experience. The forthcoming speech in Hong Kong is just one example of this and could be a defining moment in her career. As Gary P. Jackson spent considerable time in his entry, and as was documented soon after the inception of Accomplishments, Governor Palin already has significant foreign policy and foreign trade experience. Meetings with foreign dignitaries were routine for her. As previously documented, Alaska had $3.6 billion in exports and that was considered a "bad year." Anchorage is the midpoint on air routes to places such as Hong Kong, and Tokyo. This speaking engagement will give Governor Palin foreign trade experience -- from Hong Kong's perspective. She will gain first-hand knowledge of another culture, language and customs that simply does not come alive from binders and books. Each carefully chosen engagement in a foreign country will give her that country's perspective.

Hong Kong is especially fitting, for it is a Special Administrative Region in the People's Republic of China. Hong Kong works so well that Communist China left that city's capitalist system intact! This speaks volumes as to the stark difference between Governor Palin and the current tenant of the White House, who is an unabashed Marxist.

Each engagement is preparatory work for doing something she is used to doing, but on a much larger scale. A governor after all is essentially President, CEO, and Commander-in-Chief of a state. With her retention of the Washington Speakers Bureau and these speaking engagements, Governor Palin will be even more prepared to be President Palin.....


SARAH PALIN: Selects Washington Speakers Bureau for exclusive representation. (n.d.). "Speaker News." Washington Speakers Bureau. Retrieved September 3, 2009 from: http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/news/speaker_news.cfm?Id=320

Wake Up, Senator Murkowski: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

It is very apparent that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is down-right jealous of Sarah Palin. What other republican politician draws standing-room-only crowds? What other republican politician has the gift to connect with members of any party? What other republican politician has polarized the nation and re-energized a party? Yeah, I'd have to say that Sarah Palin is a pretty hard act to follow. Money and power should not be criteria to becoming the senator of a state. In appointing his daughter to the senate in 2002, Former Governor Frank Murkowski basically was telling the good people of AK: "I don't think you all can make a good decision, so I'm going to make the decision for you." In appointing his daughter, voters were robbed of performing their civic duty to choose for themselves the senator whom would best represent them, but it is important to point out that she was elected two years later in 2004. I have a lot of negative feelings toward individuals who unfairly appoint others to political office and also for those who accept the apointment, but this is a story for another day. Recently, Murkowski did a good thing in holding a townhall (unlike Senator Mark Begich). Yet, it is some comments she made during this townhall that have my blood boiling. During this event she commented on the recent comments Sarah made regarding her belief that the health care bill includes "death panels" (see my post: "Sarah's Right, Again" for more on this). Here's a portion of what Senator Murkowski said:

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels.... Quite honestly, I'm offended by that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There's no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."

Well, Senator Murkowski, the information isn't in the bill, anymore- thanks to Sarah (but remember, folks, it could always end up back in the bill)! I have to wonder if Senator Murkowski has even sat down and read the entire bill. Not only was this information, at one time, in the bill, but Sarah was clearly accurate in her descriptions of "death panels." Once again, we have an illustration of another republican who is jealous of Sarah Palin- jealous because so many Americans agree with her. Well respected people such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage, as well as countless others agree with her on this issue. Perhaps Senator Murkowski is forgetting that right after Sarah posted the following statement on her facebook account, the "death panel" language (provision 1233 of HR 3200) was immediately removed from the House version of the bill:

"The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled 'Advance Care Planning Consultation.' With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients. The issue is the context in which that information is provided and the coercive effect these consultations will have in that context. Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often 'if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual ... or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility... or a hospice program.' During those consultations, practitioners must explain 'the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice,' and the government benefits available to pay for such services."

Well written, Sarah. If Sarah was so wrong in her findings, why did the house immediately remove this provision from the bill? Once again, people like Senator Murkowski prove just how out of touch they are with the American people. When are our those who have been elected to represent us going to actually start doing so? When are they going to start telling the truth? We could give Senator Murkowski the benefit of the doubt-maybe she didn't read this part of the bill, but that's kind of hard to believe since this topic has been analyzed on every channel and in every newspaper. After Senator Murkowski made this statement during the Townhall in Anchorage, Rush Limbaugh addressed her statements on his radio show. Like Sarah, he KNOWS that the "death panel" language was in the bill. Thank God for people like Rush Limbaugh who are not afraid to call people out when they are wrong in their assertions. Like Sarah, he is more aware of the legislation than those serving us in Washington.

Perhaps Senator Murkowski has lost her way and forgotten whom she was elected to serve? Has she forgotten that SarahPAC recently donated money to her re-election campaign? With the hostile way Senator Murkowski has treated Sarah over the course of their relationship, she should be thanking Sarah for all Sarah has done for her. It is one thing to call someone out if he/she is misrepresenting aspects of an issue, but it is totally uncalled for to accuse someone of using fear tactics when the person is absolutely correct in his/her assessment. Shame of Senator Murkowski for accusing Sarah of making things up. She could learn a thing or two from Sarah. Once again, this yet another example of turning a political issue into a personal issue. It is well-known that Murkowski and Palin are not the closest of friends, after all, Sarah beat Lisa's daddy in the last Gubernatorial election. So, whatever Sarah does is scrutinized by Senator Murkowski. Instead of being cordial for the good of the party, Senator Murkowski can't seem to get over the issues of the past.

Sarah has many on her side when it comes to the "death panel"debate. Just today, the New York State Senate announced that they would hold hearings on elderly care and "death panels," and they have invited Sarah to testify September 8th. New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, a conservative democrat, is heading the hearing. Sarah quoted Diaz in her facebook note about "death panels," and according to Diaz:

"Section 1233 of the House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives... It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen... should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign."

So, let me get this straight, not only do conservatives agree with Sarah, but a democrat too? This just goes to show that this is a moral issue, not a political issue. Not only has Sarah been invited to speak, but a variety individuals, (including
Betsey McCaughey who is the former Lieutenant Governor of New York and head of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths) who specialize in elderly care will be there to testify as well. It is my hope that Sarah will testify at the hearing because when she speaks, people listen.

We are living is very scary time, and it is only a matter of time before the goverment takes full control over our lives. It is hard to name a single institution under government control that has succeeded free and clear of problems. It seems to me that the government screws up everything it touches, everything it controls. I sure as hell don't want them controlling my health care decisions. It is time for us all to stand up and speak out on this important issue! While I applaud Senator Murkowski for holding a townhall, it is unfortuate that she did not correctly inform her constituents on what is really going on with the health care bill in terms of the "death panels." This is why it's so important that WE educate ourselves! Go online and research the health care bill, contact the representatives and senators from your state, and just stay informed. Educating is the best way to really make a difference for ourselves and our children.

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