Wednesday, October 28, 2009
As many of you already know, Sarah Palin is the main reason I started blogging. She is the reason why I have fallen in love with politics. If you would have asked me a year and a half ago where I saw myself in October 2009, I can tell you right now that my answer wouldn't come close to the life I find myself living now, and honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled and excited about how God has used me; furthermore, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for me next. With God, I know that anything is possible. He has opened so many doors for me, and I am having a great time on this journey called life. Having studied English and journalism in college, this blog has given me the opportunity to expand on what I learned, and I feel myself growing as a writer everyday. Writing, public speaking and politics are three of my passions, something I'd love to make a career out of. I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my blog each day; you will never know how grateful I am for the the support and kind words I receive from many of you each day.
I am not ashamed to say I am a proud conservative. Contrary to popular belief, it can be hip and cool to be a young conservative. While those in Hollywood will try to preach that liberal is the only way to be, don't falter and don't fall- stick to your conservative values. I know I don't have to tell many of you this twice because you don't and never have listened to those liberal freaks in Hollywood. Do they know what it's like to earn a hard-earned living? Do they know what it's a like to live on Mainstreet U.S.A? Do they know what it is to have to sacrifice on the battlefield like our soldiers do day in and day out? Do they know what it's like to have to say goodbye to a family member who's in the military knowing that it will be months before they are reunited? No, the majority do not.
As a young conservative, I want to spread the message of what conservatism REALLY represents. It's not about spending liberally, it's not about growing government, and it's not about voting with the democrats to grow government while calling yourself a Republican. Unfortunately, the previous items are what the Republican party has become. Although the Republican Party has strayed away from its core values of fiscal conservatism, small government and strong national defense, we are starting to see the conservative movement spread like wildfire, and I believe there is one individual who is responsible for this: Sarah Palin. Sarah re-energized America, and America continues to be re-energized because of her presence in it. She is unafraid to stand up and speak out. In endorsing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, she chose values over party. Hoffman represents the type of candidate who is needed in the Republican Party. Although he is a third party candidate, he is a conservative like Republicans Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint and Mike Pence. He is a conservative like Sarah Palin. The NY 23 race has captivated a country that is sick and tired of what is happening. Candidates with conservative values ARE the future of America. Doug Hoffman is proving this, and Bob McDonnell (running for governor of Virginia) is proving this too.
I am a tough cookie, and I am not afraid to fight the good fight. I am not going to sit back like a good girl while my country and conservative values are coming under attack. It was Sarah who taught me this. It was Sarah who stood, and continues to stand, tall and strong when she was attacked with the most vile of attacks. It IS Sarah who stands up for the conservative values so many of us share. Sarah IS our future!!! If you need an illustration of someone with sheer grit and intense determination, Sarah is that individual. Just as Ronald Reagan before her, she is going to lead us out of the wilderness and onto that shining city on a hill. While I have so many favorite "Sarah" quotes, it was something she said just up the freeway from me when she spoke at a rally in California during the campaign. I will never forget a fun one-liner of hers that I enjoy using from time to time. At this rally, Sarah said, "The heels are on, the gloves are off." Well said, Sarah. I know I'm ready, fellow readers, are you? While I know many of you are just not that into heels, go ahead and put on a happening pair of shoes, and let's take back the Republican Party, and make it a party we can once again can be proud to call ourselves members of.
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By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts
Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION sent out the following press release last night:
IFPC ACTION GOING ROGUE?
10/27/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – In response to media inquiries, Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION President Chuck Hurley responded today to questions concerning a potential appearance by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at an upcoming IFPC Action event.
According to Hurley, “We have reached out to Governor Palin through both official and informal channels and extended an invitation for her to keynote our annual fundraising event.” He went on to say, “We are not yet ready to confirm the specifics, but are hopeful that all the details can be worked out for her to come.”
IFPC Action began soliciting financial support for the event this week in anticipation of the Governor’s potential visit. Responding to questions raised by preliminary fundraising for the event, Hurley said the event, scheduled for November 21st, would be “on a much larger scale than our banquet last November,” and that “we are preparing now to make sure the Governor’s visit is a huge success should she accept our invitation.”
IFPC Action welcomed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on his first trip to Iowa when he spoke at last year’s event. Previous IFPC Action speakers include Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.
Should Palin accept the invitation, her appearance at the IFPC Action event would mark her first trip to Iowa since she traveled the state as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.
This would be an incredibly good move for her to make. While this would be sweet, and I would try to make sure I attend the event – it isn’t confirmed. So I would encourage everybody not to assume that she is coming. When Meg Stapleton, her personal spokesperson, says so… then you can bank on it.
The Iowa Republican notes the irony if she does in fact attend:
Palin’s appearance would occur just across the street from the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, which will be held at Hy-Vee Hall. The Iowa Family Policy Center was originally scheduled to hold its event at Hy-Vee Hall, but IFPC was asked to relocate once the Iowa Democratic Party confirmed Vice President Biden as its keynote speaker. As a consolation, the Iowa Events Center reportedly offered IFPC Action the 16,000 seat Wells Fargo Arena at a greatly reduced rate.
Who do you think would have more in attendance? Palin? You betcha.
Shane Vander Hart (who lives in the Des Moines area and would be super-thrilled to have Palin visit) is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook.
Word came this afternoon that Meghan Stapleton had issued a statement that it would be "incredibly difficult" for Sarah to attend this event because of her book tour and requests from over 1000 groups for her time. Although a definitive "no" was not given, it doesn't look good for this particular event.
Author Shane Vanderhart has additional updates on his site. It looks like IFPC had to issue the press release because CNN had intercepted an e-mail from another group that was fundraising to help pay the speaker's fee for this event.