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Friday, October 30, 2009

The First Things First Mandate

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

Before I get into the subject of this post, let me stop and warn those who don't like to mix faith into, well, anything really, that this post does go down that road. I pray that you are totally comfortable with God, His place within our nation, and the urgency to seek Him at this time.

I was reminded over the last couple days of the battle that so many of us are engaged in. People today are doing their part--no matter how small it may seem--for the future of America. Clearly, we are living in a time that seems stressful and overwhelming, yet it's also one of the most exciting times in our history. I say that because people who had never done anything before, maybe never even cared before, are standing up and speaking out. People have realized that this is not someone else's country, but it's their country and they have to rally the change they want to see. Like never before, housewives, businessmen, actors, and teachers, to name a few, are figuring out what they can do to make a difference. They're going to TEA parties and knocking doors for candidates. They're attending town halls and calling their legislators. They're starting to blog and meeting with like-minded people. The bottom line is they are feeling the urgency of the hour. They are sensing a desperation and are discerning that it's not enough to want more; they have to do more.

I agree. I, too, am trying to do my part to make a difference, to be a voice, to take a stand. But sometimes when we discern a problem, we miss the root of that problem. Not discerning that root is costly because it often causes us to bypass the first things first mandate.

In just the last two days, I've come to understand deeper what we're dealing with. I sense within me that we are in the heat of a major battle, but it's not a battle based solely in a "what-can-I-do?" movement. Yes, we must do. God forbid we do nothing. But I'm sensing the depth of this battle we are engaged in--and it's a spiritual battle. It's a fight for the hearts and minds of people. It's a fight for God's plan for America and Americans, which is under attack. I know, I know, some people would prefer to keep God out of it. That's part of the problem. God cannot be kept out of anything without disaster ensuing!

In the midst of our blogging, our tea partying, and our rallying, God help us to understand that apart from Him we can do nothing. And when hell begins to break loose, as it seems to have done this week, we must understand what is going on--and we cannot have that understanding apart from Him. When we act apart from Him, we go off half-cocked trying to deal with every situation in our own strength, by our own means, and through our own wisdom. And the result of that? We get our own results. This may feel good, look good, and smell good for the moment, but it equals zero in the end.

I have, in the last couple days, seen people willing to embrace rumors rather than believe the best. I have seen people choose to quit rather than stand firm--simply because seeds of doubt were placed within them. I have seen people turn those doubts into accusation, insult, and all-out campaigning for others to join them in their deception. I have experienced mounting anger myself as I have watched it all unfold.

But last night God reminded me of what we're dealing with. God does have a plan. However, His plan, as it draws closer and closer, is always met with opposition. Such opposition involves the very things I've mentioned: deception, severing of relationships, slander. It happens without fail, yet so often we fall into the same habit of responding in the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit. The former leads to frustration. The latter brings added wisdom and an understanding of what is really going on. It brings vision of the bigger picture and refocusing on what we've truly been called to do: intercede, walk by faith, and battle in the Spirit.

This message is urgent because the battle is intensifying, as many who are spiritually sensitive to what is going on will tell you.

Love of nation must be accompanied by dependency on God. America needs that, our leaders need that, and our future depends on that. Any actions taken, no matter how noble, are fruitless without our being "one nation under God."

Many of us have found ourselves disappointed with politics and politicians, wondering where are those who are supposed to serve for the right reasons and do the right things. They may be few and far between, but they do exist. Let's not be deceived. Those who have sacrificed and served in some way, those who paid a price for loving their nation and speaking up for her, those who have been called for this time are also the ones on whom the maligners, the defamers, and the mud-throwers have declared open season. They are those whose names and reputations have been given a beating by those who make a living feasting off them. They are those we need to be praying for. Sarah Palin is one of those people. I support her because she is one of those. And let me make it clear: Those, like Sarah, who have that call carry the weight of that call. Because they are at the center of the battle, they bear a burden most of us will never understand, much less experience ourselves.

Understand, the support of those who have committed themselves to answering God's call is not a fan club or a rock concert. It's spiritual warfare, and though we get out there and defend, and blog, and everything else we do, we must battle first on our knees. First things first. It's necessary, it's serious, it's crucial--and it's NOW.

UPDATED: Sarah, Leave the Light On: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

(On a side note: I will be a guest TODAY, Saturday, on Orlando's a.m. 660 WORL on the weekly Tea Party Radio Show @teapartyradio at 1:30 PST, 4:30 EST. I will be discussing Sarah's endorsement of Conservative Party Candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY District 23 Race. Listen online http://www.660worl.townhall.com. Thanks!!!)

Was I in outer space when Katie Couric became an expert on the Republican Party? Uh, I don't think so. After basically setting out to destroy Sarah Palin and using her news time to criticize the GOP, Katie Couric seems to think she suddenly is a know-it-all when it comes to the Grand Old Party. Huh? Although Katie thinks she knows best, it is clear she has a set agenda of wanting to take down the Republican Party, not help it. A couple days ago on her newscast, little Miss Couric said the following about the Republican Party (courtesy of Mark Finkelstein of NewsBusters.org):

"As Politico reported, there's growing concern among some GOP leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message. People like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin appeal to the base - and you certainly need that base to win elections. But in an age when 42 percent of Americans call themselves Independents - you can't win with just the base, either.. . . Before the 2010 midterm elections roll around, Republicans need to get the focus back onto the Big Tent where all are welcome and off the sideshows that are popping up along the party's fringe."

During the campaign, did Katie focus too much on ripping Sarah to shreds that she forgot the Republican Party had its most liberal presidential candidate of all time? While it is important that individuals have the freedom to join the party of their choice, the party NEED NOT change its values and core principles. Would you change parking spaces after parking just because someone asks you too so they can take your space? Of course not, but it seems as if many in the Republican Party agree with Couric on this whole "Big Tent" theory.

What's so wrong with holding strong to your values? As I noted the other day, the Republican Party finds itself out in the wilderness as it searches for its identity. Why are they searching when the Republican Party just needs to find its way back home? The Republican Party needs to be restored and become the party it once was under Ronald Reagan. The party of fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility, strong national defense and tax cuts. Although you and I see this "coming home" analogy as a practical one, there are many looking to the media thinking they know what's best. It is no secret that the liberal msm are out to destroy the GOP. Couric is doing what her colleagues do on a daily basis. She is using the idea that the Republican Party needs to expand as a way to split the party.

Isn't it funny that the liberal msm always talks about the Republican Party's need to become more tolerant and accepting, yet they never do the same with the Democratic Party? Where are the journalists to call the donkeys out- asking questions like: "Doesn't the Democratic Party need to tighten the belt and become a little more moderate?" Nope, don't hear questions like that now do you.... Instead, you hear the msm target the Blue Dogs for daring to speak out against the proposed Health Care Plan. You hear people like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann chastising the Blue Dogs for daring to question the liberal Democrats proposed agenda. You hear these same journalists call Sarah and Rush dangerous because they are conservative. Yeah, so much for the First Amendment, acceptance and tolerance.

In order for the Republican Party to have any success in the future, it needs to do the exact opposite of what the Katie Courics are saying. The Republican Party needs more candidates like Sarah and Jim DeMint, and less candidates like Olympia Snowe. While I greatly admire John McCain and his great service to our country, he was a weak candidate, plain and simple. The media pushed for his candidacy because they knew this. Journalists and liberals are scared of the Sarah and Rush's of the GOP. They are scared because they know a conservative movement is brewing. Glenn Beck made an excellent point last night on the O'Reilly Factor. Glenn believes Sarah may form a new third party based upon conservatism. While many are skeptical about the success a third party may have, Beck believes there are many individuals out there who are sick and tired of the politics as usual and the blame game that is currently going on in Washington D.C. A year ago, I probably would have agreed with the skeptics, but not anymore. Look at how rapidly the tea party movement has grown. This grassroots movement has taken the country by storm, and this movement isn't going anywhere. The New York District 23 race is proof of this.

"Mainstreet U.S.A." folks from all walks of life gather at tea parties to vent and voice their outrage because they feel their politicians don't listen to them anymore. The conservative movement is of this same breed. Like the tea party wildfire that is spreading rapidly, so is the conservative movement. I believe the 2010 elections are crucial to the conservative movement as a whole. Is the Republican Party going to wake up and return home to the values that made it great, or is this party going to remain out in the wilderness forcing its conservative and independent members to look for homes elsewhere? While this is yet to be seen, one thing remains true: It is important now more than ever to stand up and speak out in favor of the conservative values we hold most dear.

Sarah is the future of the Republican Party whether she chooses to run for president or not. I sincerely hope she chooses the first option because she is a conservative candidate who sticks to her values no matter where the tide carries her. She is living proof of what a true conservative candidate looks like! Like Ronald Reagan before her, Sarah remains vigilant to the conservative cause proving that, unlike so many other Republicans, she IS not out in the wilderness, but already home. Until the others find their way, she will continue to leave the porch light on, hoping they realize what she already knows: The conservative cause is worth fighting for.

As on this morning, Rino Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava has, in fact, dropped out of the race. Here is her statement, which was published in the Watertown Daily Times:

"In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be.... The reality that I've come to accept is that in today's political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money -- and as I've been outspent on both sides, I've been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record...."

This is a HUGE win for both the conservative and tea party movements. This also illustrates the power of the barracuda herself, Sarah Palin. In endorsing Doug Hoffman, Sarah chose values over party. Whereas the likes of Newt Gingrich chose party, leaving him on the losing end of the stick. In sticking with values over party, Sarah further illustrates that she's more of a man than the Newts, Mitts and Mikes will ever be. AMEN TO THAT!!! For more of this breaking news story, visit www.foxnews.com or my conservative friend, Robert Stacy McCain's excellent blog: The Other McCain: http://rsmccain.blogspot.com.

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The Final Word on the Palin in Des Moines “Controversy”


By Shane Vander Hart, Caffeinated Thoughts

She’s not coming, but would like to in the future.  She’d also come for free.  Bryan English at the Iowa Family Policy Center just sent the following press release:

10/30/09 Pleasant Hill, IA - Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.

We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.

She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.

That seems to put the controversy created by Politico’s Jonathan Martin yesterday to bed.  Speaking of the asinine article that Jonathan Martin wrote, Emily Geiger at The Iowa Republican notes some background on those who talked with Jonathan Martin:

And, Jonny had lots of completely impartial sources who were happy to comment and help him “cobble together” an eleven-hundred word story.

Oh, those sources… they were so shocked at this (unconfirmed) unprecedented occurrence. How dare political operatives get paid obscene amounts of money. And speaking of politicos getting paid obscene amounts of money, Jonny went to a very knowledgeable source on that particular issue, Ed Failor, Jr., of Iowans for Tax Relief fame.

Hey Ed, how much were you paid by the Pataki campaign only to end up submarining it when you had a change of heart and decided McCain was your man? Oh well, at least Ed refrained from calling Palin a jackbooted Nazi, so he did show some self-restraint.

Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

Hey Dave, didn’t I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance? I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isn’t running for president) getting paid a speaker’s fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance?

Another of Jonny’s sources was the Iowa Christian Alliance’s Steve Scheffler, who is totally impartial given that he runs a competing organization which is dealing with its own scandal.

And then we’ve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romney’s 2008 caucus campaign.

Hmmm… Between Kochel and Albrecht, this sounds suspiciously like yet another case of former Romney staffers “going rogue” and badmouthing their meal ticket’s perceived competition.

I’m sure that it was completely coincidental.

Updates can be found here.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

The Game Changer by Sarah Palin

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

Sarah Palin urges via Facebook:

Mark my words - tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America's health care challenges.

If you're like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, "Please hear what we're saying about our desire for health care reform," then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow's weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi's 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to: http://HealthCare.GOP.gov

You'll hear solutions. You'll hear of real choices based on America's proven free-market principles. You'll know once and for all what the GOP and Independents have been saying all along about alternatives to another big government take over. After tomorrow, you'll know that accusations against the GOP and Independents for not providing solutions are false. Those claims are bogus. There are alternatives. Tune in to Rep. Boehner's address tomorrow to hear them.

I look forward to the game changer!

- Sarah Palin

"I think I'd stick with Sarah."

From: TPM

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) is brushing off former Vice President Dick Cheney's endorsement of Perry's primary challenger, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison -- saying he'd rather have his current support from Sarah Palin.

Perry touted an upcoming endorsement from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, as evidence of Republican support. Perry was then asked if he would rather have Cheney or Palin, who endorsed him back in February.

Perry's response: "I think I'd stick with Sarah."

Texans, sign up to support Gov. Rick Perry for reelection!

Sarah was right Part 6: Iran and Alaska's Missile Shield.

by Upinak

The Palination -- http://www.thepalination.com

When Obama stands there with his feeble limp wristed style to swoon the stupid liberals into believing all is good and no harm will come to them. It makes one wonder about the safety for the country as well as when Obama is actually going to do anything concerning the Troops in Afghanistan.

Iran has put out there to the world that they will not go by the rules, regulations and sanctions that were instituted to make it “safe” for what they are doing with the yellow cake uranium. They are doing it their way no matter who says what. There is no cooperation with this country and it seems that it was shown via Cheney and others in the Joint Chiefs of Staff that it was never going to happen.  And Obama sits there looking like a complete failure concerning being bullied by Iran.
Now with this said, here is a new shocker. I mentioned that Alaska has a missile shield for the United States that would protect the West Coast and in some cases could protest the East Coast as Alaska is high on the hemisphere and could react if something does turn around. Well in the news recently, there is a new item on the table to complete the missile defense fund at Ft. Greely BUT on condition of:

Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, appealed to the Senate Armed ServicesCommittee in June to maintain money to expand the ground-based missile defense system, saying it's not just about North Korea but also about shooting down missiles launched by Iran. In a news release Tuesday, Begich said the plan is "a welcome decision that will decrease the risk of the ever-evolving ballistic missile threats from rogue nations by increasing capacity required to defend the United States."

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, was less enthusiastic about the decision in an e-mailed statement to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, noting that the completion of Missile Field 2 comes with plans to decommission another missile field at the base, about 100 miles south of Fairbanks. "I remain unconvinced that abandonment of the Bush administration's plan, previously supported by Secretary Gates, is the right thing to do from a national security perspective," Murkowski said.

So we can have all the missiles that were slated for us under the Bush administration concerning overall protection, BUT, we have to dismantle Missile Field 1, to get the missiles for Missile Field 2 at Ft. Greely. Does anyone else think this sound right? Especially since the Missile Field 1 was ONLY made in 2003/2004. Umm can we say waste of Government funds.

Sarah Palin, you were right. It is unfortunate that it has to come to this.