Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 29, 2012
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 28, 2012
Photo retrieved from ABMC.gov
Originally known as Decoration Day, May 30 was established as a day to remember those who died in the American Civil War. After World War I, Memorial Day came to be the day we remember the American dead of all the wars our country has been involved in. In 1971, Congress established Memorial Day as a national holiday and changed its observance to the last Monday in May, resulting in a three-day holiday weekend.
Here are excerpts from sites with information about the history of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Local Observances Claim To Be First Local springtime tributes to the Civil War dead already had been held in various places. One of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss., April 25, 1866, when a group of women visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at Shiloh. Nearby were the graves of Union soldiers, neglected because they were the enemy. Disturbed at the sight of the bare graves, the women placed some of their flowers on those graves, as well.
Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.
By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.
Some States Have Confederate Observances Many Southern states also have their own days for honoring the Confederate dead. Mississippi celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, and Georgia on April 26. North and South Carolina observe it on May 10, Louisiana on June 3 and Tennessee calls that date Confederate Decoration Day. Texas celebrates Confederate Heroes Day January 19 and Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.
To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II.
The sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women is memorialized at these locations. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.
So on Memorial Day each year, we remember the men and women who died and were buried on American soil as well as on the battlefields of World War II, the Korean War, and the Mexican War. Most of our soldiers from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq have been brought home to be buried.
We owe a great debt to our fallen heroes for defending our homeland and fighting for our liberties. May we never forget the sacrifices they have made for us.
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 18, 2012
As if the farcical movie ‘Game Change’ wasn’t itself full of enough lies, producer Danny Strong just made this patently false statement (emphasis mine):
The film’s producers, director Jay Roach, and Strong were prepared for an outcry from conservatives, but it didn’t really materialize. He said, “It was an extremely minimal conservative backlash. The only backlash was amongst Sarah Palin’s aides, and those are people who are on Sarah Palin’s payroll. As far as the mainstream conservative press – the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Fox News – I felt that there was very little backlash to the film, and I think part of that was because of how fair the film was and how the film went to great pains to show you Sarah Palin’s point of view and John McCain’s point of view.”
Contrary to Strong’s prevarication, there was a very strong conservative backlash to the ‘Game Change’ movie. For example, John McCain told FOX News Sunday that he would not watch the movie and that “It’s based on a book that’s completely biased and with unattributed quotes, et cetera.” In his Wall Street Journal article this week about the vice presidential vetting process, A. B. Culverhouse, the DC attorney who was in charge of vetting Sarah Palin, described the movie as “the revisionist HBO movie about that campaign” . Governor Palin herself referred to the movie as a false narrative. After the U. S. Embassy in Singapore screened ‘Game Change,’ SarahPAC sent the Ambassador a copy of ‘The Undefeated’. The PAC also posted a statement criticizing the movie. The Maryland4Palin unit of Organize4Palin handed out playbills branding the movie as a false narrative to attendees as they arrived for the DC premiere of ‘Game Change’. And yes, several of Governor Palin’s aides did make public statements about the inaccuracies in the movie and also engaged in a conference call condemning the movie.
Mark Levin condemned Schmidt and Wallace as evil two-faced cowards – The Right Scoop has the video here. Rush Limbaugh described it as a “cartoon” and said it was part of the Democrat Party’s war on women. See also his discussion of the movie while it was still in the works. Glenn Beck (video here) said that the movie producers were likely attacking Governor Palin’s credibility to prevent her from running for office again. Stephen Bannon’s Victory Films contracted with the Reelz Channel to air ‘The Undefeated’ the same weekend as the premiere of the ‘Game Change’ movie.
The Palin blogosphere was afire with articles refudiating the movie and its contents. (See our Game Change page for a sampling.) Palin-friendly blogs, large and small, joined in the fray. Breitbart.com authors wrote a series of articles condemning the Game Change Movie as a false narrative. Blogs like The Daily Caller, Conservatives4Palin, The Other McCain, The Gateway Pundit, and a number of other blogs in the Palin community condemned the movie and defended Governor Palin.
So where’s your “minimal conservative backlash,” Danny Strong?
Thomas Van Flein says the version of Sarah Palin depicted in the HBO film “Game Change” “bears no semblance to reality.”
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 18, 2012
SarahPAC sent this e-mail to Sarah Palin supporters this week:
Dear SarahPAC Supporter,
You’ve been a loyal SarahPAC supporter and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.
But now with so much at stake in this critical Election year, I have just one question for you:
You were part of the original Tea Party movement.
You joined Gov. Palin in telling Barack Obama that we didn’t want him to “fundamentally change” the America we love.
But now in 2012 we’ve got some unfinished business on our hands, and it’s clear what we need to do:
- Defeat Barack Obama.
- Win the U.S. Senate.
Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America is destroying everything that made our country great.
If he and his class-warfare cronies in the Senate aren’t defeated, there will be no end to theirregulating, spending, printing and borrowing.
If we want to save our country, then we must change the team and the game plan in this crucial 2012 election.
In fact, if we don’t win this election, I predict that our nation will never recover.
We will go the way of other broken, failed governments.
I don’t want my children and grandchildren working the rest of their lives just to pay off Obama’s debts. And I’m willing to bet you don’t either.
Will you help Gov. Palin prove that the Tea Party movement isn’t simply a political fad… it’s an American awakening!
And it’s coming from ordinary Americans who understand that reclaiming our America meansrepealing ObamaCare. Upholding the Tenth Amendment. Reining in overregulation. CancelingObama’s unused stimulus money. Eliminating all federal corporate income tax, corporate welfare, and loopholes.
And tapping into our abundant American energy resources – oil, natural gas and clean coal – to free us from dependency on foreign dictators!
This is the kind of sudden and relentless reform in Washington we must have if we are going to defend the future of our families and our nation.
Now is our chance to grab the bull by the horns.
The media elites are predicting that the Tea Party isn’t going to be a difference maker in this Election.
As usual, they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Our Tea Party friends are telling us that they’re even more excited about this Election than they were in 2010…
…because this November we have a chance to fire Barack Obama!
State by state, district by district – by bus, by plane, on the stump – you can count on Gov. Palin to do everything in her power to elect candidates who share our vision for America.
Thank you for helping us save the America we know and love!
P.S. Our victory in 2010 may have slowed the Obama liberals down. But it hasn’t stopped them. Our chance to finish the job is finally here. We have our work cut out for us – but together we can make it happen!
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Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 14, 2012
h/tp to Ted Belman for graphic
Ted Belman posted the video of Governor Palin’s 2012 CPAC speech on Israpundit at the link below with this comment:
Enjoy for old times sake.
And no teleprompter.
I have to agree with him. Next to her RNC speech, this was probably Governor Palin’s second most rousing and inspirational speech. In my opinion, her Iowa speech would come in at a close third.
No one can stir and motivate a crowd like Governor Palin can as she espouses the conservative principles that made this nation great.
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 14, 2012
There was a fast and furious response by the Left to Bristol Palin’s blog post in which she expressed her disagreement with President Obama’s stance on gay marriage and emphasized the double standard applied to the manner in which he claimed to have arrived at his decision.
Blog posts critical of Bristol’s statements flooded the Internet. Bristol was attacked on Twitter and in the comments section on her blog. Death threats were posted in comments on her blog and on Twitter. Michael Sheppard and Jackie Siciliano exposed one such perpetrator of hate, a college student who supports Obama, here and here. John Nolte wrote here about violence against Bristol being promoted on the Facebook page of Magnet Releasing, a film company owned by Obama supporter Mark Cuban. Tony Lee wrote here about the Hollywood intolerance reflected in Bristol’s hate mail.
This was an obvious effort to overwhelm and silence a dissenting viewpoint from that of the Left and their Dear Leader. It appears that only the Left has First Amendment rights in this country. At least, that is what they would have us believe. However, the last time I looked, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were still the Law of the Land. And may they ever remain so.
We at SPIB would like to give Bristol a shout out for the courage and strength she has displayed in the face of these attacks. We stand in solidarity with her in support of the moral principles that made our country great.
Here are excerpts from Bristol’s original post:
Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama
May 10, 2012 By Bristol Palin
Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage? What was most surprising is when he explained how his position (supposedly) “evolved,” by talking to his wife and daughters:
“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
Let’s pause for just one second. When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission. Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval. (I should add female Republicancandidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)
So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.
Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.
Here is an excerpt from her post responding to the hater attacks:
Hate in the Name of Love, Bullying in the Name of Tolerance
May 14, 2012 By Bristol Palin
Well, I stirred up a hornet’s nest. You know you’ve struck a nerve when even J-Woww tweets insults at you. But the thing that most amazes me is how few people actually addressed the points I made in my recent blog post. They were pretty simple. Conservative women like my mom get grief because people think they can’t make decisions without their husband, but Barack Obama gets applauded for changing his mind on a huge issue after consulting his wife and young daughters. The double standard amazes me.
Oh, and in that post I also said generally kids do better with mother/father families – the kind of family I’d like to have for Tripp one day.
That’s it. That’s pretty much the post. (Yes, I made a little joke about Swiper the Fox, but anyone with a brain would know that wasn’t serious.) You see arguments like that all the time in political magazines. It’s not a big deal, and the people who make arguments like that don’t stir up much controversy.
But I’m not a pundit. I’m just a mom made famous in one of the most intense and embarrassing ways possible – by having your teen pregnancy announced in the middle of a presidential campaign. Oh, and I was a finalist on Dancing with the Stars, one of the most-watched shows on TV. But all that means I’m more a part of pop culture, the culture that creates the television we watch and the music we listen to. When real pundits write blog posts, they don’t pop up in Us Weekly… but mine do.
And I’m glad. Why? Because pop culture needs a little bit of debate. It needs a little bit of disagreement. Because not everyone who watches their shows or listens to their music thinks the way the directors, producers, and actors think. When you’re in Hollywood you’ll meet some great people, some terrible people, and many somewhere in between. In other words, they’re people just like everyone else. But what you won’t find is any disagreement about things like gay marriage or abortion. For those folks, there’s one way to think, and anyone who disagrees is stupid, hypocritical, hateful, or bigoted. (Of course, I’m not the only one facing the wrath of the Hollywood-type sheeple – there are some celebrities bold enough to speak out, and they get attacked and ostracized too.)
If you read the almost 3,000 comments after my controversial post, or read the entertainment magazines, you’ll see some of the most terrible words against me, my mom, and my entire family.
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 14, 2012
As early voters go to the polls today in Texas and tomorrow in Nebraska, Governor Palin reminds them to vote for Ted Cruz and Deb Fischer, whom she has endorsed.
From her Facebook Note:
Deb Fischer for Nebraska
by Sarah Palin on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:48pm ·Tomorrow voters go to the polls in Nebraska. Please remember to vote for Deb Fischer as the next U.S. Senator from the Cornhusker State. Todd and I sent Deb the following note last week:
Deb – thank you for your note. We have been watching your race closely. Your efforts remind us of those our family put forth for Sarah’s races here in Alaska. Winning over voters through personal interactions is the way to go. People are tired of outside interests spending millions of dollars in political attack ads. We’re glad to see your grassroots efforts paying off!
We admire your conservative principles and know that you will not go to Washington to amass great wealth or power. You will go to Washington to serve the people of Nebraska, protect our Constitution and work for common sense solutions to help restore America. We are happy to support you and have asked SarahPAC to send a financial contribution to your campaign.
Good luck next Tuesday – the Palins are in your corner.
- Sarah Palin
This Facebook Note followed a few minutes later:
Ted Cruz for Texas
by Sarah Palin on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:56pm ·Early voting begins today in the Texas primary. Please remember to vote for Ted Cruz as the next U.S. Senator from the Lone Star State. Todd and I sent the note below to Ted last week:
As the product of a competitive primary, I believe they make us all stronger for general elections. Our nation’s primaries are the hallmark of our system and the debate between candidates is invaluable to voters. Your good grassroots work and direct contact with voters will put us on the path to take back the Senate in 2012 just as we took back the House in 2010.
We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State. Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack.
Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.
- Sarah Palin