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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

The Fix: Gov. Palin explains why she won’t attend CPAC

Posted by joshpainter on February 3, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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With speculation in the lamestram media alread rising to a fever pitch over Sarah Palin’s decision not to attend C-SPAN, the governor emailed The Washington Post blog the Fix Thursday with an official explanation:

“February is our busiest winter month and with all the prior obligations and outside travel already scheduled for the month I had to forgo some of the opportunities in the Lower 48.”

It was indeed a scheduling issue, not a personal one or any other reason, as CPAC’s David Keene had said:

“We’re disappointed that she couldn’t make it year. It’s due to a scheduling issue. We look forward to having her next year, and she expressed interest in wanting to be there this year.”

Not that she even needs CPAC anyway, as even The Fix’s Rachel Weiner has to admit:

“…unlike some other potential nominees, Palin doesn’t need to raise her profile. She can draw press wherever she goes.”

[…]

“Even in her absence, however, Palin will have a significant influence. She is, as we have written, the prime mover in the presidential race and until she makes clear whether or not she will run in 2012, she will be a presence at any gathering of would-be presidential aspirants — whether she is actually in attendance or not.”

Blogs 4 Palin blogger Jerry Wilson had already pointed this out in his post January 30 at Goldfish and Clowns:

“…it must stick firmly in the throat of Washington insiders and wannabes that Sarah Palin can bypass them without missing a beat. She can pick her spots, selecting such prizes as being the keynote speaker at a high profile sanctioned event marking Ronald Reagan’s one hundredth birthday. She speaks to more people in a second with one Facebook page than all the speakers at CPAC combined will reach in a year. Simply put, Palin doesn’t need CPAC. And she doesn’t seem all that inclined to make an appearance there because it’s been elevated to mandatory status by those seeking to enhance their own status.”

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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ABC News: Palin Turns Down Coveted CPAC Keynote Speaking Slot

Posted by joshpainter on February 3, 2011

by Josh Painter
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For the fourth year in a row Gov. Palin has turned down a request to speak at CPAC. ABC News reports that the first woman to be the vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party has once again declined an invitation from CPAC officials to address the conference:

CPAC organizers invited Palin to deliver the closing-night keynote speech on Saturday Feb. 12, immediately following the announcement of the results of CPAC’s annual presidential straw poll, but after several days of negotiations, she declined.

“We’re disappointed that she wasn’t able to make it this year,” American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene said through a spokesman on Thursday. He noted that Palin “expressed interest in wanting to come this year,” but said that it came down to “a scheduling issue.”

The former Alaska governor has a rocky history with the group. In 2010, she stayed away from the event citing the business dealings of the American Conservative Union and Keene, who is a lead organizer of the event.

In 2009, while still serving as governor of Alaska, she initially accepted an invitation to speak on the conference’s opening day, but later dropped out saying that she had to attend to the “duties of governing,” according to a CPAC spokesman. She sent a taped message to the conference instead.

In 2008, CPAC organizer Lisa De Pasquale said that Palin had to drop out of CPAC “at the last minute.” At that point she had not yet been named Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee, but was regarded as an up-and-comer in the Republican Party.

This will be her fourth year skipping the event. While Palin will not be there in person, her political action committee, SarahPAC, is sponsoring a Diamond Reception on the CPAC’s opening night — Thursday, Feb. 10.

[More]

Though a number of her potential rivals for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination will be speaking at CAPC 2011, Gov. Palin joins U.S.Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida, the Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation as prominent conservatives and organizations not attending this year’s conference. She’s in some pretty good company, in other words.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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“A Poem For Palin Contest Update#2:Haiku Submitted By Famous Blogger “Smitty” Of “The Other McCain” Fame

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 3, 2011

Continuing on in the fashion of the excellent submissions to the “A Poem For Sarah Palin” Annnual contest the famous “Smitty” (Mr. Chris Smith) Of “The Other McCain Blog fame rose to the challenge of the charge to be creative and presented the following Haiku to Palin.

Again, the fact that it is presented here in no way indicates it,or any other poem so presented, is the winner,rather it is being shown as an example of the outstanding creativity that Sarah Palin inspires.

Everyone is welcome to make a submission in the “Comments” section at the bottom of this posting.

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Haiku Sonnet For Sarah Palin

The Palin fascination
Infecting the news today
Really does boggle the mind.

Is she Nemesis, some way
Causing POTUS frustration
The very First Teeth to grind?

Yet when she enters the fray
Her words are pointed, but kind
Lacking recrimination.

And so should she courage find
Election devil to pay
To halt a sinking nation,

The class warfare wounds to bind
And racial fragmentation
Refocusing liberty,

American elation
At last will ‘hit the rewind’,
Ejecting ‘Chicago way’.

Hence all the trepidation,
The falsehood and the dismay:
Visionless know they are blind.

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Obama Down To 47.5% Apro In Gallup/Ras Polling Even After Media Lickspittle SOTU/Giffords/Tax Cut Frenzy

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 3, 2011

Today’s Gallup Poll has President Obama’s approval rating at 48% and Rasmussen has it at 47%. Thus the tracking average of these two polls currently stands at 47.5% approval.

The Real Clear Politics tracking average of all the polling companies they follow has him below 50%, even with the silly television station polls like CNN’s which has him at 55% and the even sillier polls from NBC (53%).

Once these have washed out of the tracking system, the RCP average will reflect the Gallup/Rass averages more closely.

Even with the liberal media returning to their fawning ways with their coverage of Obama’s surrender to the GOP over extending the Bush tax cuts to all-which they spun as some sort of “Victory for the new age of amity” there has been no real positive movement for Obama.

Even following his “amongst the greatest speeches of healing of all time” over the Gifford’s tragedy and his SOTU speech “which received a 92% approval rating according to our poll” his approval rating never got over 50% in the Gallup/Rass tracking.

The very best he did, at the height of the Obama media frenzy, reminiscent of 2008, was Gallup 51% and Rasmussen 48.6 during the period of January 19-21 which averaged out at 49.8%.

Thus, as much as the media wanted the public to believe their “The Obama of old has his mojo back” it is all nonsense. Nothing has changed since November 2010-which will be further confirmed in November 2012

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WashPost Adds Fred Karger ? [UPDATE#3]To GOP “Candidate” List Of [NOW 19].Don’t Miss Your Chance for 15 Minutes Meaningless Speculation Fame

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 3, 2011

Eventualy this post will get so long I will need extra pages. Now The Washington Post has found a new candidate Fred Karger-a “Gay Republican” who is so obscure even his campaign posters state “Fred Who”. As I keep suggesting they will resort to the telephone book in due course

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Previous Update

As I suggested the eventual step for the media will be to simply list the telephone directory-today Politico (which is turning into a junk blog for Jon Stewart viewers age/lib types) trotted out an article suggesting George Pataki from New York is “mulling a run”. The media still has a huge list of Republican office holders to work their way through but you have a chance to get your 15 minutes still.

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Original Posting

Just these last two weeks the media has run articles on Daniels/Pence/Barbour/Bachman as 2012 likely Republican candidates for the presidential nomination with all ensuing breathless analysis. Then this week they had a field day with the news that Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman may be making his moves and produced screeds of analysis on how that may hurt Romney’s chances.

During this period the running attacks on Palin’s possible candidacy, Huckabee’s sojourns to Israel and Alaska, Romney finally lifting his profile, Pence out of the running carried on relentlessly.

But why should these 19 have all the fun-since the media seem determined that anyone is a possible candidate,given some of these putative “candidates’ are pretty far-fetched? Why shouldn’t the man/woman in the street get their 15 minutes of media speculation? Go on,send an email to your local newspaper announcing you too are a candidate.

That would be taking things just as seriously as they are now.

Here’s the latest list of the 19 people the media have designated as running
Fred Karger
George Pataki
Donald Trump
Herman Cain
Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Mitt Romney
Newt Gingrich
Chris Christie
Rick Perry
Mitch Daniels
Tim Pawlenty
Mike Pence
Haley Barbour
Jim DeMint
Jon Huntsman
Rick Santorum
John Thune

Michele Bachman

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PALIN FLASHBACK: Todd and Sarah Palin – Walking the Walk

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 3, 2011

One of the many reasons that we support Governor Sarah Palin is that she adheres to her principles in her daily and professional life.  In other words, she walks the walk.  Here is an article written by Karen Hassel Hutto, in which she reports on an interview by Christian Living with Governor and Todd Palin during Governor Palin’s tenure as Governor of Alaska.

TODD & SARAH PALIN – WALKING THE WALK

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Todd & Sarah Palin-

Walking the Walk

By Karen Kassel Hutto

 

“Personal integrity is making a hard decision and sticking with it. It’s about digging down deep and holding onto your faith, even when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.” – Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska  

“Life will test your integrity. There is a cost for doing what’s right.” – Todd Palin, First Gentleman of Alaska 

            On September 3, 2008 at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Sarah Palin exploded onto the national political scene as John McCain’s surprise pick for running mate. Stepping confidently to the podium-and into the history books-as the GOP’s first female candidate for Vice President of the United States, the 44-year-old Governor of Alaska delivered her first nationally televised speech to more than 40 million viewers. Her dynamic message of government reform captured the public’s attention and turned the 2008 election campaign on its ear.

            For the next nine weeks, intense media coverage thoroughly acquainted the nation with Sarah Palin and her family. And while opinions varied on both sides of the political fence, no one could argue that the young governor was a force to be reckoned with-a political “hurricane” that wowed the Right, worried the Left, and in the end, gave the Republican Party a new face for the future, albeit not the White House.

            With the election behind her, Governor Palin is back at work busily governing the largest state in the Union, splitting her time between offices in Juneau and Anchorage. Todd has returned to his job on the North Slope as an oil field production operator for British Petroleum. The Palins’ children are all happy, healthy and active. Track (19), is halfway through his 12-month Army infantry assignment in Iraq. Bristol (18) gave birth, on December 27, 2008, to the couple’s first grandchild, a grandson named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. And Willow (14), Piper (7) and baby Trig are happily back at home in Wasilla.

            Recently, Sarah and Todd honored Christian Living with a candid interview, sharing personal insights about their family, their faith and, of course, politics. 

            CL: What was it like, running for the second highest office in the country?

            Sarah: It was the biggest privilege of my life. (Todd heartily concurs.) It was an honor to travel this great country, to meet so many fellow citizens and to serve alongside John McCain, one of America’s finest. I’m proud of how we gave voters a choice, because change was coming, no matter what. I truly believe our administration would have greatly benefited this country, but American voters did not choose us, and that’s okay. It was not our time.

            CL: Would you go through it all again?

Sarah: Good question. Right now, my goal is to do the best job I can for the great state of Alaska. And there’s a lot to do here. 

Facing Down the Foes

            That’s for sure. One of Governor Palin’s gubernatorial missions is to build and operate a pipeline to transport natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope, through Canada, to the continental United States. Last August, she signed a bill authorizing TransCanada Pipelines to start the massive project, pledging $500 million in state seed money. She is also an outspoken proponent of Alaskan oil exploration, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a development she believes would create thousands of American jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports.

            The idea of drilling in ANWR stirs controversy, of course, but Governor Palin is no stranger to facing down opponents-something she did with great energy, poise and even humor throughout the 2008 election campaign. In fact, fighting for what she believes in, often emerging as the victorious underdog, is something Sarah has done all her life.

            It all goes back to Sarah’s solid family upbringing-one that fostered an unbelievable work ethic and a profound faith in God.   

Home and Family

            Sarah Louise was born the third of four children to Chuck and Sally Heath. The family relocated from Idaho to Alaska when Sarah was two months old, settling in Wasilla, a community 50 miles north of Anchorage. Both parents worked for the school system-Chuck as a science teacher and track coach and Sally as the school secretary.

            Hard work, sports and family activities formed the foundation of the Heath household. The entire family often competed in five-kilometer and ten-kilometer races. Hunting, fishing, skiing and camping kept them outdoors year-round. Everyone had chores. Whether they were weeding the family garden, stacking firewood or picking strawberries, Chuck and Sally’s children understood the value of work. By age 12, each child was expected to earn his or her own spending money and save for college.

            “I learned early on that no one was going to hand me anything,” Sarah shares. “I knew that if I wanted something, I would have to earn it. My parents taught me to expect opportunities and to be prepared when they came. I knew, even at a young age, that was how I would progress.”

            Attending church shaped young Sarah as well. “Just like with everything else, Mom and Dad expected us to go church whether we wanted to or not,” Sarah recalls. Her experiences there solidified a belief in something bigger and better than herself. At age 12, she made the personal decision to commit her life to Jesus Christ. “I knew even then that if I put my life in His hands, God would lead me and direct my paths. That decision still guides me today,” she shares.

            At the start of Sarah’s senior year, a handsome new student showed up at Wasilla High. Athletic and outdoorsy, Todd Palin fit right in with the lively Heath family. He treated Sarah to daring rides on his snowmobile and taught her to fish in Bristol Bay.

            The two kept in touch as Sarah attended college. In 1988, a year after she graduated from the University of Idaho with a journalism degree, Sarah and Todd eloped.

            Settling in Wasilla, the couple welcomed their first child, Track, the following year. Ever the athletes, Todd and Sarah named him after the track season in which he was born. Soon after, Todd began training on the North Slope to become a production operator with British Petroleum, a position he still holds today. In 1990, the Palins welcomed Bristol (named after the ocean bay where Todd conducts his commercial fishing business). In 1994, Willow (named after Alaska’s state bird, the willow ptarmigan) arrived. Piper (named after Todd’s Piper Cub airplane) was born in 2001, and Trig (named after his great uncle who fished on Bristol Bay) was born in 2008.

Outhead:

 “It’s a truth I learned early on and it carries me still today… Everything in our lives is grounded in a simple truth, that we put our lives in our Creator’s hands, knowing that following His path ultimately will lead to our fulfillment and happiness.” – Sarah Palin  

Making It All Work 

            Through the past 20 years, as Todd and Sarah worked and raised their children, Sarah says she often felt a profound restlessness to serve her community. She prayed for open doors…and opportunities came: in 1992, at the age of 28, as a Wasilla city councilman; in 1996, two terms as Wasilla’s mayor; and later a stint as chairman of the Alaskan Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. In 2006, at age 42, Sarah became Alaska’s first female governor (the youngest in Alaska’s history); and in 2008, she accepted the invitation to run for Vice President.

            Unlike many in politics, Governor Palin’s career has been defined by people seeking her out to run for office, instead of the other way around. 

CL: Did you set out to have a career in politics?

Sarah: I grew up, politically speaking, during the Reagan era. I loved what he accomplished for our country. It’s been my aspiration to make a difference in my community and in my state, and public service has provided a way to capitalize on that desire. When I wasn’t serving in an elected position, I was immersed in my children’s lives-involved in PTA, being a team manager and a coach, doing all those things that millions of moms and dads do every day. But I knew there were additional things I could and should be doing. So I was looking and waiting for that next opportunity, knowing full well that when it came, I would engage in it.

CL: Running cities and states takes time, right? So how do you keep it all together?

            Todd: We just adapt. We don’t get all wrapped up about responsibilities. If something needs doing, we just pitch in and do it.

            Sarah: Todd is amazing. Whatever needs to be done, he just does it-laundry, dishes, changing a diaper, whatever. That in addition to keeping all our vehicles running, working on his airplane and doing all the things he loves to do. We don’t waste time squabbling over household chores. We have a mutual recognition and respect for each other in doing the practical things necessary to keep a household running.

            CL: What do you not do?

            Sarah: You won’t find us sitting back with our feet up, watching some mindless TV show. (She laughs.) And some people would say we don’t socialize very much. If we are out and about, it’s usually with the kids. Todd’s Slope schedule keeps him away from home many months of the year. When he is home, it’s precious. We seize the time to be together.

            Todd: It’s family first. For us, relax time would be out on the boat fishing or up at our cabin in Petersville. That’s the type of family activity we really cherish.

            CL: We’ve also heard about your participation in the annual Iron Dog competition, a rugged 2,200-mile snowmachine race across Alaska-a race you have won four times! Tell us about that.

Todd: I’ve been competitive all my life through sports and commercial fishing. This event fills that need to compete. It’s also a special way to stay in touch with Alaskans. We stop at all the remote villages and talk to the kids and elders there-even if it’s 3 a.m. and 30 below. It’s really amazing. 

Leading By Example           

            Like most people in public life, the Palins have taken their share of hard knocks. The 2008 political campaign delivered some especially nasty blows: Everything from criticism of Sarah’s wardrobe to shots at her administration and-the really tough ones-attacks against her children.   

CL: How did those negatives affect you? 

            Sarah: During the campaign, I was insulated. It was not until I returned home that my eyes were opened to various things coming from the mainstream media. But most hurtful were the lies spoken about my kids.

            CL: As a Christian leader, how do you deal with such difficult situations? 

Sarah: I look back at Scripture that reminds me, hey, I’m sure not the first to face this. Criticism will come. Unfair shots will be taken. The question is how are you going to react? I like I Peter 2:12. It says to keep your conduct honorable, so that by your good works, which are observed by others, God will be glorified. When I read that I know others have faced this before me. They face it today. Who am I to exempt myself from a principle like that? In spite of it all, I’ve got to live my life to glorify God. That’s what I promised myself I’d do 30 years ago, and that’s what I must do now-not just to talk it, but to walk it.

            CL: But how do you pass that concept on to your children?

Sarah: It’s very timely that you should ask that question. Just the other day Bristol and Willow were at Wal-mart and Bristol called me and said, ‘Mom, you will not believe what I’m reading on the cover of the National Enquirer!’ At first I said, ‘Don’t even waste your brain cells!’ But she was upset because the inside story said that she used drugs and that I was trying to talk her out of getting married. It gave me an opportunity to tell her that if we let it, lies and criticism can consume us to the point of becoming paralyzed. We have to answer our critics with how we live our lives.

            With Bristol, God turned a situation that at first looked full of despair and embarrassment into such a blessing for our family. She has the most beautiful baby boy! I remind her and all our children that we have to stay focused on serving God, putting our lives in HIS hands and seeing the blessings flow from some less than ideal circumstances.

            CL: Another teaching opportunity came when your youngest son, Trig, was born with Down syndrome. How did this affect you?

Sarah: Trig did give us another occasion to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk. It’s easy to say that every life should be cherished and every life carries potential. But at age 43, pregnant and at 13 weeks along learning that the baby would be born with Down syndrome, the situation necessitated a decision: Would I live what I’ve talked and taught? Or would I take a different path out of these perhaps less than ideal circumstances? I’m so thankful God gave us the strength and optimism to welcome Trig into our lives. God has gifted us with this child who has given us a way to connect with others around our country who also have special needs children. It’s been nothing but wonderful.

            Todd: I thank God for Trig every day. We are certainly very blessed to have him with us. You know, life is about being willing to walk the walk, not just talk it. As we go along, it may be tougher than ever to make the right decisions, but we must try to do so. That’s all we can ever do.

            And that statement really sums up the Palins: A couple willing to do what’s right-to walk the walk-no matter how difficult. 

Todd and Sarah Palin and their family attend Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska. To learn more about Governor Palin, please visit www.gov.state.ak.us.

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Media Adds Huntsman [UPDATE NOW PATAKI] To GOP “Possible Candidate” List Of [NOW]18.Don’t Miss Your Chance for 15 Minutes Meaningless Speculation Fame

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 3, 2011

As I suggested the eventual step for the media will be to simply list the telephone directory-today Politico (which is turning into a junk blog for Jon Stewart viewers age/lib types) trotted out an article suggesting George Pataki from New York is “mulling a run”. The media still has a huge list of Republican office holders to work their way through but you have a chance to get your 15 minutes still.

Just these last two weeks the media has run articles on Daniels/Pence/Barbour/Bachman as 2012 likely Republican candidates for the presidential nomination with all ensuing breathless analysis. Then this week they had a field day with the news that Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman may be making his moves and produced screeds of analysis on how that may hurt Romney’s chances.

During this period the running attacks on Palin’s possible candidacy, Huckabee’s sojourns to Israel and Alaska, Romney finally lifting his profile, Pence out of the running carried on relentlessly.

But why should these 18 have all the fun-since the media seem determined that anyone is a possible candidate,given some of these putative “candidates’ are pretty far-fetched? Why shouldn’t the man/woman in the street get their 15 minutes of media speculation? Go on,send an email to your local newspaper announcing you too are a candidate.

That would be taking things just as seriously as they are now.

Here’s the latest list of the 18 people the media have designated as running
George Pataki
Donald Trump
Herman Cain
Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Mitt Romney
Newt Gingrich
Chris Christie
Rick Perry
Mitch Daniels
Tim Pawlenty
Mike Pence
Haley Barbour
Jim DeMint
Jon Huntsman
Rick Santorum
John Thune
Michele Bachman

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Heritage Foundation: The Classical Virtues of Ronald Reagan

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 3, 2011

Here’s a great tribute from Dr Lee Edwards of the Heritage Foundation:

The Classical Virtues of Ronald Reagan

The best political leaders embody the classical virtues of courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom. President Ronald Reagan had all these qualities and in abundance.

Courage

When he was shot on March 30, 1981, President Reagan seemed to spend most of his time reassuring everyone that he was not seriously hurt, although the bullet had stopped only one inch from his heart and the doctors were very concerned about his substantial blood loss. As he was wheeled into the operating room, he noted the long faces of his three top aides—James Baker, Ed Meese, and Michael Deaver—standing in the hall and asked, “Who’s minding the store?” When a distraught Nancy Reagan made her way to him, he lightly said, “Honey, I forgot to duck.

Both conservative and liberal commentators lauded Reagan. “The president’s imperishable example of grace under pressure,” wrote George Will, “gave the nation a tonic it needed.” “Everybody knows,” wrote James Reston of The New York Times, “that people seldom act in the margin between life and death with such light-hearted valor as they do in the movies. Yet Ronald Reagan did.”

It also takes courage to challenge an enemy like the Soviet Union when the stakes are high. There was vehement Soviet opposition to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), but the President did not budge. At the Reykjavik summit, when both sides were very close to a far-ranging agreement on nuclear weapons, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev pressed hard for laboratory testing only of SDI. Reagan refused. His steadfast commitment to SDI convinced the Kremlin that it could not win, or afford, a continuing arms race and led to an end of the Cold War at the bargaining table and not on the battlefield.

Prudence

Rather than dispatching American combat troops to trouble spots, Reagan assisted pro-freedom anti-Communist forces in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola, and Cambodia. National security analyst Peter Schweizer estimates that the cash-strapped Soviets spent $8 billion a year on counterinsurgency operations against U.S.-backed guerrillas. The accelerating Soviet losses in Afghanistan demoralized the Kremlin and the Red Army, hastening the collapse of the Soviet empire.

At home, Reagan practiced the politics of prudence by relying upon his “70 percent rule“: If he could get 70 percent of what he wanted in the face of opposition, he would take his chances on coming back and getting the other 30 percent later. He wanted his 25 percent tax cut to take effect immediately in 1981 but agreed to phase it in over three years because the cuts were across the board. He was that rare politician who knew when to bend a little and when to stand firm.

Justice

Although it was not politically correct, President Reagan steadfastly defended the rights of every American—from the moment of conception to that of natural death. For him the sanctity of life was not a slogan but a fundamental principle to be honored. When in 1983 he wrote “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation” (an essay for Human Life Review later published as a book), he became the first sitting President to write a book while in the White House.

His Administration sought not only to put America’s financial house in order and rebuild the nation’s defenses but also to put America’s moral house in order by protecting the unborn and allowing God back into the classroom.

Wisdom

President Reagan had the ability to foresee what others could not. In the early 1980s, liberal intellectuals such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and John K. Galbraith were lauding the economic accomplishments of the Soviet Union. At the same time, Reagan told the British Parliament that a “global campaign for freedom” would prevail over the forces of tyranny and that “the Soviet Union itself is not immune to this reality.” By the end of the decade, as he predicted, Marxism–Leninism was dumped on the ash heap of history.

In late 1981 and all of 1982, when his tax cuts had not yet kicked in and the U.S. economy still lagged, President Reagan reassured his worried aides and counseled them to stay the course. He had faith in the American people, who, if they could be “liberated from the restraints imposed on them by government,” would pull “the country out of its tailspin.” In the closing days of 1982, America began the longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history up to that time, creating 17 million new jobs during the Reagan years.

Ronald Reagan’s trust in the people and his love of freedom were rooted in two documents—the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. From his very first national speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential bid in October 1964 to his farewell address to the nation in January 1989, Reagan turned again and again to the wisdom of the Founders. Indeed, more than once, he sounded like one of them.

Reiterating the central role of the American Revolution, the President said: “Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words, ‘We the people.’

We tell the government what to do, he said; it doesn’t tell us. This simple and yet revolutionary idea of “We the people,” he explained, was the underlying basis for everything he had tried to do as President.


Classical Virtues

The President reassured the men and women of the “Reagan Revolution” that they had made a difference. They had made America—that “shining city on a hill“—stronger and freer and had left her in good hands.

The city never shone brighter than when it was led by Ronald Reagan, who exemplified the virtues of courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom.

Lee Edwards, Ph.D., is Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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Mitt Romney: Sarah Palin Would Be A Great President

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 3, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

This from the New York Daily News:

Mitt Romney claims he isn’t sure if he’ll run for President in 2012, but he knows someone else that would do a “great” job: Sarah Palin.

During an interview on Tuesday night with Piers Morgan on CNN, the former GOP Massachusetts governor said Palin would bring a lot to the political table.

I believe she is an extraordinarily powerful and effective voice in our party, that she has generated a great deal of support and attention, that she’d be great in a primary process,” he said of the former vice-presidential nominee and Tea Party darling. “She’d bring attention to the process, and frankly, the more people we have on the stage in those debates talking about different ideas and different approaches, the better.”

Romney has gone on a media blitz to discuss his new book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” making appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The View.”

But the appearances have fueled speculation that Romney, who lost in the Republican primary in 2008 to Sen. John McCain, is considering running again in 2012.

When the CNN host asked whether Romney could beat Palin, he replied, “I don’t know the answer to that.” The 63-year-old said his wife is urging him to run.

My wife thinks I should run,” said Romney. “She’s absolutely committed. She’s saying, ‘You’ve got to run, you’ve got to have somebody who understands the world of the economy, small business, who can create jobs.’ She’s convinced I’ve got to run. But I have to look more broadly and say, ‘Alright, do I have a team necessary to do this?’

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Romney told Letterman he has no plans to run for President, but added “I’ll keep the door open.” He also gave a shout out to Palin.

Be careful what you say about her,” Romney joked. “She has a rifle, you know.”

We have been hearing that Romney is having a bit of trouble exciting his big money backers from 2008, and a lot of the political movers and shakers that once supported him are less than enthusiastic as well. There’s even been talk of skipping Iowa and South Carolina, where he has no shot, and putting everything into New Hampshire, where he might gain a bit of momentum.

Our problem with Romney, besides his flip-flopping, finger-in-the-wind style, has to do with competency. Everyone points to RomneyCare as the elephant in the room, but it’s Romney’s entire term as Governor. His record is not good at all. The other problem of course, is the fact that Romney has been very silent on every issue.

Romney, with his favored status by the Republican elites, the country club set, could have lent his name to any of a number of issues fighting the fight with the rest of America against the Obama regime. Instead, as the Boston Globe reports, Romney is actually distancing himself from the Tea Party. Not a smart move, since the Tea Party represents mainstream America, and according to Gallup, 71 percent of Americans, including most democrats, say the Republicans should be listening to the Tea Party. [I guess they understand the democrat party is a lost cause]

This sort of thing shows just how out of touch Romney really is.

We were also very disappointed, but not surprised, that Romney …. like most of the Republican Party …. was no where to be found while Sarah Palin, and the 40 million members who make up the Tea Party, were blood libeled by the corrupt media and the democrat party.

Frankly, Mitt could have really won over a lot of people had he been the one with the courage to speak up. But alas, he doesn’t have it.

We think Romney wants to run, and will. It will be futile. Too many obstacles in the way.

It’s nice to know, though, that he knows what we know, that Sarah Palin will be a great President.

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