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Archive for March 28th, 2011

Governor Palin and the Politics of Competition

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 28, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

A key to Governor Palin’s success is her diverse experience. As a champion athlete, women’s pioneer, and a national leader, she knows the value of hard work, perseverance, and yes, a competitive spirit.

Anyone close to me can tell you how competitive I am. I love to compete, and I hate to lose. This doesn’t mean I act like a brat if, on the rare occasion, I do happen to lose! It means I do everything in my power never to lose at all. Whether it’s sports, a board game, or an argument, I expect to win. One of my favorite sayings, which in past years I’ve made my students repeat everyday, is “Failure is not an option.” Combine that with another favorite saying, “The best is yet to come,” and one has a recipe for achievement.

Part of winning is mindset. Another part is action. When I coached high school girls’ basketball, I taught my team that anytime they stepped onto the court, they must be convinced they would win, and that the only way they could fully have that conviction is if two things were true: 1) they’d personally done everything to prepare to win, and 2) they knew that each of their teammates had done everything to prepare to win. If either of these two things were lacking, they simply would not have that confidence. It takes more than one person’s work, I wanted them to see, to lead to confidence and victory. I must be just as confident in the person to whom I’m passing the ball–that she’ll finish the play–as I am in my ability to deliver the pass on target, which necessitates my knowing that the player prepared well. If I doubt that, I might not pass the ball–and that might be the difference between winning and losing.

Never underestimate the power of conditioning in a winning strategy, either. My team ran stairs, sprinted, did defensive slides, and in my last two years as coach–the championship years–practiced six days a week. While players from other schools were asleep at 8:00 Saturday mornings, my players were dragging their hopes and dreams into the gym for another day of drills, suicides, and plays. Believe me, they wanted to sleep, but they wanted to win more. This meant less time hanging out with friends on Friday nights because Saturday morning was coming. It was a sacrifice, but it was worth it to those who hated to lose, who had something worth winning.

We’re in the midst of March Madness, and even as a spectator, there’s something I cannot stand to see: weak, namby pamby teams who lay down and roll over without so much as a fight. Yesterday, I was excited watching women’s basketball because I thought Georgetown was going to put out UCONN’s fire–and as a Tennessee Lady Vols fan, I always cheer on anyone rival UCONN is playing. No one would have given Georgetown a chance against the defending champs, but they fought hard and almost pulled off the upset of the tournament. But as much as I hate to admit it, UCONN is a great team, and great teams always fight back. They never just bow down to the beating. They never go running and hiding because someone is throwing some heavy punches. They compete, and most often they win.

The far left and the Republican establishment could learn a thing or two about Governor Palin simply by paying attention to these lessons we find in sports. They always seem to be shaking their heads, groping in the dark, and suffering utter frustration at their inability to stop or slow down her momentum. The truth is nothing can stop the Governor but the Governor. She possesses all the qualities of a winner.

First, she’s a competitor. She’s stated that if she decides to run for the presidency, she’s in with one outcome in mind:

You run the race to win the race. That’s for sure.

Some had the nerve to be offended when she told Barbara Walters that she believed she could beat President Obama if she ran in 2012. What did they expect her to say? Of course, she believes she can win. Who better to take him on? Who else has opposed his destructive policies at every turn? As I wrote last night:

I agree that staying on the periphery to support a better candidate–when there is one–is admirable. However, of all the names being tossed around as possible 2012 contenders, she is the better candidate. She’s the one with the record, the patriotism, the principles, the servant’s heart, and the sheer guts to get the job done. So in the words of the army of voices praying for a promising future for themselves, their children, and their nation: “Run, Sarah, Run.”

Surely, no true competitor puts in the time and energy simply to say she’s done something unique. A true competitor, especially one who knows that the future may be riding on the outcome of the race, never runs half-heartedly. As we recall, part of Governor Palin’s reputation as a “rogue” came from her outcry when the McCain camp threw in the Michigan towel, insisting it was out of reach. Governor Palin’s response?

I want to get back to Michigan, and I want to try.

The Republican establishment, in all its obvious fear of Governor Palin, would like to get in the way of the will of the people, to extinguish the fight before it blazes, pick the winners and losers. But we don’t roll that way. No, bring on the competition. As she has said repeatedly, there’s nothing better than contested primaries. She’s up to the challenge, and so are we.

Those who have waged war on all things Palin are providing her with the conditioning that they may soon regret. There’s nothing she hasn’t been through. Much weaker vessels would have packed it in, but not she. What else can be said? What else can be done? What other accusation can they hurl? It’s all been tried. Their fight against her is like trying on the basketball court to defend against an offense that doesn’t seem the least bit frazzled by anything you do. Her opponents already came with the full-court press–and failed. The pressure she’s endured has only made her stronger. Of all the potential 2012 candidates, she is the best conditioned because she’s been through the most. Many a game is lost in the fourth quarter because a team just isn’t prepared to last till the horn, and they run out of steam at the most crucial time. They can’t endure. Does anyone doubt Governor Palin’s stamina? Her self-professed enemies are frustrated because they can’t get her to sit down and shut up, because she doesn’t run to the sidelines and beg to be taken out. She continues to fight, and they have helped her build those necessary muscles, much to their own chagrin.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, though, that those who seek to stop her in her tracks can dish it, but they cannot take it? They never expect her to do what UCONN did yesterday: fight back. They want her to be that weak opponent who will sit idly by and lose with grace. But there ain’t no grace in surrender! And competitors surely don’t just duck the dirt that’s being slung. They don’t allow their good name to be besmirched, their families attacked, and their record sullied–and say nothing. Yes, they pick their spots, but you better believe they’ve got the fight in them to take a stand and defend against the bullies on the playground–and they win with grace.

Success has been a reality for Governor Palin throughout her 20 years in public service. She knows how to get the job done, and it’s no wonder she always steps up with an expectation of victory. After all, she possesses the two requirements that I taught my team. She has prepared herself, and she has a team around her who have prepared themselves. The Governor’s experience offering herself in service to her children’s public school, energizing business in her city, fighting corruption in her state, negotiating energy in the field of big oil, personifying common sense conservatism in her country, and conversing with dignitaries in foreign nations are preparation for success at whatever next step she decides to take. Her teammates are the family members loving her, her staff assisting her, and her supporters backing her. Each has prepared for whatever battle is ahead, thereby allowing the Governor to proceed with confidence.

True competitors frustrate their opponents because their will cannot be conquered. Even in weariness and in the heat of battle, they find the strength to continue because for them the thought of losing is greater than the pain of persevering–and what they’re fighting for, to put it simply, is worth the effort.

Governor Palin is the strongest example of unapologetic patriotism and leadership we have seen in some time, many say since the days of President Reagan. She is driven by a faith in God, a love of country, and a commitment to service. Combine that with her competitor’s spirit, and we’ve got ourselves a winner.

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Lee to Palin: Announce on July 4th

Posted by Dr. Fay on March 28, 2011

In the second of a series of articles in which he gives tips to potential candidates on how to win the GOP presidential nomination, Tony Lee at Human Events gives the following advice to Sarah Palin.  His advice to announce her candidacy on July 4th is quite interesting, since that is exactly two years and one day after she resigned her governorship in what she felt was Alaska’s best interest.  As we have seen, Governor Palin did not retreat – she reloaded and moved forward to play an even greater role in national politics.   Will she pick up the phone on July 4th and call Bob and Mark?   No matter when she announces, Sarah’s Army of supporters will be waiting!

4. Sarah Palin: Jump in

She will get more press initially by not being at the early debates and her absence will potentially allow her to say that she has surveyed the field and finds none of the candidates satisfying, so she is offering up herself to the electorate to improve the country. Of course, some in the GOP establishment are baiting her with the prospect of becoming “kingmaker for life” because they desperately want her to sit out the nominating process.

And though Palin can jump in the race the latest of any candidate and freeze the whole field until she makes a formal decision, my suggestion would be for her to jump straight into the race on the 4th of July without first forming an exploratory committee, which she can say is done only by those in the Washington establishment.

There are two reasons for this. First, besides the patriotic aspects, July 4th would be symbolic because it would mark the weekend that she resigned the Alaska governorship and her disjointed speech then was panned not for the message but for the way in which it was haphazardly delivered. She can symbolically get a do-over.

h/tp Josh Painter

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Ferraro and Palin: Mutual Respect

Posted by Dr. Fay on March 28, 2011

Video courtesy of Sheya at PalinTV:

Also see:

Ferraro on Palin – Video Compilation

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NY Sun: Sarah and Sarah

Posted by joshpainter on March 28, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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An excerpt from Sunday’s editorial in The New York Sun

One of the things that Sarah Palin did on her stopover at Israel was announce that she was eager to return for a longer visit, and we found ourselves wondering whether she will eventually make a visit to the Machpelah. For the first body laid to rest there in the cave purchased by Abraham was that of Mrs. Palin’s namesake, Sarah, Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac. We have sometimes found ourselves wondering whether the affection Mrs. Palin exhibits in respect of Israel is related to the fact that the former governor — the Alert Alaskan is our favorite alliteration for her — is named after the first, the most beautiful, and the most prickly of the Jewish matriarchs.

We were put in mind of this not only by Mrs. Palin’s visit to Israel but also by the contretemps that followed the suggestion by a leading journalist in Washington, David Frum, that Mrs. Palin was alienating Jewish voters by failing to arrange her visit through a the Republican Jewish Coalition, of whose board Mr. Frum is a member. The RJC has been paving the way for one of the most important migrations of American Jews, from the Democratic Party to the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It’s sometimes lonely but always heroic work, and no doubt there were those in the RJC who wished they could have been the organizing party of Mrs. Palin’s first visit to the Jewish State.

The contretemps, however, was a matter of politics rather than principle, and how could it be otherwise? For on the substance Mrs. Palin has been a passionate supporter of Israel. This seems to be well-recognized by the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition Matthew Brooks, who made a point late last week of defending Mrs. Palin’s most recent critique of President Obama…

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Palin And The Art Of English Maintenance

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 28, 2011

Writing the occasional column in support of Governor Palin is a challenge, a delight, a source of anger and one particularly unexpected and delightful pleasure.

A challenge because, given the subject, I am pressured to write something which approaches the qualities of the person. This is easy in one respect, that is because Palin has so many positive attributes, does so many interesting things, responds to her own challenges in a forthright, sometimes heroic fashion, that the ideas for commentary flow readily. 

On the other hand it is these very qualities which challenge one to rise to the highest level of commentary that they demand of a writer which is a significant task-for myself anyway.

The subject is of course a delight to consider in herself and, if I do manage to finish an article, which I feel goes some of the way in making an insightful commentary which will, in some small way, advance her progress, or at least negate some negativity about her, I am delighted.

The articles can provide a source of anger, beyond the frustrations of not creating something worthwhile. This is because I have to, from time to time, deal with some negative article or comment about Palin which, even having to refer and review that sort of thing, can affect ones mood. Challenging and destroying the negative commentary is cathartic in the end, but the journey is troublesome.

There is one unexpected pleasure, and reward actually, which encompasses all the other aspects in itself-challenge/delight/anger, and that is the “maintenance” of the English language in trying to craft an article worthy of the subject and the readers attention. 

In doing so I find I have to refer to source material which includes in-depth articles and books by great and deeply intellectual writers, some whose language borders on the archaic, particularly the philosophers like John Stuart Mill and Locke, and economists like Hayek and Friedman.

I consider I have a wide vocabulary which serves me well in my modes
of expression but in reading the greats I am immediately humbled by the reality of the smallness of  my word storehouse and how poorly I serve those who read my columns. 

The English language has such wonderful depth and breadth of expression. So many words have a similar meaning to others but there are subtle differences which convey a slight change of meaning. Then there are, to me at least, obscure words which seem to stand alone and convey deep meaning and a complexity which drives one to the dictionary to understand the very dictionary definition of the word.

In just the last few weeks, in researching a few columns for Palin articles, I have come across these words which I list as an example of the challenge and delight they (and she) present. 

I apologize if to some readers they, the words, are so obvious that they may wonder at my lack of depth, but if others have, like myself either not heard of them before, or were vaguely or incorrectly in understanding of them, I hope they too will enjoy discovering and using them too. Most of all I thank Governor Palin for being the person she is who so inspires ordinary folk like myself to rise to their best level-a quality in her I look forward to America sharing when she is president.

Just as an example of one definition, Determinism is defined so:

“Determinism (specifically causal determinism) is the concept that events within a given paradigm are bound by causality in such a way that any state (of an object or event) is completely, or at least to some large degree,determined by prior states. In physics, this principle is known as cause-and-effect.”

Original Post at : M. Joseph Sheppard’s “A Point Of View”

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Presidential Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 28, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Michael Hauschild of American Thinker pens a piece in which he further discusses what we already know about Governor Palin: her commitment is to America’s greatness, not her own. This, above all, speaks to her “presidential” credentials.

He writes:

Sarah Palin represents what a president should be in these very troubled times; she’s made choices in the last several years which many misinterpret in the framework of their own shortcoming. The slings and arrows launched at Palin vibrate with bias, chauvinism, elitism, and partisan politics and a sense of superior intellect from the howling scornful classes

[…]

I offer one man’s simple observation — a view from a citizen born and raised in the heartland of the rugged Great Plains: Sarah Palin has done more for the sanctity of life, for the preservation of American values, for the American traditions of integrity and honesty in political discourse than all the wannabe pundits across the country beating their chests and voicing “expert” proclamations of disdain since the name Sarah Palin became a household word.

We know Sarah Palin well enough now to know that she would take the burden of president if she felt it would be best for her country. She would step aside and put her credentials and principles behind another leader if she felt it would be best for her country. She has, is, and will continue to do what is best for our country with no focus on personal gain other than the security of America.

From the perch of a humble patriot citizen in the heartland of America, I believe that Sarah Palin wants what I want — our American life as our forefathers intended: a Constitutional Republic, with checks and balances in place. If she can deliver this, she’ll likely seek office; if she can contribute or support a candidate, she’ll do that, too. If she can serve best on the periphery, that’ll be the role she takes. She’ll seek to save the country with her actions, not risk its destruction because of a lust for power.

Read the full article here.

Hauschild offers a fair assessment of Governor Palin in this article. I would simply add that it is my hope, and the hope of many, that the Governor will indeed seek office herself. I agree that staying on the periphery to support a better candidate–when there is one–is admirable. However, of all the names being tossed around as possible 2012 contenders, she is the better candidate. She’s the one with the record, the patriotism, the principles, the servant’s heart, and the sheer guts to get the job done. So in the words of the army of voices praying for a promising future for themselves, their children, and their nation: “Run, Sarah, Run.”

(h/t Josh Painter)

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