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Archive for April, 2011

My Interview with The Michael Berry Show

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 28, 2011

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

Last Thursday, I was contacted by The Michael Berry Show. They invited me to call in as a guest. I soon learned that this Texas conservative radio program has the largest listening audience in the state. They decided to touch base with me when one of their devoted listeners and researchers, Tania Percy, emailed them about my interview with “Sistah Talk TV” in which I engaged in a lively debate about Governor Palin with other women who are not supporters. After watching it and visiting MotivationTruth, they wanted to hear more from me personally, so I did the interview.

Topics included Governor Palin, race relations, the mindset some have regarding Black conservatives, and how I might defend conservatism in a room full of my peers who have not yet embraced this worldview. Enjoy:

Part I:

Part II:

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Newspapers “Making It Up” Yet Again “Bristol Bans Sarah From Arizona House”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 27, 2011

The Daily Mail, quoting The National Enquirer-two really really reliable sources – headline this absolute load of trash story:

“Back off mom! Newly-liberal Bristol Palin ‘bans controlling mother Sarah from her home’ – because she’s too Republican.

The “story” includes such trash as: 

If Sarah doesn’t accept her, she isn’t welcome in her home.”
“The insider said: ‘Bristol flat out told her that she needs to back off. She knows the only way that Sarah will stop being to controlling is to ban her from her home – because it would kill her not to get to see Tripp.”

And numerous other knee-slappers-made up “quotes” hearsay and downright lies.

Here is what someone who actually lives in Maricopa (Bristols home town) has to say:


“This is totally not true. I live in the town of Maricopa where Bristol now lives. Just last night, one of my friends saw Sarah on the television and recognized the park where she was giving the interview. it was here in Maricopa. Her and her kids went to the park and watched her finish the interview and then met her. They took pictures with her as well. Sarah is staying with Bristol right now. If this was story was true then why would Sarah be here in Maricopa. This is a very small town and we do not have any hotels out here at all. The next closest town is 17 miles away. I wish you would get all of your facts straight before you print things that are not true”






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

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Confident Sarah Palin Continues To Pound Barack Obama “On The Record”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 27, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

On the heels of her beat down via Facebook, on Tuesday morning, Sarah Palin went On The Record with Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday night, where she continued to whip Obama like a rented mule.

Right out of the gate Greta highlighted one of Sarah’s comments from the earlier Facebook post:

It’s unbelievable to me that you spent last week in campaign mode, gallivanting around the country to start raising the billion dollars for your reelection bid that is still 19 months away “while Rome burns.” Our economy is in the tank; jobs are as scarce as ever; you’re asking Congress to let you incur even more unsustainable, immoral, freedom-stealing government debt; and many of our brave men and women in uniform are shaking their heads in disbelief over your befuddled military directions.

Yet instead of working with Congress and a wise multitude of advisers to fix some problems, you choose all this campaigning, already? As was recently asked: When do you ever just “roll up your sleeves, unplug the teleprompter” and do the job of governing and administrating for which voters hired you?

After hammering Obama for being in campaign mode, and trying to raise $1 billion for an election that is [gulp] 19 months away, instead of focusing on the nation’s challenges, she starts in on high gasoline prices, Libya [and Obama’s incoherent foreign policy in general] and more.

Sarah reminds us we can’t afford to have the nation’s Commander-in-Chief, our CEO, in campaign mode while “Rome burns“!

Sarah goes on to say it’s almost like Obama can’t be bothered by all of these issues of the day because he’s too busy either running for re-election, playing golf, or going on holiday!

She goes on to say, if that’s the case, the best thing is for government to just get out of the way! Stop with the insane regulations, quantitative easing [printing money, monetizing the debt], coming up with more “stimulus plans” and other nonsense, and just let private businesses and the free market do it’s thing!

Sarah bluntly states nothing is going to change until Obama is out of office.

This is a wonderful interview. Sarah Palin is proving she is a confident stateswoman, and very much at ease talking about issues and policy. This folks, is what a leader looks and sounds like. I know it’s been a while since most have seen or heard one, which is why I point this out.

There is also a twinkle in Sarah’s eyes. She’s a warrior, but a happy one. She reminds me so much of the great Ronald Reagan. He was one tough hombre, but he was always happy and optimistic as well.

Sarah comes off the exact same way. Both in this interview, as well as her Facebook smack-down. She’s tough, but not mean, and uses a fair bit of sarcasm and wit to go along with the beating she’s giving Obama.

The entire interview is powerful, insightful, and even a bit of fun.

At one point she off-handedly mentions Bill Ayers and the fact that he “allegedly” wrote Obama’s first book. She did this as she was taking a shot at Trump and others who were wasting time on nonsensical issues, while REAL issues were being ignored.

She points out the media is loving these distractions, as is the Obama regime.

As we have noted before, the “birther” issue helps Obama more than it hurts him. What she’s saying is: Now that Trump has everyone’s attention, he needs to be talking about substantive issues, something he is not doing.

This all gets back to what she told Sean Hannity last week, when she said it was way too early for her, or anyone else to be running for President. Too many more important issues to be focused on, rather than wasting time gearing up for 2012 and an election that is still almost 2 years away.

Leadership vs politics.

Sarah also gets a nice little shot in at Katie Couric at the end of the interview. Dee-licious!

Enjoy.

Video Courtesy of SarahNet

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Palin calls for decisive leadership in Libya

Posted by loricalabrese on April 27, 2011

In her speech in Wisconsin, Palin called out Obama, saying “What better place than the state that hosts the Super Bowl champs to call out the liberal left and let them know: Mr. President, game on!”

Well, Palin certainly meant it and took to Facebook on Tuesday and appeared on ‘On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren’ Tuesday night with a blistering question to the president:

“When do you ever just “roll up your sleeves, unplug the teleprompter” and do the job of governing and administrating for which voters hired you?” Palin asked.

On FOX News’ ‘On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,’ Palin pointed out how Obama spent last week in campaign mode trying to raise his billion dollars for his reelection bid which is still 19 months away instead of focusing on the challenges currently facing America such as escalating gas prices, and the intervention in Libya.

Palin continued with her tough words for the president saying, “the perception he’s giving Americans is that he almost can’t be bothered with the issues facing the rest of us.”

Palin stressed that Obama must make up his mind on the intervention in Libya and said, “We cannot be the world’s ATM.”

Palin wrote on Facebook, “At this point, to avoid further mission creep and involvement in a third war – one we certainly can’t afford – you need to step up and justify our Libyan involvement, or Americans are going to demand you pull out. Simply put, what are we doing there? You’ve put us in a strategic no man’s land. If Gaddafi’s got to go, then tell NATO our continued participation hinges on this: We strike hard and Gaddafi will be gone. If, as you and your spokesmen suggest, we’re not to tell Libya what to do when it comes to that country’s leadership, and if you can’t explain to Americans why we’re willing to protect Libyan resources and civilians but not Syria’s, Yemen’s, Bahrain’s, Egypt’s, Israel’s, etc., then there is no justification for U.S. human and fiscal resources to be spent.”

But Palin didn’t stop there.

“I know, I know, granted you will be even busier very soon,” Palin wrote. “After all, golf season kicks into high gear shortly. NBA and NHL brackets await. Summer vacations and that all-consuming campaign whistle stop tour will no doubt slam you. But I would ask, while the rest of us are also busy working, saving, planning ahead, fighting to protect our Constitution, and trying to keep up with where and why you’re spending our Department of Defense funds – I’d ask that you find time to tell Americans the truth about the state of our union and what you are doing to find solutions to our challenges. Please start with explaining Libya.”
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As published on Examiner.com

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Wonkette, Attacker Of Disabled Children, Has Advertisers: Harper Collins/Amazon/Barnes&Noble

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 27, 2011

Wonkette, the site which ran the now infamous attack on Sarah Palins disadvantaged child Trig, has lost 43 advertisers, but appears to still have an advert up from a major company.


As is well known a storm of protest against this execrable site and its equally obnoxious personnel found a massive campaign spontaneously built up to contact Wonkette’s advertisers with the simple question-do you wish to advertise on a site that attacks disabled children?


The end result was, that company after company pulled their adverts. However it appears that the publishing company Harper Collins has a book advertised on the Wonkette site, which advert also refers prospective purchasers to either the Amazon or Barnes&Noble on-line sites.


It would be nothing short of amazing if  long established firms, such as these three, which have a reputation for ethics, would wish to be associated with such a site as Wonkette. No doubt they might perceive they have a prospective customer base amongst the immature and juvenile minded who inhabit that site, but surely their reputation is worth more than the disgrace that might cling to them by this poor association.


It would not be a surprise if the three firms were the recipients of demands to cease their sponsorship from outraged parents of handicapped children and decent people everywhere.
Original Post at: M. Joseph Sheppard’s ‘A Point Of View”

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Trig Palin: God’s Precious Gift

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on April 26, 2011

Since when did it become funny to call someone “retarded”? By now, I am sure most of you are aware of the vicious actions made my a certain liberal, scum-filled website. Recently, this website had the audacity to refer to Sarah Palin’s youngest son, Trig, as “retarded.” When I first read this article and the comments that followed it, I was both appalled and saddened. My sadness soon turned to anger when I thought about the many people I am blessed to know with down syndrome and special needs. As someone who works with special needs students on a daily basis, I can tell you that individuals with special needs are the most kind-hearted, compassionate individuals you will ever have the chance to meet, and I learn valuable lessons from them daily. Not only are people with special needs kind and compassionate, but they are individuals too, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

One of the reasons I admire Sarah Palin so much is because she chose life for her sweet baby boy. In giving sweet Trig life, Sarah demonstrated her belief in life and her belief that every life has a purpose. I will never forget when my family sent little Trig an embroidered jacket shortly after the 2008 campaign. A couple weeks after sending Trig the gift, I got a note from Sarah thanking my family and I for the gift, telling us how much it meant to them and Trig. This is the kind of woman Sarah Palin is. She is the kind of woman who puts her family and God above all else. Trig is the pride and joy of both her and Todd’s lives. This little boy deserves the same respect that any other child receives. It is time that people realize that individuals with special needs are humans too! To those who enjoy making fun of a child with special needs I say “Shame on you!” And to precious Trig and his family, I say “Thank you for showing me and the rest of the world just how amazing unconditional love can be.”
I was forwarded an article (via Alaskans for Palin) written by my friend, Tracey Porreca, that I have decided to share with you below. I hope you find it as heartwarming and touching as I did:

Alaska’s Republican National Committeewoman Addresses Attacks Against Trig Palin

I was approached today by Debbie Joslin, Republican National Committeewoman for the State of Alaska, and friend of mine. She is also a friend of Sarah Palin and has known her for a long time. We started discussing the recent “Wonkette” article (see here)and Debbie mentioned she was writing an article to address it. I offered to share it with our readers and she accepted. Debbie has a lot of personal experience with this subject, as you will read. I’m so pleased to share this with all our readers. Thank you, Debbie, for this heartfelt article.

Please click here to read Debbie’s inspiring words of wisdom.
(Follow me on Twitter @RachelleFriberg.)

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Palin Lifts In The Polls Following “Wonkette” Attack On Her Family

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 26, 2011

If in January 2013 Sarah Palin lifts her right hand and starts a sentence with these four words “I do solemnly swear” as she commences her inauguration as America’s first female president then in irony beyond irony the ultra-liberal website “Wonkette” may have been the biggest contributing factor.




Since Palin’s nomination as the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate in 2008 she has been the subject of the most unrelenting, unprecedented, attacks by the left-across the whole spectrum “progressives”, mainstream, Democratic Party operatives, the media and the entertainment industry.


Some of the attacks have been on her policy and social attitudes, which is the normal cut and thrust of the political scene but they have been well in the minority. The overwhelming number of attacks on Palin has been of a personal nature-her appearance, her family, and her own children. A substantial number of these “alinsky” leftist attacks have been distortions, half truths, outright lies and, with the “Trig Truther” brigade, bordering on insanity.


There is no question that the massive weight of this unrelenting campaign has had some effect, how could it not, and Palin has seen a drop in her poll support. Part of this drop has been because she has not made a commitment to running for president in 2012 so there has been a natural dispersing of potential support towards those who have made more of a commitment, or who are the media’s latest bright shiny object e.g. Bachman and Trump.


However, it is a sensible presumption to conclude that the personal attacks, especially the gross distortion by the media of Palin’s statement on the Gifford’s tragedy, would have had some degree of effect on her poll numbers. Perhaps heartened by that, the left tried to go in for the kill.


This was undertaken by a media campaign which had as its theme that “Palin is now so insignificant that we will have an embargo any news item about her”. Then, with what seemed to be the coup de grace on what they thought was a politically mortally wounded person, the execrable blog ‘Wonkette” ran their now infamous attack on Palin’s son Trig on his birthday.


This attack on a defenceless, handicapped child, brought a firestorm of protest which even included some voices on the left it was so vicious. Apart from Wonkette losing 43 advertisers, as an enraged public launched an email blitz which told companies that if they continued to support Wonkette they would lose patronage, a most unexpected consequence-to Wonkette, and the left, took place.


With Palin maintaining, in the face of a most scurrilous attacks on her and her children, a dignified silence, (except to give a brief note of thanks to all those who so valiantly took up the cudgels for her and Trig and common decency) the wider public could see the true heart and methods of the left exposed.

The face of leftism, with the mask having slipped, was so revolting that a wave of sympathy for Palin started to build. All those leftists who, when Palin defended herself valiantly against the media assault, said she was “playing the victim” were shown to be partially right-Palin was a victim and the public could now see that for the fact it is.


Palin lifting in these recent polls:


1.In the latest Newsmax/Insider Advantage poll of Republicans they advise “Donald Trump holds a slim lead over other potential candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination,”


In the survey of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents completed on Monday night, 14.3 percent said they would vote for the billionaire real estate mogul if their state’s primary or caucus were held today.


(Read more on Newsmax.com: Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage Poll: Trump Gains Slim Lead in 2012 GOP Race )


2. In what even the leftist Washington Post admits is a “bump” upwards for Palin the CBS Poll/Times poll has shown an “unexpected’ lift in nationwide support for Palin from a ridiculous 19% to now 26 % which, with a drop in her unfavorables in this poll, marks a nine point shift in her favor. If even this most silly of polls-which alone amongst pollsters reporting on Palin has an “undecided” response of 16% (down from the silly 19% in the previous poll, and a ludicrous 2% listed as “not heard enough”) can show this sort of bump, then something is happening.


In what might turn out to be the greatest piece of irony, the confirmation of the rule of “unintended consequences” what was intended to be the final nail in the Palin coffin could well turn out to be the final nail in the leftist attack plan coffin. All of a sudden there has been a noticeable lift in Palin‘s polling which, if it continues could lead, inexorably to the January 2013 scenario. Hubris, schadenfreude, irony, would be insufficient to describe the result of that denouement, perhaps President Palin could come up with a new, suitable word.






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Gov. Palin on Greta: Obama Focused on 2012, Not Nation

Posted by Ron Devito on April 26, 2011

“Obama wrapped up a week on the campaign trail…instead of focusing on challenges facing our country, such as Libya and $5/gallon gas,” Governor Palin said tonight in a single segment interview with Greta Van Susteren from an undisclosed location.

Tonight’s interview follows in the wake of a scathing Facebook Note in which Gov. Palin took Obama to task essentially for shirking when he should be working on Libya.

“We cannot afford our commander-in-chief, our CEO to” to not focus on his job, she said. “He needs to help get the economy back on track. The perception he gives on some issues is that he can’t be bothered.” Gov. Palin said if that’s the case, “government should get out of the way, don’t monetize debt, no quantitative easing and no wars we can’t afford.”

She said Obama “has been extremely inconsistent on why we’re in Libya. First, Gaddafi had to go…then it’s not our job to tell Libyans what to do…why there? Why not Syria? What is our interest in Libya?”

Gov. Palin said “when you have a trillion-dollar deficit and $14 trillion in debt you have to be careful with the wars we engage in….We should only get involved if we’re in it to win it.” She added that we have to make sure a replacement government is not something worse than the predecessor.

“We cannot afford to be the world’s ATM and babysitter,” Gov. Palin said.

When asked how she would handle today’s high oil prices, Gov. Palin responded, “there should be no moratorium on drilling…the EPA is making it impossible for responsible drillers…there should be no subsidizing Brazil and other foreign countries’ drilling.”

Gov. Palin noted that the State of Alaska had already completed studies on whether speculation and collusion were at the root of high oil prices. The study concluded that it was a supply and demand issue. Gov. Palin said that Obama needs to work with these results and similar results from other states’ studies and support domestic drilling. She said his “hare-brained schemes” for green energy were no solution.

“A devalued dollar combined with the lack of domestic supply results in higher prices,” Gov. Palin said adding that it was a “deadly combination.”

Greta did not ask Gov. Palin about her own 2012 plans but asked her about Donald Trump’s. Gov. Palin said that she “respects what Trump is doing regarding the birth certificate and college records, and hopes that now he will force a shift in debate to other more important issues.” She added that “the media is loving this,” and they are “making curious Americans sound kind of crazy.” Gov. Palin dropped a hint that Obama’s memoir may have been co-written by domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. She said there is nothing wrong with asking Obama to disclose his thesis and other college papers – not because of the grades he may have gotten – but to understand his thought process, and “what goes into his thinking.”

“It is not inappropriate to ask why our commander-in-chief would want our troops under the control of NATO….People want to be able to trust their government,” Gov. Palin said.

Regarding Katie Couric’s retirement from CBS, Gov. Palin said jokingly that she read about it in one of the many papers she reads online and wished her luck in her new “multi-dimensional story-telling.”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Palin: Make Up Your Mind, Mr. President retrieved from Fox News.

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America Deserves Libya Explanation

Posted by Ron Devito on April 26, 2011

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

Please make up your mind, Mr. President. You can’t vacillate when spending America’s human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason. You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go. Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, “Okay, you’re right. He’s an evil dictator who kills his own innocent people, so enforce a no-fly zone so he can’t continue an aerial slaughter.” But then you said our mission in Libya isn’t to oust Gaddafi after all. (Or vice versa on the order or your statements. Between you and your advisers the public has been given so many conflicting statements on why we’re intervening in Libya that I apologize if I can’t keep up with the timing and rationale of your murky foreign policy positions.)

At this point, to avoid further mission creep and involvement in a third war – one we certainly can’t afford – you need to step up and justify our Libyan involvement, or Americans are going to demand you pull out. Simply put, what are we doing there? You’ve put us in a strategic no man’s land. If Gaddafi’s got to go, then tell NATO our continued participation hinges on this: We strike hard and Gaddafi will be gone. If, as you and your spokesmen suggest, we’re not to tell Libya what to do when it comes to that country’s leadership, and if you can’t explain to Americans why we’re willing to protect Libyan resources and civilians but not Syria’s, Yemen’s, Bahrain’s, Egypt’s, Israel’s, etc., then there is no justification for U.S. human and fiscal resources to be spent.

I would also ask you to better explain your thinking on Libya. We can’t afford any actions that don’t take care of crucial U.S. needs and meet our own interests at this point. You are the Commander in Chief, so please explain what you believe is our “interest” there and not elsewhere.

Mr. President, your hesitation and vacillation in the Middle East breed uncertainty. It’s symptomatic of the puzzling way you govern. See, uncertainty is one of the factors over which you have control, and I would think you’d want to eliminate that additional element that helps breed problems like higher oil prices. Higher oil means exorbitant gas prices weighing down our economy. Consistency and strength – and greater domestic energy production – will help fix higher gas prices and help heal the economy. But only with leadership. These sorts of problems don’t fix themselves.

It’s unbelievable to me that you spent last week in campaign mode, gallivanting around the country to start raising the billion dollars for your reelection bid that is still 19 months away “while Rome burns.” Our economy is in the tank; jobs are as scarce as ever; you’re asking Congress to let you incur even more unsustainable, immoral, freedom-stealing government debt; and many of our brave men and women in uniform are shaking their heads in disbelief over your befuddled military directions. Yet instead of working with Congress and a wise multitude of advisers to fix some problems, you choose all this campaigning, already? As was recently asked: When do you ever just “roll up your sleeves, unplug the teleprompter” and do the job of governing and administrating for which voters hired you?

I know, I know, granted you will be even busier very soon. After all, golf season kicks into high gear shortly. NBA and NHL brackets await. Summer vacations and that all-consuming campaign whistle stop tour will no doubt slam you. But I would ask, while the rest of us are also busy working, saving, planning ahead, fighting to protect our Constitution, and trying to keep up with where and why you’re spending our Department of Defense funds – I’d ask that you find time to tell Americans the truth about the state of our union and what you are doing to find solutions to our challenges. Please start with explaining Libya.

– Sarah Palin

Retrieved from: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150165452518435.

– Posted using BlogPress from my Palin-Powered iPhone

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President Obama’s Spread the Grade Philosophy

Posted by Adrienne Ross on April 26, 2011

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

Joe the Plumber brought the whole spread the wealth issue to America’s attention in 2008, and nothing has changed. President Obama is still committed to spreading the wealth around and even more committed to class warfare. The more he talks, the clearer it becomes that he definitely has no real interest in cutting spending. Rather, he’s content to cut more out of people’s income, particularly those people he deems filthy rich. It’s obvious, too, that to him “filthy rich” isn’t just an expression. In fact, he’s already told the country that at a certain point people have made enough money.

President Obama learned nothing from the 2010 mid-term elections. Nothing’s changed in his overall philosophy which cannot be disguised, even after the shellacking he received. It is what it is, obviously, because he is who he is. He says he’s not interested in punishing success, but his actions speak differently–and so do his words. In a town hall speech last week, he spoke of those rich people who cannot be allowed to just relax and “count [their] money.” First of all, does he not realize that people have the right to do whatever they want with their money? If they want to get naked and roll around in it, is that not their decision to make? Is it really government’s business what a person does with the money that is rightfully his or hers to enjoy? Has President Obama and his tax and spend administration failed to understand that some of those he has coined rich are small business owners–job creators–who have been too busy to just count cash all day? Instead, they have been hard at work producing needed services and providing opportunities for others so they can then take care of their own families.

President Obama’s belief in spreading the wealth is even more anti-common sense than it is anti-American. But then again, we already knew he was no Governor Palin. The utter ridiculousness of this spread the wealth mentality came to light quite clearly via a man who called in to Sean Hannity’s radio show maybe a year ago.

The man’s wife was a devout liberal and a student–an ‘A’ student. To drive home to her the insanity of spreading the wealth, he posed the following scenario to her:

Her university decided that because she was a stellar student, she needed to share her grade with others. Although she had worked hard for her ‘A,’ she must keep in mind that others weren’t as fortunate. Maybe they weren’t as smart as she was. Maybe she had worked harder. Whatever the reason, for the benefit of all, it was only right that she give up some of her grade to help boost the grades of others. After all, shouldn’t everyone be equal? Shouldn’t she do her part–share responsibility–by giving up some of her success so that others can have more too? The university decided that was best, so they took away the ‘A’ she earned to spread it around to those who had an ‘F’ or a ‘D’ or some other grade less than the ultimate goal. Under their plan, she could have a mediocre grade of maybe a ‘C’ so that the ‘F’ student could perhaps have a ‘C-.’

Obviously his wife did not think that was a very fair system, and she knew it certainly defied common sense. It didn’t take long for her to see that these exemplary students were not evil people who had been sitting around counting their ‘A’s but rather hard-working, successful people who had a right to the grades on their transcripts. Taking from them to give to others–spreading the grade around–makes zero sense. Most people would agree–even the caller’s wife, liberal and all, agreed.

Why then do we expect the financially successful to play by a different set of rules? Why does the President–the Harvard professor–demonize those who, because of hard work, savviness, or whatever, have been able to reach the ultimate goal of success? Who is government to determine that these people already have made enough and should take up the slack? Not to mention that the rich are already paying an exorbitant amount of taxes while some people are paying none at all.

Now, the school system might consider allowing students to voluntarily sacrifice their high grade so someone producing much less could have more. But that should be that individual’s decision, not the role of the university. Volunteering to give is a world apart from being robbed. Choosing to over-tax, rather than allowing people to keep more of what they earn, is just that: robbery–just as snatching away a student’s grade to give it to another is robbery.

President Obama could learn a thing or two from that man who called into Sean Hannity’s show, and he could certainly learn from Governor Palin. A President Palin would restore the mindset of exceptionalism so lacking in this current administration. As a business owner, she understands that punishing success with higher taxes disincentivizes employment growth. She knows how to balance a budget and prioritize. As a politician, she realizes the value of cutting spending in times of surplus and not just in times of lack. She recognizes that she must be a faithful steward of other people’s money because it’s the right thing to do. And as a public figure, she refuses to demonize the people who love their country and want to see her prosper. Dismissing their concerns and accusing them of not giving enough doesn’t do justice to those who hired you to serve with their best interests in mind. Governor Palin’s record shows that she knows how to serve effectively. As a community organizer, in contrast, President Obama knows how to engage in class warfare and to squeeze more out of evil rich people because, as far as he’s concerned, they don’t need it anyway.

America must not be fundamentally transformed into a one-size-fits-all culture where the American dream becomes a thing of the past, where everyone is the same, and no one is exceptional. We must resist becoming a place where we strive for mediocrity as we embrace some false interpretation of social justice or shared responsibility forced upon us by a morally corrupt, over-taxing, high-spending, future-killing big government.

To Kill a Mockingbird, as many know, remains my favorite novel. Atticus Finch, in his closing argument in the Tom Robinson trial, so eloquently knocks down the theory that we must all be equal in terms of outcome in life. Not so, he says. Equal in worth, yes, therefore equal in a court of law, but not equal in terms of where we’ll all end up. President Obama’s foolish commitment to spreading the wealth around is the equivalent of spreading the grade around. One is as ridiculous as the other. Taking from those who supply our jobs, help the economy, and simply have a right to keep what they earn does nothing to progress this nation and defies any semblance of common sense.

I agree with Governor Palin: 2012 can’t come soon enough.

I’ll leave you with these words:

One more thing, gentlemen, before I quit. Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us. There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions. The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious — because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority. We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe — some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others — some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men. But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal — there is one human institution which makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, a stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.

-Atticus Finch,
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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