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Archive for May 15th, 2011

So Mike Huckabee is not running…

Posted by joshpainter on May 15, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Mike Huckabee has made his announcement. He’s not going to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. How does his decision affect Sarah Palin? Well, that depends on a number of things.

The factor Texas for Sarah Palin is most concerned about tonight is her army of supporters. We here at this blog want to see that army grow. As many pundits, paid professionals and armchair amateurs alike, believe that no small number of Huckabee’s supporters — evangelicals in particular — would find that coming on board for Sarah Palin would be a natural fit. But Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann also stand to gain some troops from the Huckabee ranks. The former Arkansas governor’s more committed supporters will be less inclined to move into the Palin camp if they notice Palin supporters trashing their guy. Any swipes of a personal nature taken at Mike Huckabee by Palin supporters will be taken personally by Huckabee’s supporters.

As Palin supporters, don’t we see that personal attacks upon her are also attacks on ourselves? And if some Palin supporters are making such attacks on Huckabee, what are his followers more likely to do? Will they let it pass and support her anyway? Not when they’re burning from that sort of attack. They will swear an oath not to give her their support — not because of anything Gov. Palin said or did — but because of the people who are supposed to be advancing her cause and her political prospects. She has been most kind and gracious toward her potential rivals. Even some who have said unkind things about her have received only humorous retorts from her in response. Which is right out of the WWRRD book (What Would Ronald Reagan Do?).

Palin supporters would do well to follow the governor’s example. Nothing is to be gained for Sarah Palin by attacking Mike Huckabee’s character. His record, his policies and even the manner in which he made tonight’s announcement are all fair game. But Palin people should keep their opinions on Huckabee’s character to themselves. We are all children of God, and we all struggle with our own personal issues. Like Gov. Palin does, let’s let our faith guide us during what could be a defining moment in her political career. As Jesus told his disciples in the Book of Matthew (7:12 AKJ):

“Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

So let us treat Gov. Palin’s political rivals, whether in the race or not, as we would have them treat her. Thomas Schmitz was especially gracious on Twitter this evening:

.@GovMikeHuckabee: Good luck, U weren’t my choice for the nomination but I wish U well. P.S. I love the cartoons!

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Now that’s class, guys. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it shows the way to win friends for Governor Palin. If she gets into the race, she’s going to need all of the supporters we can help to bring over to her side, considering the type of campaign that the Democrats and some Republicans will wage against her. Besides, if you burn bridges, it makes it extremely difficult for those on the other side to cross over to yours.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

Posted in 2012, GOP, Mike Huckabee, Republican Party, Sarah Palin | 2 Comments »

Palin: the business climate in the United States is growing toxic

Posted by loricalabrese on May 15, 2011

On Wednesday, Sarah Palin weighed in on the recent controversy regarding the National Labor Relation’s Board’s fight with Boeing on Facebook in a post titled, Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses.

“President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America,” Palin wrote. “He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company’s neck. Does the President support the rights of businesses and working class people in right-to-work states to make sound decisions without government regulatory agencies unfairly punishing them?”

The controversy is over a complaint that the NLRB filed against Boeing, saying the company engaged in unfair labor practices by deciding to locate a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, instead of Washington state. Right-to-work laws prohibit agreements between employers and unions that require workers to join the unions and pay dues. But the punishment is drawing the most criticism since NLRB officials want Boeing to move the 787 Dreamliner plant and the jobs that go with it from South Carolina back to Washington.

Boeing denies allegations that they picked South Carolina as the site of the second line of 787 Dreamliner production to punish its unionized workforce and Chief Executive Jim McNerney said in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that the National Labor Relations Board was “wrong and has far overreached its authority.”

The NLRB is an independent agency responsible for overseeing attempts by employees to organize into unions and to deal with claims of unfair labor practices by employers. The board receives complaints, in this case from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Senator Jim DeMint have defended Boeing and have also demanded that the president speak up about the complaint, since it could cost thousands of South Carolina workers their jobs.

Palin added, “Does the President realize the real concern here is not that businesses will choose to locate in one state over another? It’s that businesses will choose to locate in other countries because thanks to the Obama administration’s job killing policies and over-reaching regulatory boards the business climate in the United States is growing toxic. South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint reminded President Obama that the President said in his State of the Union address: “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.” I agree with this sentiment, Mr. President. If we want to keep good paying jobs for working class families in the United States then you shouldn’t pit South Carolina against Washington state because eventually every state will suffer when businesses declare “enough is enough” with these tactics and decide to relocate in more business-friendly countries.”

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »