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Archive for September 8th, 2011

Restoring America

Posted by Morgan on September 8, 2011

Cross-posted from Hoosiers For Sarah Palin, with my apologies for not writing this up earlier.  I also have a few pictures available at the other site.

I couldn’t think of a better reason for undertaking my first trip to Iowa than to attend the Restoring America rally held in Indianola by the Tea Party of America this past Saturday, highlighted by the keynote speaker of the event, Sarah Palin.  Being the Indiana coordinator for Organize4Palin, it was more than a golden opportunity.  I deemed it a necessity to go.

The pundits, the analysts, the so-called experts we all see on the airwaves or whose opinions we read on the Internet, all believed Sarah would give an announcement (Karl Rove expressed confidence in this during one of his countless appearances on Fox News).  More than that, some people I know were hoping she would announce a run for President (more out of impatience than anything else).  From what I had heard, though, an announcement was the last thing any of us should have seriously expected or hoped for.

The Forecast

The day before I left for Iowa, I checked the weather forecasts for the Indianola area, discovering expectations of scattered thunderstorms throughout the following Saturday.  This would’ve been a good time to make sure I was packing an umbrella, but I ultimately didn’t bother to bring one along, suspecting the weather predictions could be wrong.  Traveling with my parents, we made the 500+ mile trip to Iowa, eventually arriving at the Indianola Balloon Grounds by 8:30 Saturday morning.

A line of people awaited us at the front gate, some of them (I later discovered) had spent the previous night at the site.  My dad noticed few of the license plates on the cars there came from Iowa.  There were clouds in the skies, but the sun came out not long after we passed through the gate.  The day was starting out to be a good one.

Like A Mailman

One of the great opportunities I was able to take advantage of during the rally was to be meet in person many of the diehard Palinistas, such as Karen Allen (Mama Grizzly #2 herself), Peter Singleton (the Iowa co-coordinator), Thomas Schmitz (the California coordinator), David Powell (the Ohio coordinator), Martha Cano (of O4P-Texas and Palin Promotions), and many others, all dedicated enough to travel as far as they did to Iowa.  Gathered at the O4P tent, we were organized for volunteer work, namely signing up new members as they arrived for the rally.

By 9 a.m., I was out there asking attendees to sign up and join O4P.  Many of them I asked, it turned out, signed up at the front gate thanks to other diligent volunteers (thank God for them), some said no and one person signed up.  Not too long after we began the task, however, the rain began to come down.  The error in my judgment in not bringing an umbrella along came back to bite me right on the butt.

Most of us sought shelter as the rain, along with the thunder and lightning, continued with its visit to the area.  Umbrellas showed up instantly, as did plastic coverings, but for those of us with neither, we had to wait as the rain came down in greater steadiness with intermittent flashes of lightning and sounds of thunder.  Despite the change in weather, cars continued coming into the parking lot (I later discovered people who left the grounds simply just waited in their cars until the rain let up and they returned, some with umbrellas!).  In my case, thanks to the kindness of a couple of Good Samaritans, I had a plastic covering and could continue to take signatures.

The rain came and went, and it was a challenge to keep the signup forms dry, but those of us still able to sign people up continued on as if we were mailmen, not allowing either rain or snow or heat or gloom of night to keep us from enlisting new members.  Looking back, it surprises me that most of the people who signed up did so even as the rain was coming down!  Meanwhile, the rally began at 11 a.m., with plenty of entertainment for the growing audience and a bevy of speakers whose words resonated with the audience.  By 1 p.m., the volunteer work was done and we were on our way to the stage and Sarah Palin.

For Strippers And…”

The plastic covering had done its job well, albeit the bottom of my jeans were wet and my shoes were soaked.  It wasn’t long after I sat down on my seat when a short video of Sarah began running.  A few minutes later, we became a roaring crowd when Sarah appeared on the stage.  Shouts of “RUN SARAH RUN” filled the air.

The message of Sarah’s speech resonated with all of us, with her focus on the failure of the policies of the Obama administration, the need for an end to crony capitalism, and stopping the massively increased spending now; for an end to Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America and the need for the fundamental restoration of America.  During the speech, she brought us out in laughter when mentioning the value of polls by saying, “they’re for strippers and cross-country skiers”.  I have to confess I missed the last part of that statement; my one-track mind got the better of me.

The most important part of the speech was her five-point plan: Enforcing the 10th Amendment to our Constitution, repealing ObamaCare, an end to the increasing debt and addressing entitlement reform, increased domestic energy production, and eliminating federal corporate income taxes, followed by ending corporate welfare and loopholes.

The reaction of everybody at the rally was euphoric, highlighted by shouts of support for a Palin run in 2012.  No announcement was made by Sarah one way or the other about a Presidential run, as I expected.

Back Home Again In Indiana

A long trip back awaited myself and my parents, so we were on the road by 2 p.m. heading for home.  I wish I could’ve been able to say hi to Sarah, but dozens of people instantly crowded around her when she got off the stage and I didn’t have enough time to wait.  On the whole, the trip to Iowa had been enjoyable; the sight of all that farm land was quite beautiful.  I look forward to visiting Iowa again (after all, I need to visit John Wayne’s birthplace in Winterset!).

I had gone into the rally expecting an important speech from Sarah, and an important speech it was.  Whether she will run or not in 2012 is still unknown to me, but I expect the announcement to come this month as all of us do.  I left the rally reminded of a quotation from Sarah which appears on the O4P site: “The more support I see, the harder I want to work, and the more determined I am to not let folks down.

With that, I close this chronicling of my recollections with a shorter quote from Sarah, which I spotted at Indianola.

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President Obama’s Change vs Governor Palin’s Reform

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 8, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

President Obama centered his presidential campaign on the notion that he epitomized “change you can believe in.” He brought people’s emotions to a fevered pitch as he invoked their participation in his chants of “Yes, we can!” Even though some of them couldn’t tell you what it was they could actually do, they felt certain, as they listened to this orator, that they could figure it out. They did their part of “we” by casting their votes in favor of this virtual unknown with no real record of accomplishment, and he was crowned President of the United States. The onus then fell upon him to take up his part of the “we.” To those who knew all along that there was as little substance to then-candidate Obama’s speeches as there was weight to his resume, “Yes, we can what?” was an important question but not one we had to ask long, for it didn’t take long for it to become obvious that what he intended is exactly what he told us from the beginning. Whether he called it “change you can believe in” or a “fundamental transformation” of America, the goal was the same.

The President’s problem is that some of us actually like America just fine. Some of us are quite satisfied with her place as the (pronounced thee) most exceptional nation on the face of the earth. Some of us enjoy the liberties we possess, purchased for us by the flesh and blood of those who came before us. Some Americans appreciate the rights bestowed upon us, not by government, but by our Creator–the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Some Americans actually believe that citizens should be allowed to dream bigger, work harder, and earn more–and keep it. We know this country isn’t perfect, but we also know that it’s worlds apart from any other country. That is a fact, as Governor Palin always states, for which we simply will not apologize.

President Obama, however, has found it necessary to apologize for America. But he hasn’t stopped with an apology. He has worked hard to live up to his campaign promise to change this country. And if he somehow manages to remain in office another term, he will continue his commitment toward that end. Now, that you can believe–unfortunately.

But there is hope. Governor Palin’s vision for America differs exponentially from President Obama’s.

Senator McCain introduced Governor Palin to America as a reformer. Many of us did not know this reformer, much less what she had reformed. When we did our homework, however, we didn’t have to look far to receive the answer. We learned of her fight for ethics reform in Alaska. We discovered how corruption turned her stomach and caused her to act to bring it to its knees. We understood that she took on Big Oil without backing down because developing Alaska’s resources was more important than doing business as usual and allowing them to sit on those resources. Her entire career as a reformer becomes more and more obvious as one watches Stephen Bannon’s The Undefeated .

The major difference between Governor Palin’s hope for America and President Obama’s nebulous idea of hope and change is this: Obama wants to change who we are, while the Governor desires to restore who we are. I believe it’s President Obama’s disatisfaction with this country that he focuses on most, which causes him to seek to transform it. Governor Palin focuses on her great love for America, which causes her to seek to restore it. Even her “One Nation” bus tour is all about drawing attention to America’s history and calling for a restoration to the principles that have gone into building her. She has a determination to stop this change that’s leading us away from our greatest self and replace it with “sudden and relentless reform,” bringing us to a restoration of what has been lost, as she declared this past weekend in Iowa. Her faith wherever she has served–whether as a city council member, a mayor, a governor, an oil and gas regulator, a vice presidential nominee, a spokesperson for the pro-life movement, a tea party patriot–hasn’t been one of blind faith. It hasn’t been one of denial, either. On the contrary, it has recognized when something was lacking or ailing, and it caused her to roll up her sleeves, take on both sides of the aisle when needed, and usher in true and lasting reform. And as she continues to fight for America today, she continues to praise America and to reject the sentiment that our best days are behind us. She wants to help return us to who we were fundamentally founded to be.

Simply stated, our President is in the business of change by dismantling, while the Governor is in the business of reformation by restoration.

Edmund Burke, often referred to as the father of modern conservatism, explained:

There is a manifest, marked distinction, which ill men with ill designs, or weak men incapable of any design, will constantly be confounding,–that is, a marked distinction between change and reformation. The former alters the substance of the objects themselves, and gets rid of all their essential good as well as of all the accidental evil annexed to them. Change is novelty; and whether it is to operate any one of the effects of reformation at all, or whether it may or may not contradict the very principle upon which reformation is desired, cannot be known beforehand. Reform is not change in the substance or in the primary modification of the object, but a direct application of a remedy to the grievance complained of. So far as that is removed, all is sure. It stops there; and if it fails, the substance which underwent the operation, at the very worst, is but where it was.

In Liberty and Tyranny, Mark Levin elaborated on Burke’s assessment in chapter 2 when he wrote:

For Burke, change as reform was intended to preserve and improve the basic institutions of the state. Change as innovation was destructive as a radical departure from the past and the substitution of existing institutions of the state with potentially dangerous experiments. Furthermore, the Statists often justifies change as conferring new, abstract rights, which is nothing more than a Statist deception intended to empower the state and deny man his real rights–those that are both unalienable and anchored in custom, tradition, and faith.


Change unconstrained by prudence produces unpredictable consequences, threatening ordered liberty with chaos and ultimately despotism, and placing at risk the very principles the Conservative holds dear.

Do not these explanations draw a sharp contrast between President Obama and Governor Palin? Obama, representing change as innovation, seeks to engage in dangerous experimentation. Health care mandates come to mind first and foremost, rammed through with no regard for the will of the people, not to mention the Constitution. His idea of change works to strip more and more Americans of their liberties, choices, and individuality and add to the power of an already out of control government. It’s a complete radical takeover, rather than a prudent dealing with the aspects that need reform. Governor Palin, on the other hand, celebrates our God-given freedoms, highlights the founding principles that have made this country great, and continually calls our attention back to our founding documents. She praises hard work, competition, and fiscal responsibility, and she condemns wasteful spending, high taxes, and crony capitalism.

Theirs is a complete difference in worldview, a line drawn in the sand. Which side of that line the vast majority of Americans decide to stand on will make all the difference in the world. Yes, we can embrace President Obama’s fundamental transformation of all that is America, but we’ll wake up one day wondering what happened to the country we once knew. Thankfully, that’s not the only choice. We can choose, rather, to fight alongside Governor Palin to reform the nation in which we live and restore the principles in which we believe. Which side will you take? As Governor Palin said in her RNC speech:

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those…who use their careers to promote change.

The first part of that statement, of course, refers to Obama who used a mantra of change to capture people’s attention and elevate his status. The second part was intended to speak of John McCain. Governor Palin’s record, however, demonstrates that those words could better be applied to herself.

I’ll pass on President Obama’s version of change. America needs Governor Palin’s reform, and we’ll be the better for it.

Cross-posted at MotivationTruth.

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Media Ignores Palin’s Best Result Vs Obama Since December. A 5 Point Gain In Rasmussen alone

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on September 8, 2011

The media continues its “unelectable” campaign against Palin and the GOP establishment including those media personalities who have chosen their favorites e.g. Coulter who has swooned for Christie have switched into all out attack mode against her.

What goes unremarked upon was Palin’s solid third place at 14% in the Washington Post /ABC poll-when she is not even a declared candidate and Perry  has received the star treatment.

Digging down further into where the statistics can’t lie, because they are an aggregate of polls, the 

Real Clear Politics aggregate of Palin versus Obama belies all the negativity directed against her as the unmistakable trendline below shows:

Further, as this compilation of recent polls shows Palin’s 41% in the ABC poll is her highest rating with smallest gap between her and Obama since November 2010. The Rasmussen poll distorts the aggregate because they measure likely voters but even here the result is striking with Palin having closed the gap by 5 points in under a month with President Obama being below the 50% mark against her for the first time since March

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample Obama (D) Palin (R) Spread
RCP Average 8/5 – 9/1 51.8 38.8 Obama +13.0
ABC News/Wash Post 8/29 – 9/1 RV 53 41 Obama +12
Rasmussen Reports 8/31 – 9/1 1000 LV 47 35 Obama +12
Quinnipiac 8/16 – 8/27 2730 RV 51 37 Obama +14
PPP (D) 8/18 – 8/21 700 RV 53 40 Obama +13
Rasmussen Reports 8/11 – 8/12 1000 LV 50 33 Obama +17


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Brilliant Analysis Of The GOP Debate & Palin:”She Was So Right To Avoid this Farcical Show”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on September 8, 2011

A brilliant article and analysis of the GOP debate and Palin’s position in the party. David Karki nails it: 

Finally, to Sarah Palin. She has been so right to avoid this whole farcical show. She already has 100% name recognition, will have tons of cash from Tea Partiers the moment she declares, and Snow White might as well let the Seven Dwarfs form the circular firing squad the media would have them make while she stays safely above and out of the fray.”

Here below is an extract with the whole article at 


A GOP Debate, an Obama Speech, and Sarah Palin

David Karki

The last three days could not illustrate better just how far American politics have fallen as of late, and what it will take to resuscitate it and the nation from the coma into which President Obama has put it.
Start with tonight’s Republican Debate. One could call them the Seven Dwarfs, so little do they look while they obediently jump through the ridiculous hoops presented to the by the biased media that effectively works for Obama.

And even when they have glimmer of understanding how obviously they’re being manipulated, as Newt Gingrich did when he criticized moderator Brian Williams of NBC News for trying to instigate squabbles amongst them rather than allowing them to target Obama, they still stupidly play the game. After all, this was a MSNBC/Politico debate – what the hell else did the seven fools think they were going to get from two blatantly liberal outlets? If any of them really believed in what Newt said, to say nothing of having an ounce of strategic thinking, they would never have bothered showing up for this rigged dog-and-pony show in the first place!

Which brings me to the Joe Isuzu twins, Governors Romney and Perry. Admittedly, if elections were won based on who has the most presidential looking hair, suit, and smile, these two would be WAY ahead of the pack. Substantively, however, you can’t help but feel like you’ve just been smooth-talked by a smarmy used car salesman after listening to anything either says. I’m actually glad that the media has declared these two RINOs to be the ostensible front-runners, since their combined prefabricated-ness will increase the distrust of both all the more, and help the two Ken dolls cancel each other out all the sooner.

As for Obama’s ridiculous Even More Of The Same That’s Already Massively Failed Address, this falls under the old political axiom: when your opponent is busy committing suicide, get out of the way and let him. Speaker Boehner was right to decline a GOP response, thereby not adding any gravity to the speech as well as not giving Obama and the Dems a target to shoot at.
And while I would personally love to see a TV with the Saints/Packers pre-game set up off to the side for the GOP members to watch while they pretend to listen to Obama read his delusional drivel from the teleprompters, they’re right to be minimally respectful and show up and go through the motions. Again, don’t give your opponent a target or any chance to shift the spotlight away from him and onto you.

This speech is the political equivalent of the old philosophical riddle:  If Obama gives a poor imitation of a State of the Union Address, and everyone is watching the NFL opener instead, did he really make a complete fool of himself?
Finally, to Sarah Palin. She has been so right to avoid this whole farcical show. She already has 100% name recognition, will have tons of cash from Tea Partiers the moment she declares, and Snow White might as well let the Seven Dwarfs form the circular firing squad the media would have them make while she stays safely above and out of the fray.
Moreover, in her speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire ripping both parties for “crony capitalism” and Facebook post on the Obama-approved call for union violence against Tea Partiers by Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., she laid out more detailed plans and laid into Obama with a ferocity none of the other candidates would dare – or be allowed to by the Obamedia running the debates.

Palin simply isn’t going to play the usual game by the establishment’s rules. As Dr. Phil says, if you’re going to do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always gotten. In that case, it’s the media trying to produce the most liberal GOP “opponent” possible for the Democrat, which the conservative Tea Party base will hate. This will help an otherwise doomed Democrat have a chance to win, even if it must be alá Clinton 1992:  a slim plurality in a three-way race. And if even that isn’t enough, then at least the GOP winner will be the most leftist of the group, ensuring that nothing the Democrat has created will be touched, much less dismantled.
In other words, the game is to create a completely phony “choice” between a hardcore and a watered-down leftist come Election Day, so that the entire exercise is rigged, pointless and the establishment stays, well, established for another four years.

The Seven Dwarfs are mindlessly playing this silly game with the crooked dealer and entirely pre-determined outcome to benefit the house, and even when they occasionally realize the con job, none of them has the spine to fold their hand and cash out to save what chips they have left. Palin, on the other hand, was smart enough never to sit at the table in the first place.

That’s why she’s so hated – her refusal to step into their best-laid traps and fearlessness in directly calling Obama out make her every bit the existential threat to the establishment that Obama is to America. And let’s not forget the whole first female president thing, the gender card which trumps the race card that you know Obama will play hard if all else fails.
Small wonder then, that the media is doing everything possible to claim it’s too late for Palin and that she polls horribly – the simplest way to beat her is for her to never get in the race and the next simplest is to get her in too early so they can beat up on her as long as possible.

Yes, Sarah will have to officially get in soon in order to be on the ballot in IA and NH, but why on earth should she expose herself to enemy fire any sooner than absolutely necessary? And if the point of such an unconventional campaign is to break the establishment’s hold, then the first step is to refuse to kowtow to their unwritten rules.
Does this come at some risk? Sure. Could it fail? Sure. But could it succeed? Absolutely. And if the alternative is another round of a phony choice between a Democrat versus RINO chosen by the media, with the policy outcome rigged as a result, then why not go for broke? From where I stand, it’s the only chance to beat ‘em…the only chance to save the Republic.

And if nothing else, it’ll be damned entertaining and hilarious watching the media and left go absolutely bonkers…

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