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Posts Tagged ‘America by Heart’

Mr. Smith Goes to the Same Old Washington to Throw Them All Out

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 20, 2011

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

In America By Heart, Governor Palin retells the story of the classic movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I ran across that account again recently when doing research for my review of Peter Schweizer’s Throw Them All Out. Her second book is filled with substantive, complicated issues, including our Founders, the Constitution, American exceptionalism, common sense conservatism, feminism, family, and faith, among other important topics. Nonethless, in the midst of all these issues of incredible import to our culture as Americans, it is most notable that she would begin this book with a synopsis of a Hollywood movie.

The Governor writes on page 2:

In case you’ve forgotten, Mr. Smith is about an American Everyman, Jefferson Smith, who goes to Washington to fill the Senate seat of a corrupt senator who died in office. The political machine chooses Smith because he is an ordinary man, a nonpolitician, and they think they can control him. But he holds fast to his ideals–the ideals of the American founding–and eventually defeats the machine. The movie was made in 1939, but its message is timeless: there may be corruption in politics, but it can be overcome by decent men and women who honor America’s founding principles, the way the American people do.

[…]

Jefferson Smith loves the words of the Declaration of Independence, not because he’s mindlessly pro-American, but because, as he says, “behind them, they…have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little lookin’ out for the other fella, too.” He understands that those words are a gift, not just to Americans, but to all humanity. But that gift is being corrupted by special interests and forgotten by Washington.

[…]

Americans love Mr. Smith Goes to Washington because it’s about an ordinary man who stands up to power and says, We’re taking our country back.

Having never seen the movie, her words, combined with Schweizer’s book, which uncovers the corruption so prevalent in Washington today, sparked a desire to see it for the first time, and so I did. It could have easily been a book set in 2011. The graft we see today in Congress–the so-called honest graft that Governor Palin has been highlighting and railing against recently–was as real and tangible at that time as it is today. Corruption is nothing new, and it’s not confined to one particular side of the aisle.

On page 261 of America By Heart, the Governor writes:

There’s plenty of blame to go around for how we got here. Americans know in their hearts that both political parties are at fault. Both parties contributed to the overspending and government growth that is robbing our children of their future. Worst of all, both parties are part of the Washington culture of entitlement. This is the corrupt mind-set that has members of Congress writing tax laws for the rest of us, but failing to pay their own taxes, and crooked legislators being caught with their fingers in the till, refusing to live by the same laws and standards as the people who pay their salaries.

For those who know the movie, Mr. Smith, played by James Stewart, managed to win a battle on the floor of the Senate; however, the battle for ethics in government continues to this day. If it were just a movie showing good triumphing over evil, that would be inspirational, but knowing the movie is just as relevant over 70 years later makes it a resounding call to action, and makes it all the more clear why Governor Palin is committed to helping usher in the “sudden and relentless reform” for all of America that she helped bring to Alaska.

To summarize, Jefferson Smith writes a bill for a government loan to build a national boys’ camp. The loan will be paid back through donations, and is highly popular. The problem is his plan steps on the graft scheme of corrupt politicians, which he soon discovers. He quickly becomes the enemy of what they assumed would be an easy opportunity to line their own pockets, and they will stop at nothing to remove this threat and destroy his credibility. He responds:

Mr. President, I stand guilty as framed because section 40 is graft! And I was ready to say so. I was ready to tell you that a certain man in my state, a Mr. James Taylor, wanted to put through this dam for his own profit, a man who controls a political machine, and controls everything else worth controlling in my state. Yes, and a man even powerful enough to control Congressmen–and I saw three of them in his room the day I went up to see him.

Though not the same scenario, the scheme in Jefferson Smith’s day to capitalize personally off land brings to mind what Peter Schweizer discusses in his chapter, “This Land is My Land.” He writes on pages 54-55:

Members of Congress have used federal earmarks to enhance the value of their own real estate holdings in several ways: by extending a light rail mass transit line near their property, by expanding an airport, or by cleaning up a nearby shoreline. Federal funds have been used to build roads, beautify land, and upgrade neighborhoods near commercial and residential real estate owned by legislators, substantially increasing values and the net worth of elected officials, courtesy of taxpayer money. Not only is this legal–by the bizarre standards of the Permanent Political Class–it’s also deemed “ethical.”

He names Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Bennie Thompson, Senator Charles Schumer, and (then) Senator Hillary Clinton, among many others, who have used earmarks to profit personally, and on pages 68-69, he writes:

Leveraging your power for a land deal is one of the best paths to honest graft.

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But there can be little doubt that the political class is the only group of people in America who can get away with using taxpayer money to increase the value of their real estate, while declaring they are doing it in the public’s interest.

Again, different set of circumstances, but definitely the same spirit.

Even in 1939, the media played a large role in setting the narrative against the anti-establishment. Jefferson Smith’s good name was smeared through the help of the lamestream media, though, of course, that term wasn’t used. The media refused to report the truth or simply made things up. To boot, efforts to spread the truth by his young supporters resulted in vicious attacks upon the children. It sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?

Mr. Smith went to Washington to make a difference, but the people weren’t ready for the “sudden and relentless reform” he embraced. They deemed him unsophisticated, unqualified, and unimpressive. No doubt, he would have embraced the words Governor Palin so passionately spoke during her RNC speech:

I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

The same need exists in 2011. Crony capitalism, insider stock tips, land deals, and corruption of every kind must continue to be highlighted, and it needs to be stopped in its tracks.

America needs more people like Jefferson Smith, in whatever capacity they chose to effectively lead, who are willing to lay themselves down, to spend themselves, to be the voice crying in the wilderness–not for personal aggrandizement, but for a pure respect for what’s right. America needs more people like Mr. Smith who love the history of our country, who stare in awe at the Capitol Dome every time they see it, and who feel like ants when standing before the Lincoln Monument. In other words, America needs more people who choose to operate from a servant’s heart. In addition, America needs more people like Mr. Smith who, when faced with a threat to American decency and truth, aren’t afraid to call it like they see it, take on the establishment, and fight to the end to make sure corruption and greed don’t succeed in destroying the future we desire for our progeny.

Now that I have read Throw Them All Out and watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I’m not at all surprised that Governor Palin has asked us all to read the book and has named the film one of her favorites. Together, they shine a light on the ongoing battle for the moral, fiscal, and constitutional soul of America. It will, no doubt, be a tough challenge, but it’s one that’s worth it. The Governor is much like Mr. Smith in many ways, and like him, she loves this country, our history, and our potential–and she has given more than most to preserve its greatness for those yet to be born.

As Jefferson Smith states:

I want to make that come to life for every boy in this land. Yes, and all lighted up like that, too! You see, you see, boys forget what their country means by just reading “the land of the free” in history books. And they get to be men – they forget even more. Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, “I’m free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t. I can. And my children will.” Boys [and girls] want to grow up remembering that.

(Cross-posted at MotivationTruth)

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Sales For Sarah Palin’s Second Book Spike Unexpectedly

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 18, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin’s second book: America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag has popped up on the Washington Post’s best seller list months after it was first released, and made it as high as number two on the New York Times best seller list.

From the Post:

A new book this week, though not new to the this particular bestseller list, is Sarah Palin’s 2010 “America By Heart” — the fact that it’s selling well again (at least this past week) seems to defy the notion, popping up in scores of articles lately, that her influence is waning and she’s less of a force than she once was.

After the game changing speech Sarah made on Saturday in Wisconsin, I bet sales of the book will continue to be brisk! On Saturday Sarah threw down the gauntlet and proclaimed to both Barack Obama and the Republican establishment: “Game on!

Sarah ‘s first book, Going Rogue, which came out in late October of 2009, was the number one selling non-fiction book of 2009 and spent many weeks at number one on the New York Times best sellers list.

America By Heart is a follow up to Going Rogue and like the first, is a serious policy book, and an engaging read. Though not as heavily promoted as the first, it sold over a million copies [and counting!] This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand how Sarah Palin governed Alaska and how she would govern as President.

In addition to the books Sarah has written herself, great read is The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, which we reviewed here. The authors, Stephen Mansfield and David A Holland, spent a lot of time with the Palin and Heath families, as well as friends of the family.

This book gives you a serious history, not only of Sarah, but her family, Todd’s family, and Alaska itself. It’s a must read book for those who want to understand Sarah Palin and what makes her tick. You can read my review and listen to Stephen Mansfield read some of the book here.

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Sarah Palin’s America By Heart: A Primer for Commonsense Constitutional Conservatism

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on January 3, 2011

imageI purchased Sarah Palin’s second book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, when it was first released.  I attended the book signing in West Des Moines, IA the following weekend.  I ended up not getting the same book back that I came with, so my apologies to the person who got my book with the first four chapters having bracket symbols and sentences underlined.

I’ve finished with the book rather quickly, but due to time constraints I haven’t been able to sit down to write out my thoughts about the book.  For starters this book should satisfy the critics who said Going Rogue: An American Life didn’t touch on her positions and policies enough.  While America By Heart is not a wonkish book it does lay out a framework for what “commonsense constitutional conservatism” (a term she used at the end of Going Rogue).  She offers a quick synopsis in the introduction of the book:

What I’ve come to realize is that, as a country, our true north is the values and principles on which we were founded – those values that are under attack today.  When times are uncertain – when we’re worried about the direction our country is headed in, as we are today – we can always turn to these fundamental principles.  Truth be told, they’re old ideas, not just the notion that our government should be limited, but also that all men and women are created equal before the law; that life is sacred; and that God is the source of our rights, not government, (pg. xvii-xviii).

She fleshes that out throughout the book.  In the first chapter of the book, “We The People,” as an Iowan I read with interest her thoughts on judicial activism.

The Supreme Court, along with the rest of the federal judiciary, has tremendous power over our lives today.  Their rulings mean the difference between free political speech and censored political speech, property rights that are protected by government and property rights that are routinely violated by government, and the survival of innocent life and the state-sanctioned killing of innocent life.  The reason this is the case is because so many of the people who appoint and approve our judges and justices erroneously believe the courts’ duty isn’t to interpret the law but to make the law.  In cases where their agenda can’t prevail among the people’s representatives in Congress, they have turned to the courts to make policy.  That means having judges and justices no longer guided by the Constitution and the law, but by their personal opinions.  President Obama himself has said that, in the really difficult, consequential cases, justices shouldn’t go with the law but with their hearts.  “That last mile can only be determined on the basis of one’s deepest values, one’s core concerns, one’s broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one’s empathy,” the president said.

But if you look at the oath of office that every Supreme Court justice takes, you see that it commits them to a very different standard.  They pledge not to pick winners and losers based on their hearts or their “empathy,” but to impartially apply the Constitution and the law, (pg. 15).

She emphasized the fact that our rights, our inalienable rights that are given by God, are sacred and that “government can’t legitimately violate them or add to them,” (pg. 20).  She discussed in the context of of the health care debate where Congress tried manufacture a new “right” which is something they clearly can not and should not do.

She also states clearly and believes unlike our current President, that America is indeed an exceptional country.  “We are the only country in the history of the world that was founded not on a particular territory or culture or people, but on an idea.  That ides is that all human beings have a God-given right to be free,” (pg. 37).  She says that we should be able to talk about America that demonstrates our pride in her greatness, but also recognizes her faults, (pg. 63).  We should be able to see that America has largely been a force for good in the world, (pg. 67).  She notes that one of the keys to American exceptionalism is the 10th Amendment. 

The federal government’s powers are limited to those listed in the Constitution.  Everything else belongs to the states and the people.  We give you the power; you don’t give us the power.  We are sovereign, (pg. 72).

She notes the Constitution’s relationship to the family:

What the Founders focused their energy on, then wasn’t a government that sought to control or shape families, but a government that could capitalize on the virtues of trust and self-restraint that families create – a government that could respect and honor good citizens by allowing them to live and prosper in freedom.  The Constitution’s relationship to the family, then, was meant to be reciprocal: to depend upon the virtues of family life  to make its system of government work, while protecting the freedom of families to create self-governing citizens, (pg. 112).

Making her case before she quotes John Adams who wrote, “the foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.”  He later wrote… “public virtue is the only Foundation of the Republics.  There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public interest, Honor, Power and Glory, established in the Mind of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty.”

The founding fathers didn’t address families much only that it was assumed on their part, Palin notes, “that a republic relies on informed and virtuous citizens, and that informed and virtuous citizens are created in turn by strong families,” (pg. 109).  She then goes on to say that our leadership in Washington, “have completely abandoned the idea of a government that relies on strong families at the same that it respects the liberty and rights of these families,” (pg. 113).  She notes later on how this is played out on how families are defined:

The left wants us to believe that any grouping we choose to call a family is worthy of the name, that it doesn’t matter if children are raised by two loving parents or are shipped off to virtual full-time day care, and that divorce has no effect on children’s quality of life.  But we now know that commonsense objections to these radical ideas are not based on close-minded prejudice.  When it comes to raising good citizens, all “lifestyle choices” are not equal, (pg. 117)….

…What’s more, liberals often seek to blur the distinctions between our own and other people’s children.  I have heard liberals claim that we “have to start thinking and believing that there isn’t any such thing as someone else’s child.” But this is madness.  How can we know what it means to care about any children until we first fulfill our obligations to our own?  To be responsible to “all children” is to be responsible for none; instead, it is to call for the creation of a suffocating state that erases all freedom and human attachment in the name of caring for “the children,” (pg. 124).

She addresses “Mama Grizzlies” – conservative females leaders who are working to redefine (actually remind) what feminism represents.

Some people are calling the emergences of these successful conservative females a new phenomenon in America – as if we’d just invented smart, capable women who also believe in the Constitution, the sanctity of life, and American exceptionalism.   Truth is, mama grizzlies have been with us for a long time.  These are the same women who settled the frontier, drove the wagons, ploughed the fields, ran cattle, taught their kids, raised their families – and fought for women’s rights.  These women are like America itself: strong and self-sufficient.  Not bound by what society says they should do and be, but determined to create their own destinies, (pg. 129).

She notes that today’s feminists’ idea of what a “real” woman should be “isn’t so much a woman as a liberal,” (pg. 135).  “In the name of liberating women, modern feminism has wrapped us in a one-size-fits-all strait-jacket of political correctness.”  She notes that modern feminism has in reality given women victimhood status (which isn’t empowering) and paint men as being brutes.  Looking at the early suffragists Palin writes:

These courageous women spoke of our God-given rights because they believed they were given equally, by God, to men and women.  They didn’t believe that men were oppressors, women were victims, and unborn children merely “personal choices.”  They believed that we were children of God, and, as such, we were all – men, women, our littlest sisters in the womb, everyone – entitled to love and respect, (pg. 141).

Noting how America has shifted to a majority being “pro-life” she writes:

Despite the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling, American women and men haven’t been able to get over the stirrings of their consciences or move on from an issue that cuts to the heart of who we are as a people.  Affirming the dignity and worth of every innocent human life and defending the defenseless are fundamental American values, (pg. 150-151).

…In sharp contrast to (Margaret) Sanger and her present-day admirers, the pro-life movement is strongly pro-women, and pro-woman Americans are increasingly pro-life.  These women and men of conscience are the rightful heirs to the foremothers who fought for our rights at the turn of the last century.  These warrior souls show their dedication not only to women, but the weakest among us: those with special needs, women without anyone to turn to, and children without a voice.  They run the pregnancy resource centers, the counseling hotlines, the foster care facilities, the adoptions services, and countless other outreach programs that offer compassionate assistance and friendship to women who are struggling, (pg. 157).

She discusses “digging deep,” working hard – “nothing worthwhile comes without effort,” (pg. 161).  She notes that this work ethic is one of the things that made America great.  With the next generation she is concerned about this value not being passed down.

Sometimes I think we try too hard with kids these days to substitute this inner strength with empty praise.  Everyone’s into building their kids’ self-esteem by telling them they’re all “winners,” assuring them that every scribbled picture is a work of art and every chaotic soccer game is a triumph.  I understand the good intentions behind this, but I also worry that we’re not giving our kids the chance to discover what they’re made of.  Kids know the difference between real praise and empty praise.  When we don’t let them fail, when we tell them every average effort is superlative, we’re keeping them from discovering that hidden strength.  We may think we’re helping them, but really we’re holding them back.

In fact, we may be creating a generation of entitled little whiners, (pg. 165-166).

This entitlement culture, in my estimation, has been growing for quite some time and has led to a larger welfare mentality and the belief that government is there to take care of us.  Palin notes, “Everything that is worthwhile comes through effort.  There is no free lunch.  Anybody who tries to tell you otherwise is selling something – usually something paid for by your tax dollars,” (pg. 179).

Regarding the role of faith in public life she notes:

…the faith of our Founding Fathers shaped our nation in critical ways.  They created a country that, in George Washington’s words, relies on faith as an “indispensible support.”  They explicitly disavowed government establishment any particular religion, but they unmistakably relied on religion to produce the kinds of citizens that could live successfully in a state of political freedom.  And this, I firmly believe, is one of the things that has always made us an exceptional nation, (pg. 183).

She says also that there is no government of man that can claim to represent the word of God.  Also no government in the United States can compel its citizens to respect such a claim, (pg. 203).  One the other hand she notes that any type of public religious expression is under attack.

Today’s secular elites don’t agree with appeals to religion because they generally don’t support the reasons for these appeals.  Americans typically invoke faith in the public debate to support the sanctity of life, the preservation of marriage, and the nature of our freedom.  Many liberals don’t support these things, so they regard bringing faith into the argument as somehow unfair or intolerant – or just beside the point.  Of course, they’re happy to talk the God talk (if not walk the God walk) when it’s for a cause they believe in, (pg. 216). (giving examples of Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry)

…The question for so-called progressives, then, is: Which is it?  Is it enlightened to talk about religion in the pursuit of liberal causes but constitutionally suspect when traditional American values are being defended.  The fact is that religious faith has been invoked in every American movement of conscience, from the abolition of slavery to the prohibition of alcohol to the civil rights movement.  Why is bringing faith into the argument good for thee, but not for me?

I have not been able to hit on every topic covered in this book in one blog post.  She sums up in the conclusion what she discussed throughout the book –commonsense constitutional conservatism.  She notes that Americans of all stripes “are awakening to two firm sources of unity: our founding Characters of Liberty, and the virtues necessary to live up to them.”

Maintaining a healthy republic requires a populace that adheres to those old-fashioned values of hard work, honesty, integrity, thrift, and courage.  It is entirely right for us as a society to discuss the best way to foster those values.  And after a half century of liberal social experimentation, we know what does this.  It’s family (when we talk about limited government, it means the state knows better than the feds, the city knows better than the state, and the family knows better than the city).  It’s faith (be it through religion or the moral values transmitted in our secular culture).  And it’s flag (the understanding that we are an exceptional nation with an exceptional message for the world), (pg. 268).

She notes that “commonsense constitutional conservatism is about rediscovering our founding ideals and striving to be a nation that does justice to them,” (pg. 169). 

The book doesn’t answer every question that the electorate will likely want answered if she decides to run in 2012, and it certainly won’t convert those suffering from PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  However, if you want to gain a better understanding of Sarah Palin’s core values and principles then America By Heart delivers.   What America By Heart does provide is a vision for “commonsense constitutional conservatism,” matter of fact you can consider it a primer.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and Caffeinated Theology.  Feel free to friend him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

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ADN Posts Pics of Governor Palin’s Anchorage Book Signing

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 18, 2010

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

Today Governor Palin did what has been announced as the last book signing for her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag. As she did with Going Rogue, she saved her favorite for last, ending the tour in her beloved state of Alaska. Today’s book signing was in Anchorage.

The ADN has posted some pictures. You can view their photo gallery here.

(h/t Ian Lazaran)

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America By Heart Officially #2 on New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 4, 2010

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

Yesterday I reported that America By Heart, Governor Palin’s recently-released book, was already a bestseller. I then received emails from some people–a.k.a. haters–who were truly disturbed by the news of more Palin success. They barely managed to recover from the incredible success of Going Rogue, so this continued fortune has them all wee-wee’d up.

Nonetheless, it’s official. America By Heart debuted at #2 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction Best Sellers list, behind President Bush’s Decision Points. And while PDS sufferers tell themselves–so they can sleep at night–that bulk orders are responsible for this feat, not so. Ian Lazaran points out:

As you can see from the rankings, the NY Times did not place a dagger next to the book. What that means is that bookstores did not report receiving bulk orders. The Democrat Party is too stupid to recognize that the books that the Governor purchased for her PAC do not count in the overall sales for the purposes of the NY Times book rankings. Even liberal Taegan Goddard conceded this point. In other words, a politician can buy one million copies of his or her book for his or her PAC and it won’t count towards his or her book sales.

That concession Lazaran refers to, made earlier this year, states the following:

Mitt Romney’s No Apology tops the New York Times bestseller list this week. However, a “dagger” symbol next to the book signifies that “some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.” Romney’s book actually has two daggers.

In contrast, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue never received a dagger next to its listing while a top the bestseller list in week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 or week 6.

Such is the case with the new book also. So another conspiracy theory bites the dust.

While those who oppose Governor Palin at every turn try to find some shady reasons for her success, I can save them some time. People are actually buying the book because they want to hear from her, because they recognize she has worthwhile experiences to share with this nation, and because, let’s just face it, she’s a great American.

You can order Governor Palin’s book here.

(h/t Ian Lazaran)

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“America By Heart” Already a Bestseller

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 2, 2010

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

Governor Palin’s book America By Heart is doing quite well. It’s hard to imagine another book paralleling the success of Going Rogue, but it’s definitely off to a good start. She tweets:

Awesome Iowa!Thank u! & just heard America by Heart is #2 NYT bestseller list behind Pres.Bush’s good book,so thanks for sharing inspiration

Furthermore, Ian Lazaran reports:

America By Heart will debut at #4 among all books on the USA Today Bestseller list. Obama’s new book continues to be a total bust. Congratulations to former President Bush for claiming the #1 spot among all books for the first time. Governor Palin, former President Clinton, and Colin Powell were the only political figures to ever occupy the spot prior to Bush’s #1 ranking this week.

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Congratulations to the Governor for producing another best-seller even though she had some pretty stiff competition from Bush and Beck

If you haven’t purchased your book yet, you can order it here.

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Richard Cohen’s Race Baiting Attack on Governor Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 24, 2010

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

Governor Palin’s new book, America By Heart, hit bookstores yesterday, and already the far-Left crap has hit the fan. Richard Cohen of the The Washington Post, who himself has been accused of inappropriate, anti-semitic, and sexist behavior, has chosen to point his finger at Governor Palin in what surely appears to be an accusation of racism. He who shows little regard for the United States Constitution seems to lack a basic understanding of the country he calls home as he seeks to attack her because she would dare criticize Michelle Obama for saying, during the 2008 campaign, that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of her country. Somehow that criticism makes her a racist in the eyes of race baiters like Cohen. In his article, “Palin needs a history lesson,” he writes:

Sarah Palin teases that she might run for president. But she is unqualified – not just in the (let me count the) usual ways, but because she does not know the country. She could not be the president of black America nor of Hispanic America. She knows more about grizzlies than she does about African Americans – and she clearly has more interest in the former than the latter.

His ridiculously asinine and ill-informed assessment of Governor Palin’s qualifications aside, Mr. Cohen’s failure to understand America is both embarrassing and insulting. Granted, I’m no history expert, but the last time I checked there wasn’t one America for Blacks, one for Hispanics, one for Whites, and so on. There is, however, the United States of America, a place that is the envy of the world, where those who are blessed to live here have the opportunity to work, prosper, and thrive. That’s the America I see and the America Governor Palin sees. Clearly, it is not the America Richard Cohen sees. From his perspective, America is divided into sections of people based on race, and because he sees the world in this way, he expects others, namely Governor Palin, to see it as such and to walk around with a negative view of this country. Not going to happen.

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters backs me up in this. He offers the following:

And therein really lies the problem in the liberal media. Folks like Cohen and his ilk still see many Americas all divided by race and ethnicity.

This divide will only disappear when the Cohens of this world see America as one and stop using race as a political tool.

Sadly, I don’t expect that will happen in my lifetime. How about you?

No, I don’t expect such a change in my lifetime, either. Too much is at stake–for the Left, that is. If they actually stop race baiting and working the victimhood approach, they might actually have to deal with the issues and face the facts. That would totally isolate them from the vast majority of Americans who love their country and are tired of hearing people apologize for it.

As America By Heart just came out yesterday, I am not yet able to speak on the entire book; however, my understanding is that Governor Palin does discuss the Founders, slavery, and racism. Also, Jedediah Bila’s review states that Governor Palin includes inspirational words from such people as Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King. Nonetheless, she gets criticized for using so-called racially charged language because, as we saw during the campaign, questioning the Obamas’ association with Reverend Wright or Mrs. Obama’s suspect comments about America are off-limits. The lyrics, “Can’t Touch This” come to mind.

I’ll be the first to state that America is not perfect. We have made huge mistakes in the past; my ancestors could attest to that truth. However, who can deny that America has indeed been a shining city on a hill, a land of opportunity, and a force for good in this world? Just two years ago America voted for the first half-Black president, this in spite of his gross lack of experience, radical associations, and relative anonymity. I’d like to ask Cohen which America he believes voted for Obama. Was it Black America? Was it Hispanic America? Could it have been White America? Which America is President Obama presiding over? Since he imagines more than one, I reckon he has answers to such questions.

See, people like Cohen habitually zero in on race and the mistakes of the past and exploit them. He enjoys and cultivates the culture of victimhood that is the brand of the Left. Anyone who deviates from that mindset, who dares to believe the best in America, who dares to even live in the present where race is concerned, is somehow racist, unaware, or both.

While Michelle Obama’s words should be mind-boggling to anyone who lives in this country or has benefitted from the benevolence of this country, they surely have no place coming from someone who is a part of a campaign to lead this country. Nonetheless, he chooses to defend her because–imagine this–she is the descendant of slaves. Huh?

He writes:

It’s appalling that Palin and too many others fail to understand that fact – indeed so many facts of American history. They don’t offer the slightest hint that they can appreciate the history of the Obama family and that in Michelle’s case, her ancestors were slaves – Jim Robinson of South Carolina, her paternal great-great grandfather, being one. Even after they were freed they were consigned to peonage, second-class citizens, forbidden to vote in much of the South, dissuaded from doing so in some of the North, relegated to separate schools, restaurants, churches, hotels, waiting rooms of train stations, the back of the bus, the other side of the tracks, the mortuary, the cemetery and, if whites could manage it, heaven itself.

It was the government that oppressed blacks, enforcing the laws that imprisoned them and hanged them for crimes grave and trivial, whipped them if they bolted for freedom and, in the Civil War, massacred them if they were captured fighting for the North. And yet if African Americans hesitate in embracing the mythical wonderfulness of America, they are accused of racism – of having the gall to know more about their own experience and history than Palin and others think they should.

I could honestly puke at what Cohen attempts to do here. My ancestors also were slaves. I descend from the family of Harriet (Ross) Tubman, a fact that I hold in high regard. Believe me, I am not one to forget where we came from, but the awareness that I carry involves as much a pride of how far we’ve come as it does where we’ve been. Michelle Obama received Princeton and Harvard educations and was living the good life, even before her husband was nominated to run for the presidency. Would Cohen have us believe that America was not good to her?

Cohen’s comments truly speak to where he stands in his view of this country. He mentions the “mythical wonderfulness of America.” Mythical, really? He makes the accusation that Blacks are deemed racist if they don’t subscribe to that mythicism. Interesting, because I don’t hear that. I didn’t hear Governor Palin call Michelle Obama a racist at all. Actually, what I hear is Cohen calling someone racist for refusing to deny the wonderfulness of America. So Governor Palin is supposed to apologize for being proud of her country? In Cohen’s warped mind, such patriotic pride disqualifies her for the presidency.

Even more interesting, he comes to Michelle Obama’s defense at the start of his article by stating she wasn’t really saying what Governor Palin criticized her for saying, but then he goes on to agree with what most of us heard her say–that America has not been a very good place. If Mrs. Obama didn’t mean to say that, why then does Cohen defend that position?

Richard Cohen ends his article this way:

Did she [Governor Palin] ask about her [Michelle Obama] background? What it was like at Princeton? What it was like for her parents or her grandparents? I can offer a hint. If they were driving to Washington, they slowed down and stopped where the sign said “colored” – and the irritated Palins of the time angrily hit the horn and went on their way.

I read this to say: the nerve of Governor Palin not checking up on poor Michelle Obama to ask how bad things were at her Ivy League institution in this horrible country. And the nerve of her not asking about her ancestors. Even more, the nerve of Governor Palin not being born “colored.” How dare she be born White. Apology required, lady, or no presidency for you, at least no presidency of Black or Hispanic America. Now, where those two places are located, I don’t know, but apparently Richard Cohen does.

Here’s the end of the matter: Governor Palin is an American and proud of it. She does not believe in apologizing to our enemies or to ourselves. She believes in American exceptionalism and that here, in the greatest country on the face of the Earth, the same principles and policies benefit all Americans regardless of race or gender. She does not embrace different sets of beliefs for different sections and categories of Americans. Whereas the Left always sees things in terms of black and white, Governor Palin truly doesn’t. They deem this a problem because they want the division, they rely on it, and they promote it.

On the contrary, the Governor believes that we can progress as we elect leaders who are committed to moving America forward by embracing common sense conservative policies that benefit all. And those who put themselves in position to represent this country ought to unapologetically believe the same. If they appear not to, they risk getting called out, and they should be. Governor Palin is not afraid to do just that. This ought to go without saying, but I’ll say it once again anyway: this fearlessness doesn’t make Governor Palin a racist. It makes her an American, and a proud one at that.

(Thanks to numerous C4P editors and contributors for assistance)

Update by Doug: Lori Ziganto further “refudiates” Cohen’s nonsense here.

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Gov. Palin’s publisher sues Gawker for copyright infringement

Posted by joshpainter on November 20, 2010

HarperCollins, the publisher of Sarah Palin’s forthcoming second book, filed a federal lawsuit against Gawker Media Friday for leaking pages of America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag ahead of its November 23 release date:

Two days before the Manhattan filing, gutter website Gawker published images of more than 20 of the open book’s pages. Gov. Palin tweeted Thursday, “Isn’t that illegal?”

Her publisher contends it is. The lawsuit asks that Gawker be banned from what it terms “further copyright infringement” and that Gawker deliver the source material to the publisher so it can be destroyed. HarperCollins is also seeking financial damages.

Gawker did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment Friday evening, but an item published the day before and titled “Sarah Palin Is Mad at Us for Leaking Pages From Her Book” defended the blog’s actions and linked to websites defining the fair use doctrine of copyright law.

The blog was not the first site to publish excerpts from the book, which has been billed as a tribute to American values, but it refused to take them down after receiving a letter demanding that it do so, the lawsuit said. The Associated Press bought a copy of the book ahead of its Nov. 23 release date.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate’s first book, the memoir Going Rogue: An American Life, has sold over 2.7 million copies.

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

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Rules for Sarah Palin’s Book Signing in Des Moines, IA

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on November 13, 2010

I had the assistant manager at Borders give me a call with some additional information about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s book signing Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6:00p – 9:00p for America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag at Borders Bookstore in West Des Moines, IA (4100 University Ave., Ste.115).

  • She will be only signing America By Heart, not other memorabilia will be allowed.
  • Books must be purchased at the West Des Moines Borders and you must provide proof of purchase.
  • There will be a limited number of wristbands (he didn’t say when they’ll start giving those out). Only one wristband per person, and only two books per person. During the Going Rogue tour they typically gave out anywhere between 500-1000 wristbands.
  • No cameras, phones with a camera, recording devices, video cameras, etc. will be allowed. Please leave those in your car or at the security check point.
  • A wristband will guarantee your place in line, but it will not guarantee that you will get to meet Governor Palin (circumstances may not permit everyone in line to be able to get through).

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts.

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Sarah Palin’s America by Heart book tour announced

Posted by loricalabrese on November 12, 2010

Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” book tour helped solidify Sarah Palin the brand. Now, HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor will be on the road again–this time promoting her second book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”

The book tour, according to publisher HarperCollins, is a 16-stop campaign starting November 23rd and lasting until December 3rd. As with “Going Rogue,” Palin is not scheduled to make appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or other cities where Democrats are more favorable which will certainly raise 2012 speculation as she’s scheduled to visit significant political states like Iowa.

The tour begins at a Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, in the home state of her 2008 running mate, Sen. John McCain. Other stops include Dillons Marketplace in Andover, Kan.; a Sam’s Club in Little Rock, Ark.; and a Costco in Brentwood, Tenn. Palin will finish at a Books-A-Million in Columbia, S.C.

The book which will be released Nov. 23 and will have a first printing of 1 million copies, is her first since “Going Rogue,” which sold over 2.6 million copies in 2009. In this inspirational follow-up, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future.

The scheduled dates just announced are…

Nov. 23: Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 26: Tulsa, OK
Nov. 27: Norfolk, NE.
Nov. 27: Des Moines, IA
Nov. 28: Andover, KS
Nov. 28: Dallas, TX
Nov. 29: Houston, TX
Nov. 29: New Orleans, LA
Nov. 30: Baton Rouge, LA
Nov. 30: Little Rock, AR
Dec. 1: Brentwood, TN
Dec. 1: Lexington, KY
Dec. 2: Spirit Lake, IA
Dec. 2. Carmel, IN
Dec. 3: Cincinnati, OH
Dec. 3: Columbia, SC

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