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Posts Tagged ‘Atlas Shrugs’

What Americans Are Looking For and Who Has It

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 11, 2011

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

Jededidah Bila penned an article in which she spells out what America needs to see in tonight’s GOP Presidential debate. She breaks it down to seven characteristics. The one person who exemplifies each of these characteristics, however, is not participating in the debate and is not–yet–a declared candidate.

Jedediah correctly points out what we are looking for tonight. I submit, however, that we want to see these same qualities period–beyond tonight’s lights, away from the debate stage. These are the qualities we want to dominate the lives of those who are asking for our permission to serve our great country in these trying times. These are the qualities for which America is yearning. Yes, we’ll look for them during the debate tonight, and we’ll look even harder for them after the debate ends and the candidates exit stage right.

Chief among the attributes Bila names is leadership:

If you’re not a leader, you don’t deserve the job. And you certainly won’t inspire confidence. Americans are tired of those who sit back, relax, wait for real leaders to do the hard work and then step up to the podium when it’s “safe” to speak up. We have a leadership vacuum in the White House that needs fixing in 2012. Either you’re up for the job or you aren’t. We won’t be fooled.

Can I get an “Amen”? We don’t have time for politics. We need leadership. While there’s a place for followers in society, they don’t belong in the White House. The buck stops with the President of the United States, so if someone is courting that role, he or she had better step up. Governor Palin called out Mitt Romney in a recent interview with Sean Hannity because she, to use her own words, did “not have respect” for his sitting out the debt ceiling debate and then emerging later to state his opinion. Governor Palin is uniquely qualified to do that calling out because she has never opted to stay where it’s safe. She doesn’t wait to hear what others have to say before weighing in on the issues of the day. Some may question the “safety” of taking that approach, but leaders lead. They don’t wait for the “all clear” before they step out–not when they know what’s right and are guided by that sense of right. As she told Hannity:

You can’t defer an issue and assume that the problem is going to be then avoided. No, you defer an issue like not speaking out on how you really believe about an issue that we’ve just gone through as a nation, you’re inviting a crisis…You need to get out there. You need to tell the electorate what you really feel about these issues. Don’t do this. Don’t just wait and sit back.

Leaders are willing to do exactly what the Governor says. It’s a let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may mentality, or maybe we should call this the “If I die politically, I die” mindset. If everyone embraced that type of leadership, it would surely be the death of politics as usual, and it would be a long overdue burial.

Jedediah offers honesty as another quality Americans are looking for tonight and, I assert again, looking even harder for after tonight:

Americans aren’t stupid. And we’re looking for authenticity, not pre-programmed, phony, D.C.-manufactured rhetoric. If you speak from the heart, we’ll know it. If you don’t, we’ll know that too.

We don’t need another President Obama. A common complaint about him is how little we actually knew about him as he campaigned for President. As information surfaced, the media shielded him and covered up his radical associations, as if this was not vital information Americans had the right to know. Anyone who questioned his background was called a racist. So by and large, most people knew him from his oratory skills, which they graded an A+. Increasingly, however, more people are finding that a finely crafted, tele-prompter directed speech simply isn’t enough. We want authenticity. We want to know that you mean what you say and say what you mean. Personally, I sometimes wonder if President Obama even knows much of what he means. I wonder if he truly has a sense of what he believes, or if he’s just the ultimate politician who does whatever is politically advantageous at the time. I wonder the same about some GOPers who’ve turned flip-flopping and compromise into sports to be mastered.

Governor Palin epitomizes honesty. As a result, she connects with people. Even her detractors admit as much. It’s an indisputable fact. When people are asked why they are drawn to her, the common response is her authenticity–her humanness, if you will:

She isn’t the typical politician.”

She’s one of us.”

She’s the real deal.”

She speaks from the heart.”

Americans want leaders who are experienced, knowledgeable, and intelligent, absolutely–and Governor Palin is all those things. But we are not willing to sacrifice authenticity in the process. We want the complete package. We want honest people who will tell us what they’re thinking, what they have to offer, the direction they plan to take us. We want to know when we’re reaching out to them that they’re reaching back, that they’re listening as we speak, that they’re not just planning the next things they’re going to say or the next stop on their political journey. That, of course, describes one person, and that person is not yet in the 2012 race.

Governor Palin can afford to wait to declare her candidacy for a reason Nicole Coulter pointed out yesterday: she’s a “GOP superstar” with name recognition. In addition to that star appeal, she’s got something that may be even more important. She’s got the appeal of a long-time next door neighbor who is both known and trusted in the community. This is a quality that simply cannot be taught. A person either has it or doesn’t. She has it–and America is hungry for it. Bring it on!

The last characteristic I will highlight is knowledge. Bila put it this way:

KNOW YOUR STUFF.

Stephen Bannon’s film, The Undefeated, is a comprehensive journey through Governor Palin’s record in public service in Alaska. The media violated America’s trust in 2008 by propping up Barack Obama and his non-existent record and ignoring Governor Palin’s numerous accomplishments. Bannon put those accomplishments front and center in his documentary. She has the knowledge to lead this country forward, and she has the resume to prove it.

Atlas Shrugs’ Pamela Geller, after screening The Undefeated, distilled crucial aspects of the Governor’s record, and then asked an important question (emphasis added):

Governor Palin’s cornerstone accomplishment is AGIA (Alaska Gasline Inducement Act). During the Palin administration, TransCanada and Exxon formed an alliance to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48. Under Governor Palin’s governance, the project was expanded and revised from what previous governors had proposed with an open policy process for the Alaskan people. More progress was made on this effort than in the previous 30 years. This is the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history and helps put us on the path to energy independence.

Governor Palin’s administration opened up drilling for oil and natural gas at Pt. Thompson for the first time in decades.

Governor Palin created the Alaskaís [sic] Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee all aspects of energy development and Climate Change Subcabinet to comprehensively and honestly evaluate climate change.

Governor Palin reduced earmark requests for the state of Alaska by 80% during her administration, requesting only earmarks that would benefit the country as a whole.

Governor Palin reduced spending in her budget for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than one billion dollars from the previous governor’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget, a 9.5% real reduction in spending. Her FY2010 budget was $10.57 billion compared to Governor Murkowski’s FY2007 budget of nearly $11.7 billion. At the same time, she fulfilled her campaign promise to forward fund education, allowing districts greater flexibility and predictability in their planning.

She vetoed half a billion dollars in spending, the largest veto in state history.

Governor Palin invested $5 billion in state savings.

Governor Palin reformed Alaska’s public employee retirement system to make it solvent.

Governor Palin accepted less state per diem for herself and her family than her predecessors even though she had a larger family.

Who can you say these things about?

The answer to the question is clear: no one but Governor Palin.

Read Pamela Geller’s full review here.

Furthermore, Governor Palin reminded us in a recent Facebook note that she saw what was coming and warned us beforehand that our unsustainable debt would damage our credit rating. Her knowledge, coupled with her incredible instincts, have again proven accurate. I’m sure she wishes she had been wrong, or rather that this administration would exercise common sense, do what she did in Alaska and cut waste, incentivize small businesses, and take the necessary steps to restore America to its rightful place.

I agree with Jedediah Bila’s assessment of what Americans want to witness tonight, and you can enjoy her full piece here. I concur that these attributes serve their purpose in tonight’s debate, but they serve an even greater purpose going forward. I, too, will watch the debate closely to see who has the ability to lead, to be honest, and to demonstrate knowledge as they field questions from presumably unbiased moderator, Bret Baier. However, what Jedediah really does in her article, whether consciously or not, is lay out the framework for what Americans are looking for in the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead.

There is indeed one who possesses each of these necessary characteristics, but Governor Sarah Palin has not–yet–entered the race. Stay tuned.

Cross-posted from MotivationTruth

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Pamela Geller Defends Gov. Palin on Canada TV

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 15, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – www.motivationtruth.com

Pamela Geller, an author, the founder, editor, and publisher of Atlas Shrugs, and an ardent Governor Palin supporter, defended the Governor on Canada TV. Clearly, Richard Martineau, the interviewer, has embraced the lies and bias against Governor Palin, as he could only regurgitate the talking points. Pamela handled him easily.

NOTE: Governor Palin never said you can see Russia from her house; Tina Fey did. Again, Martineau has it wrong. Further evidence that he hasn’t done his own homework, choosing rather to be a parrot.

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Pamela Geller Joins Sarah Palin As One Of The 10 Biggest Conservative Stand-outs Of 2010

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 11, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Pamela Geller is someone I admire greatly. She’s tough, smart, and as courageous as they come. Her website, Atlas Shrugs is one of the must read sites on the internet. Pamela is like a one woman army as she exposes radical Islam and the violence and death that comes with it.

Pamela has been the leading voice of opposition to the so-called Cordoba House Project, what I like to call the 9/11 Victory Mosque.

Students of history will tell you stories of the Islamic conquest of Cordoba, Spain, around 766 A.D., and how they took control of a Christian church and build a grand mosque in it’s place, as a symbol of Islamic dominance worldwide. You might say they were rubbing the noses of the conquered in their victory.

The Muslim extremists want to build the Cordoba House on the hallowed ground of the 9/11 attacks, right at Ground Zero, as a sign they have conquered America.To rub our noses in 9/11.

Pamela Geller has taken up the fight and said: “Not on my watch pal!

Right Wing News has chosen the Top 10 Conservatives who really made a difference in 2010. From their tribute to Pamela:

Pamela Geller: Pamela runs the pre-eminent anti-radical Islam website on the Internet Atlas Shrugs, she’s in charge of Stop Islamization of America and she had a new book out, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.

However, Pamela makes this list because she, more than any other person, was on point in the fight against the mosque at Ground Zero. Right from the beginning she was organizing protests and drawing attention to the project. Meanwhile, she was falsely slurred and attacked by the Left, the mainstream media, and apologists for radical Islam. That was simply because she refused to stand by and say nothing while a celebratory mosque was built in the shadow of the Twin Towers. If the Ground Zero Victory Mosque isn’t ultimately built, no one will deserve more of the credit than Pamela Geller.

Back in October RWN’s John Hawkins interviewed Pamela. If you haven’t read it, please take the time to go here and do so.

Pamela is joined on by Sarah Palin on the list. They had this to say about their choice for the top slot:

Sarah Palin: It might be easier to ask: What has Sarah Palin not done this year? She was one of the most effective voices in the fight against Obamacare, she became a popular Fox News contributor, she just released a new book, she has her own TV show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and she was a force of nature in the 2010 elections where she raised millions, swung primaries with her endorsements, and did more to get women candidates elected this cycle than anyone else in history. Say what you want about Sarah Palin, but nobody in American politics had a bigger and better year than she did in 2010.

We are proud to join Right Wing News in saluting Pamela Geller, one of America’s true patriots and a staunch defender of Liberty and Freedom.

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Pamela Geller: You Bet’Cha! Sarah Palin Joins The Fight Against The Ground Zero Mosque

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 22, 2010

Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) is one of the leading voices in America when it comes to speaking out against radical Islam, and the dangers this ideology poses world wide. Pamela has been fighting tirelessly against the proposed mosque the radicals want to build near Ground Zero, the hallowed ground where over 3000 people were slaughtered by radical Islamists.

Sarah Palin has weighed in on the issue as well, calling on peaceful Muslims world wide to refute the radical ideology, as well as this mosque. She also called on peaceful New yorkers to do the same:

From Pamela, via World Net Daily:

G-d, I love this woman! Palin nailed it. Here’s an issue no politician will touch, even though polls show that most Americans oppose the construction of this Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero. The politicians – Mayor Bloomberg, Rep. Nadler, Andrew Cuomo and the rest of them – are so fearful of being labeled “bigots,” they will throw their own people under a bus.

But Palin won’t. When she resigned as governor of Alaska, I predicted that she would soon be leading a new revolution of American patriots. And she is doing so. She is not afraid of the jackals, hyenas and vultures who troll her home, her garbage cans and her most prized possession, her children. She is unbowed. She has spine, character, ethics, integrity and above all, true grit.

I am proud to be a National Advisory Board member of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin. If she runs for president, I’ll be right behind her.

Palin has sided with Americans and American interests. Palin, once again, does the right right. And it’s wildly refreshing. The Left is twisted in knots. That’s what she does. She twists up the morally bankrupt liberals. The Islamic supremacist mega-mosque that liberal politicians support is a stab in the eye of every American. The question is, why there? Why did the terror-tied Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the initiative to build the mega-mosque at Ground Zero, spend nearly $5 million in cash to buy the property for a triumphal mosque a mere 600 feet from the site of the largest attack – an Islamic attack – on American soil in our history?

There have been 15,644 Islamic attacks across the world since Sept. 11, 2001. Each one had the imprimatur of an Islamic cleric. What is being done to expunge the Quran of the violent texts that inspire jihad? If Rauf is really a moderate, why isn’t he spending his time working on that instead of trying to build this mega-mosque?

Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, responded to Palin’s statement with soothing words:

We agree with Ms. Palin that it is time to heal from the wounds of the tragic events of 9/11. We peace-loving Muslims have a responsibility to lead the effort of rebuilding Lower Manhattan. We envision a community center for multi-faith collaboration that is focused on promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with Ms. Palin how Muslim Americans have an added responsibility to create a counter-momentum against extremism by building institutions like this center, that will amplify the voices of the mainstream peace-loving Muslims.

Yet there is a great deal of evidence that Daisy Khan is not being honest: Rauf himself has been patently dishonest. Bloomberg and the rest should take note. They haven’t. Yet Rauf dissembled about whether his 13-story “community center for multi-faith collaboration” at Ground Zero would contain a mosque at all.

While Daisy Khan speaks about “promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion,” and Rauf has told American reporters that the mosque should encourage religious dialogue, he has told the Arabic media that he doesn’t believe in religious dialogue. He told American media that the mosque would be funded only by Muslims in America, but he told the Arabic press that it was getting funding from Muslim countries worldwide. He portrays himself as a moderate, but openly supports Shariah (Islamic law) and recently refused to denounce Hamas.

Nonetheless, his response and the response of other mosque organizers to the overwhelming pain this mosque has caused has been ad hominem attacks. The opponents of the mosque are smeared as “racists,” “bigots” and “Islamophobes.”

I find the Cordoba Initiative’s callousness toward the grief it is causing radically intolerant. But only Sarah Palin among high-profile politicians has dared to say so.

And even though Bloomberg and all the other New York establishment politicians have lined up in favor of the mega-mosque, the game is not over by a long shot. New Yorkers have witnessed how a tiny fish stalled and effectively killed a wonderful project for the rotting West Side Highway and wharfs. We have seen the city impose draconian smoking regulations, automobile and traffic regulations and even restaurant food bans (transfats). But this mosque is getting unprecedented rapid-fire action: cooperation from city officials who hadn’t moved in 15 years before they started moving on this. There is more grease on these wheels than in the Gulf.

By contrast, Palin restates the obvious. She is unafraid, and so she just gets better and better – and she was brilliant to begin with. And Palin is onto Obama, and has consistently taken him on, again unafraid. It is no wonder that the post-American president and his left-wing thugs are scared to death of her.

This is what the leader of the free world should sound like. The woman is singular. She takes on all comers in defense of liberty and America’s founding principles. She has more testicular fortitude than all of the GOP. The Left quakes at the mere mention of her name. No matter how the destroyers come at her, she never backs down, never gives up, never gives in. Is it any wonder that the New York Times ran a front-page story on Palin’s emergence as the most influential figure in Republican politics? If the Times is admitting it, pigs are flying.

Obama’s hatred of the good for being the good manifests itself in his contempt for Sarah Palin. His contempt is a badge of honor.

Palin is everything Obama isn’t: quintessentially American, proud, patriotic, decent and good. Sarah has something Obama can only dream of – heart and soul. Her courageous opposition to this mega-mosque, while the politically correct flock to endorse it, shows that once again.

My organization, Stop Islamization Of America, is holding another peaceful protest against the Ground Zero mega mosque on Sept. 11. Be there.

It’s now or never. This is a game-changer.

Pamela has more about this at her website here.

In case you are wondering, 52 percent of New Yorkers agree with Pamela and Sarah on this deal.

Pamela Geller is a true Patriot, and a defender of Liberty and Freedom. A real inspiration to the rest of us. Pamela’s lead in this fight is exemplary.We must all stand with her, just as Sarah is.

Pamela mentions the Cordoba Initiative in her writings. People need to understand the significance, to radical Islam, of placing a mosque on the site where so many people were slaughtered by their Muslim brothers on 911.

The Cordoba Initiative is named for the city of Cordoba in Spain. In 711 Cordoba was captured by Muslims armies. It became the capitol of the Caliphate of Córdoba. The Muslims ruled until 1031, when infighting caused the whole thing to collapse. To Muslims, the conquest of Cordoba was a great victory over the infidels. You can read more here and here.

Symbols are very important in the Muslim world, and to radical Islam, the Cordoba House, which is the official name for this Ground Zero Mosque and Islamic Center, will stand as a symbol of victory over the Great Satan, the United States. To radical Muslims world wide, having this mosque, built on the site of the worst attack on American soil, is the ultimate symbol of conquest.

It’s been nine years since those brutal attacks on our nation. It’s a real disgrace that we don’t already have a new World Trade Center: bigger, shinier, and defiant, constructed and filled with busy workers at Ground Zero. The fact that there isn’t, speaks volumes about the poor leadership in New York, but the fact that this same “leadership” is willing to allow this insult to all Americans to move forward is simply appalling and unacceptable.

God Bless Pamela Geller for what she is doing, and God Bless Sarah Palin for stepping up as well. There are some things that are so outrageous one simply must stand up and be counted.

One another note, Pamela has a great new book out, The Post American Presidency, a must read which is available from Amazon.com. Pick up your copy today!

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Palinistas Take Manhattan

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 31, 2009

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

On Saturday, many people were writing about Governor Palin’s introduction to the nation. Bloggers–myself included–were recording what they remember about that day or their favorite Palin moment since that day. Here in New York, we wanted to do that, but we wanted to do more. We created an opportunity to get together with other Palinistas to connect, strategize, and, of course, give in to the nostalgia.

New York City was the location. It was too far for some in our New York network to travel, so we had a small group–four of us. I drove the five hours round trip, and it was well worth it. Though small in number, this was a strong and diverse group, capable of great achievements in the pro-Sarah, pro-America, pro-conservative movement. In attendance were Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Raj Rajagopalan, Ron Devito, and yours truly.

You know Pamela from the prestigious blog, Atlas Shrugs. She is a powerful writer, public speaker, and activist who believes deeply in what she writes and speaks about. She is fired up and passionate about America and wants to see us progress in the right direction.

Raj Rajagopalan, of Associated Content, is the New York City local organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. He demonstrates bold support of Governor Palin in a very liberal state. He speaks out without fear–sometimes using words; other times using clothing. (You’ll see what I mean at the end!)

Ron Devito is another loyal Palin activist and blogger. He is the editor/publisher of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s Accomplishments, for which I also write. He oversees several contributors to his blog that is committed to publishing the accomplishments of Governor Palin–accomplishments that are ignored or watered down by the mainstream media.

As the four of us talked in the restaurant, we noticed other diners paying attention to our conversation. As you know, New York is not the most conservative of places, so that’s to be expected, I suppose. Raj’s T-shirt didn’t help matters either!

After our meal, we went to an apartment where we watched last year’s Dayton, Ohio speech that Palin made after John McCain introduced her to the nation. One would have thought it was a year earlier and we were in the crowd in Ohio, for we, too, sat on the edge of our seats and clapped our hands while watching the year-old video.

Before we ended our time together, we discussed alternate avenues to get our message out. Here’s some breaking news for you: we cannot rely on the mainstream media! Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that we create our own media. With some tips from Pamela, I am now hoping to expand my influence and continue to get the truth out there in varied ways. Some might say, “Why? Palin is no longer the governor of Alaska or the vice presidential candidate.” True. However, she is not fading into the distance. She continues to be a voice, and that voice continues to get distorted by an agenda-laden media. So the question is: what do we do about it?

That’s where people like us come in. When necessary, we must be committed to going around the CNN’s and MSNBC’s of this world, the Katie Courics and Charlie Gibsons, and using other tools: written blogs, video blogs, online newsletters, and social networking sites. This is grassroots at its best.

As my readers know, I am the New York State Organizer and Media Director/Spokesperson for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. My prediction is we will see Governor Palin become President Palin in the next presidential election. However, whatever road she decides to travel, it will take people like us–people like you–to help her navigate safely, for we know the Left will continue to throw every rock at her that they can manage to pick up from the side of the road. This is why it’s important that we get together with others who are like-minded, those who are committed to truth and have an aversion for smears and destructive tactics. The time is now. This is the time to be–not just Pro-Sarah– but pro-active.

Raj and I holding the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee banner in NYC

Next 3 pics show Raj, Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Ron Devito, and me at NYC restaurant




Here I am holding a McCain-Palin T-shirt from Mocha Moose in Wasilla, AK


Now you see it…Now you don’t! Raj and I make “McCain” disappear from T-shirt


In case you can’t see it, what’s printed underneath Palin’s pic on Raj’s T-shirt is the phrase,”Go get the socialist!” Needless to say, he got stared down on the train and in the restaurant!

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