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Governor Palin, World Down Syndrome Day, and Trig Pics

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 23, 2012

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

Governor Palin blessed us today with beautiful pictures of her beautiful son, Trig, with other members of the Palin family. On Facebook, she wrote:

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, the International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life made this beautiful video. Our friend Jedediah Bila shared it with us, so we want to share it with you. Please click here to watch it.

– Sarah Palin

I love this family! God bless the Palins.

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Jedediah Bila: What pundits should be talking about when it comes to Palin

Posted by joshpainter on August 28, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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In a Friday opinion piece for The Daily Caller, Jedediah Bila takes the media to task for its endless, inconsequential speculation about Sarah Palin, while ignoring that which is substantial about the first woman and youngest person to serve as Alaska’s governor:

Whether she makes a run for the presidency or not — and I personally believe that she will — let’s take a look at some things the media and the D.C./Manhattan elite haven’t quite gotten around to mentioning.

1. As governor in 2007, Palin was responsible for the largest veto totals in state history, while investing $1 billion in forward-funding education and fulfilling public safety and infrastructure necessities.

2. Palin invested $5 billion in state savings during a time of economic surplus.

3. Palin reduced spending by 9.5% from 2007 to 2010 and slashed earmark requests by over 80% during her time as governor.

4. Under Palin, Alaska’s total liabilities were reduced by 34.6% overall.

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7. Palin tossed out the corruption-ridden, structurally-flawed Petroleum Profits Tax of the Murkowski administration and put forth ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share), which incentivized development while seeing to it that Alaskans — resource owners as per the Alaska Constitution — would receive “A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas.” The result? Alaska was left with a $12 billion surplus. Also, as reported at Big Government, “The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled, indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs.”

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h/t: US for Palin | Cross-posted from Texans for Sarah Palin

– JP

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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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Jedediah Bila: Palin record takes center stage in ‘The Undefeated’

Posted by joshpainter on June 5, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Reviewing “The Undefeated” in her latest Daily Caller column, Jedediah Bila says Stephen Bannon’s documentary reveals Sarah Palin to be that rare public servant who practices what she preaches:

Via a montage of media criticism of Palin from the mouths of Matt Damon, Bill Maher, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Ed Koch, Sharon Osbourne, and others, Bannon quickly establishes a contrast between the fictional character of Palin that has been presented by the media and the real-life woman who shook up business as usual through policies grounded in free-market principles and putting government back on the side of the people.

A good portion of “The Undefeated” focuses on setting the record straight on Palin’s record, featuring commentary from key players in Alaska such as former Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton, Palin attorney Tom Van Flein, former Wasilla Deputy Mayor Judy Patrick, former state Sen. Gene Therriault, former pipeline adviser Marty Rutherford, and others. Via a blend of their commentary and segments plucked from Sarah Palin’s audio book of Going Rogue, viewers experience an up-close look at Palin’s years of public service, beginning with her focus on fiscal responsibility, infrastructure development, and tax reductions as city council member and mayor.

Bannon illuminates some of Palin’s major policy achievements as governor, including the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), a strong ethics reform bill, and seeing to it that drilling began at Pt. Thomson after over 25 years of ExxonMobil sitting on its contracts without action. Most importantly, Bannon links it all together through shared themes — a distaste for closed-door negotiations, a belief in the power of free-market competition to yield the best results, and a desire to uphold the Alaska Constitution and to protect the rights and interests of hard-working Alaskans.

“The Undefeated” also chronicles Palin’s entry onto the national stage via the Republican National Convention, the McCain/Palin campaign, and beyond. Bannon intersperses segments of Palin’s speeches with commentary from Mark R. Levin, Tammy Bruce, Kate Obenshain, Andrew Breitbart, and other charismatic contributors. Levin provides fantastic parallels between the TEA Party movement and the Reagan Revolution, as well as highlights the similar manner in which many in the GOP establishment have gone after both Reagan and Palin. Tammy Bruce pulls no punches in presenting Palin as a woman led by authenticity of purpose and commitment to principle right from the start.

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“The Undefeated,” focused as it is on Sarah Palin’s accomplishments, shows the former governor to be competent, ambitious, and principled. here is a woman who got into politics, Jedediah Bila says, “for the right reasons and has consistently cut through the nonsense to get things done.” The review concludes that his film is a portrait of an everyday American who has never been afraid to shake up the establishment in order to do what she believes is right.

Follow “The Undefeated” on Twitter here and on Facebook here. A website is in the works and will be launched soon.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Jedediah Bila Posts Sarah Palin’s Presidential Resume

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 2, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

In her weekly Human Events column Jedediah Bila writes the qualifications she expects a our next President to have:

Here’s What YOU Need To Be Our Next GOP President

Conservatives can agree that President Obama must be a one-term President. America simply cannot afford more of his destructive policies. But what are the traits of the ideal GOP candidate who can defeat him?

(10) Someone with rock-solid executive experience. If you have successfully balanced budgets and conducted common-sense cost-benefit analysis, you’re already two up on our President.

If you have acquired your understanding of the free market and the effects of tax policy and overregulation via the ups and downs of your very own business, you’ve far surpassed our President’s ivory tower knowledge base.

(9) Someone with a strong and consistent conservative record. If you have significantly reduced spending in your city/state, invested in city/state savings, advocated for the protection of the 10th amendment, lowered taxes, generated a city/state surplus via fiscally responsible policy, and incentivized job creation, you are the perfect contrast to President Obama’s big-government, tax-and-spend, job-killing, bankrupt-our-country agenda.

(8) Someone who has persistently highlighted the President’s poor policy decisions. If you have been an outspoken voice against ObamaCare, the President’s disastrous energy policy, his class-warfare mentality, his lack of strong foreign policy leadership, and his complete aversion to fiscal discipline, you have a proven commitment to standing up to the Obama agenda. And that’s precisely what the GOP needs in 2012.

(7) Someone who is gutsy. When it comes to 2012, wimps need not apply. The GOP candidate who can defeat Barack Obama is one willing to respectfully, but boldly, counter his platitude-heavy, fictional discourse with, “Actually, Mr. President, that’s not what you did.”

Political figures with a history of bravely taking on the Left and the GOP in the name of upholding conservative principles are sure to draw a prominent line between our President’s contrasting record and rhetoric, which is an absolute must.

(6) Someone who connects with the American people, and who is also connected to his or her own words. There is nothing worse than a politician who talks at you, not to you … or one whose tone doesn’t vary when he/she addresses topics as diverse as unemployment, natural disaster, and American exceptionalism.

Barack Obama’s ideal challenger will have the unique ability to bypass the media and the distractions, and to speak directly to the American people. The optimal GOP candidate will have an authentic connection to his/her own words and won’t be aloof and detached, but approachable and involved.

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So, there you have it. Will most GOP candidates possess the majority of these traits? No, but some will come close. And there just might be one of you out there who has them all.

While Jedediah doesn’t mention her by name, this is indeed Sarah Palin’s record. Read the rest of the Top 5 Must Have Qualities here.

We think you’ll agree, Sarah Palin hits every mark.

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Jedediah Bila Sets the Palin Record Straight

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 17, 2011

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

Jedediah Bila, Human Events columnist, penned an excellent article today to set the record straight regarding Governor Palin’s accomplishments, qualifications, and policy positions. This is one of those pieces that is almost too good to excerpt. Be sure to read the entire piece here.

Jedediah writes:

It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin. Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified? What is their basis for those assessments? And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty. They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute. The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite. The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

Jedediah then quotes Governor Palin’s commentary on President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, Iran, energy, and quantitative easing–demonstrating that the critics who promote the lie that the Governor is all talk and no solutions couldn’t possibly be listening to her or reading her work, an obvious reality to anyone who is paying attention.

She continues:

With respect to those who label her “unqualified” for a presidential run, I ask, how so? A resume that features the roles of city council member, mayor, governor, small-business owner, chairwoman of the AK Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and vice chairwoman of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee doesn’t fit your vision of “qualified”? Opening up drilling for oil and gas at Point Thomson for the first time in decades, reducing earmark requests for Alaska by more than 80%, establishing Alaska’s Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee safe energy development, investing $5 billion in state savings, reducing spending for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than $1 billion from Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski’s FY 2007 budget, vetoing nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending, signing Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share bill into law to incentivize development and to ensure that Alaskans would receive a “clear and equitable” share of oil profits, and actualizing the “Alaska Gasline Inducement Act”—the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history—somehow make Sarah Palin “unqualified”?

The truth is that Sarah Palin is more than qualified to step up to the plate this 2012 election cycle if she so chooses. And as far as her “electability,” that decision rests with voters, not with those media and establishment voices who are decidedly desperate to shove her off the stage and to shape the 2012 presidential narrative.

Read the full article here.

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Jedediah Bila: No Time to Give Up on the Budget

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 14, 2011

A must read from Jedediah Bila:

Newly elected conservatives, it’s time for you all to speak up and do the job you were elected to do. We want to see courage. We want to see a willingness to tell party leaders “no thanks” if they just don’t get it, and to take heat from the media and the establishment in order to do what’s right. And you must remember to communicate with the American people and to refute false claims made by both Democrats and many in the media elite.

To those in the GOP who prefer pandering to the Left, “compromising” even when it’s in America’s worst interest, and criticizing true conservative leaders who take a stand, what exactly are your priorities?

RINOs and those interested in politics as usual, you’re out of touch. Principled conservatives in the House and Senate, get to work. There’s no time to waste.

Read it all here.

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