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Posts Tagged ‘National Security’

Sarah Palin The National Security President

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 9, 2011

Governor Sarah Palin observes flight operations aboard the USS Stennis

By Gary P Jackson

The latest Gallup polling has some very interesting statistics.

While it shows Sarah Palin in a dead heat with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, it also shows that Huckabee is up a tad in support, while Mitt Romney is faltering. Looking at a period from September 25,26, 2010-February 18,20, 2011, Huckabee gained two points, Romney lost three points, and Sarah’s supporters have stayed rock solidly the same.

Were it gets interesting is when you break down voters into sub-groups.

Looking at Republican leaning independents, Sarah and Romney are tied for the lead. Huckabee, however trails behind them by six points, and Newt Gingrich, who is also included, is behind by eight.

While Huckabee, for reasons we can’t even fathom, has a lead among Conservatives, Sarah leads among “moderates” and liberals. Mitt is is a statistical tie with her.

Sarah also leads among young voters between the ages 18 and 49, voters who make less than $90,000 a year (which is most of us) and those without a college degree, though Huckabee is statistically tied with her on non-college grads.

One statistic that caught our attention was about church goers. Those who attend church weekly like Huckabee the most. Those who only attend church monthly like Mitt, with Sarah and Huckabee right behind. What really caught our eye was the ones who seldom or never attend church. Sarah wins that group, with Mitt well back of that. Huckabee is eight points back, and Gingrich is a full 18 points behind.

This tells me that Sarah Palin appeals to independents and centrists more than the rest of the field. Something I’ve maintained all along.

You can read the full details here.

On the issues, Gallup shows a mixed bag. One thing is clear though, among Republicans and Republican leaning independents, Sarah Palin is the chosen national security candidate.

I suspect Huckabee wins on social issues because of his religious background, though I’m puzzled as to why Romney wins with people who think the economy is the main issue. I suspect they haven’t researched Mitt’s record very well. Romney trails Huckabee a full twenty-one points on social and moral issues.

Now I know when most people think of Sarah Palin, they think of energy policy. Sarah has a long record of pushing for energy independence, and has spoken to energy regulation. She’s also talked extensively about economic issues. People forget that Sarah Palin was a budget hawk in Alaska. She tackled the tough stuff: balancing budgets, taking on pension issues, and so forth, in good times.

Sarah has also been outspoken on Israel, on many occasions.

With all of that said, Sarah has spoken to foreign policy and national security in-depth. She’s generally tied our fiscal policy to national security. She’s most certainly tied energy independence to national security.

Sarah has spoken forcefully on Iran, Egypt, and Libya.

Sarah was was proven right on Egypt and Iran, on multiple occasions. She has been influential on Libyan policy as well.

As Obama has proven to be a completely inept leader, having lost the world, it’s been Sarah Palin who has been the voice of reason and clarity.

As we move closer and closer towards 2012 and the contest at hand, we must remember that although economic issues will be front and center, the world is more complex than that. In order to have a strong economy, we must have a strong leader with experience and a record of performance not only on economic issues, but but on all of the issues.

Energy independence will be the key to our economic well being and our national security. In fact, as much of our foreign policy revolves around our energy needs, I’d say becoming energy independent, through Sarah Palin’s strong all-of-the-above policy of using oil, natural gas, clean coal, nuclear, AND alternatives [that actually work] is a sound plan, not only for national security, but economic security as well.

Single issue voters bother me as much as “One-Note-Johnny” candidates. The President of the United States doesn’t have to be an expert on everything, that’s what their Cabinet and advisers are for, but they do have to have a solid grasp on the most important issues facing the nation, and the world.

While several candidates may look and sound good on this issue or that, Sarah Palin is the one candidate who has not only shown that she has a solid grasp on all of the issues, she also is the only one who has the solid record of positive achievement to back that up.

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Sarah Palin: It’s Time To Get Tough With Iran

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 22, 2010

Just as Ronald Reagan once denounced an “evil empire” and looked forward to a time when communism was left on the “ash heap of history,” we should look forward to a future where the twisted ideology and aggressive will to dominate of Khomeini and his successors are consigned to history’s dustbin.

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin has penned a strong op-ed for USA Today laying out the case we need to get serious with Iran:

Iran continues to defy the international community in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons. Arab leaders in the region rightly fear a nuclear-armed Iran. We suspected this before, but now we know for sure because of leaked diplomatic cables. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia “frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program,” according to these communications. Officials from Jordan said the Iranian nuclear program should be stopped by any means necessary. Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt saw Iran as evil, an “existential threat” and a sponsor of terrorism. If Iran isn’t stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

That wouldn’t be the only catastrophic consequence for American interests in the Middle East. Our credibility and reputation would suffer a serious blow if Iran succeeds in producing its own nuclear weapons after we’ve been claiming for years that such an event could not and would not be tolerated. A nuclear-armed and violently anti-American Iran would be an enormous threat to us and to our allies. Israel in particular would face the gravest threat to its existence since its creation. Iran’s leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction, and Iran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust. It’s only a matter of time before Iran develops missiles that could reach U.S. territory.

Even without nuclear weapons, Iran has provided arms used to kill American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran is also the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. It has shielded al-Qaeda leaders, including one of Osama bin Laden’s sons. Imagine how much worse it would be for us if this regime acquired nuclear weapons.

This is just the warm up. Read the entire op-ed here.

Sarah goes on to take President Obama to task for not taking a strong and principled stance on Iran. She also notes we must stand behind those in Iran who seek Freedom and Liberty from the oppressive regime.

As we all remember [and watched in horror] as the Obama regime actually stood by the Iranian government, while it slaughtered protesters who attempted to rise up and gain a little Freedom and Liberty for themselves. Not exactly one of America’s finest hours.

Taking tough, decisive action against Iran is a must. We simply cannot allow the current situation to continue. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, and now they are sending nuclear capable missiles to Venezuela. Missiles capable of reaching the United States. Mad man Hugo Chavez will most certainly use these missiles to destabilize the region, and they could be used as first strike weapons against the U.S.

Look, there is no doubt President Sarah Palin would be just as tough on Iran as Ronald Reagan was on the Soviet Union. There wouldn’t be any missiles heading to Venezuela, that’s for damned sure!

The problem is, we can’t wait two years for President Palin to take office. We need action and we need action now. The Obama regime doesn’t exactly instill much confidence, but we can most certainly put pressure on Congress to in turn pressure the regime to act. If you don’t already have your Senators and Congressmen on speed dial, now is the time to hit those phone lines and create a stir.

This is not just an issue of our national security, it’s an issue of world security.

Iran must be dealt with and dealt with now.

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Whittington: Sarah Palin Has Offered One Of The Most Sophisticated Analysis Of Obama’s Defense & Foreign Policy Ever Published

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 11, 2010

One gets the feeling that American national security would be in far better hands if they belonged to the hockey mom from Wasilla than they are now in the hands of the Harvard Law graduate.

~ Mark Whittington

I know lot of people think Sarah Palin would be our “Energy President,” which is almost a given, and/or our “Fiscally Adept President” which again, is kind of given. The thing people forget is Sarah Palin would also be our National Security President.

While everyone, even her harshest critics, will tell you Sarah is the go to person on energy issues, and her record of fiscal responsibility in government is above reproach, many still fail to realize that Sarah Palin has a keen intellectual understanding of foreign policy, and national security.

I blame whoever was in charge of introducing her to the nation on the McCain team. I’ve followed Sarah Palin since her earliest days as Governor, and even I was going what the ….?

With that said, Sarah has a solid understanding of foreign policy, and most certainly understands the urgency of national security. One of the very first speeches Sarah gave, after leaving office, was in Hong Kong, where she spoke extensively about foreign policy and national security. You’ll never hear her speak about energy policy, without tying it to foreign policy and national security. She understands how all of these complex issues intertwine better than most.

Sarah speaks a lot about her son Track, who is in the Army, and has served in Iraq, but there is more to it than that. Sarah was the Commander-In-Chief of the Alaska National Guard, a very active Guard, and one that is permanently deployed.

Her job was not just ceremonial. Sarah Palin was an active C-I-C.

She was also Commander-In-Chief of the Alaska Defense Force, and went to battle with the Obama regime when Obama unilaterally decided to cut off the pensions of the remaining ADF veterans of WW II, who fought the Japanese on Alaskan soil, not long after taking office. 

Sarah took swift and decisive action over Obama’s slap to the face of these American heroes, signing legislation to make sure these brave men still got paid, and worked with the Alaska delegation to Congress to eventually overturn Obama’s slight.

All of this points to a solid, dependable Commander-In-Chief, as does the rest of her record, but the event that has really started gaining steam was her recent speech in Norfolk, Virginia where she absolutely ripped Obama to shreds over his foreign policy and national security stances.

You can read our take here.

In this speech she laid out a bold and aggressive agenda of her own.

Sarah also released a transcript of the highlights of her speech on her Facebook blog. It’s that detailed Facebook entry that has everyone sitting up and taking notice.. It’s a powerful indictment of the Obama regime, but also serves to remind people (and wake some up to the fact) that Sarah Palin has a keen strategic mind, and not just for politics, but for policy.

Sarah is not a boring policy wonk. She is not one of those folks that walk around sounding like an encyclopedia, and thank God for that! Sarah’s skill lies in being able to take all of the pertinent information, lay it out, and see the big picture. She is able to see cause and effect. There are precious few people in our world who are really capable of this.

Anyhow, we’ve known this all along. The big story here is all of the chattering class, the pundits, are starting to realize this as well, and her Facebook blog is receiving rave reviews.

One such pundit is Mark Whittington:

Sarah Palin usually uses her Facebook page to offer brief, pithy comments on issues of the day, or to respond to the latest attacks. But, Palin has now offered one of the most sophisticated analyses of Obama’s defense and foreign policy ever published.

The post, based upon a recent speech in Virginia, covers a variety of points about what passes for Obama’s defense and foreign policy.

On defense spending and the budget deficit, Palin suggests that Obama is practicing fiscal discipline on defense alone, and is being profligate everywhere else: “This administration may be willing to cut defense spending, but it’s increasing it everywhere else. I think we should do it the other way round: cut spending in other departments – apart from defense. We should not be cutting corners on our national security.

Sarah Palin zeroes in on the Navy as especially important to American national security: “Our Navy has global responsibilities. It patrols sea lanes and safeguards the freedoms of our allies – and ourselves. The Navy right now only has 286 ships, and that number may decrease. That will limit our options, extend tours for Navy personnel, lessen our ability to secure our allies and deter our adversaries. The Obama administration seems strangely unconcerned about this prospect.

Palin also attacks the Obama administration for its somewhat weaselly language concerning the War On Terror, refusing to use the term “Islamic” to describe terrorists. She strikes at the proposal to close Guantanamo, imposing an end date on the Afghan Campaign, and the plan to try terrorists like Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian courts.

But, the most damning part of Sarah Palin’s polemic against Obama defense and foreign policy is the President’s tendency to coddle enemies and spurn allies, which she quotes a Czech official as being “enemy centric.

On coddling enemies, “Meanwhile, the Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes. They shake hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez, send letters to the Iranian mullahs and envoys to North Korea, ease sanctions on Cuba and talk about doing the same with Burma. That’s when they’re not on one of their worldwide apology tour.

And, on the Obama tendency to slam allies: “They escalated a minor zoning issue in Jerusalem into a major dispute with our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel. They treated the Israeli Prime Minister shabbily in Washington. When a Turkish sponsored flotilla threatened to violate a legal Israeli blockade of Hamas-run Gaza, the Obama Administration was silent. When Israeli commandos were assaulted as they sought to prevent unmonitored cargoes from being delivered to Hamas terrorists, the Obama Administration sent signals it might allow a UN investigation into the matter – an investigation that would be sure to condemn our ally Israel and bemoan the plight of Hamas. Loyal NATO allies in central Europe were undermined by the cancellation of a missile defense program with virtually no warning.

Why is President Obama making these mistakes? Sarah Palin has an explanation:

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, ‘I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.’ Amazing. Amazing.”

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

This has caused President Obama to be reluctant to embrace America’s role as the dominant super power in the world, to perhaps even think that America as a great power is something pernicious.

One thing that Palin’s analysis of Obama defense and foreign policy should lay to rest forever is the notion of Sarah Palin as brainless bimbo, the caricature first performed by Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey and used by political comedians like John Stewart and Bill Maher. The analysis shows a depth of understanding of the problems with the Obama administration’s foreign and defense policies that far exceed most people’s understanding.

And, yet, it is Obama who is considered the smart one. One gets the feeling that American national security would be in far better hands if they belonged to the hockey mom from Wasilla than they are now in the hands of the Harvard Law graduate.

We most certainly agree. It’s interesting to note that the other so-called leaders, in the GOP 2012 presidential derby, are all quite conspicuous by their absence on these issues. No one is holding Obama’s feet to the fire but Sarah Palin.

In case you missed her speech:

Obviously Sarah has her own style of delivery, and her own vocabulary, but when I see her give speeches like this …. I am reminded of another great leader: Ronald Reagan.

Like Reagan, Sarah is able to see the big picture, see threats to Liberty and Freedom, take these complex issues and then distill them all down to a simple, but effective and coherent vision of a workable plan.

America needs leadership. Solid, dependable, intelligent leadership. For this, we must look to the North Star. It will be the daughter of our 49th state, the moose hunter, hockey mom, and former Governor of the last frontier, who will lead this nation back to it greatness. It will be Sarah Palin who will make sure that America is always that shining city on a hill.

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Sarah Palin Lays Out Her Aggressive Agenda For National Security, Liberty, Freedom, And The American Way …. Video Included

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 1, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Speaking at Freedom Fest in Norfolk, Virginia Sarah Palin laid out her very aggressive agenda for the nation. This is a powerful indictment of the Obama regime, and the corrupt “lamestream media” as well.

Fresh from her speech at California State University, at Stanislaus, where she spoke of American exceptionalism, and the need to get back to the basics in education, and raised more money for the university than any other speaker in history, Sarah came to Virginia ready to take on the big issues that we face.

With every passing speech, every new appearance, Sarah Palin looks more powerful, more in control, and more presidential. This is a compelling speech, where she implores the American people not to settle for second best. She tells us not to allow Barack Obama and his minions get away with saying America’s finest hours are behind us, and that we are just another nation among nations. Don’t let Obama and the rest of the Marxist-democrats tell you America is not the greatest force for good the world has ever known.

Sarah implores us not to just say “no,” to the Obama agenda, but “Hell No!

Here’s video of the speech:

Below is a partial transcript Sarah released today via her Facebook blog:

Peace Through Strength and American Pride vs. “Enemy-Centric” Policy

Earlier this week, I spoke at the Freedom Fest in Norfolk, Virginia; and, evidently, the media was asked to leave – not by me, that’s for sure. I want my message out, so despite reporters making up a story about “Palin people kicking us out” (uh, the “Palin people” entourage would consist of one person – my 15-year-old daughter, Willow – and I have no doubt she could take on any reporter, but I know for certain she didn’t “kick ‘em out” of the event). Anyway, here are some of the key issues I spoke about.

DEFENSE SPENDING

It takes a lot of resources to maintain the best fighting force in the world – especially at a time when we face financial uncertainty and a mountain of debt that threatens all of our futures.

We have a federal government that is spending trillions, and that has nationalized whole sections of our economy: the auto industry, the insurance industry, health care, student loans, the list goes on – all of it at enormous cost to the tax payer. The cost of Obamacare alone is likely to exceed $2.5 trillion dollars.

As a result of all these trillion dollar spending bills, America’s going bust in a hurry. By 2020 we may reach debt levels of $20 trillion – twice the debt that we have today! It reminds me of that joke I read the other day: “Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion!

Something has to be done urgently to stop the out of control Obama-Reid-Pelosi spending machine, and no government agency should be immune from budget scrutiny. We must make sure, however, that we do nothing to undermine the effectiveness of our military. If we lose wars, if we lose the ability to deter adversaries, if we lose the ability to provide security for ourselves and for our allies, we risk losing all that makes America great! That is a price we cannot afford to pay.

This may be obvious to you and me, but I am not sure the Obama Administration gets it. There isn’t a single progressive pet cause which they haven’t been willing to throw billions at. But when it comes to defense spending, all of a sudden they start preaching a message of “fiscal restraint.” Our Defense Secretary recently stated the “gusher” of defense spending was over and that it was time for the Department of Defense to tighten its belt. There’s a gusher of spending alright, but it’s not on defense. Did you know the US actually only ranks 25th worldwide on defense spending as a percentage of GDP? We spend three times more on entitlements and debt services than we do on defense.

Now don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with preaching fiscal conservatism. I want the federal government to balance its budget right now! And not the Washington way – which is raising your taxes to pay for their irresponsible spending habits. I want it done the American way: by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and letting people keep more of their hard-earned cash.

But the Obama administration doesn’t practice what it preaches. This is an administration that won’t produce a budget for fear that we discover how reckless they’ve been as fiscal managers. At the same time, it threatens to veto a defense bill because of an extra jet engine!

This administration may be willing to cut defense spending, but it’s increasing it everywhere else. I think we should do it the other way round: cut spending in other departments – apart from defense. We should not be cutting corners on our national security.

THE U.S. NAVY

Secretary Gates recently spoke about the future of the US Navy. He said we have to “ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines, and $11 billion carriers.” He went on to ask, “Do we really need… more strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one?

Well, my answer is pretty simple: Yes, we can and, yes, we do because we must. Our Navy has global responsibilities. It patrols sea lanes and safeguards the freedoms of our allies – and ourselves. The Navy right now only has 286 ships, and that number may decrease. That will limit our options, extend tours for Navy personnel, lessen our ability to secure our allies and deter our adversaries. The Obama administration seems strangely unconcerned about this prospect.

OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY INHERITANCE

When George W. Bush came into office, he inherited a military that had been cut deeply, an al Qaeda that had been unchallenged, and an approach to terrorism that focused on bringing court cases rather than destroying those who sought to destroy us. We saw the result of some of that on 9/11.

When President Obama came into office, he inherited a military that was winning in Iraq. He inherited loyal allies and strong alliances. And thanks to the lamestream media pawing and purring over him, he had the benefit of unparalleled global popularity. What an advantage! So their basic foreign policy outlines should have been clear. Commit to the War on Terror. Commit to winning – not ending, but winning the war in Afghanistan. Commit to the fight against violent Islamic extremism wherever it finds sanctuary. Work with our allies. Be resolute with our adversaries. Promote liberty, not least because it enhances our security. Unfortunately, these basic principles seem to have been discarded by Washington.

THE WAR ON TERROR

His administration has banned the phrase “war on terror,” preferring instead politically correct nonsense like “overseas contingency operations.” His Homeland Security Secretary calls acts of terrorism “man-caused disasters.” His reckless plan to close Guantanamo (because there’s no place to go after it’s closed) faces bipartisan opposition now.

The Attorney General just announced that a decision about where to try terrorists like 9/11 master mind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would not be announced until after the mid-term elections. Is there something he’s afraid to tell us?

The President’s new National Security Strategy does not even use the word “Islamic” when referring to violent extremism. Does he think the ideology of those who seek to kill Americans is irrelevant? How can we seek to defeat an enemy if we don’t acknowledge what motivates them and what their ultimate goals are? President Obama may think he is being politically correct by dropping the term, but it flies in the face of reality. As Senator Joe Lieberman noted, refusing to use the word Islamic when describing the nature of the threat we face is “Orwellian and counterproductive.”

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, it is true that President Obama approved deploying additional forces to the conflict – most, but not all the troops requested by commanders on the ground. But it took months of indecision to get to that point, and it came at a very high price – a July 2011 date to begin withdrawal.

This date was arbitrary! It bears no relation to conditions on the ground. It sends all the wrong signals to our friends and to our enemies. We know our commanders on the ground are not comfortable with it.

As that great Navy war hero, Senator John McCain recently put it: “The decision to begin withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan arbitrarily in July 2011 seems to be having exactly the effect that many of us predicted it would: It is convincing the key actors inside and outside of Afghanistan that the United States is more interested in leaving than succeeding in this conflict.”

Does the President really believe the Taliban and al Qaeda won’t be empowered by his naming of a starting date for withdrawal? They now believe they can beat him simply by outlasting us. What sort of effect does he think this will have on the morale of our troops – and of our allies?

ALIENATING OUR ALLIES

It’s not the only area where the Obama administration has failed our allies. They escalated a minor zoning issue in Jerusalem into a major dispute with our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel. They treated the Israeli Prime Minister shabbily in Washington. When a Turkish sponsored flotilla threatened to violate a legal Israeli blockade of Hamas-run Gaza, the Obama Administration was silent. When Israeli commandos were assaulted as they sought to prevent unmonitored cargoes from being delivered to Hamas terrorists, the Obama Administration sent signals it might allow a UN investigation into the matter – an investigation that would be sure to condemn our ally Israel and bemoan the plight of Hamas. Loyal NATO allies in central Europe were undermined by the cancellation of a missile defense program with virtually no warning. At the same time, Russia and China are given preferential treatment, while remaining silent on their human rights violations.

CODDLING ADVERSARIES

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes. They shake hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez, send letters to the Iranian mullahs and envoys to North Korea, ease sanctions on Cuba and talk about doing the same with Burma. That’s when they’re not on one of their worldwide apology tours.

Do we get anything in return for all this bowing and apologizing? No, we don’t. Yes, Russia voted for a weak sanctions resolution on Iran, but it immediately stated it could sell advanced anti-aircraft missile to Iran anyway, and would not end its nuclear cooperation. In response to North Korea’s unprovoked sinking of a South Korean Navy ship, China warned us not to take part in military exercises with our ally.

And while President Obama lets America get pushed around by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are left to wonder about the value of an alliance with the U.S. They have to be wondering if it’s worth it.

AN “ENEMY-CENTRIC” FOREIGN POLICY

It has led one prominent Czech official to call Obama’s foreign policy “enemy-centric.” And this “enemy-centric” approach has real consequences. It not only baffles our allies, it worries them. When coupled with less defense spending, it signals to the world that maybe we can no longer be counted on, and that we have other priorities than being the world leader that keeps the peace and provides security in Europe, in Asia and throughout the world.

Together with this enemy-centric foreign policy, we see a lessening of the long, bipartisan tradition of speaking out for human rights and democracy. The Secretary of State said she would not raise human rights with China because “we pretty much know what they are going to say.” Democracy promotion programs have been cut. Support for the brave Iranians protesting their government was not forthcoming because President Obama would rather try to cut a deal with their oppressors.

When the world’s dictators see the United States unconcerned with human rights and political freedom, they breathe a sigh of relief, because they know they have a free hand to repress their own people.

This goes against the very ideals on which our republic was founded. There is a long bipartisan tradition of speaking out in favor of freedom – from FDR to Ronald Reagan. America loses something very important when its President consigns human rights and freedom to the back burner of its international priorities.

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF AMERICA

We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and in victory sought not one inch of territory or one dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, though exhausted by conflict, still laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against an evil ideology in the Cold War? Does he just see a country that has to be apologized for around the world, especially to dictators?

President Obama actually seems reluctant to even embrace American power. Earlier this year when he was asked about his faltering Middle East peace process, he said “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” Whether we like it or not?! Really? Mr. President, this may come as news to you, but most Americans actually do like it. And so do our allies. They know it was our military might that liberated countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. Yes, we do like it. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom and kept authoritarian powers in check.

It is in America’s and the world’s best interests for our country to remain the dominant military superpower, but under President Obama’s leadership that dominance may be slipping away. It’s the result of an agenda that reeks of complacency and defeatism.

(I went on from there to talk about our need to end the negative, defeatist attitudes of those in leadership. I spoke further on American exceptionalism, and Willow and I ended a great evening with some great patriots. Sorry the media chose to report anything other than what actually happened at the event.)

– Sarah Palin

I want to address the question of this blogger, who none of us has ever heard of, but indeed has a blog, that claims he was kicked out of Freedom Fest after a few minutes of blogging Sarah’s speech.

Now we find that rather a dubious claim on many levels. People live blog from pretty much every speech Sarah gives, especially events like this. People park on Twitter waiting anxiously for every quote, every tidbit of information about the event, hungry for all things Palin.

Another thing, this blogger claims he was invited by one of the event sponsors to cover this deal, and was credentialed. I’ve been to a lot of events, and credentialed media is rarely hassled. Past that, if the guy was there at the behest of a sponsor, how hard would it have been to drop a name or two? (It’s always worked for us!)

Some have suggested that maybe an outsider, posing as an event official, an “agent provocateur” may have wondered in to cause trouble, but that’s getting out there where the buses don’t run.

The thing that makes us really doubt this blogger’s story is the fact that video, clearly shot from someone in the audience, exists. If they were kicking out fully credentialed and somewhat “official” bloggers, how did the video posted by “Daily Press News” come into being?

Inquiring minds want to know.

You’ll read more about this in the coming days I’m sure, but as Stacy Drake wrote in her latest offering, this is all about stealing the headlines away from what Sarah actually has to say, the substance, and mis-directing you somewhere else.

There are a whole lot of people both Marxist-democrats, and establishment Republicans, who would just as soon you didn’t pay attention to Sarah Palin and her strong message. They just as soon you forget she is one of the few real leaders this nation has.

Sarah Palin is a real leader, a strong leader, and a proven reformer. This scares the hell out of both the corrupt Marxist-democrats, as well the corrupt establishment Republicans. In fact, she may scare the corrupt Republicans more, because they know what she did to the Alaskan Republicans and Governor Frank Murkowski’s “Corrupt Bastards Club.

Our best advice when it comes to Sarah Palin, is to pay attention to what this magnificent woman says, and ignore the spectacle that those who don’t have America’s best interest at heart, make of themselves, trying to get you to ignore her!

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Sarah Palin: Fuel America By Being Lap Dogs To Chavez And Ahmadinejad Instead of Drilling Our Own, Baby?

Posted by Gary P Jackson on June 14, 2010

It should be interesting to watch the loons on the radical left as they go through all sorts of mental and verbal gymnastics trying to justify buying oil from terrorist nations, after this hard hitting bit of writing by Sarah Palin!

Remember when Bush and the evil Darth Cheney were in office? Hollywood and the radical Marxist-communist-environmentalists were running television ads and producing You Tube videos telling us that SUVs were the greatest threat to mankind ever, because they used gasoline, and that gasoline, …. wait for it …. funded terrorism!

Oddly enough, now that they have one of their fellow travelers in the White House, it’s all good!

This one is gonna leave a mark:

Fuel America with Terrorist-Tarred Oil Instead of Drilling Our Own, Baby?

Am I the only one who wonders what could possibly be the agenda of any politician who would thwart our drive toward energy independence? Continuing to lock up America’s domestic energy reserves, including the energy-rich Last Frontier of Alaska, only equips dangerous foreign regimes as they fund terrorist organizations to harm us and our allies. I’m going to keep speaking and writing about this in the simplest of terms until someone can provide a simple answer as to why liberal Democrats don’t understand that we have safe, warehoused onshore and shallow water reserves waiting for permission to be extracted. They either choose not to understand the geology, science, and technology behind an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy security, or they understand it, yet for whatever frightening reason choose to be lap dogs to Chavez and Ahmadinejad.

Shoot, I must have lived such a doggoned sheltered life as a normal, independent American up there in the Last Frontier, schooled with only public education and a lowly state university degree, because obviously I haven’t learned enough to dismiss common sense (a prerequisite for power in Washington these days). Help me out, friends! Help someone like me – and the majority of Americans – understand why we would ever kowtow and bow to foreign regimes that hate us, instead of doing all we can to starve the beast of terrorism in our plight for security, prosperity, and peace.

There’s an obvious common sense answer to our need for security and energy independence, but don’t hold your breath waiting for common sense to surface in Washington – it’s an endangered species there. Obviously we must responsibly develop our God-given domestic oil and gas reserves right here, right now; we must conserve energy; and we must develop renewables that are based on sound science, not snake oil and favors for political pals.

Please read the following Newsmax article (posted below) summarizing GOP efforts to push the Obama Administration to produce a plan to potentially wean us off one source of dangerous foreign oil. (Of course, I think the prodding should be even more aggressive to shake up the naVve complacency of anti-development Democrats and some deer-in-the-headlights mainstream reporters who are finally realizing they’d been buffaloed into believing any politician had all the answers.)

We must understand the imperative nature of energy security, along with America’s life and death need to secure our borders. Baby, this is why I won’t sit down and shut up about the need to drill.

– Sarah Palin



Boomshockalacka, baby!

Obviously this is spot on. There is absolutely no good reason for a nation that has more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, billions, of trillions, of cubic feet of natural gas reserves, and hundreds of years worth of coal reserves, to be getting oil from terrorist nations.

There is also no reason why we shouldn’t be building nuclear powered electric generation plants nationwide either. France gets around 70 percent of it’s electricity from nuclear. FRANCE.

This is incredible.

Of course, we know the real reason why Barack Obama and his buddies Al Gore, George Soros, and others are against using America’s energy, and why they are milking the disaster in the Gulf for all it’s worth. They have around 10 TRILLION REASONS to be against “drill, baby, drill!

It’s time to stop this nonsense, and get on with the business of keeping America safe, strong, and prosperous.

Here’s the Newsmax article Sarah references above.



Senators Demand Answers on Venezuela’s Links to Terrorism

A dozen Republican senators have sent a letter challenging the Obama administration to explain what it knows about Venezuela’s support for terrorism and suggesting that the country be declared a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

“Hugo Chavez’s relationships with Iran and other foreign terrorist organizations continue to grow and pose a serious threat to our hemisphere,” Sen. George LeMieux of Florida, one signer of the letter, said of the Venezuelan president.

I encourage the State Department to thoroughly evaluate Venezuela’s actions and determine if the country needs to be added to the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

John Ensign of Nevada, who drafted the letter along with LeMieux, declared: “It’s no secret to the American people that Venezuela wishes harm to the United States. What is secret is how many more ties to terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terrorism does Venezuela need to be declared a state sponsor of terrorism.”

The letter addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points to a number of concerns raised by Chavez’s Venezuela:

* Surface-to-air missiles and other weapons have reportedly been provided by Venezuela to FARC guerrillas in Colombia. An arms cache captured from FARC in 2008 included Swedish-made anti-tank rocket launchers that had been sold to Venezuela.

* Venezuela provides cross-border sanctuaries for Colombian guerrillas.

* A United Nations report last year disclosed that nearly one-third of all cocaine produced in the Andean region passes through Venezuela. The senators question how much terrorist groups such as al-Qaida profit from trafficking drugs that originate in or flow through Venezuela.

* The U.S. has frozen the assets of two Venezuelans, including one working for Chavez, for providing direct support to the terrorist group Hezbollah. The senators ask the State Department for an assessment of the activities of Hezbollah inside Venezuela.

* Chavez’s “extensive support” of the Castro regime in Cuba is calculated to amount to $1 billion a year, and Cuban advisors are involved in the intelligence and security apparatus of the Venezuelan government.

* Chavez “has repeatedly expressed support” for Iran’s covert nuclear program and announced a plan for the construction of a “nuclear village” in Venezuela with Iranian assistance. Also, Chavez has pledged to provide Iran with 20,000 barrels of gasoline per day.

* As for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, “recent years have witnessed an increased presence in Latin America, particularly Venezuela.”

* Weekly flights connecting Iran, Syria, and Venezuela raise suspicions of “nefarious purposes” because passengers on these flights have been subject to only “cursory immigration and customs controls.”

Newsmax magazine’s May issue disclosed that Iranian security officers seal off the airport in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, two hours before Iran Air jets arrived. Those officers supervise cargo unloading with no inspection by local officials.

Iran could easily fly in highly enriched uranium that could then be carried into the U.S. from Mexico, increasing the risk of a terrorist attack with a nuclear weapon.

If the U.S. did declare Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism, American arms sales to the country would be prohibited, as would U.S. economic assistance, and severe restrictions would be placed on bilateral trade.

The Obama administration’s decision to pull the trigger on Venezuela may hinge on whether the United States can afford to forfeit petroleum exports from that South American country,” Roger F. Noriega, a former assistant secretary of state and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, observes on the Institute’s journal, The American.

Anticipating the argument that Venezuela’s oil supply is too essential to the U.S. economy to risk slapping that country with the terrorist label, the senators ask the administration to explain its ‘contingency plan’ for dealing with a ‘sudden and prolonged unavailability of Venezuelan oil exports to the United States.’

In answer to the question, the U.S. would likely find new sources of oil on the international market — but Venezuela’s economy will be crippled by the loss of oil revenue and consumer imports, Noriega notes, adding: “Since the last years of the George W. Bush administration, U.S. diplomats have steered clear of Chavez for fear of ‘provoking’ him. Thanks to congressional oversight, we are about to confront the terrible downside of that naive, passive policy.”

Other senators who signed the letter include John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and Republican Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona.

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Sarah Palin Rocks New Orleans!

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 9, 2010

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Let The Good Times Roll!

No other way to say this, Sarah Palin was magnificent. I’m going to do something different and just post my live tweets and first impressions. This was an incredible speech and very moving, so not a whole lot I can add but my sincere feelings that we are seeing the 45th President of the United States in action.

Awesome! @SarahPalinUSA is kicking Obama’s butt! Especially on nukes!

Sarah is SO running for POTUS!

O-M-G! Sarah quotes Bill Clinton to hammer the free spending GOP & Obama! This woman is full of AWESOME!

Here we go! Drill baby DRILL!

Sarah: EPA=Economic Punishment Agency All I can say is Madam 45!

We don’t need more studies, we need ACTION! Drill baby drill, not Stall baby, stall!

Heard from the audience “Run Sarah, run!” Amen to that!!

Think Obama is afraid of Sarah? Right in the middle of her speech he chooses to walk out and talk about Justice Stevens!

Obama is such a loser. Incredibly afraid of Palin

Sarah: Let’s empower the states to find solutions!

Glowbull Warming Bogus. “Goregate” ROFLMAO!

Sarah: There is nothing stopping us from achieving energy independence that a good old fashioned election can’t fix!

Sarah: America is a force for good around the world, nothing to apologize for!

Wow entire crowd shouts “Sarah…Sarah!” at the end

Thanks to The Right Scoop for the video.

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