Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Did Palin Resign Because There's an Emergency?

If your country was about to be destroyed and it needed the immediate attention that you couldn't give it unless you quit your job, would you quit your job?

Stimulus plans to nowhere: Banks stabilizing and giving bonuses to top executives while loans dry up for people on Main Street. Banks are constricting our credit with each passing day.

Bailouts: clunker car businesses sold for taxpayer cash. Unions and mismanaged divisions are bailed out while creditors get screwed and profitable dealerships get closed!

Healthcare Reform: The removal of all freedoms from cradle to grave. Submit today's diet via Whitehouse.gov! Don't forget to weigh yourself on the scale that's hooked up to your electric meter. That info gets downloaded to government computers.

Cap and Trade: General Electric and Al Gore get rich from making you believe you are saving the environment by paying into their pockets.

Military weakness: The reduction in our defense budget and missile defense at a time when rogue nations are developing nuclear weapons, terrorists are killing our troops and our President is apologizing for our "arrogance."

Federal mandates on the states: Do this or else we don't pay you!

Cronyism: Obama supporters getting lucrative deals and bailouts while McCain supporters get put on DHS watch lists.

This is happening right now!

Our country is being destroyed from within by the Democrat party and the radical socialist agenda being put forth by our President. American's are this close to losing their freedoms! The next time we vote, will we listen to Hannity, Rush, Palin and those who tell us about associations with radicals when the press won't? Will we even be in a position to remember how much we almost tossed 225 years of democracy out the window?

I think I understand now. Yes, it's about the ethics complaints and the costs to the state and her family. Yes, it's about the kids taking unfair shots in the media. But, you know what, folks? I'm going to sound a little bit like Glenn Beck when I say this, but IT'S AN EMERGENCY!

I think Sarah Palin resigned because she recognizes the emergency and her job is taking too much time away. I'm wondering if we all shouldn't quit our jobs and spend all of our time fighting to get this country back!

When a woman who says "politically speaking, if I die, I die" sees an emergency so dire and in desperate need of immediate attention that she quits her job to go fix it, there's something deeply wrong here.

Warriors, be prepared. This is serious.

Ron Devito pointed this out:

Like the rest of us, Sarah looks at Barack Obama and sees Neville Chamberlain, wrapped up in Jimmy Carter, and seasoned with a good dose of naivete. This is a dangerous world, and this is no time to be the appeaser-in-chief, or the apologist-in-chief.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Well, if you are Sarah Palin and know that Obama and his minions must be stopped and stopped now, before he and his gang do irreparable damage to our nation, you can’t sit idly by and watch.

When I read that, I went back and read this:

"I will take the battle nationally and I won't shy away from challenging the powerful, the entrenched, the corrupt and anyone standing in the way of getting our country back on the right track," Palin said in a written statement to the Washington Post.

Then I read what I wrote in a blog back in March 2009 when I questioned whether Barack Obama was part "of an underground movement with an agenda to tear down the founding fundamentals of our country and to re-make this country in their sick twisted vision."

Oh my God! Now it makes sense. The hasty resignation and the fact that many elitists and liberals didn't understand what she said makes sense now.

"I resign, gotta go. I'll tell you why later, gotta go."

Is there something she knows that we don't know? There is a dangerous sludge that flows deep in the bowels of both political parties, moreso the Democrats, but it's there in Washington corrupting all. That's why Sarah Palin is getting slammed by the media and the elites.

She knows the sludge is there. She's coming and they know it. There are a lot of people who are going to be "oil and gas commissioned" by her when she gets there. They have to stop her and they're finding they can't.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Change, nothin' stays the same
Unchained, and ya hit the ground runnin'
Change, ain't nothin' stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground runnin'

I know, I don't ask for permission
This is my chance to fly
Maybe enough ain't enough for you
But it's my turn at a try

-Unchained by Van Halen

Singing With Sarah Palin

I'm the guy with the dual degree in Literature and Political Science. I took literature because I wanted to understand the lyrics to Rush and Pink Floyd songs. I took political science because I wanted to learn more about Reagan and conservatism. And when both sides of my brain meet, it can get pretty esoteric at times.

Take yesterday for example. I went to the Asia / Yes concert here in Richmond, VA. There is an Asia song Sole Survivor that reminds me of Sarah Palin and there is a Yes song Machine Messiah that reminds me of Barack Obama.

Last night, John Wetton and I belted out these words for Sarah:

And from the wreckage I will arise
Cast the ashes back in their eyes
See the fire, I will defend
Just keep on burning right to the end

Last night, Chris Squire and I belted out these words for Barack:

Machine, Messiah
The mindless
Search for a higher Controller
Take me to the fire
And hold me
Show me the strength of your
Singular eye.

Bear with me as I duct tape the rest of my head back together. "Machine Messiah" is a rare live play for Yes. As concerts go, I hit the jackpot when they played it.

Yesterday, I tweeted about the two songs I mentioned above. Today, I saw this tweet from last night:

Detroit Down" & "Rollin": "Aint gonna shut my mouth/I know there's got to be a few hundred million more like me/just trying to keep it free" (the Detroit Down part was finishing up from a previous tweet)

Guess who tweeted it? Look here. The lyrics are here.

Get me the duct tape. My head just exploded again.

When I hear certain lyrics, I think of her. When she hears certain lyrics, she thinks of us.

On July 26th, Sarah Palin becomes unchained. She will be able to speak freely and join the "few hundred million more like her."

For those about to rock, we salute you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sarah Palin Takes the Lamp

Making it Through the Obama Years One Tweet at a Time

I had a phone conversation with a fellow Palin supporter last night. I reminded him of a conversation we had before Sarah Palin was chosen for VP. I told him then that I was very disheartened by the political landscape. I wished we could have taken all the candidates (McCain's war hero status, Romney's charisma, Rudy's national defense abilities, Thompson's conservative philosophy, Ron Paul's economic theories and Huckabee's evangelicalism) and combined them into one candidate. My point was, I didn't see a Reagan in there.

He asked me what would happen if Obama won the presidency. I told him, I'd have to suffer. I told my friend that I don't know how I would be able to get through an Obama presidency with no Reagan, no voice in the wilderness. I contemplated the idea that it would be worse than Bill Clinton. "We could be entering the darkest years our country has ever faced, Mike," I told him.

Then John McCain introduced us to Sarah Palin. I can't begin to tell you how uplifting that was to me. I was actually able to contemplate losing the election knowing that there would still be a voice in the wilderness. When Obama won, I was disappointed of course. But I told my friend "let not your heart be troubled' (we quote that Hannity line back and forth to each other), we still have Sarah.

"What do you mean?" he asked. "We lost."

"I can survive it now, Mike," I told him. "Knowing that Sarah Palin is out there will get me through this Obama thing. She's the only thing that keeps me off the ledge."

Ronald Reagan told us during his farewell speech: "My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way."

I read Sarah Palin's op ed piece last night. It's a straight forward criticism of the President's Cap & Trade policy. It's not an announcement to run or a grand philosophical epic outlining the strategy for taking over the world. It's a conservative's view on a serious issue of the day. Standing alone, the piece is a strong argument against Cap & Trade. Put beside the punditry's voices and the speeches and writings of Gingrich, Romney and Huckabee it joins a harmonius voice of conservative opposition.

But it's more than that. A lot more. Standing with the backdrop of Palin's entire political career and what she means to our Republic, that op ed piece is her hand taking Lady Liberty's lamp, holding it so she can look at it before turning to us, the other hand gesturing for us to come follow her.

"Don't get cynical because, look at yourselves and what you were willing to do and recognize that there are millions and millions of Americans out there that want what you want, that want it to be that way, that want it to be a shining city on the hill," Ronald Reagan said, his voice choked with emotion after the loss in 1976.

Every day, I look at my Twitter account. When Sarah Palin tweets, it revives me. It masks the pain I feel when I watch Cap & Trade, Sotomayor, Obamacare, stimulus plans, bailouts and apology tours on the news. I see my America in her eyes. I hear my America in her voice. And I read my America in her words. It's our America. It's still out there. It's in the hearts and minds of millions and millions of Americans that want it to be a shining city on a hill.

For four years as Jimmy Carter destroyed our economy and weakened our military, Ronald Reagan wrote op ed pieces and gave speeches. He didn't have twitter. But if he did, I'm sure there would have been millions like us signing on everyday to read the tweets of @RonaldReagan.

As Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin spoke through a microphone that was paid for by the people of the state. The Alaskans who filed ethics complaints in essence turned off the microphone. But now that she is no longer Governor, noone can turn off her microphone. And if they try now, you can rest assured you will hear her say "I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Breen."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chris Christie May Have Just Screwed Up the Revolution

In order for us to take back America, we will have to win the first two challenges in 2009: the governships of New Jersey and Virginia. These are crucial wins. Both will send a message to Washington and to the nation that "it has begun." But if the party and the candidates screw this up, you can kiss the Republican Party goodbye for many years. Chris Christie has just made the first political mistake in this battle and its a doozy.

"This is about New Jersey issues and New Jersey, and I don't think having Governor Palin here would do me, or frankly the state, a whole lot of good in the sense that we need to talk and focus on what the New Jersey issues are," said on a radio show according to The Save Jersey Blog.

This is all due directly to an orchestrated political trick that the DNC is using to put a wedge between the Republican gubernatorial candidates and the constituencies they are courting. The Associated Press is COMPLICIT in this strategy. Again, the media is doing its best to defeat Republicans. The Associated Press might as well just open up a PAC for Democrats.

It's absolutely appauling to see a highly established, well known news agency like the AP participating in such a stunt. But it's the soup du jour in today's politics. Republicans run against Democrats and the media. The internet is the only true source of information now. Without the internet, TV and print media would be as useless as Pravda was during the Soviet Union's hey day.

It's the equivalent of playing a basketball game where the referee plays on the opponent's team.

But a lot of blame also needs to be laid at the feet of Chris Christie. His taking the bait is obviously a sign that he is not as good of a candidate as originally hoped. If he's dumb enough to fall for a stunt like this, could he be dumb enough to take off the fake conservative suit if elected and throw New Jersey to the fiscal wolves, too?

Christie now has no alternative but to court moderate and liberal Republicans and independents now. He can kiss part of his conservative base goodbye by alienating Palin supporters. They'll be staying home. Corzine can send the AP a thank you letter and just abuse Christie on the campaign trail the rest of the way.

There is still hope in Virginia, though. Bob McDonnell is a savvy political ace who didn't fall for the trap. He realized that the question does not have to be answered right now. He realized that by answering the question, he answers it on the AP's terms and falls for the trick that just destroyed Chris Christie's chance of becoming governor.

I explain how Bob McDonnell so adeptly avoided falling into the trap in this blog.

Chris Christie is now an example of what not to do. It should serve notice to McDonnell and other Republicans that by not respecting the power of Sarah Palin's base, they risk blowing the revolution.

Bob McDonnell punted and knows he's strong enough of a candidate that when he gets the ball back and the smoke has cleared, he can deal with Sarah Palin on his terms, not the AP's or their parent company, the DNC.

Chris Christie, on the other hand just fumbled.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Money Talks, "Bull Crap" Walks

Sarah Palin is doing just what I expected. She's giving us the answer. It's about the money and the kids.

When Sarah Palin sat down and figured out the finances, she realized that $125,000 a year minus $600,000 plus whatever other ethics violations were in the works means that she will end up with a net loss of at least $475,000. That's some fine reward for a great governor isn't it? And that's lowballing it.

Pro rate it like this:

4 years as Governor $500,000
Current ethics costs -$600,000
Projected new ethics costs -$400,000

Profit/Loss -$500,000

Then take into consideration the hits on her children.

Palin's choice: Be Governor of Alaska and take a hit of over half a mill while having her children abused ruthlessly in the press or quit and make $5,000,000 on a book plus whatever else she makes on the speaking circuit.

You do the math. If you were her, wouldn't you quit, too?


Jay Tea on Wizbang writes:

At that point, she had run up about half a million dollars in legal bills, and pretty much every single complaint had been tossed. In other words, she had incurred debts equal to twice her family's net income and 40% of their net worth for absolutely nothing. And with the latest complaint going after her legal defense fund, it was shaping up to get more and more and more expensive, with no relief in sight. The agenda of her opponents was clear: to use Alaska's flawed ethics laws (the "flaw" being that no one foresaw a cabal filing an endless chain of worthless complaints purely to drive up the target's legal bills) to bankrupt her and her family.
Josh Painter writes: "The aim of her political opponents has always been to destroy Sarah Palin any way they can. So they staged an all-out assault not only on her character and her family, but on her personal finances as well."


After further research (I go directly to the baracuda's mouth to confirm my analysis):

"The critics want to put you on a course of personal bankruptcy, so you can't afford to serve," she said, calling the attacks "bull crap," Sarah Palin told Fox News. That confirms the money analysis.

Palin's lawyer told CNN "off-color jokes by talk-show host David Letterman contributed to her decision to step down." That confirms the kid analysis.

John Ziegler says it best:

The bottom line is that Sarah Palin resigned simply because she was no longer allowed to do her job in a way that benefited her state and family. She saw that if she stayed on as Governor it would cost the state millions of dollars in wasted time and resources and doom it to gridlock. She knew that it would also continue to cost her family hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend against false and maliciously filed ethics complaints. And she had simply had enough of her children being fodder for inappropriate public attacks.
Like I said in a previous blog, this cannot be answered by pundits. It can only be answered by Palin herself.

Confused political pundits need to stop guessing, take off the thick framed glasses and get rid of the pocket protectors because in the real world money talks and "bull crap" walks.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Yet Unwritten Political Science Lesson

One looks to historical perspective to get a read on what currently is happening so as to analyze and form an opinion as to where it's headed. Forget about trying to analyze this one. Sarah Palin's unconventional rise to VP nominee and now potential presidential candidate is going to be in the history books some day when political scientists can have the benefit of hindsight to analyze it and tell us what happened. Until then, it's a story unfolding and only Sarah Palin knows the answer.

Democrats are cheering Sarah Palin's resignation as Alaska governor as a sign that their smear campaign and filing of frivolous ethics complaints has worked. They think she's going away. Independents don't understand what just happened. They are willing to wait for the outcome. Old guard elitist conservatives see this as a great way to level the playing field. They will spin the news of her announcement to step down as Alaska Governor as a sign she is not the overwhelming front runner after all. They may even tip off part of their complicity in the Vanity Fair smear piece, which contain critical comments about Palin that still can not be validated by a single source. McCain campaign officials have already spoken out to refute anonymous comments made by the unnamed "so called" McCain campaign aides.

But true supporters and those who are looking for a true conservative leader for the Republican party are staying in. They know that Sarah Palin is driven to something and that keeps them in the game, a game that could be won with an "ankle" politically "fractured" by her resignation.

Palin can now respond directly to the smear campaign. By being Governor, she risks using her "desk" as a forum from which to defend herself from slandering bloggers when she should be doing the state's business. As a private citizen, she can sue them and put them in her book. She wields a mightier sword, despite taking a big political risk which could alienate undecideds - a group that still waits to see what Sarah Palin can do now that she has no title.

That could be corrected after the book comes out and Palin becomes a blogosphere sensation. She tells her army in a tweet: "Critics are spinning, so hang in there as they feed false info on the right decision made as I enter last yr in office to not run again...."

Take a deep breath. There are 3 1/2 years left until the 2012 presidential election. A lot can happen. Sarah Palin holds the answer. Whether it works or not is totally up to her now. With more freedom to control her brand, her future will no longer be in the hands of an unchecked hostile media that spreads lies about her.

We will be participants in a future political science lesson that has yet to reveal its answer to us.