Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cue Eye Roll

President Obama, please spare me.

Obama was of course at Notre Dame the other day, getting an honorary degree. For what, I don't know. Probably for just being him.

If Notre Dame wants to honor the guy, I don't really care. I'm not Catholic; I don't care what Notre Dame does. I am, however, pro-life.

During his speech, President Obama touched on the need for civility in the abortion debate. He then said that we should all work together to reduce the number of abortions.

At this point, I believe I said something to the effect of "Oh, shut up," and promptly turned off my radio.

To say that Obama is pro-abortion would be an understatement. He is pro-infantacide. If he wants to advocate those policies, fine. But do not, do not insult my intelligence and the intelligence of others in the pro-life community with your attempts to make nice.

Actions speak louder than words, sir, and your actions on this issue have been despicable.

That is all I have to say.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Can I Just Say, Who Cares!?

Whew! It looks like the Federal Elections Committe has okayed the RNC's shopping spree for the Palin family. Thank goodness. I'd been losing sleep. Who in their right mind gives half a cent?

I thought the same thing during the campaign. Let's see; we had two wars, Iran and North Korea were heating up, our economy was falling apart at the seams, and ACORN was looking pretty fishy.

But let's not talk about any of that stuff; let's talk about Sarah Palin's clothes. Excuse me while I vomit.

She Won't Stab You in the Back

Sarah Palin is one politician who actually understands her supporters.

Case in point:

John Coale, husband of Greta van Sustern, is a bit of a feminist. His support for female candidates doesn't seem to have anything to do with their policy ideas. Like his wife, he supported Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin. Good for him.

But then he went and suggested something that, quite frankly, leaves me scratching my head:

John Coale, a Washington-area Democratic donor and onetime adviser to Sarah Palin, urged the conservative Alaska governor to use her political action committee to help retire the presidential campaign debt of Hillary Clinton.

The rest of the article can be found here.

His broader aim, say Palin camp insiders, was to help Palin develop a relationship with the former first family that he thought could bolster the polarizing governor’s standing with Democrats and independents.
Yeah, win over the opposition by betraying your base. That's John McCain strategy. Thank goodness Sarah's smarter than that:

She [Sarah] expressed concern to aides about Coale’s request that weekend and a few days later directed Meg Stapleton, an Alaska-based campaign aide, to tell Coale that she would not help retire Clinton’s debt.“While we appreciate your efforts and recognize that a friendship with the Clintons is appropriate, the governor believes (and I concur) that using SarahPAC to pay down Hillary’s debt is not a prudent use of the money,” Stapleton wrote to Coale in a Feb. 17 e-mail, a few days after he made his pitch to the governor. “Contributors who chose between heating their homes and sending in a contribution because they believe in Sarah would be crushed.”
Amen, amen.

While maintaining a less-than-hostile relationship with Hillary Clinton is probably a good strategy, financially supporting her with money given to Sarah for Sarah's values, would have an incredible backlash.

Most politicians, even conservatives, seem to use their supporters to get elected, and then ditch them and their values when the prospect of getting invited to the party is dangled in front of their nose.

In Sarah Palin, we finally have a candidate who won't sell out her supporters to get into the "in" crowd. In an interview before she was chosen to run for Vice President, Sarah said that she had no problem sticking up for the little guy. And now we know that she won't abandon the little guy either.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sarah Palin and the Advantages of Being a Small Town Mayor

Sarah Palin is a unique politician. There are many reasons for this, but I want to focus for now on her background in local politics.

1. She's had to actually enforce policy that other politicians only write about.

Take the current energy code debate, for instance. Sarah Palin comes from an office where she would have had to play a role in implementing those policies. She understands the kind of time and money it takes to support that kind of red tape. She's been on the receiving end of alot of the rules, therefore she understands the implications of those rules when they are written. This gives her a unique perspective.

2. Her off-guard statements about the opposition.

I continue to be surprised when Sarah does not slam her opposition, and at times seems to even admire some pretty far-left liberals (Hillary Clinton). For someone who is obviously conservative, her not being overly partisan surprised me at first, but then I thought about where she came from.

Local politics is not so much bi-partisan, as it is non-partisan. There are idealogical differences, to be sure, but Sarah entered politics at a level where it's not so much about the red and the blue, but more about the good and the bad. Therefore she has the ability to chew the meat and spit out the bones in everybody, even Hillary Clinton.

3. She's had to be practical and pragmatic.

As a local politician, if the roads weren't paved, her constituents lived next door and they would let her know. She had to work with others to get things done, she couldn't just grandstand for media attention. In the process, she also learned when to compromise and when not to. She knows how to pick her battles.

4. Local gov is open and transparent government (unless you're from Chicago).

The open meetings, the town halls, and being face to face with her constituents taught her a politics that stemmed directly from the people and not from special interests. She's not used to back room dealing. She doesn't like back room dealing. She will do her best to stomp on back room dealing.

So, while Barack Obama may have scoffed about "tiny" Wasilla, a small-town Mayor stepping into the White House sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Three reasons to be afraid...very afraid...

The media and the political establishment are terrified of Sarah Palin, and they should be for three reasons:

1. "There ain't no strings on me."

She's not beholden to anyone. Not owned by a party, a company, a special interest...she serves none but the people. She is one politician who is truly free to do what is right without having to worry about pleasing her big donors for the simple reason that she doesn't have any big donors. She is free to govern out of a true servant's heart, and not according to any specific group or organization. She is therefore free to actually employ common sense. Only a handful of politicians can truly be said to be in this position, and none of that handful have any real power. She does.

2. She doesn't need it.

She's not in politics for her career. She doesn't have to compromise her principles for her job. If it comes to that point, she'll quit. She has actually done that in the past. There is more to her life than politics. Like Glenn Beck said, she doesn't have to sell her soul to the devil to get reelected. She'd be perfectly happy doing something else.

3. She puts feet to her faith.

She actually means it. When she says something, that is exactly what she means. She may not always win the battle, but you bet your bottom dollar she'll fight it. She's one politician that we can actually trust to do the right thing in the future, because she has done the right thing in the past, when nobody was watching. She has been true to her principles and not sold out for politics. She's committed political suicide in order to follow her principles. She follows through on her words with actions. She doesn't just blow hot air; she gets in there and gets the job done.

Not beholden to anyone, doesn't need to sell her soul for power, and actually lives out the principles that she preaches. 1+2+3= REFORM. Real change, back to the way government is supposed to be run. No wonder this woman evokes such strong emotions from both sides.

When reform walks into the room, you can tell by people's reaction to it which side of the aisle they're really on. "Men love darkness rather than light..." Why? "Because their deeds are evil." Why are some so afraid of Sarah Palin? Because Ted Nugent got it right: Her very presence sheds a light into the halls of government, and the cockroaches can't stand it. It shows them up for what they really are. Now it's up to us ordinary barbarians to show Americans the true picture of this woman. If we succeed, we might be able to get rid of some of the cockroaches at least, and truly reform our government at best. If we fail....

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book called "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It was divisive. Some loved it; some hated it, but it stirred everybody up. Slavery was a problem; everybody needed to be stirred up.

Corruption of the government process is a problem; we need to be stirred up.

When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe it was reportedly with this greeting: "So you're the little lady...that started this big war." When Sarah Palin, then Sarah Heath, played basketball, her coaches called her "Little Sarah." And I do believe that she has started a big war.

I close with the words of Thomas Paine:
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered....Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated...the heart that feels not now, is dead: the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man (or moose-shootin' Governor) that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
I'm just happy to be an ordinary barbarian in the fight.