Guest Submission by Lewis R. Sheckler
Dear Governor Palin:
I and the many millions of your supporters understand why you would be reluctant to drag yourself and your family through more of the evil vitriol you have endured since 2008. You certainly have a right to feel enough is enough. I very respectfully ask you, however, to reconsider your decision not to run. Please know that, If you continue to refuse to run, I will absolutely respect your decision.
These are the reasons I ask you to reconsider your decision not to run.
You remember, of course, making these statements:
“This is why we must remember the challenge is not simply to replace Obama in 2012. The real change is who and what we will replace him with. Folks, you know it’s not enough to change the uniform.”
“It is not enough to just change up the uniform. We need to change the entire game plan. And we need to change the entire team that’s been there at White House doing such great damage to our economy. We need to make sure that we have the best and most qualified. The most vetted candidate to come forth and rise to the surface.”
You wisely warned Republicans that they should focus on the records of the presidential candidates instead of what the candidates say. Records are a much more accurate predictor of how the candidates would govern. Looking at their records, all of the current Republican presidential candidates have major flaws that would probably cause them to lose in the general election or to be deficient presidents.
Bachmann, Santorum, and Paul — candidates to become the most important Chief Executive Officer in the World — have no executive experience. Bachmann can claim very few significant accomplishments other than getting elected. Santorum was defeated badly in his last race for elected office and seams to have a likeability problem. Paul is an isolationist and apparently fails to understand the threat Iran is to us.
Huntsman is a RINO.
Romney’s deficiencies as a Republican presidential candidate and potential president are so well-known there is no need to list them here. You are surely well aware of them.
As you know, Perry’s position on illegal immigration is atrocious, and he is up to his eyes in crony capitalism. How could we expect him to clean up the mess in Washington, D.C.?
Herman Cain has serious gaps in his knowledge about some important things. (Example: He did not know what Palestinian “right of return” is.) He gives excellent speeches but, off script, he is sometimes not articulate and he has a tendency to occasionally stuff his foot into his mouth. (Comments he made about abortion and his praise of Alan Greenspan are important examples.) As the Republican presidential nominee, these flaws would make him very vulnerable, and these flaws could cause significant trouble for a President Cain.
He has never been able to get elected to any public office. Cain has no experience as a government executive or legislator. He has, therefore, no record in government that we can use to evaluate what kind of president he would be. This important vetting of Cain is impossible.
It seems that many of your supporters are deciding to support Newt Gingrich, apparently unaware of his record. This concerns me very much. These are the reasons for my concern.
Gingrich has spent the past several years laying the groundwork for this presidential campaign. He has even worked hard to gain the favor of key conservative Christian leaders.
Gingrich is very intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate and shrewd — and is sometimes dangerously short of common sense. He is flawed ethically, and he is not a principled conservative.
He cheated on two wives — two examples of extreme dishonesty. And Google: Gingrich lies.
He is a long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a membership that could cost him many votes in a general presidential election.
In 2006, he supported liberal Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI) who was challenged by conservative Tim Walberg.
In 2008, Gingrich aggressively supported and campaigned for liberal Congressman Wayne Gilchrist (R-MD) who was challenged by conservative Andy Harris.
In 2009, he supported radical liberal, pro-abortion, pro-union establishment Dede Scozzafava in the NY-23 race while you supported conservative Doug Hoffman. Gingrich even attacked the conservatives who supported Hoffman: “So I say to my conservative friends who suddenly decided that whether they’re from Minnesota or Alaska or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don’t t think so.”
In 2010, Gingrich campaigned for RINO U.S. Senator Robert Bennett in Utah, calling him “a true-blue conservative.”
Gingrich has supported for many years the federal government giving financial support to “renewable energy” projects and the development of clean energy technologies. Federal ethanol subsidies is one of the things he supports.
He supported the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987, which forced broadcasters to air all sides of a controversial issue. It was, of course, government infringing the First Amendment rights of free speech and press.
In 1994, he voted for GATT, the General Agreement on Tarriffs and Trade, that subjected Americans to the international authority of the World Trade Organization. When Gingrich testified to the House Ways and Means Committee, he said: “We need to be honest about the fact that we are transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization. . . . This is not just another trade agreement. This is doing something twice, once in the 1940’s and once in the 1950’s the U.S. Congress rejected . . . It is a very big transfer of power.”
In 2003, Gingrich urged “every conservative member of Congress” to support the Medicare drug benefit bill. He called it the “most important reorganization of our nation’s healthcare system since the original Medicare Bill of 1965.” He declared: “Every conservative member of Congress should vote for this Medicare bill. It is the most important reorganization of our nation”s healthcare system since the original Medicare Bill of 1965 and the largest and most positive change in direction for the health system in 60 years for people over 65.”
In 2008, Gingrich backed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. He opposed it before he “reluctantly” endorsed it.@
He advocated an individual mandate for health insurance, similar to the mandate in ObamaCare, in his 2008 book, Real Change. “[I]ndividuals are expected to help pay for their care. Everyone should be required to have coverage. Those with very low incomes should receive vouchers or tax credits to help them buy insurance. Those who oppose the concept of insurance should be required to post a bond to cover costs.”
In 2008, Gingrich starred with Nancy Pelosi in an infamous TV ad supporting the human-caused global warming hoax.
In 2009-2010, he traveled around our country with liberals Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan, promoting Obama’s new educational policies.
Earlier this year, Gingrich attacked Paul Ryan’s budget and Medicare reform plan, causing Ryan to respond, “With allies like that, who needs the left.”
Gingrich’s close association with Alvin Toffler and his strong support of Toffler ‘s radical “The Third Way” should alone be sufficient to end his presidential campaign. It is a part of Gingrich’s record that waves a huge red flag.
Toffler believes mankind is entering a new system. In his book, “The Third Way,” he wrote to the Founding Fathers: “For the system of government you fashioned [U.S. Constitution] including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare. It must be radically changed and a new system of government invented, a democracy for the 21st century. For this wisdom, above all, I thank Mr. Jefferson who helped create the system that served us so well.”
Read: “Gingrich, Toffler, Gore: A Peculiar Trio”
and “Using Jefferson As a Cloak for Revolution”
It is obvious, Governor Palin, that there are very serious flaws in all of the Republican presidential candidates. Moreover, you are the only person in the United States who has demonstrated the moral and political compass and the willingness, ability, toughness, and tenacity required to clean up the corrupt mess in Washington, D.C. With you absent from the presidential race, there is a yawning gap.
You have every right to feel you have exposed yourself and your family to more than enough vicious attacks. If you continue to choose not to run toward the battle for the U.S. Presidency, we will respect your decision. You can understand, however, why the members of your huge volunteer army hope and pray that your final choice will be to run.
Circumstances are different now from what they were when you decided not to run. We ask you to consider that and what will happen to all of us Americans, including your children, if the Republican presidential nominee is so deficient that Obama wins in 2012 or the deficient Republican wins and then messes up.
Praying God will continue to guide you.
I am only one of the many millions of Americans supporting you,
Lewis R. Sheckler