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So why isn’t a favorable front-page op-ed about Governor Palin in a high-profile "mainstream" newspaper like the Los Angeles Times getting linked by all the so-called Republican/conservative sites. Considering how rare it is for such an editorial to be published by a left-wing rag about any conservative Republican, wouldn’t it make sense for the Republican/conservative media to try and spread this article as far and wide as possible?


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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    A Happy and Blessed Sunday to you all!!

    This will be just a brief post this morning. Also, I will be away for a few days, but I look forward to seeing you before Thanksgiving.

    I have no idea whether or not the Governor will run for President in 2016, and I certainly do not know if she will take the unusual step of making a very early announcement of such a run.

    Such a move would be quite unconventional. Here are a few citations, however, from the recently-published book by Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., "Our Sarah." They indicate that the Governor certainly has a penchant for the unusual and bold move.

    Here is her brother, Chuck, Jr., on pp.131-132 of "Our Sarah":

    "Often that thought process takes her to a counterintuitive conclusion, which some have attacked as illogical or disingenuous."

    "Everyone told her that nontraditional, innovative approaches wouldn’t work in government …"

    "She proved them wrong on all counts and she did that by thinking her way through the problem to arrive at dynamic answers, using the same kind of unconventional methodology Dad used in his classroom.

    "That contrarian viewpoint, coupled with the courage to act on her conclusions, made her a serious threat to existing power structures within the state of Alaska, the Republican Party, and the permanent political class that controls the nation’s capital. Her unconventional outlook made her unafraid to try something new. Rather than turning off voters–which was what traditional analysts said would happen–Sarah’s fearless resourcefulness gave her broad appeal. Adrienne Ross, a teacher from Hudson, New York, put it this way: ‘One thing I respect about Governor Palin is her willingness to go out on a limb, even when others are playing it safe.’ Little did we know Sarah’s nontraditional approach meant leaving the governor’s office." ("Our Sarah," Chapter 11, "Chart Your Own Course," pp. 131-132).

    Let us also note briefly what she said to her brother the day she resigned the job she loved, the Governorship of Alaska: "Sarah appeared and in a few minutes she stepped toward the podium. As she did, she leaned close to me and whispered in my ear, ‘Say a prayer for me.’ " (op. cit., p. 134)


    Guys, I think that this is the best and finest thing we can do for our Sarah in this dreadful time.

    She realized in 2008, with prophetic eyes that leaped in their eagle’s vision far beyond the view and horizons of most of us–she realized the damage and destruction that ONE term of obama would visit upon America.

    She perceives today, more clearly than most of us, IMV, the terrible potential for further havoc that a SECOND term for the false "messiah" poses.

    She is surely praying to her Lord right now, something like, "Dear Lord, I see the dire straits of the country I love. What would You have me do about it?"


    My friends, let us say many, many prayers for the Lady Warrior of the North Country over the coming hours, days, weeks, and months.

    I shall see you in a few days.

    God bless you all always!!



    • derised1

      So love to read your posts! Keeping hope alive! :)

      • virginiagentleman1

        Where have you been? We’ve missed you here! Glad you are back D1 !!  VG

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, derised, and God bless!!

    • TexS2012

      Ordinarily, a person announcing a run for President so soon would have a hard time sustaining a campaign for four years, but there is no politician like Sarah Palin. She has it all; the name, the base, the message, and proven ability to lead the country out of the hell other politicians have made of our country. America needs a leader now! Sarah Palin would energize people to run for office, change the 2014 elections starting now! It would be a bold move on her part but if anyone could do it Sarahcuda could! God Bless Sarah Palin!

       Sarah Palin for President 2016 !!! 

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, TexS!!

        • TexS2012


      • lanahi

        No, I don’t think she will run for four years.  I think she’ll wait until everyone is totally discouraged and sees where Obama is leading us.  Obamacare won’t be pretty.  The economy will sink some more.  He’ll get more aggressive about spreading his agenda and people will see who he is and what the liberals are really about.  There are still some who don’t get it, but they will.  And, when they do, she’ll be there and it will be time.

        That doesn’t mean we won’t hear from her a lot in the meantime. We will.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Good morning, ZH, thank you as always, and a Happy Sunday to you!!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome,Brianus and a Happy Sunday to you too!

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.

    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)

    Governor Palin’s ‘On the Record’ Alaskan Journey via ANWR & Valdez – (Complete, Unedited)

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)

    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)

    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)

    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)

    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief

    Governor Palin in Haiti.

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008

    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.

    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .

    This video was broadcast by ESPN. It describes how Sarah Palin (then Heath) led her team to victory in March 1982 — with a broken ankle — and how that defining moment charted the course for the remainder of her life.

    The Wardrobe Saga

  • Kathleen

    Sent tip to HA about the LA Times story…let’s see if they bother noticing it….

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Kathleen!!

  • ZH100

    As Governor Palin has said many times, she advocates for an “all of the above”approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal.

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.

    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."

    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

    "One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.

    On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."

  • ZH100

    Sometimes Gov.Palin is attacked and smeared by this smear:

    "She charged the state for “travel” expenses — a per diem allowance for meals — while living at her home in Wasilla and commuting to the governor’s office in Anchorage."

    As if Gov.Palin committed a crime.

    What is the true (factual) story about this "per diem allowance for meals"?

    The 90-something year old mansion in Juneau was greatly in need of repairs in order to make it serviceable as a chief executive’s home.

    With all of these renovations underway,  Gov.Palin could have opted to stay at a hotel with her family, but instead she saved the taxpayers money by staying in her own home.

    So she  could have forced the state to pay for her lodging (in a hotel or an apartment) in Juneau or in Anchorage. Instead she lived in her house in Wasilla and saved the state thousands of dollars by only requesting meal per diems. She asked for meal per diems, not lodging per diems.

    And she didn’t claim any per diems for her kids or her husband, though she was legally entitled to.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And thanks, Ian, for your words on the remarkable Charlotte Allen article on the idea of SARAH 2016!!

    And it appeared in the LA Times!!!!!

    As you note, GOP media seem to be ignoring it.

    I guess that we just have to confront the ugly fact that the GOP establishment will NEVER support Sarah.

    They never supported Reagan.

    They did not support the Governor after she won the Alaskan Governorship in 2006 (from "Our Sarah," p. 196, words of her dad: "In addition, the state Republican Party establishment remained staunchly opposed to her, in spite of her overwhelming victory in the election.")

    Even after she wins two terms as President, presides over an American Renaissance, and is succeeded by her VP, Allen West, they will STILL oppose her.

    These people are not going to change.


    God bless, Ian!!

    • Min Max

       And why should they support her…she’s diametrically opposed to their nefarious schemes!

  • ZH100

    Some great links about debunking misinformation and lies about Sarah Palin

    Sliming Palin (by FactCheck)

    Debunking the Myth that Mayor Sarah Palin Made Rape Victims Pay for Their Own Rape Kits

    The Smear: Palin Cut Special Needs Budget 62%

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    • ZH100

      Debunking the wardrobe myth


      ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘  (debunking the wardrobe myth)

      "It was a “trumped up controversy,” she writes. “I never asked the New York stylists to purchase clothes, many of the items were never worn, many others were intended for the use of other people, and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned. It certainly wasn’t true that I or my family had been on any kind of ‘big-time shopping trips.’ ”

      All true, Ms. Kline said this week. Her reticence so far, she said, was out of respect to a client. "

  • Emerson_C

    I notice how some GOPe types are now dumping on Romney–people like Chris Christi and–surprisingly–Jindal.  Ted Cruz also made what can only be regarded as a crude allusion to Romney.

    I think that this behaviour is a mistake and that Gov Palin should not join in in any way whatsoever.   She should stick to her previous observation that the Romney advisors allowed the Obama campaign to define Romney by the summer and had advised to marginalize the Tea Party.  And it is entirely right to blame the advisors for this monumental piece of stupidity.  When it depended on Romney alone, as in the first debate, it must be admitted that he did well.  Romney must be in pain.  In spite of the past Governor Palin should be kind to a fellow Republican who probably did his best as he knew how. 

    She alone is untarnished by this debacle and she should re-emerge as a unifying figure for the republican family.

    • ZH100

      "I notice how some GOPe types are now dumping on Romney–people like
      Chris Christi and–surprisingly–Jindal.  Ted Cruz also made what can
      only be regarded as a crude allusion to Romney.

      I think that this behaviour is a mistake and that Gov Palin should not join in in any way whatsoever. "


      That behavior is no refection of Gov.Palin’s "way of doing things"  and I’m almost 100% sure that she will not join the "dumping" on Romney.

    • Escaped_Teleprompter

      Palin never said that Romney was not to blame for his loss.  Perhaps his advisers were bad, but Romney hired them.  Did he not have any good ones at all?  He could also choose to ignore any bad advise on any issue at any point of his campaign.  Romney is responsible for his campaign, and his loss. After all, he is the chief executive of his campaign, not a puppet held captive by his advisers.  Or maybe not ?
      Don’t know who is dumping on Romney, and who is not, but the GOP must absolutely have a post-mortem to analyze how a very winnable election was lost. 
      Ideally everything is forgiven, but It should not be too surprising if there are residual raw feelings after the nasty negative campaign that Romney ran in the primaries.
       >> "Romney must be in pain."    So are those of us who voted for him and hoped that he would run a strong campaign. 

    • Audrey_I

      I agree. 

    • timntexas

      Name calling is for immature children. Romney is the CEO of his campaign. It will be analyized for years. If it were a company, it would go out of business. The bottom line: The campaign lost to the dems. No need for piling on by anyone. Those who pile on gopers, etc. have no business being in the next election. I do not believe Sarah will get in on this silliness.

    • generictrainee

      Cruz attacks Mitt from the right , the other GOPers from the left. Cruz is the one with a clue.

    • Min Max

      Sarah shouldn’t need to point out the obvious.

      Personally, If I’m running for election, especially in a year when all the odds are in my favour, and I stuff up and lose. It’s my fault. Not my advisers, not my staff, not my voters. It’s all on me. That’s what being in charge means.

      People should stop with the PC crap and just call it like it is. You can’t learn if you’re constantly glossing over the truth. Having said that, there’s no reason to be crude or vindictive either.

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints
    There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin. All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.  

    Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.  

    The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin.  

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.

    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

    There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
    Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

    Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

    No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

    The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

    In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However,  Sarah palin  did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

    Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

    Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern. Those lawsuits were filed  to make it impossible for her to govern and to bankrupt her .

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
    About troopergate.

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • wodiej

    "God gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5

  • derised1

    My latest twitter post:

    Liza B ?@derised1
    #MarcoRubio takes message to Iowa –  < He's running 4 2016 it seems. Here we go again. LoL!

    • JELRGrandma

      He thinks because he is Latino, it would be a landslide. I’ll go with Ted Cruz any day to spread the conservative message.

      • Pete Petretich

        Rubio is a Bushie…

      • Tony

        I don’t believe Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president; he was born in Calgary Canada. 

    • freeperjim

      Rubio is a Bush/Romney-esque RINO and continues to push amnesty. 

      Rubio has rejected the TEA Party caucus.

  • ZH100

    Gennifer Flowers Interviews SarahNET Radio Host on Gov. Palin

  • Pete Petretich

    Some of us have remarked on Sarah’s TV silence of late.

    Maybe she’s re-tooling Sarah PAC for the post-Romney era?

    • generictrainee

      She has an opportunity now to lecture the backstabbers.

    • Elwanda Burrell

       You are right, she is reloading!!!

  • Pete Petretich

    I attended a Shakespeare play last night with one of my local Bushies, and had a phone conversation with another one two nights ago. I’ve known both of these people for years.

    Yep, they’re still out of sorts. Can you say "Chinese Fire Drill"?

  • IsraeliCojones

    As per usual, Sultan Knish nails it

    I’m going to refrain from saying what I’m really thinking of my "leadership" as from now, until I know what they’re going to (not) do but know that I hate what I’m hearing here (and no, I’m not talking about the sirens that woke me up this morning).

    Have a great day, all.

    • Don

      Stil praying for you and your country!  I, too, stand with Israel.

      Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
      country boy

    • MaMcGriz

       Thanks, sis.

      He’s right.

      Time to seriously tcb.

      As goes Israel, so goes America.

  • technopeasant

    Just rewatched the Mad Men episode where head copywriter Peggy Olson is treated like crap as the advertising firm seeks to land the Jaguar account with male freelance copywriters who don’t hold a candle to Peggy and is the final straw in making her decide to leave the firm which she does at the end of the episode to the surprise of Don Draper to work for a competing firm. And in season 6 we will see how well she does.

    My fervent wish that after this current season Tim Tebow is again free (no longer with the NY Jets) and is able to spread his wings again like the fictional Peggy Olson is about to do.  Like Peggy, this is something Tebow needs to do avoid being held back by narrow-minded nincompoops.

    In that light I would encourage Sarah Palin to pursue third party but the main difference in presidential politics that is not practical or realistic to strike off on your own. Believe me I wish it were.  The only other alternative imho assuming Palin runs is that she and her allies endeavor to take over the GOP or win over the base of the party and persuade them to abandon COLONIAL MENTALITY.

    But I do know this. For Sarah Palin to play the good, obedient little girl like Peggy Olson was expected to play at the firm is not healthy but instead counterproductive. Going rogue is the only way not only to survive but to thrive.

    • 1776er

      IMO, nothing has changed in the GOPE.  They are right where they were the day before the election.  Business as usual goes on.  If anything, the GOPE PPC is in even better position to ignore the TEA Party, Conservatives and in particular, Sarah Palin.  Boehner now even refuses to acknowledge that a TEA Party Caucus actually exists in Washington. 

      In fact, I think Sarah Palin’s odds of securing the nomination of this group to seek the office of POTUS are even lower than prior to the 2012 campaign.  

      These RINOs comfortably controlling the money spigot of the Republican Party fund raising appartus will NEVER yield the reins to Sarah Palin.  They will do whatever they have to do to stop her ascendancy within the Republican Party.  Change the primary schedule, change the rules of the RNC, change ballot access rules in state primaries–anything and everything to throw roadblocks and obstacles in her way.  

      Even if, with the TEA Party’s help, Sarah succeeded in bludgeoning her way to enough primary votes to secure the nomination what would that victory secure?  The "Country Club" Blue Haired  Republicans would wrinkle their noses up and stay home out of snobbery.  Wouldn’t think of endorsing that hick from the sticks of Alaska.  It’s called the Christine O’Donnell Effect.  Win by the rules and we just pick up our marbles and go home.  

      Lincoln put his finger on it in 1858.  A Nation Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.   Lincoln opined in that famous speech that reason would prevail.  The Nation would not dissolve itself over the issue of slavery.  It was up to us, he said, to persuade those of the opposing view and bring them over to our way of thinking.  It was delusional thinking on Lincoln’s part.  He was right in his view that "A Nation Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand".  He was wrong that the abolitionists could convert the pro-slavery sentiment of the Southern PPC of his time.  

      Same holds in the Republican Party today.  An intractable, unbridgeable Conservative vs Progressive RINO Marxist-lite split in the GOP assures that the Party cannot stand.  A dissolution is inevitable and unavoidable.  It is delusional to think that one side or the other of this great divide within the Republican Party can persuade the other to convert and see the light.

      All of us understand that a Third Party is hard path.  But IMO, it is the only political path left open for American patriots to secure their liberty.  

      Party Building begins with ballot access.  That is hard, hard laborious, costly grunt groundwork in 50 states.  It can’t be done over night.  It has to be organized and executed over a number of years.  Ballot access operations have to be established in each and every state.  Organizing charters have to be incorporated in each state.  Hopefully, candidates have to be vetted, nominated and supported where possible.  The TEA Party has a number of people who can and in fact will be eager to fill that bill.  

      The good news is that once ballot access is attained, and sufficient percentage support demonstrated on election day, future ballot placement in succeeding elections is much less onerous.  It is not a hopeless proposition.  It is a hard, hard initial proposition.

      Politics is a game that requires pretenders and contenders to crash through the wall of resistance the establishment of both parties stand up to protect their positions of power and dominance.  It is a matter of force. 

      Sarah Palin has no future in the Republican Party. Neither do we Tea Partiers or Conservatives. Sarah Palin may never be the President of the United States.  But there is no single individual alive in the U.S. today who can match her ability to form a new political entity capable of challenging  the two Progressive Marxist parties throttling liberty in our Nation today.  

      Sarah Palin is unique in her ability to stand up and rally 50 state groups to undertake the ballot access initiative "Long March" to 2016.  It will take 3 years to prepare the way for those groups to be ready with the petition clipboards when the nominating periods open up in each state as part of the 2016 electoral cycle.  Her service will be to seed the States with hundreds or thousands of dedicated, organized and prepared activists to be centers of patriot resistance.  

      We learned to our chagrin how hard that is in Virginia.  Both the Democrats and the Republicans make it as hard as they can for a challenger to get on the ballot. We had a choice between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.  Newt couldn’t muster the signatures to get on the primary ballot.  Neither could Santorum.  Neither could anybody else.   It’s worse in other states.

      It takes time and leadership to organize.  

      Sarah Palin may exhaust herself in the next 3 years organizing something new in American political history.  It may be inadequately funded.  It may sputter and shake and smoke and rattle and backfire its way down the road.  She may run and lose on a 50 state national ballot in 2016.  But she will have succeeded in establishing the basis for the ultimate victory of our Constitution and our Republic.  She will have enshrined Palinism as a political rallying point for patriots for a generation to come.  She just might be the savior of her country in a role she never dreamed.  

      My guess is that if she follows the hard political pioneering route that is now open before her there will be a statue of Sarah Palin on the Mall in Washington DC one hundred years from now whether she ever occupies the White House or not.  

      I believe Sarah Palin will do the political calculus and make that split.  Not for her own benefit.  But to do the right thing for the country and begin the hard work of raising up a political patriot army fit to challenge the Establishment in 2016.  When that train finally begins to start moving out of the Republican station I believe we will all be amazed at who jumps on the last train out of  Tyranny Town.  It will shock them to their little Marxist toes.  

      It will start with Sarah Palin’s Declaration of Independence. 

      That will be a humdinger.  I hope she delivers it in a place I can get to.  Wouldn’t miss that for a million dollars.

      Can’t wait.

      • dave7777

         You are right. The GOPe will kill her chances even should she gain the nomination, as they did in 1964. The Establishment GOP would rather lose to the dems than to have the reins of the party shift to us "folks". I saw it. I was part of the New York disaster.
        I don’t know how Reagan pulled it off, but it appears to me that it would be more difficult today.

        • technopeasant

          Two points:

          1) Palin has learned more about what to expect from the GOP establishment. If she ran in 2016, she would be better prepared.

          2) Running in 2016 will not be against a Democratic incumbent or a preferred GOP candidate based on 2012 (Santorum is not regarded as that person).

          • momofsons

             What ever happened to the new online party nomination process?  There was some hype during the GOP primaries about this new party that was going to offer up candidates with Pres and VP being from different parties.  The blonde friend of Hilary Clinton was promoting it.  Seems like she had a title… Lady something or another.

            Just curious. 

            I too think third party is the way to go.  There are no other outsiders who can run against Washington in the fashion Sarah Palin can.  I did not sit at home this election, but I can certainly see why some did.  The day after the 1994 Republican take over of Congress, my husband and I were ecstatic.  On that day I said "well, we will see now, just how serious the party is about limited Government.  I bet they decide power in Washington DC is not too bad now that it is Their Power." 

            The next election must be about Power.  Who decides?  Our system has built the most prosperous nation on earth.  The Us Constitution truly is an exceptional document.  Breitbart once said "if you can’t sell freedom, you suck"  Ron Paul recently lamented selling liberty was not as easy as it may sound.  Freedom comes with responsibility and risk.  It is much easier to sell power.  Everyone wants the power to decide.  It is much easier to point to the disastrous decisions Washington DC has made causing huge problems and convince people they could have decided better.  Especially when it comes down to running their own lives. 

            I truly believe the establishment PPC of both parties are fine and dandy with the wedge social issues.  These are the issues that keep the libertarian minded from uniting with the faithful.  If these two could get together to form a populist voting block, they would be hard to beat.  Sarah Palin is just the person to bring together these coalitions.   

  • freeperjim

    If Sarah has any interest in 2016 (I sure hope she does) and believes America can be saved after another 4-years of imposed communism including a possible Socialist majority on SCOTUS, she needs to begin building a national network for MAJOR fundraising.

    "Rubio the AMNESTY RINO" is getting out in front….and, in Realville, money talks!

    Rubio makes his Iowa debut as possible ‘future’ of the Republican Party

    Even before they heard him speak on Saturday, Iowans were attracted to Rubio. Branstad said the fundraiser generated more than $600,000, a total he said was greater than he had raised before in any single event.

    • paul

      Watch if the RINOS cave on the budget talks Gov. Palin will be heard.

  • stlouisix

    Last-Ever Boxes of Twinkies Offered on eBay

    Too bad no one is concerned about the over 18,000 jobs lost thanks to Obama’s union thugs, and their enablers, who couldn’t care less! Certainly Obama, the job destroyer, doesn’t with the real unemployment rate, taking into account all those, who, out of despair, have left the ever shrinking job market, what’s that, headed toward 20% on his watch.

    You really have to wonder about the brain-dead padded-cell types who have a death wish for an America that they hate as much as Obama by, not only electing him, but also reelecting him in the face of a record that is indefensible in terms of its intended consequences of willfully destroying the America of the founding fathers from within!  Don’t these drones see that what Obama is doing is going to eventually impact them, in particular, when he has no more need for useful idiots?

    Real Americans are not about to let anyone do that, to particular include communists like Obama and his minions who are going to be resisted to the face for the next four years, and who are going to have the fight of their lives on their hands for the heart and soul of country deserving of God’s blessing, not His condemnation by being in the hands of the wicked who enjoy inflicting misery upon all those who dare to oppose their tyranny!

  • dave7777

    Here we go…..Rubio. The MSM has selected their boy. As have the GOPe. We just cannot let this happen. We need to resist any way we can. I want Palin, but if I can’t have her, I want a true conservative. I want it know by all, I will not vote or support Rubio. I do not want amnesty in any form.
    If many feel as I do, Hello Hillary in 2016…if there is an America in 2016.

    • generictrainee

      I prefer Cruz over rubio.

      • Right_Wingnut

        Well…..Cruz was born in Canada. I’m not Constitutional expert, but I’m not sure what this does for his eligibility.

        Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the petroleum business.[8][9] His father was a Cuban immigrant during the Cuban Revolution to the United States. His mother, an American, was reared in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent.[9][10]

        • generictrainee

          I think it doesnt matter if his parantes are americans. But I’m not sure.

          • Don

            2 citizen parents born in this country. Not NBC. Same with obama and rubio.

            Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
            country boy.

          • Right_Wingnut

            Was his father a citizen at the time?

      • excopconservative

        This is the way they want us to think.  If we have to choose an Hispanic, I’d rather have…..

        Notice the criteria for choosing always eliminates a certain lady from Wasilla.  Let’s not fall into the idea that we have to have a Latino or our party is toast.  If the Latino vote is increasing, and the democrats have it, why didn’t Obama get more votes than he did last time? 

        The moderates got to run their candidate last time.  We are not going to let them do it again.

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