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Good morning, fellow Barbarians.

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked by the Japanese in an event that would propel our nation into World War II.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared that this date, "December 7, 1941, would be "a date which will live in infamy."   Do any of you have family or loved ones who perished in that attack so long ago?

In other news…

Governor Palin wants people to read what Thomas Sowell has to say about the fiscal cliff.  Be sure to do that today.

Jim DeMint is leaving the U.S. Senate for the Heritage Foundation.  We look forward to working with him in the future.

I don’t like John Boehner.

Has everyone forgotten about Benghazi? The more we learn, the more disturbed I become about this whole thing.

And if folks have forgotten Benghazi already, I guess Fast and Furious has long since been left in the dust.  This administration needs to be held accountable for their actions.

Cronyism is alive and well this Christmas in the Obama administration.

Speaking of Christmas, Suffering through tough economic times this time of the year is for suckers.

Hey, did you wonder where Syria got their WMD?  Well, don’t tell the left because they won’t believe you.

I want this font!

Watch this only if you enjoy having blood shoot from your eyes.

Rating high on the "awww" meter, take a look at these amazing animal photos, some sweet and some stunning.

So what’s going on with y’all today?

 

 



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  • 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.  
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    Jobs

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Friday to you all!!

    Let us remember, on the seventy-first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, all of the Americans who died on that day, "a date that will live in infamy" (FDR).

    Here is letter E in the "Latin Sarah" series, which I am presenting again from last spring and summer.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!

    Brianus

    SARAH ELOQUENS: SARAH THE ELOQUENT

    Oh how we have tasted of her sweet eloquence, from that first bright, golden day of late summertide, Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008!!!… after the long and dark night, the culmination of many long, dark nights, that was marked by barack obama’s DNC acceptance speech in Denver the night before, suddenly, by the grace of a merciful Lord, the next dawn in Dayton, Ohio revealed and proclaimed that America had a champion at last!!! … We heard her with our ears and in our deep heart’s core, and we rejoiced, and rejoiced exceedingly … Five days later, in spite of the furious and ferocious machinations of the Left to derail her VP nomination, that VOICE sang forth again at the Republican National Convention, singing its ode of Joy and Liberty to all the land!!! … Ever since then, because SHE has refused to be cowed and intimidated and silenced, WE have benefitted from her marvelous eloquence … over and over and over … Perhaps the greatest exemplar since the RNC oration was the unforgettable speech she delivered in April of last year in Madison, Wisconsin: Immortal Eloquence of a Fearless and Dauntless American Patriot!!! … She hurled defiance in the teeth of the union thugs; she hurled defiance in the teeth of the "president": "Mr. President, GAME ON!!!" … Whence flows her wondrous power of oratory? … I think it is that, when she speaks to us, speaks to America, she speaks not just with the mouth and lips, not just with words, but with her golden heart, with her spine of steel, with her guts, with her cojones, with her Great Alaskan Spirit … My friends, we have been living through a kind of "Valley of Silence and Sadness (and yet great Hope)" since 5 October, 2011 …to borrow from Simon and Garfunkel, we are living through the "Sounds of Silence" right now…and yet even in the depths of this (relative) silence, to cite S and G again, "The vision that was planted in my brain still remains, within the sounds of silence" .. THE VISION OF THE GREAT-HEARTED LIONESS OF ELOQUENCE FROM THE FAIR AND FAR NORTH COUNTRY SHALL REMAIN WITH ME, SHALL REMAIN WITH US … ALWAYS!!!!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And here is my response to Jerseymark’s fine post on the previous open thread about turning the other cheek:

    Thank you so much, Jerseymark!!

    I believe that the Governor has served as a great model for us in following this Divine Commandment.

    Though she has been viciously and brutally attacked, attacked more than pehaps any other public figure in our history, she does not return hatred for hatred.

    On the other hand, she is not weak.

    Rather, she, IMHO, focuses NOT ON PERSONAL REVENGE, but on the PUBLIC DEFENSE of her country.

    She strikes the perfect middle way between surrender and personal enmity.

    I suspect that, for example, re a figure like the sinister and destructive barack hussein obama–though I cannot, of course, speak for her– I suspect that her attitude is one of hoping and praying for his PERSONAL redemption, but laboring for his POLITICAL DESTRUCTION, since his program and policies are inimical to America and to everything she holds dear.

    She is a bright and shining example, model, and exemplar for all of us!!

    God bless!!

    Edit: Another way to put this is that Sarah wields a two-edged sword: She personally accepts the suffering that results from the diabolical attacks against her, but she lets the attacks FUEL, not desire for personal vengeance, but an ardent zeal to serve and save the land that she loves. She thus turns evil to good.

    Edit II: She thus at one and the same time turns the other cheek, but also strikes out with a righteous fist and sword!!

    • jerseymark

      Thanks again for your addition to the point at hand. I had those thoughts about Sarah as well and would have gone into that but the post was too long already and I just KNEW that you would connect the dots on the posts application to Sarah. You did a better job of that than I would have. Thanks again.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, Jerseymark, and thank YOU!!

  • ZH100

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

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal .  Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • 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.
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    ‘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."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘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."
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

  • M_Minnesota

    God Bless those past and Present Servicemen and Women and thier families!!

    Will Barry Sorentoro mention Pearl Harbor today?

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Roomie!!

  • Gelston

     http://www.gallup.com/poll/159104/unadjusted-unemployment-shoots-back.aspx

    US gov, as we approach the cliff, says unemployment is down sharply and unaffected by Sandy,

    Private Gallup says the rate is up sharply. Hmmm ……. whom do we believe?

    • polarfan

      350,000 dropped out of the labor force -that’s really all you need the know!!

      • fb274

         And on Drudge Report it shows 540,000 dropping off the rolls. 

        • GeraldGoff

          if the market and economy maintains the upward trends, we will probably drop off the rolls ourselves in the next couple of years.  Many of us baby boomers just needed a little push out of our comfort zones….and were suprised by our abilities to tighten our belts a little bit, pay off all of our debts, and see that maybe it is possible to give up the 9-5 routine.

          This downturn did coincide with a wave of baby boomers who were close to exiting the job market anyway.

          • Gelston

              no, unemployment was way UP. Those numbers from Obama are not correct.
            I would believe Gallup before I believe the numbers that article uses.

            You people are ignoring gallup.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/JHM27SE26N253WDURJFH6XSCOI George

              I’d feel more confident if I hadn’t believed Gallup during the elections only to dsicover that they were consistently dead wrong.

              Of all major polling organisations, Gallup got the result most spectacularly wrong – with Romney ahead.

              http://www.math.umb.edu/~aleising/M125/GallupPoll_WhatWentWrong.pdf
              Note:  opens a PDF

              • Gelston

                George Carlin (1937-2008)

                "I’ve got this real moron thing I do. It’s called thinking. And I’m
                not really a good American because I like to form my own opinions. I
                don’t just roll over when I’m told to. Sad to say, most Americans just
                roll over on command. Not me. I have certain rules I live by. My first
                rule, I don’t believe anything the government tells me."

            • bucky321

              51% would not believe you

            • jerseymark

              Hey – if we all drop out of the work force, unemployment would be zero. Is that clear enough to pin point how ridiculous the quoted numbers are, especially when the same report uses more realistic criteria and shows a much higher number. Let’s hear it for our fraud media. 

            • senator20526

               Doc…you are so right….Figures don’t lie….but liars do…..go figure..

          • fb274

             The 540,000 mentioned on Drudge are the ones who no longer qualify for unemployment compensation.  Not to individuals who are just retiring or leaving employment of their own volition.
            Also noted in another article that 73% of the 146,000 jobs in November were government jobs.

    • narciso
      • Gelston

        moved.

    • Polarbearpapa

      Why the Govmt. of course…they are there for your good…..and would never lie to you …..

  • jester2939

    Wow, Mary Beth! That’s a lot of stuff to look at, lol! You’ve been busy this morning :-D

    • http://conservatives4palin.com/ Mary Beth House

       I thought folks would like some conversation starters. :D

      • atl1rds

        This post is off topic and I am looking for some information.  I just received a survey from a group calling themselves American Conservative Union.  Reading through the questions it seemed that some of the questions were suspect and that the request for a donation at the end  only made it appear more so. The survey was titled Don’t Drop Fox News.
        Could you or someone you know tell me what is known about this group?   Thanks

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8

    "All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the
    will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be
    rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal
    rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be
    oppression."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • wodiej

    “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

  • Polarbearpapa

    Shortly
    after the attack on December 7, 1941 and America’s entry in to the war,
    one of the first and the most classic World War Two patriotic songs was
    written by Don Reid and music by Reid and Sammy Kaye.

    The song, "Remember Pearl Harbor"; described as a "March with spirit",
    was based on the popular saying of the day and became an instant hit
    with the public. It was played by every radio station and
    enthusiasticaly sung at every social, family and religious gatherings
    across the country.

    "Remember Pearl Harbor", the song and the saying, went in to history as
    the quintessential slogan and battle cry of World War II.

    The Song

    History – in every century,
    records an act that lives forevermore.
    We’ll recall – as in to line we fall,
    the thing that happened on Hawaii’s shore.

    Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR -
    As we go to meet the foe -
    Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
    As we did the Alamo.

    We will always remember -
    how they died for liberty,
    Let’s REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
    and go on to victory.

    http://my.execpc.com/~dschaaf/songnew.html

  • stlouisix

    Remember Pearl Harbor on this Dec. 7, 2012 A.D.

    In particular, remember what those who gave the last full measure of devotion for America fought and died for on that day, an American ideal that is being summarily trashed by the morally challenged, communists all, who now infest our country, and who must be eradicated if the deaths of those on that fateful infamous Sunday in Hawaii, and all those who have fought and died in America’s wars throughout history are not rendered to have been in vain!

    Thank you for your Service, you brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Merchant Mariners.

    REAL AMERICANS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND HONOR YOU!

  • wodiej
  • c4pfan

    Anyone else totally confused with the unemployment numbers?  Most of it was due to people quit looking for work?  So, how the heck are they living? 

    • Betsey_Ross

      Off of all the tax paying Americans that do have jobs.  It makes me laugh when Obama wants to tax the rich because he still isn’t going to have to enough money to throw around like he has been.  So all of a sudden you are going to find  yourself being in that 2% category.  Wheee!  We’re all rich!!!!  Yay!!!! 

    • StacyDrake

      Welfare 

      • GeraldGoff

        some are also on retirement.

    • golfmom3

      Disability.  See the Barone article on the C4P home page. My husband sees it all the time: 55-65 y.o., laid off, can’t find a job, moderately overweight, smokes, back hurts, no hope — wants disability now before unemployment check disappears.

    • senator20526

       How do they know they quit looking for work?  No one called me..

  • Christopher H Fromme

    From morning talk-show  Rose Tennat who sometimes fills in for Hannity went on a rant she was so happy that Fox has taken Rove & Morris off the air plus she trash Karl Rove for going after Sarah as far back as 2008 and included the dribble he said in 2011..    Allies was not happy with Karl Rove on election night/  

  • cheers2all

    It would be great if Sarah gets together with West, DeMint, Levin, Cruz and other like minded conservatives and begin a push to take the country back from Obama and the Left.

    Also, many in the media are headlining her apologizing for calling the GOP in Congress wusess, after she said on Hannity, "Well I guess I shouldn’t call politicians names, so I apologize for calling the wobbly ones wusses,".

    The problem with this is, is that she didn’t apologize, but used sarcasm to describe them, and their inability to deal with Obama and the Dems.

    She should respond with a post on her FG. Ignoring it will perpetuate another lie about her.

  • stlouisix

    Violence Against Christians Moves Nigeria to No. 7 on List of Terror-Affected Nations
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/violence-against-christians-moves-nigeria-no-7-list-terror-affected-nations

    Where is the Imam Obama speaking out against violence against Christians by the radical Islamists whom he supports? His silence along with that of the continued silence of the Islamist leaders betrays that the "religion of peace" is a fraud that cares about nothing other than totalitarian control of the masses under forced Shariah law with the Christians burying their dead amidst the ashes of their burned Churches!

  • technopeasant

    Ten aspects of THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS that members on our side would rather not address but instead ignore, condemn or disagree with:

    1) An attitude that adults don’t change, their attitudes are fixed, and no matter what they do they are "locked into" their life or lifestyle. Thus it is a fruitless exercise to pursue more happiness.

    This is expressed so well by Henry Francis in Mad Men (who happens to be a liberal Republican):

    "There is no fresh start. Lives carry on." 

    2) That survival in America based on government largesse is equivalent to the pursuit of happiness.

    By embracing "the politics of survival" rather than the "the politics of aspiration" our side will keep losing elections.

    3) Not advocating THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS for fear of being out of step with dysfunctional people or depressing personalities.

    Believing our side can tap into a market where the chance of success is extremely limited

    4) In the words of Don Draper of Mad Men, belief by some people wrongly believing that the solution to all problems is "to look under the hood and see what’s wrong."

    Instead of promoting the idea that little is wrong with America that THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (a new car) will not cure.

    5) The PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS involves failure along the way.

    Unfortunately too many politicians on our side don’t want to be associated with the idea of individual failure or setbacks even if it is on the periphery. If America fails it is totally a collective failure based on political agendas and feel if they call attention to individual failure it might be construed as insulting and demeaning voters.

    6) That the individual problems people have is directly related to them not pursuing happiness. Politicians don’t want to suggest voters have the capability of digging out of the hole they have dug for themselves. Instead they want to ignore the depth of the hole they have dug for themselves and only want to keep them from digging any further rather than to give them a springboard for them to leave the hole they are wallowing in.

    7) Afraid the politics of envy or jealousy will arise towards those Americans perceived as happier, more fulfiiled or more successful. Why stir the pot by celebrating these qualities? Instead ignore the idea and left the Left have a field day with "class envy" and "class warfare" and refuse to stand four-square with the angels who without apology PURSUE THEIR OWN HAPPINESS.

    8) The PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUAL HAPPINESS is most often undermined or opposed by government as they seek to condemn one’s decision (selfishness), attack it based on the premise that if the collective is not happy, individuals don’t deserve to be happy either (unworthy), or deride the positive results of one’s pursuit (guilt).

    Our side rarely stands up against Leftists creating or fostering UNHAPPINESS and then feasting on it as time marches on. As a result HAPPY people are not well represented by either party.

    9) The idea by Don Draper of Mad Men that "a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK" is paramount in understanding the parameters needed to pursue individual happiness. In other words while you pursue happiness the worse thing you can do is to constantly look over your shoulder or in the rearview mirror and question everything you are doing. In Draper’s words, "Happiness is freedom from fear."

    The products on the billboard represents tangible dreams and goals, needs and desires that need to be nurtured. And one finds happiness in realizing that one is not doing anything wrong by attempting to own these products, which you believe will bring you happiness.

    The union of personal initiative, free enterprise, getting ahead, and pursuing happiness for most of America’s history was a given.

    Our side now eschews this union and allows the Left to present its own counterprogramming virtually unopposed.

    10) The Left see HAPPINESS as a final destination (Marxist Utopianism) and our side has not offered voters a modern alternative and challenged the premise.

    Instead our side no longer sees THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS as an exciting lifelong journey, that challenges one to a great degree and no longer celebrates maximizing personal initative, energy and passion and holding it in high esteem but instead like the Left downplays the INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and implicitly treats the concept as a nuisance that right-wing politicians need to appeal to during election campaigns to get elected but really don’t believe in.

    It is so much easier for our side to run on DESTINATION politics than JOURNEY politics but in the final analysis, the Left always wins these types of elections. The Left is much better at sugarcoating the destination than we are and make their destination way more appealing. After all they have Hollywood, the culture, the Zeitgeist and the media on their side.

    • jerseymark

      As I wrote before, the question to be asked should be "Are you happier today than you were four (or eight) years ago?" rather than "Are you better off to day?" "Better off" tends to focus narrowly on economics whereas "Happier" takes in all aspects of life and can reflect cultural issues, etc.

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent list of Gov.Palin’s accomplishments.

    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/

    ——-

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2012-accomplishments/
    ——-

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2011-accomplishments/
    ——-

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2010-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2009-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/gubernatorial-accomplishments-2006-2008/
    ——–

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-accomplishments-2003-2004/
    ——–

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-mayor-1996-2002-2/
    ——–

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-city-council-1992-1996-2/
    ——–

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/ktuu-sportscasting/
    ——–

    Commercial Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/commercial-fishing-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Athletic Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/athletic-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/hunting-and-subsistence-fishing-accomplishments/
    ——–

    Marriage and Family
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/marriage-family/

    • blueniner

      Thanks for that Z…..

      • ZH100

         You are welcome,blueniner.

  • conservativemama

    Patience.  Knowing when your time has come.  Having the grace to step aside and knowing when to engage.  I think this quality might be Gov. Palin’s greatest strength.

    When I look back to 2008 and reflect on what’s happened since, I wonder did Palin see this, did she know or did she just believe that things would play out as they have?  We wanted to see her back in the game as a candidate in 2012, but perhaps she always knew that was too early.  Perhaps she’s known all along that much had to happen before she would step back into the game.

    Patience led her to step out of the direct line of fire.  First by resigning the governorship and then by not entereing the 2012 race.  Instead, we’re watching the poison in our government and politics get drawn out.  The left is in full crazy mode and in charge.  They’re leading us to financial ruin.  But what we’re also witnessing is the unmasking of the RINOs, those Republicans who’ve been masquerading as conservatives since Reagan left D.C.  Patience has led to clarity.  With every passing day we get a clearer picture of what’s wrong in this country and the people who are ruining us with their horrific decisions.  Everytime I hear talk of crony capitalism I know that without Palin we wouldn’t be hearing that term.  She’s making moves, highlighting people and ideas, influencing the national conversation.  She was one of the first to highlight the corruption of the political consultants.  Now it’s a topic that others are discussing.

    DeMint leaving is a good thing.  Perhaps he sees, as Palin saw, that you can effect change without holding an elected office.  Perhaps he knows where he’s most needed right now.  I feel as though he, like Palin, are making their moves on a giant chessboard, playing a long game.

    Palin’s time will come, but she has the patience to wait for the right time.  She knows that Obama and the RINOs and the consultants are being exposed, and the American people will soon be looking for real change.

    We’ll be ready.

    • Freempg

      Patience can also be a vice, waiting for the right time which may never come. But then again, persistence can likewise be a vice, continuing to bang one’s head against the wall is not a good thing. I hope you’re right c-mama

      • conservativemama

        I hope so too.  I think those of us here operate on lots of hope.

        • Freempg

          Hopefully not false hope. Although that may be better than no hope at all.

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