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Even Democrat Party pollster James Carville’s company found that the NRA’s net favorability exceeded that of gay marriage, Barack Obama, and the Democrat Party as of late October 2012. In fact, the organization even held a net favorability rating with what the Democrat Party often refers to as the "rising American electorate."

The Governor shares her thoughts on Facebook.

Mary Beth’s tweet was posted on Twitchy.

The media, including Fox News, pretty much made complete fools of themselves by initially identifying the shooter’s brother as the actual shooter.



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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

  • 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/

  • wodiej

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".
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    From "Going Rogue":  

    "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

    My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

    It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

    I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
    Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

    Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

    • Audrey_I

      The corrupt mainstream media will always push a false narrative when it comes to Sarah Palin.  It is important to recognize this and find ways to provide an alternative to the mainstream media and work towards marginalizing it. 

      The mainstream media derives its power from low information voters who do not spend the time to acquaint themselves with the issues. 

  • ZH100

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

    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/

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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2012-accomplishments/
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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2011-accomplishments/
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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments
    us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2010-accomplishments/
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    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/master-list-of-governor-palins-2009-accomplishments/
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    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/gubernatorial-accomplishments-2006-2008/
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    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-accomplishments-2003-2004/
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    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-mayor-1996-2002-2/
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    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/wasilla-city-council-1992-1996-2/
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    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/ktuu-sportscasting/
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    Commercial Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/commercial-fishing-accomplishments/
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    Athletic Accomplishments
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/athletic-accomplishments/
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    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/hunting-and-subsistence-fishing-accomplishments/
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    Marriage and Family
    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/marriage-family/

  • 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/

  • smbren

    Gang, I have a question: Is anybody getting links on their FB page from "recent articles about Sarah Palin" ? As if you friended them? The last two days I have, they are very negative articles that I will not link on. I can read the caption highlighted, and it says : Sarah Palin, failed VP candidate of 2008, and then begin the story..I do not hit the more button to read on. The problem is this, it is her photo in the corner, the same photo of her Facebook, but I cannot remove it? It comes up like any other notification that you get on Facebook. Any thoughts? Can anyone tell me how to delete it? and… could one of my "friends" be sending me this crap without my knowledge?

    • wodiej

      yes I have.  Go unlike your Sarah Palin page and then re-like to see if that works.  One article was linked to a tabloid called the Examiner. I was not happy.

  • ZH100

    Gov.Palin has been an avid reader since an early age.
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    From "Going Rogue":

    "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me-poetry by Ogden Nash and the Alaska writer Robert Service, along with snippets of prose.

    She would quote biblical proverbs and ask me to tell her what I thought. She found clever ways to encourage my love of the written word-by reading cookbooks, and jokes out of Reader’s Digest together, and writing letters to grandparents. My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with out mother, who we all thought ranked somewhere up there with the female saints.

    When the VFW announced that I won a plaque in its annual flag poetry contest for my third-grade poem about Betsy Ross, Mom treated me like the new Emily Dickinson. Years later, when I won that patriotic group’s annual college scholarship, she was just as proud.

    My appetite for books connected my school reacher father and me, too. For my tenth birthday, his parents sent me The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Dad read it to us at night, I appreciate that now even more, realizing he spent all day teaching elementary school science and coaching high schoolers and then came home no doubt a bit tired of kids".
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    Wes Vernon has written an excellent review of America by Heart for the Washington Times. He wrote this in his review:

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin has read the writings of such intellectual giants as Milton Friedman, Alexis de Tocqueville and Whittaker Chambers and such historical leaders as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

    In “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag,” she cites the published letters between John and Abigail Adams in this nation’s infancy as well as the speech of Calvin Coolidge (probably one of America’s most underrated presidents) on the occasion of this nation’s 150th birthday."

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/28/what-palin-believes-and-why/

  • ZH100

    c4pfan posted this nice video; this video deserves a repost.
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    Puppy Christmas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qSlFu4cy3o&feature=youtu.be 

    • wodiej

      Oh my gosh…that is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  Lol….I love dogs anyway.  Thank you for an early Christmas gift.  

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, wodiej

    • LibertyLass

      Ohhhhh that’s so sweet, we’re going through this right now.  Pup so busy and into everything! 

    • jester2939

      Too CUTE!!

  • section9

    For all of its shortcomings, I think FNC did the best of all the nets yesterday. Palin showed wise restraint by staying off the tube and letting the President take the lead in commenting about the tragedy, to the extent that he did.

    • palin45potus

      Probably because Sarah’s first reaction isn’t to use a tragedy for her own political gain.

      She sure stands apart from the rest of them.  No wonder she doesn’t much like politicians.

    • freeperjim

      Comrade Ozero’s fake tears was reminiscent of Bubba Clinton’s fake tears at Ron Brown funeral. 

  • wisetrog

    I watched the reporting about the tragedy on Australian television and the Australian presenter talked to some lawyer and tried to get him to bash NRA. When he wouldn’t she launched her bash herself. Then she was joined by a "human rights lawyer" who instead of commenting about the tragedy instead started talking about what a great rhetorician BO was and how unlike Clinton’s second term, BO’s was going to be a dawn of a golden age. I was shaking heads like I was in an alternate reality.

  • palin45potus

    The eagerness of the control freaks to take advantage of the horrible tragedy in Connecticut makes me very angry with their lack of empathy, well-disguised behind their "Concern"

    Mayor Bloomberg is the topper but he speaks for a whole lot of these control freaks who won’t be happy until you live like a guinea pig. Boston Mayor Menino also wants to take action while everyone is in shock.

    breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/14/Bloomberg-politicizes-shooting

    BLOOMBERG: OBAMA MUST TAKE ‘IMMEDIATE ACTION’ AGAINST GUNS

    breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/14/Menino-gun-control

    BOSTON MAYOR MENINO: TIME FOR ‘NATIONAL POLICY ON GUNS’

  • technopeasant

    Yesterday I pointed out that Rex Ryan had committed a major strategy error akin to the Allies telling the Nazis they were not going to be landing at Calais on D-Day by telling the world Tim Tebow would not be running any wildcat plays during the game on Monday against the Tennessee Titans.

    Well 24 hours late Ryan reverses course and now indicates Tebow may be used in some wildcat packages. Don’t tell me that this wasn’t a political decision and a major reversal of course based on the perception that Ryan was an idiot for "letting the cat out of the bag" and giving the opposition an advantage based on a major unforced error.

  • Ceejay

    Good morning..

    This is getting sick……….  Fox News’ Steven Crowder places wife under armed guard after ‘severe’ threats http://nblo.gs/FXDrL 

    Prayers for those in CT, innocent lives were lost and families will be forever changed.

  • technopeasant

    10 reasons why politics and sports (or competitive contests) have so much in common:

    1) The idea of a favorite and what the underdog needs to do to pull the upset

    2) The strategy employed dictates more often than not OUTCOME

    3) Performance and execution more often than not determine PERCEPTION

    4) Both are "games" of mistakes which often determine who has the best chance to win.

    5) Both arenas rely a lot on statistics against the opposition to monitor progress or lack of progress

    6) It’s more often than not "a game of matchups". ( a key reason why I always thought Obama had the edge over Romney)

    7) Both arenas must factor in "the intangible" or the unexpected

    8) In team sports or politics, the quality of the ORGANIZATION can determine whether the entity is consistently successful or consigned to be the eptiome of mediocrity

    9) The idea of the old war horse vs. the emergence of the young upstart and the role experience vs. youthful energy has to play in which idea dominates the stage.

    10) The idea of how and why dynasties are created and sustained and conversely why certain teams or groups continually fall by the wayside or seldom raise their game to the level needed to "understand how to win."

    i know many of you were annoyed with my boxing analogy about Mitt Romney, but think about it: When a challenger enters the proverbial ring not intent on knocking out the champion with the absence of  a super-aggressive attack over the course of the fight but insteads relies on the judges to determine whether he wins or loses, one is leaving too much up to chance, especially in light of the fact that the champion usually has an edge anyway when entering the ring to defend his belt based on past performance. In other words to beat the champ, you need to prove to the world you have decisively beaten him. And imho Mitt Romney never proved that over the course of this past election season. 

    And finally remember my prediction 18 months before the election that Romney would never get over 50% in a head to head matchup against Obama with either Rasmussen or Gallup. Except for one day with Rasmussen, my prediction was correct. 

    • Audrey_I

      Romney ran a lackluster campaign.  Romney and his advisers rejected the Conservative base of the Republican Party, Tea Party Members, Sarah Palin and Conservative Christians.  There was no passion.  Romney refused to defend himself when those in the Obama campaign called him a murderer, tax evader and thief.  Obama did not have a record to run on and Romney never attacked Obama on his dismal job performance.

      There was no passion in the Romney Campaign.  The most important thing the Stupid Republicans must realize is that American Journalism is Dead.  The Mainstream media adores Obama like the German media in the 1930′s adored Adolph Hitler.  If conservatives ever hope to reverse the socialist-progressive direction that America is moving, they must develop an alternative to the mainstream media and find ways to neutralize and hopefully marginalize it out of existence.  The best thing that could happen to American Journalism is for the New York Times to fold and go out of business.  

  • freeperjim

    Which sign will best prevent another evil act?

    http://i48.tinypic.com/jl5m4g.jpg

  • jerseymark

    I am beginning to think that we have passed the tipping point and its all down hill from here UNLESS God intervenes with a Holy Spirit revival bigger than the one 100 years ago. The World senses and is starting to believe our weakness which will only become more obvious under Obama and the collapse of Europe which can only spell international anarchy and major problems for Israel and the U.S.. Our society is coming apart at the seams as the divide between the Blue and Red states gets bigger with each action undertaken by the Obama Administration. Gun sales have blasted all previous reconds and Obamacare is in the process of destroying our economy. This could well lead to a serious breakup of this nation along the Blue/Red divide and the military will not act to stop it as happened 150 years ago. The secessionist resolutions are not looked upon seriously at this time but once the idea is thrown out there, it will grow as more and more people in the Red States begin to consider the possibility. 

    • Audrey_I

      Obama is the great divider.  Dinesh D’Souza has it correct in his books and his movie, "America 2016″.

    • hrandym

      All due respects to your post: I understand where you are coming from. 
      No worries, but let’s keep the US military out of it.  We don’t want our
      sons and daughters being commanded to conquer us.  Let’s hope the
      States use their National Guard only to maintain law and order should
      the need arise.

      The event you refer to of 150 years ago was a tragedy as well.  The South did not want to secede, but an oppressive Federal Government insisted on imposing excessive tariffs on trade between the South and Europe.  The Fed garnered huge sums from the tariffs on goods produced in the South and traded internationally.  That war could have easily been prevented, as well as the secession.  But the Federal Government wouldn’t budge (follow the money), even as emissaries were sent from the South but were turned back by . . . Lincoln, THE GREAT DIVIDER of his time.  Note that even though slavery was a matter before the war, it was not the CAUSE of the war: the famous (infamous) Emancipation Proclamation (EP) was not issued until 1863, after the war was well under way.  Any serious historian would admit that slavery was at least as unpopular in the South as the North.  Most Southerners did not own slaves.  There were more Northern slaveholders than Southern, albeit with fewer slaves per owner.  The EP was issued to obscure the tax issue and color the war as a moral issue, and it only freed slaves in the South.  In my opinion, the EP was one of the first playings of the ‘race card’.  The devastation following the war was a tragedy enjoyed only in the South.  It was a bonanza to Northern entrepreneurs who came in to enjoy the spoils.

      Check some of the history books not cooked in selective history.  Remember human nature, and remember politics.  Little changes over the aeons.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

        One of the principal causes of the Civil War was that the economy of the Northern States was based in the emerging industrial revolution reflecting manufacturing of all types of consumer goods, especially textiles.  These new burgeoning factories and the towns in the North they supported required cheap raw materials to boost profits–especially cotton.  

        The economy of the Southern States was based in agriculture.  King Cotton.  And tobacco and other crops.  Much of it was transported North to feed the factories, jobs, and prosperity of Northern entrepreneurs.

        Cotton was cheap.  The Southerners looked across the Atlantic to European markets which couldn’t get enough cotton for their factories–especially in England–and where prices were a lot higher.  The Southerners looked to export their cotton for higher prices than the Northerners wanted to pay.

        One problem.   The Northern States had the votes in Congress.  The Northern Crony Capitalists of the time imposed stiff, painful tariffs on Southern raw material exporters that made it more expensive to ship to the factories of England than to the Yankee manufacturers in  Lowell, Mass.  The Southerners seethed under this Constitutional tyranny squeezing them to death.

        Slavery was on its way out.  Even George Washington was wondering how he could end the practice on his Mt. Vernon estate at the turn of the 19th century.  Mt. Vernon operated at a loss for the last 12 years of Washington’s ownership.  Washington eyed the slave free profitable Pennsylvania model of agriculture as the future of his operations.  In fact, he was one of the first Virginia planters to give up labor intensive tobacco in favor of Wheat production.  Maintaining a large slave workforce was expensive.  How did Washington avoid growing broke running a losing  slave operated plantation?  He had 60,000 acres of land in Ohio that he collected rents on from veterans of the French and Indian War and other westward moving pioneers.  No slaves.  Profit.

        Hiring starving Irish workers and other displaced European labor for less than slave wages was far more profitable than owning slaves. Didn’t have to cloth, house or feed free dirt poor  Irishmen.  You just worked them to death for a dollar a week.  

         The moral and fiscal realities of slavery combined to doom it eventually in the South as machinery and technology replaced the need for many hands and backs.   The most fervent slave holders were in the Rice plantations of the South where the technology remained crude and the industry remained stubbornly dependent on back breaking manual labor under man and woman killing conditions. 

        The slavery issue that embroiled Lincoln and the rest of the country was the question of extending it west to the new states beyond the Mississippi.  Representation in Congress.  The Northern States liked the fact that they outvoted the South and had their resources pinned down.  They wanted to keep it that way.  The Southern States felt electing Lincoln would seal the deal on Slave state representation in Congress, their economic fate and way of life and result in everlasting tyranny.  The Civil War broke out shortly after Lincoln was elected in Nov. 1860.  

        Secession resulted from a combination of economic and social/religious conflicts.  It took a long time to develop.  Government overreach in both the economic and social/religious moral spheres pushed the issue to the breaking point.

        The underlying issue for Obama and the Marxists now running the D.S. is that one very large part of America (49%) feels oppressed by the corruption and oppression of the central Government in Washington, DC.  They have a narrow majority of power much like the Yankees of 1860.  And they are using it much like the Yankees of 1860.

        Today we face a similar, though not identical, problem in the Divided States of America.  The secessionist sentiment is likely to grow stronger as the oppressive Marxist government seeks to re-distribute more of the Nation’s wealth from the Red State constituency to the Blue State constituency by means of the tax code, tariffs, penal codes, regulations and corrupt crony capitalism.  They have the votes in Congress– almost.  The Marxist Blue States like it that way.  They have the makers of wealth pinned down just as in 1860.  It is not simply a geographical divide on a map.  It is philosophy of government divide in the heart and soul.   Us and them.  Same as in 1860.  Different Us and different Them. Different divisive issues.  

        Race/Class/Gender/Religion.  Perhaps even deeper divisive issues in real terms than slavery itself.  

        Like the election of Lincoln in 1860 the re-election of Obama in 2012 has sealed the deal for many Americans who see their economic well being and way of life threatened by a force they can no longer control or reason with in Washington, DC.  

        History doesn’t repeat itself but it rhymes.  

        • hrandym

           Thank you so much for the enlightenment.  From what little I know of history, your information is very accurate.  Follow the money.  Please let me add that Lee and Jackson would never have fought to sustain slavery.  Lee was the executor of Washington’s estate (Custis’ estate at the time) and freed the remaining slaves, but not without placing them where they could sustain themselves.  Jackson taught slave children in his spare time as professor at Virginia Military Institute.  Lee and Jackson fought for Virginia and State’s Rights, a matter of equal concern today.

          Thank you again for your very informative contribution.

        • hrandym

           True history is an elusive quest.  If we could only give honest presentations to students that recognize the different opinions that have shaped the recording of history.  We and our progeny could learn much if history were taught using opposing sources.  That would allow for individual analysis of events and promote the thinking process.  It would be most enlightening.

          Thank you again.

  • SusanWo4p

    I have been reading the UK Daily Mail for information about yesterday’s tragedy.
     
    They have named the first two victims (2 little six year old girls) and some of the adult who were killed.  Among them a young teacher who threw her body on top of her students to protect them.
     
    Very touching to read about how the teachers helped the children as the tragedy was unfolding (one teacher gathered all the students in a closet and spoke prayers over them.)
     
    Lots of pictures of folks pouring into the local churches to pray…
     
    The prayer/church images, will probably be blacked out by our Media here, but if you go to the Daily Mail you can find them:
     
     http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

  • palin45potus

    It seems self-evident that if what you are doing isn’t working, you examine what you are doing wrong, compare it to others who ARE successful, and make the necessary changes.

    If you are successful, you don’t rest on your laurels, but you do stick by the fundamental elements of your success.

    This idea applies to sports, business, politics, pursuit of love, whatever.

    Example:  The New England Patriots were an ongoing comedy act through most of their history from 1960 until Bob Kraft bought them in early 1994 before they were almost moved to St Louis.  They had just finished a brutal 5 year stretch in which they went 19-61.  That means they went an average of 4-12 for those 5 years.

    Since then, they have had 3 Head Coaches and 2 starting QB’s.  Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick have coached, and Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady have QB’ed.

    And since 2001, assuming they finish this year at 12-4 would mean that they’ve been finishing an average of 12-4 every year for the past 12 years.

    They have been to the SB 6 times and won 3, and from the looks of it, they have as good a shot this year as anyone else. They have been to the playoffs 15 times in 19 years now.

    This all starts with stability in the key positions.

    (If this all seems self apparent, why are there so many teams who can’t seem to grasp the concept?)

    So, to apply this idea to politics, when your team is getting drubbed election after election, and even when you "win" it’s with no mandate or ideological center to rally around, the results are what we see in todays GOP.  A party bereft of coherent ideas, confidence in itself, and with nothing to offer but to play Pepsi to the Dem’s Coke.

    So why in the world would the GOP decide to disavow Sarah Palin after she led the GOP to it’s biggest wins in several decades, with a message that was a proven winner, and had the additional bonus of being morally sound and ideologically coherent?

    • StandProudNow

      Houston,  we have a problem.

    • Audrey_I

      The Republican Establishment, all of their inside the Beltway advisers and their stupid pandering to a news media that consists of leftist ideologues has ruined the Republican Party. 

      • palin45potus

        In other words, the GOP is happy to finish 4-12 every year

        • Audrey_I

          The Republican Establishment and the Democrats make up the Ruling Class.  There are many benefits to go along with being in the Ruling Class such as crony capitalism and using the taxation, regulatory and spending power of the Federal Government to enrich themselves and maintain power.

          There are those in the Republican Party Establishment who enjoy their minority status as long as they can get reelected.

          The Republican Establishment see the Tea Party and Sarah Palin as a threat to their status quo.

          • palin45potus

            The Washington Generals are paid very well to lose to the Harlem Globetrotters

  • StandProudNow

    Gun facts and statistics :http://www.gunblast.com/Gun_Facts.htm
    Very illuminating.

    (Disclaimer, I did not check all their sources.)

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