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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.


    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.

  • Pete Petretich

    Where was Mitt Romney on the "Plan B" debacle?

    Did he emerge from one of his homes to rally the troops and try to get it passed?

    If not, why not? Doesn’t he care about the future of the GOP majority?

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.

    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

    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)

    Sarah Palin Outside Fox News

    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.

    Alaska Journey via ANWR & Valdez

    The Wardrobe Saga

  • ZH100

    Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

    "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

    What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

    They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance.

    They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
    The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

    And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

    Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

    My question to the critics: How is that commentary lacking in intellect?  How do you find her active leadership role in these important debates to be unpresidential?"

  • 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."

  • ZH100

    Wes Vernon has written an excellent review of America by Heart for the Washington Times. (December ,2010)

    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."

  • 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."

  • wodiej

    "Now godliness with contentment is great gain."  1 Timothy 6:6

  • wodiej

    Christmas is for Love

    Christmas is for love.  It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for reuniting with family and friends, for tinsel and brightly decorated packages.  But mostly, Christmas is for love.  I had not believed this until a small elf-like student with wide-eyed innocent eyes and soft rosy cheeks gave me a wondrous gift one Christmas.Mark was an 11-year-old orphan who lived with his aunt, a bitter middle-aged woman greatly annoyed with the burden of caring for her dead sister’s son.  She never failed to remind young Mark, if it hadn’t been for her generosity, he would be a vagrant, homeless waif.  Still, with all the scolding and chilliness at home, he was a sweet and gentle child.I had not noticed Mark particularly until he began staying after class each day (at the risk of arousing his aunt’s anger, I later found) to help me straighten up the room.  We did this quietly and comfortably, not speaking much, but enjoying the solitude of that hour of the day.  When we did talk, Mark spoke mostly of his mother.  Though he was quite small when she died, he remembered a kind, gentle, loving woman, who always spent much time with him.As Christmas drew near however, Mark failed to stay after school each day.  I looked forward to his coming, and when the days passed and he continued to scamper hurriedly from the room after class, I stopped him one afternoon and asked why he no longer helped me in the room.  I told him how I had missed him, and his large gray eyes lit up eagerly as he replied, "Did you really miss me?"I explained how he had been my best helper.  "I was making you a surprise," he whispered confidentially.  "It’s for Christmas."  With that, he became embarrassed and dashed from the room.  He didn’t stay after school any more after that.Finally came the last school day before Christmas.  Mark crept slowly into the room late that afternoon with his hands concealing something behind his back.  "I have your present," he said timidly when I looked up.  "I hope you like it."  He held out his hands, and there lying in his small palms was a tiny wooden box."Its beautiful, Mark.  Is there something in it?"  I asked opening the top to look inside. ""Oh you can’t see what’s in it," he replied, "and you can’t touch it, or taste it or feel it, but mother always said it makes you feel good all the time, warm on cold nights, and safe when you’re all alone."I gazed into the empty box.  "What is it Mark," I asked gently, "that will make me feel so good?"  "It’s love," he whispered softly, "and mother always said it’s best when you give it away."  And he turned and quietly left the room.So now I keep a small box crudely made of scraps of wood on the piano in my living room and only smile as inquiring friends raise quizzical eyebrows when I explain to them that there is love in it.Yes, Christmas is for gaiety, mirth and song, for good and wondrous gifts. But mostly, Christmas is for love.

    • Audrey_I

      Your story about Mark brought tears to my eyes.  Thanks for wonderful Christmas message. 

  • wodiej

    ?"A Prayer of Gratitude-and so we pray:

    Thank you God for helping us to remember
    the blessing you gave to us in the moment of our creation

    We celebrate the fact that this blessing is as real now as it was then
    Nothing has changed. We are your children and as your children, we abide in the safe harbor of your love now and for all time.

    This is the gift eternal, from you to us
    And so it is.Amen"

  • ZH100

     Gov. Palin was the catalyst for the takeover of the House , twice as many Governships and lopsided Gop Statehouses during the 2010 election.

    ‘2010 Elections: The Palin Effect ‘ (By: bbila ,2010)

    From the article:

    "With that being said, Palin’s 71% endorsement success rate thus far—52 wins out of 73 declared races featuring Palin-endorsed candidates (eight additional races are undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4)—is impressive, especially considering that she embraced a number of underdogs in traditionally blue states.

    Of particular importance is the fact that eighteen of the twenty candidates backed in Palin’s Take Back the 20 initiative have won their races (one race is undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4). That’s a 90% success rate.

    When Mediaite, CBS, and NBC—despite some incomplete stats—are all in agreement that Palin had a great night, it just may be one for the books."

  • chuckjr

    Merry Christmas to all of you C4Pers… I appreciate all of the passion you guys exude. You’re well-informed, and I always learn something new when I check in to this site. There are a lot of people out there that follow this blog and never chime in… I hope you know that. So, keep up the great dialogue. You’re making a difference.

    Chuck, Jr.

    • celestiallady

      Merry Christmas to you and all the family. May the New year bring good things to all of us.

      • Guest

        Good Morning  C !  

        Merry Christmas to you and your family!


    • palin45potus

      Merry Christmas to you and your Family.  Thanks for checking in from time to time as well.

    • Freempg

      Same to you and yours, Chuck. You keep up the goood work, too. Thanks for the ecouragement. This is indeed a great site. It’s like being among brothers and sisters, squabbles and all — speaking of sisters, please pass on a Christmas greeting to the Governor and her family. Better days ahead!

    • Pete Petretich

      Thanks, Chuck! We love the pictures of your little cutie pie.

      Btw, I have a feeling that Santa’s bringing me a copy of your book…

    • Ceejay

      Thank you Chuck and to your whole family for all that you do!  C4P is my go to site and we have alot of great people who care about our country and each other. At times we have good debates on here, but that is what its all about.

      Happiness and health to the Heath/Palin families for 2013! 

      God Bless!

    • TexS2012

      Merry Christmas to you and the family Chuck. I’m really enjoying the view from your Porch!

    • ZH100

      Thank you Chuck. Merry Christmas to you and all the family!

    • Guest

       Happy Christmas Chuck Jr. to you and your wonderful family. Love the porch!

    • c4pfan

      Thanks & you too!  Give a big hug for Sophia for me.  She’s so cute!  I hope you show us her Christmas dress.

    • William Legge

      How true, I’m here everyday but rarely say a lot, but I’m very busy defending the Gov at other sites, or just speaking truth where it is so desperately lacking. God bless you all and have wonderful Christmas.

    • Jean_A

      Right on, I am still here everyday but hardly chime in.Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • blueniner

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family. Everyone here at C4P wishes the Palin/Heath families the best.

    • RomanBarbarian

      Merry Christmas to you and all your dear ones, Chuck! We love you all so much!
      Maybe Sarah follows this blog and does not chime in? I hope she knows how much we love her, believe in her and her love for this country. I hope she knows that we firmly believe that she is the only one that can restore the greatness of America and bring back hope to the world. It is bigger than us, Chuck, but we have to do something to stop the destruction of our dear moral values, of the Constitution so badly trashed these days. I, and I think I can say that all of us at C4P agree, see only Sarah capable of the task.
      I pray everyday that God gives Sarah the strength to step out and run. Sarah just needs to know that we are her soldiers in her battle and will fight with every last ounce of energy and resource we have.
      May God continue to bless you all.
      Love and kisses to Sophia,
      P.S. You are GREAT, Chuck! A great writer, with lots of humor, sharp observations, great intuit!! Keep your writings coming!!
      Sarah Palin 2016.

    • John B. Hefmier

      Merry Christmas to you Chuck, and to the rest of the Heath brood!! :^)

    • senator20526

       Thanks Chuck…..Merry Christmas you and yours….We enjoy the Porch…keep up the good work…

    • jester2939

      Merry Christmas, Chuck!

      • barracuda43

        Merry Christmas jester. Snow is coming down. Going to be in the 20’s tonight. Very icy by morning!  

        • jester2939

          REALLY?? It just rained at our cabin in the Smokies. I’ve been without cell phone or internet service since Sunday.

          • barracuda43

            Streets are clear now but 1-2 inches of snow on the ground.

            • jester2939

              We just ran into snow south of Lexington, KY. Snow is rapidly covering the ground, so we are moving on to Louisville since the roads are supposed to get bad.

    • ConservativeCanadian

      This fall, I had the pleasure of reading "Our Sarah, Made in Alaska", and although I’m confident Governor Palin is fully capable of defending herself, it was reassuring to see a brother and a father acting so protectively.  The book provided many insights into your sister’s early influences and her character, but what was most unexpected was the glimpse into the frontier land that is Alaska.  Thank you.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Pete Petretich

    How bout that Bush Clan. Did any of them take a stand on Speaker Boehner’s "Plan B"? These are the "Bush tax cuts" which are set to expire.

    Did they watch from their family compound(s) as Boehner/ McCarthy/ Ryan walked the plank just like they watched Romney walked the plank last month?

    Do the Bushies care at all about Republicans who are not affiliated with their family network?

    • TexS2012

      Good point Pete, all is silent there for some time really makes me wonder about that even more now.

  • IndieDogg

    It would be refreshing (but not anticipated) if the responses to Newtown could have some actual relevance to Newtown.

    Lanza lived in an affluent household. His mother had all the money
    she needed and more. His father insisted on paying more in spousal
    support than he was required to, far more, including giving her the
    house. She did not need the government to provide mental health
    assistance. A mental health clinic on every corner in Newtown would not
    have prevented what happened. And, while I would like to blame her for
    being blind to her child’s potential for violence, most parents are and,
    unfortunately, there is no known test for what Adam Lanza did. No
    parent, even the most vigilant, could have imagined anyone on earth,
    much less their own child, was capable of slaughtering school children
    in a psychotic rampage. Every odd, quirky kid does not become a
    mass murderer.

    Authorities are even planning to study Lanza’s DNA to see if they can
    detect anything that might allow them to speculate about what condition
    might have caused this blatantly insane act. This is simply not simple.
    The urge is to believe we can do something. We can do something. We can
    harden targets where we can. Whatever one might think of the NRA, the
    saying is largely true, only a good guy with a gun (or a club, a knife, a
    baseball bat, some weapon capable of being delivered against the
    shooter) stops these freaks. Lanza apparently shot himself when he heard
    the sirens coming. The good guys with the guns were coming. They shoot
    themselves or someone does it for them.

    Walking the streets looking for odd looking people who might snap and
    morph into agents of mass slaughter is simply wishful thinking. And
    wishes will not stop a determined assassin.

    Nor would an assault weapon ban. Connecticut has an assault weapon ban that is comprehensive (Sec. 53-202c Connecticut Code).

    And, finally, these things do happen in other countries, whether or
    not we want to believe it. Evil like this is pervasive throughout the
    world. And it has a face. We just don’t know which face until after the

    (Unless, of course, it’s the leader of a foreign country, which simply doesn’t count if we ignore it.)

    • misterlogic0013

       not the gun / common sense = today’s reality .   good post thank you ..

    • MaMcGriz

      Well done, Dogg.

      It’s imperative this gets repeated until it sinks in.

      Lost in the cacophony of self-righteous hysteria and political exploitation this past week was the incident in Portland, where a young man with a concealed carry permit advanced on the shooter in a mall who’d already murdered innocent people and was looking for more.

      All it took was the sight of this young man’s weapon.

      I’ll go back and find the story and bring a link.

      This is where reality and sanity demand we put the focus of this big "discussion about guns" these folks insist on having.

      Edit to add:

    • ConservativeCanadian

      Appearing today in the National Post (which bills itself as Canada’s national newspaper), an article entitled "In a free society, people have the right to own guns."  It is written by George Jonas, one of this country’s better columnists, and a man who emigrated to Canada following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution:

      good people encounter evil, whether as a manifestation of human nature, they feel frustrated. It would be worse if they didn’t and took matters in their stride. It would be very unattractive if people just shrugged and said: “Well, isn’t it too bad, toddlers and teachers mowed down by some lurking lunatic! But hell, there’s nothing we can do, so what about dinner?”

      Even though doing nothing is preferable to doing the wrong thing, to do nothing after a mass murder of six-year-olds would seem unbearably callous. And that’s how it happens, in order to seem caring rather than callous to ourselves, that we end up doing the wrong thing.

      The wrong thing will be, unless wiser counsel intervenes, new
      measures of state control over firearm ownership, possibly extending to monitoring the psychiatric status of individuals or their relationships.

      Guns may become the state’s passkeys to the nation’s bedrooms. The measures to control them will reduce people’s freedom and dignity without increasing their security. What they will increase, though, is their sense of alienation.

      Consider the latest U.S. tragedy. The question to ask is: Would any gun-control measures enacted, or even proposed in free and democratic societies, have prevented it? The answer is no. The Newtown shooter used his mother’s (and first victim’s) guns. The strictest gun-control regime permits a woman with no criminal record or psychiatric history to keep non-prohibited and properly stored weapons in her home. No gun laws proposed or implemented make a parent’s gun ownership subject to a
      successful psychiatric evaluation of teenagers in the household.

      Banning guns altogether is a different story. A complete ban of
      firearms in the hands of private individuals would undoubtedly reduce gun violence, but only if strictly enforced, in conjunction with confiscation and destruction of the existing stock. It would have to be combined with draconian penalties for non-compliance. It would also have to be retroactive; for, if grandfathered, such a law would leave great quantities of weapons in private hands, changing only their legal status
      and value. This means mass-murdering maniacs would be obliged to massacre their victims with illegal weapons more often than they do now. It does not mean that they would commit fewer massacres.

      Since it takes a tyranny to implement total prohibition, it is mostly
      tyrannies that make the attempt. Not surprisingly, elimination of
      privately-held firearms significantly reduces gun-related violence in tyrannies that try it. Gun violence doesn’t vanish in these types of societies, but it becomes the monopoly of the state, along with most other things, from commerce to art. Violence, crime, even insanity are nationalized, so to speak. Ideas or acts we consider human rights, the tyrannical state diagnoses as psychiatric conditions in secular nations, or blasphemy in religious nations. In such countries, the streets are generally safe and orderly, at least until the people who have traded liberty for safety try to reverse the deal by revolution, where they risk all their safety to gain a little liberty, but usually gain only another tyrant. (For more detail, see the Arab Spring, among others.)

      Some of my friends think highly of liberty, but have little use for
      guns, and have a hard time talking about the two in the same breath. Some suggest I should take it down a notch, warning that I’ll risk not being taken seriously if I keep conflating liberty and firearms.“Why does anyone need a military assault rifle?” one friend asked.In fact, military assault rifles are prohibited weapons in most jurisdictions. They weren’t used in any of the mass shootings, and aren’t part of the debate. But the question illustrates why gun control is tied so closely to liberty.

      Strictly speaking, no one “needs” anything but a breath of air, a cup of water and a bowl of rice. The rest are individual choices we make as free human beings, if that’s what we are, instead of wards of the state. Liberty means not having to answer, explain, or justify, any of our choices to anyone.

      Why does anyone need a military assault rifle? I’ve no idea. I
      certainly don’t, but at one time I owned six motorcycles (and knew people who owned 20). I would have had no trouble explaining why I needed them, but would have highly resented having to do so. Just yesterday, I heard of a person who owns nine cats. She keeps them in her apartment, and doesn’t have to justify to me why she needs them. And if city hall thinks she does, city hall is wrong.

      Whether people collect cats, rifles, motorcycles, travel experiences or books, in a free country their “need” is fully justified by their “want.” End of story.

      But in fact guns are easier to justify than motorcycles or cats.
      Guns protect. We buy them as taxpayers for our politicians’
      bodyguards. As long as we don’t buy them for our own protection, few politicians object."

  • Audrey_I

    The following is a post by Stephen Atkinson on "Team Sarah"  The post is entitled, ‘Corruption Leads to Destruction’.

    The world didn’t end today, but some suggest the Mayans may have been a bit
    off in their prognostications. Children went to school as usual,
    fearful, yet by the end of the day, most of them had forgotten what it
    was they were supposed to be afraid of. Ah yes, just another day in
    paradise after all.

    the Liberal progressives in our midst continued on with their onslaught
    against guns and the people who own them. More calls for weapons bans,
    and magazine bans, so-called assault rifle bans primarily filled the
    news all over radio and television. Do any of you surf your way to the
    "Newsbusters" website? I do, and frankly it gives me a headache each
    time, but I have found that I am learning something very important while
    there. Liberal commentators are among the shrillest, most condescending
    people who trod the earth. Because of them and their unique styles of
    delivery, the "Divide America" beat goes on incessantly. Of course, it
    is Barack Obama himself who has perfected the divide and conquer
    strategy, the same strategy he wields on a daily basis. At this, he has
    largely succeeded in turning one half of America against the other half.
    You have to give him an A plus, for noone before him has ever attempted
    something like this, but he has triumphed where others have failed.

    For example, today, Wayne LaPierre, head of th National Rifle Association
    felt compelled to step forward to make a statement regarding the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy. He was forced into dong this precisely because of the criticism brought his way courtesy thousands of Twitter users who demanded that he and association members be"killed." I felt his remarks were sincere and for the most part, effective. The fact that he appeared awkward at times was no doubt due to the glaring light of Liberal condemnation hanging over his head. In retrospect, he may have been better off saying nothing at all. This was a definite no-win
    situation he found himself in, and only served to stoke the anger of his critics to even higher levels.

    Is there someone to blame for all this animus and name-calling? You bet
    there is, and where is that single person at this very moment? Jetting
    off to Hawaii on his taxpayer provided 4 milllion dollar vacation,
    that’s where. Do you recall Eric Holder admonishing us all that we
    were "afraid to have a dialogue on race in America?" That comment angered
    he hell out of me then, and it rings loudly in my ears to this very
    day. Today, he would say that the discussion must be only about guns and
    an effective means to control them. Taking that as a cue, even the
    Chinese leadership has said that the American government must confiscate
    all privately owned guns in America. The Russians and the French laugh
    at us; the English scoff at quaint notions of Second Amendment rights.

    Such corruption exists in other places as well. Today also, Senate
    Republicans have signed off on a 60 billion dollar pork infested bill
    ostensibly to provide relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. Check out the
    pork in the bill, and you will understand just how committed Senate
    Republicans are to cutting wasteful spending. Over in the House, Boehner
    insists he is still committed to making the grand deal which will
    prevent tax increases for most Americans, but which will assuredly
    destroy the Republican Party. He doesn’t seem to care, and does not
    offer a comprehensive plan to do anything worth while at all.

    Both the Liberals and their partners in crime, the MSM continue to say
    things that are inciteful and by design, stir up their sycophant base of
    support. It is they who are responsible for the total lack of civil
    discourse, and the arousing of primal instincts in people not so very
    different than Adam Lanza.

    So, to Obama and Holder, and to the MSM, I say everything is on the table.
    This includes a discussion centering around not only the responsible
    ownership of legally owned firearms, but mental health concerns,
    societal upheavals stemming from family responsibilities, and whatever
    other contributing factors there might be that influence such aberrant
    behavior found in young men like Adam Lanza. To cross the societal
    divide, more than simple words are needed. The Liberals, if serious,
    must take ownership of their contributions toward potential mayhem in
    our country.

    Can this be true? You bet it is true. Let’s stop dancing around the obvious
    truth, and get down to demanding that responsible parties act
    responsibly. May that fluttering "buck" find its way to our fiftieth
    state, Hawaii, and land squarely at the feet of one Barack Hussein

    Sic Semper Tyrannis!

    Thus Always To Tyrants!

  • Jon Kelly


    • Audrey_I

      With hard work and a commitment to do what is right, Sarah Palin will win. 

  • c4pfan

    Here are some Christian books on kindle for teens and kids free or real cheap!

    There needs to be something like this for conservative books.

    • AmazedOne1

      I looked at the link you posted yesterday, too. Am I being blind or unobservant? I don’t see any books listed in her blog post. Just a link to "Ways to send Amazon e-cards." 

      In the right sidebar, I see:
      Amazon Quick Links
      100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less
      The Kindle Daily Deal
      Best Sellers in Religious Fiction (Paid and Free)
      Free App of The Day

      Where are the free Christian books?

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • celestiallady
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    • Polarbearpapa

      A very well written article….with a positive outlook of Sen.Tim Scott

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