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  • ZH100

    Good morning all and Happy New Year’s Eve!

    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.

  • viewfromalaska

    I regularly read “Open Thread” but seldom submit comments.
    But it appears that a contributor can create his own topic. So that’s what I’m
    doing.  My topic is the strategies and
    tactics of a full frontal attack on the Libs who have been cleaning our clock.
    Reading C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters gave
    me the idea.  He quoted Luther “The best
    way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to
    jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.” 
    He also quoted Thomas More, “The devil…the prowde spirit…cannot endure
    to be mocked.”

    Libs have been openly and subliminally mocking
    conservatives/traditionalists/”normal people” for decades. Lewis describes
    their mannerisms, “There is a subtle play of looks and tones and laughs…”. And
    “Among flippant people the joke is always assumed to have been made. No one
    actually makes it; but every serious subject is discussed in a manner which
    implies that they have already found the ridiculous side to it.” Libs “adopt an
    air of amusement at the things [we normal people] say”.  Over time, they make this mannerism
    fashionable. Example: Bill Maher. Incidentally, a lot of people don’t know
    this, but “Maher” is originally a
    Swahili word for “steaming pile of monkey sh*t.”

    Anyway, see on Fox News, when the topic is presented with a
    Point/Counterpoint format, the “normal” pundit  usually appears with a neutral facial
    expression, however, the lib most often is the one with the “knowing” sly smile
    and at times a very tight, nearly giddy smile barely holding back snickering.
    The sly grin is to announce that they find us amusing. They tolerate us because
    we amuse them.

    Well, if the devil can’t tolerate being mocked, I imagine
    libs can’t either. So, we normal people need to constantly taunt Libs with
    descriptions of Democrat-controlled Detroit; collapsed, decaying, deserted,
    rat-infested, East Germany-after-the-War, steaming pile of … oh, never mind;  How about the Democrat and gun-controlled
    Chicago with its murder rate, or the economic mess seen in blue-states with
    their stubborn unemployment rates? Watch the libs gnash their teeth at their
    lost battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan where their labor
    unions–Obama’s “Brown Shirts”–were  beaten back by the courage of normal people
    who’d finally had enough.  Mention the
    bristling economy of North Dakota because it was able to develop their
    resources in spite of Democrat president’s open opposition to resource
    development. Taunt … Taunt … Taunt.

    Normal people (conservatives) were raised to be polite and respectful
    to others.  Well, the Medal of Honor
    winning G.I., Audie Murphy, was a decent, quiet and polite kid from rural
    America who was probably never impolite to anyone. But when he and his way of
    life was under attack, he became a killing machine.  Figuratively speaking we need to give no
    quarter.  Remember, those who would
    change our way of life have been persistent and have counted on our timidity.  It’s time to “lean in” and be, as Governor
    Palin said, “ relentless”.  There are 50
    significant experiments going on right now. The 50 states will be able to
    illustrate the outcomes of two diametrically opposing views.  We cannot allow this valuable data to be
    ignored and swept under the rug.  If
    conservative policies in Virginia are taking businesses away from liberal
    Maryland, it should  be gleefully shouted
    from the rooftops. If the changes in Wisconsin have dramatically turned that
    state around in record time, our taunting of the libs should be deafening. If
    businesses are leaving California like rats deserting a sinking ship, the
    highways leading from there to Arizona and Texas need to be renamed “Road to
    Freedom, America straight ahead”.   Okay,
    I’m tire of writing, I’m done.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, viewfromalaska, and Happy New Year!

    • Guest

       Excellent post!

    • golfmom3

      Right thinking!

      In that vein, I recommend more than occasional visits to  The blogger who identifies herself as MOTUS (Mirror of the United States) reflecting on Madam Obama and the other nefarious critters of this corrupt administration is extraordinarily witty and relentless in her attacks.

    • palmerguy

      Good thinking, enough of this PC stuff, come out swinging with the truth.  Happy New Year from the 4 corners area in the Valley.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Happy New Year, palmerguy!!

        • M_Minnesota

          Happy New Year Roommie and C4P/P4A Palin/Heath Clans!!!!    :-)

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            Thanks, Roomie!!!

            Happy New Year!!!!

          • virginiagentleman1

            A Happy New Year to you and yours dear friend! VG

    • MaMcGriz

       Woo baby. Let’s play that again.

  • ZH100

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

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    • ZH100

      Gov.Palin was one of the first governors that has created a sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska’s communities and infrastructure.

  • 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."

  • happymullah

     Not sure if this photo of Sarah has already been posted.  Saw it on Western Wishes facebook.  Scroll down a bit on the left side.


    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful; thanks, Bro.

      Sarah’s smile can light up a room …

      … or a whole nation!!

      Happy New Year!!

      VIVA SARAH !

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy New Year’s Eve, and, for Tuesday, Happy New Year to you all!!

    We now bid farewell, and farewell forever, to a year and a time that were sometimes sad and sorrowful and melancholy, and were sometimes happy and inspiring and joyful.

    Grievous it was for us that the John Roberts Supreme Court upheld and sustained the nightmare of obamacare and its dire death panels

    Grievous it was for us that barack hussein obama, IMV the worst occupant of the White House in our history, was somehow "reelected" as "president."

    Most grievous and sore and doleful it was for us that our dream, our sweet and ardent and patriotic dream of "SARAH 2012," died and perished in the bleak and sorry wilderness of a time and a country that were evidently not yet ready for, not yet worthy of, the great Lioness of the Fair and Far North country.

    However …

    Wonderful it was for us to witness the Wisconsin triumph of Governor Scott Walker, as he warded off and withstood the savage efforts of union thugs to oust him from office.

    Wonderful it was for us to witness the November election of Palin-supported US senators like Ted Cruz and Deb Fischer.

    Most wonderful and marvelous and propitious and inspiring it IS for us to witness that OUR SARAH is still standing, is still here, is still very much with us–both the Lady of Wasilla and the great new book of that title!!

    So, as we cast off the now faded and worn and weary cloak of the Year MMXII, and prepare to don the hopeful vestures of MMXIII, I offer NOVA ET VETERA, Things New and Things Old.

    God bless you all always!!

    HAPPY 2013!!!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!




    Here are some of my resolutions for the coming year as they relate to the Governor:

    In 2013 I resolve to pray harder than I ever have that, if it be part of the Divine Plan, the Governor may run for POTUS for 2016 and win an overwhelming victory.

    In 2013 I resolve to continue contributing to her SarahPAC.

    In 2013 I resolve to continue with the reflections on each page of her beautiful first book, Going Rogue.

    In 2013 I resolve to pray and sacrifice for the complete and perfect health and safety of the Governor and her family.

    In 2013 I resolve to continue studying the lives of our Founding Fathers and of other illustrious Americans, especially to discern how the patterns and the lessons of their heroic lives can be applied to our Sarah and to the present hour of the Res Publica Americana.

    In 2013 I resolve to maintain and cherish my friendships with the members of our C4P family.

    In 2013 I resolve never to give in to despondency.

    In 2013 I resolve never to give in to hopelessness.

    In 2013 I resolve never, ever, ever, in the bright, beautiful, ebullient spirit and soul of Sarah of Alaska–I RESOLVE NEVER TO SURRENDER!!!

    And now, VETERA:

    In spite of a quadrennium of vacuous and vicious assaults by members of both wings of the Establishment, the Left and GOPe, the Governor stands today, in her shining and scintillating moral and political integrity, as …


    And so I continue with the reposting of the "Latin Sarah" series from last spring and summer. Here is letter "I" in the series.


    Of course, "The Undefeated" is the title of Steve Bannon’s great film, which has already influenced so many people, by revealing the Governor’s TRUE record and sterling character, and, IMV, will continue to move and influence people for YEARS to come!! … Let us think for a few moments this morning about the implications of saying that someone is "undefeated." Would we ever refer to someone who never descended into the arena and amphitheater of combat as "undefeated"? Of course not!! Would anyone describe a "fighter" who never strapped on the gloves as "undefeated"? Of course not!! … Would anyone refer to a football team with a 0-0 record as "undefeated" ("Hey, they haven’t LOST a game") Of course not!!! To justly and rightly carry the golden and glorious mantle and majesty of the title of "UNDEFEATED," a warrior must go down into the "valley of the shadow of death" of dire and deadly conflict; one must stand as David did against Goliath; one must stand as Esther did against Haman; one must stand as Washington did against the British Empire … one must have the heart, the guts, the cojones, the LOVE, love of the Lord, love of family, love of friends, love of State, love of country to stand and fight and suffer and NEVER SURRENDER … This has been the shining ideal that the Governor has upheld for so many years now … SHE always stands courageously in the post of honor and of danger, in the front ranks of combat … SHE never shrinks, never runs away, never retreats (she does RELOAD!!) … God bless the beautiful girl from Alaska who learned at a young age to stand tall and straight for her beliefs, and to never bend, never break in defense of the people and the country she loves so much. THANK GOD FOR OUR SARAH, FOR SARAH INVICTA!!!!

    • travelingon

       Happy New Year, BrianusBerkleianus, may your ink well never go dry.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, travelingon!!

        With the Governor’s continued inspiration, I have an inkling :-) that it will not run dry!!!

        God bless and Happy New Year!!

    • palin45potus

      Very inspiring prose, as usual!

      Happy New Year Brianus.  

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, 45.

        Happy New Year!!

    • 2C714

      Thanks, Brian!
      Yes, Sarah Palin never retreats. 

      Happy New Year!!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Happy New Year, 2C714!!

    • indemind

       Bless You my Brother…. Happy New Year…. *_*

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, my Brother!!

        Happy New Year!!!

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

    Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

    For example:

    Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

    Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

    Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

    Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
    The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

    Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

    Palin v. Bernanke
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

    From the article:

    "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

    Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide"  (by Anand Giridharadas)

    • 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.

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Good morning, Jean!

      I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • cudaforever

      Me Too Jean !! Good Morning !!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Happy New Year, Billy!!

    • c4pfan

      What you doing up so early?

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".

    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."

  • ZH100

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


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • wodiej

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej, and Happy New Year!

      • wodiej

        You’re welcome Brian.  May you be blessed in the coming New Year. 

        Although we don’t agree on every issue, there is respect.  Your comments are positive and help neutralize some of the acidity posted by others. 

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thank you, wodiej!

          Sarah on 29 August, 2008 (Sarah Palin Day) in Dayton, Ohio: "No one expects us to agree on everything…"

          And she said the same thing a few days later during her "Lipstick" RNC speech.

          God bless.

    • 2C714

      Thank you, Wodiej.
      Jeremiah 29:11 is one of our favorite verses…especially for our son!

      Happy New Year!!

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Reid: ‘Significant distance’ between sides as fiscal talks stall, carry into Monday

    The new sticking point?

    “The biggest obstacle we face is that President Obama and Majority Leader Reid continue to insist on new taxes that will be used to fund more new spending, not for meaningful deficit reduction," said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

    Surprise, surprise, surprise …. not.

    As to the fears about a backlash from voters if everyone’s taxes go up …. yes, and IMV the reason why our Congress critters are so afraid is that the PPC has been lying to the American public for so long, when they stop kicking the political can down the road, people will be appalled as the truth is revealed.

    We can not have low taxes (Bush/Obama) and big government (Bush/Obama).

    That does not work.

    Americans need to decide.

    We either pay lower Federal taxes and have a smaller, more limited Federal government; or pay higher Federal taxes and have a bigger, more intrusive Federal government.

    Veronique de Rugy | We can’t have low taxes and big government

    Even if everyone’s taxes do go up, and the sequestration legislation is implemented (either as presently written, or as modified), we still need to shrink the size of the Federal Government by at least 10% to balance the Federal budget, along with reforming entitlement programs.

    The Oklahoman | Fiscal cliff debate illustrates true cost of Obama policies

    So, what to do?

    – If everything else fails, should Republicans push the Christmas strategy?

    – Rather than take a bad deal, are Republicans prepared at day’s end, to sit down in the snow?

    Because worse than no deal is a bad deal, in which Republicans sell out their principles, arguing we did this to protect as many Americans as possible from having their taxes going up.


    That position may satisfy the Rockefeller Republican crowd, and diehard Republicans.

    However, given the inept manner in which the national Republican leadership has handled this entire set of negotiations, many Regan conservatives, independent conservatives and conservative leaning libertarians will be livid, deciding enough is enough and proceed to simply walk away from the GOP.

    Then the question becomes, will these people come back under new leadership, or is it lights out for the Republican party.

    Keep in mind this is the real agenda of the Democratic Socialists and Rockefeller Republicans, who want nothing to do with Regan conservatives, independent conservatives and conservative leaning libertarians, being perfectly happy to remain in the opposition, while having the benefits of being card carrying members of the permanent political class.

    [Sadly, I am obliged to include some die hard Republicans in this group, given their failure to appreciate the value that independent conservatives and conservative leaning libertarians bring to the table, while breathing fear and hate to keep people in line, so dooming the Republican party to permanent opposition status if these individuals have their way.]

    P.S. Trusting that everyone has a great time later today celebrating New Year’s eve, and a special thanks to Ian, the moderators and all the contributors to conservatives4palin.

    P.P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, JF.

      Happy New Year!!

      I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • Guest

       Happy New Year my friend!

      I truly believe we are at the dawn of a new era. I DO  believe that we are winning. I also know that the Rockefeller Republicans know that we ARE!

      It is a very exciting time to be US! I thank the good Lord that He has chosen us to be participants in this fight.

       "Many are called but, few are chosen."

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, JRD, for your optimistic and uplifting post!!

        Happy New Year!!!

      • John_Frank

        Happy New Year! 

        Thank you for your optimism.

        May you and yours be blessed in the New Year!

  • ZH100
    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, ZH!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Brianus.

    • Guest

       Happy New Year ZH100! Thanks again for all your work!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, JRD1 and Happy New Year!

  • Pete Petretich

    Off to work for an early start today at my job…

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Happy New Year, Pete!

    • c4pfan

      Hey, Pete!

  • wodiej

    For those who think Gingrich would have treated Gov. Palin the same way as Romney supposedly did, here is a clip of him smacking down an MSNBC reporter. Classic Newt.

    • Leroy Whitby

      With hindsight I can definitely declare we stood a better chance of defeating Obama with Gingrich than Romney — since we know to a certainty that Romney and the Establishment LOST. That smackdown of MSNBC by Gingrich was hilarious. I LOVED that he didn’t show mercy . . . when he realized he had the upper hand he pressed his case. Too many on the right are inherent gentlemen when we are at WAR!

    • Pete Petretich

      Romney was just an idiotic, corporate tool of the GOPe careerists.

      They were the ones who carpet bombed Gingrich in Florida and elsewhere, they started doing the same thing to Santorum. They came at Ru Paul from a different direction. They would have done the same thing to Sarah.

      She has the people on her side so she will prevail in the long run.

      • wodiej

        Perhaps I misunderstood your comment yesterday.  I thought you were saying Gingrich would have done the same thing to Palin and I disagree. As for the GOP establishment going after Palin, that is very likely true.  

      • Guest

         Happy New Year Pete!

    • bassman

      Shortly after Bristol took down Olbermann when he named her "worst person of the day", MSNBC fired him.

  • Leroy Whitby

    Those who love freedom might find this interview with the Hillsdale College President uplifting and even hopeful in these difficult days :

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Leroy, and Happy New Year.

      In connection with your post, here is a post of mine from a fortnight ago in which I adapted the end of the Dr. Larry Arnn interview that you cite to Sarah.

      God bless!


      When I complete the book that I am currently reading, William Manchester’s biography on General Douglas MacArthur, "American Caesar," I will be proceeding to another volume penned by Mr. Manchester, the second part of his life of Prime Minster Churchill of Great Britain. This second tome encompasses the 1930’s, and is entitled "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill; Alone: 1932-1940."

      In close connection to the theme and subject of this book, which is the lonely ("Alone") and Cassandra-like watch that the prophet of Britain kept in the 30’s, as his warnings about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis fell on the deaf and unheeding ears and minds of his countrymen, I would like to cite a passage from the latest edition of "Imprimis," a publication of the well-known Hillsdale College in Michigan (ah, gallant Michigan–Kudos to you, O Michigan, for following in the courageous footsteps of Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin!!)

      Dr. Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale, and a good friend of the redoubtable Patriot and Radio Voice of Free America, Mark Levin, is a shining example and exemplar that, corrupt as American academia is today, it is not thoroughly and completely lost!!

      In the course of this latest number of "Imprimis" we find the following words of Dr. Arnn on Sir Winston:

      "But let me close with a word about Churchill. The service that he did in 1940, when his nation stood up against Hitler alone, was preceded by a service equally great. In the 1930s, British politics were ugly and ill-directed. Churchill’s own party leaders conspired to deprive him not only of his seat in Parliament, but of his livelihood writing for the public. One of his colleagues, an official in the Foreign Ministry named Ralph Wigram, was threatened with transfer to a remote place without medical care–his son had birth defects–if he continued speaking with Churchill. Churchill, Wigram, and Wigram’s wife Ava stood up to this kind of thing, year after year. First a few, and then many, and then legions joined them. Finally the British people realized the truth, and then all over London billboards appeared with the words in large black letters, ‘What Price Churchill?’ He was called to lead in 1940 because he proved in the 1930s that he could do so." (End of Dr. Arnn citation)

      In a sense, great and immortal as his stand in 1940 and the following years was, it was the 1930s that were Churchill’s "FINEST HOUR."

      In the same way, great and epochal as I believe the Palin Presidency will be, I believe that THESE years, these years of suffering from hatred, of suffering from obloquy, of suffering from lies, of suffering from slander, of suffering from death-threats, these have been the FINEST HOUR of the noble and fearless and dauntless LIONESS OF THE FAIR AND FAR NORTH COUNTRY!!!!

      These are the hours and days and weeks and months and years in which the Governor has been showing and revealing the GOLDEN heart and the STEEL spine needed to lead a great nation through an hour and tide and time of crisis and recovery!!!

      The parallels will not be perfect, but let me attempt to adapt the above passage of Dr. Arnn on Sir Winston to our dear Sarah:

      "But let me close with a word about Sarah Palin. The service that she did in the years of her Presidency, 2017-2025, when her nation stood up against Leftist Fascism at home and Islamo-Fascism abroad, was preceded by a service equally great. In the years 2008-2016, American politics were ugly and ill-directed. Palin’s own Republican Party leaders conspired to deprive her not only of victory, along with John McCain, in the 2008 presidential election, but of any place in the GOP, especially at the 2012 Republican National Convention. One of her colleagues, a war hero and United States Congressman named Allen West, was driven from his seat in the House of Representatives by the redistricting machinations of their own Party. Palin, West, and their families stood up to this kind of thing, year after year. First a few, and then many, and then legions joined them. Finally the American people realized the truth, and then all over America billboards appeared with the words in large black letters, ‘Sarah Palin, Patriot: Not For Sale.’ She was called to lead in 2016 because she proved in the preceding years that she could do so."


      • Leroy Whitby

        I count it as a great loss to literature that Manchester passed away before he could complete his biography of Churchill. The first two books of it were the finest biographies I’ve ever read. And yes, Sarah Palin is needed for the nation. I do not understand my country after the changes of the last decades or Palin’s maneuverings but I will go where Palin points, politically.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          I agree, Leroy: A great writer was Manchester.

          He confided the completion of his Churchill trilogy to Paul Reid (who was interviwed on FOX News recently).  The third volume came out just last month, I think.

          I do not know if the quality of this "hybrid" third volume can match the level of the first two tomes.  I am sure that Manchester, who was in poor health in his last years, and hence was unable to complete his massive work, selected the best possible writer he could find for the task.  Still, there is nothing to match a work that proceeds from the fruitful integrity of ONE great mind and spirit!!

          • Leroy Whitby

            A true loss regardless of how good Reid’s book is.

            • BrianusBerkleianus


      • Audrey_I

        The British voters were down right stupid to take a left turn and put the Labour party in power along with Clement Atlee following World War II.  This was ingratitude of the first magnitude for not appreciating the brave stance of Winston Churchill. 

        England paid a heavy price for putting the Labour Party in power in the form of post World War II economic stagnation. 

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, Audrey, and Happy New Year!!

          Yes, so often great spirits must face INGRATITUDE!!

          I think of the way the GOP leadership has acted in relation to Sarah and the TEA Party, WITHOUT WHOM THEY WOULD NOT HOLD THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!!!

          God bless! 

    • BHappy

      I read and printed this post to pass on to someone who needs to read it and be encouraged. I think places like Hillsdale will and are providing us with the leaders who will preserve our country. These places and home schoolers are doing an important job. God is at work quietly behind the scenes on o ur behalf

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks and Happy New Year, BHappy!!

      • Guest

         Happy New Year BHappy!

      • Leroy Whitby

        Thank you BHappy. I’ve been searching for hope as well.

  • Leroy Whitby

    I found this documentary on genocide and gun control very powerful. It’s an hour long, so you might want to book mark it for viewing instead of TV or reading later.

  • John_Frank

    Benghazi attack: Bipartisan Senate report spreads blame

    (h/t Danny de Gracia II)

    The report was issued by Senate Homeland Security Committee.

    See also:

    Latest Senate committee report on Benghazi terrorist attack faults State Department

    [Unlike the CBS and WSJ reports, the FOX News headline fails to note that the report not only calls out the State Department, but also the Department of Defense and the White House.]

    – and –

    Senate Report Widens Fault for Benghazi Failures

    One can read the entire report here:Flashing Read, A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi by Joseph I. Lieberman, Chairman Susan M. Collins, Ranking Member

    No Mr. President, the death of four brave Americans was not due to "sloppiness."

    The report of Senators Lieberman and Collins states that prior to the attack senior members of your administration failed to carry out their responsibilities.

    During the attack, you failed to properly respond due to ineptness on the part of your Defense Department.

    After the attack, you and other senior members of your administration lied to the American public for political gain, due to your continued refusal to identify the enemy as being radical Islamic jihadists.

    Sir, the buck stops with you.

    No Mr. President, the death of four brave Americans was not due to "sloppiness."

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you again, JF!!

  • Leroy Whitby

    Was reading an article and it said "Two decades ago, we won the Cold War." 

    I thought, "has it been that long?"

    • John_Frank

      The west won the Cold War, but here in the United States the Democratic Socialists in the Democratic Party, (Obama, Clinton and Kerry being card carrying members) along with their allies in the Communist Party USA, aided by the ineptness of the Rockefeller Republicans (which includes the Bush Republicans), appear to be winning the peace.

      • Leroy Whitby

        I’ve become persuaded that the Russian secret police, the totalitarian structure, has been the true government of the Russians and their empire always, so in a sense their government has remained the same before and after communism. I’m trying to factor in a comment I saw from a neo-con Podhoretz, that classed 19th Century Russia as one of the great civilizations in world history, along with Athens, Rome and the United States. I love Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekov, and the music was stunning, so he has a case. The communists were a blight on a great culture, but that culture, politically, is not one that respects freedom.

        The Russian secret police definitely and successfully funded academics, writers, businessmen and politicians to undermine our strength and work for Soviet goals. I think Soros is very similar to Armand Hammer, Gore’s family was bought etc.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Interesting: Thanks, Leroy.

          A statesman named PYOTR (PETER) STOLYPIN tried to REFORM Imperial, Tsarist Russia, as Prime Minister, from about 1906-1911.  He was hated by both the Left and the Right: By the Left because his successful reforms were undermining the CONDITIONS for Revolution in Russia; by the Right because he was undermining the privileges and power of the old order.

          He was assassinated in Kiev in 1911, in circumstances that lead one to suspect that the Tsarist Secret Police AND the Social Revolutionaries were involved.

          If he had lived, it is just possible that Russia might have been converted to a CONSTITUTIONAL monarchy, and much horror and bloodshed in the twentieth century could have been averted.

          Stolypin is a fascinating and unforgettable figure.

          Solzhenitsyn, in his book "The Red Wheel, August 1914," calls Stolypin one of the greatest statesmen and Russian patriots ever.

          Edit: Of course, I see similarities between Stolypin and our Sarah, who is hated by both the Left and the so-called "right" ("blueblood" power- and money-mongers of the BUSH type) in this country–MAY THE GOOD LORD PROTECT HER FROM STOLYPIN’S SAD FATE!!!!!

          • Leroy Whitby

            Very interesting about Stolypin. I don’t know if I’ve read "The Red Wheel, August 1914″ but I’ve marked it to read. [Edit: I just looked it up. At 900 pages I would remember the read!] So I haven’t read it, much appreciated.

            It looks like the Russian secret police extend back until at least 1825: After the abortive Decembrist coup of 1825, a powerful secret police was organized in Russia at the order of the repressive Nicholas I. This notorious Third Section (thus named because it was the third department of the czar’s chancery), established a rigid and complicated system of censorship and sought to suppress not only subversive activity but even subversive thought. (The culmination of this trend, typical of police states, was symbolized by the name of the Japanese secret police before 1945—Thought Police.) The use of agents provocateurs by the czarist police led to such extremes that secret police, posing as revolutionists, actually helped to assassinate government officials.

            Read more: secret police: The Evolution of Secret Police Forces —

            • BrianusBerkleianus

              You are most welcome–be sure to get the REVISED 1989 edition of "The Red Wheel, August, 1914," which contains much supplementary material on Stolypin (as opposed to the original 1971 (and 1983) edition)!!

        • Audrey_I

          George Soros is very similar to the evil emperor Palatine in Star Wars.  The man is evil personified. 

    • Guest

       Happy New Year Leroy_Whitby!

      • Leroy Whitby

        Happy New Year! I’ve got 2 TERRIBLE bottles of wine, vacuum corked, and vodka with no mixer. That wine will teach me to even HOPE that $3 bottles of wine could possibly be drinkable. Looks like we’re opening the Wild Turkey tonight for our celebratory drink!

  • celestiallady

    Happy New Years Eve everyone from Maine. It is a very cold 19 degrees this morning with lower temps to come on Wednesday and Thursday. My local news reported -45 on top of Mt Washington. Times like these I miss when I lived in Cali!

    • wodiej

      It’s 18 degrees in Indiana w the wind chill.  I was beginning to think we were going to have a mild winter like last year but it snowed twice in 4 days.  We need an extended hard freeze.  If the winter is too mild, our summers get too hot. 

      • Guest

         Happy New Year wodiej!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Happy New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year, celetiallady!!

      • celestiallady

        Thanks Brianus – I hope the year ahead is fantastic for you.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

    • Guest

       Happy New Year celestiallady! Stay warm.

    • Guest

      Happy New Years Eve, C


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