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The finals numbers on SarahPAC for the 2011-2012 cycle are $2.54 million raised from individuals in 2012, $2.41 million raised from individuals in 2011, $1.15 million cash-on-hand.

 

Update by Stacy: Over the past few weeks, C4P editors have been inundated with emails regarding the behavior of some people who post comments daily to our site. Many folks are complaining that they are being bullied on our site. They have stated that anything they post receives snarky and hostile comments in return, regardless of the content. We have been able to verify the numerous complaints.

Most who are responsible for this behavior have been able to get past the rules of the site by taking a more passive-aggressive approach to their attacks. They don’t directly violate the terms of the site but they still create conflict. We have recently lost many long-term readers on this site given this toxic environment, and I find that very disturbing.

Look, we don’t care about your personal or political disagreements with others on this site. We can all agree to disagree at times on certain issues, even though we all support Governor Palin. Steve, Mary Beth, and myself have asked the people who frequent this forum to "please be respectful of others here" countless times, all of which have gone ignored. Since our pleas have gone ignored, and since we are losing readers in this toxic environment, we are going to have to change the way we handle contentious posts.

If you don’t like another guest on the comment boards, ignore that person! Do not reply to them. Do not create friction here! C4P is not your personal forum to create factions and bully those you don’t like. We exist to help Governor Palin get her message out, correct the record as her corrupt detractors distort reality, provide a forum where like-minded conservatives can gather to discuss issues and even enjoy each others company. Nobody wants to get attacked for merely existing, and good people who frequent here and don’t comment, don’t want to hang out to witness it happening to others.

Those of you who are responsible for creating this friction know who you are. Consider yourselves on notice. We aren’t going to put up with it anymore. We will not allow you to come here and chase away readers any longer. You may think I’m only talking about certain posters that you have directly attacked, but I’m also referring to those who stood quietly in the background and have since left just because a toxic environment exists here. Please stop.

Thank you.

 



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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 issubeteutiful photoses 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

    ?"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

  • ZH100

    Nothing has changed since 2008.

    About media bias.
    ———

    ‘The Undefeated’ Review: ‘By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them’

    From the article:

    "With one legislative success after another and overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Sarah Palin’s popularity was at a record high 88% according to Gallup’s empirical data — the highest approval rating on record for a sitting US Governor. With that kind of approval rating, Sarah stated "My administration must be doing something right

    She enjoyed those high approval ratings right up to the day her Blackberry rang and Senator McCain asked "Would you like to help me change history"?

    And so began their campaign for the White House.

    So, too, began another campaign — the one launched by the statists to destroy her.

    Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals teaches its disciples that you must take a person’s strengths and "isolate them". And that is exactly what they did. It was an organized strategy and the media gladly participated."

    http://cdn.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2011/06/17/The-Undefeated-Review–By-Their-Fruits-Ye-Shall-Know-Them

    • ZH100

       Book Excerpt: ‘Bring Her Down’: How the American Media Tried to Destroy Sarah Palin

      "More than with any other presidential election in living memory, the members of the press seized control of the narrative of the 2008 election and held onto it.

      At first, in their minds, the story of the election was supposed to be the story of Barack Obama, who for many reasons had become their candidate of choice early in the process. But when Sarah Palin, coming out of nowhere with (in their eyes) inexplicable popularity, threatened their vision of Obama’s triumphal march to the White House, she had to be stopped, plain and simple.

      If the story now had to include her, they would simply have to ensure that her part of the story was told on their terms—and that it was the ugliest, most vicious, most damning story they could possibly dream up."

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/book-excerpt-bring-her-down%E2%80%99-how-the-american-media-tried-to-destroy-sarah-palin.html

      • ZH100

        The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star’  (by Matthew Continetti)

        "But the fascination of ordinary people quickly drew an unprecedented attack from the media
        elite and liberal activists. Far beyond the normal bounds of tough questions and challenges, Palin’s enemies decided that nothing was too personal to attack-including her marriage, her children, her faith, and her wardrobe.

        The media distorted Palin’s positions and beliefs beyond recognition. And almost every word out of her mouth was spun as a "flub."

        http://www.amazon.com/The-Persecution-Sarah-Palin-Rising/dp/1595230610

        • ZH100

          Mika Brzezinski Discusses Media Bias     (May 11, 2009)

          "Scarborough: You brought up Sarah Palin? You’re right, they were bashing Sarah Palin before they even knew Sarah Palin. They were scared of her.

          Brzezinski: Exactly. Let me make this clear because this is my world and these are the people I’ve worked with for twenty years. Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her:

          She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, "Let’s bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down." And at a party where there were people from the New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down.

          They did not know her. They didn’t know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down."

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5G7NieqPQM

          • ZH100

            …..

          • Audrey_I

            There would be an instant improvement in American journalism if the New York Times and the Washington Post folded and went out of business.  Let us all join together and take these two sources of yellow journalism down.

            • lanahi

              And think of all the trees it would save!

  • wodiej

     “A new season is upon you. Take comfort in knowing the Lord has prepared a new way for you and is working to direct all things to lead you down the path He has chosen for you. Sometimes that path may become very difficult to walk but know He will never ask you to walk any path that He is not willing to walk hand in hand with you.”  Whisper of God

  • wodiej
  • ZH100

    Paglia: Palin Represents New Style of Muscular American Feminism (September 09, 2008)

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/09/09/paglia-palin-represents-new-style-muscular-american-feminism#ixzz22qhyp3Vf

  • ZH100

     Debunking the wardrobe myth

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

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

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

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/fashion/19stylist.html?pagewanted=all

  • Pete Petretich

    (New Twitter strategy…)

    http://us4palin.com/accomplishments/

    Accomplishment, and a song…

    “Heart: Barracuda”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWAqVQQ0Doo

  • wodiej

    Facebook post calling for assassination of Gov. Palin has 3300 likes-the amount of hate and evil in this world is frightening.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/sick-facebook-group-calls-for-assassination-of-sarah-palin-now-has-3300-likes/

    • M_Minnesota

      What is more frightening is where is the Conservative Evangelical Church on this? Where is the Roman Catholic church on this???

      It’s not like a a well known Christian Pastor/Cleric has to go out into the public square and  speak how an anethema Islam is to Christianity.   The well known Evangelical pastor just has to defend Palin as a fellow human being and sister in Christ.

      Did this happen to Marget Thatcher ?  U.K.      Golda  Mier? (Isreal o.k. she was a lib)   Anyway,
      Palinistas sent this Gateway Pundint Link to your Pastor!!!

      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/sick-facebook-group-calls-for-assassination-of-sarah-palin-now-has-3300-likes/

      Wating 4 a Pastor.

      • wodiej

        I don’t believe we can rely on churches anymore to stand up for what is right.  While many do, many have become politically correct.

        • lanahi

          Churches are afraid of losing tax benefits if they speak out.  It’s ONE way to control them.

    • Audrey_I

      America use to stand for equal protection under the law.  Someone, who would post on Facebook, calling for the assassination of the President would be arrested.  One would expect Facebook to take down such a posting.  The law should apply equally to Sarah Palin. 

      • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

        **__**… Over the wire jst now seems like the Sec.of the Army has instituted measures to cut out Hot Meals… in the morning…jst MRE’s… to our tropps in Afganistan… ! H/T KSFO,morning show with Brian Sussman… Does our troops there even know wht our mission is there any more… ?

    • amaze830

      People needs to be proactive and contact Facebook and tell them to cancel this person’s Facebook account.  Try to let them know that it is not in the best interest for Facebook to have this type of trash on their website.

  • Ceejay

    Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin’s Restoring America, Indianola, IA 9-3-2011 -…: http://youtu.be/rj0HfidTXlY via @youtube

    Some of you were here this very day…the change starts with us, we the people rising up…Sarah with one of her finest speeches.

  • jerseymark

    Onward and upward as the next passage entitled “Better to Reign in Hell”, comes from Mr. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” and we are visited once again by the Teacher:

    “The Teacher exposes the true nature of sin:

    ‘What do they choose, these souls who go back (I have yet seen no others)? And how can they choose it?’

    ‘Milton was right’ said my Teacher ‘The choice of every soul can be expressed in the words “Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven”. There is always something they insist on keeping even at the price of misery. There is always something they prefer to joy – that is, to reality. Ye see it easily enough in a spoiled child that would sooner miss its play and its supper than say it was sorry and be friends. Ye call it the Sulks. But in adult life it has a hundred fine names – Achilles’ wrath and Coriolanus’ grandeur, Revenge and Injured Merit and Self-Respect and Tragic Greatness and Proper Pride.’

    ‘Then is no one lost through the undignified vices, Sir? Through mere sensuality?

    ‘Some are, no doubt. The sensualist, I’ll allow ye, begins by pursuing a real pleasure, though a small one. His sin is the less. But the time comes on when, though the pleasure becomes less and less and the craving fiercer and fiercer, and though he knows that joy can never come that way, yet he prefers to joy the mere fondling of unappeasable lust and would not have it taken from him. He’d fight to the death to keep it. He’d like well to be able to scratch; but even when he can scratch no more he’d rather itch than not’”.

    You know, of course, the crazy part of that saying which serves as the title to this passage is that such a person will not reign in Hell either. It’s like all the many people who when asked by some poll taker about whether they will be going to Heaven respond with a joke about not wanting to since all their friends won’t be there indicating that Hell will be so much more fun. Seriously, there can be no chance that such people actually believe that to be true but the point is that to seriously answer the question would require some serious thought which they would rather
    avoid. In truth, avoiding the issue will get you to Hell just as fast as anyone else.

    So, since practically everyone, at least in Western culture have an idea about Heaven and Hell that at least somewhat springs from the Bible, why would anyone choose to simply brush the issue aside with a cavalier joke or simply ignore the issue altogether? I believe that down deep it all comes back to one thing – namely, if they considered the question seriously for a time, they would come face to face with God and be faced with His demands upon them. They would at once recognize that His is the final judgment and that He has expectations of them which they have not and are not living up to which would lead them to realize that one of two things must happen – either they change the way they are living to better meet His expectations and demands or they will indeed end up in Hell and neither of those two options are appealing to them based on their ignorant understanding of Him. So, rather than deal with the reality of that choice today, they decide to put it off into the future when they aren’t having so much fun or when they can see their
    own death just around the corner. Of course, this is the height of foolishness since no one is assured of a tomorrow. So, is it any wonder that God has to shake some of these folks up in order to get their attention if they won’t give it otherwise? That is if they are fortunate to come under the hand of God for those who continue to ignore Him and do not experience this shaking of their foundation by God are not His and they can go their merry way straight to Hell.

  • http://us4palin.com devitor

    Excellent numbers for SarahPAC. Let’s keep the momentum going. Maybe $2.75 or even $3 million should be the goal this year – and we do that by ramping up our donations.

    • Pete Petretich

      I hope I can sustain my monthly widow’s mite contribution…

      Can somebody post the latest report?

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      The mid-term elections are coming up,I suspect the Gov. will be doing Her 2010 redux thing… gonna need gold dust for tht , lol

  • wodiej
  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    Conservatives can defeat the atrocious immigration bill if we mobilize a strong and vocal opposition.  At a time of high unemployment, a handful of treacherous RINOs decide to advance Obama’s agenda and add more than 12 million more illegal aliens to compete for scarce American jobs.  Amnesty is wrong because it rewards those who knowingly flout our laws.  It is bad policy because it sends the message that the United States is not serious about enforcing its laws, thereby encouraging more copycat law breakers. 

    Conservatives should be unified against amnesty.  Furthermore, conservatives have a golden opportunity to employ anti-amnesty sentiment as a wedge issue to split off moderate Democrats who are concerned about their job security and the career prospects of their children.  Republicans could have used a principled stand against unpopular immigration reform to demonstrate that they have the interest of working men and women at heart. 

    Instead RINOs seem intent on pandering to an ethnic group who overwhelmingly do not vote for them, amnesty or no amnesty.  In doing so, Republicans not only miss the opportunity to win over many anxious blue collar workers, they instead cast themselves as the bad guys facilitating Obama’s perverse program against the struggling American workforce. 
    .

  • technopeasant

    In the interest of broadening our tent and capturing a higher percentage of the vote in presidential elections, I believe a different approach needs to be conceived and implemented in terms of appealing to certain segments of the population.

    Here are 10 segments which I believe if were cultivated by Republican and conservative strategists would make our side a lot more formidable in 2014 and 2016:

    1) Gun owners who are NOT members of the NRA.

    According to a poster at the Democratic Underground there are an estimated 80-100m gun owners in the USA. and there are only 4m members in the NRA. Even if the numbers are slightly askew, any objective observer would have to concede there are a hell of a lot of non-affiliated gun owners that  should be politically tapped especially in this climate where the Left is gung-ho about passing laws on gun control.

    Honestly Mitt Romney threw "craps" when it came to appealing to these folks because gun owners (hunters) could see he was not one of them even though he purported to be.

    2) In the 2004 presidential election, Bush 41 supposedly edged Kerry due to the 15% of the Hispanic vote that self-identify as evangelical. That Obama got 72% of the overall Hispanic vote in 2012, up from 67% in 2008 leads me to believe that either a good number of these evangelicals voted for Obama or did not vote at all. We have to win back these Hispanic evangelical voters. No Republican presidential candidate can win elections when his Democratic counterpart wins 7 out of 10 Hispanic voters.

    3) Childless couples

    The surprise or perhaps shock of the 2012 election imho was that the percentage of married folks dropped from 66% to 60% of the electorate and accordingly the percentage of single people went from 34% of the overall electorate to 40%.

    Folks on our side need to come to terms with the idea that a hell of a lot of American voters have no desire to have children and regardless of your opinion of their decision our side needs to come to terms with this growing segment of the American electorate and start using rhetoric that does not always focus on "future generations" or "making the world better for our children."

    I just wish politicians on our side would move off this dominant theme in election campaigns and instead like a laser focus in on those who vote. In other words if you are tailoring your promotion to a specific market and a specific type of consumer, you shouldn’t waste any time or resources trying to rope in adults who virtually have no interest in your product or service.

    4) White members of the Armed Forces

    Polls have clearly shown that Black members of the Armed Forces tend to vote Democrat and I don’t foresee that changing. I don’t have the data to prove this but white members of the Armed Forces are like anybody else. They need to be stimulated to vote. Running a presidential campaign focusing on one leg of the stool (fiscal issues) and virtually ignoring national defense issues is suicide for our side. They may not vote for the Dems, but there is a good chance enough of them will sit out the election as well.

    5) Older Asian voters who are entrepreneurial and/or believe in family values. I realize the Asian vote is at most 3% of the electorate but it’s part of the mix.

    6) Black professionals–again not a huge number of voters but gettable if the party decides they are worth attracting.

    7) White working class women but not through the traditional strategy of appealing to their economic and financial concerns but instead of focusing on their concerns about national defense, the domestic enforcement of laws and the crime of rape and finally on the protection women need to prevent them from being exploited or taken advantage of (divorced husbands failing to pay child support).

    Our side forgets that although pollsters may define this voter bloc as "white working class" that they are WOMEN first. And not all women similar to not all men are moved to vote based on the economy.

    8) Libertarians who can be won through "a pursuit of happiness" argument that emphasizes individual responsibility over government regulation and collectivist rhetoric that no American can be happy if the collective is not happy first.

    9) Young voters who aspire to be great. Politicians need to tap into that desire by a certain segment of young voters by emphasizing older voters need to set an example for young voters to how it is done and encouraging young voters to be the best they can be in order to make the country greater than it is now or in the past. Focus on the power of desire, dreams, goals, singular purpose.

    10) Recreational fishermen and amateur bowlers. Did you realize that more American adults involve themselves in these two avocations than any other? 43m bowlers and 35m fishermen according to Wikipedia.

    That’s an awful lot of people. Why our side doesn’t tailor its strategy, public presentation, and promotion to these two segments is beyond me?

    • jerseymark

      I believe part of the disgust people have for politicians is that they routinely tell these various "groups" or slices of the electorate what they want to hear and then go about what the politicians want to do with a focus on staying in office. It all seems like a bunch of hot air and while it certainly attracts and fools a bunch of people, many more just tune it all out. This is the group we need to reach. These are the game changers as we grow the electoral pie. As such, there needs to be a coherent, unifying theme that can be seen as positive by all "groups". Sounds impossible with the idea that the "groups" all have their own agenda but that is only because we get caught up in the details, the minutia when we need to take a step back and look to where these agenda’s have a common point of reference. 

      This requires a balancing of principles and practical reality and there is one person who has really been on target consistently with this unifying vision – Sarah Palin. Her message is so powerful and is the reason she has been systematically attacked and abused by the Left and the establishment for she is all about power to the American People upholding "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".

      • technopeasant

        Obviously, in terms of overall political strategy it would not be prudent for party strategists to publicly single out these particular segments of the voting population but from an internal point of view make a decision to target them and to communicate that to conservatives and Republicans throughout the land during this next election cycle.

        As it would not be prudent for a NFL before this year’s draft to announce to the world who they have high on their draft board. But nevertheless the entire upper management of the team would dedicate themselves to reading from same hymn book and utilize a strategy to best uncover pertinent information on their top draft choices which will help them to firm up the pick or turn their heads to someone else.

      • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

        Some ‘groups’,there comes a point where people are just going to have to save there own selves… ~ ! Give these people an option,which they dont hve rt now under the current leadership… meaning a chance to do for themselves…

    • lanahi

      No more dividing Americans by groups or special interests! 
      One people, one message…freedom and smaller, less crooked, government, observing the Constitution.  Is there any subgroup of Americans who can’t be reached by that message?
      A president represents the people, ALL of them.

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • c4pfan

      Morning Jean! 

    • cudaforever

      Me too Jean :) !!

  • bassman

    The LSM criticized Gov. Palin for signing on to Fox. They were upset that she would no longer be free to talk with them. Now the criticise her for leaving. Even though she is now free to give the kind of interview they wanted. I think she should talk with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes so she could point out how he would treat her compared with the big wet kiss he offered to Pres.Obama and Hilary Clinton.

    • ZH100

      "The LSM criticized Gov. Palin for signing on to Fox. They were upset that she would no longer be free to talk with them. Now the criticise her for leaving."
      ———-

      After the Tucson shooting the LSM blamed Gov Palin for the shooting. Then they attacked her for not responding. Then they attacked her for her response.

      Conclusion:
      No matter what the Palin family does they will be vilified and criticized by the main stream media.

    • lanahi

      Has it occured to anyone that the big Rubio push happened as soon as Palin looked like she might become a free agent?

  • stlouisix

    Is That Kid Normal? Teachers Trained to Notice When Students May Not Be
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/kid-normal-teachers-trained-notice-when-students-may-not-be

    What an opening that shouldn’t be given to government run schools in
    that they have the power to determine who is mentally ill, said
    definition no doubt being, anyone who dares to disagree with their
    Marxist Socialist agitprop indoctrination masquerading as education,
    kind of like Comrade Obama’s intent with references to "mental checks"
    for unconstitutional gun control!

  • technopeasant

    I have been critical of many aspects of the Republican/conservative presentation in the past 4+ years but at HA, Rob Taylor summarizes one of my pet peeves about a lack of attention paid to the issue by politicians on our side and the ramifications of it occurring.

    "I think Christian doctrine teaches WEAKNESS, which in part drives Islamic Imperialism and I think modern LIBERALISM is a secularization of the worst aspects of Christian social teachings. This may make me not a viable option for your next church social, but does it mean I’m less of a righty? Or does it just make me more or less unpleasant for Christians to be around?"

    My take:

    Islamic fundamentalists want to kill us. Why would we want to become weak and risk or jeopardize our survival or the survival of our familes? Radical Islamists are some serious dudes.

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      These ‘pretend/conservatives hide behind the word conservatism and are jst as much a threat as the drones in liberalville…No need to name names they know who they are… ~ !

    • Freempg

      Tolerate the intolerant and guess who survives.

    • golfmom3

      True Christian doctrine does not teach weakness.  The watered down version that does not address sin (see wodiej above), that does not demand men lead, that preaches tolerance (not found ANYWHERE in the Bible) is not the world-changing Gospel.  Liberalism always begins with what the serpent said to Eve, "Did God actually say, . . .?"  Unfortunately for this world, the religion many call Christian is not Christian at all. 

      There are pastors, such as John MacArthur, who flat out claim the god of Islam is Satan, the lord of death.  Liberal religionists are outraged and demand he repent of his "sin" of intolerance.  It’s an upside down world we live in. 

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