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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.
    ——–

    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
    ——-

    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.
    ——–

    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

    Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/06/governor-palins-executive-accomplishments.html

  • ZH100

    Excellent read!
    ——-
    The Blame Righty mob falls silent

    http://michellemalkin.com/2013/02/08/the-blame-righty-mob-falls-silent/

    • Val

      Great article, thank you for recommending it and also for all the other information you provide.

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, Val.

  • Jthom26837

     Good Morning Fellow Palinistas,
     
    Mr. L over at Mr. L’s tavern gave all of us agreat idea a couple of weeks ago. He said we should starve the beast. Well, Mr. L. refers to Hollywood as the infamous beast for impugning The U.S.A, and their horrible treatment to Sarah Palin and her Family. I agree whole hardedly. Here’ another reason to buoycot Hollywood, the infamous beast: Charlie Sheen tells one Chris Dorner to call him whenever he gets the chance. In fact a lot of the loonie libs are cheering this ‘Cop Killer’ on. Oh, I sometimes wonder.
     
     I Stand with Sarah Palin!!

    • wodiej

      We should also be boycotting all music and anyone else associated with this cruel treatment of Gov. Palin.  It’s more than movie stars.

      • dneuwen

        it is frustrating that  conservatives have to be told to boycott liberal
        hollywood and other liberal fronts out there. it should be the gut response of conservatives
        to automatically boycott such liberal mouthpiece and propaganda machine. i for one
        can’t stand these liberal cabals for a second that the moment i see one of their
        ilk on tv or whatever i  immediately
        change the channel or avert my attention to more useful diversion and not
        suffer  anymore their liberal drivel. at
        the same time you hurt them right in their pocketbooks which in many ways than one
        could stymie their radical activism.

  • ZH100

     On FBN’s Cavuto, Bozell Discusses Media’s Silence on Menendez Prostitute Allegations

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/02/08/fbns-cavuto-newsbusters-publisher-bozell-discusses-medias-silence-mene#ixzz2KUB2BTev

  • wodiej

    ?"For He shall give his Angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways." Psalms 91:11

  • cudaforever

    Good morning C4P. My choice for the official Tea Party response to Obama’s State of Confusion address would be Sarah Heath Palin !! That would be a message to hear !!

  • YourGMa

    Wishing all freedom-loving, commonsense conservative patriots joyful blessings on the Lunar New Year. 
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  • polarfan

    SURPRISE, NOT -BHO’s Media Cartel (also called "Propaganda Network") is pushing:

    Dorner is a victim -he’s black you know!
    America is a racist nation!  
    LAPD is corrupt!

    • jester2939

      Disgusting. What’s wrong is celebrated and defended. What’s right is mocked and vilified. This is our nation right now.

  • stlouisix

    This is what America has become under the dictates of a demonic tyrant who promotes the entirety of a culture-of-ETERNAL-death under force of unjust law, which is why that we must NEVER compromise with Obama but rather only hold him in the highest contempt which he deserves by resisting to his face every unconstitutional piece of morally bankrupt rot that spews forth from his sociopathic lying mouth for the sake of the common good in accord with "the laws of nature, and of nature’s god" of The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence put there by the founding fathers who, in recognition of the necessity of the importance of the natural law for America’s survival, which for people of faith and right reason, leads to an ultimate good in a Kingdom NOT of this world, "for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor" at the conclusion of The Declaration!

    http://catholiccitizens.org/press/pressview.asp?c=54613

    As sin becomes a civil right, Catholic military chaplains could soon become outlaws
    2/8/2013 9:20:00 AM
    By Father George Rutler -New Advent.com

    The Geneva Convention’s classification of military chaplains as noncombatants has traditionally been interpreted in the United States to mean that chaplains normally do not carry weapons. This often puts them in precarious positions when they are in war zones. Over four hundred chaplains have been killed in the line of duty. Catholic chaplains are especially exposed to dangerous situations by their obligation to administer Absolution and Anointing. They have received every kind of decoration for valor, and seven have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

    All four chaplains awarded the Medal since the Civil War have been Catholic. Among them, Lieutenant Vincent Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest and Navy chaplain, who served with the Marine Corps and was killed while aiding the second Platoon of M Company at the battle of Dong Son in Vietnam, has been proposed for heaven’s highest honor, canonization as a saint.

    The military chaplaincy is under threat by our own government as part of its social agenda. One year ago, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains tried to forbid Catholic chaplains from reading a statement from the Military Ordinary, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who oversees all priests in the Catholic Ordinariate for the Armed Forces, in which he objected to federally mandated health insurance covering sterilization, abortifacients and contraception in violation of the right to religious freedom. Now the government would compel chaplains to acquiesce in "same-sex" simulations of marriage. The Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel has said that military members who dissent from this agenda are "bigoted" and "need to get out."

    As behavior contrary to Christian morality becomes a civil right, Catholics in particular could soon become, quite literally, outlaws. Our current President recently announced that he will disobey a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by his own hand, which states that chaplains cannot be forced "to perform any rite, ritual or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of the chaplain."

    I am always edified by the sacrificing spirit of good soldiers, and as a chaplain to West Point alumni here in New York, I am pleased when cadets serve at Mass. Governments that have tried to manipulate soldiers and doctors and teachers in perverse ways have always had a short shelf life.

    The nineteenth-century French political philosopher Frederic Bastiat warned: "When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe."

    Military chaplains do not bear arms, but they have recourse to another arsenal: "Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect" (Ephesians 6:11).

    • colint

      As I sometimes don’t agree with you I wish to say that I agree 100% with your comment. Thank you.

  • stlouisix

    Gen. John Allen Leaves Afghanistan: ‘We Are Winning’
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gen-john-allen-leaves-afghanistan-we-are-winning

    We cannot be winning, General, when the fraud masquerading as your CIC
    has no intention of winning by hamstringing our troops to an extreme of
    making them fight a PC that makes the self-esteem of the radical
    jihadists a priority over their own lives instead of bringing overwhelming
    force to bear to end the conflict quickly, thereby minimizing casualties, as
    evinced by the death count of our military being inordinately high on
    the Imam Obama’s watch! And until flag officers like you decide to tell the
    truth by having the guts to stand up to Obama for the good of the Service, and, by
    extension, the good of the country, resigning if you must, Obama’s
    material and moral destruction of what was once the best military in the
    world will continue unabated!

    • golfmom3

      They had the General over a barrel with the Jill Kelley emails. Things like that have a way of re-aligning one’s perspective

      • stlouisix

        The problem is that in the course of the realignment, our country is going to hell in a handbag which is why that I have difficulty with a Flag Officer Corps that allowed itself to be corrupted in foreswearing their oath to defend the Constitution by enabling a communist tyrant who willfully trashes The Constitution on a daily basis – the common good of the Service, and by extension the Country, be damned!  There comes a time when good people must stand up and be counted; else, by definition, they are anything but good! Sadly, it appears that being an example for the good is not on the radar of not a few Flag Officers these days!

    • c4pfan

       We are winning?  Winning what?

  • stlouisix

    Cheney Criticizes Obama Nominees As Jeopardizing National Security

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/cheney-criticizes-obama-nominees-jeopardizing-national-security
     
    Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security
    that "good folks" hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director
    and secretary of defense.

    "Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people,"

    Frankly, as a member of the Naval Security Group Command during the
    Vietnam war, I find that the last statement above is the
    mother-of-all-understatements!

    In the course of destroying a free America Obama has made us naked
    to our enemies. I do not believe that people fully comprehend the level
    that our national security has been compromised by a traitor who is
    getting away with unilaterally disarming our country both materially and
    morally to especially include our military which has been corrupted
    like everything else Obama’s tentacles can reach to.

    I can tell you this, unequivocally, those like me who have served
    in positions of security with the highest clearances possible in time
    of war fully understand the danger, and are very worried because Obama
    is putting out the welcome mat for our enemies, Obama’s friends, to
    attack us as they recognize weakness when they see it with Obama’s drones
    in positions of power who are content with unilaterally disarming America in the
    face or our enemies arming to the teeth!

    Accordingly, we had better be more vigilant than ever; else, we won’t
    exist because Comrade Obama couldn’t care less!

    • dave7777

       And it looks like his nominee for head of CIA is a muslim.The pattern begins to take shape.

  • palin45potus

    At The American Thinker this morning, Selwyn Duke on racist cop-killer and the left’s embrace of evil:

    Killer Dorner’s Supporters Are Par for the Left’s Course

    americanthinker.com/blog/2013/02/killer_dorners_supporters_are_par_for_the_lefts_course.html

    Selwyn Duke

    While I was a conservative by age 12, for some time thereafter I viewed liberalism as most do — as just another ideology.  Sure, it was an irritating ideology, but an ideology nonetheless.  But then something happened.  I don’t quite remember if I was 20, 21, or 22, but some experiences in my life and much pondering of the issues and the human condition led to an insight.  It hit me like a bolt of lightning:

    Liberalism is what evil is masquerading as in our time.

    I won’t go into the labyrinthine details of the matter here, but it was a life-changing epiphany that ultimately led to a transition from secular-conservative/libertarian to man of faith and walking, talking anachronism.  And it made me realize that liberals aren’t just misguided, which they are — they’re also in bed with evil.

    This is apparent in much of what they do, and the support that murdering fugitive Christopher Dorner is receiving from the left is a good example.  It doesn’t matter that Dorner is clearly an unhinged man blaming others for his own failures; it doesn’t matter that he shot innocent people; it doesn’t matter that the only sin of one of those innocents, Monica Quan, was being the daughter of a man who Dorner thought didn’t represent him adequately during an LAPD review process, and that another’s only sin was agreeing to become Quan’s fiancé.  None of this matters, because Dorner possesses all the qualifications of a leftist zero hero: he’s pro-gun control, admires other zeroes such as Barack Obama and Piers Morgan, and is anti-cop.

    Thus are there Facebook pages dedicated to Dorner, such as "We Are All Chris Dorner" (if this means all of the left, it’s a tenable theory), whose creator calls the killer "the victim of a manhunt and smear campaign."  One poster at the page named Aaron Hughes writes, "this guy is a hero."  Another page is "We Support Christopher Dorner," with postings such as this one from a James McCarthy: "I support you and good hunting ,, tou [sic] are a true patriot."  This is just a small sampling, mind you.

    There are also pictures, with captions such as:

    SO WE’LL HATE HIM
    Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.

    Then there’s:

    WANTED
    FOR TAKING OUT THE TRASH

    Once again, this is but a sampling.

    Of course, we’ll hear that these are just "exceptions," but the left has a funny knack for turning exceptions into the rule.  And as far as patterns go, it certainly is the rule.  Just consider many leftists’ response to a very cute pre-election video of a six-year-old boy giving ten reasons not to vote for Barack Obama.  Here’s a handful of their YouTube postings (excerpted from a PatriotUpdate.com article):

    And here is one I have to print so it can be cleaned up (as much as liberals’ messes can be):

    GO F*** YOUR MOTHER YOU LITTLE ****SUCKING HOMOPHOBIC GUN LOVING ****SUCKER IF YOU WERE MY F****** KID I WOULD BE GIVING THE BIGGEST S**T KICKING OF A LIFETIME YOU LITTLE GOOD GOD FEARING GOOD FOR F****** NOTHING F****** ****SUCKER!!!!!!
    TheSwordplaya

    I want to reiterate that we’re talking about a cute, innocent six-year-old child here.  And again, we’ll be told that such sentiments aren’t representative of the left, but are they really all that unrepresentative of the passionate left?

    Note that liberals often use children to spread their message; everything is "for the children"…and by the children and of the children.  Obama just surrounded himself with them when signing gun-control executive orders and had little tykes reading statements.  We had to watch in 2008 as kids marched for him in videos and sang "Barack Hussein Obama, mm, mm, mm!"  But did you ever see conservatives post vile sentiments anytime, anywhere about how they wanted to abuse or kill these children?  I spend many hours on the internet and have never seen such a thing.  Of course, a leftist may unearth an example — and I wouldn’t be surprised if such a thing were manufactured, NBC-style — but the point is that exceptions on the right actually are just that.  Exceptions on the left are everywhere.

    They’re in the history books, too.  Maximilien Robespierre was an ardent opponent of the death penalty…that is, until he and his fellow French revolutionaries took power and he used the guillotine to murder thousands.  The communists in the Soviet Union murdered at least 20 million and the Maoists in China approximately 70 million.  And the Khmer Rouge exceptions in Cambodia exterminated one third of their nation’s population between 1975 and ’79.  As for anticipated futures, the people Obama ally Bill Ayers was breaking bread with theorized that they may have to kill 25 million "capitalists" in order to complete a communist revolution in America.  Hey, you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, right? 

    This is why I’ve long had a different take, a philosophical one, on sociopathy.  I believe that it may simply be the result of taking liberalism — or, to be precise, the relativism central to it — to its logical conclusion.  After all, if what we call right and wrong is simply man’s preferences and thus doesn’t really exist, it makes no sense to have a conscience.  For there is nothing to be conscientious about.

    What is for sure, however, is that modern liberalism is moral dysfunction.

    • Christopher H Fromme

      From Jim Quinn my morning talker:  Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent.

      More info on liberals http://www.warroom.com/quick_start.php

    • Audrey_I

      Adolph Hitler surrounded himself with children. 

  • palin45potus

    At Newsbusters this morning is the story about the CNN anchor who wondered aloud whether an asteroid that might be on it’s way someday was somehow the result of Global Warming.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2013/02/09/parody-or-does-she-believe-it-cnn-anchor-blames-asteroid-global-warming

    If you want a good laugh, read some of the comments.  There are some hilarious ones, such as wondering why it’s not Bush or Palin’s fault.  Or whether or not it’s somehow related to Guam tipping over.

    You get the picture.  Morning levity

    • Craig Phillips

      reply to palin45potus;

      Don’t discount the question as to whether or not global warming could attract more asteroids into earths path than would otherwise be.

      It could be possible that heat has an effect on gravity, increasing its pull; even if its slight, it might cause changes to orbiting entities - and only a little change could bring a large catastrophie.

      There is a common experiment you can perform at home to see these errie gravitational effects that could threaten us all;

      1)  Gather children together – your kids or grandkids, and their friends - they will usually commence falling into an orbiting pattern like small asteroids around the kitchen around midday.

      2)  Bake a batch of cookies in the oven.

      3)  When they are done, put them out on a cooling tray, alongside some other room  temperature cookies that were baked the day before.

      4)  You will notice the small entities ( kids ) will be somehow drawn to the hotter ones more so than the cold ones -leading to an increased likelyhood of collisions that could result in a  catastrophic change of course.

      *I’ve seen this happen with my own eyes!!

  • Christopher H Fromme

    This is not rocket science, the Tea Party class of 2010 were elected to cut spending and nothing was done.  So now they have one last chance to cut spending or loose the House and the country in 2014.  60% + Americans want to see spending cuts.  We need to connect the dots that less government means more job growth and hammer that message.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/01/19/without_deep_spending_cuts_republicans_lose_the_house_in_2014_116733.html

    • 01_Explorer_01

      There are 435 members in the House.  You need 218 members to vote to cut spending.

      You said:   "This is not rocket science, the Tea Party class of 2010 were elected to cut spending and nothing was done….."     So your attacking the twenty to thirty tea party members.

      Maybe you failed for electing RINOS in your state.  You apparently did not donate enough.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    How many of you have sent SarahPAC a $49.00 donation to celebrate the Governor’s 49th birthday tomorrow?

    • jester2939

      I plan on it. Thanks for the reminder.

    • dave7777

      Done.

    • Lynda

      Sent $11 for the date of her birth

      • RefudiateGOPe

        Or send $2.00 for the month of her birth.  Or send $64.00 for the year of her birth.  Or send $211.64 for the complete date of her birth. :-)

        • Ceejay

          Or send $20.16 for the year we hope she is elected president if she chooses to run.

          • palin45potus

            Please give what ya can!

    • c4pfan

       I will be sending a donation tomorrow!

    • RedDaveR

      My donation is in the mail.  Good idea.

    • CharterOakie

      Sent a multiple of that yesterday and will send that exact amount tomorrow – her birthday.

  • palin45potus

    The mission of the media is to pre-select the GOP nominee before any of us riffraff actually have the opportunity to cast a vote.

    They are pushing Rubio because they can use him to push amnesty, plus block any real TEA Party type, especially Sarah Palin.

    Polling?  For strippers.  They can ask the question to get the answers they want.

    The TEA Party rise in 2009-10 angered the left considerably.  They didn’t give anyone permission to rally against their chosen golden-boy, and they especially disliked the focus on smaller Government when they are the cheerleaders for an ever-growing leviathan.

    And to see Sarah Palin, who they disapproved of in 2008 and thus had no business ever even working again as far as they were concerned was simply too much.  They had done all they could to persuade anyone who’d listen that she was unworthy, and we didn’t listen.  How dare she?!!  How dare we?!!

    Be very very suspicious of anyone that the media claim’s is a new kind of Republican.  Any "Republican" who the media promotes is probably no friend of Conservatives.

  • jester2939

    Good morning C4Peeps!!! I really want to attend the memorial service for Chris Kyle tomorrow, but a new session starts tomorrow and I will have some new students. Is anyone here able to go?

    • c4pfan

       I don’t know, but I am sure that there will be a way to see it after.

      • jester2939

        Hope so.

  • CBDenver

    Yesterday there was headline link to this aricle by Jeffrey Lord entitled "Karl Rove and the Cotton Conservatives. http://spectator.org/archives/2013/02/05/karl-rove-and-the-cotton-conse/print. This article is very good and deserves a second look.

    In the article, Lord describes the history of the Whig party and why the Republicans are "going the way of the Whigs". The Whig party was divided by the issue of slavery. On the one side were Whigs who believed that slavery was morally wrong and contrary to the constitution. On the other were the compromisers who were willing to make accommodations to slavery. This schism eventually led to the demise of the Whig party and the rise of the Republicans.

    In 19th century America, the major political issue was slavery. In 21st century America, the major political issue is Big Government. As before, today we have Republicans who oppose Big Government versus the compromisers, whose think Big Government is ok as long as the right people are in charge.

    Strangly enough, this puts so-called conservatives like Karl Rove in the same camp as avowed liberals like Ralph Nader. Nader often speaks about "corporate welfare", which is essentially the same as "crony capitalism". But unlike commonsense conservatives who oppose crony capitalism across the board (i.e. "Throw Them All Out"), Nader believes there is such a thing as good corporate welfare. These are the corporate welfare programs that have an "overall public gain". Of course that "gain" is measured by good-hearted, public spirited folks like Ralph Nader, who never could be considered to be biased in any way (/sarc).

    The reality is there is no such thing as a "good" corporate welfare, crony capitalism, or Big Government. Any Big Government is a threat to individual liberty and freedom. Corporate welfare/crony capitalism is the mechanism for growing Big Government. Claims by Big Government enthusiasts that they are just serving the "public interest" is just a smokescreen to a power grab.

    The fight against the supporters of Big Govermnent is the political challenge of our time. We need to not get distracted by other issues like abortion, gay marriage, sex education, etc. Yes, those are important but those issues should be fought in the social arena, not the political one. The one big political issue is the fight against Big Government.

    • dave7777

       In mathematics there is the concept of approaching half the distance to an object…then half of the half..then half of the half of a half..etc. You never reach the object. I view the political landscape like that. Half (I’m being generous) know nothing and don’t care….half do….half of those that do like the way things are going….half of the caring half are unsatisfied (and vote against the big government)….half of those dissatisfied vote GOP regardless….half of the GOP voters are not satisfied to the extent that they 1) don’t vote or 2) vote reluctantly…finally half of the half of the half of the half (that’s us) are so dissatisfied that change must come, either in another party, or collapse of the GOPE.
      Will we reach our goal? Or will we never get there, like the mathematical model?

      • virginiagentleman1

        Dang! I actually understand that! ( I still have trouble with 2 plus 2 though!)  VG

  • technopeasant

    Among the favorite words of this iconoclast. I hope to contribute a new word every day.

    RADICALIZE

    To many people the subject is just as taboo as discussing what happens to a person’s body after the head has been guillotined. Many parents would rather their kids walk into their bedroom when they are making love rather than to have to withstand the potential shame associated with a son or daughter who has been RADICALIZED and the acts he or she has perpetrated or the lifestyle they have chosen to live.

    But here is a point to consider: Have too many American parents in general been distracted by their own narcissism and their own pursuit of happiness and as a consequence remained blind to how their children under their roof and their tutelage have been blindsided on a daily basis by the environment, the government and its surrogates in the education community, media and entertainment industry to the point of RADICALIZING them in their most formative years. Look up the word FORMATIVE. And you will then know one of the main reasons why our side continues to lose presidential elections.

    Your kids or grandchildren have been RADICALIZED. And often parents or grandparents haven’t a clue this is been done to them or the kids themselves don’t realize it either.

    Reason: Parents don’t have the time or will to explore the issue. As for kids how the hell are they supposed to know what is radical or not when their bodies (and minds) are going through such fundamental hormonal changes and they have no experience to understand how one becomes RADICALIZED or what it feels like to be RADICALIZED. You don’t know what you don’t know.

    Too many parents and kids are thus completely in the dark. And the Left is giving themselves "high-fives" on a continual basis for their success in RADICALIZING American youth, because they know once a young man or a young woman has been fundamentally RADICALIZED, it then take on the idea of a plant needed to be watered occasionally or on schedule to keep it alive and thriving. And that is where tailored propaganda enters the picture to keep RADICALISM alive and well.

    But this point needs to be emphasized: This propaganda would not be as effective if the RADICALIZING process had not been enacted in the first place by our enemies to RADICALIZE the youth of America. And how do we know it has worked? The election of Obama twice to the presidency. How else can you explain the youth of America falling for the RADICAL ideas of the unashamed Marxist. Because the Messiah’s ideas mesh with their own RADICAL ideas. And how do we know that? It’s simple: If you are fan of KISS, you buy their music and take the opportunity to see them perform in person. If you aren’t you don’t. Qutie simply the folks under 30 who vote for Obama are fans of Obama and in political terms they are fans of his RADICALISM.

    Yes, you may consider the youth of America as misguided and think like Pollyanna they wlll eventually outgrow their RADICALIZATION and come to their senses as real life and adulthood tempers their RADICALIZATION and makes them more amenable to traditional American political themes like American exceptionalism, getting ahead, and enjoying the fruits of capitalism.

    But I think you are wrong. It’s like the "neverending story" or in the military where a new class reports for boot camp for the drill sergeant to muster into shape. The cycle is never broken. If anything, the Left learns by trial and error and and adjusts its strategies over time.

    The Left has fine-tuned their playbook since the days of Goebbels and the development of subliminal advertising and communications. The Left knows exactly which buttons to push similar to when Raymond Shaw receives an unexpected phone call from time to time from his "Communist masters" in The Manchurian Candidate and instantly becomes RADICALIZED.

    Have I portrayed too bleak a picture? Have I gone too far to suggest this process of the RADICALIZATION of American youth is irreversible? Perhaps I have. The Bible says basically when God is in your corner anything is possible.

    But patriots, prayer alone will not eliminate RADICALISM. China and Cuba are testaments to that. Even Communist Russia had a 75 year run.

    So Technopeasant bottom line what are you saying? What I am saying is that our side will keep losing election afte election if it does not make a serious effort to first to understand the process of RADICALIZATION which is been perpetrated on the youth of America, then coming to terms with it, and finally developing strategies to undermine this RADICALIZATION, even before attempting to convert these young people to voting GOP.

    And how should our side go about chipping away at this RADICALIZATION with the goal of OBLITERATING it, at least with white youth? How about telling the truth about American history and that America was founded under God and certain principles that absolutely guarantee the supremacy of the individual over the group, including the government. And that individual initiative and capitalism are two of the key components that have ensured America prosperity and that continued prsoperity and economic growth is indeed desirable and then provide the reasons why it is.

    America was not founded out of a need to save the planet, to make white people feel guilty for their existence or to empower government to treat its citizens as dependents or wards of the state.  And these ideas need to be disabused on a 24/7 basis or the RADICALIZATION of America will become a permanent fixture of American culture and the political landscape every 4 years.

    • CBDenver

      I have four nephews between the ages of 16 and 30.  I have noticed over the years that they have gradually become less liberal in their outlook, despite the fact that the older 3 are all graduates of liberal colleges and the offspring of liberal parents.  They will actually engage in constructive conversations about political topics.   What changed them?  Getting out in the real world. Seeing how the economy really works (or doesn’t in Obama’s America).  So I am more hopeful that we can see a turn-around.

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

      The word RADICAL comes from the Latin Radicalis (of roots) or Latin Radix (roots).  

      Think of radishes in your garden.  Deep roots.

      IMO, all of us are radicalized to something in our lives.  In my life I was radicalized to the Catholic faith through Grammar School, High School and College.  The nuns and the brothers and the priests hammered home the DOGMA (another good and misunderstood word) of the Catholic Church.  It has held me in good stead throughout my life and especially in tough times.

      Rootedness or Radicalization to the Truth provides a guiding star in life.  It steers you in right directions to make right choices.  

      There is nothing wrong with being deeply rooted in something.  Deeply rooted in the Truth is best of all.  

      We want to RADICALIZE young Americans to the truth about our Constitution, our God given rights, the benefits of limited government and the opportunities and freedom that come with a free market economy driven by the voluntary exertions of free men and women meeting the needs of society through cooperative effort.  

      Our problem is that the Marxist Socialists understand the necessity of being deeply rooted in dogma.  The tragedy is their dogma is rooted, or radicalized in the Lie.  Our young people are being Radicalized, rooted, in the Dogma of Lies.  

      Dr. Ben Carson is a fine example of a man who refused to be a victim of the Lie.  He is a radicalized man.  He is radicalized in the Truth.  He is a man of deep roots.  Thank God.

      There is a big job in front of us.

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