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The Best Video Of Sarah Palin’s Speech In Pella, Iowa

By Gary P Jackson

There are several amateur videos of Sarah Palin’s incredible heart felt speech after the screening of The Undefeated in Pella, Iowa on Tuesday night, but by far, this video by michellefron is the best quality.

I’m again stuck by the power Sarah brings to a speech. No notes, no teleprompters, just speaking from the heart.

It’s also notable that she lets people know right away this movie isn’t about her, but her entire team, as well as the American spirit, and what can be accomplished with a little hard work.

This is what real a real leader looks like. Someone with the right stuff.

There is also a great article about the videographer’s experience at the event here. Make sure you check it out.

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Illinois Organize4Palin–Standing for Right in the Bastion of the Left

by Whitney Pitcher

Illinois is often seen as one of the bastions of liberalism—the California or New York of the Midwest.  Rather than cutting spending and reining in government growth during a time of economic downturn and period of massive deficits, our governor grew our state budget and increased state income taxes by 67% and corporate taxes by more than 40%. Especially with the conviction of former Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week (the 4th Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption since 1972), we could quite possibly even change our state motto to “Illinois: where the governors make the license plates”. In 2004, we elected Barack Obama to the Senate, which propelled him to the presidency just four years later. We’ve all become far too familiar with his failed leadership and poor policies and the effects those have on our nation. Such a recent political history may have the rest of the country asking, “what’s wrong with Illinois voters?”  Take heart. Not all of us support the incompetence, lack of leadership, and poor policies of those whom our state has elected. Actually, an increasing number of us have chosen to support someone who has effectively taken on massive spending and corruption—Sarah Palin.

Organize4Palin is a grassroots organization supporting Governor Palin and her commonsense conservative message all across the country.  Illinois Organize4Palin is one of the many state groups who are meeting and organizing all across the country. In the past month, we have held three meetings at locations throughout the state—from a local restaurant in suburban Chicago to a church classroom in the central part of the state to a bowling alley lounge in Chicago. A local restaurant, a church, and a bowling alley—just where you would expect down-to-earth, hard working Palin supporters to meet. The bowling alley where we met just last week is co-owned by one of our great volunteers. Check out the marquee at the bowling alley, in the heart of Chicago no less:

We have met to discuss various ways to support Governor Palin both on an individual level and on a group level. We’ve discussed specific events where we will be present in support of Governor Palin during this summer. Volunteers from Illinois have assisted with efforts in neighboring states over the past few months—from Governor Palin’s Tea Party speech in Madison, Wisconsin in April to the premiere of “The Undefeated” earlier this week in Iowa. We’ve supported Governor Palin through new media as well. One of our volunteers, Ellen, is instrumental in running the site Students4Palin—another group of Organize4Palin volunteers representing a constituency that President Obama once owned. Along the way, we’ve met more and more people who support Governor Palin. Another one of our wonderful volunteers shares this story from her cab ride following our Chicago meeting:

After I left the meeting, I caught a cab to the train station. The cabbie was friendly and talkative. In his heavily Greek accented voice, he asked why I was going from a bowling alley to the train station. I explained that I was at a meeting. He followed up, “A meeting at a bowling alley? What kind of meeting is held at a bowling alley?” I replied, “Political.”

He queried, “Democrat?” I shook my head, nope, more like… independent. He gave me a puzzled look as he could tell I was reluctant to give him more information.

After he stared me down I somewhat sheepishly replied, “It was a meeting to help organize for Sarah Palin.”

He asked, again, “At a bowling alley?” I replied, “The owner is a supporter, too.” He nodded as if it all finally made sense to him.

He smiled and said, “I really like her.” He said, “I’m a Republican but the field is full of no-goods like Romney and Gingrich.” (And, he pretended to spit.) “Good for you, do you think she’ll run?” I responded that we’re hoping she does and will be ready to help if she does.

Despite what the main stream media wants to tell us, there is no such thing as an “unlikely Palin supporter”. We cannot be labeled, nor placed in a box. We’re unique individuals supportive of a woman who binds the three legged stool of conservatism with the seat of integrity and character. Illinois Organize4Palin is comprised of former Hillary Clinton supporters, Republicans, independents, and formerly apathetic non-voters. We’re a polychromatic group of varying religious, educational, and backgrounds.  Our diversity is not only seen in our backgrounds, but in our reasons for supporting Governor Palin. Don’t take my word for it though. Let me introduce you to some of Illinois Organize4Palin’s volunteers and let them tell you themselves:

Organize4Palin volunteers in Urbana, Illinois (hometown of noted Palin Derangement Sufferers, George Will and Roger Ebert)

Organize4Palin volunteers in Chicago, Illinois

If you have not signed up with Organize4Palin yet, please do so here.  You can also follow Organize4Palin on twitter here and Illinois Organize4Palin here.

Game on!

Thank you to Stacy for her assistance with video editing.

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Sarah Palin Is Still The GOP’s Biggest Star And Only Leader

By Gary P Jackson

Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican has a great recap of the Pella. Iowa world premier of The Undefeated

Here are some excerpts:

Pella took center stage as Sarah Palin made a visit to the community of 10,000 to view a new documentary about her political life, “The Undefeated.” Below are my thoughts about what took place there yesterday.

The Setting

The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. The City of Pella is worth a visit at any time of year, especially in the early spring when its millions of tulips are bloom. But even after the tulips are gone, the vibrant city known for its Dutch heritage still impresses those who stop in the southern Iowa town.

The heart of the city is populated with locally owned stores. There isn’t a big box store in sight of the downtown. Instead of cars being lined up at a Starbucks, people grab their coffee at Smokey Row. People travel from near and far to get Dutch letters and baked goods from the Jaarsma Bakery. If sweets and baked goods are not your forte, there is always Ulrich’s Meat Market.

Pella was the perfect setting to unveil the new Palin documentary, The Undefeated, because, in many ways, it could be said that the community of Pella is undefeated.

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The community, which has 2400 more registered Republicans than Democrats, embraced the movie premier and Palin visit. The day before her visit, the movie producer and other advance staff could be heard laughing throughout the downtown with public safety officials. As always, the community of Pella put its best foot forward as the spotlight shined upon its picturesque city.

The Movie

Last week, I talked to a member of the media who had seen a preview of “The Undefeated” and was unimpressed. Most of the complaints were technical in nature. They were also offended by the unrated version’s language that opens the movie. The movie begins showing the vicious attacks on Palin, most of them from the liberal elite from Hollywood. The version shown in Pella was lightly toned down with the offending curse words being bleeped out, but the effect of displaying the vitriol this woman faced, mostly just for the fact that she’s a conservative woman, was still shocking and a bit overwhelming to watch.

My initial thought while watching the movies was, where was this three years ago when Palin was on the Republican presidential ticket? The movie does an excellent job of telling the story of Palin’s political career, the odds she faced, the victories she achieved, and the price that she ultimately paid.

After watching the film, you come away with a better understanding of what Palin did in Alaska that thrust her into the national spotlight. The documentary showcases the victories she achieved in the first 20 months as governor. Then it shows how, after being demonized by the liberal left, she was no longer able to accomplish anything.

The Star: [emphasis mine]

Palin was amazing in Pella yesterday. As she and Todd made their way though various shops in the downtown area, onlookers would stop to say hello, ask to take a photo, or get an autograph. Palin took it all in stride. Even though she is a huge media sensation, she is somehow able to remain grounded. Nothing illustrated that more than the bug splattered Chevy Malibu that they drove to Pella.

The media couldn’t help but try and compare Palin to Michele Bachmann, who officially launched her presidential campaign on Monday. They both connect to people, and both have star power, but having seem them both in Iowa in the span of 24 hours, it’s clear that Palin will always be the original female GOP star. That’s not an insult toward Bachmann, but Palin’s star shines brighter.

I thought it was pretty remarkable that Palin, who is a national political phenomenon, came to this small Iowa town, strolled through the town square, watched a two-hour movie with 300 plus locals, and then spent several hours meeting people and shaking hands at the cook out that followed the movie premier. The people just flocked to her in Pella last night, and she handled it all with grace.

Palin must have posed for a thousand photographs last night. In addition, she also autographed hundreds of books, tickets, and even a baseball. While she could have left at any time, she patiently worked through the crowd until she hit the door of her car. The crowd loved her. Nobody went home disappointed.

Read more here.

This article hits the nail on the head. Sarah Palin has a rare quality that we will need to win in 2012. She’s undeniably a media superstar. She can draw a crowd anywhere. She connects very well with people. And lets face it, if she’s in town, she’s the story, the media all but ignore other candidates, and even the President of the United States, if he’s close by.

But there’s more to Sarah Palin than that, she was also a superstar Governor. She had the highest approval rating of any Governor, and possibly any elected official, in the entire United States. She did this by working hard and getting things done. She took on corruption, including corruption among Republicans and Big Oil. She cut spending by record amounts. And she did it in good times, while her legislature was begging her to spend, spend, spend.

You know, we look at a few Governors out there today trying to cut spending, and get excited, but we must remember, these Governors have no choice. Their states are on the verge of bankruptcy. Alaska was flush with money, but Sarah foresaw a time when it wouldn’t be. She was way ahead of the curve. Her insight left Alaska with a $12 billion surplus.

Sarah even cut her own staff, famously getting rid of the cook and other staff at the Governor’s Mansion. She also refused a pay raise [taking her from $125,000 to earning $150,000 per year] the legislature approved for both her and the Lt. Governor. [who also refused] All-in-all, Sarah cut the executive office budget by $1 million, as compared to the previous two Governor’s spending.

Sarah also got huge things done like ACES and AGIA. The former revamping the way Big Oil paid Alaska for the oil they take out of the ground, the latter putting in place the mechanism to create a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48, the largest construction project in North American history, and a 30 year dream of the Alaskan people.

Sarah got more significant things done in her time as Governor than most Governors and even most Presidents do in their entire careers.

You combine the media savvy of Sarah Palin with the abilities as the best Governor/CEO in the country and you have a winning package, not only for 2012, but for many decades to come.

You see, the thing Sarah Palin is able to do, that no other politician in the country can, including Obama, is excite people to the point of truly wanting to get involved. Those familiar with Organize4Palin, know that thousands of volunteers nationwide are building a ground game for 2012, just on the HOPE Sarah Palin will run for President. These aren’t paid staffers. They are regular people who see a real leader and are willing to work hard to do anything to help her win.

But, there’s more. Sarah Palin has a profound effect on young people, boys and girls. Witness Youth for Palin, a growing group of real patriots whose writing we’re proud to feature here. These young women and men are excited about Liberty and Freedom. They will be the future leaders of our country.

As someone who still has great reverence for Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin really excites me in a way no other can. She is the embodiment of Reagan. We know she’s studied Reagan since her youth. Now she’s using her star power to get younger folks, who didn’t have the pleasure of living when Reagan was President, to understand the principles he used to save America after the turbulent Carter years. She’s also reminding the older folks as well.

Simply put, Sarah Palin is today’s gold standard of Conservatism and leadership. She has the ability to not only revive the Reagan Revolution, but create her own as well. As great as Reagan was, I firmly believe Sarah Palin has what it takes to raise the bar even higher. Sarah’s unique pioneer roots, as well as her natural ability as a CEO, give her something we only see once, maybe twice, in a lifetime.

Sarah Palin can connect with the common man, because she’s one too. She can also stand with the world’s great leaders because she is one of them, too. Few can claim this sort of power and ability. And Sarah has the charisma and star power to bring the nation with her as she works to fundamentally RESTORE the nation to it’s founding principles.

I rarely trust politicians or put an ounce of faith in them. I trust Sarah Palin completely and have faith in her. I’ve been following Sarah’s career since her earliest days as Governor. A lot has happened since then. I’ve never been disappointed in how she’s handled whatever came her way. She’s proven to have a certain ability to always do the right thing, even when it was incredibly hard.

Sarah has also proven, without a single doubt, that she is one of the best tacticians out there. She has a political savvy that not only wins elections, but also wins hearts and minds. She proved as Governor that she could get things done by working with the democrats, without having to compromise her principles. The last President we had who could do this was Ronald Reagan. Reagan got incredible things done with a democrat Congress. Sarah got incredible things done facing not only democrats, but a hostile Republican Party. [sending their buddies to prison helped that along]

With Sarah Palin as our nominee, not only will she beat Obama in a landslide, her coattails will be long. Sarah proved in 2010 she can deliver. We saw one of the biggest nationwide political re-alignments in our nation’s history, and Sarah played a huge part in this.

There are a lot of democrat Senators up for re-election in 2012. With the leadership and star power Sarah has, we can win enough of those seats to have a strong Republican majority in Congress. With this majority, Sarah will be able to restore our nation. She will put us on a path of energy independence. Real energy independence. She’ll put in policies that will grow our economy and create jobs. Good jobs. Durable jobs. Most importantly, she will slash spending like you have never though imaginable. She’ll ride herd over wayward RINOs, and get a lot of democrats on board as well. Sarah won’t be bashful cutting any and all wasteful spending.

Leadership in Washington is almost non-existent. You don’t even have to take your shoes off to count how many real leaders are in our nation’s capitol, and none of them are at the top. Leaders like Sarah Palin do not grow on trees. When they come along, it is our duty as Americans to see they are put in office. Sarah Palin is the key if we want to see America restored. No one else has what she brings to the table. No one has the mix of star power and natural ability to govern, and govern well.

This is Sarah Palin’s time. This is our time too.

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Order Your Tickets Now For “The Undefeated” Premier Near You

By Gary P Jackson

The Undefeated will make it’s nationwide debut on July 15, to make sure you have a seat, order your tickets today. For a list of theaters, order information, and more, click here.

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New Reagan Statue in Budapest Celebrates Fall Of Communism

ASSOCIATED PRESS Sculptor Istvan Mate puts some finishing touches on his statue of former President Ronald Reagan, which will be unveiled in Budapest on Wednesday. The bronze statue will stand in the city’s Freedom Square.

By Gary P Jackson

As we continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, and remember the positive impact we have world wide, her’s yet another tribute to one of the most monumental accomplishments of Reagan’s, the fall of the Soviet Union, and communism. as a major force.

From the Washington Times:

BUDAPEST — A larger-than-life (7 feet, 2 inches tall) bronze likeness of former President Ronald Reagan will stand in Freedom Square in this historic city – which he never visited, but which is the first in the former Eastern bloc to erect a statue in recognition of his role in dismantling the Soviet empire.

It will be unveiled by Prime Minister Victor Orban, leader of Hungary’s conservative government. The Hungarians, according to a recent government statement, “will always remember with gratitude the unchallengeable role played by the United States and President Reagan in bringing the Cold War to a conclusion, and for the fact that Hungary regained its sovereignty in the process.

The powerful work by Hungarian sculptor Istvan Mate captures the president in mid-stride, as though walking across Szabadsag (Freedom Square) to the Hungarian parliament a couple blocks away. Along with the issuance of Reagan commemorative stamps by the Hungarian post office, the statue marks the centennial of the 40th president’s birth. In Prague, the Czechs are naming a downtown street after him, but no statue.

Mr. Mate never met Reagan but he based his likeness on photos. The artist recently told the Associated Press that he had to work quickly to finish the statue in time. The commission came from the Orban government (with support from the California-based Reagan Foundation) after the center-right Fidesz party’s victory in the April 2010 election. The socialist government that had been in power for the previous eight years was hardly likely to have ordered such a tribute – particularly since there already is a bust of Reagan in Budapest, unveiled less than five years ago.

A large screen has been set up to show scenes from Reagan’s life during Wednesday’s unveiling, at which former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Edwin Meese, Reagan’s attorney general, were due to speak.

But some noted that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who famously hailed the former communist satrapies as “the New Europe” for supporting the Iraq War (as opposed to “the Old Europe,” which did not), was not on the list of U.S. guests.

A statue to Reagan in Budapest is likely to irritate the Russians, but there has been no comment out of Moscow. The Hungarians have a history of angering the Russians. There was the abortive uprising in 1956, of course, and after the Cold War the Hungarians and other East Europeans angered the Russians by the alacrity with which they joined NATO, the old enemy.

It is not lost on ordinary Hungarians that the Reagan statue will have a far less popular neighbor in the shape of a 40-foot-high obelisk commemorating Soviet troops who died in Hungary fighting the Nazis during World War II. The Hungarians would like it moved to a less prominent location, but that would deeply offend Russia.

The week’s schedule of events in Budapest requires a delicate choreography of U.S. high-level visitors because the day following the unveiling Ms. Rice’s successor will also be in town. In Budapest for talks with Mr. Orban, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is also expected to attend the opening Thursday of an institute of human rights named after the late Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat who was born in Hungary.

Make sure you check out Madeleine McAulay’s essay The Fight for Liberty, Democracy, and Freedom about Ronald Reagan and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Large Crowd In Minnesota For Bristol and Sarah Palin’s Book Signing

By Gary P Jackson

Fresh from the world premier of The Undefeated in Pella, Iowa, Sarah Palin, Todd, and daughter Bristol were at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Bristol was there to sign copies of her new book Not Afraid of Life and as a bonus, Sarah was signing America by Heart as well.

From The Republic:

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Security is tight as Sarah Palin helps her daughter kick off a book tour at Mall of America.

Both Bloomington police and mall security are on hand Wednesday as the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate appears with Bristol Palin at a joint book-signing.

Customers have to pass through a checkpoint before getting the two to sign copies of their latest books.

The mall estimates about 1,500 people turned out and that the Palins did about 700 autographs.

Bristol Palin’s memoir, “Not Afraid of Life,” came out last week and Wednesday is her first public event. Sarah Palin’s “America by Heart” was released last fall. HarperCollins imprints published both books.

They have some great photos on their website. Click here to view.

Right Speak has more photos and a bit of video here.

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A 15 Year Old’s Review of “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far”

By Madeleine McAulay

Not Afraid of Life, written by Bristol Palin with Nancy French, is a captivating story of Faith, Family, and a whole lot of Drama. Not Afraid of Life exposes the trials and the sufferings Bristol Palin experienced throughout her teenage years and the false exhibitions that were played out by the Main Stream Media.

Bristol Palin wrote this book in a way that is not only personal but that is charming. When she discussed her family and her childhood it was impossible not to smile. Many of the stories she told, from when she was a young girl, reminded me that her family is normal and very relatable. (And much like mine!)

Despite what the media is trying to make it seem like, the entirety of this book is not about Levi Johnston. Yes, she does discuss their former relationship in detail, but this book is more than just a little, petty love story that didn’t work out. It goes into the gritty details and the many regretful decisions Bristol Palin made as a teenager and how she overcame those decisions.

Not Afraid of Life does a fantastic job at debunking the false accusations and lies that the media has tried to throw at the Palin family. It also displays the thick skin and the hardworking family that the Palin’s are. Along with highlighting the unfailing love Bristol has for her precious son, Tripp. It describes the hard work and dedication it took for her to get where she is today. Her story is inspirational and one to be greatly admired.

Coming from a youth perspective, this book was very impactful. Not Afraid of Life reminds me that just because someone is not necessarily a “bad” kid, they can still get caught up and overwhelmed by the secular world. Bristol Palin said multiple times in this book, that she was a good, Christian girl, but that she got caught up with the wrong guy and her desires overwhelmed her since of right and wrong.

Bristol Palin has experienced a life she never thought she would. Some people say, “Why is her story any different than any other teen mom?” But Bristol’s story is different because of the way she overcame those trials. Most people would have given up if they would have had to endure what Bristol did. An average person would not have survived those trials. But not only did Bristol survive them, she faced them head on. Fearlessly she pushed through the many hindrances placed in her way with Grace and Integrity.

I would highly recommend Not Afraid of Life, to anyone and everyone. This book made me, smile, laugh, and cry. I applaud Bristol Palin for her Courageous and Gutsy spirit. This book has greatly impacted my life, and I know that it will do the same for everyone who reads it and gives it a chance. I look forward to seeing where God leads Bristol’s life, and the great ways He will use her to spread His good and perfect Word.

Madeleine McAulay is the co-founder of Youth For Palin. You can follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, and at their website. You can also find her at her new blog Faith Hope and Politics.

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Andy Barr’s Strange Definition of “Fans”

By Stacy Drake

First of all, I would like to boldly state that I take offense when people refer to Palin supporters as “fans.” The notion that we are “fans” infers that we are not serious in what we do. It also infers that Governor Palin is not serious, as if she is just some celebrity with a fan-club. Nonsense. We are serious activists with a serious cause. Governor Palin is a serious leader, during a serious time. Don’t let them diminish any of our efforts by downplaying our motives.

That said, Andy Barr wrote a piece recently for Politico titled “Palin fans tire of 2012 question.” The title itself insinuates that supporters or “fans” (because that’s what the leftist media calls us) of Governor Palin are tiring of the governor, and are running to Andy Barr to go on record about it. Rubbish.

As you look through the list of people he cites as alleged “fans,” you will notice that they all have something in common. Every one of them are current or former GOP officials. Since when has Sarah Palin had a large number of “fans” within the Republic establishment, on any level? Um, try never.

Barr writes (emphasis):

And the frustration is starting to build: key early state players are tiring of trying to read the tea leaves about whether she’s in or out. They’ve reached the point where they just want to know the answer.

Trying to figure out Sarah Palin reminds me of the ancient practice of extispicy, divination by examining entrails for meaning,” said former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen.

I’ve become convinced that there is no grand strategy behind Palin’s activity,” Cullen added. “There is no rhyme. There is no reason. The only common theme to her schedule of activities, statements and appearances is her seemingly unending ability to attract media coverage.

Now, there is nothing to say that a former GOP official couldn’t be a supporter of Governor Palin. I’m sure she would appreciate the support, and I know her real supporters would as well. However, in Mr. Cullen’s case, he appears to be a pretty big “fan” of somebody else. Back in May of this year, Cullen wrote a piece for the New Hampshire based Union Leader called “Why I’m giving Mitt Romney the benefit of the doubt.” In it, he writes:

Conservatives rightfully celebrated the defeat of Hillarycare in 1994, but then they failed to move market-based alternatives to big-government healthcare. Meanwhile, people had the audacity to keep getting hurt and sick. Others worried about affordable coverage and staying insured. Swelling costs threatened federal, state, and local budgets. The issue didn’t heal itself. It metastasized politically while most Republicans did little.

An exception was Mitt Romney, who tried to address the public’s desire to bring predictability to insurance, cover the uninsured, lower costs, and protect taxpayers. We can, and should, debate aspects of his approach and whether it’s worked, but Romney deserves more credit and less criticism than he’s getting for addressing an enormously complicated issue, and the benefit of the doubt for trying when others would not. Governors and Presidents are elected to lead. Romney did.

It’s not enough for Republicans to say they want to repeal Obamacare. It’s not enough for Romney’s opponents to shoot at the Massachusetts model. Candidates need positive plans to replace Obamacare with something better, that relies on market forces instead of government, that expand coverage and lower costs.

Does he sound like a Sarah Palin supporter to you? Me neither.

Nice try Andy, but you are going to have to coordinate your story better with the headline writers at Politico to get a bogus meme like this to stick. At the very least, next time pick a Romney “fan” who hasn’t been so public with their support.

We Palin supporters aren’t ‘tiring’ and we aren’t running to reporters to talk about our feeeeelings. We know what we’re doing, and if Governor Palin wants to drive the press mad for awhile making them wait on her decision, it’s fine by me.

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Exclusive Youth For Palin Ground Report From Pella, Iowa And The World Premier of “The Undefeated”

 

Youth for Palin administrator Austin Harris with Sarah Palin in Pella, Iowa

By Gary P Jackson

Austin Harris, the 15 year-old administrator and Iowa coordinator for Youth For Palin was at last night’s world premier of The Undefeated in Pella, Iowa and along with Youth For Palin co-founder Elizabeth Hawkes gives us a report of the event from their perspective:

By Austin Harris and Elizabeth Hawkes

In early May of this year, I discovered that a movie was being produced about Governor Palin and dismissed it immediately as another attack video.

It is reasonable to consider liberal movie producers deviously conjuring up a project to undermine Governor Palin as so many in the LSM have done in the past. “They’re just up to their old tricks again!”, I thought.

Indeed, who is not aware of those well crafted tricks dedicated to misrepresenting Governor Palin as diva, bad person, selfish mother, and just another self absorbed narcissist in it for the money? But to my surprise and relief, I soon discovered that there was actually someone that understood Governor Palin and he was, shockingly, a conservative movie producer from Hollywood, Stephen Bannon.

The day of the premiere was filled with excitement. At 4 o’clock in the afternoon we finally arrived in the beautiful town of Pella, Iowa. The journey took us over an hour to drive but, in hindsight, it was well worth every minute as my anticipation of seeing Governor Palin reached unparalleled levels.

Every place I looked there was the media and the “common folk” of Iowa surrounding the Pella Opera House eagerly waiting for just a glimpse of Governor Palin.

As I pondered that not even President Obama could attract so many fans, I maneuvered my way to my seat and sighed with relief, “I was finally and actually here!”.

Larry Peterson welcomed people to Pella by giving us a lesson on the rich history of the Pella Opera House. We then sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic and This Is My Country. What transpired next was better than any Hollywood studio stage editing or director’s cut. Halfway through our second rendition of these patriotic songs, Governor Palin walk into the theater. All around me, cheering supporters were taking pictures as Governor Palin took her seat, not in an isolated roped off area by herself but right in the middle of the crowd with everyday, average Americans.

The Mayor of Pella, Darrel Dobernecker, welcomed Governor Palin to Pella by cleverly telling her, “You like to rock the boat and it is better to rock the boat then to sink the ship.”

Next, Stephen Bannon introduced the movie, we prayed and appropriately ended with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Undefeated kicks off with cinematography of Governor Palin on the stage with John McCain announcing her as Vice President. Then the film spends a few minutes showing pictures and video’s of Governor Palin during her childhood years. It talks about Exxon oil spill and why people love Alaska. It provides a well choreographed perspective on why she ran for Mayor and Governor. It describes, in detail, why Governor Palin did these things, how she did it, and how the people benefited from it in Alaska. It talks about a wide variety of issues that go from oil to corruption to budgets to resigning and what she did after she resigned.

The documentary depicts her as a dedicated and hard working Mayor and Governor that never lost her perspective of being an everyday, average American.

Sarah Palin didn’t care if the corruption was in her party or not; she took it on where she saw it and won. The film correctly portrayed her as a person that really cared about the people and not just about herself.

The crowd in the theater was very energized and clapped and cheered numerous times during the movie.

If Governor Palin does decide to run for President in the 2012 primary, this movie will really help her with those voters that are still undecided.

The Undefeated is a huge game changer.

My level of support, respect, and enthusiasm is much higher then it was before, and trust me, it was very high before.

If you have not seen this movie please do. It will change your perspective on Palin dramatically.

Austin Harris with Andrew Breitbart in Pella, Iowa

Austin Harris with Robert L. Vander Plaats, 3 time Iowa RepublicanGubernatorial candidate, in Pella, Iowa

This was an exclusive by Elizabeth Hawkes and Gold Coast Chronicle Original article here.

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Sarah Palin In Iowa

When the history of the Tea Party is written, what you accomplished will not be forgotten. We will take courage and we will take back our country. It starts here in Madison, Wisconsin!…President Obama, Game on!

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Tuesday was a historic day in Pella, Iowa. Our likely next President of the United States, and her “First Dude” were in town for the world premier of the new movie: The Undefeated that looks to tell the story many people don’t know, and set the record straight for those that only know Sarah Palin from the lies told to them by the lamestream media.

Though we weren’t able to personally attend, there is some great coverage of the event, which I’d like to run down for you. This world premier event received international attention, knocking President Obama’s same day visit Iowa off the front pages. More people were in Pella for the movie premier than were in Davenport to see Obama. Same goes for the event held in Waterloo the day before.

For those who are still wondering whether Sarah Palin is really going to run for President or is just going to sit this one out, as you read further, I think you’ll get your answer.

Let’s start off with a few photos from Politicons:

Though the film’s director, Stephen Bannon purposely passed over the establishment politicos, in favor of inviting regular people to the event, Sarah and Todd did have lunch at the Panera Bread Store with long-time Iowa fundraiser Becky Beach [and her dog Jake] and Moe Sinclair, who owns the Panera stores in Iowa and other surrounding states.

Becky Beach is a behind-the-scenes operative with longstanding ties to the Bush family. She also is the granddaughter of former Republican National Committee Chairwoman Mary Louise Smith, and was a key aide to Ankeny lawyer Jeff Lamberti’s 2006 congressional campaign. She is often tapped for key projects for the Iowa Republican Party.

Moe Sinclair the successful owner of Panera Bread of Iowa, was recently named Panera Bread LLC’s top franchisee.

Sarah looked stunning in jeans.

The huge crowd gathered early.

Sarah was surrounded by supporters.

There are many more photos, as well as some running commentary here.

Andrew Breitbart tweeted this morning:

1st time I spent time w Palins last night. Divide between real @SarahPalinUSA & media’s distorted persona is more grotesque than I thought.

Scott Conroy from Real Clear Politics is the go to guy lately, if you want Twitter updates from Palin events. He is a good journalist and treats the Governor fair.

Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

Craig Robinson: the people Palin will be mingling with in IA today “are quite important

Presented without comment http://t.co/uhPbXF2

Palin: “I told Bristol what we talk about on the fishing boat stays on the fishing boat.” [talking about Bristol’s comment on Fox & Friends … Gary]

Asked Palin what her commitment would be to to Iowa process if she runs. “110 percent” she said.

Palin: film is “great illustration of what it is that you can accomplish as a team, a bipartisan approach…

Palin: folks who moved to IA to organize for her are “greatly appreciated.” Says she’s not worried about missing the boat

Palin team isn’t directly reaching out to Iowa bigwigs but they’re definitely using indirect methods to plant seeds here

I gave Palin chance to tell the organize4palin folks to stop & go home, instead she encouraged them. Would be odd if shes decided not to run

You can Follow Scott on Twitter here.

The last few tweets from Conroy tell the tale. As most of Sarah’s supporters know, Californian Pete Singleton so believes in Sarah Palin, that he’s basically moved to Iowa and has been creating one hell of a ground game. Singleton is part of Karen Allen’s Organize4Palin a strong grass root volunteer organization that is setting up chapters in all 50 states. You can join the group here and help make history. 

Many in the lamestream media were shocked to find out just how strong Sarah’s ground game in Iowa is.

Nico Hines tweeted these nuggets:

Everyone here’s doing their damnedest to make Palin run. Patriotic songs, pleading and even prayer. Lotta whooping. Hasn’t even started…

Whether she is orchestrating it or not, there is also a sizeable, organised grassroots Palin volunteer movement already in place across Iowa

Team Palin held discussions tonight with the Iowa Tea Party over organising a united bus tour #she’llbeback

To sum up, Sarah is thanking the Singleton and Organize4Palin for their hard work, when asked is certainly not telling them to stop, and is looking at putting together a joint Sarah Palin/Iowa Tea Party bus tour.

Here’s a taste of what others have to say about the event, with links:

Iowan Shane Vander Hart was at the premier and has a great review and some video here

John Nolte writes in Big Hollywood: Palin Said After ‘The Undefeated’ Ended: ‘Man, we’re gonna go down fighting!’

John also has: Palin Quotes From ‘The Undefeated’ Premiere On Vicious Celeb Attacks, MSM

Steve Woodhouse of the Knoxville Journal-Express: Most found Palin film educational

Even Joshua Green from the far left Atlantic writes Palin Dazzles Pella and ends his report with:

Palin appears to have come to Pella primarily to support Bannon’s film and cheer on her supporters. She didn’t drop any overt hints about the presidency that I picked up on, besides pledging to devote “110 percent” to Iowa if she did run. Even so, crowd members kept approaching her and urging her to run, and after seeing the film, those feelings seemed only to intensify. There can be little doubt that if she does decide to run, Palin won’t lack for committed Iowans. Several that I spoke to were skipping the barbecue to attend Tea Party caucus training sessions.

One of them, Craig Bergman, a burly, cowboy-hatted gentleman from Des Moines, was plainly inspired by what he saw. He sought out Palin’s aide, Rebecca Mansour, and, grinning widely, exclaimed, “Now all she has to do is run!” I asked if he thought she would. “Look, there has never been a weaker field,” he told me. “If she doesn’t run, we’re going to nominate one of the three stooges–Romney, Pawlenty, or Perry–and they’re going to lose to Obama. That will ruin the party.” The people around us nodded in agreement. I departed thinking that if Palin gets in, she’ll have many energetic supporters–and that if she doesn’t, she’ll draw one heck of a backlash.

Bergman is right, we have an incredibly weak field of candidates, so far. I personally feel Sarah Palin will whip Obama like a rented mule come November 2012. I think she could win bigger than Ronald Reagan did against Jimmy Carter in 1980. Reagan won 44 states to Carter’s 6.

Victory Films has: A grumpy reporter changes her mind:

It was silly, really. After spending all day on the road to cover President Obama in Davenport, the last thing I really wanted to do was join the paparazzi for some celebrity-gazing. But I couldn’t resist. And I’m glad I came, because it was fun to see the local folks enjoying the spectacle.

Sherri Jorgensen, 38, of Pella, a mother of five, was one of those. “That was awesome!” she said, as Palin passed by.

I just think she’s beautiful, with strong convictions, and just holds herself well. I just look up to her as a mother and as a politician,” Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen said she’d love to see Palin run for president, but she doesn’t think she will. “I think she’s in a beautiful spot in her career, where she is now. I think she has time” to run in the future.

Craig Bergman, who has been traveling with the Iowa Tea Party bus tour, said he’s sure she’s going to run. Before seeing the movie, he said, Palin was his No. 2 choice after Ron Paul. After the movie, he said, “She’s my No. 1.”

The Iowa event is a game changer. As the movie picks up momentum after it’s July 15 national release, and millions of Americans get to see the real Sarah Palin, and learn of her incredible record as a leader, the other candidates are going to become insignificant, and that includes our current President.

We’ve heard a lot of reports saying than many members in the Pella Opera House audience that walked in not supporting Sarah Palin, walked out as strong supporters. It’s simply amazing what the truth will do.

If you want a copy of The Undefeated for your home library, you’re in luck. SarahPAC is offering the early-release version of the DVD with a donation of $100 or more. Details here.

As Sarah Palin said on that cold day in Wisconsin: “Game On!

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