Remembering all of those who serve.
All gave some, some gave all.
Our veterans have always been the protectors of Freedom and Liberty. Thank a vet today, and every day.
By Gary P Jackson
There have been a lot of positive stories about Sarah Palin over the past week including many stories comparing Sarah favorably to the great Ronald Reagan.
Reagan’s son Michael told Megyn Kelly recently the other presidential wannabees simply do not have the passion Sarah brings with her. The passion for America, the passion for the Constitution, the passion for the American people. No one else has it.
As readers know, there is a movement among the Republican establishment to try and derail Sarah Palin before she can mount a run at the presidency. This is the same tired old nonsense the elite Ruling Class Republicans tried against Ronald Reagan. History shows it was a complete failure, but the Republican establishment can never be accused of being exceptionally bright, or possessing the ability to learn from it’s own mistakes.
Stacy Drake wrote an expose on the GOP elites that you must read, here.
Charles W. Dunn at the Washington Times has a warning for the GOP Ruling Class elites as well:
Hell hath no fury like a Palin scorned
Insiders planning to dump her had better think again
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” The Republican establishment would do well to learn from William Congreve’s famous line in “The Mourning Bride” (1697) and even more from the accurate reading of his line: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
“Stop Sarah Palin” is the battle cry of establishment Republicans, according to Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei in Politico: “Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.”
While Mrs. Palin is no Ronald Reagan, she does possess many of Reagan’s attributes, which she could turn loose on the Republican establishment.
Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan appear poles apart in their backgrounds, but appearances are deceiving. Before coming to the center stage of national politics, Mrs. Palin was a small-town mother of five and governor of Alaska, and Reagan, a Hollywood actor and governor of California. But these and other dramatic differences mask surprising similarities, which could merge at the intersection of time and circumstance for Mrs. Palin, especially if the Republican establishment continues to scorn her.
Critics contended that Ronald Reagan was nothing more than a third-rate Hollywood actor who lacked the intellectual depth and educational training to serve successfully as president. Now they say much the same about Sarah Palin.
Reagan jumped high over this low bar of expectations, leading an insurgent conservative movement into the White House. Already two years away from 2012, Mrs. Palin has become the “rock star” of conservatives and the Tea Party movement, drawing crowds far larger than Ronald Reagan ever dreamed of drawing at this stage in his career.
Mrs. Palin appeals to the very same people Reagan appealed to, including conservatives of several persuasions – economic, political, religious and social. She is the one person in the Republican Party who has burnished credentials in all spheres of the conservative coalition. Her every word commands center stage on television.
Reagan was not a “policy wonk.” Neither is Mrs. Palin. Like Reagan, she does not devote herself to the minutiae of public policy details, but rather, she leads by instinct, based upon her guiding principles of right and wrong. When Reagan’s advisers tried to prep him for presidential debates by reading thick manuals, he refused. Rather, he brought to the debates a set of well-honed conservative principles. So far, Sarah Palin looks like she is cut from the same cloth.
Reagan and Mrs. Palin have “skin comfort.” As former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown said of her Republican National Convention address: “Her timing was exquisite. She didn’t linger with applause but instead launched into line after line of attack, slipping the knives in with every smile and joke. She delivered it like she was just BS-ing on the street with the meter maid. She didn’t have to prove she was ‘of the people.’ She really is the people.” Likewise, Reagan exuded that same comfort with his persona whether delivering major speeches or dealing with members of Congress.
Reagan and Palin beat the odds. Coming from the small town of Dixon in the midst of flat Illinois cornfields, raised by a very religious mother whose training led him to become a Sunday School teacher of grade-school boys, a graduate of a tiny and little-known religious college, Eureka, Reagan hardly had the pedigree to become president of the United States. Neither does Saran Palin. Her small-town background, a degree from the out-of-the-way University of Idaho and sportscaster start – the same as Ronald Reagan’s first job after college – hardly qualified her to become mayor of Wasilla or governor of Alaska or a vice-presidential nominee.
In 2010, no prospective Republican presidential candidate has collected more IOUs than Sarah Palin, whose endorsements and encouragement have propelled many otherwise unknown candidates and likely losers into creditable and more often than not victorious races for office. Reagan collected his IOUs in 1980 after traveling the country on behalf of conservative candidates.
Time and circumstance merged for Ronald Reagan. They could for Sarah Palin, too, especially if the Republican establishment scorns her as it did Reagan, knowing, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
Charles W. Dunn is a professor of government at Regent University.
There are many more similarities between Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin. Something else one should consider as they contemplate all of this. As we all know, growing up, Sarah Palin was a book worm. She studied the great literary works, of course, but she also studied Ronald Reagan. Learned from Reagan. Learned from his successes, learned from his failures.
Sarah Palin brings with her a unique set of life experiences, having grown up in the rugged last frontier, couple with the common sense that also made Reagan one of our greatest Presidents, and you have a powerful leader who can certainly make a great President in her own right.
This is why the radical left, as well as elements of the Republican Party want to stop her. Sarah Palin connects with the American people because she is one of us. A local gal done good. The epitome of the great American story. Like Reagan, Sarah Palin is living the American dream and proving that, with hard work, anyone in America can succeed, whether they come from the plains of Illinois, or the last frontier.
By Gary P Jackson
An excellent smack down by Sarah Palin as well as proof that some people are so biased against Sarah Palin they forget their own ideas and in this case, writings, mirror hers. How stupid is that?
Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?
Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits. Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal.
So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.”
The article noted that “an inflationary tide is beginning to ripple through America’s supermarkets and restaurants…Prices of staples including milk, beef, coffee, cocoa and sugar have risen sharply in recent months.”
Now I realize I’m just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like me can read the newspaper. I’m surprised a prestigious reporter for the Wall Street Journal doesn’t.
– Sarah Palin
People we are in grave danger. What the Fed is doing can destroy the nation. Sarah Palin is one of the very few out there actually speaking up. We don’t have time for petty politics and other such nonsense. It’s quite obvious who our leader is. It’s time to get behind her and put the silliness on the back burner.
By Gary P Jackson
In a speech delivered on Monday In Phoenix, Arizona, Sarah Palin slams Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and the Obama regime’s insane plan to monetize the debt.
Robert Costa over at National Review Online reports:
As President Obama prepares for the G20 summit in South Korea this week, Sarah Palin is challenging the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, which will likely be a key issue at the talks. On Monday, in a keynote address at a trade-association convention in Phoenix, Palin will urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to “cease and desist” his “pump priming.” The United States, she says, “shouldn’t be playing around with inflation.”
Here are snippets from Palin’s prepared remarks obtained by National Review Online:
I’m deeply concerned about the Federal Reserve’s plans to buy up anywhere from $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion of government securities. The technical term for it is “quantitative easing.” It means our government is pumping money into the banking system by buying up treasury bonds. And where, you may ask, are we getting the money to pay for all this? We’re printing it out of thin air.
The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses. But it’s far from certain this will even work. After all, the problem isn’t that banks don’t have enough cash on hand – it’s that they don’t want to lend it out, because they don’t trust the current economic climate.
And if it doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here? Where will all this money printing on an unprecedented scale take us? Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually – inevitably – no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort?
All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher. And it’s not just groceries. Oil recently hit a six month high, at more than $87 a barrel. The weak dollar – a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market – is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings. And the worst part of it: because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.
We shouldn’t be playing around with inflation. It’s not for nothing Reagan called it “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.” The Fed’s pump priming addiction has got our small businesses running scared, and our allies worried. The German finance minister called the Fed’s proposals “clueless.” When Germany, a country that knows a thing or two about the dangers of inflation, warns us to think again, maybe it’s time for Chairman Bernanke to cease and desist. We don’t want temporary, artificial economic growth bought at the expense of permanently higher inflation which will erode the value of our incomes and our savings. We want a stable dollar combined with real economic reform. It’s the only way we can get our economy back on the right track.
Sarah is right, of course. Hyperinflation will destroy America. In fact, the historical evidence of this is so strong, one might think that is the purpose of this dangerous path. It’s like the Obama regime is purposely destroying our nation. Surely the Marxist-democrats aren’t this stupid, are they?
One of the most well known cases of monetizing the debt occurred in Germany in the 1920s, and led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic. This led directly to the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. It also led to the ridiculousness that included needing a wheelbarrow full of German marks to buy a loaf of bread. It was a complete disaster.
Surely the Marxist-democrats know this, and one must wonder if the total collapse of America isn’t their end game.
We don’t have to go back to the early decades of the 20th Century to see the evils of what the Obama regime is up to. Obama’s good buddy Robert Mugabe has worked similar “magic” in Zimbabwe. This tin pot dictators policies have been so idiotic that by December 2008, inflation was estimated at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent! (65 followed by 107 zeros)
Yes we can! (turn America into Zimbabwe)
This is a very serious matter and if the Obama regime and the Fed are not stopped, we could not only see the collapse of the United States, but the entire world’s economy. Again, one wonders if something like this isn’t by design. As Reuters reports, China and Russia are most certainly alarmed, and Obama just keeps on keepin’ on.
If the boys don’t catch up quickly, it could be evening in America for them.
~Michael Reagan on Sarah Palin’s advantage in 2012
By Gary P Jackson
This is a great exchange between Michael Reagan and Megyn Kelly about Sarah Palin and her chances for 2012. They are discussing, among other things, the new SarahPAC video which you can view here.
Michael is spot on. Sarah Palin brings an energy, a passion that we have not seen since his father, the great Ronald Reagan was motivating Americans to stand tall and proud. No one else in America has the ability to inspire that Sarah Palin does.
Michael Reagan has been an early supporter of Sarah’s. He wrote the incredibly moving “Welcome Back Dad” for Human Events after Sarah’s incredible acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican Convention:
Welcome Back Dad
I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind.
I was wrong!
Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she.
And what a she!
In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene.
This was Ronald Reagan at his best — the same Ronald Reagan who made the address known now solely as “The Speech,” which during the Goldwater campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight years and revived the moribund GOP.
Last night was an extraordinary event. Widely seen beforehand as a make-or-break effort — either an opportunity for Sarah Palin to show that she was the happy warrior that John McCain assured us she was, or a disaster that would dash McCain’s presidential hopes and send her back to Alaska, sadder but wiser.
Obviously un-intimidated by either the savage onslaught to which the left-leaning media had subjected her, or the incredible challenge she faced — and oozing with confidence — she strode defiantly to the podium and proved she was everything and even more than John McCain told us.
Much has been made of the fact that she is a woman. What we saw last night, however, was something much more than a just a woman accomplishing something no Republican woman has ever achieved. What we saw was a red-blooded American with that rare, God-given ability to rally her dispirited fellow Republicans and take up the daunting task of leading them — and all her fellow Americans — on a pilgrimage to that shining city on the hill my father envisioned as our nation’s real destination.
In a few words she managed to rip the mask from the faces of her Democratic rivals and reveal them for what they are — a pair of old-fashioned liberals making promises that cannot be kept without bankrupting the nation and reducing most Americans to the status of mendicants begging for their daily bread at the feet of an all-powerful government.
Most important, by comparing her own stunning record of achievement with his, she showed Barack Obama for the sham that he is, a man without any solid accomplishments beyond conspicuous self-aggrandizement.
Like Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is one of us. She knows how most of us live because that’s the way she lives. She shares our homespun values and our beliefs, and she glories in her status as a small-town woman who put her shoulder to the wheel and made life better for her neighbors.
Her astonishing rise up from the grass-roots, her total lack of self-importance, and her ordinary American values and modest lifestyle reveal her to be the kind of hard-working, optimistic, ordinary American who made this country the greatest, most powerful nation on the face of the earth.
As hard as you might try, you won’t find that kind of plain-spoken, down-to-earth, self-reliant American in the upper ranks of the liberal-infested, elitist Democratic Party, or in the Obama campaign.
Sarah Palin didn’t go to Harvard, or fiddle around in urban neighborhood leftist activism while engaging in opportunism within the ranks of one of the nation’s most corrupt political machines, never challenging it and going along to get along, like Barack Obama.
Instead she took on the corrupt establishment in Alaska and beat it, rising to the governorship while bringing reforms to every level of government she served in on her way up the ladder.
Welcome back, Dad, even if you’re wearing a dress and bearing children this time around.
That was quite lofty praise at the time, for sure. But since then, Sarah Palin has not only lived up to this praise, but exceeded it wildly. Sarah walked on the national stage and seized the moment like no one has in recent memory. Like Reagan before her, Sarah Palin loves America and celebrates American exceptionalism every day. Her leadership will shape America for decades to come. As Michael rightly points out, she is rebuilding a younger, smarter, bolder, more Conservative Republican Party. And that is a good thing!
For the record Sarah endorsed 94 candidates in local, state, and national elections, 60 won, 31 lost, with the remaining races undecided.
By Gary P Jackson
From Scott Rasmussen’s latest polling on possible 2012 presidential contenders:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of those voters finds that 82% have a favorable opinion of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, while just 17% view her unfavorably. That includes 50% with a Very Favorable opinion and eight percent (8%) with a Very Unfavorable one.
This is quite a significant rise in Sarah Palin’s approval ratings, which have consistently polled in the low to mid 70s. Obviously, as her favorables have risen, her unfavorables have lowered significantly as well.
These numbers are getting close to her pre-vice presidential run approval numbers when she was Governor of Alaska, where her numbers were consistently in the high 80s to low 90s. The top numbers of any Governor in the Nation at the time.
For more polling results, go here.
By Gary P Jackson
The Republican Party has chosen three of Sarah Palin’s candidates to be party of the team that will help with the transition of power in the House of Representatives.
These new members of Congress are:
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois:
Tim Scott of South Carolina:
Martha Roby of Alabama:
From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — House Republicans have tapped two newly elected congressmen who drew tea party backing in their campaigns to help lead the party’s transition to power.
Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Tim Scott of South Carolina, who won endorsements by Sarah Palin and support from tea party activists, are part of a newly named 22-member team charged with crafting new rules and smoothing the GOP’s shift from minority to majority.
The team, led by Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon and headquartered in the basement of the Capitol, is to meet Monday night and Tuesday. It includes several seasoned veterans and influential members like 15-term Rep. David Dreier of California, in line for his second stint as head of the powerful Rules Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, in line to head the Budget Committee, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the GOP campaign committee chief.
Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, one of a large crop of GOP lawmakers who came to Congress 16 years ago, the last time Republicans seized control of the House, is part of the group.
Two other freshmen, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Martha Roby of Alabama, are also on the roster.
Walden said he didn’t choose the team based on whether they had tea party backing, telling reporters last week that he wasn’t sure whether those he was recruiting were supported by the conservative-libertarian movement. “It’s a nice cross-section of our Republican conference,” he said of the group.
But it’s clear Republicans are aware that the grass-roots movement that helped propel them to big wins in last week’s elections will be an important part of their new House majority and bolstered Senate minority.
Many of the newly elected Republicans are political novices, including a pizzeria owner and a gospel singer. All four first-termers on the transition team have some degree of experience in elected office; Scott and Gardner have been state legislators while Roby has served as a city councilwoman and Kinzinger on a county board.
By Stacy Drake
You may have read by now that the NY Daily News has published another hit-piece about Governor Palin using nothing but anonymous sources. The last time it was Politico ‘reporting‘ negative comments by so-called GOP “insiders.” This time however, the comments are allegedly coming from “friends” of George W. Bush and a “Republican official familiar with Bush’s thinking.” The piece says:
It should also be noted that Jeb Bush recently said he would support Governor Palin if she were nominated as the 2012 Republican candidate.
The author of the NY Daily News hit-piece is a “well connected” man by the name of Thomas M. Defrank. According to his bio, he “was Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent for a quarter century and also served as deputy chief of the magazine’s Washington bureau for twelve years.” Mr. Defrank should know by now the difference between ethical journalism and writing a hit-piece designed to smear reputations. It’s clear he has no problem publishing the latter.
Someone either fed Mr. Defrank these lines and he willingly printed them, or he invented the sources in his own mind. Due to a lack of evidence, the reader has no way of telling which it is. By hiding his sources (mind you, this is not national security we’re talking about) he has used his position to turn the NY Daily News into nothing more than a tabloid rag. A Veteran Washington reporter reduced to a gossip columnist.
Assuming these were actual sources Mr. Defrank used to write his piece, this was not the only “insider” attack against the governor since last weeks election. There have also been a few hit-pieces and words spoken by some within the establishment who are trying to pin blame of Governor Palin for the few loses the GOP did suffer. Who knows what else they wish to accomplish by writing and saying these things.
“What’s going on here, folks, is very simple,” Limbaugh said. “They want to establish a lie very firmly in the minds of the public that the tea party hurt the Republican Party in these elections. They want to use this to stop Sarah Palin. Republican insiders are trying to figure out now how to stop Sarah Palin.”
Limbaugh said the ill-advised plan to blame Palin and the tea party for splintering the GOP after a record pickup of seats by Republicans in the midterms turns reality on its head.
“If anybody is an obvious winner here . . . it would be Palin. Look at the grief and the mockery that she got for putting what the media claimed were targets on 20 Democrat incumbents on her website. Look at the grief that she’s got ever since she was named McCain’s running mate. Eighteen of those Democrats she targeted lost. That’s a pretty amazing and impressive record. Sarah Palin targeted a bunch of Democrats for defeat, and 18 of them lost. That’s more than any Republican elites are doing.”
Well stated by Mr. Limbaugh…
It seems foolish that the GOP establishment would target Governor Palin in this manner after her efforts and the overall success of the elections. It creates an environment of distrust with the grassroots base who the Republican party needs the support of. Whoever is responsible for these attacks should stop what they are doing and realize that they are only hurting the GOP. While the establishment has a lot of money, the base has a lot of people. Last cycle those people were able to collectively put up a good sum of money themselves. The establishment needs the base. So, my message to the “sleazy insiders” who are behind these attacks – for the good of the Republican party, please knock it off.
By Gary P Jackson
After unprecedented success on election night, Sarah Palin, in an op-ed for National Review Online, offers up some lessons and a pathway to future victory:
The Midterms: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Have an intelligent message, and fight for your right to be heard.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 midterm elections, it’s slowly becoming clear just how monumental the results really are. We saw an extreme left-wing agenda suffer a crushing defeat. At the ballot box, voters took Obamacare and the stimulus and wrapped them right around the necks of those same House members and senators who had arrogantly dismissed the concerns voiced in countless town halls and Tea Party rallies up and down the country. Voters sent commonsense conservatives a clear mandate to hold the line against the Obama agenda.
Does that mean Republican candidates can look forward with greater confidence to the 2012 elections? Yes and no. Yes, objectively speaking the next electoral cycle should be even more favorable than the one that just ended. A large number of red-state Democratic senators will have to defend their seats; and since Obama will be at the top of the ballot that year, they won’t be able to hide from the fact that their party leader is a detached liberal with a destructive tax-and-spend agenda. Whether Republicans will do as well as they did in this cycle depends on whether they learn the lessons from the 2010 election.
The first lesson is simple: Set the narrative. This year it wasn’t too difficult to tell the story of the election: It was about stopping an out-of-control Congress and an out-of-touch White House. In races across the country, Republican candidates ran on the message that the Left was bankrupting America with budget-busting spending bills that mortgage our children’s future, burden the private sector with uncertainty, and cripple our much-needed job growth.
The story of the next cycle, though, remains to be written. Its content depends on what Republicans do next. Just as in the 1980s, there are today millions of conservative-leaning Democrats and independents who are ready to join our cause. They gave us their votes, now we must earn their trust. And we do that by showing them that a vote for us will not be a vote for the big-spending, over-regulating status quo. The 2012 story should be about conservatives in Congress cutting government down to size and rolling back the spending, and the Left doing everything in its power to prevent these necessary reforms from happening.
In the next two years, if all we end up doing is adopting some tax hikes here, some Obama-agenda compromises there, and a thousand little measures that do nothing to get us out of the economic mess we’re in, the same voters that put the GOP in office will vote them out in the next election. If that happens, the story of 2012 may well be that of the GOP going the way of the Whigs. No, the American people are expecting us to be bold and big in our economic reform to allow the private sector to create jobs and soar!
In the coming weeks, there will be those who lament that some of us endorsed conservative Republicans over liberal ones in blue-state races. It’s a good debate, and one I’m willing to have. First, we must keep in mind that there is no guarantee that any Republican will win in a deep-blue state (as evidenced by the exit polls in Delaware showing that the liberal Republican would have lost too). But even more to the point, we saw in the last decade what happens when conservatives hold their noses and elect liberals who have an “R” after their names. Our party’s message of freedom and fiscal responsibility became diluted.
In 2008, it was difficult to claim on the one hand that we were the party of fiscal responsibility and on the other hand that our fiscal policies work. It was clear to the electorate that the GOP had not adhered to fiscally conservative positions, and that the liberal positions they did adhere to didn’t work. If we go on in that direction again, we won’t have a base, let alone a majority. Certainly we can and should back sensible center-right candidates in bluer states, but I see no point in backing someone who supports cap-and-tax, Obamacare, bailouts, taxes, and more useless stimulus packages. If you think such a candidate will be with us when it comes time to vote down an Obama Supreme Court nominee, you’re living on a unicorn ranch in fantasy land.
In the coming weeks there will also be a debate about the viability of particular candidates. Anyone with the courage to throw his or her hat in the ring and stand up and be counted always has my respect. Some of them were stronger candidates than others, but they all had the courage to be “in the arena.” The second lesson of this election is one a number of the candidates had to learn to their cost: Fight back the lies immediately and consistently.
Some candidates assumed that, once they received their party’s nomination, the conservative message would automatically carry the day. Unfortunately, political contests aren’t always about truth and justice. Powerful vested interests will combine to keep bad candidates in place and good candidates out of office. Once they let themselves be defined as “unfit” (decorated war hero Joe Miller) or “heartless” (pro-life, international women’s rights champion Carly Fiorina), good candidates often find it virtually impossible to get their message across. The moral of their stories: You must be prepared to fight for your right to be heard.
Another important lesson is that we will need the mother of all GOTV efforts if we wish to win in 2012. Sending donations isn’t enough when push comes to shove. Millions of boots on the ground are needed, and voter-fraud prevention must be addressed before election eve.
The last, and possibly most important, lesson is that a winning conservative message must always be carefully crafted. If candidates are going to talk boldly on the campaign trail about entitlement reform and reducing the size of government, they must be prepared to word it in such a way as to minimize the inevitable fear-mongering accusations of “extremism.” We are quickly approaching a fiscal turning point where these crucial reform discussions will be mandatory. We need to speak about them in a way that the public will embrace. During his first run for the presidency in 1976, Ronald Reagan found out that election campaigns aren’t necessarily the best settings for quasi-academic discussions about issues like Social Security reform. So for his next campaign, he resolved to build his platform out of tried and tested policies like tax cuts. Successful candidates in the next election cycle will have to test and develop similar policy platforms that address the crucial issues of entitlement reform and shrinking government in a way that the voters will find pragmatic and even attractive.
If we manage to do these things, there is no reason why we can’t look forward with confidence to winning in 2012. I have said all along that this election must be seen in conjunction with the next. Ultimately 2010 must be viewed as just the first battle in a much longer fight that leads to November 6, 2012, and beyond. We cannot fully restore and revive America until we replace Obama. The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. We rebuked Washington’s power grab, rejected this unwanted “fundamental transformation of America,” and began the process to repeal the dangerous policies inflicted on us. But this theme will only complement the theme of 2012, which is renew, revive, and restore. In 2012, we need to renew our optimistic, pioneering spirit, revive our free-market system, and restore constitutional limits and our standing in the world as the abiding beacon of freedom.
Till then, I hope that commonsense patriots will join me in applauding the real heroes of this election year: the Tea Party Americans. In 2008, we were told that we had to “move beyond Reagan.” Well, some of us refused to believe that America chose big-government European-style socialism. American voters elected a politician who cloaked his agenda in the language of moderation. Once the mask was removed, Americans rejected his “fundamental transformation.” The Tea Party reminded us that Reaganism is still our foundation. I think the Gipper is smiling down on us today waving the Gadsden Flag.
Sarah is spot on all of the way around. If the establishment Republicans are allowed to run the show, the GOP will be finished. A brand new party will emerge.
As for candidates, we must start looking at candidates for 2012 now. In 2012 all 435 House seats will once again be up for grabs, as will twice as many democrat Senate seats. The American people will have an extraordinary opportunity to further right the wrongs done to the nation, and vote out even more democrats, replacing the with common sense candidates.
We’ll also have the chance to win seats in the House as well. We must take the attitude that all 435 seats are up for grabs, and go from there.
It will be the responsibility of the grass roots activists to start the process of meeting potential candidates and evaluating them. The vetting process should start as soon as possible, so these people can hit the ground running in 2012, armed with solid support, a winning message, and the ability to get that message out there, and counteract what will most assuredly be a concerted effort by democrats and the corrupt media to stop them by any means necessary.
2010 was just the first battle in what is going to be a long war to secure our Republic and restore it. There are powerful forces at work who are not going quietly into the night. Unfortunately, these forces exist in both parties.
We can’t do anything with what will be an even more radial, more irrational democrat party, but we can hold the Republican Party’s feet to the fire on a daily basis. We can let them know in no uncertain terms we hired them to do a job, and if they fail, they are gone.
With that said, we also have to have patience. We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and aren’t going to fix it overnight either. Job one for our newly elected Congress will be to stop the Obama regime in it’s tracks, and take action that will get our economy going again. Once that’s accomplished, there will be plenty to keep them busy.
No matter how well they perform though, there will still be intense battles. It’s going to take at least one, if not two more election cycles to clear out some folks, in both parties, who will stand in the way of the restoration of our nation. We’ll have a shot at these troublemakers in 2012 as well as 2014.
The bottom line is: We won a huge victory on Tuesday night. A historic victory. A true once in a life time realignment all across the nation, but our work, and the work of those we elected, is just beginning. We must forever be watch dogs, ever vigil should those would entrusted with power stray from the path we’ve drawn for them.
A little bonus below. Sarah Palin on the Sean Hannity show:
By Gary P Jackson
TLC has announced it will preview the premier episode Sarah Palin’s Alaska in select theaters across the country. Here’s a chance to see the show on the big screen and enjoy Alaska’s majestic beauty.
YOU CAN SEE “SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA” FROM YOUR TOWN
TLC Offers Special Preview Of New 8-Week Television Event
TLC is offering your town an opportunity to visit SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA in a special theater screening of the premiere episode.
Here’s the schedule:
Atlanta,GA on Wednesday – 11/10
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Buffalo,NY on Wednesday – 11/10
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Kansas City,MO on Wednesday – 11/10
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Tulsa, OK on Wednesday – 11/10
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Columbus,OH on Thursday – 11/11
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Phoenix, AZ on Thursday – 11/11
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Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis, so be sure to get yours now!!