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Sarah Palin Talks With Headlines Today’s Koel Purie Rinchet

After the much publicized Q&A session with Aroon Purie, CEO of India Today Group, Sarah Palin shares her views on India, speaking exclusively to Koel Purie Rinchet on the show On the Couch with Koel, on the Headlines Today news channel.

By Gary P Jackson

While in India, Sarah Palin sat down with Headline Today’s Koel Purie Rinchet for an interview. Not a lot of politics, but Purie asks some interesting personal questions and Sarah gives equally interesting answers. Sarah says the thing that really fascinates her about India is it’s diversity. A fun interview. Enjoy.

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Bristol Palin Tells Kirstie Alley To Hang Tough

By Gary P Jackson

Haters are gonna hate. That’s the message Bristol Palin has for actress Kirstie Alley who is appearing on this season’s Dancing With The Stars:

Kirstie Alley, you danced beautifully, and the haters will hate no matter what. Plus, when others criticize your weight, you just might end up going all the way to the end of Dancing With The Stars! (It’s happened before.)

This kid is a class act.

I know we can all be guilty of it from time to time, but what does it say about us that many take a fun and entertaining show, and turn it into a hate fest? Many put more effort into ridiculing the performers than just enjoying a little bit of entertainment.

I’ve always enjoyed Kirstie’s acting, and hope she does well on DWTS.

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Sarah Palin: No One Ever Won A Game Only Playing Defense

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin has issued a statement condemning the corrupt, blood libel media:

Lamestream Media: Reload or White Flag?

Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.

Upon my return from an outstanding and productive trip to India and Israel, I’ve been inundated with requests to respond to petty comments made in the media the past few days, including one little fella’s comment which decent people would find degrading. (I won’t bother responding to it though, because it was made by he who reminds me of an annoying little mosquito found zipped up in your tent; he can’t do any harm, but buzzes around annoyingly until it’s time to give him the proverbial slap.)

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the never-ending issue of media bias.

When it comes to responding to the media, the standard warning is: Don’t pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel because calling out the media and holding them accountable is a risky endeavor. Too often the first instinct is to ignore blatant media bias, crudeness, and outright lies, and just hope the media instigator will grow up and provide fairer coverage if you bite your tongue and not challenge the false reporting of an openly hostile press. But I’ve never bought into that. That’s waving the white flag. I just can’t do it because I have too much respect for the importance of a free press as a cornerstone of our democracy, and I have great respect for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much to defend that First Amendment right. Media, with freedom comes responsibility.

Friends, too often conservatives or Republicans in general come across as having the fighting instinct of sheep. I don’t. I was raised to believe that you don’t retreat when you’re on solid ground; so even though it often seems like I’m armed with just a few stones and a sling against a media giant, I’ll use those small resources to do what I can to set the record straight. The truth is always worth fighting for. Doing so isn’t whining or “playing the victim card“; it’s defending the truth in fairness to those who seek accurate information. I’ll keep attempting to correct misinformation and falsehoods about myself and my record, and I will certainly never shy from defending others who are unfairly attacked. This is in the name of justice.

But two decades in politics have taught me that when it comes to picking battles, often it’s best to ignore the truly petty, ugly personal media shots because engaging in a counter argument with disreputable, intolerant people doesn’t vindicate me; it merely gives those people the attention they seek. It wastes my time and it distracts from what we should focus on.

We must always remember the big picture. The media has always been biased. Conservatives – and especially conservative women – have always been held to a different standard and attacked. This is nothing new. Lincoln was mocked and ridiculed. Reagan was called an amiable dunce, a dangerous warmonger, a rightwing fanatic, and the insult list goes on and on. (But somehow Reagan still managed to win two major electoral landslides, and this was in the days before the internet and talk radio when all he had were three biased network news channels spinning reports on him. If he could do so much with so little and still be such an optimistic and positive leader, then surely we can succeed with the new media tools at our disposal.)

Let’s just acknowledge that commonsense conservatives must be stronger and work that much harder because of the obvious bias. And let’s be encouraged with a sense of poetic justice by knowing that the “mainstream” media isn’t mainstream anymore. That’s why I call it “lamestream,” and the LSM is becoming quite irrelevant, as it is no longer the sole gatekeeper of information.

Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Even with limited time we can try to call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.

I’ll keep correcting false reporting, and I’ll defend others to the hilt; but I won’t spend any more precious, limited time responding to personal, vulgar, sexist venom spewed my way.

Today, our country is faced with seemingly overwhelming challenges. We have an unsustainable and immoral $14 trillion debt problem which, combined with a self-inflicted energy crisis, could bring America to her knees. The President of the United States is manipulating an energy supply by refusing to develop our U.S. energy resources. Shouldn’t that be the media’s focus today? Wouldn’t you like more information on the deficit that for last month alone was the highest in our history at $223 billion? That single month’s deficit was more than the entire deficit for the year 2007!

We still have a 16% real unemployment rate. We had 2.9 million home foreclosures last year alone, with this year predicted to be even worse. Americans who are struggling to make ends meet are now hit by rising food and energy prices – exacerbated by the Fed’s decision to drop that $600 billion money bomb known as QE2 on us. Gas has already hit $4 per gallon in some areas. And let’s not forget that our men and women in uniform are deployed far from home today. From Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, to who-knows-where tomorrow under a clouded, confused Obama Doctrine, our armed forces are in harm’s way, defending our interests and protecting our freedoms.

Now these are the real concerns to Americans. These are times when real leadership is needed. We must never be distracted from these real concerns.

Petty comments from the small-minded are used to distract. Stay focused, America. Don’t wave any white flag. Simply put, let’s spend our precious time on causes that are worthy.

– Sarah Palin

This is some strong medicine! It’s interesting that she talks about the way Reagan was treated by the media [and the Republican Party] in the lead up to the 1980 elections. We often talk about how the coming 2012 presidential election, and the way the left, the media, and the Republican elites attack Sarah, reminds of the 1980 elections. With Obama playing the part of Jimmy Carter, it’s like deja vu all over again!

The left, the media, and the GOP country clubbers pulled out all stops to defeat Ronald Reagan. He represented a threat to their very existence. For it’s part, after Reagan won the nomination, and had George H.W. Bush forced on him as his Vice President, the establishment STILL wanted to defeat him, and ran John Anderson as a third party candidate! That’s how desperate the establishment wanted to protect it’s stranglehold on the Republican Party.

This same full court press is being used against Sarah Palin today. As bad as the blood libel media is, the elites in the Republican Party are the most vile, and most hateful towards Sarah. The establishment started attacking Sarah way back in 2008 when she was first announced as John McCain’s running mate. The GOP elites have nothing but contempt for true Conservatives anyhow, but with Sarah Palin they have even more contempt than usual.

Sarah Palin represents a serious threat to the GOP establishment. They know what she did in Alaska, and how she took on the corrupt Republican Party up there. They know she had no problem whatsoever sending her fellow Republicans to prison. The establishment knows that Sarah Palin will shake things up in Washington just as she did in Alaska. She will change the way things are done!

The media attacks on Sarah are becoming less effective. Once you accuse someone of mass murder, and they get past that, there is nothing you can do to really hurt them. Much like the GOP, all the media has left is to call her “stupid” or recycle four year old, and long refuted talking points.

Ronald Reagan was called the “Teflon President.” This was because bad news never stuck to him. The media themselves gave him that name. What they didn’t realize, is through all of their attacks and lies, they made him so. They so turned off the public with their juvenile attacks, the American people, who saw a great leader turning the nation around, just tuned them out.

Fewer Americans trust the media today than at any time in memory. As people learn more about Sarah Palin’s actual record, actual accomplishments, and actual abilities, and compare them to the caricature the media has created of her, the less credibility the media has. The same goes for the Republican establishment. Both have been so vile, and so wrong in their attacks, as the truth becomes known by more and more people, these attacks serve to inoculate Sarah. Provide her protection from further baseless attacks. These attacks have lost all effectiveness.

Sarah Palin is a fighter. The left and the GOP aren’t used to fighters. As she rightly points out, most Republicans have the fighting instincts of sheep! They are the most go-along, get-along bunch of squishes alive. This is why the nation is in the shape it is in today. It’s not for nothing that Sarah used basketball terminology in her first paragraph. She is a championship winning basketball player and helped take her underdog high school team to a big victory over the perennial champion. For those that don’t know the story, Sarah played this game on a yet undiagnosed broken foot, and scored the game winning shots. This symbolizes the never-say-die attitude that Sarah has carried throughout her entire life.

Though she’s still playing it close to the vest, we see this strong statement, and the references to Reagan, as yet another sign she is getting ready to announce her candidacy for President. She’s letting her enemies know they don’t stand a chance.

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Good News! Political “Insiders” Think You Are Too Stupid To Understand The Issues

By Gary P Jackson

From National Journal:

When it comes to policy, the political class doesn’t have a lot of faith in the public’s IQ. In the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll, a solid majority of political operatives—59 percent—said the public didn’t “know enough about the issues facing Washington to form wise opinions about what should be done.” There was a sharp partisan difference between the two parties: By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Democratic Insiders believed the public didn’t “know enough,” while a slight majority of Republicans thought they did.

One reason for the skeptical attitudes of the Democrats and the relatively sanguine view of Republicans is that they reflect the outcome of the midterm elections. “The guys who just got turfed out know that the public doesn’t know enough to make these decisions and the guys who got brought in know that it does,” observed University of Wisconsin political scientist Byron Shafer. “There is a heavy shadow of the 2010 elections in these numbers.”

[ … ]

But some Democratic operatives are not so sure. “Though we claim to represent ‘the people’ we are much more likely to doubt their ability to understand public policy,” said one party operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “Republicans don’t represent the people’s interests, but have more confidence in them.”

To a point. Veteran GOP pollster Fred Steeper agreed that the high percentage of Democratic Insiders who said the public doesn’t know enough to form wise opinions was a manifestation of their disappointing 2010 election results. But he noted that there was also a large share of Republican Insiders—47 percent—who didn’t think the public knew enough to form wise opinions. “They’re right to be skeptical that 2010 meant people will be supporting the whole conservative agenda in 2011,” said Steeper.

Read more here.

It must be pointed out the Republican elites think slightly better of us peons than the democrats do, as 52 percent of the GOP insiders think the electorate is well informed and has a grasp of the issues. On the other hand, a mere 28 percent of the democrats polled think you are smart enough to understand the glorious communist utopia they wish to usher in. A full 71 percent think you’re a moron!

This is an interesting poll, if only because it leaves no doubt whatsoever what our “betters” think of us.

Now with that said, from personal experience I can say Conservatives that I know, and interact with online, are highly involved and know the issues well. They tend to read up on the issues, and research them fully. Many of them are, in fact, schooling some elected officials.

It also seems that the average democrat voter is either oblivious to the issues, or has most of the facts wrong, but I think this is more of a function of who they choose to get their information from, than their IQ. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say.

Back to our Ruling Class, and specifically the 47 percent of the Republican Party members who think we don’t “get it.” These are the same people who stood by and supported “progressive” Republicans [and so-called “compassionate conservatives“] as they took us down the road to ruin. These are the people who have served as facilitators while democrats pushed their socialist agenda on us all. These are the spineless go-along, get-along, reach-across-the aisle, “useful idiots” that allowed it all to happen. Not only did these little elites fail to fight the left, in most cases they eagerly joined them!

These are the same people who continually tell us people like Mitt Romney, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, and other liberal democrats pretending to be Republicans are the answer to all of our woes. The same people who tell us that Sarah Palin is unelectable, and Conservatives like Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachmann, and Rand Paul, to name just a few, are dangerous and extreme!

All hail the mighty squish!

These are the same “thought leaders” that said Ronald Reagan was a loser too. This is the sort that thought running Gerald Ford, who lost to Carter in 1976, instead of Ronald Reagan, was a swell idea in 1980!

Point is, when these “thought leaders” tell you what to think, who to vote for, and so on, know many hold you in contempt, and almost all of them are wrong on the issues more than they are right.

Better to continue to inform yourself to the issues and use your own head than be swayed by the political elite.

The National Journal Political Insiders Poll is a regular survey of political operatives, strategists, campaign consultants and lobbyists in both parties. Below are the names of the Insiders who surveyed. Some you’ll know, some you won’t.

Democratic Political Insiders:

Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Deb Callahan, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Eric Eve, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Don Fowler, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Kam Kuwata, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bill Lynch, Bob Maloney, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Donnell, Scott Parven, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Wendy Sherman, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Katrina Swett Sarah, Swisher, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders:

Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Steve Duprey, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Mindy Fletcher, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Barry Jackson, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bruce Keough, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, George S. LeMieux, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Connie Partoyan, Dana Perino, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Tom Wilson, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, and Fred Wszolek.

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Sarah Palin’s Strong Foreign Policy Goes “On The Record”

By Gary P Jackson

After speaking in Naples, Florida Wednesday evening, Sarah Palin went On The Record with Greta Van Susteren. Though teased as a look at Sarah’s trip to Israel, and the possibility of a presidential run, much of the interview centered around Libya and the lack of coherent policy. Sarah Palin comes off as a competent and confident leader in this interview.

The emerging Palin Doctrine can be summed up in her philosophy that if we are going to be involved in these things we must be “in it to win it and if in doubt, get out” I take that to mean, either have a winning mindset from the start, or don’t bother. This go hard or go home attitude is how one wins the future, to borrow a slogan from our President. This is very Reaganesque. His strategy with the Soviet Union could be boiled down to four words: “We win, they lose“.

The world expects a strong United States. It expects the United States to have a strong Commander-in-Chief. History shows when the United States becomes disengaged, or weak on the world stage, very bad things happen.

Both World Wars, the rise of radical Islam, and even the build up to 9/11 can be traced to unengaged, “progressive” Presidents. [Democrats] who were more interested in re engineering the United States, building a socialist utopia, rather than keeping their eye on the ball.

We are seeing all of this play out once again with Obama’s helter-skelter, all over the map, lunacy. The Obama regime’s foreign policy has all the makings for a good screwball comedy. Sadly though, this is real life, and people will die.

As you watch Greta’s interview with Sarah, you see a Commander-in-Chief. An optimistic leader who looks at how things are, sees how things can be. I’m not just talking Foreign policy either. When I hear Sarah Palin speak, I am reminded of the same feelings I got hearing Ronald Reagan speak when he was President. Sarah has that steady, competent leadership ability to get the nation, and the world, back on track.

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Christian Science Monitor: If Obama Can Bomb Libya, President Palin Can Bomb Iran Without Congress’ OK

By Gary P Jackson

Your basic liberal rant from Robert Naiman over at the Christian Science Monitor. Obviously, Naiman is worried about Obama’s unauthorized attacks on Libya, and even more worried that if this is allowed to stand, President Palin will bomb the hell out of Iran once she takes office. Actually this is a legitimate point:

To put it crudely: As a matter of logic, if President Obama can bomb Libya without congressional authorization, then a future President Palin could bomb Iran without congressional authorization. If, God forbid, we ever get to that fork in the road, you can bet your bottom dollar that the advocates of bombing Iran will invoke congressional silence now as justification for their claims of unilateral presidential authority to bomb anywhere, anytime.

Again, this is a good point. The President must go to Congress before involving the United States in a shooting war.

It just tickles me that every time one of these sort of articles comes out, they always pre-suppose a “President Palin” not someone else. Not sure what that means, but the left always tells you who they fear the most!

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Sarah Palin Talks Policy In Naples, Florida In Front Of A Sold-Out Crowd

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin spoke to a sold out crowd today in Naples, Florida. From the News-Press:

She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, she was in Naples, bringing her conservative message to a gathering of about 1,000 at the Ritz-Carlton.

The one-time vice presidential candidate and self-described Mama Grizzly from Alaska talked about her visit last week to India and Israel, recounted how her daughter wound up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and gushed over the fine residents of Naples.

But mostly, she hammered away at President Barack Obama, especially his administration’s economic and foreign policies.

It sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race, which Palin said was not the case — at this point.

Tonight,” she said before delivering her speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”

She didn’t disappoint.

The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.

And then she got rolling around the globe … Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.

Obama’s recent trip to South America had her riled up over America’s current energy policy.

We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It’s gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”

Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.

She said the United States’ policy on Libya is inconsistent, and that she’s concerned that China is building a vast arsenal of sophisticated submarines and aircraft.

Palin said the right foreign policy ought to be, “If you’re in it, win it. If there’s doubt, get out.”

Palin said the nation’s debt of more than a trillion dollars is the country’s biggest threat.

The president’s budget was a political document,” she said.

About a Democratic political slogan “Winning The Future,” Palin energized the crowd.

That is too easy … the acronym WTF,” she said, and the audience loved it.

Her speech was full of Palin-isms. From the Democrats’ “jack wagon ideas” to “only dead fish go with the flow.”

The audience was made to order for Palin as Collier County is one of the most conservative areas in Florida.

Dick Jay, a retired football coach from Des Moines, Iowa, and an avid Republican, liked what he heard.

I came to hear what she had to say,” the 30-year Naples resident said. But Jay said he isn’t sure who might make the best Republican candidate in 2012.

Might Palin be one of the contenders?

We’re all pretty much saying the same thing right now,” Palin said. “I am thinking about it … praying about it.”

She said her experience in the 2008 campaign was tough on her family, and any decision will come with them in mind.

Family is paramount,” Palin said.

One thing is for sure. I will stay engaged.”

NaplesNews.com adds:

The question on everyone’s mind loomed throughout Sarah Palin’s hour-long appearance in North Naples on Wednesday: Will Floridians see more of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012?

The answer was simple: You betcha.

I’m thinking about it and praying about it,” Palin said when asked whether she’d run for president in 2012. “(But) whether I’m a candidate or not … I’m going to stay engaged.”

Palin spoke to a sold-out audience Wednesday as part of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series at the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach Resort. Her speech focused on issues facing the United States as the country enters what is expected to be a heated election season.

America faces real threats, and to face these threats we need unapologetic leadership,” she said. “(People say) there’s a lack of leadership, but that’s nothing another election can’t turn around. My faith is not in big government. It’s in the people. And the people will turn it around.

Palin’s appearance was her first U.S. appearance after a whirlwind trip to India – where she was the keynote speaker for the India Today Conclave – and Israel last week. While in Israel, Palin said she met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and spoke to him about her commitment to the country.

So many Americans stand with them,” Palin said of Israel. “It is in the interest of freedom, peace and security that I say we must stand with them.”

While Palin spoke briefly about her trip abroad, she focused primarily on domestic affairs and the current state of the economy. She promised to keep things real as she spoke about the issues that faced Americans.

I call it like I see it,” she said. “If the press is here, we’ll deal with the press later. But I’ll be blunt and candid with you.”

The country, Palin said, is in the midst of “a dangerous and unsustainable federal debt” crisis that needs to be corrected before any change can occur. Palin said the country would be in serious trouble if it loses its AAA bond rating, and as debt grows she said she was concerned the country wouldn’t be able to dig itself out.

Politicians are patting themselves on the back for cutting $6 billion when borrowing $400 billion to keep the country afloat,” she said. “We’re not heading toward the iceberg, we’ve hit the iceberg.

Palin criticized President Barack Obama for his position on the federal debt, said he “just doesn’t care” and called his proposed 2012 budget—themed ‘winning the future’—a “political document.” She went on to say that after submitting a budget to Congress, the president “went AWOL on spending.”

Under the guise of winning the future, which I call WTF, we’re spending more money,” she said. “We’re not getting the economic truth out of the White House. …If this is winning the future, then what is the future?

Palin praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott for saying “no thanks on excess” when he turned down federal dollars for high speed rail in Florida.

Palin’s concerns weren’t just about the economy. She spoke out against the president’s energy plan, particularly the fact that the “president and (his party) continue to lock up offshore drilling” in the United States. Instead, she said, the administration is supporting drilling overseas.

The ‘Drill, baby, drill’ mantra has turned into ‘Drill, Brazil, drill,’” she said. “In Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, the Dakotas — there are so many other places I’d like to see the president rooting for than another country.”

Policy and a potential presidential run weren’t the only matters on Palin’s agenda Tuesday. She also gave those in attendance a peek into her personal life with stories about her husband, Todd, and oldest daughter, Bristol.

Bonita Springs resident Terry Major said she thought the event was interesting, particularly as a way to compare Palin to her portrayal in the media. Major said she enjoyed the lecture and was pleased to see the real Palin.

I was impressed,” she said.

Later Wednesday evening, Sarah went On The Record with Greta for a lengthy interview. {report to follow]

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Mitt Romney: I Will Never Be President Of The United States, Nor Will I Be A Serious Candidate For The Office

By Gary P Jackson

National Review Online, having burned through every establishment hack trying to excite the American people with their favorite RINO, is back to their old standby, Mitt Romney. Little did they know by giving Mitt a couple of paragraphs he could call his own, they were allowing the man to declare his seriousness as a political candidate a thing of the past:

If I Were President: Obamacare, One Year In

By Mitt Romney

If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.

As I have stated time and again, a one-size-fits-all national plan that raises taxes is simply not the answer. Under our federalist system, the states are “laboratories of democracy.” They should be free to experiment. By the way, what works in one state may not be the answer for another. Of course, the ultimate goal is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health-care costs. But since an outright repeal would take time, an executive order is the first step in returning power to the states.

I’ll admit. I had to read this several times because I’m reading it and thinking how can one single person pack so much fail in so little space. I mean seriously. This is not the sort of plan one would expect from a supposed “educated man.” It’s damned sure not a plan one would expect from someone who believes in the Constitution.

First, let’s look at Romney’s plan to just give all of the state wavers, by Executive fiat. For one thing, Executive orders aren’t worth the paper they are written on, as any law Congress makes would supersede them. This is simply no way to govern.

While Romney is gleefully issuing wavers by Executive Order, ObamaCare is still the law of the land, assuming the United States Supreme Court hasn’t stricken the bill down as unconstitutional before January 20, 2013.

And here-in lies the problem. As long as ObamaCare is still law, parts of it are being implemented. Romney could give a waver to every man, woman, child, dog and cat in the country, and ObamaCare, the law, will just keep on keepin’ on, until it is either repealed or declared unconstitutional and void. Billions of dollars will be spent while Romney plays “executive.”

There is only one way to make sure ObamaCare doesn’t destroy the best health care system in the world, and drag down our already ailing economy with it: Kill it. Put it out of our misery!

As we move on, Romney is still using this tired old talking point:

Under our federalist system, the states are “laboratories of democracy.”

Now this is true enough, but it doesn’t mean states should embrace destructive ideas and socialist plans. At least not if they expect to succeed! And by every measure humanly possible, RomneyCare is a complete and total disaster. It’s bankrupting the state and has screwed up their health care system beyond salvation.

Romney goes on to say that repealing ObamaCare is the “ultimate goal” and he wants to “replace it with free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health-care costs.” That’s all well and good, but if that’s Romney’s REAL position, why didn’t he do that as Governor of Massachusetts, instead of instituting a socialist form of health care, one that would serve as the blueprint for ObamaCare!

One is left wondering if Romney even understands the meaning of the words he wrote.

Mitt could have looked to the Lone Star State. Texas took on health care reform well before Romney was elected Governor. Instead of cooking up a European style socialized system, Texas made reforms to the insurance industry, and more importantly, addressed tort reform. Texas used to be a haven for ambulance chasing lawyers. The worst in the nation. With lawsuit reform, the Texas health care system has thrived, with thousands of doctors relocating to the state.

Of course, our beloved Governor, Rick Perry, isn’t one of those Ivy League educated “though leaders” so prized by the Republican elite. He’s just a good old boy who went to Texas A&M, served as a Captain in the Air Force, flying C-130s overseas, and went back to cotton farming after serving his country. In other words, the man uses Common Sense to solve problems, not Big Government schemes.

Romney could have looked to Texas, rather than socialist Europe for solutions, but how would that have looked to the rest of the country club set?

Another problem with Romney is one of believability. Let’s face it, Romney is well known as a human windsock. The absolute, ultimate, finger-in-the-wind politician. You name the issue, and Romney will have taken both sides at one point or another.

Now one could simply say he’s grown and matured, learned. That would be valid in several cases, but on many issues Romney famously flip-flops from one side to the other, depending on the prevailing political winds.

So here’s the thing, even though Romney is saying anything he has to in order to seem “electable“, will he really stay true to his word? Why should we believe he’ll even attempt to stop ObamaCare, let alone actually do it?

Long before ObamaCare was ever signed into law, the America people were rising up by the millions in protest. Leaders, like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Allen West, and many more, stood up and fought against this disaster with everything they had. They laid it all on the line. Took all sorts of heat from the media, and even the hacks in their own party. But they fought anyway.

In the end, it was Palin, Bachmann, and the rest, who inspired the hard working patriots in the Tea Party, resulting in the largest shift in political power in over 100 years, with the 2010 elections. Republicans didn’t just win big in the national contests, the state elections saw massive Republican victories as well over 600 democrats were sent packing!

Where was Romney though? We are constantly told by the Ruling Class of the GOP that Romney is the bestest they have to offer. The leader of their pack. Indeed, Romney has name recognition and even a bit of credibility, among some. Romney’s voice would have been not only welcomed, but much appreciated. Romney’s strong voice in opposition to ObamaCare might have been the one that made the difference. He could have stood strong with Palin, Bachmann and the others, but that’s not the way Romney does things.

Had Mitt Romney stood up with the rest of America as we fought to stop ObamaCare from ever becoming law, he might have even been celebrated as a leader. Instead, Mitt decided to sit it out. Obviously Romney has his own demons to deal with, having screwed up his own state, but still, he could have stood up and took his lumps, then helped stop the Obama regime. Alas, Romney is not a leader, and doesn’t have the backbone for the real fight.

So again, how is it he will have the backbone as President?

Here’s another problem with Romney’s credibility. Far from admitting he jumped the shark with RomneyCare, Mitt has been bending over backwards to defend his mess ever since the nation learned what a total disaster it is!

There are thousands of instances like the one Sasha Issenberg describes for the Boston Globe, almost a year ago, to the day:

Romney defends Mass. health care law

AMES, Iowa — Mitt Romney offered an enthusiastic defense last night of the comprehensive health care law he helped create four years ago in Massachusetts …

Overall, ours is a model that works,’’ Romney said in response to a question after a speech at Iowa State University. “We solved our problem at the state level. Like it or not, it was a state solution. Why is it that President Obama is stepping in and saying ‘one size fits all’ ’’?

[ …. ]

Yesterday, Romney proudly acknowledged that his bill included a set of new insurance regulations that “President Obama always likes to talk about in his health care plan — the good stuff.’’ Romney trumpeted the achievement of near-universal coverage in Massachusetts, while declining to acknowledge that the mechanism he used to achieve that goal — a requirement that individuals buy private insurance — is the same as the much-criticized mandate of Obama’s plan.

The accounting of “some similarities’’ and “some differences’’ between the two systems was a more delicate comparison than Romney has offered recently, when he wholly rejected the idea that the two had anything significant in common.

People often compare his plan to the Massachusetts plan,’’ Romney said in an interview last month. “They’re as different as night and day. There are some words that sound the same, but our plan is based on states solving our issues; his is based on a one-size-fits-all plan.’’

In the last week, many health care policy specialists, Democrats celebrating the bill’s passage, and Republicans condemning it have come to another conclusion. The difference between the two systems, they say, is slim.

Basically, it’s the same thing,’’ said Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney and Obama administrations on their health insurance programs. A national health overhaul would not have happened if Mitt Romney had not made “the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform.’’

I’d like to hear Mitt describe, in detail exactly how “Overall, ours is a model that works.’’ That would be a performance worthy of an Academy Award, if he could pull it off.

Mitt was still out there taking victory laps for RomneyCare just one month ago:

Mitt Romney is ‘proud’ of Massachusetts health care plan

Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered,” Romney’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom told the Globe’s Matt Viser. “What’s important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions by repealing Obamacare. A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn’t work.”

It’s unclear how that talking point will play with GOP primary voters, who may find it tough to distinguish Romney’s plan from President Obama’s health care proposal given both included individual mandates for coverage. In an attempt to perhaps undermine a rival, the White House has gone out of its way to link Obama’s plan to what Romney passed. “We got some good ideas from him,” Obama adviser David Axelrod said last month.

The question of whether Romney can distance his plan from Obama’s seems potentially crucial to his campaign. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday found that 84 percent of Republicans polled have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare.”

Will someone please explain to me, with a straight face, exactly how Romney has any credibility on this at all.

There’s still more troubling issues with Romney. His publisher recently released his book in paperback. This isn’t unusual. What is unusual is the revisions Mitt made. Now it’s not uncommon for an author to add more content when a book comes out in paperback. Something to add to the story. However, it’s most curious that Romney took the occasion to actually edit the content and change positions on key issues, including RommneyCare. That’s right, not only does Romney flip flop in person, he flip flops in print as well!

Romney edits Romneycare out of his book

Multiple Choice Mitt strikes again. Romney is putting out a paperback version of his book, No Apology, but has edited out references to the individual mandate contained in health care legislation he brought into law in Massachusetts.

In the original hardcover, Romney tried to carefully distinguish between the Massachusetts law and the national version that was nearing passage as he wrote.

But the Massachusetts model has become Romney’s bête noire among conservatives, who loathe the national reform they call “Obamacare.” The rewritten paperback swings much harder, proclaiming that “Obamacare will not work and should be repealed,” and “Obamacare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states.”

Read more here.

Sorry, but Romney trying to play the tough guy, on ObamaCare, or anything else, just isn’t an image that’s believable.

Something else that is destroying Romney’s credibility: Obama thinks of Mitt as a “useful idiot” when he talks about his health care plan. Recently Obama cited Romney’s stance on RomneyCare to claim his own “bi-partisanship” and announce a change of course on how he’d like to see ObamaCare shoved down our throats. I mean “implemented” [sorry]

The Obama regime constantly “thanks” Romney for giving them the blueprint for their own program.

In effect, this neutralizes any attack on ObamaCare Romney can make. There are only two people in the United States with a socialist health care system named after them. In a political contest it will be hard for one to attack the other, especially when the challenger, Romney, was the first one to create such a system!

In other words, with Romney as the nominee, it takes ObamaCare off the table as a campaign issue.

President Obama praises Mitt Romney’s health care plan

I know that many of you have asked for flexibility for your states under this law. In fact, I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care in Massachusetts and supports giving states the power to determine their own health care solutions,” Obama said in an address to the National Governors Association today. “He’s right. Alabama is not going to have exactly the same needs as Massachusetts or California or North Dakota. We believe in that flexibility.”

It’s the second time in the past several weeks that the White House has gone out of its way to praise Romney, who is expected to launch a bid for the GOP nomination. In January, Obama adviser David Axelrod said the administration had gotten “some good ideas” from Romney, who has come under fire for the plan, which, like Obama’s bill, mandates that individuals must have health insurance.

It’s Romney’s weak position that allows Obama to single him out, and use him as a shield. It allows Obama his “reach across the aisle” moment.

People in Massachusetts are still very upset with Romney, and articles like this recent piece from Howie Carr in the Boston Herald are all too common, and will be repeated often in 2012:

No Rx for Mitt Romney’s Bay State headache

Mitt keeps trying to explain how it seemed like such a good idea at the time. But Romneycare follows him around like a dark cloud over his head, just the way Chappaquiddick haunted Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. If only those rascally Democrats hadn’t ruined it, Mitt keeps saying, as the crowd uneasily makes its way toward the exits.

No, Mitt says, really, I mean it, seriously, please, come back . . .

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once put it, “The louder he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”

Romney has had years to do some sort of mea culpa, to come clean, admit he screwed the pooch, and ask for forgiveness. A sincere apology, several years ago, might have helped, instead, Romney has been doubling down. Romney has even called his boondoggle “the ultimate conservative plan” and has encouraged other Governors to adopt it as their own!

I’ll give Mitt this, he and his team sure know how to spin disaster!

Now I think we all agree that allowing the several states to be in charge of creating their own destiny, and health care reform, is exactly what the Founding Fathers intended for our Republic. In the Federalist system, each state is a sovereign entity, and the intent is to allow each state to create conditions that work for their citizens.

Romney is right in this case, but the conditions he created as Governor are far from “conservative“! Seriously, the individual mandate, forcing every citizen to buy insurance, is not Conservative in any way, shape, or form.

Now some will bring up mandatory automobile insurance as a counter to that argument, but that dog won’t hunt. Driving a car is NOT a right, it’s a privilege.

One can choose not to drive a car, and thus not be mandated to buy insurance. The act of driving a car is voluntary, and the required insurance is designed to protect other drivers and property owners, not the insured. [unless they purchase “full coverage“, which is not mandatory]

On the other hand, RomneyCare, like ObamaCare requires every citizen to purchase insurance, simply because they are alive, and penalizes anyone who doesn’t.

This is NOT a Conservative way of doing things. Conservatives respect individual rights, and the concept of limited government. RomneyCare, like it’s spawn, ObamaCare are the exact opposite of these concepts. They are the ultimate Big Government intrusions on our lives.

The elections of 2012 are going to be the defining moment in American history. It’s going to be the event that determines whether we stay on our current path, and become nothing more than a failed socialist experiment, or change directions and get back to First Principles, those time honored solutions to problems that made this nation the greatest ever created.

One of the real chances the United States has to right itself lies not in the presidency, but in Congress. There are a lot of democrats up for re-election in the Senate. There is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fill those seats with principled Conservatives. A strong leader on the Republican ticket for President will have long coattails and bring about this change in Congress.

I mention this because it brings us to the answer Mitt Romney should have given, instead of the one he did in the NRO editorial.

You see, the new Congress will be sworn in weeks before the new President. This means Congress will have plenty of time to draft, and pass legislation repealing ObamaCare in it’s entirety. This legislation can be sitting on the new President’s desk, ready for their signature on day one.

Romney should understand, that after watching many of their fellow travelers go down in the elections, many of the remaining democrats will be all too happy to vote in favor of repeal, especially those up for re-election in 2014.

All of this will be possible with a strong leader at the top of the ticket. It’s telling that Romney can’t envision this. Mitt’s answer shows he is not a a leader, nor is he a serious candidate for the office of the presidency.

RomneyCare was always going to be Mitt’s Waterloo, the bridge too far, this just seals his fate.

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NOW Asserts that They Won’t Defend Women of Any Political Stripe

by Whitney Pitcher

Today, the increasingly irrelevant National Organization of Women (NOW)  released a statement as a backhanded, faux defense of Governor Palin regarding degrading comments made by “comedian” Bill Maher. However, in this so-called defense, NOW asserts that they will not defend any women. As the Daily Caller reports:

“Listen, supposedly progressive men (ok, and women, too): Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs,” Lisa Bennett, NOW communications director wrote in a statement.

“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc,” wrote Bennett. “Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”

Let’s see. NOW isn’t going to defend unborn baby girls. They aren’t going to defend liberal women like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They aren’t going to defend conservative women like Governor Palin. The 2010 California gubernatorial race proved that they aren’t going to support moderate women like Meg Whitman either. What women are left for them to support? What a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month, ladies! Yes, the amount of sexism directed at female politicians is huge, especially the amount directed at Governor Palin even by Daily Caller editor, Tucker Carlson, as Stacy and I addressed late last month. However, NOW uses a convenient excuse of excessive sexism and supposed conservative shenanigans as reasons to not defend female politicians of any political stripe.

NOW asserts that they want to support “women’s rights”, but when you look at their stance on women’s rights on a global level, they can’t hold a candle to how Governor Palin has supported women’s rights on this level. In the past year alone, Governor Palin has called for the Obama administration to seriously address the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood taking control in Egypt in part because of how they subjugate women. She has called for the Obama administration to take a stronger stance against Iran in their gross mistreatment of their female citizens exercising their right to vote. Governor Palin has criticized China’s human rights abuses,which include forcing women to have abortions.

Governor Palin has additionally supported women in her message of empowerment that women are strong enough to choose life, which also supports unborn girls. Her support for smaller government allows women to prioritize their hard earned money to be spent as they see fit for themselves and their families. Her support for fewer regulations allows women business owners greater opportunity for success and less bureaucratic red tape that would stymie their growth. Her support for addressing entitlement reform and the reducing the massive national debt shows that she supports providing a stable financial environment for future women. Her support for a strong national defense shows she, not NOW, wants to ensure ” freedom, safety, and livelihood” of women.

That’s just on the level of policy. When it comes to politics, who was the one who helped provide a boost to the election of the first female Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, first female Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, or first female governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin? It certainly wasn’t NOW. NOW has asserted that they won’t waste their time defending Secretary Clinton or Governor Palin, both of whom stated just last week that it’s time for a female president. Female candidates and women in general can officially say, “women need NOW like a fish needs a bicycle”.

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A Chavez Terror Network On America’s Doorstep

By Gary P Jackson

Roger Noriega, writing in the Washington Post, has a very disturbing report describing a meeting between Venezuela’s brutal dictator Hugo Chavez and radical Islamic terror groups:

On Aug. 22, 2010, at Iran’s suggestion, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted senior leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in a secret summit at military intelligence headquarters at the Fuerte Tiuna compound in southern Caracas. Among those present were Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, who is on the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists; Hamas’s “supreme leader,” Khaled Meshal; and Hezbollah’s “chief of operations,”

There is much more. Read it here.

This is incredibly troubling, and yet another sign that Chavez is looking to dominate the region, and is strengthening his ties with Islamic terror groups. Iran is a major sponsor of these groups, and as we reported in December, Chavez has allowed the Iranian government to place medium range, nuclear capable ballistic missiles, that have the ability to hit targets in the United States, in Venezuela.

This latest meeting is just another sign that Chavez is ramping up, and getting ready to do something.

Of course, this is nothing new, back in 2009 the Washington Times reported Hezzbollah had teamed up with the Mexican drug cartels. Radical Islamic paraphernalia has been found on our southern border in large amounts.

Hezbollah is using the same southern narcotics routes that Mexican drug kingpins do to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, reaping money to finance its operations and threatening U.S. national security, current and former U.S. law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism officials say.

The Iran-backed Lebanese group has long been involved in narcotics and human trafficking in South America’s tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Increasingly, however, it is relying on Mexican narcotics syndicates that control access to transit routes into the U.S.

Hezbollah relies on “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” said Michael Braun, who just retired as assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

They work together,” said Mr. Braun. “They rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected.

They’ll leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S.; in fact, they already are [smuggling].”

His comments were confirmed by six U.S. officials, including law enforcement, defense and counterterrorism specialists. They spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the topic.

While Hezbollah appears to view the U.S. primarily as a source of cash
– and there have been no confirmed Hezbollah attacks within the U.S. – the group’s growing ties with Mexican drug cartels are particularly worrisome at a time when a war against and among Mexican narco-traffickers has killed 7,000 people in the past year and is destabilizing Mexico along the U.S. border.

Read more here.

This is a dangerous situation and President Obama is asleep at the wheel, as usual. This should serve as a strong warning that we must secure our nation’s borders. This is a matter of national security.

It means we can no longer tolerate “open borders” advocates. Promoting the “open borders” agenda is dangerous. It also means the United States needs to get involved in the bloody war on our nation’s southern border, one that has been completely ignored by the Obama regime.

The Mexican drug cartels are slaughtering people daily, and the violence has spread across the border and into our country. These drug cartels use the same violent methods the Islamic terrorists use. Car bombings, beheadings, kidnappings, and random acts of violence to intimidate the Mexican citizens, are their stock-in-trade. It’s time to take this threat to the United States seriously.

Closing our borders and helping Mexico wipe these narco-terrorists out should be a top priority. By destroying the drug cartels, we’ll also destroy a major partner radical Islamists intend to use to attack the United States.

We also need to keep an eye on Hugo Chavez, and look at imposing sanctions and an embargo on the oppressive nation. We need real leadership here.

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