Sarah Palin Fires The Opening Salvo of Her 2012 Campaign

….Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments.

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin just removed any doubt that she is indeed running for President: [emphasis mine]

The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders

Barack Obama’s big government policies continue to fail. He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry. The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration. Yesterday’s terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt. Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world.

As a governor, I had to deal with facts, even unpleasant ones. I dealt with the world as it is, not as I wished it to be. The “elite” political class in this country with their heads in the sand had better face some unpleasant facts about the world as it is. They’ve run out of money and no amount of accounting gimmicks or happy talk will change this reality. Those of us who live in the real world could see this day coming.

Back in January 2009, as governor of Alaska, I announced: “We also have to be mindful about the effect of the stimulus package on the national debt and the future economic health of the country. We won’t achieve long-term stability if we continue borrowing massive sums from foreign countries and remain dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas.” Then I urged President Obama to veto the stimulus bill because it was loaded with absolutely useless pork and unfunded mandates. Everyone knows my early and vocal opposition to that mother of all unfunded mandates known as Obamacare starting back in August 2009, and many recall my objections to the Federal Reserves’ inflationary games with our currency known as QE2 from November 2010. It’s a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add.

The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.

This debt ceiling debate is the perfect time to do what must be done. We must cut. Yes, I’m for a balanced budget amendment and for enforceable spending caps. But first and foremost we must cut spending, not “strike a deal” that allows politicians to raise more debt! See, Washington is addicted to OPM – Other People’s Money. And like any junkie, they will lie, steal, and cheat to fund their addiction. We must cut them off and cut government down to size.

To paraphrase Hemmingway, people go broke slowly and then all at once. We’ve been slowly going broke for years, but now it’s happening all at once as the world’s capital markets are demanding action from us, yet Obama assumes we’ll just go borrow another cup of sugar from some increasingly impatient neighbor. We cannot knock on anyone’s door anymore. And we don’t have any time to wait for Washington to start behaving responsibly. We’ll be Greece before these D.C. politicians’ false promises are over. We must force government to live within its means, just as every business and household does.

We can’t close our $1.5 trillion deficit overnight, but we must get as close as we can as soon as we can. Little nibbles here and there over 10 years (spun to sound like they’re huge budget cuts) aren’t anywhere near enough. I know from experience that cutting government spending isn’t easy. As governor, I made the largest veto cuts in my state’s history, and I didn’t make many friends doing it. But we will never recover, we will never get free of devastating debt, unless we make tough choices now. We don’t hear talk like this from leaders in D.C. or from those running for office because they say what they think we want to hear rather than what must be said.

We are in desperate need of real leadership, but President Obama’s solution to everything is to grow government by borrowing more money, spending more money, printing more money, and taxing our job creators. He once said that he “believes in American Exceptionalism…just as the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism.” Well, the path he has us on will make us just as “exceptional” as Greece – debt crisis, stagnation, permanent high unemployment, and all.

As we approach 2012, there are important lessons we can learn from all of this. First, we should never entrust the White House to a far-left ideologue who has no appreciation or even understanding of the free market and limited government principles that made this country economically strong. Second, the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments. Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more than words. It means taking on the problems no one else wants to tackle. It means providing vision and guidance, inspiring people to action, bringing everyone to the table, and with a servant’s heart dedicating oneself to striking agreements that keep faith with our Constitution and with the ordinary citizens who entrusted you with power. It means bucking the status quo, fighting the corrupt powers that be, serving the common good, and leaving the country better than you found it. Most of us don’t see a lot of that real leadership in D.C., and it’s profoundly disappointing.

But let me tell you where real hope lies. It’s not the hopey-changey stuff we heard about in 2008. Real hope comes from realizing how God has blessed our exceptional nation, and then doing something about it. We have been blessed with natural resources, hardworking entrepreneurs, and a Constitution that preserves the greatest form of government ever devised by man. If we develop those natural resources, allow our entrepreneurs to keep and invest more of what they earn, and adhere to the time-tested truths of our Constitution, we will prosper and endure.

But first and foremost we must tackle our debt. We don’t have the luxury of playing politics as usual. We need real leaders who will put aside their own political self-interest to do what is right for the nation. And if they don’t emerge… well, America has a do-over in November 2012.

– Sarah Palin

This is what I’m talking about!

This is Sarah Palin in top form. She’s not messing around.

Not only is she calling out the Obama regime, and the feckless Republican establishment, she’s calling out all the self-serving, ego driven politicians out there. America is in crisis. Now is not the time for grand standing, and making speeches, it’s time to do something.

Sarah also points out that our next President must have Executive Experience, saying: “ ….the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past….

In other words, anyone who hasn’t governed a state need not apply. But she goes on to set the bar even higher, adding that Governor must have “ ….achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments.” That certainly narrows the field down, now doesn’t it!

Sarah has been sitting back and allowing the current field of candidates a little breathing room. Letting them have their time in the spotlight. Predictably, the more we know about the current field, the more we come to understand none of them are acceptable. The Governors in the field could just as easily run for the democrat nomination, and in most years win. It’s been suggested by many that Romney do just that, and Huntsman just quit his job working for the Obama regime.

The rest have no Executive Experience. They’ve never run a city, never run a state, and have proven they are not even close to being qualified to be President.

There is a reason why we choose Governors, rather than members of Congress, to be our presidents. Governors are leaders, and have the necessary skill set needed to successful hold the office. In both the 20th, and now the 21st centuries, any time we’ve had less than a Governor elected president, it’s been a disaster. Kennedy had us hours away from World War III, and a nuclear one than that. Obama is the worst president in American history. There are several conflicts brewing that may indeed lead to a World War, if we aren’t careful.

Of course, just being a governor is no guarantee of success. Jimmy Carter was the Governor of Georgia, and is only eclipsed by Obama has the worst in history. Mitt Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts and his time in office is a case study of how NOT to be a governor. Under his watch Massachusetts was at the bottom of the heap in job creation, and of course, he fathered socialized medicine in America, the blueprint for ObamaCare, and then left office, and the people of the Bay State hanging, having to deal with the horrific results of his “crowing achievement“!

Anyone who knows Sarah’s actual record knows there is nothing but success after success. Many positive achievements. Sarah did things most would never be brave enough to even try, and they worked well.She left Alaska in a much better shape than she found it.

Make no mistake about it ladies and gents, Sarah Palin just laid down the challenge, and set the rules of engagement. If “Game On!” that cold, snowy day in Wisconsin was a declaration of war, this latest is the first shot of the battle.

It’s time for some REAL change. Sarah Palin is going to Washington and she is going to clean house.

2012 can’t come fast enough!

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21 responses to “Sarah Palin Fires The Opening Salvo of Her 2012 Campaign

  1. Rick

    “It’s time for some REAL change. Sarah Palin is going to Washington and she is going to clean house.”

    From your lips to God’s ears, Gary! Every liberal head in the country would explode the morning after the 2012 election if she wins……of course that will also make it easier for her to govern and turn the country around!

    What we need to keep in mind though is that while it would be great for her to run and win, or even have another governor (like Rick Perry) to win the 2012 election, the ONLY goal we should have is to unite to defeat Obama. The worst Republican will be better than he would be—especially as I figure there will be a few SCOTUS appointments made by the next president. If Sarah chooses not to run, I’d be as pleased as could be to see any of our candidates beat the Kenyan. We need to remember Reagan’s 11th commandment and not beat each other up during the nomination process. While we may have a favorite candidate—and I DO believe some are definitely more preferable than others—Obama is the enemy here: not Bachmann, Romney, or anyone else.

    • Gary P

      I appreciate the kind words.

      That said, “Reagan’s 11th Commandment” is one of the biggest myths ever told! It’s used to stop debate. It’s getting as thread worn as throwing out the race card. It’s getting rather old.

      Reagan didn’t like to see Conservatives go after Conservatives, but he didn’t say anything about Republicans! They were always fair game. In 1976 Reagan primaried Jerry Ford, a sitting Republican and ripped on him pretty good. And EVERYONE knows how bad Reagan went after George H W Bush in 1980. In fact, this moment in Nashua, NH, after George Bush and his cronies tried to hi-jack the debate, is said to be the moment Reagan clinched the nomination:

      Mitt Romney is every bit the enemy of Freedom and Liberty that Barack Obama is. He’s a hard core liberal pretending to be a Republican, just like his father, George Romney. Bachmann is just a phony and a fraud.

      The primaries are about vetting candidates. At least on our side. We don’t want to elect an inexperienced Barack Obama clone, or a liberal democrat. We want an experienced leader with real accomplishments. The primaries will make it obvious who is fit to be President, and who isn’t. It’s supposed to be a fight. The general election absolutely will be.

      Again, thanks for your comments, but I’m rather tired of hearing about a Reagan who didn’t exist.

  2. Joy

    OMG – Gary, those are my thoughts and words perzactly!! I was totally bowled over when I read this most recent Facebook post – just one of the strongest (and best, IMO) that she’s done to date! And, I, too, felt if that wasn’t a declaration of “I’m in!” I don’t know what is!! She SO nailed point after point of the Obamanation’s glaring and monumental weaknesses. That almost-traitor will NEVER be ready for prime time!!

    And now, with Newsweek’s cover a respectable one – as opposed to the trifling and denigrating one they put out in 2008, with Palin in sports shorts and treating her like a Barbie doll! – she’s almost being launched as we speak! As almost all the other would-be GOP candidates have announced (can Perry be far behind?), Sarah (and the entire totally disappointed voting public!) can see that these are 2nd-rate politicians at best; only Sarah Palin is the real deal!

    This build-up, actually – and coming at a time of one of Obama’s greatest crises (the debt ceiling arguments), a moment in time & history that will forever mark him as the REAL Hoover!! – has been staged to a fare-thee-well! Enter (stage right), the 45th President of the United States, Sarah Palin!!

    Trumpets (off)….

  3. So excited! It’s about to begin for real. Schedenfruede every day.

  4. Joy

    I appreciate what Rick says – and, truth be told, that’s often my gut feeling as well! But when I give it another thought, I’m convinced that Romney and his ilk will appoint Liberal and “Progressive-tinged” men and women to the SCOTUS – just like a Democrat! Of course, they probably wouldn’t be as obvious or far-left as Sotomayor or Kagan, but they’ be in the Liberal Left camp nevertheless – and could undo what Conservative base may have been built up by the Roberts Court. (I’ll say this: Bush made two excellent appointments – particularly Sam Alito! ) OTOH, I guess we have to remember that even that RINO Bush 41 appointed Clarence Thomas – so, I guess, there’s no crystal ball how these SCOTUS appointments eventually pan out!

  5. Joy

    P.S. I should have ID’d my first reference to Bush as either W or Bush 43!

  6. I am quite pleased to see Governor Palin not merely denouncing Obama’s pathetic and failed policies but also the tepid (and alleged) ‘leadership’ of the Republicans in DC. We must put our country in order, and it can’t happen until we begin to take serious and dramatic steps to control the outrageous spending we see from this administration and the Congress since 2007. I think Sarah’s just the lady to get it done! Fight like a girl!!!

  7. AJsteele

    I don’t see that Palin is running anymore from these statements than others. I hope she does. I’m sure someone will comment and say, didn’t you read this line or that? Palin sounds motivated and interested but I read no affirmations. She shouldn’t wait too much longer past September for various reasons. Other Presidential elections have had “late” or normal entry time entries but this will be a year like no other with monumental consequences. If Palin runs, to win she will need a ground swell of historic measures, and I’m game to help. The liberal freaks will come out of the woodwork trying everything short of….. Lets stay focused and factual.

    • Gary P

      Yeah because listing a resume that only SHE has means she isn’t running. Go ahead and run with that.

      The little secret is Sarah Palin has been running since November 2008. Everything she has been doing is setting herself up for a run. If you want to be part of a groundswell, then go join Organize4Plain, they already have an incredible ground game in Iowa, all ready to go.

      Remember, Ronald Reagan didn’t get in until NOVEMBER. Clinton and Bush 43 got in late as well. All three two term Presidents.

      Right now Sarah is sitting back and letting the media and the country look at the declared candidates, and sane people are realizing none of the current bunch is worth a damn. She’s smart. They are spending their money, effort, and goodwill at a time when only political junkies are paying attention. The rest of the country won’t care until after Labor Day.

  8. AJSteele

    I’m not saing she’s not running. You seem to speak in absolutes possibly because you want her to run as much as I do. I think it is healthier to keep it all in the realm of speculation and “seems like” rather than to act as if it is certain. I put enough stock in her to know that when she is ready, she will say it ,and ask for our support. Of course keep the faith. It’s good to have a person like you out there ready to move, or for that matter, moving.

    • Gary P

      I’m saying she’s running. Has been running. Will be running. She has a pretty solid game plan, and a great ground game in Iowa, with a 50 state ground game being built. I was serious when I said you should join O4P. They could use your help.

      BTW, Sarah was asked point blank in Iowa, by Real Clear Politics’ Scott Conroy if she wanted to tell the O4P folks to pack it all in. She offered nothing but praise and told them to keep it up. Now Sarah knows people have taken leaves of absence from their jobs, and are doing all of this on their own dime. Sarah also knows the only reason they are doing it is to make her President. If she wasn’t running, she would have told them to pack it in.

      Of course, as I’ve said before, hiring a top level Chief-of-Staff is a sign, and who needs a top foreign policy adviser, if they are either a president, or running for president.

      She has her own time table on this stuff. Having watched her for years, long before McCain chose her to be his running mate, I’ve learned she is one of the most politically savvy there is. I trust her, because she knows exactly what she’s doing. And it’s working perfectly.

  9. AJSteele

    I just noticed something else I wanted to comment on. The comparison to Reagan’s candidacy is not correct. Reagan was not running against 10 other party members nor was he a woman “competing” against another woman.

    • Gary P

      No, but he was competing against a bunch of men.

      Sarah isn’t going to be competing against another woman either. I doubt Bachmann even makes it to Iowa at this point. She certainly won’t make it past it.

      Too many lies she and Marcus have told are coming to light, as is her overall creepiness.

      We’ve been sitting on so many things not wanting to put it out there, but it’s coming fast and furious now, and the left is lumping in all of the Tea Party with this loon.

      Sarah, as well as Rick Perry are friggin’ geniuses to just sit back and let these other candidates take themselves out. Labor Day is when most of the country will start paying attention anyhow. I suspect she’ll be in by then. Maybe Perry too.

  10. AJ Steele

    Right, you say she’s running, has been running and will be running. Sarah hasn’t said any of that. Drawing inferences is reasonable but not concrete. I’m hoping for the best outcome.

    • Gary P

      It’s called reading between the lines.

      Sarah Made it clear at the Tax Day rally in Wisconsin. “Game on Mr President!”

      That was her unofficial declaration.

  11. AJ Steele

    Sounds good! I hope your right.

    • Gary P

      Let’s put it this way, I have a 99% percent confidence level. That’s how sure I am. We’re gonna have some fun going after democrats as well as establishment Republicans!

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  13. Antimedia

    There is one other person that meets Sarah’s qualifications, and that *may* be who she is referring to: Rick Perry. I would vote for Sarah in a heartbeat. I would also vote for Rick Perry. And a Perry/Palin ticket would guarantee sixteen years in the White House.

    • Gary P

      Rick’s my governor. The only reason he’s been re-elected so many times is the others sucked worse than he did. Don’t get me wrong he’s done some good, but he’s not anyone’s first pick.

      Sarah was definitely not describing him. People are living in a fantasy world if they think she is going to back someone else. As she pointed out in her Newsweek interview, she’s been there, done that.

      Past that, she describes a STRONG Chief Executive type. That’s not Rick Perry. The Governor’s position in Texas is mostly ceremonial. The Lt Governor and Legislature have most of the power. A lot of what Perry gets to claim credit for is really the work of others, some more in spite of him, rather than because of him.

      Again, I like the guy, but he’s not all that.

      BTW, Sarah was describing only herself. Alaska’s Governor is a true CEO. The Alaskan people wanted it so, and wrote that into their Constitution. In fact, the Alaska Governor has more power than any Governor in the country. This makes her uniquely qualified to be President. She’s used to having all of the responsibility sitting with her.

      Oh, and you can bet she will be on the TOP of any ticket, she’ll never play second fiddle to anyone again.

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