****Updated at the end****
By Gary P Jackson
Back in June, buried in the internals of a Gallup poll, was an interesting statistic. Supporters of Sarah Palin were asked how committed they were. Fifty-two percent [52%] of those polled said their support was solid, and would never change.
I think this strong support goes along way toward explaining why millions still want Sarah Palin to reconsider her decision to stay out of the presidential contest, and thousands are actively doing everything they can to make that happen.
Patrick S Adams recently penned a report on these efforts, which you can read here.
BTW, in that same Gallup poll, the only other candidate polled on voter strength was Mitt Romney, whose die hard supporters stood at a mere thirty percent. [30%]
Around the same time a CNN poll showed that Americans felt Sarah was most like Ronald Reagan. It also found eighty percent [80%] agreed with her on the issues and seventy-nine percent [79%] felt she represented their values. That’s as strong as you will ever see a candidate [or potential candidate] perform.
Face it, Sarah Palin would have been the perfect candidate. She’s the only one who could have united the country against Obama. Her message is solid, and resonates with [Conservative] Republicans, independents, and even fed up democrats. Polling consistently showed Sarah had the highest approval rating among Republican voters and Republican leaning independents.
As a leader, Sarah Palin hits every note perfectly. She has a record of good governance that spans two decades. She’s a fiscal hawk, has a solid reality based foreign policy, and while personally Conservative on social issues, is very much the libertarian as an elected official. Freedom and Liberty are something she takes serious and respects dearly. She believes in smaller, efficient government, and has a record of creating just that.
Sarah Palin’s calling card though, that passion that has always driven her, is reform. What she did in Alaska is legendary. We all know about her early days as a city council member, but it was her tenure as Chairman and Ethics Commissioner at the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission [AOGCC] where her drive to create and maintain ethical government really took off.
Upon learning of massive corruption, and first trying to go through the chain of command, which fell on deaf ears, Sarah looked to blow the whistle publicly, only to be threatened by Alaska’s Attorney General with prosecution if she did. Her response was swift. She promptly resigned from her high paying, high profile gig, and went public. Many considered this sort of thing “political suicide” and for a lesser person, it might have been. But for Sarah Palin, this only made her desire to reform burn hotter. As we all know, she ended up giving the sitting Republican governor the whipping of a lifetime, taking a landslide victory in the primary and going on to soundly defeat a popular democrat, and former governor, in the general election.
But don’t forget, she spend considerable time as a private citizen, without a title, laying the ground work, for not only those two sweeping victories, but massive reform as well. It was a couple of years before she’d have the chance run for governor.
Governor Palin, and her staff immediately went to work creating reforms. She also took the state budget in hand, and went line by line, slashing spending to the bone. She even cut the usual perks a governor enjoys. She fired most of the mansion staff, including the head chef, drove herself to work, in her own car, and made a habit of in staying in inexpensive hotels when traveling on state business.
She also famously listed the mostly useless jet the previous governor bought, on eBay. [it would end up selling through a broker]
She also championed sweeping legislation that made cronyism a crime. Legislation that had real teeth.
There was a reason why her remarkable favorability numbers hovered in the low 90s, high 80s throughout most of her time as governor.
It’s tough for Sarah Palin’s supporters, who absolutely believe she would have been one of our nation’s finest presidents, to sit back and look at what we face now. Sarah Palin was by far the best possible choice to lead America back to prosperity and greatness. Even today, Sarah is the only major political figure actually talking about the serious issues, and the only one talking about the need for sudden and relentless reform. The only one talking about cleaning out the corruption in D.C.
I find myself respecting the “reconsider” movement as much as I respect Sarah’s decision to focus on fighting corruption rather than run for president at this time. I understand how difficult it would be to take down corrupt politicians, in both parties, and also run to be the head of one of those parties, at the same time.
When talking to sources close to the situation, I’ve been told repeatedly the Governor’s decision was final, that when she said she had to put family first, she was telling the truth. I’ve also been told she is dead serious about taking down corrupt members of Congress. Her recent series of articles, like the one that just appeared in USA Today demanding Congress “stop lining their pockets” show this to be true.
I consider myself part of the reconsider movement. In fact I wrote, what I think, was a pretty strong case for her to reconsider, here.
I’m even supportive of those who are active in Iowa and other states organizing write-in campaigns for Sarah, rather than support the declared candidates. If nothing else, it’s shows that the Conservative base isn’t happy with the current field [which is no secret whatsoever] and will serve as a protest vote.
In fact, on Sunday, the Governor herself let it be known she wasn’t enthusiastic about any of these guys either!
That said, I also know that at some point we must realize that one of the reasons we all support Sarah Palin is because she always says what she means, and means what she says. The likelihood of her entering the race, under any circumstance, is slim and none, with none the certain winner.
With this in mind, we need to focus on what we, as citizens, can do, given what we have to work with. There is certainly more going on than the GOP presidential circus we are watching!
For Conservatives, there is no real viable choice. The two front runners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, are no prize. Mitt is pretty squishy and Newt is a Big Government “progressive” of the highest order. Neither are ideal.
I want to get into what we can do to help support Sarah Palin’s efforts to bring about sudden and relentless reform. I also want to talk about something else Sarah constantly says: We MUST VET these candidates fully.
I warn you, I have a lot to say on all of this. A WHOLE LOT
Lets look at the candidates first:
Let me clue you in: A candidate’s actual record, or public stance on the issues, is fair game. So is their morals and character.
It’s not an attack or “hate speech” to point out someone’s actual record, or their public stance on the issues. This is nothing new, but I’ve noticed that while most Palin supporters are like me, and haven’t figured out who they will support, or even if they will back a candidate, those that have, lose their minds if you point out the facts about their “chosen one.”
For the record, I’m one of those Palinistas that is completely dissatisfied with the field, and so far, can’t enthusiastically back any candidate. That said, unless it’s Newt Gingrich, I will cheerfully vote for the eventually Republican nominee. Removing Obama is, after all, the main consideration, but this “anybody but Obama” mentality is not something I prescribe to. There are choices from our field that would be no better than Obama. A Big Government “progressive” is a Big Government “progressive” no matter if a “D” or an R” comes after their name.
All of the candidates need their entire record examined, from day one. Yes, people mature, and often change positions, sometimes they become more Conservative, sometimes less, and sometimes they remain a “progressive” while using the language of the Conservative. It’s one thing to have been a “progressive” five or ten years ago, and changed, than to have been consistently “progressive” throughout one’s time in and out of office.
It’s for the voters to look at the research, do their own, and then decide.
One of Sarah Palin’s greatest achievements is getting millions of people, who have never been politically active in their lives, to become political activists. If there is a downside to this, it’s that many of the newcomers have no idea about much of these candidates’ past, and some listen to pretty words from a candidate, rather than research that candidate’s actual record. I suppose that’s partly human nature, and partly wanting to find a Conservative so bad, that it’s easier to just listen to the words and hope for the best. That can be a recipe for disaster though.
Now this doesn’t apply to any one single candidate. All candidates need to have every bit of their record examined under a microscope. You can find good and bad in all of them. It’s the degree of bad that must be weighed against the good in these candidates, both individually, and as a whole.
Another reason Sarah Palin would have made such an ideal candidate is she is likely the most vigorously vetted human being of our time, and possibly any time. No one has been examined closer, and I contend no one could have held up under the sort of scrutiny she has, and still be found to be exactly what she represents herself to be.
The only thing one could take issue with Sarah over is ideology. By that, I mean Conservatism vs socialism. That’s the kind of fight we should be having, and could have, with her as our candidate. Sarah has the moral authority, by virtue of her record as a public servant, to make that argument in ways no other candidate could. She is the one, out of the whole lot, that has always walked the walk.
Politics is often dreaming the impossible, and making it come true. Currently we are being bombarded with articles saying it’s not too late for this candidate or that one to join the race. Some mention the Governor, some don’t. Some have been saying it’s been too late for her since, oh, about March of this year, though it is never, ever, too late for cat’s like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Mitch Daniels.
We’re also reading stories that we are headed for a brokered convention. We see these every election season, usually about whichever party is out of power. It’s like they dust off the same story every year and hand it to whomever’s turn it is to throw that notion out there. Only the names of the candidates are changed. I think this stems from combination of wanting to stir the pot, and just something to fill the writer’s weekly column with.
This year, however, we are seeing prominent Conservative thinkers talking about it as well. May be wishful thinking, may be due to the fact the GOP’s new rules that punish states who move their primaries make it a real possibility, who knows.
One thing it does show, many Conservatives are rejecting the GOP field wholesale.
Many think a solid write-in campaign by Sarah’s supporters might bring this about this fight at the convention. They envision a scenario where the convention is in such disarray that after a few rounds of balloting, Palin delegates go out and start turning other candidates’ delegates into Palin delegates. Many states don’t bind delegates to any candidate, including the actual primary winner. Some do.
It’s a nice dream, and stranger things have happened. But we also have to prepare for the almost certain reality that what you see [now] is what you get. With that in mind, I want to give reader’s my personal opinion on each of these candidates. Remember this is my opinion, based on the research I’ve done. I would hope readers build on that research, and make up their own minds.
There is no “Sarah Palin” in this field, nor anyone even close, so it’s totally unfair to use her as the gold standard, even though she is, in our opinion. I want a candidate [from this bunch] that has a proven record of fiscal responsibility, a coherent foreign policy, be free of scandal and corruption, have good morals and character. Socially, my one requirement is they be pro-life. I’m very much a libertarian socially, but the wholesale slaughter of children through abortion is something I can’t abide by under any circumstances.
So, let’s take a look at some of our choices.
By all accounts Johnson was a pretty decent governor. He’s a full-on libertarian. Most of his platform seems to be built around legalizing marijuana. He’s pro-choice, using the state’s rights argument as justification.
Johnson is sort of a mixed bag on illegal immigration. Oddly enough, on his website, he manages to work legalizing dope into his immigration stance! Johnson seems to be in favor of a “grace period” to allow illegals a chance to comply with the law by applying for work visas. A form of amnesty, but not a “pathway to citizenship.” He also favors sanctions on employers who hire illegals. Sadly, there isn’t much detail on his website about all of this. One thing about it, he won’t waste 30 minutes to an hour boring you [and insulting your intelligence] with a long dissertation about civilian review boards, and 80 year old grandmas, and then tell you his plan isn’t amnesty.
Johnson also believes in the global warming hoax, and thinks it’s a man made phenomenon. Sorry, that pretty much disqualifies him right there. Anyone who believes that global warming is real, after all of the evidence to the contrary, including proof scientists cooked the books, isn’t smart enough to be president. On the positive side, he does understand that we can’t stop using oil and coal.
My honest take is Johnson is Ron Paul light. Would likely be very good on fiscal matters, but unacceptable on everything else.
That’s former Obama regime employee Jon Huntsman to you, pal!
It’s not unprecedented for members of one party to serve the president of another, though it rarely works out well. Ask George W. Bush.
Huntsman’s love letter to Obama, calling him a “remarkable leader” should tell you all you need to know about Huntsman’s judgement, or lack there of.
Was actually a decent governor. His fiscal numbers are almost as good those of Governor Palin’s, which are the gold standard for any governor in the race. No one else comes even close to her’s, or Huntsman’s record of sound, solid, debt and liability management.
That’s the good, now the bad. Huntsman also thinks global warming is real, and we gotta do something about it. He says he trusts the scientists. Though after catching hell for that, has sought to “moderate” his position.
Hasn’t caught on with the voters because he is simply not appealing.
Palin supporters were predisposed to like Michele Bachmann from the start, and did, in big numbers. She came off as a solid Conservative. That was before she started her presidential bid and began immediately stabbing her “good friend” Sarah, and her supporters, in the back.
Also Bachmann was completely silent after the Tucson shootings, when her “good friend” Sarah ,along with the entire Tea Party, who Michele claims to lead, were blood libeled. This after all of the hard work Sarah put in making sure Michele kept her seat in Congress.
Bachmann has done little in Congress. Her big legislative initiative has been trying to lift the ban on incandescent light bulbs. She created the Tea Party Caucus, but hasn’t done anything with it. She talks a good game, but simply doesn’t deliver.
There’s a reason why members of the House do not get elected president. At least not straight from that body.
Bachmann’s personal life is a mess, and there are wild [and true] stories out there that makes one wonder about her mental stability. In short, she is the loon that liberals and late night comedians, as well as some in the GOP, tried to paint Sarah Palin as.
Some the crazy has been talked about, but you can bet, if she’s the nominee, America will be bombarded by stories of her hijinks. It’ll be entertaining as hell, but it won’t win a presidential contest.
If Bachmann is serious about becoming president some day, she needs to run for governor and prove she can actually handle the job. Right now she’s definitely not ready for prime time.
A decent fellow. Mostly Conservative, but like so many in Congress, Rick has a mixed record on spending. Like Bachmann, has no executive experience, which is important. Mostly right on the issues, and infinitely better than the front runners, at least on paper.
My biggest problem with Rick is he’s more worried about being the bedroom police, than president. I’m a states’ rights guy, and while I don’t support a lot of things that Rick doesn’t support, the federal government already has way too much control over our daily lives. Some social issues do indeed impact our fiscal health, in a very significant way, and deserve attention, but I want a solid fiscal Conservative, and someone with real, solid foreign policy, more than anything else..
The next president will have a hell of a lot on their plate, and they need to have the ability to focus on priorities. Let We The People, and Congress, fight the culture war! Santorum’s lack of executive experience leaves me worried he may lack that ability. As a Senator he was one of a hundred people. That arrangement actually stifles leadership skills, rather than enhancing them.
I think he does understand the dire situation that would await him though. I think he’s smart, and knows what must be done, for the most part. Like the rest though, he’s not talking about reforming government. Rick, like the others who have served in Congress, he stayed around after losing his seat, and is an insider.
The big question is can he put aside friendships and professional relationships, and go after corruption wherever he finds it, no matter who it is, or what party it’s in, like Sarah Palin has done all of her political life. If Rick can convince people he will do this, and then actually do it if elected, I think we’ll have a good man in office. Throw in a desire to slash spending to the bone, and a sane foreign policy, and you got something.
Bottom line, I could vote for Rick Santorum and sleep well.
Do I even have to say the words?
Every time you think “hey, at least he’s right on fiscal matters” Ron Paul opens his mouth and spouts something idiotic. His foreign policy is straight out of the 18th Century. He goes out of his way to blame America for everything wrong in the world. He thinks the United States created terrorism, never mind our first overseas war was taking on the Barbary Pirates, [Muslims] in what is now Libya, who had been terrorizing the seas for generations.
His supporters are rabid though, and he may actually do well in Iowa, though we are starting to be reminded of all of Dr. Paul’s history of racist rants, anti-Semitism, and so on, which may slow down his momentum a tad.
For all of the real good he could do if fiscal issues were the only thing that mattered, he would be a disaster of biblical proportions. Because of his want to withdraw America from the world, the likelihood of WWIII being started about midway through his first term is real. A strong and engaged America is the only thing that stops other nations from being more aggressive towards each other.
The man is almost 80 years old. He’s stated that he will not seek re-election from his congressional district. He’s also stated he didn’t think he could hold up to a long drawn out campaign. If he can’t do that, how does he think he can even BE president? That job ages a person about 3 years per every actual year in office.
The best thing for Ron Paul is to go away and enjoy the rest of his life on the money he’s bilked out of his wayward supporters. We’ll keep an eye on his son, Senator Rand Paul, who seems to have inherited the good, with little of the bad, from his father.
On paper he looks like a Conservative’s dream candidate. I’ve stated before, if the character “Rick Perry” portrayed in his book Fed Up even remotely resembled the real Rick Perry, I’d not only vote for him, but campaign hard for him. Sadly, the real Rick Perry leaves much to be desired.
I’ve written a lot about Rick Perry.
When Sarah Palin mentions corruption and cronyism “in both parties” she’s talking about Perry. [and has mentioned him by name] The amount of corruption, and cronyism surrounding Perry is mind-blowing. Texas may be the greatest land God ever created, but the Texas government is a mess. There are few ethics rules for elected officials, and none have any real teeth. Moreover, Texas doesn’t limit, in any way, how much money an individual can contribute to a candidate. Perry has benefited greatly from this.
Thankfully, the Texas governor is weak, constitutionally. Little more than a figurehead. So, while Perry has tried all sorts of mischief, like handing a half-million acres [and $200 billion] over to a Spanish company, to create the Trans-Texas Corridor, which would have been the largest land grab in United States history, the Texas legislature, and the courts, have always stopped him.
Speaking of land deals, there are many questionable land deals in Perry’s portfolio. In fact, buying real estate cheaper than he should have been able to, and selling it, sometimes for twice what it was worth, is how Perry has made his fortune, while in office. He makes Obama and his buddy Tony Rezko look like amateurs.
Perry gets a lot of credit for creating jobs that are really created by Texas’ longstanding climate that makes it easy to do business here. We have a solid, well educated, motivated work force. Texas is a right to work state. And the cost of living is lower here than most of the country.
The city I live in, which is modern, clean, close to everything, including two beautiful lakes and resorts, was recently included in the top ten least expensive places to live in the country. Texas cities dominate the list.
The only jobs program Perry actually controls is rife with corruption. Perry is a lot like Obama when it comes to rewarding big campaign donors over others, and many of the companies Perry’s Enterprise Fund has handed big money to, are failures, unable to meet promised goals of job creation and production.
Texas, like most states, requires a balanced budget. Texas is also the glaring example of why I’m skeptical of a national balanced budget amendment. This is one of those deals, that unless the details of HOW the budget must be balanced, leads to nothing more than smoke and mirrors, rather than actual fiscal responsibility.
As Stacy Drake reported back in August, that’s exactly what Perry’s last budget is, smoke and mirrors. It’s a combination of accounting maneuvers that only kick the problem down the road, for those creating the next budget to worry about, and robbing from the rainy day funds.
Oh, and it turns out Perry used $6.4 billion from Obama’s “Recovery Act” to plug ninety-seven percent [97%] of the 2010-2011 budget shortfall. The very legislation Perry has publicly railed against.
In the same report that compared the fiscal responsibility all of the potential candidates who were governors, Rick Parry’s record was by far, the worst. Comparing Governor Palin to Governor Perry:
During the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Alaska (FY08 through FY10)
• Debt outstanding increased 12.7%, or 4.2% per year
• Per capita debt outstanding increased 7.4%, or 2.5% per year
• Total liabilities decreased 34.6%, or 11.5% per year
• Total liabilities per capita decreased 37.7%, or 12.6% per year
Please note Governor Palin was the only one to actually decrease liabilities, and she did so in a significant way.
During the fiscal years for which Rick Perry exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Texas (FY02 through FY10)
• Debt outstanding increased 184.2%, or 20.5% per year
• Per capita debt outstanding increased 140.4%, or 15.6% per year
• Total liabilities increased 60.6%, or 6.7% per year
• Total liabilities per capita increased 35.8%, or 4.0% per year
So much for fiscal responsibility.
Perry is not evil, and has done some good things. If nothing else, he had enough sense to just stay out of the way, for the most part, and let Texas do it’s thing. That’s no small deal either. You can bet some of the others, like Gingrich, who worship at the alter of Big Government, wouldn’t have that sort of good sense and restraint.
I’m not about to call Perry “Reaganesque” but I remember when Ronald Reagan was met with a pending economic meltdown, and everyone around him was losing their minds and demanding action, his answer was to simply do nothing. Let the markets correct themselves. It worked, and the result was the largest peacetime economic expansion in our nation’s history.
There’s a lot to be said for having faith in free markets, and enough common sense to just do nothing when everyone around you is screaming at you to do something, anything, to fix things.
But, and this is a big but, Perry’s corrupt nature has led him to attempt things that would have destroyed the Texas economy, had he not been stopped by the legislature, and the Texas people. Unfortunately, I don’t trust a Republican led Congress to exert that sort of watchdog mentality on any Republican president. Politics always gets in the way of good governance.
People have to remember that unlike Ronald Reagan, who switched parties because of ideology, the democrat party was turning toward socialism in a big way, Perry switched parties simply because he saw the writing on the wall. Texas is a Conservative state, and Perry knew he couldn’t win statewide office as a democrat. No one can. Perry’s nature is somewhere between Conservative and what you might call a blue dog democrat. Unrestrained, Perry can come up with Big Government boondoggles to rival any “progressive.”
A lot of things Perry is promising, like a “part time Congress” also show his true lack of understanding how the federal government is set up. Both he and Newt are making wild promises that will never come to pass. Pandering to the American people, like they are stupid, isn’t going to get either very far.
My biggest problem with Perry though is the corruption. Tackling corruption is Job One for Sarah Palin and us Palinistas. It’s kinda hard for someone with the record of corruption and cronyism that Rick Perry has, to talk about cleaning things up, with any credibility whatsoever.
To some he’s Satan himself.
Mitt’s biggest problem is he is a squish. He’s not a strong leader. He was a good solid businessman though. He is the father of socialized medicine in America, but the other front runner in this race [Newt] supports a nearly identical program to what Mitt signed into law. Newt just dazzles you by wasting 30 minutes of your time telling you why NewtCare is the “conservative” Big Government “solution,” based mostly on the fact Newt says it is.
Mitt has been known to flip-flop on serious issues, and it’s a mixed bag. Sometimes going from a “progressive” position, to something more Conservative, and staying with it, sometimes going back and forth to fit the situation. That doesn’t build a lot of confidence in his ability to lead, or win.
Oh, and like many of these cats, Mitt seems to think global warming is real. Why are so many of our leaders educated well above their level of intelligence?
There should be one question asked of every candidate for every office, from dog catcher to president: “Do you believe in man-made global warming?” If the answer is yes, they should be sent packing.
If someone WERE, inclined to vote for Mitt, it would be in hopes his reputation as a human windsock would come into play, and he would go with the prevailing winds that demand a return back to the basics of government, as well as sudden, relentless reform.
As with Perry, I don’t think Mitt would be the guy who would champion major reform, but for different reasons. Perry is corrupt, and simply can’t talk about it, because of obvious reasons. I just don’t think Mitt has the balls to take it all on. So far, none of these candidates have shown they have what it takes to do this.
There are few that have the toughness of a Sarah Palin who famously proclaimed: “Politically, if I die, I die!” …. when talking about standing up, and speaking out.
If I had to speculate on what kind of president Mitt would be, I’d say he would be a lot like George W. Bush. Not the worst president ever, but not anywhere near ideal. I worry that like Bush, Mitt would cave on spending, especially if we take back the Senate. The House is generally filled with enough Conservative firebrands to hold it’s leadership to the fire. You can count on one hand the consistent Conservatives in the Senate. This sort of thing gives one pause
Here lately, I must honestly say I find myself wanting to defend Mitt at certain times. In 2008, Mitt actually was the most Conservative candidate still in the race, between tax and spend nanny-stater Huckabee, McCain, and himself. Since then, I’ve seen Conservatives react like Pavlov’s dogs at the very mention of his name! It’s actually making me want to defend the poor S.O.B.
Mitt has never been on any list of mine as someone I’d enthusiastically support for, well, anything, but it’s been quite interesting to watch as non-Palin supporters, and now Palin supporters alike, jump from one flavor-of-the-week candidate to the other, looking for the best candidate named “Not Mitt Romney!” While all of this shuckin’ and jivin’ has been going on, someone far worse has jumped out front:
Everything that is wrong with politics, and everything that will ever be wrong with politics, wrapped up in pretty paper with a nice bow on top. Newt Gingrich is the very living, breathing embodiment of everything Sarah Palin’s movement of sudden and relentless reform is all about. The very sort Sarah has fought to run out of government for decades.
Newt is a lying, corrupt, influence peddling, longstanding member of the permanent political class. The guy has more baggage than American Airlines hauls in a year. Though he’s somehow managed to get some pundits to describe him as “conservative” for years, he doesn’t have an actual Conservative bone in his body.
Think about it, for decades now we have seen Newt hang with the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, Al Sharpton, John Kerry, and even Barack Obama. And he’s always pushing THEIR policies while proclaiming he “just wants to be part of the conversation.”
Let me see, just to name a few things. He’s sat on THE COUCH with Pelosi and shilled for Al Gore’s global warming scam. Around the same time he and John Kerry created a gigantic mutual admiration society, built around their man-crush on each other, and their complete agreement that global warming, man-made global warming, is real and we damned well better do something about it before we all die!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!
Speaking of global warming, in 1989 Newt actually co-sponsored the Global Warming Prevention Act. He should have called it the “Keep Hack Scientists Employed Act”!
Now I know some may say “But Gary, we didn’t KNOW the scientists were just making it up as they went along, it COULD have been real!” That would be all well and good, except just a decade earlier, starting in the mid-1970s, many of the very scientists that are pushing the global warming hoax now [and in 1989] were the same ones who were scaring the hell out of the world by screaming at the top of their lungs we were about to enter a new ice age, where those that didn’t freeze to death, would starve. As hard as it is to believe, the hysteria over global freezing, though shorter lived, was far more intense, than over this latest hoax.And there was zero alternative media to challenge this insanity.
I think the lack of the internet was our saving grace on the freezing thing. It would have been even crazier had this marvel existed back then.
Scientists had the same plethora of charts and graphs “proving” the earth would be one big deep freeze [and we’d all die] as today’s scammers who push global warming.
Looking back, it’s hilarious, because scientists pushing the Big Chill, were actually suggesting we bombard the ozone layer with the very things they now claim are deadly toxins, as a way to insulate the earth, and keep it warm. All these episodes really prove is scientists live off of government grants [taxpayer dollars] and if they don’t have some massive, world ending disaster pending, one that will wipe out all of mankind in 10 years [It’s ALWAYS 10 years!] they’ll have to go out and find a real job.
If they are really short on big disaster ideas, they can cook up something like the world-wide bird flu pandemic of a few years ago. You know, the one countries [read the United States] spent billions of dollars preparing for, but never happened. That kept a lot of scientists employed.
My point? It might be forgivable for the average Congressman or Senator to defer to scientists and advisers on things like this, and go along. It’s totally unreasonable to expect anyone to be an expert on everything, especially members of Congress. But Newt is the smartest guy in every room. Just ask him.
If an average guy like me can remember the people selling the Big Chill one year, are the same ones who have come back a decade later selling the Big Burn, you’d think someone of Newt’s alleged intelligence would figure out, as the rest of us have, that maybe, just maybe, it’s all a scam.
Not Newt! As late as 2009 Newt was still saying global warming is real. In fact, he teamed up with Nancy Pelosi once more, to push an energy tax Obama wanted. It was around the same time he teamed up with Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan, a Chicago socialist, to push Obama’s education initiative.
Oh, just remembered, back when Newt was Speaker, he promised gun owners that no gun control legislation would ever see the light of day. That he would make sure it died in committee. That just was before he teamed up with Pelosi to push through some of the most anti-American, anti-Second Amendment legislation in history.
Oddly enough, Newt has never stood with Conservative leaders and helped champion any of our issues. He has, however publicly trashed Conservatives, when called on the carpet for things like endorsing De De Scozzafava, when every Conservative in the country backed Doug Hoffman. He’s also been heard trashing the Tea Party in private, while pandering to us in public.
Newt’s wild attack on Congressman Paul Ryan’s fiscal plan, will be featured in ads by Congressman Ryan’s democrat opponent in 2012. Thanks Newt.
Newt has some insane and dangerous ideas, like the notion of just ignoring Supreme Court rulings he didn’t like. I’ll have a lot more to say on this, but for now, contemplate on how you’d feel when once ObamaCare is declared unconstitutional, and Obama says “who cares” and keeps it in place. Obama, BTW, is already ignoring lower court rulings on any number of serious issues. Michele Bachmann called what Obama is doing “gangster government” and she’s right. I guess we’d have to call it “Gangster Government Too: Electric Boogaloo” if we’re stupid enough to elect Newt!
Then there are the issues of infidelity. I still can’t believe people threw Herman Cain under the bus for unproven allegations of sexual misconduct, then ran to Newt, who has a record going back to the early 1970s as a serial adulterer and a sexual predator. It’s even alleged Newt lost his first bid for Congress in 1974 because he spent all of his time shagging one of the volunteers rather than campaigning.
If a man can’t be trusted to keep fidelity to the person he is most intimate with, he can’t be trusted on any level. This isn’t one or two affairs. It’s a decades long pattern of promiscuity that would rival any of the wild rock bands you hear about. I contend it’s a real sickness, and goes a long way toward explaining why, for decades, Newt has betrayed Conservatives, and the American people, time and time again.
It’s part of why he’s completely comfortable claiming to be a Conservative, while actually pallin’ around with the most prominent socialists of our time, and pushing their agenda, rather than ours.
I could go on, but suffice it to say, I won’t be voting for Newt under any circumstance, as I find him far more dangerous than Obama. Obama doesn’t have the balls, the skills, or the over-sized ego to try half the insane things Newt would. I also don’t trust Congress to stop him if he did.
There are more important things to think about.
One of the things we don’t discuss nearly enough is the Supreme Court. Whoever is in the White House for the next 4 years, will get to choose at least 2 Justices, and likely as many as 4. We already have a couple justices saying they are only hanging on until after the election, obviously hoping the current president is gone.
We must carefully consider the sort of person each of these candidates might choose. This is a lot more important than the time that is being spent talking about it indicates.
I honestly have no idea the sort justice any of these candidates might pick, but that’s not going to stop me from giving my opinion, after all, if you’ve read this far, it’s obviously why you are still here.
Tommy Chong? That guy from the Black Crowes? Seriously, I’d think someone like Judge Andrew Napolitano would be on his short list.
Hard to tell. Even real Republicans have a seriously bad record of picking good Justices. I doubt we see the sort of strict constructionists like Chief Justice Roberts or Justices Alito, Scalia, or Thomas coming from this guy.
Likely an activist type of judge. One who would love to play bedroom police. Might be wrong, but probably not. I could see Bachmann, and to a lessor extent, Santorum, putting ideology over record and ability as a jurist, as their requirement.
I’d like to believe Santorum would be trusted to take this part of the job seriously, and make good, solid choices. I’d like to think that. I do think ideology would play a bigger part than it should. But I wouldn’t sit up nights in fear that Santorum would nominate a group of communist sympathizers as our current president has. I’m fairly confident we wouldn’t be totally disappointed in his choices.
Is Tommy Chong still available or is he sharing that bong with Johnson?
Who in the hell knows what you’d get here. Alex Jones? Possibly.
Jesse Ventura? Hey, why not!
If they can drag Art Bell out from Dreamland ……
My Guess is Judge Napolitano, or his equivalent, would be on the short list, which would likely be the one and only thing I’d actually agree with Paul on.
I’d like to think Perry would make solid choices, but I still remember George Bush and the Harriet Miers fiasco! We elect our judges in Texas, including to the Supreme Court. Unless he can figure out a way to sell a seat on the Court, in which case all bets are off, I imagine we’d be pretty happy with his picks.
I honestly wanted to do due diligence here. It’s been charged that Mitt, as governor, picked a whole lot of democrats to place in the courts. Now we’re talking Massachusetts here, so it’s not like he had much else to choose from. Still I wanted to see what Massachusetts law had to say before I just ripped into Mitt for picking democrats over what passes for a Republican up there.
If you are a Sarah Palin supporter, you understand why I was willing to spend the time. As we all found out when it came time for Governor Palin to pick a Supreme Court justice, Alaska has a panel that picks a couple of people and the Governor must choose from these candidates. They aren’t allowed to just pick who they want. And while Governor Palin would fight a buzzsaw, all of the other governors who came before her fought the same losing battle to no avail.
Sarah did completely piss off the selection panel though, by demanding they furnish her with the complete records of the two she was forced to pick from. In the end, after review, she picked a highly competent jurist, with a stellar record, over one with a questionable past. The only rub was her pick was pro-choice, which sent a lot of her supporters into orbit, but she was right in her choice, and it only proved she was more interested in competence, than ideology. In the less than ideal situation, she used common sense. It’s not likely an Alaska Supreme Court justice would being hearing cases related to abortion anyway. It did a lot to prove Sarah knows when to be pragmatic.
Anyway I found that in Mitt’s case, he could pick who he wanted, so his choices are on the record, and he owns em. It ain’t great!
I did find one thing Mitt did that impressed me though. He brought about significant reform, instituting a “blind” judicial merit process. It was Mitt’s idea as a way to keep politics out of the judicial selection process. It keeps potential jurists from campaigning for the job too. It’s something to be admired.
I have no idea how well it’s working in practice, but on paper it’s a significant reform, and a common sense one at that. You can read about it here.
As to the kind of justices Mitt would pick, like everything else with this guy, it could go either way. This is another one of those times Mitt’s finger in the wind nature might turn out to be a feature, not a bug. Public opinion, and voter pressure might keep him from appointing someone too far off the beaten path. But I certainly have my deep concerns. He could just as easily pick a squishy, blow in the wind kind of jurist, or a complete lefty. I have serious concerns, and not ready to go on blind faith.
This is a guy who said Margaret Sanger Award winning De De Scozzafava, who was actually to the left of the democrat in her contest, was “conservative enough for him.”
I can actually see Newt appointing his good pal Hillary Clinton to the Court. Though he’s never spent quality time on a couch with her, like he has Nancy Pelosi, a few years back they were seen arm and arm all over the Beltway as both were pushing mandated health care insurance. Newt couldn’t shut up telling us how brilliant Hillary was.
Like everything else concerning Newt, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. He’d pick Hillary and spend hours telling you why it was a brilliant “conservative solution.” The very thought of Newt being allowed 1 pick, let alone 3 or 4 Supremes keeps me awake at night.
Remember, this is a guy who has no respect for the rule of law. Let’s not forget that when he became Speaker, Newt recommended every member of Congress read a book written by a Marxist that advocates abolishing the current Constitution, for a more progressive document, and followed that up by writing the foreword for the author’s next book describing HOW to abolish the American way of life, replacing it with some sort of Big Government controlled Marxist utopia.
Remember, Newt, like like his buddy Toffler, calls himself a “futurist.”
This is NOT the man you want picking out justices.
OK, enough presidential politics. Suffice it to say, the candidate most of us want isn’t running, and unless something really drastic and dramatic happens, isn’t likely to. And the ones who are running don’t exactly send a thrill up one’s leg.
I trust Sarah’s instincts. She’s always been right when it comes to these things. If she thinks the timing for her was wrong, so be it.
I’m not going to endorse anyone, and I want readers to really take what I’ve presented, think about it, and make up their own minds. Realistically, I think we’ll end up with Mitt, Newt, Rick Perry, and maybe Rick Santorum, at least for a little while.
You have to ask yourself, do you want a nice guy Conservative with no executive experience who has never caught on with voters? A relatively Conservative governor, with serious issues of corruption, and Big Government tendencies, when not watched like a hawk watches chickens? A squishy Northeastern governor with a decent amount of business experience, whose time as governor wasn’t filled with many bright spots? Or a corrupt, Big Government progressive, who can look you in the eye and lie to your face better than anyone alive? Someone with zero Conservative street cred, and ego as big as all out doors, and insane, out of control “solutions” to match?
Better to focus on what is actually important if the nation is to survive.
Congress is the key. We must win back control of the Senate. There are many seats up for grabs in 2012, and lots of opportunities, though it’s going to be tougher without Sarah’s coattails to grab on to.
We have to do more than just take back control of the Senate though. We must make sure those we elect are like minded and have an actual record as reformers. Talk is cheap. Give me someone who has already went head to head against corruption, and won. We must insist all others need not apply.
If no good candidate exists, we still have time to find one. Contested primaries have a nice way of bringing out a candidate’s record. Ideally, no candidate for Congress would ever run uncontested, ever.
The same goes for the House. Not only do we need to build on our majority, we must look at those Republicans already in office, and be prepared to primary those, including the newbees we helped elect in 2010, if they just don’t get it.
In short, we need legislators whose first word in the morning is reform and whose last word at night is reform. The gotta eat, sleep and breathe sudden, relentless reform. We need people who will look daily for some way to make government smaller, more efficient, and less corrupt.
Frankly, we need to see the House elect a Speaker who will demand this from his members!
We need people who are up there to work, and don’t give a damn about being invited to the right cocktail parties!
This is where We The People come in. It’s how, without any title whatsoever, we can make a difference.
We must go door to door if we have to. Wake up our neighbors, and make sure they wake up their neighbors. We gotta have the drive of an Amway salesman to create a network that eventually encompasses entire communities of Americans who demand reform. Americans who want simple, ethical, efficient government, that for the most part, will just get the hell out of our lives, and out of our way, and let America do what it does best.
This won’t be easy work, but for Palinistas, you already know how it’s done. You’ve been almost evangelical as you’ve told the story of Sarah Palin. You’ve done such a good job, millions are refusing to take no for an answer, when it come to her declining a presidential bid!
Just think what you can do when you take her message of sudden and relentless reform door to door!
Get creative. Get a copy of Peter Schweizer’s Throw Them All Out and invite everyone you know over for a series of readings. Have fun with it, bring food, drink, whatever. Read a handful of chapters at a time, discuss them, and then make a plan of action. There’s enough in Peter’s book to set everyone on fire!
Get involved electing members of Congress. Go where they are having rallies. These are usually small gatherings, and you should get a minute or two to ask important questions about reform, and let them know, if elected, you’ll hold them to their promises or throw their asses out next election!
Make yourself as knowledgeable as possible on the issues, and never be afraid to discuss them. You’ll be surprised how many times in casual conversation things will come up that will allow you to spread the word.
This can’t be just about beating Obama and the democrats. We have just as many useless and corrupt jackwagons in the Republican Party that must go. As you spread the message, it’s vital to talk about that.
People must understand the entire system is corrupt, and massive changes must be made. Sweeping ethics laws that have real teeth, must be put in place. Situations that facilitate corruption, like tax codes, must be examined and loopholes closed. [or scrapped for something new and less complicated]
Corruption itself has become a Washington institution, and far too many Americans just accept it as the way it is. Until we get the entire country so angry they are seriously ready to do something about it, nothing is going to change.
I think Sarah Palin senses this better than anyone, which is why she chose this fight, rather than to add president to her considerable résumé. [at this time]
Palinistas are already organized better than any of the presidential candidates’ campaigns. We already know how to do what we need to do. It’s up to us to bring more and more into our fraternity of brothers and sisters who want to Revive, Renew and Restore America.
Presidents come and go. We have the ability to make history and reform government, making it better for all of the future generations to come. It’s time to join Sarah’s mission to “ throw them all out”!
If you need more inspiration, you can never, ever, watch The Speech too many times. Share this with the world, as well!
Sarah Palin, appearing on Fox Business News Monday night, ended her great interview with Eric Bolling by saying it’s not too late for “someone” to jump into the race, after Eric asked her if she thought it was [or wasn’t] too late for her to get in this deal:
I’m not sure what this means, and we all know Sarah has been known to give generic answers to these sort of questions. That said, knowing there is a large reconsider movement, and being on record as not loving any of the current candidates, she may be taking a second look.
I urge readers not to go off the deep end. This could just be her doing her job as a pundit, or she could really see the GOP has nothing to offer voters who want more than more of the same, and is rethinking things.
Whichever is the case, we must continue to vet the other candidates and gear up to take on the corrupt government and support Sarah’s mission of sudden, and relentless reform.
We can get caught up in the whole reconsider thing, if she does.
You can watch the entire interview here.
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I really wish I had the patience to write a post this long and well-thought out!
Worked on it for days, from concept to publishing.
Gary – You are windy.
One of the best analysis I’ve read! Learned some things about Gingrich I had not known. Being a Palinista I have not been enthusiastic except for a while it was Cain and Bachmann…and a couple days ago I decided out of what is left and looking at experience, honesty, moral values and private sector experience, I’m hoping Romney will be the nominee. Scared of the rest….as a Tea Partier I’m surprised I came up with this, but feel he is being honest and that he is as scared as the rest of us that this country may not be able to come back if this administration is not voted out. I also feel that there is much more to this man than meets the eye…in a good way. Smart but not boastful.
Thank you. I really wanted to get some things out there.
I’m seriously not ready to back any candidate, but when you get right down to it, there are only two acceptable ones, Santorum and Romney. Romney might be the best choice of the two, simply because he has been a governor of a state that actually gives the executive some power. Nothing like Governor Palin, who sat as the second most powerful executive in the country, with broad powers as a true CEO, but good enough.
Romney worries me on every level, but he worries me less than the rest.
Excellent post Gary.
Thanks. I appreciate that.
Wow, I had no idea that this article would be so long! haha But it was definitely worth the read. But I feel as if you are being intellectually dishonest re: Gingrich, Gary. All of what you said is true. But you didn’t mention his Contract with America at all. It was historic, and should have been highlighted. I’m actually much more worried about Romney. He doesn’t have a sincere bone in his body. He embodies the typical politician. And the most important thing to the Tea Party folks is Obamacare. This must be repealed! Romney wants to fix it, not repeal it. That is scary! FYI, Santorum loves his pork. Is proud of that fact. This guy doesn’t have a reform bone in his body. Anyway, hopefully, Sarah will save us from this slate of extremely flawed candidates. I sense a shift in her attitude lately. It started when she hesitated when asked if she had any regrets about not getting in this thing. (last appearance on Hannity) And it’s now gone into overdrive with her comments on Fox News this past weekend, and especially her comments on Eric Bolling’s show last night. She seems to really be reconsidering her decision. I hope and pray that she is!
Sorry, it was long because I had a lot to say! 🙂
I don’t give Newt credit for the “Contract for America” because he didn’t create it. As Speaker he got credit for it, of course, but it was others, like Tom Delay and Dick Armey [who I also despise] who really created it.
Newt is a despicable human being. There is absolutely nothing about this guy that is appealing. He’s a congenital liar. The kind who lies when the truth would work better. He would be far more dangerous than Obama, if elected. Newt would try “progressive” [read liberal-socialist] “solutions” that Obama would NEVER have the guts to try. I fear an “President Gingrich” more than I ever would Obama.
Speaking of ObamaCare, or more specifically RomneyCare, you do realize Newt supports EXACTLY the same thing Mitt signed into law, right? RomneyCare, unlike ObamaCare, is basically a mandate requiring everyone in the Bay State to have health insurance, and provides subsidies for those who can’t afford it. Newt has been pushing the EXACT SAME program for years. Hell, he was doing it THIS YEAR.
A “President Newt” would replace ObamaCare with what is essentially RomneyCare. I’ve written extensively about this.
I’m not a Mitt supporter, simply because I know better exists. That said, far too many people have been brainwashed into thinking he’s Lucifer in human form. Mitt is merely a Northeastern Republican. If you think he’s worse than Newt [or even Huntsman] please sit down and really examine Newt’s record and positions.
Fact is, Newt has held more leftist positions than even some democrats. He’s a real menace.
Mitt’s problem is he’s a human wind sock. I’m not sure he has any real core values, politically. He’ll go where the road takes him. I’ll tell ya, after 10 years as governor, Rick Perry is about the same. The only difference is Perry can instinctively sense a shift, and change BEFORE it happens, and make it look like he was there all along. Mitt has to think about it too much, and by the time he shows up, he’s late to the party.
I don’t want to vote for Mitt, but could. Simply put, gun to my head, I’d vote for Mitt. Newt? Just pull the trigger, because I would never, under any circumstance whatsoever, vote for Newt.
I’d love to see Sarah jump into this deal. I just don’t want everyone to get their hopes up. No matter what, we gotta focus on corruption.
And that takes me back to Newt. Overall, Newt has raked in over $100 million, most of it from lobbying Congress to enact left wing legislation. He says it isn’t lobbying, and technically, it isn’t, only because he isn’t a registered lobbyist, and being the ultimate insider, he doesn’t have to follow the rules mere human do.
That $100 million includes $37 million Newt has gotten from insurance and drug companies to shill for government MANDATED health care insurance, or RommneyCare by another name. This legislation would be worth hundreds of billions, if not trillions of dollars, over time.
Newt is bad news.
You’ve said that Newt took tons of money from lobbying and Freddie Mac and the like, which is all true, and makes him pretty disqualified in my book…he took money from organizations that were hugely responsible for many of our economic, and especially housing, downfalls. What about Mitt, though? He’s taken money from corrupt organizations as well. What about his makes you think of it differently than Newt’s?
Reading your responses about Newt is making me laugh…I agree, it’s just funny to read the expressions you’re using. Thanks 🙂
What’s so pathetic about con man Newt, is he claims he wasn’t lobbying, instead he says he was giving “history lessons”! Worse, at first he claimed it was “only” $300,000, then it came out that it was between $1.6 and 1.8 million. Now it’s being reported it may be closer to $4 million, but I want verification.
Newt is just a rotten human being.
I don’t want to come off as a Mitt supporter, but I honestly don’t know of any corrupt dealings Mitt has had. It’s not against the law to do business with anyone, unless they are terrorists. Even what Newt did was legal. It was also unethical. Newt was actually using his influence to stop Congress from investigating Freddie Mac, and regulate the corrupt group.
It’s not a stretch to hold Newt partly responsible for the entire economic mess we are in.
Mitt is a lot of things, but I don’t think corrupt is one of them. I don’t think he has the guts.
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Excellent! Thank you for the hard work. The Reagan clip can bring a tear to the eye. Sarah is our Reagan. No doubt in my simple military mind.
Thank you for the kind words. And thank you so much for your service to our nation.
Reagan is my hero, and yeah, you can never watch “The Speech” enough. Reagan gave versions of “The Speech” later. but this is Reagan at his very best. In fact, though it’s become known simply as “The Speech” the actual name is “A Time for Choosing” which, of course, is what we named our blog.
If I had may way there would be entire collage courses on it, and you’d have to know and understand it to graduate high school!
It’s telling that Reagan’s words are just as relevant today as they were on November 27, 1964 when he gave it.
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