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Sarah Palin: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Breitbart published an Exclusive commentary on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg by Sarah Palin. (Notes Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 3:47pm)

Today marks the beginning of the week-long ceremonies commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  There will be a full re-enactment of the battle, discussions with panels of historians, and of course a re-reading of the Gettysburg Address. But as Lincoln affirmed when he dedicated that hallowed ground, nothing we say or do can “add or detract” from the great sacrifice made there. Gettysburg was a defining moment in the history of our nation; and consequently, one of the most important battles in the history of mankind.

I’ve had the honor of visiting Gettysburg twice, most recently during the One Nation Bus Tour in 2011.  I brought my family with me and we met other families—even meeting up with friends traveling from Wasilla—as we paid our respects to the monuments and patriot graves. It was important for me to bring the younger generation there in order to instill in them a sense of the duty we owe to the ordinary men who did extraordinary things to make us one nation.

On a sunny summer day there, despite the distance of a hundred and fifty years, you can somehow feel the “mystic chords of memory” binding us to that generation whose “hearts were touched with fire.”

I felt it myself when I visited that day a few years ago. I felt it when I prayed at Little Round Top in gratitude to the unflinching courage of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his men from Maine who held the line when the fate of the battle, and hence the nation, was at stake. I felt it when I looked out across the field where Pickett’s Charge took place and contemplated the doomed valor of those men of Old Virginia. I felt it when I stood at the High Water Mark, where Alonzo Cushing gave his life to repel the furthest advance of the Confederate cause and thus end the three-day battle.

Gettysburg is where we truly became one nation. It was the decisive battle of a war in which we righted the unfinished business of our founding by freeing those whose enslavement was our greatest shame.

We became one nation at Gettysburg not only because we preserved our union there, but also because in the decades following the war, veterans of the Blue and the Gray would come together on the anniversary of those fateful days to shake hands in brotherhood across the once bitter field of battle.

Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg were indeed prophetic. The men who “gave the last full measure of devotion” there did not die in vain. Our nation endures and our “government of the people, by the people, for the people” has not perished from the earth.

– Sarah Palin

Breitbart News will be broadcasting the opening ceremony of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT and partnering with N3 to offer 20 hours of coverage of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg over the next eight days, which will include live reenactments and discussions with some of the leading Gettysburg historians and filmmakers. Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Ch. 125 will also have a three-hour “Gettysburg 150” special tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. The broadcasts can be seen here. 

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Flag Etiquette and U.S. Citizenship. I am a Proud, Legal American!

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I created this video to inspire Americans to keep on fighting for their (our) country. I lost my country to communism and there is no end to the struggle for Freedom once it is lost. This is the most important cause in America’s lifetime. We may get tired. We may get discouraged. Politicians will deceive us and we will have setbacks; but We are One Nation Under God where nothing is impossible, as we place our trust and confidence in Him for victory and liberty.

Pictured below is the original painting of the drafting (not the signing) of the Declaration of Independence. The oil painting by John Trumball was commissioned in 1817, purchased in 1819, and hung in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, in Washington, D.C., in 1826.  The artist painted many of the figures from life while visiting Independence Hall to depict the Second Chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. He left out a few participants, showing 42 of the 56 signers, including political enemies Thomas Jefferson and John Adams whose feet seem to be touching. Since the process was debated and signed over a period of time because membership in Congress changed, the men in the painting had never all been in the same room.

original painting of declaration

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The Non-Percent: America’s Working Class of “John Does”; Updated

by Whitney Pitcher

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Our nation’s political messaging has often been one of dichotomy–splitting America in half to pit us against each other. Both political parties are guilty of engaging in this kind of talk. Some Democrats in recent years have discussed America in context of the 1% (the wealthiest Americans) versus the 99% (the rest of us), essentially trying to capitalize on the pitting the nation’s proverbial “haves” versus “have-nots”. Meanwhile, some Republicans have seen things in the context of the 53% of Americans who pay federal income taxes versus the 47% of those who do not, in essence trying to dichotomize Americans as either productive or lazy. The truth is not every “one percenter” is greedy, nor is every ninety-nine percenter selfless. Not every fifty-three percenter has a strong work ethic, nor is every forty-seven percenter lazy.  In reality, the dichotomy (and the disconnect too) comes between the permanent political class and the American people–primarily the working class. The working class primarily would fall into the 99% or the 53%. These individuals are self-sufficient enough to not be dependent upon the government, but not wealthy enough to be of importance to most politicians seeking campaign donors.

Too often, the working class are political pawns for union bosses and Democrats and frequently only discussed in the context of the “small business owner” for the pro-business (but infrequently pro-market) Republicans. There are rare politicians, however, who recognize that the working class are not political pawns, nor are they a class of citizens the government needs to do something for. They are a class of citizens that the government needs to stop doing something to! Tony Lee and Stephen Bannon co-wrote a great piece at Breitbart yesterday highlighting Governor Palin’s ability to connect to the working class and how the Senate immigration bill has been a slap in the face to the working class:

“Meanwhile, the upper middle classes in coastal cocoons enjoy the aristocratic privileges of having plenty of cheap household help, while having enough wealth not to worry about the social costs of illegal immigration in terms of higher taxes or the problems in public education, law enforcement, and entitlements,” Hanson wrote. “No wonder our elites wink and nod at the supposed realities in the current immigration bill, while selling fantasies to the majority of skeptical Americans.”

Last Friday, a panelist on Fox News’s Hannity’s panel of black conservatives, which included Sirius XM Patriot’s David Webb and Breitbart’s Sonnie Johnson, emphasized that the Senate’s immigration bill would have a “detrimental impact” on black Americans.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the most critical opponents of the immigration bill, noted that the bill would hurt working class Hispanics in addition to all working class Americans and the “poorest among us.” Sessions noted that according to the CBO report, the bill would have a devastating impact on wages of Americans looking for job security, and it would raise the unemployment rate while only solving 25% of the illegal immigration problem. He posited that between 30 million and 50 million workers will be added to the labor force in the next ten years, completely destroying the possibility of upward mobility of working class Americans of all backgrounds. Yet, Republican senators like Murkowski (R-AK), Rubio (R-FL), Ayotte (R-NH), McCain (R-AZ), and Graham (R-SC) voted for the final bill.
“Why would any Member of Congress want to vote for a bill at a time of high unemployment, falling wages?” Sessions asked on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.

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For Republicans to win back the majority and the presidency, they need to win the so-called Reagan Democrats and a new generation of working class minorities who will have to become Reagan Democrats 2.0. They need to win over the father who got laid off from his manufacturing job and has a child who did everything society said to do–go to college, get a degree, find a decent-paying job in the technology industry–and now may meet the same fate his father did when the labor market is flooded with an influx of cheap immigrant labor brought to do jobs Americans supposedly do not want to do.

These Americans that the immigration bill most adversely impacts make up the backbone of this country and see in Washington a permanent political class who are against them and think they “can’t cut it.” They see in Palin, though, someone who fights for them because she simply “gets” it–and them.

Governor Palin linked the above mentioned piece on her Facebook page, commenting in part:

Once again, I’ll point out the obvious to you: it was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote. Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good. You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.

Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American. Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new “bi-partisan” hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines.

The immigration bill does negatively impact the working class, but the political connected will benefit. Although he ultimately voted for the bill, Democratic Senator Leahy would boost corporate cronyism. Big GOP donors ultimately want “comprehensive immigration reform” to pass as well. What will the House GOP do? Will they cave to political pressure in order to receive the needed money for their next re-election–their own constituents be damned?

The immigration bill is not the only way that the working class is being passed over for the sake of the political connected class. Look no further than the next divisive issue de jour–climate change. Earlier this week, President Obama gave a speech touting his next “green” push. This push was gleefully described by an Obma adviser as a needed “war on coal”. The war on coal has already started, however. In President Obama’s home state of Illinois, in the blue collar town of Decatur, nearly 500 Caterpillar workers were laid off this past Spring. Caterpillar is the world’s largest maker of mining equipment, and with decreased coal mining, less mining equipment needs to be manufactured. Meanwhile, President Obama is promising $8 billion more in green energy loan guarantees in his new climate change plan. Past is often prologue,and in  the 2009 stimulus package, 80% of Department of Energy loans went to companies with connections to Obama donors. It would surprise no one if this new round of loan guarantees again go to the political connected. Suffice it say, yet again, the working class gets a pink slip while the permanent political class get “green slips”.

The working class are not simply a voting bloc, however. They are the backbone of our country and the essence of Americana’s John Does. As so well voiced in “John Doe’s” speech in Frank Capra’s “Meet John Doe” (H/T to this great Rebecca Mansour piece from 2009):

We are the meek who are supposed to inherit the earth. You’ll find us everywhere. We raise the crops; we dig the mines, work the factories, keep the books, fly the planes and drive the buses. And when a cop yells: “Stand back there, you!” He means us, the John Does!

America’s John and Jane Does are the hope of the earth. The permanent political class would do well to recognize them not as a group to be placate or to be pandered to, but instead as the very people who made America what it is today and who make it what it could be tomorrow, if the permanent political class does not transform America into something unrecognizable.

Updated: Please also see this great piece from earlier this year by our very own Gary Jackson with a wonderful reference to “Meet John Doe”.

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Explosive New Details About Benghazi Will Air Again This Weekend

[Update 10 pm 6/29:  The title of the article “Explosive New Details About Benghazi Will Air Tonight at 10 p.m. on Fox” has been corrected, as the program aired last night 6/28, and will air again this weekend. Please excuse the oversight and inconvenience this may have caused.]

Thankfully, the Gang of Eight and their Immigration Reform Bill disaster will not distract us from continuing to focus on Obama’s scandals. Fox News Channel will air the latest investigation into the attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Sarah Palin tweeted a reminder, and posted this comment on her facebook wall today:

If you missed this Fox News special on Benghazi, please tune in when it airs again this weekend. You’ll see how over 200 years of U.S. military ethos and honor was abandoned for political gain during Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign when the Obama administration left these brave Americans to die in Benghazi.

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“Fox News Report on Benghazi: The Truth Behind the  Smokescreen”

Bret Baier will provide a  comprehensive look at all of the new developments in the story, including the fact that just last week, four more subpoenas were issued for officials at the  State Department. The special will also include the first-ever interview with the filmmaker who made the anti-Muslim film wrongly placed at the heart of the Benghazi  narrative by the Obama administration.

Read more:  http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/06/28/explosive-new-details-about-benghazi-revealed-fox-news-special#ixzz2XeBHHPCZ 

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Sarah Palin to GOP: No One Forces Us to Be Enlisted in Either Party!

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Sarah Palin was on America’s News Headquarters with Uma Pemmaraju on Fox, this afternoon. She said the Immigration Bill that was passed by the Senate is an absolute betrayal of working class Americans who respect the Rule of Law and legal immigrants who have stood in line and paid their dues.  She believes Republicans who caved in to Obama’s wishes to legalize illegal aliens, is a matter of a lack of respect for the Rule of Law and principle.

The Amnesty Bill does not solve Immigration problems, and was rushed through like ObamaCare. She cited the hypocrisy of the permanent political class in D.C., their abandonment of what the people expect from their representatives to fulfill – their will, and lawmakers who had complained in the past about passing bills without having had the opportunity to read them. She says the same will happen here which is unfortunate.

The end of the interview is what everyone is talking about today. It was Sarah Palin’s response to a question tweeted by viewer Josh Painter:  Would you and Mark Levin be willing to build a ‘Freedom Party’ if the GOP continues to ignore Conservatives?”

Sarah Palin said she loved the name of that party — the “Freedom Party”.  And that “if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in its platform, from the principles that built this party of Lincoln and Reagan, then yeah, more and more of us are going to start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being independent, kind of with that libertarian streak that much of us have.’ In other words, we want government to back off and not infringe upon our rights. I think there will be a lot of us who start saying

GOP, if you abandon us, we have nowhere else to go except to become more independent and not enlisted in a one or the other private majority parties that rule in our nation, either a Democrat or a Republican.’ Remember these are private parties, and you know, no one forces us to be enlisted in either party.”

The last time I recall Sarah Palin mentioning a Third Party, she was all fired up when Sarah Steelman lost to Todd Akin in the primary to win Missouri’s Senate seat. I summarized and highlighted parts of the clip personally because it was such a compelling appearance by Sarah, because of her passion when mentioning how personal sacrifice has to be made, including herself in it, and because she mentioned a Third Party, twice during the interview with Greta Van Susteren. She was agitated like I had not seen yet in 2012!

Sarah said she wouldn’t gloat about it, but: “I was right, and Sarah Steelman supporters and campaign staff were right in knowing Sarah Steelman was the right person to allow common sense conservatives to take back the Senate to reverse what Barack Obama has done to this country.” … McCaskell and the Dems thought they were so clever to get Akin on the ballot as the winner in the GOP primary. We’re getting used to the games and craftiness of the left and wanted to do something about it.”

“Sarah Steelman and her campaign slogan being ‘the Status quo has got to go!’ was absolutely right on. We need someone who has a strong record of reform, of fighting crony capitalism and the good old boy network, of fighting ignorance in the senate.. And Sarah Steelman was going to be that person.”

Sarah said she didn’t want to pile on Todd Akin for standing on principle.  “But you’ve got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.” She said she had walked it before, adding, that you know when you have to hand that mantel to someone else, (she did it in Alaska to advance a positive agenda), in order to take back the Senate to promote policies that protect the sanctity of human life and respect the ideas and politics that perpetuate a strong economy based on empowering hard-working individuals.

“That is why Missouri is a must-win state!”

Greta admitted Akin handed his opponent ammunition, which was worse than his weird gaffe.  Sarah said “Decisions have to be made.. You have to know when to use discernment.  When the stack is decked against you. This is not going in his favor. So you have to step aside from self, from your self-desire to serve for self. You have to step aside and take on for the team!”

Sarah insisted Todd Akin had to step aside to win the Senate, that he had until September 25th to get it done, and that maybe it is a third party run she will get behind if that is what it takes! (6:14 min. mark)

“We will do whatever we can to put back the country on the side of the people, to reverse the things that Obama and Biden have done to shackle our kids and grandchildren in the debt they have perpetuated.  Sarah’s says defeating McCaskell, who is highly unpopular, is doable!” She repeats it at the end when she says “the Status Quo has got to go”!

On August 26, 2012, Sarah Palin said history could repeat itself and a third party could be created  if Republicans don’t adhere to their principles, Fox  News reported. When asked on Fox News if she would consider creating  a third party, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee  said, “If history is an indication it is a possibility. If the Republicans don’t  remember what the planks in the platform represent . . . That is opportunity to  prosper and thrive in the most exceptional nation in the world”, adding that “we do that through a free market. If the Republicans become like the  liberal left and Democrats, I wouldn’t be surprised if history didn’t repeat  itself.”

Palin drew a comparison to the Whig Party, saying, “Look what  happened in the mid 1800’s. The Whig party went away and the Republican Party  surfaced,” she explained. “Because the electorate got sick and tired of the  party fighting for power and not doing the will of the people.” ( http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Sarah-Palin-third-party/2012/08/26/id/449786#ixzz2Xe0byzex)

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The Corker-Hoeven Amendment and Fifteen Traitorous GOP Senators Who Deserve to be Rebuked!

In addition to Sarah Palin’s warning last night about the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, the United States Citizens and Immigrations Services President released a statement today regarding the 1200-page Substitute Immigration Bill. It is from the American Federation of Employees Council, an affiliate of the AFL/CIO, warning against the effects of this bill on hardworking union workers. Senator Jeff Sessions included this document in one of his posts today.

 “EVEN WORSE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY, NATIONAL SECURITY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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WASHINGTON-Kenneth Palinkas, President of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, the union representing 12,000 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudications officers and staff, issued a statement today urging lawmakers to oppose the Corker-Hoeven substitute immigration bill, which was released Friday, before a weekend where members would be away and not able to  see or rear the bill before voting for it – something Ted Cruz pointed out tonight on Hannity. The statement reads:

The amended 1,200-page Corker-Hoeven immigration bill, if passed, will exacerbate USCIS concerns about threats to national security and public safety. It will further expose the USCIS agency as inept with an already proposed massive increase in case flow that the agency is ill prepared to handle. The bill does not address the needs of the USCIS workforce as it fails to fix the institutional problems in our agency, such as the need for newly hired permanent employees versus term employees to perform the work, and the lack of training and manpower and manageable time to adjudicate for its current staff.

The Corker-Hoeven substitute proposal, like the original proposal, will lead to the rubber stamping of millions of applications for both amnesty and future admissions. In its current draft, any worker in the country on a legal work visa for 10 years can get a green card, even if they overstay their visa.

It will allow immigrants to break the law in the future and still be eligible for citizenship, as it absolves prospective behavior, not simply past mistakes. It will do away with the applicability of certain grounds of inadmissibility as contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act. It will wipe away the enforcement process that compels law breakers who overstay their visas to return to their home country and restart the immigration process.

This bill rewards immigrants who break the law, more so than the prior bill proposed by the Gang of Eight. The proposal goes out of its way to provide legalization for criminal offenders while making it more difficult for Adjudications Officers to identify threats to the nations security in our ongoing war against terrorism. It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful Immigration system.

This bill should be opposed and reforms should be offered based on consultation with the USCIS adjudicators who actually have to implement it. Hopefully, lawmakers will read the bill before casting their votes. I say put a cork in it.

Here are the 15 GOP Senators who did not heed those warnings and who voted for a bill they probably did not read:

Alexander ~ Corker ~ Ayotte ~ Chiesa ~ Collins 

  Flake  ~ Graham ~ Hatch ~ Heller ~ Hoeven 

Kirk ~ McCain ~ Murkowski ~ Rubio ~ Wicker

sessionsSenator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) who has been on the right side of this issue from day one, said:

The Gang of Eight and their allies revealed their true tactics tonight. They shut down debate and blocked amendments to a 1,200-page immigration bill that no one has read. It was anything but the open and fair process that they had promised.”

He added: “The sponsors of the Corker-Hoeven substitute fell short of the votes they expected tonight to advance what they had erroneously billed to other Senators as a strong border security amendment. Failure to capture the votes they anticipated for this motion demonstrates the building unease this 1,200-page legislative… monstrosity has created.

I expect that unease will increase as Senators learn more about what’s really inside this proposal. What we know for absolute certain is that this bill guarantees three things: instantaneous amnesty, permanent lawlessness, and a massive expansion in legal immigration that will reduce wages for working Americans. This legislation is a crushing blow to the working people of this country, a surrender to illegality, and a capitulation to special interests over the interests of the citizens we pledged to represent.”

CORKER-HOEVEN SUBSTITUTE AMNESTY-FIRST IMMIGRATION BILL

  •  Immediate amnesty before enforcement
  • Guts legal requirement for biometric exit-entry system
  • Millions of green cards (permanent residency) before enforcement—debunking another false claim from sponsors
  • No border surge. Agents aren’t required until 2021. It will never happen
  •  No fence requirement. DHS retains discretion in the bill that preempts the call for a fence in ten years. Litigation also provides an escape hatch to never build the fence. The fence won’t happen
  • Legalization for gang members and convicted criminals
  • Amnesty for future visa overstays (in other words, a prospective amnesty for future illegal immigrants)
  • Guaranteed welfare access for illegal immigrants
  • Undermines interior enforcement, prompting ICE officers to warn: “There is no doubt that, if passed, public safety will be endangered and massive amounts of future illegal immigration—especially visa overstays—is ensured.”
  • Expands non-merit chain migrationless than 10 percent of future flow is merit-based
  • Doubles the number of guest workers and triples the number of immigrants granted lawful permanent residency—reducing wages for U.S. workers and driving up unemployment

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MY MESSAGE TO THE GOP:

 NO TO IMMIGRATION REFORM. NO to Amnesty!  Enforce the laws. Expose Corruption, Extortion and Infiltration.

LaRaza is bad for America and GOP.  Union Thugs are bad for America and GOP. Noquist  is for America and the GOP. 

Scrap the bill!

Go after OBAMA’s treason and scandals. That is your job!

 Sarah Palin dealt a huge blow to Senator Rubio whether he wants to admit or not. She made an example of him for betraying the voters, but she did so with perfect timing. She could have chosen any other day to mention his flip-flop, but did so on the eve of today’s important vote.  If Senator Sessions is accurate, and the Gang of Eight got less votes than expected, then it can only continue to show that Sarah yields influence and power in just one Facebook post, tweet or article.  I hope the momentum continues, and that we will see more spine and more resistance on the part of the Senators who need to say no to SWEETENERS behind closed doors.  It cannot be understated that we must continue to fight, and not give up. Just because this passed to the Senate floor, doesn’t mean it was done without some struggle. WE MUST NEVER RELENT!

~This is still a call to arms! Immigration Reform is tedious and overwhelming, but it needs our attention.  More posts will come, not because I enjoy doing this, but because IT MUST BE DONE.~

Here are the numbers again to the Senators you need to contact. (all in my previous post)  https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/a-call-from-sarah-palin-to-flood-your-representatives-phone-lines/call to calls

Final Roll Call (from Right Scoop):

Grouped By Vote Position:

YEAs —67
Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Baldwin (D-WI) Baucus (D-MT) Begich (D-AK) Bennet (D-CO) Blumenthal (D-CT) Boxer (D-CA) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Chiesa (R-NJ) Collins (R-ME) Coons (D-DE) Corker (R-TN) Cowan (D-MA) Donnelly (D-IN) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA) Flake (R-AZ) Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Graham (R-SC) Hagan (D-NC) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND) Heller (R-NV) Hirono (D-HI) Hoeven (R-ND) Johnson (D-SD) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME) Kirk (R-IL) Klobuchar (D-MN) Landrieu (D-LA) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI) Manchin (D-WV) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR) Mikulski (D-MD) Murkowski (R-AK) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Pryor (D-AR) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Rubio (R-FL) Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY) Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT) Udall (D-NM) Warner (D-VA) Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wicker (R-MS) Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs —27
Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Coats (R-IN) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Fischer (R-NE) Grassley (R-IA) Inhofe (R-OK) Johanns (R-NE) Johnson (R-WI) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Portman (R-OH) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Scott (R-SC) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Toomey (R-PA) Vitter (R-LA)
Not Voting – 6
Brown (D-OH) Chambliss (R-GA) Enzi (R-WY) Isakson (R-GA) Lee (R-UT) Udall (D-CO)

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A Call from Sarah Palin to Flood Your Representatives’ Phone Lines

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Sarah Palin deals one blow after another at a bill that is overwhelming, cumbersome and anti-American.  She points out the lies that are being told to sell this bill, the absolute economic insanity that it would be to pass it, and the failure of the bill to stop illegal immigration.  She is for legal Immigration, calling for measures that can solve security issues at the state level, but she is not for Amnesty, which this bill clearly is about. It would increase the welfare state under Obama and reduce wages for average Americans.  It is also filled with many sweeteners to lure Senators into voting for it. Most importantly, she is urging to flood the phone lines of our Representatives, as the Corker-Hoeven amendment is being voted today, Monday.  This article was posted on Breitbart.

sarah palin call to calls.by Sarah Palin: Image courtesy of Breitbart.

Just like they did with Obamacare, some in Congress intend to “Pelosi” the amnesty bill. They’ll pass it in order to find out what’s in it. And just like the unpopular, unaffordable Obamacare disaster, this pandering, rewarding-the-rule-breakers, still-no-border-security, special-interests-ridden, 24-lb disaster of a bill is not supported by informed Americans. I am an ardent supporter of legal immigration. I’m proud that our country is so desirable that it has been a melting pot making a diverse people united as the most exceptional nation on earth for over two centuries. But I join every American with an ounce of common sense insisting that any discussion about immigration must center on a secure border.

The amnesty bill before the Senate is completely toothless on border security.It’s beyond disingenuous for anyone to claim that a vote for this bill is a vote for security. Look no further than the fact that Senator Rubio and amnesty supporters nixed Senator Thune’s amendment that required the feds to finally build part of a needed security fence before moving forward on the status of illegal immigrants who’ve already broken the law to be here. And if shooting down the border fence wasn’t proof enough, they blew another chance by killing Senator Paul’s “Trust But Verify” amendment which required the completion of a fence in five years and required Congress to vote on whether the border is actually secure before furthering any immigration measures. And then they blew it yet again, nixing Senator Cornyn’s “Results” amendment, which also required border enforcement standards.

Now the Senate’s pro-amnesty crowd is offering a fig leaf to security via the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, but this is really nothing more than empty promises. It’s amnesty right now and border security… eh, well, someday. If this bill was genuinely concerned with border security, it might include practical solutions for those states that live with the problem every single day. Pass-through grants could be given to border states to actually build a fence. The most responsive and responsible level of government is the most local, and since governors accept pass-throughs all the time, this is a workable solution. We could also free up more federal lands along the border to be privatized. The farmers and ranchers would have a clear incentive to keep their private property secure from the flow of illegal immigrants and/or other illegal activities trafficked across the border onto land they’d cultivate.

There are plenty of other commonsense solutions, but this bill isn’t about fixing problems; it’s about amnesty at all costs.When every commonsense, concrete, and verifiable measure to secure the border is stripped away, despite politicians’ promises, what are we supposed to rely on to ensure that our currently unsecured border will be fixed in the future? If D.C. expects us to just sit back and “trust” them in the midst of our permanent political class and Washington bureaucrats proving themselves so very untrustworthy, then I have a bridge to somewhere in Alaska to sell them.

Our government is awash in one scandal after another involving blatant lies and violations of our basic liberties, and the leader of the pack ventures out on one road trip after another to avoid accountability.Just like they did for Obamacare, the permanent political class is sugaring this bill with one goody after another to entice certain senators to vote for it. Look no further than page 983 of the bill, which contains a special visa exemption for foreign seafood workers in the 49th state despite huge unemployment numbers in the American workforce. This is obviously a hidden favor designed to buy the votes of Alaska Senators Murkowski and Begich.

And just like Obamacare, this amnesty bill fails on every level of economic sanity and sane reform. It offers no solutions. It will barely slow the flow of illegal immigration, which means we can expect millions and millions of new illegal aliens in coming years. Sort of what happened when we passed amnesty in 1986 without securing our borders first.

According to the CBO, the bill won’t stop illegal immigration, but it will drive down wages for average hardworking Americans. These would be the same blue-collar working class voters of every ethnicity who chose to sit home in 2012 instead of turning out to vote in the swing states we needed to carry in order to stop Barack Obama’s promised “fundamental transformation” of America. I note this just as a helpful reminder to those who believe the hyperventilated new hype claiming that conservatives need to support this bill in order to win future elections. That’s 100% wrong. The crony capitalists in D.C. and their corporatist friends on Wall Street might think this amnesty boondoggle is a great idea, but the average American worker in our middle class who’ll soon see lower wages is the one left out in the cold, along with those hard working immigrants who followed the rules and are working here legally.

Passing this bill with an unsecured border and within a growing welfare state under Barack Obama is economic insanity. Have people already forgotten our bankrupt government is running up massive unsustainable deficits every year? We can’t afford to pay the piper now, much less the trillions of dollars more in welfare and entitlements for the millions who are here illegally today that will be granted this bill’s benefits. According to the Heritage Foundation, the bill provides only a temporary delay in granting illegal immigrants eligibility for all U.S. welfare and entitlement programs. We’re looking at an explosion of costs in the very near future. There is no way to pay for the added untold millions of new enrollees in these growing government programs. Pass this, Congress, and Obama will have succeeded in fundamentally transforming America.

Again, I am supportive of legal immigration and am as sympathetic as the next person to the aspirations of people who come here to work hard and live a better life than the poverty and unfree environments they left behind. So many are drawn here because we are an exceptional nation where freedom provides an equal opportunity for everyone to work hard and make something of themselves. But a key part of American exceptionalism is the rule of law. Border security is fundamental to the rule of law, as is incentivizing those who follow the legal path to citizenship instead of punishing them by promoting lawbreakers. This is non-negotiable.

It’s time our lawmakers remember that we are a sovereign nation of laws. This bill ignores that, and ignores the will of the people. The continued porous border goes against what politicians assured us was in this mountain-high bill, and in typical D.C. style it flies in the face of what many politicians campaigned on. I heard their campaign promises. You heard them, too.

It’s time for concerned Americans to flood our legislators’ phone lines with the input they need to hear from We the People. Join the mama grizzlies who are rearing up tirelessly to swat away false claims that amnesty is a good thing. Michelle Malkin rightly said the issue is not secure the border first, it’s “secure the border. Period.” Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter have also offered superb warnings on amnesty’s economic impacts to the middle class.

As the Senate moves to pass amnesty, the only bright spot in this travesty is the rallying revolution we can look forward to. For just as opposition to Obamacare became a rallying cry for the 2010 midterm elections, opposition to this fundamentally transforming amnesty bill will galvanize the grassroots in next year’s elections. And 2014 is just around the corner.

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The list of Senators on the previous article https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/marco-rubio-deserves-to-be-made-an-example-of/

Here they are again:

GANG OF EIGHT 

(Phone list Courtesy of AGU)

Senator Marco Rubio:

(202)-224-3041 (DC)

(407) 254-2573 (Orlando)

(305) 418-8553 (Miami)

(813) 977-6450 (Tampa)

(904) 398-8586 (Jacksonville)

(850) 433-2603 (Pensacola)

(850) 599-9100 (Tallahassee)

(239) 213-1521 (Naples)

(561) 775 3360 (Palm Beach)

Senator Lindsey Graham (who is up for reelection):

(202) 224-5972 (DC)

(864) 250-1417 (Greenville)

(803) 933-0112 (Columbia)

(843) 669-1505 (Florence)

(843) 849-3887 (Mt. Pleasant)

(803) 366-2828 (Rock Hill)

(864) 646-4090 (Pendleton)

Senator John McCain:

(202) 224-2235 (DC)

(520) 670-6334 (Tucson)

(928) 445-0833 (Prescott)

(602) 952-2410 (Phoenix)

Senator  Jeff Flake

(202) 224-4521

Senator Kelly Ayotte:

202-224-3324 (DC)

603-436-7161 (Portsmouth)

603-752-7702 (Berlin)

603-880-3335 (Nashua)

603-622-7979 (Manchester)

(List courtesy of Mark America)

Lamar Alexander(R-TN) (202) 224-4944

Roy Blunt(R-MO) (202) 224-5721

Richard Burr(R-NC) (202) 224-3154

Saxby Chambliss(R-GA) (202) 224-3521

Jeffrey Chiesa(R-NJ) (202) 224-3224

Dan Coats(R-IN) (202) 224-5623

Thad Cochran(R-MS)  (202) 224-5054

Susan Collins(R-ME) (202) 224-2523

Bob Corker(R-TN) (202) 224-3344 (of “Corker-Hoeven Amendment”)

John Cornyn(R-TX) (202) 224-2934

Deb Fischer(R-NE) (202) 224-6551

Orrin Hatch(R-UT) (202) 224-5251

Dean Heller(R-NV) (202) 224-6244

John Hoeven(R-ND)  (202) 224-2551 (Corker-Hoeven Amendment)

Johnny Isakson(R-GA) (202) 224-3643

Mike Johanns(R-NE) (202) 224-4224

Ron Johnson(R-WI) (202) 224-5323

Mitch McConnell(R-KY)  (202) 224-2541

Murkowski  (202) 224-6665

Jerry Moran(R-KS) (202) 224-6521

Rand Paul(R-KY) (202) 224-4343

Rob Portman(R-OH) (202) 224-3353

John Thune(R-SD) (202) 224-2321

Pat Toomey(R-PA) (202) 224-4254

Roger Wicker(R-MS) (202) 224-6253

UPDATEL  EMAIL ADDRESES (gathered by Christopher Fromme)
Rubio
Chief of Staff    Cesar Conda                 Cesar_Conda@rubio.Senate.gov

  Legislative Asst. Scott Parkinson        scott_parkinson@rubio.senate.gov
        Legislative Coor.  Mary Hall                  marycatherine_hall@rubio.senate.gov
Ayotte  
Kelsey Patten   Staff Assistant                   kelsey_patten@ayotte.senate.gov
Manchin  
     Beau Tremitiere   Legislative Aide          beau_tremitiere@manchin.senate.gov
McCain  
 Douglas Smith   Legislative  Correspondent  doug_smith@mccain.senate.gov
David Cole           Legislative   Assistant            david_cole@mccain.senate.gov
Sen Graham 
         Matthew Rimkunas    Legislative Director    matt_rimkunas@lgraham.senate.gov
Rand Paul  
            William  Henderson    Chief of Staff              william_henedrson@paul.senate.gov
Tim Scott   
     Charles Cogar   Legislative Director         charles_cogar@scott.senate.gov
Deb Fischer  
Nick  Morrison  Legislative Correspondent  nick_morrison@fischer.senate.gov
 Jeff Sessions  
Sandra  Luff Legislative Director    sandy_luff@sessions.senate.gov
A Special Thanks to Jeff Sessions who I thanked for his leadership in fighting Amnesty

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Marco Rubio Deserves to be Made an Example of!

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“Politicians wonder why we can’t trust them? Campaign flip-flops like this and carve-out bribes in the Amnesty Bill for politicians like Begich & Murkowski to exempt AK seafood workers.” – Sarah Palin.

The Townhall.com article has clip that basically proves what everyone has been saying about Marco Rubio, including myself, that he has been lying about Amnesty all along, and that he betrayed the voters in 2010 just to get elected.

Candidate Rubio: ‘Earned Path to Citizenship is Basically Code for Amnesty’ Leah Barkoukis | Jun 22, 2013 Townhall.com

Oct. 24, 2010 debate, it seems the Florida senator’s views on immigration reform have ‘evolved’ quite a bit since taking office. During a debate with opponents Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, candidate Rubio argued that giving illegal immigrants an “earned path to citizenship,” which Crist, Sen. John McCain and former President George W. Bush had advocated, is basically amnesty.

“First of all, earned path to citizenship is basically code for amnesty. It’s what they call it,” Rubio said. “And the reality of it is this: This has to do with the bottom line that America cannot be the only country in the world that does not enforce its immigration laws. It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so.”

“If you do that, you will never have a legal immigration system that works,” he continued. “No one is going to follow the law if there is an easier way to do it.”

Marco Rubio is part of the problem, not the solution. He is beholden to the Bushes and Rove’s millions. Blind ambition is his demise as it makes him exploitable. He is part of the establishment that is against us.

It takes a while, but when voters finally realize they have been taken, they are justified in being angry and making sure this does not happen again.  This was a calculated, cynical and blatant betrayal of the trust and confidence that was placed on Marco Rubio. He is at the forefront of this disastrous bill, and should be punished for it by being made an example of. If he loses his senate seat, he will deserve it, and if Allen West runs to replace him, I will support Allen West.

But Marco Rubio is not alone. Jeff Flake is also bamboozling his constituents. We have a serious CORRUPTION and INFILTRATION problem in the GOP that needs to be addressed. LaRaza is a horrible organization, and is in huge part behind this Amnesty effort. LaRaza is in the business of extorting politicians so they can turn America into a North Mexico. I will be honest, when there is so much corruption involved, I do not believe that ideology motivates is. That is what the masses are told to be agitated.  Grover Norquist is behind the scenes at every turn as well. He is pictured below behind Marco Rubio. Senator McCain gave a shout out to Grover Norquist and Richard Trumka (right back) during the Immigration Reform Bill Presentation by the Gang of Eight on April 18th, 2013.

We are all under siege.

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La Raza, Grover Norquist, Union Thugs and Soros are NOT good for the GOP or good for AMERICA.

Again, this is huge.  Marco Rubio has had many chances to come clean. He has been given ample warning and advice not to choose the wrong path, but he has.

I am glad Sarah Palin never “technically” endorsed him. Her post will hurt him more than he could ever know.

Tomorrow is a big vote on this bill – the Corker-Hoever Amendment. I urge everyone to call any of the Gang of Eight Senators to SAY NO TO THE IMMIGRATION BILL entirely! GOP Senators need to scrap the bill and concentrate on OBAMA’s treason and scandals. Let’s expose the Corruption, Extortion and Infiltration instead.

I was going to write a longer article on this, but the clock is ticking.. can somebody please explain to me why we have to secure any border first when this immigration reform bill is filled with provisions and measures that help illegals skirt taxes, and participate in programs to help grow the democratic party? If we insist on border security first, doesn’t that mean that amnesty’s okay? I’m not okay with Immigration Reform in any way.

Here are some numbers to call (I did put a clip together that you can use to call tomorrow. It does not matter who your Senator is.  I called Senator Rubio’s office and left this recording on Friday (the office was closed at 5:30 pm.) Senator, this is Isabel. Isabel Matos. I am calling to let you know that you did not get elected to betray the voters the way you have. As a Cuban-American it is an added betrayal since we are NOT FOR big government. No to amnesty. No to the Immigration Bill, and No to the Bushes. Thank you. —

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Here are the phone numbers for Senator Marco Rubio:

(Courtesy of AGU)

(202)-224-3041 (DC)

(407) 254-2573 (Orlando)

(305) 418-8553 (Miami)

(813) 977-6450 (Tampa)

(904) 398-8586 (Jacksonville)

(850) 433-2603 (Pensacola)

(850) 599-9100 (Tallahassee)

(239) 213-1521 (Naples)

(561) 775 3360 (Palm Beach)

Here are the phone numbers for Senator Lindsey Graham (who is up for reelection):

(202) 224-5972 (DC)

(864) 250-1417 (Greenville)

(803) 933-0112 (Columbia)

(843) 669-1505 (Florence)

(843) 849-3887 (Mt. Pleasant)

(803) 366-2828 (Rock Hill)

(864) 646-4090 (Pendleton)

Here are the phone numbers for Senator John McCain:

(202) 224-2235 (DC)

(520) 670-6334 (Tucson)

(928) 445-0833 (Prescott)

(602) 952-2410 (Phoenix)

Here are the phone numbers for Senator Kelly Ayotte:

202-224-3324 (DC)

603-436-7161 (Portsmouth)

603-752-7702 (Berlin)

603-880-3335 (Nashua)

603-622-7979 (Manchester)

Jeff Flake (202) 224-4521

Other Senators

(Courtesy of Mark America’s link)

Lamar Alexander(R-TN) (202) 224-4944

Roy Blunt(R-MO) (202) 224-5721

Richard Burr(R-NC) (202) 224-3154

Saxby Chambliss(R-GA) (202) 224-3521

Jeffrey Chiesa(R-NJ) (202) 224-3224  Senator_Chiesa@chiesa.senate.gov

Dan Coats(R-IN) (202) 224-5623

Thad Cochran(R-MS)  (202) 224-5054

Susan Collins(R-ME) (202) 224-2523

Bob Corker(R-TN) (202) 224-3344 (of “Corker-Hoeven Amendment” Infamy)

John Cornyn(R-TX) (202) 224-2934

Deb Fischer(R-NE) (202) 224-6551

Orrin Hatch(R-UT) (202) 224-5251

Dean Heller(R-NV) (202) 224-6244

John Hoeven(R-ND)  (202) 224-2551 (The Tweedle-dumb to Corker’s Tweedle-dee)

Johnny Isakson(R-GA) (202) 224-3643 (There’s also a “Recall Isakson” Page for this guy.)

Mike Johanns(R-NE) (202) 224-4224

Ron Johnson(R-WI) (202) 224-5323

Mitch McConnell(R-KY)  (202) 224-2541 Minority Leader in the Senate**

Jerry Moran(R-KS) (202) 224-6521

Rand Paul(R-KY) (202) 224-4343

Rob Portman(R-OH) (202) 224-3353

John Thune(R-SD) (202) 224-2321

Pat Toomey(R-PA) (202) 224-4254

Roger Wicker(R-MS) (202) 224-6253

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Bristol, Joan, Willow and Melissa are on Celebrity Wife Swap Tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ABC

For the  UPDATE Scroll Down to the Bottom of the page!

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I cringed a little  when I first learned that Bristol and Willow Palin were going to be on Celebrity Wife Swap, but Sarah’s girls are smart women who know how to fend for themselves, and who are engaging and grounded.  Sarah continually urges the YOUTH to penetrate and infiltrate the culture, and this family is walking not just talking.

I thought this was a wonderful opportunity, but I have been a bit disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm and support it has been  receiving. It has not come without criticism from some of Sarah’s staunchest supporters who point out that Joan Rivers had said something negative about Sarah Palin. She did, indeed.  According to Joan’s daughter,  Melissa, Joan said that Sarah Palin wasn’t very smart and she got uninvited off the show Fox and Friends because of it. It was worse than that, it seems, and on Joy Behar’s show, when Joy asked if Sarah Palin’s position as a contributor had anything to do with it, and Joan answered that it was because she was a “Nazi”.  She also said she had regretted voting for Bristol Palin on “Dancing with the Stars” just because she felt sorry for her.

I have to admit, prior to 2011 when I got involved in this movement, I wasn’t watching much television, or paying much attention to what celebrities or others were saying about Sarah.

I love comedy, though, and that when it is politicized, it is no longer funny. I love watching Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, go at it with each other.  They are hilarious together as they have conflicts mothers and daughters do.  I also watch Joan’s show, “Fashion Police”, precisely because she keeps politics out of it.  I’ve never heard anyone utter a negative comment about Sarah Palin on it.  I enjoy seeing pretentious Hollywood stars getting exposed for wearing hideous  outfits, shoes or just appear incredible. It is relaxing (to me).  I tune in for the jokes, too. Joan always gives a great final punch line.  She can be a loose cannon and that’s what’s fun about her show.

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But this is not about Joan Rivers. This is about Bristol and Willow Palin, and again, what Sarah Palin has continuously said about penetrating (infiltrating) the culture. My question to Conservatives is how are we going to get better television and comedy that represents us, if we shy away and don’t seize opportunities when they present themselves. We should be thankful that the Palins are a family who make bold choices, and for that alone, we should support them. They are changing the culture in positive ways by making decisions like this. Not all will result in a perfect world, but doing so is a step in the right direction.

The show is already made more wholesome by their presence on it. Bristol and Willow will showcase their unspoiled ways, goodness, and win hearts and new fans this way. Anyone can see how this exposes pretentious Hollywood phoniness and lifestyles that are touted as superior, but really aren’t.

Bristol will show that although she has no mean bone in her body, like Joan says, she does not forget when someone trashes her Mom or talks behind her back. She is confrontational in a very healthy way – something we can all learn from. (Can you imagine being able to communicate with someone who has talked badly about you behind your back, and instead of being enemies, you make a friend as a result?). I think she wants answers about what was said about her and her mother on Behar. Joan also said on the show that she had only one regret about the whole incident: voting “for [Palin’s] stupid daughter [on Dancing with the Stars] who couldn’t dance at all – because I felt sorry for her.  I should have voted for David Hasselhoff, because he was sober.”

No matter what happens on the show, I am giving this a big thumbs UP because we do need to try new things. It takes courage and confidence to INFILTRATE the culture like Sarah says, but it also takes patience. Nothing worth fighting for happens overnight.  If we sit at home and complain about what people say, without getting in enemy territory, we will never have a voice. How can we win the war on culture if we don’t even begin to fight.  Lets’ give it a chance. I’ve heard many whiny comments about this, yes, I cringe again, that something might come out that we may not like, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Sarah Palin went on the lamest comedy show ever, SNL (which I call So Not Laughing) to prove she had a sense of humor. She was right to do so. Infiltration is messy but it’s worth a shot. We have TOO FEW comedians on the right, and the comedians on the left have become too politicized, bitter or arrogant. Let’s do what needs to be done and keep the Breitbartian spirit alive.  The more obnoxious liberals were, the more he liked engaging them in HIS world.

According to the previews I’ve read, Joan, Bristol, Willow and Melissa created a special bond, one which was not without tears in the end, Joan has gone on saying. What is there not to like about this new venture? It’s exciting.

Melissa visits Wasilla, Alaska, and spends one week with Willow and Bristol’s 4-year-old son, Tripp.  Bristol  stays with Joan in Los Angeles where the home doubles as a set for three reality TV shows. Schedules seem very rigid in LA and Bristol tries to lighten Joan up. (She already has the upper-hand!) GO Bristol!bristol

Here’s a clip I made of the previews of the show that airs TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

This is what happened at the end of last show…

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 Here’s the UPDATE SIX Weeks later:

There you go!  A great experience, overall.  There is not much more to add to the post.

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Re-Visiting the Palin Doctrine: Why Gov. Palin’s Comments on Syria Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

by Whitney Pitcher

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One of the lines that stood out in Governor Palin’s speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition last week centered on her disapproval of aiding the Syrian rebels. “Both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line ‘Allahu akbar’ … I say let Allah sort it out.”, Palin said at the event. This line drew headlines,  predictable outrage from neoconservatives, and even surprise from some. However, it should not be surprising. Over the last few years, Governor Palin has articulated a foreign policy that rejects the false choice between neoconservatism and non-interventionism. She has spoken not only about when America should not intervene militarily, but also when they should not provide other forms of assistance to volatile regions around the globe.

In May 2011, Governor Palin gave a speech at a “Tribute to the Troops” event where she laid out a clear, 5 point “doctrine” of when American troops should be involved:

There’s a lesson here then for the effective use of force, as opposed to sending our troops on missions that are ill-defined. And it can be argued that our involvement elsewhere, say in Libya, is an example of a lack of clarity. See, these are deadly serious questions that we must ask ourselves when we contemplate sending Americans into harm’s way. Our men and women in uniform deserve a clear understanding of U.S. positions on such a crucial decision. I believe our criteria before we send our young men and women—America’s finest—into harm’s way should be spelled out clearly when it comes to the use of our military force. I can tell you what I believe that criteria should be in five points.

First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.

Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.

Third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle. Period.

Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.

Fifth, sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when it’s appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom.

This kind of “doctrine” of limited military intervention has continued to guide her analysis of America’s foreign policy, as I highlighted in a post in August 2011:

Today, in her Facebook post, Governor Palin offered her thoughts on the recent activity in Libya, evaluating the situation realistically and cautiously and highlighting how the “Palin Doctrine” would be applied in practice. She cautioned against “triumphalism” and warned of co-opting of Libyan liberation and the future Libyan government by radical Muslim groups like the Islamic Libyan Fighting Group and al Qaeda, as is being done in Syria. Much in the same way, she had warned against the takeover of Egyptian government by the Muslim Brotherhood after the ousting of President Mubarak in February. She also warned against committing troops to being involved in missions in Libya that would not be in America’s best interest, much in the same way that she blasted President Obama in April when she questioned President Obama’s lack of clarity on Libya and his decision to place US troops under foreign command. Her statement today was a weaving of multiple points of her military doctrine into a clear vision of what America’s role should be in Libya following the defeat of Gaddafi.

Following the attack on the Benghazi consulate last fall, the Obama administration issued an apology for the you tube video red herring that served as a scapegoat for the attack. At that time, Governor Palin ripped the president for “waiving the white flag”, as it ran counter to the constitutional protection of free speech, and urged the president to withdraw troops if their mission was to be counter to protecting the freedoms of Americans:

Look, if our fearless leaders insist on waiving the white flag like this, they may need to bring our troops home from the Middle East. No more blood, no more U.S. treasure spent, not one drop, if those in control of our troops’ lives and tax dollars going into things like this are going to capitulate, wait, apologize for a first amendment right of ours, freedom of speech, that our troops are over there fighting for. Sean, our commander in chief is contradicting what we believe our troop’s mission is and that is to protect freedom.

Governor Palin’s foreign policy vision is not so narrow, however, as to only consider the use of American troops abroad, but also America’s financial resources. In May 2011, Governor Palin wrote:

Throwing borrowed money around is not sound economic policy. And throwing borrowed money around the developing world is not sound foreign policy. Foreign assistance should go to American allies that need it and appreciate it, and for humanitarian purposes when it can truly make a difference.

Foreign assistance of any kind should be reserved for allies and should be for humanitarian purposes only. Again, considering Governor Palin articulated this sentiment more than two years ago, it should surprise no one that Governor Palin believes that America should not intervene in Syria by providing arms to al Qaeda rebels.

Our political media across the spectrum try too often to dichotomize foreign policy, as if political leaders must either be Ron Paul or George W. Bush. This, of course, is a false choice. The “Palin doctrine” provides an America-centric alternative to neoconservatism and non-interventionism.

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