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Sarah Palin is Right About the Tea Party

At the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville earlier this month, Governor Palin had this to say when asked about the Republican Party’s role with the Tea Party movement:

“The Republican party would be smart to absorb as much of the Tea Party as possible. The Tea Party is the future of politics. It is shaping the way of politics in the future.”

There are some within the Tea Party movement that took exception to that, misunderstanding what she meant. She didn’t mean that the GOP should take over the Tea Party movement. She meant that the Tea Party movement should take over the GOP. At least that it should be a loud voice within the Republican Party, if not the loudest.

I totally agree. It makes so much more sense within the current political time frame, to remodel a house that sits upon a strong foundation or “planks” as the governor calls it, than to build an entirely new home all together.

Thursday night on Hannity, Governor Palin spoke in detail about this very topic. Watching the interview I had one of those ‘uh huh, this is why I support this woman’ moments. Well, it’s another reason anyway. It certainly is nice to have more than one reason to support a political figure.

Hannity asked the governor, “One issue is third party candidates tea party movement running candidates. You have said an that you think that is a bad idea can you explain in specificity, why?” Her reply:

“Well, Reagan also said there are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. A simple answer to a challenge that we face today with the Tea Party movement and I believe that I’m a part of that, because I’m such a believer in freedom, that’s what the Tea Party is all about. A simple answer to the challenges they face in not knowing kind of where we belong right now, is to essentially pick a party because we are a two-party system it is easier to reform one of the parties and get the people in the party to understand what has built in great country and what will allow for a brighter future than it is to form a new machine and new process, via a third party.

Let’s get in there and take over one of the parties! Take over the Republican Party tea partiers, and get them to see the light. They are seeing the light clear and clearer everyday. Get them to understand what built this country. Get back to the foundation of America.”

What she said struck me because it was the exact tone of a conversation I had while out to dinner with friends last Tuesday night. After a healthy anti-Obama rant the conversation moved on to the Tea Party and Governor Palin. It went as follows:

(Paraphrased to the best of my recollection)

Friend: Do you think Sarah Palin will run for president?

Me: I don’t know but I hope so.

Friend: If she runs, do you think she’ll run as a republican?

Me: Oh yeah, Governor Palin is a republican, she’s not going to change that.

Friend: What about the Tea Party? I heard some talk about a third party.

Me: That’s not a good idea.

Friend: You don’t think so?

Me: Nope. We need to use the current system. We operate in a two-party system in this country, like it or not, and splitting it into thirds puts us at a disadvantage. Plus, the GOP is already an operational machine… We should take that over and tell the big government fat-cats to shape up or show them the door.

Friend: How’s work?

She can only tolerate political discussions in five minute increments.

I am in no way a Republican Party hack. I actually just re-registered as a republican last week in anticipation of the upcoming GOP primary race here in California. I had over a year hiatus from the party but I’m not missing a fight for the soul of the California GOP for nothing. This might get ugly but it’s healthy and it’s nice to hear real conservative voices in the dialog for a change.

I left the GOP for a few reasons, but mainly because they lost their way. I think with a good cleansing and some hard work, we can get the party back to where it should have been all along. There simply is no other way to defeat the democrats and their leftist agenda. The Republican Party needs a broad base of support to go toe-to-toe with the dems on a daily basis. If we help direct the debate, the GOP will respond. We just have to keep up the pressure constantly and watch out for those within the party that poison the well. When you find someone within the party acting in lines with the big government liberals, write them, call them, yell at them, and if need be, vote them out come the next election.

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Media Reaction to Palin’s Tea Party Speech Downright Comical

by Stacy Drake

Governor Palin delivered the first keynote address to the Tea Party Convention held in Nashville, Saturday night. I watched it live and I have to say that she absolutely knocked that speech out of the park. She spent a lot of time talking about national security, unlike President Obama during his recent State of the Union address. She unified the “loyal opposition” while really laying into the Obama administration and Congress for the current state of the economy and the unemployment numbers. She spoke about the Constitution, freedom, and Ronald Reagan. All without a teleprompter, by the way.

I knew the speech was great and effective while watching it. I really understood how effective it was after seeing this post on Newsbusters. The title, “Palin’s Speech a ‘Masterful Exercise in Paranoid Politics’ from a ‘Merchant of Hate’.”  It features a clip from a panel discussion on MSNBC following the speech. During which, democratic operative Bob Shrum says “she came across to me as a merchant of hate with an oh gosh smile.” Whoa! I guess the key words in his quote are “to me” because this man is clearly blinded by something. Perhaps a little projection on his part?

That sort of thing is actually the norm these days at MSNBC. They were the only network to cover that ridiculous email story that was so transparent in it’s attempt to paint a false picture of Governor Palin’s husband Todd’s role as an adviser. Did they expect her not to talk to her husband during her term? Did they expect Todd to ignore Alaskans concerns that they felt comfortable enough to take them up with him? Just where was the “scandal” there again? You can read a complete take-down of that pathetic, curiously timed media attack here, here, and here.

Then a funny thing happened as I went to check my email. Yahoo displays AP top stories on a splash page below the email workspace. The top story was “Palin tells ‘tea party’: It’s revolution time” I immediately let out a big laugh when I saw the photo they attached to the story.

Look at that mean revolutionary…. Grrrr
You can read the entire snarky article here

News imagery happens to be one thing I know a lot about. It’s my business. I understand what considerations are taken into account for any given story. Unlike the AP, the place I work for has standards. To try and depict Governor Palin as angry, or mean is called being “editorial.” It’s giving the media outlet’s opinion and not just stating the facts. An objective photo would have displayed a plain look or a smile. That goes for everyone across the board no matter the opinion of the news director. AP had appropriate photos to chose from like this, this, or this. But they chose the other one for obvious reasons… It fit their biased reporting.

What is really the comical aspect of it to me is that they were trying to sell an angry look with the word “revolution” next to it. For one, everyone knows she was talking about political revolution. I think most people these days, regardless of party agree with that sentiment. Then there is the fact that Governor Palin doesn’t take many pictures looking angry or mean. In fact, I think her persistent smile is just another thing that drives the miserable left, crazy. All in all, she still doesn’t come off as very threatening in that shot. It was the best one they had to chose from to fit their agenda. They are however, very threatened by her.

To editorialize the photo choice for a straight news, top story just shows once again, how far the media have fallen away from any sort of journalistic ethics. I see it get worse and worse everyday. Granted these examples are mild compared to some I have seen, and I actually find them quite humorous due to their absurdity. It still bothers me that Americans have to decode their news information anytime they tune in to it.

There are many people out there that work their tails off everyday to put food on the table. They don’t have time to be news hounds, scan the Internet, and research every story that they find interest in. So they tune in for a brief moment for a broadcast here, look over their Yahoo splash page, there. Take in what is around them. What the media is selling the busier portion of our society is their own distorted views.

It’s been said before and I’ll go ahead and say it again. Governor Palin drives the left absolutely nuts. They are quick to throw every piece of garbage they can manufacture at her without even considering the consequences to their own credibility. It’s almost as if they have lived in that tin can for so long that they can’t image that Americans would question their word. I’ve got news for them. Everyday those same overworked Americans are waking up to this. More and more people realize in the wake of the Obama charade, what a bunch of liars the press really are.

One day they will be out of business for it too. That is, if we can stop Obama from bailing out a “too big to fail” lackey press corps. Just a side-note, I wonder if Obama calls them the press corpse? Anyway, the bottom line is that Governor Palin’s speech was amazing and the media reacted the way I expected them to… Insanely biased.

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