A most unusual Fourth of July

A most unusual Fourth of July

William Tate

It was a most unusual Fourth of July holiday.


While we, the American people, were celebrating the passage of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, 1776, our only nationally-elected leaders, the President and Vice-President, seem to have forgotten its meaning.


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


On this year’s Fourth of July, the clerics in Iran’s holy city of Qum, defied that country’s authoritarian regime and “called the disputed presidential election and the new government illegitimate.”   Meanwhile, as Iranians–even many of its mullahs–struggled to nurture democracy, the President of the United States stayed mute.


“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”


On this Fourth of July weekend, as Honduran officials risked their lives, their liberty, and their honor, the President of the United States sided, not with the rule of constitutional law, but with the likes of Fidel Castro and Venezualan strongman Hugo Chavez, who is “promoting socialist revolution to counter U.S. influence” according to Reuters, and whom the ousted Honduran president is trying to emulate by illegally extending his rule. From the Wall Street Journal


“That (President Mel) Zelaya acted as if he were above the law, there is no doubt. While Honduran law allows for a constitutional rewrite, the power to open that door does not lie with the president. A constituent assembly can only be called through a national referendum approved by its Congress. But Mr. Zelaya declared the vote on his own and had Mr. Chavez ship him the necessary ballots from Venezuela.”


“…as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….”


On this Fourth of July weekend, after warning that it would launch a long-range missile at the United States–Hawaii–North Korea fired seven short range missiles, including four cruise missiles, an act intended as a provocation against the U.S. and the world community. The President of the United States did … What?


“(T)wo senior officials in President Barack Obama’s administration, speaking in advance of the launches, said any reaction was likely to be muted to avoid giving attention to Pyongyang or antagonize it. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly,” according to the Associated Press.   


Meanwhile, the governments of South Korea, Japan, Great Britain and France forcefully condemned the launches. Yes, even France even seems braver than the Obama administration.


And on this Fourth of July holiday,  the Vice President of the United States admitted that this administration “misread the economy” even as it was ramming through legislation to, in effect, nationalize GM and major financial institutions, extend federal intervention in state-run programs, and dole out unprecedented pork to its allies under the guise of economic stimulus.   

Meanwhile, with both the federal deficit and domestic unemployment rates soaring,  the President of the United States was headed to Moscow where he was ready to announce billions of dollars of investments–in Russia


A most unusual Fourth of July, indeed.


William Tate is an award-winning journalist and author

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I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!


Many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, have called upon America to unite behind Obama. 

Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!

I will respect the Office which he now holds, BUT not him.  I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President if that!

Because I do not share Obama’s vision for America;
I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
I do not share his radical Marxist’s concept of re-distribution of wealth;
I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%; 
I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the health care system in America;
I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East, and certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran

Bottom line, my America is vastly different from Obama’s, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my God to do what is Right! 

For eight years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush , his family, and his spiritual beliefs! 

They have done nothing for the betterment of our Country!

They have portrayed America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant; how ironic, their intolerance to my views and the views of most Americans at least those with an ounce of moral conviction! 

They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years; they have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth  of our Country! 

They have made every effort to remove the name of God or Jesus Christ from our Society! 
They have challenged capital punishment, the right to bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code; they have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech! 

Unite behind Obama?  Never!

I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the very embodiment of Evil!

PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency for which I’ll make no attempt to defend.  I am not sure how history will judge him but I believe that he weighed his decisions with great consternation and in light of the long established Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!! 

Majority rules in America and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be the voice of opposition to Obamaism and “his misguided goals for America.”

I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country!!  Additional compromise is simply more defeat!

I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-God crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America ! 

“Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.” (Thomas Jefferson

May God bless our Country and find favor in those of us willing to carry the cross of common sense in the fight for the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for.

Let this be a rally cry for Revolution, for it is already overdo!

One if by land, two if by sea and three if within.



– Let the rally cry resound!

California’s Nightmare Will Kill Obamanomics: Kevin Hassett

California’s Nightmare Will Kill Obamanomics: Kevin Hassett

Commentary by Kevin Hassett

July 6 (Bloomberg) — Last week, we discovered that the state of California will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.

With California mired in a budget crisis, largely the result of a political impasse that makes spending cuts and tax increases impossible, Controller John Chiang said the state planned to issue $3.3 billion in IOU’s in July alone. Instead of cash, those who do business with California will get slips of paper.

The California morass has Democrats in Washington trembling. The reason is simple. If Obama’s health-care plan passes, then we may well end up paying for it with federal slips of paper worth less than California’s. Obama has bet everything on passing health care this year. The publicity surrounding the California debt fiasco almost assures his resounding defeat.

It takes years and years to make a mess as terrible as the California debacle, but the recipe is simple. All that you need is two political parties that are always willing to offer easy government solutions for every need of the voters, but never willing to make the tough decisions necessary to finance the government largess that results. Voters will occasionally change their allegiance from one party to the other, but the bacchanal will continue regardless of the names on the office doors.

California has engaged in an orgy of spending, but, compared with our federal government, its legislators should feel chaste. The California deficit this year is now north of $26 billion. The U.S. federal deficit will be, according to the latest numbers, almost 70 times larger.

Bleak Picture

The federal picture is so bleak because the Obama administration is the most fiscally irresponsible in the history of the U.S. I would imagine that he would be the intergalactic champion as well, if we could gather the data on deficits on other worlds. Obama has taken George W. Bush’s inattention to deficits and elevated it to an art form.

The Obama administration has no shame, and is willing to abandon reason altogether to achieve its short-term political goals. Ronald Reagan ran up big deficits in part because he believed that his tax cuts would produce economic growth, and ultimately pay for themselves. He may well have been excessively optimistic about the merits of tax cuts, but at least he had a story.

Obama has no story. Nobody believes that his unprecedented expansion of the welfare state will lead to enough economic growth. Nobody believes that it will pay for itself. Everyone understands that higher spending today begets higher spending tomorrow. That means that his economic strategy simply doesn’t add up.

Character Deficit

Back in the 1980s, Reagan’s own economist, Martin Feldstein, spoke up when he felt that the Reagan administration was pushing the deficit too far. Where are the economists with such character today? Apparently, the job description for economists has transformed from recommending policies that are defensible to defending whatever policies that the political hacks in the West Wing dream up.

As bad as the California legislature has been over the years, it has never entered a fiscal crisis like the one that we face today and then doubled down with a massive spending increase. In the end, when times got tough, patriotic and sensible Californians of both parties stood up and began acting like adults.

Maybe the same thing is starting to happen in our nation’s capital. The key players in Washington are Senator Evan Bayh and 15 Senate Democrats who joined him this year in forming a coalition of moderates. One thing that has distinguished moderate Democrats from the garden variety of the species is heightened concern about fiscal responsibility.

Off a Cliff

With the price tag of Obama-care likely to exceed $1 trillion, moderate Democrats face a simple choice. They can jump off the cliff with the president, or they can stay true to the principles that they have espoused throughout their careers.

There are reassuring signs that principle is winning. One of the most expensive components of the Obama plan is the so- called public-insurance option, which opponents fear would result in massive government subsidies. Senator Mary Landrieu said that she is “not open” to a public option that will compete with private insurance.

Many other Democratic Senators, including Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, and Tom Carper, also oppose the public option. As the cost estimates increase and support wanes, the Senate Finance Committee is even going as far as to pursue its own health-care plan, meaning that the health-care end game is now in sight.

Tax Bite

Moderates might support Obama’s health-care objectives if the bill also included tax increases to cover the spending increases. But those tax increases would likely be unpopular, making it almost impossible to pass a bill.

Given the increasing public concern about deficits that heightened significantly last week because of the California crisis, there are only two possibilities left. Either the Obama plan will come crashing down or Senate Democrats will concoct some bill that has health in the title but costs almost nothing and does even less. With Al Franken arriving in the Senate and providing Democrats with a crucial 60th vote, the latter seems most likely.

(Kevin Hassett, director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is a Bloomberg News columnist. He was an adviser to Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this column: Kevin Hassett at khassett@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: July 6, 2009 00:01 EDT

Back to business: Stop the cap-and-tax bill

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

Back to business: Stop the cap-and-tax bill

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 6, 2009 11:21 AM

Photoshop: Leo Alberti

We celebrated our freedoms this Independence Day. Now, it’s time to fight for them. Hope you are feeling energized. There is much work to be done.

On the front-burner: Defeating the cap-and-tax bill.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins hearings on Tuesday.

Spruiell and Williamson have an excellent rundown of Waxman-Markey’s garden of piggish delights. The unions get a cap-and-pay-off. Heritage must-read research and analysis here.

Which senators to target? Here:

Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them control 60 Senate seats. But more than a dozen have expressed concern over costs. They include Democrats from industry-heavy Ohio and Michigan, coal-dependent Indiana and oil-rich Louisiana.

Only a few Republicans appear open to emissions limits, notably two moderates from Maine — Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe — and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who championed emissions limits in his presidential campaign (though he has expressed reservations about the House bill).

The Senate bill will emerge from several committees — including the finance, foreign relations, commerce and agriculture committees — with dramatically different memberships and priorities.

The energy committee already has approved its chunk with wide bipartisan support. It includes a requirement to produce more electricity from renewable sources, but also expands drilling — a possible deal-breaker for environmentalists.

Boxer’s committee will center its work on cap and trade. The House bill would cut U.S. emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% by 2050. Environmentalists expect Boxer, who said she was “looking closely” at those limits, to strengthen them.

Yes, the fate of cap-and-tax is in the hands of Republicans like John McCain. As I warned last May, Sen. McCain has been a member of the global warming hysteria cult for years. A reminder:

Climatologist Patrick Michaels had McCain pegged four years ago, when The Maaaveerrick convened ridiculously, eco-Chicken Little-stacked hearings:

Recent U.S. Senate hearings into alleged global warming, chaired by Arizona Republican John McCain, were among the “most biased” that a noted climatologist has ever seen – “much less balanced than anything I saw in the Clinton administration,” he said.

Patrick J. Michaels is the author of a new book “Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media.” He is an environmental sciences professor at the University of Virginia who believes that claims of human-caused “global warming” are scientifically unfounded.

Michaels spoke with CNSNews.com Thursday following a panel discussion sponsored by the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where Michaels also serves as a senior fellow in environmental studies.

“John McCain, a Republican, has probably held the most biased hearing of all,” Michaels said. McCain is a big proponent of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, which he believes are causing “global warming.” The Arizona senator also “is trying to define himself as an environmental Republican, which he is going to use to differentiate himself from his rivals for the (presidential) nomination in 2008,” according to Michaels.

You can bet McCain won’t be visiting with Michaels on his climate change tour anytime soon. The truth would get in the way of his crusade:

Citing a visit he had to the Arctic with several U.S. senators last summer, McCain made it clear that he believed human-caused “global warming” was a certainty.

“It was remarkable going up on a small ship next to this glacier and seeing where it had been just 10 short years ago and how quickly it’s receded,” McCain told the New York Times…

…McCain also warned about what he saw as the rapid pace of Arctic warming, evidenced by the arrival of wildlife that had never previously been seen in the region. “The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a word for robin and now there are robins all over their villages,” he told the Times.

Michaels refuted McCain’s assertions about the North Pole, noting that the Arctic has actually been warmer in the past than it is now.

“It was warmer 4 to 7,000 years ago [in the Arctic.] Every climatologist knows that. I saw no mention of that in the Arctic report that was paraded in front of McCain,” Michaels said. He added that the past warming of the Arctic couldn’t possibly be blamed on greenhouse gas emissions since it occurred long before the industrial era.

In 2003, Iain Murray debunked McCain’s anecdote about how he got interested in global warming:

He is on record as saying that the reason he became interested in global warming in the first place is because he recognized how much hotter it was getting at his home in Sedona, Ariz. Unfortunately, the data don’t back him up on this. If we look at the temperature records from the nearby Childs weather station, we can actually see a downward trend in temperature of slightly over 1° F. since 1986, when McCain was elected to the Senate. Another nearby station, Fort Valley, shows a very slight upwards trend. You can see these trends for yourself by looking at the official records available at the CO2science.org website. Certainly there are upward trends elsewhere in Arizona, but these are balanced by downward trends — Tucson has cooled while Tombstone has warmed. Arizona makes a poor poster boy for global-warming theory.

Like Barack Obama, McCain touts a “cap-and-trade” system as the free-market answer to reducing carbon emissions. Analysts who haven’t been bitten by the global warming alarmist bug beg to differ–and evidence from cap-and-trade systems already in operation back them up:

….the world has already witnessed many unpleasant surprises with Europe’s ongoing efforts to impose a cap and trade program under the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In fact, European efforts have racked up significant costs while failing to reduce emissions. Nearly every European country participating has higher emissions today than when the treaty was first signed in 1997. Further, despite ongoing criticism of the United States from Kyoto parties for failing to ratify the treaty, emissions in many of these nations are actually rising faster than in the United States.

The European experience also shows the problem of cap and trade fraud.[6] None other than Enron’s Ken Lay was a strong supporter of carbon cap and trade when the idea was first floated in the 1990s, saying that it could “do more to promote Enron’s business than almost any other regulatory initiative.” These carbon allowances that will be bought and sold have a value estimated at $50 billion to $300 billion annually, and the trade in them would be a huge new business. Enron may be gone, but others ready to take advantage of cap and trade–often at public expense–are not.

Sen. McCain needs to hear from folks other than Al Gore acolytes. Someone might want to introduce him, for example, to Alan Carlin. Sen. McCain’s email form is here and phone contact info:

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Washington Office:
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Obama: ‘I am not naïve’

Obama: ‘I am not naïve’

Rosslyn Smith
That brief statement of Barack Obama’s last month seems every bit as risible as Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook”, after one reads the article on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Obama wrote for the student newspaper his senior year at Columbia.  The New York Times rediscovered  the student article  on Independence Day and seems to want to spin it as a sign of the president’s deep nature.

He railed against discussions of “first- versus second-strike capabilities” that “suit the military-industrial interests” with their “billion-dollar erector sets,” and agitated for the elimination of global arsenals holding tens of thousands of deadly warheads.

The student was Barack Obama, and he was clearly trying to sort out his thoughts. In the conclusion, he denounced “the twisted logic of which we are a part today” and praised student efforts to realize “the possibility of a decent world.” But his article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” which only recently has been rediscovered, said little about how to achieve the utopian dream.


Unfortunately that sorting out process hasn’t exactly progressed in 26 years.  Obama’s plans for a nuclear free world today are just as chock full of high sounding rhetoric and wishful thinking and just as bereft of details as they were when he was a senior at Columbia as to exactly how one is to accomplish such a lofty goal in a world of rogue nations. Conveniently forgotten by The Times is that all the nuclear freeze movement predictions Obama supported about the shape of the future were wrong.  Instead of leading to a nuclear Armageddon, the increases in defense spending under Reagan led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern block. 


Obama seems determined to continue to pursue the policy goals he held as a student instead of learning from two decades of subsequent real world events. What is even more disturbing is how people like Richard Lugar continue to give Obama high marks for “being a good listener” and a “serious student” as they patronizingly give him a pass on the implementation of workable plans. 


Most Americans outgrew their student mode shortly after they had to earn a living for themselves in jobs that had more quantifiable performance criteria than community organizing,  Obama naive? Throw in sophistic, jejune and purblind to everything isn’t a neat fit into ideological cubby holes that haven’t change in two decades and you’ll be on the right track. Frank Gaffney sums it up in Commentary:


“If the implications were not so serious, the discrepancy between Mr. Obama’s plans and real-world conditions would be hilarious,” said Frank J. Gaffney Jr., a Reagan-era Pentagon official who directs the Center for Security Policy, a private group in Washington.

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Sarah Palin: The Best is Yet to Come

Sarah Palin: The Best is Yet to Come

By J.R. Dunn

The response to Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation last Friday clearly reveals the limitations of the American political class, right, left, or what have you.

There’s an old academic joke, probably apocryphal, about Count Metternich, Austria’s foreign minister during the Napoleonic era. While attending the Congress of Vienna, Metternich is sleeping off a banquet when one of his aides bursts in at three in the morning. “Your excellency! Count Nesselrode, the Russian ambassador, just died.”


Metternich jerks awake. “Died, you say? What a terrible thing! I was speaking to him only tonight… Uhh… send a message to the Tsar — Austria regrets, and so forth…”


The aide leaves. Metternich gets up and paces the floor. After a moment he stops and rubs his chin. “So… Why did Nesselrode decide to do that now…”


We’re seeing the same thing today. Obsessive figures confronted with a simple human contingency and, unable to comprehend what’s right in front of their eyes, retreating instead into irrelevant speculation about whatever they know best. Simply put, in resigning her governorship and stepping away from active politics, Sarah Palin is not pulling any tricks, carrying out any maneuvers, or putting in motion any long-range plans. She is doing exactly what any normal, rational, un-driven human being would do under the same circumstances.


What are those circumstances? Consider her situation at the moment. By which we mean, her situation. Not the country’s situation, not the GOP’s situation, not the political situation in any sense at all. 


Her eldest son is serving in the military, in the war zone, at a particularly dangerous and violent moment, when the U.S. is transferring responsibility to the new and still untried Iraqi army.


Her eldest daughter is dealing with the twin burdens of a failed relationship and single motherhood, while also serving as a national joke for the same type of people who insisted that Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls are off limits. This is a state of affairs that undoubtedly requires much in the way of TLC from Palin.


Her second youngest daughter has recently come under the gun thanks to that epitome of class, David Letterman. All excuses aside, the A-Rod joke was a transparent attempt at seeing if it was now safe to go after Willow, the rest of the Palin family having been run through the mill one after the other. It occurred at an awkward age for a girl, when events such as this can leave a serious mark. Another instance where mom must be available.


And lastly, Palin has a disabled infant child, one who has already been victimized by the left-wing blogosphere and the mass media. Downs children are very high-functioning. It’s easily possible for Trig to have a golden life as long as close attention is paid to his upbringing and education. His mother will be the crucial figure here.


So what does a woman do under such circumstances? A real woman, not a pol in a skirt.  A wife and a mother, someone with a clear hierarchy of values. Why, she steps out. She removes herself from the firing line. Returns to what matters. She retreats from the public world for the verities of family and community.


There’s nothing difficult to understand here. All the comments we’ve heard from the mass media, from the political experts, and from the operatives, merely reveal the limitations of the commentators.


But what about her greater obligations? To that of conservatism as a movement, for instance? It happens to have been the movement conservatives — at least those of the Northeast Corridor, who on the basis of tradition consider themselves to be the core of the movement — who led the charge against Palin on her selection as vice-presidential candidate. Not the left. Not the mass media. But conservatives (I won’t add quotes — not yet, anyway) such as Frum, Parker, and Brooks, who found her to be just the slightest touch déclassé. She did not understand the Modern Dance. Her taste in claret was undependable. Her reading of the Federalist No. 63 was, shall we say, idiosyncratic? These people have no call on her whatsoever.


And the GOP? Doesn’t she owe her party anything? Just a few short days after her youngest daughter was humiliated on one of the most widely-watched late-night shows in the country, an obvious hit piece appeared in that balanced journal of the higher intellect, Vanity Fair, in which certain unnamed GOP officials revealed the true Sarah Palin: Sarah as Michael Jackson, Sarah the narcissist, who lived in a dream world and was overwhelmed by “demons”.  The fact that GOP figures would cooperate with a rag like Vanity Fair in the first place puts a period to any talk of a party connection. The GOP obviously has an agenda. It is not Sarah Palin’s agenda. Nor, more than likely, ours either.


And what about Alaska? Palin is one of the outstanding governors of our time, possibly surpassed only by Rick Perry, infinitely superior to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Granholm, or Mitt Romney, to mention only a few members of a large crowd. She went a long way toward cleaning up the Juneau cesspool, wound up the negotiations for a gas pipeline that had been languishing for decades, and put her state on the national radar screen for the first time since 1958. But her usefulness as governor was probably drawing to an end. If she were to show interest in a 2012 run, she could depend on Obama’s crew doing everything possible to drag her down — and going through her state to do it.


Chicago would put Alaska through the grinder, a very easy thing to accomplish from Washington. In fact, it could be argued that this campaign has already begun, with the slow death-by-cuts action against the National Missile Defense center at Fort Greeley. Even as the ballistic missile threat from North Korea and Iran grows more urgent, Obama is dismantling the sole serious defense against it. (Am I implying that O would jeopardize the country’s safety to assure his political career? Well, what do you think?) In a real sense, Palin’s resignation at this time can be viewed as yet another service to her state.


So Sarah Palin has left the stage, for perfectly justifiable reasons, and taken her family with her. The mob still waits, unfamiliar with normal behavior from a public figure, eager for more cheap laughs. But there will be no encore. Not right away.


She will be back. Not for 2012. The GOP has its plans already worked out. Very clever ones, too. The Republicans will do what they always do when they’re up against it: grab an empty suit and run around shaking it in people’s faces while shouting, “Here’s the man!” By 2012, after his policies really hit home, as gas and home fuel prices triple and quadruple, as medical rationing begins, as the renewed Axis of Evil runs wild across Eurasia, Obama will be ready to drop. At that point he could be defeated by a ticket consisting of Charley Manson and Jojo the Dogface Boy. But the GOP will blow it all the same. Exactly as the party did in ’96, following the same script to the letter. They will, to coin a phrase, Mitt it up.


That moment will mark the start of a new phase for Sarah Palin. The exquisite branch of conservatism will drift away, assuring each other that “It’s still possible to live well in a dying civilization.” The GOP operatives will, as always, be blaming the “legacy of Reagan” and looking for a RINO who can somehow fool the backwoods rubes. Obama will spend his entire second term racing back and forth trying to put out forest fires using buckets with holes in them. Palin’s enemies will have destroyed themselves, and her moment will come at last.


Democracies never stop halfway, no matter what it is: good or bad, intelligent or stupid, harmful or beneficial, they have to go the whole route before at last changing course. The U.S. could not abandon Great Society liberalism in 1976, it had to wait until 1980. The UK could not put aside postwar Labour policies until they were ground down to the last (the Brits went so far as to elect Harold Wilson to two nonconsecutive terms — something similar to re-electing Jimmy Carter in 1984. Talk about desperation moves!)


While that process unfolded, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan served long apprenticeships, learning all they had to know. Sarah Palin is embarking on the same course now.


Sarah Palin is not ready, they insist. It’s just as apt to say that we — the GOP, the conservative establishment, the country — are not ready for her. An electorate will always fall for the professional pol, slick, convincing, and empty, before turning in desperation to the truly human candidate. But the time will come.


In a few years her children will be settled, she will no longer have hostages to fortune, and the laughter will have long died away. That is when the lady will start shuffling the cards. We will all have further opportunity to wonder what Sarah Palin is up to.

J.R. Dunn is contributing editor of American Thinker.
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Palin’s Gambit

Palin’s Gambit
By: Gregory Gethard
Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation as governor may not be as crazy as it sounds.

Is she crazy? Or is she crazy like a fox? That’s the question being asked of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin after her stunning announcement last Friday that she will resign as Alaska’s governor later this month.


From the left and the right, the puzzlement is the same: Why has Palin decided to leave her office so abruptly? Republican strategist Ed Rollins, noting that “everyone is shocked” by Palin’s decision, asserts that “everyone is going to assume there’s another story. You don’t just quit with a year and a half to go.” National Democrats, meanwhile, are licking their chops at Palin’s announcement, with some suggesting that she “simply can’t handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down.”


Palin certainly has had a tough go of it lately. Her children have been pushed into the political fray thanks to Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s baby, who recently posed shirtless in an issue of GQ magazine. Palin also became embroiled in a very public feud with late-night host David Letterman, who made crude jokes about her children. And Vanity Fair has just published an attack on Palin’s vice-presidential campaign, based on the complaints of disgruntled McCain staffers who always despaired at having the governor on the ticket and remain bitter even today.


Palin has also faced local trouble in Alaska. In particular, she has been the subject of a series of ethics complaints, all but two of which have been dismissed. Palin and her defenders argue that these complaints have been both frivolous and politically motivated. Just as significantly, they have drained the governor’s financial and political resources and distracted her from her job. On Sunday, Alaska’s Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, in line to replace Palin, revealed that she resigned due to the large sums of money being spent fighting the attempts to discredit her. According to the Wall Street Journal, up two $2 million may have been spent in public records requests, legal fees, and similar expenses required to combat the complaints.


One such complaint was filed by Alaskan blogger Linda Kellen Biegel, better known by her alias “Celtic Diva.” In her complaint, Biegel alleged that Palin abused her power by seeking personal gain. Her evidence? During the start of a snowmobile race, Palin wore a jacket adorned with the logo of “Arctic Cat,” a company that sponsors her husband, Todd, an avid contestant in these types of events. But as Palin supporters noted, showing solidarity with her husband in a snowmobile competition hardly rose to the level of corruption, and Palin’s administration pointed to the blogger-inspired contretemps as one of the numerous “bogus harassments” with which Palin has forced to contend.


While Palin’s opponents look for any excuse to savage her, and while even some Republicans question her decision to resign at this time, there’s a good case to be made that the move may actually work to her favor. Among conservatives, Palin still retains rock-star status. Indeed, John McCain’s decision to name her to the ticket was a bid to bolster his credibility with the right. Palin certainly did that and, as a result, she remains a sought-after by Republicans with political aspirations. She had been asked to be the keynote speaker at a major Republican fundraiser, although she declined the role, and Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee Chairman, has said that her “galvanizing voice” could be critical to the success of Republican campaigns in battleground states like Virginia and New Jersey.


By resigning the governorship, however reluctantly, Palin also helps to improve her national profile. No longer is she confined to perhaps the nation’s most isolated state, whose capital, Juneau, can only be reached by sea or air. “North to the Future” may be Alaska’s state motto, but Palin’s political future depends on a broader appeal.


The timing of her latest move is not as premature as many have made out. As proven in recent years, it is never too early to start to meet voters in Des Moines and Manchester. Some of her potential rivals for the presidential nomination, especially Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, already have an infrastructure in place in Iowa and New Hampshire, courtesy of their failed 2008 campaigns. Another potential rival, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, has announced that he would not see office in 2010. He has also started an attempt to build a national base, speaking at an Arkansas state fundraiser last week. If Palin does indeed begin a presidential bid, her name recognition alone is likely to make her a favorite. After all, how many people outside of his home state could even recognize Tim Pawlenty?


There are other signs that Palin will shortly reemerge onto the national scene. She recently signed a book deal with Harper-Collins, and the autobiography is scheduled to be released next Mother’s Day. Like all celebrity books, it will include a book tour that will draw large audiences, offering Palin a great way to sell herself in the world of “retail politics” just before the campaign season kicks off.  In the headlines once again, Palin could become a deciding factor in critical races, building up her support among the conservative base and rallying the Republican apparatus behind her.   


To be sure, Palin’s decision to leave office so soon is unconventional. But then the charismatic Republican governor, who burst onto the national scene only last year from relative anonymity, has never been a conventional politician. Only a few short years ago, she was the mayor of a “city” in Alaska with a population of less than 10,000. She fought through a brutal Alaskan political climate to the top office. And, despite some notable flubs during her vice-presidential campaign, she still remains arguably America’s most popular conservative politician. Can she retain that title when she is no longer governor? As Palin herself might put it: You betcha!

Gregory Gethard is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer.