Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Media Continues to Savage Sarah Palin

What this article states and discusses, to me, is blatantly obvious. Sarah Palin was savaged by the media. Hindsight is 20/20, and looking back, the media and it's liberal agenda did everything it could to make sure that every iota of information about her was inaccurate and misconstrued. Those of us who continue to support Sarah Palin, especially Alaskans, know how incorrect these portrayals of her have been.

Just reading the comments associated with this article shows that much of the information that circulates is still inaccurate. We no longer have a media that can be trusted as a source of unbiased information. Remember TASS, the Soviet News Agency? They recycled their propoganda to the soviet people during the cold war. No real information could get out, because the communist government controlled the news agency.

The US government does not control US news agencies insomuch as it is in bed with them. US news agencies continue to benefit from promoting the left's agenda. Why else would they take every opportunity to tear Sarah Palin down?

This one article discusses many of the misnomers surrounding Sarah Palin. I post it here, in it's entirety, for you to digest.

Media simultaneously savaged Sarah Palin, protected Barack Obama
by Lee Benedict

Sarah Palin was the only major party candidate on the 2008 ballot with executive experience.

Palin was the chief executive of a state canvassing more than 586,000 square miles -- Texas has 269,000 -- that borders Canada and Russia, with a budget of $6.6 billion. Approximately 85 percent of Alaska's budget hinges on oil production. Her resume includes being chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Soon after becoming governor, Palin sold the state's private jet for $2.1 million that her predecessor purchased and billed Alaskans for. She defeated that sitting Republican governor in a primary.

Palin used the line-item veto to quash $260 million of Alaska's proposed budget for capital projects -- pork -- to which the Anchorage Daily News said, the cuts "may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history."

The media never reported her stewardship. It did, however, deploy a brigade of investigators to Alaska to search for proverbial dirt, finding none. They attempted to create a national controversy over the origins of her campaign clothing. The Republican national Committee purchased designer clothes for her since she is neither ostentatious nor vain, and did not possess $600 shoes or $2,500 dresses as Jill Biden and Michelle Obama have long demanded.

PALIN'S WARDROBE was more vital to the selection of the free world's leader than the Democratic nominee's history and close personal relationship with Bill Ayers, Larry Sinclair, Donald Young, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and others that the media spun away, if reported at all.

President Obama lived part of his life as Barry Soetoro, and reportedly used more than a dozen Social Security numbers. Obama claims to have been born in Hawaii of two U.S. citizens -- we know they were not -- but has refused to prove he is a natural-born citizen.

He and his campaign has spent approximately $2 million fighting to keep this matter out of court. But Palin's clothing and foreign policy experience took center stage.

For a certified copy of vital records, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health, one must submit an application and pay "$10 for the first copy of each certificate, and $4 for each additional copy of the same certificate ordered at the same time."

Granted, spending $2 million and counting, vs. filling out an application and cutting a check for $10, may seem normal for Democrats. But the media harangues the Palins to this day, yet refuses to report truth regarding Obama.

Moreover, three years of Obama's life are unaccounted for. The media fix was in from day one. For confirmation, compare the media's treatment of an executive seeking the office of vice president to its treatment of a U.S. senator of 138 days seeking the office of president.

The horrible shootings in Arizona prompted the media and others to literally blame Palin for an unstable individual's actions. Soon after that tragedy, on Jan. 23, the Missoula Children's Theater in Montana was performing The Mikado . The director added a scene calling for Palin's beheading.

I once thought that the media has a seething hatred for this woman. Now I am convinced that those who are obsessed with her demise are afraid of her resolve and character, which causes her to be a positive role model.

PALIN HAS A STRONG executive record of nonpartisan governance and doing what she believed to be right, from which Alaska benefitted, thereby making her a threat to those who make their living and receive gratification by controlling others.

She has endured some of the most heinous media attacks in history, and I ask: Why? What has she done to warrant any of it? Who in all of recorded history has received such unwarranted or warranted venomous attacks? Eliot Spitzer gets a television program. Jim McGreevey is forgotten. Ted Kennedy is idolized. Sarah Palin? Demonized. What is the media's true objective?

Media reports labeled her "unqualified." This mother of five, bottom line, is a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense, commonsense American who has governed honorably America's largest state.

Palin hunts and brings food home, and with four generations of Heaths and Palins, prepares the bounty for storage.

Palin is pro-life, and proved it when she did not murder her unborn son via an abortion after doctors claimed he has Down syndrome. She walks her talk, and the Sarah Palins of the world rely on themselves, not government programs, and their happiness and prosperity is not mandated by Washington, D.C.

She is a strong woman with convictions and a belief in the U.S. Constitution, and the American will and spirit of the Founders that cannot, and will not, be broken -- regardless of what the bitter media sends her way.

(The writer is a teacher at Butler High School, an Iraq War veteran and a past candidate for local and state office.)

The media continues to savage Sarah Palin, but we hope to correct the record. Alaskans4Palin will be addressing many of these issues (and more) in coming posts.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Palin's Position on Free Speech via Westboro Ruling

The constitution is the foundation upon which this country stands. It guides our governing principles and if it is followed, the rule of law is clear. There is no doubt the First Amendment guarantees protections of free speech.

Peaceful picketing + public speech + public property - privacy = protection
(courtesy First Amendment Center)

While Westboro Baptist Church's picketing brought little peace to the Snyder Family, according to the Supreme Court, the First Amendment allows protection to this group:

The Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, which has no affiliation to any other Baptist organization, sends members to picket funerals of military servicemen who were killed in action. The group’s members believe that the deaths are a punishment from God’s wrath, and carry offensive signs that read, “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “God Hates the U.S.A.”

(See this article)

Sarah Palin sent out a tweet on March 2 after the Supreme Court ruling in this case came down:

"Common sense & decency absent as wacko 'church' allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers' funerals but we can't invoke God's name in public square"

In this tweet, "she was making a point about a double standard on free speech, not that the group shouldn’t have the right to protest." Sarah Palin's position on this is simple: If it should apply to one, it should apply to all. After confusion by some concerning her stance on protections of free speech, she clarified her position (in which she said she agreed with the ruling in favor of the church) with this statement to the Daily Caller:

“Obviously my comment meant that when we’re told we can’t say ‘God bless you’ in graduation speeches or pray before a local football game but these wackos can invoke God’s name in their hate speech while picketing our military funerals, it shows ridiculous inconsistency,” Palin told TheDC. “I wasn’t calling for any limit on free speech, and it’s a shame some folks tried to twist my comment in that way. I was simply pointing out the irony of an often selective interpretation of free speech rights.”

Unfortunately, what is morally obligatory may not always be what is legally obligatory, or follow the rule of law.

The cure for our 'incivility'?

I was traveling to Tucson in February when the creation of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona made headlines. I tend to be cynical about such things, especially after many years of my own experience working in an often bloated and disconnected university system. Here was just another opportunity to build an addition onto that ivory tower mentality, I thought.

The institute’s website lists this mission statement:

Mission: The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is a national, nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy generation regarding civic engagement and civility in public discourse consistent with First Amendment principles. It offers an institutional structure to support research and policy generation and a set of innovative programs advocating for civility in public discourse, while encouraging vigorous public debate, civic engagement, and civic leadership.

The site seems to struggle to answer some basic questions, all cloaked in academic-speak that requires a bottle of Excedrin:

1. Why a national institute?
The increasingly strident tenor of the nation’s public discourse affects our democracy, and our ability to work together as a nation to address the major challenges that America must confront.

2. Why now?

In a world of instant communication, it is more important now than at any other time in our history that we find avenues to speak across political divides and party lines, and communicate in ways that will foster dialog, conversation and legitimate debate.

3. Why Tucson? Why the University of Arizona?

Tucson was where the tragedy struck that sparked a new national conversation. The University is the state’s Land Grant University, and one of the premier research institutions in the world where many of its faculty already conduct research relevant to public discourse, civic engagement and civic leadership.

4. Are you blaming heated rhetoric for the shootings?
Absolutely not. But the shootings created a space for people to focus on civility, and the Institute is building on that positive outcome of a tragic event.

5. What is its purpose?
The purpose of the National Institute for Civil Discourse is to promote civic engagement and robust political debate by fostering ties between people of all political persuasions so that they may vigorously debate the choices that face our country in a turbulent and dangerous world.

6. What could the institute achieve?
For a new national conversation to begin, there have to be institutions to foster it. The National Institute for Civil Discourse will become a central part of an archipelago of collaborating organizations creating the space for tough-minded civil discourse between people with conflicting values and ideas.

7. What will the NCID do?
The NICD will convene briefings and conferences with some of America’s most accomplished leaders from across the political spectrum to develop an agenda for organizing and promoting civil discourse. It will develop programs, curricula, and research committed to the vigorous exercise of First Amendment freedoms in a way that respects both the ideas of others, and those who hold them.

8. How is the institute unique?
The NICD is a counterweight to the dominant business and media model of our age which attracts an audience by catering to existing fears and beliefs, rather than challenging them. While this is a very good way to stir people up around issues they are passionate about and against people perceived as thinking differently, it is a terrible way to govern a great nation which requires discourse, debate and compromise.

9. To What End?

Politics is about effective governing, not just winning and losing. A great democracy depends on a respect for difference and willingness to compromise, most importantly for the good of generations of Americans to come. The oath that Athenian citizens took required them to leave the city “not worse, but better” than they found it. We believe this as well.

Does your head hurt yet?

The media reports in Arizona were mostly benign, quick to point out that although the Tucson massacre had nothing to do with politics this was a perfect opportunity to study and promote civility in our political dialogue. But left-wing media outlets are loathe to let it go. I noted a repeated reference to “radio and cable tv talk shows” as examples of our “incivility”. How convenient to forget the absolute vitriol and hateful rhetoric launched from the left against Sarah Palin, whose words and actions had nothing to do with motivating the actions of the shooter!

Moderate blogger David Goodloe points out that:

“[The media] appears to have bought into the notion that whether the shooting was motivated by the political debate or not is not important. What is important is that something good comes from it. ‘Something good’ apparently is more bureaucracy wrapped in a package of workshops, programs, classes and research, all designed to tell people things they should have learned in grade school, if not kindergarten…play nice, wait your turn.”

He goes on to say that:

“I suspect that the target (if you’ll pardon the pun) of the institute’s efforts will be the right wing, not the left… In fact, as long as this institute is going to be a reality, I have a good place for it to start its work—Wisconsin, where pro-union protesters have been carrying some pretty extreme signs at their rallies.”

Read more here.

Improving civil discourse and debate is a seemingly admirable goal, but the effort is misplaced as long as we lack national leadership. Barack Obama is taking our nation down the path of economic and social ruin. We don't need another academic institute to cure our ills. The strong and steady conservative leadership of Sarah Palin is the remedy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Palin Hater Successfully Granted Protective Order

Known Palin hater, Andree McLeod, who is also known throughout the State of Alaska as the woman who stalked Governor Palin with ethics complaints, even after she announced her plans of resignation in July 2009, has successfully obtained a protective order against a woman who allegedly made death threats against her online. The accused, Anchorage resident Clare Goodchild, according to the Anchorage Daily News “admitted making the threats and apologized in court to McLeod. Goodchild said she ‘meant no harm' when she said she had the cross hairs of her gun scope on McLeod's head and that McLeod had 'used up too much oxygen.'”

Goodchilds comments were apparently in reaction to McLeod’s persistent efforts to obtain EVERY email written or received by Palin or her husband in any email account during her time as Governor. The process of screening emails and removing classified information has continued to be a drain on State time and resources and one that the State continues to work on to this day.

The ever biased Anchorage Daily News “reporter" refers to Andree McLeod as a “citizen activist.” Referring to McLeod in this manner is akin to calling President Obama a “moderate democrat.” She has done all that she can to harass Governor Palin since the day Palin returned from the Vice Presidential trail in 2008.

The “reporter” goes on to “report” that,
“Eight days later, a gunman attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a Saturday public gathering in Tucson, Ariz. Six bystanders were killed and Giffords was shot through the head. Giffords, a Democrat facing a Palin-backed tea-party candidate, had worried about the consequences of Palin's depiction of cross hairs on a map of her district.”

But concludes with,
“Then, after being sworn in, Goodchild added: "I apologize for what I wrote. I did not realize that it could be interpreted into some action like what happened in Arizona and so therefore if she feels that she needs to go on, she can. I am not a threat to her, I feel apologetic for saying that."

The continued bias by the Lame Stream Media, especially the liberal Alaskan media, attempting to tie Governor Palin to the unfortunate Tuscon shooting on January 8th, is a travesty. The Tuscon shooter, Jared Loughner, held very liberal political beliefs. It was not these political beliefs that led to his decision to shoot that day, however. He clearly was suffering from some type of mental illness. To claim that his actions that day were politically motivated in anyway, by either side of the political aisle, is absurd. It takes minimal research to see that this young man was clearly disturbed.

The continued meme about Palin's use of 'crosshairs" is also getting old. For starters, the symbols are surveyor symbols. Anyone who has ever used a gun can tell you that they are clearly not "crosshairs." Secondly, I do not hear anyone linking liberals for their use of crosshairs to the Tuscon shooting, or any other form of violence.

While the words spoken by Ms. Goodchilds appear to be out of frustration at the endless harassment Ms. McLeod has engaged in within the state of Alaska over the past several years, which we the tax payers have footed most of the bill for, most Alaskans who support Governor Palin do not agree with her threats. It is frustrating that Andree McLeod has been so demanding of State resources that would be better used elsewhere. It has been frustrating watching her play out her personal vendetta against the Palin family in the national spotlight. She may use up a lot of oxygen. Thankfully, our State, which is rich in resources, has plenty of clean oxygen to go around.

Alaskans4Palin would like to make clear that we denounce all forms of threats on free speech for all people on all sides of the political aisle. The beauty of our Republic is that we are free to express ourselves and should have the freedom to do so without fear of harm.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sarah Palin's Sophisticated Monetary Policy

One of our jobs (as I see it) here at Alaskans4Palin is to dispel some of the myths revolving around Sarah Palin. One of those myths or arguments is that she is just not "smart enough" to be our president. There are so many directions in which detractors like to take this argument, and one of them has to do with budgetary concerns.

Just this past November, Sarah Palin dealt a stinging blow to federal reserve chairman Ben Bernanke via a keynote address to a trade association in Phoenix in November, reported in this article in the National Review Online titled, "Palin to Bernanke: 'Cease and Desist,'" Sarah Palin is very clear:

"I’m deeply concerned about the Federal Reserve’s plans to buy up anywhere from $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion of government securities. The technical term for it is 'quantitative easing.' It means our government is pumping money into the banking system by buying up treasury bonds. And where, you may ask, are we getting the money to pay for all this? We’re printing it out of thin air.

The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses. But it’s far from certain this will even work. After all, the problem isn’t that banks don’t have enough cash on hand – it’s that they don’t want to lend it out, because they don’t trust the current economic climate..."

- Sarah Palin

These remarks were analyzed by Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal. The first 4 1/2 minutes of the video below are devoted to discussion around Sarah Palin's understanding of monetary policy, which he describes as "very sophisticated":

Mr. Gigot goes on to explain that we haven't seen this since Reagan and certainly haven't seen this from other GOP presidential hopefuls. Considering our current economic crises, it's not hard to make the argument that Sarah Palin has a greater understanding than most of her GOP rivals regarding budgetary policy. That is why the left is scared, and that is why the GOP talking heads argue she is not a viable candidate. She's given many speeches and written many articles dealing with budgetary concerns. Her message is straightforward and consistent. She possesses a knowledge and understanding beyond theirs and this shows. Look at Wisconsin or better yet, look at our current national situation and it's clear what's going on is just not working. It's time to take serious steps to fix what's broke - our national economy.

Look me in the eye and tell me she's not smart, or better yet, look me in the eye and tell me Obama is. Is this economy working for you?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Can See Russia...and Beyond

As pointed out previously in I Can See Russia, one of Sarah Palin’s roles was that of Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard. While she wouldn’t have been charged with making decisions concerning the military, she would have been kept informed of any possible threats to the state. While Border States in the U.S. Southwest have to deal with the invasion of illegal aliens, Alaska has to contend with the ominous threat of Russian “Bear” bombers. Should these military airplanes penetrate our defenses, they could quite possibly disrupt the flow of oil by bombing the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System and the terminals located at either end of the pipeline, not to mention large city centers. It would be illogical to think that the governor would not have been briefed regularly on this particular threat, or that she wouldn’t have developed insight into the behavior of a potentially dangerous country like Russia even without direct contact with its leader. 

But Governor Palin would have gained foreign policy experience in another arena as well.

Unlike most states’ governors in the lower 48, Alaska’s governor is in the unique position of dealing with international issues on a regular basis. Because Alaska is located at the top of the Pacific Rim, its strategic position and vast wealth of natural resources make it an important trading center.

International investment and trade contribute heavily to Alaska’s economy. Its exports reached $3-$4 billion per year for the last seven years in seafood, minerals, energy, precious metals, and forest products, respectively.

Exports for 2008

Exports for 2007, 2008, 2009

Alaska’s Total Exports (in Billions – 2010 not yet available)

Governor Palin’s first encounter with foreign diplomats was in January 2007 when she met with officials from Canada. Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, Consul General Peter Lloyd from the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, and the Northwest Territories Minister for Industry, Tourism and Investment Brendan Bell met specifically with her to discuss continued trade between Alaska and Canada, and joint border security challenges.

In March of 2007 Governor Palin welcomed more than 30 diplomats and international tourism and aviation representatives to Fairbanks promoting travel and tourism to the 49th state.

May 2007 brought Chinese health officials to Alaska led by the People’s Republic of China Minister of Health, Qiang Gao. The purpose of this delegation was to observe the delivery of rural health care in Alaska.

Governor Palin also welcomed the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to Alaska. In her address to the 59th annual meeting of the IWC in Anchorage, she highlighted the importance of aboriginal subsistence hunting and the scientific contributions Alaska’s whaling captains have made in the study of bowhead whales.

At the Arctic Energy Summit, Governor Palin and Lt. Governor Sean Parnell met with the President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, at the Egan Center in Anchorage.

President Grimsson was the guest of honor during the Wednesday evening closing banquet, receiving the Institute of the North’s Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award for his leadership in promoting geothermal and hydrogen energy in the Arctic. The Institute of the North established the Robert O. Anderson Sustainable Arctic Award in 2001 to recognize individuals, organizations and/or nations that make outstanding contributions toward sustainable development within the Arctic.

Ben Ellis - Summit Director (Read entire article here.)

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, Gov. Sarah Palin, Iceland President Grissom

Consul Hee-Chul Kim of the Republic of Korea was welcomed by Governor Palin as a new Korean Consular office was re-established in Anchorage. Trade, culture, tourism and transportation have been important ties between Alaska and Korea for many years. Korea is one of Alaska’s leading exporters.

Governor Sarah Palin and Yukon Territory Premier Dennis Fentie met again in March 2008 to renew the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Accord.

This accord provides a framework for the governments of Alaska and Yukon to continue working cooperatively on tourism, transportation and trade and commerce initiatives. We have also included climate change, wildlife management, economic development and infrastructure in the accord as additional key areas of opportunity.

–Sarah Palin (Read the entire article here.)

Premier Fentie & Governor Palin

At the invitation of Governor Palin, an international delegation of diplomats from nine countries in North America, Asia, and Europe traveled to Alaska to celebrate Alaska’s 50th anniversary and discuss international trade matters in January 2009.

Governor Palin meets with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

Finally, in July 2009, Governor Palin met with Ambassador Petr Kolar of the Czech Republic who was in Alaska to promote Alaskan Frank Nosek to Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic. 

(left to right) Honorary Consul General Frank Nosek, Mrs. Jaroslava Kolarova, Governor Palin, Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Kolar, Alaskan Sandy Ptak Miss Czech Slovak, US Commissioner Emil Notti.

In addition to hosting foreign dignitaries and dealing with any number of international issues, Governor Palin implemented The Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence in an effort to promote international trade and business in Alaska. The first awards given in 2008 were in the areas of trade, foreign investment, education, cultural exchange, and scientific exchange. The first recipients of the award included the Kenai LNG (liquid natural gas) for export, the Aleut International Association for scientific exchange, the Institute of the North for transportation advancement, Sumitomo Metal Mining Corporation for foreign investment in Alaska, and the Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage for educational and cultural exchange. It’s worth nothing that Sand Lake Elementary has successfully conducted a Japanese Immersion Program for over 20 years, portraying the diversity that is found and embraced in Alaska.

Awarding The Governor's North Star Award to Sand Lake Elementary Recipient

While some might consider Alaska to be an isolated, untamed wilderness, it is, in fact, a cosmopolitan international trading hub. Not only is its location and resources vital for conducting trade with Pacific Rim countries, but in the eyes of circumpolar nations, Alaska is a warm, friendly neighbor who shares the same challenges of living and thriving in an inhospitable arctic environment. And as governor, Sarah Palin successfully fulfilled her role by encouraging, promoting and advancing Alaska’s place in the world of international trade and exports, and has acquired the experience necessary to lead the nation.

Some photos obtained from website.