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SarahPAC

sarahpac Sarah Palin has started SarahPAC, her political action committee.  It’s good to see that Sarah Palin is out there doing and not just becoming a faded memory of elections past.  I really enjoyed her wit, conservative principles and direct style  in a lot of the same way I liked Fred Thompson’s.  I wonder if it is a coincidence that they now both have political action committees.  I wonder if I need to start WallyPAC to keep up with the Palins and Thompsons out on the web?  Naa, I guess the Whatcom GOP is enough political and action for me.

I like what SarahPAC is all about:

Dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.

SarahPAC believes America’s best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.

I hope that she remains as active in the political world as Fred and Jeri Thompson and I also hope that we will see her run again for a national office.  If given the opportunity, I’d vote for her again.

Which path shall we walk?

US Flag Our nation has taken one more step away from God.  We’ve been on this walk away from God and the Christian roots of our nation for several decades, so the giant step we took in the election was  not surprising.  Saddening, but not surprising.

I feel sadness that we live in a nation where so many people have devalued God so far that they are willing to elect a man who preaches false Christian doctrines, a man who sat in the pews of a hate filled church for 2 decades and a man who casually dismisses our nations Christian roots..

Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. We should acknowledge this and realize that when we’re formulating policies from the state house to the Senate floor to the White House, we’ve got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community.

Barack Obama, July 30, 2007

“Whatever we once were”  Such an odd question to come from a man who we just elected president.

No doubt we will have many challenges over the course of the next 4 years and I pray that we will meet those challenges head on and with dignity.

One of the first will be a challenge to treat Barack Obama with all the respect that we would any president of the greatest nation on earth.  I don’t want to hear anyone referring to him as not their president, just because they didn’t vote for him.  How demeaning to our nation and our people.  He will be our president come January, get used to it.

But we should also challenge our new president to rise above mere human values and conduct his administration with God given morality and ethics; the values of the Christian nation that we once were and still can be again.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Our nation still has tremendous freedom of religion.  More than most places on earth, and certainly enough for Christian values to flourish, if we really truly want that.  When it comes to immorality and dare I say, persecution of Christians, America of today has nothing on ancient Rome.  Ancient Rome, where all manner of depraved behavior was glorified and Christians were put to death for sport.  Yes that ancient Rome, where in spite the unspeakable conditions Christians were subjected to, Christianity grew, and grew, and grew, through a faith so strong that mortal death and persecution could not stop it.

Coincidentally, November 9th, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  As you pray for those around the world who are persecuted and martyred for their Christian faith, consider also a prayer for those take up God’s work in our own nation.  Better yet, become one of those people who take up His work in our nation.

Here is my post election message:

God bless America,
Land that I love,

Now is the time to;

Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a Light from above;

It’s not really about experience

sidebysideWhen you hear clamoring  about Sarah Palin being only a governor and therefore not experienced enough to be VP let alone P, I’d like you to consider a couple of things.

First check the list below of former governors who became US presidents.  There are 20 of them, yes 20,  and even the short term governors include the likes of Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, and the man on the right, Teddy Roosevelt.

A state governor is a well documented and accepted prerequisite for the presidential office; the far left is just making noise.  However, I’ll grant that list of presidents with senatorial experience is probably equally as long.  One vast difference in experience though, between Sen. Obama and Gov. Palin, is that over the last couple of years that they have both been in office, Sarah Palin was focusing on the duties of her office and not campaigning to be a presidential candidate.

Another vast difference is that democrats are asking us to give Sen. Obama on the job training in the oval office, while Sarah Palin as VP will be second for John McCain one of the most experienced Senators in US history.

I believe the same reasons that has the far left clamoring about Sarah Palin are the same reasons that most Americans should welcome her leadership in our nation.  She believes in the regular old American values that made our nation great and she practices them at home and in office.

Those who wish to change our nation to a secular socialist tasteless society are clamoring, while others like myself, who respect and believe in the nation our forefathers created, are casting our vote for the experienced McCain/Palin ticket.

  1. Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, 1779-81
  2. James Monroe, Governor of Virginia, 1799-1802
  3. Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Florida Territory, 1821
  4. Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1829
  5. William Henry Harrison, Territorial Governor of Indiana, 1801-13
  6. John Tyler, Governor of Virginia, 1825-26
  7. James Knox Polk, Governor of Tennessee, 1839-41
  8. Andrew Johnson, Governor of Tennessee, 1853-57, Military Governor of Tennessee, 1862-65
  9. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Governor of Ohio, 1868-72, Governor of Ohio, 1876-77
  10. Grover Cleveland, Governor of New York, 1883-85
  11. William McKinley, Governor of Ohio, 1892-96
  12. Theodore Roosevelt, Governor of New York, 1898-1900
  13. William Howard Taft, Governor of the Philippines, 1901-04
  14. Woodrow Wilson, Governor of New Jersey, 1911-13
  15. Calvin Coolidge, Governor of Massachusetts, 1919-20
  16. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Governor of New York, 1929-33
  17. James Earl Carter, Jr., Governor of Georgia, 1971-75
  18. Ronald Wilson Reagan, Governor of California, 1967-75
  19. William Jefferson Clinton, Governor of Arkansas, 1978-80, 1982-92
  20. George Walker Bush, Governor of Texas, 1995-2000

Troopergate: Don’t buy local

tg1 Read the headline “Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing” and you might be led to thinking that Sarah Palin used her power as governor to just haul off and fire someone.  Even continuing into the article’s lead sentence

Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper

might have you believing that this was solely a personal vendetta on the part of Sarah Palin. 

Well don’t blame yourself, you were led there, just be thankful that the Herald only leans moderately left rather than radically left, or you’d have read something like this “progressive” sensationalism from official sounding Northwest Progressive Institute. 

Without a doubt, the next time John McCain and Sarah Palin talk about reform or being “mavericks” (and I hate using their term), they will be lying. Sarah Palin is no different from former Congressman Tom DeLay, incarcerated former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, and formerly incarcerated former Congressman Bob Ney, just to name a few of the ethically-challenged Republicans who have inhabited Washington, D.C. in the past few years. nwprogressive.org

By reading the headlines and in fact much of both the cited articles, I should be appalled at the actions of Governor Sarah Palin.  Well I won’t deny, nor do I think Sarah Palin has denied, that things could have been handled differently, but guess what?  I’m not appalled in the slightest!  Because as I found first in a McCatchy article and later cited elsewhere, the lead investigator Steve Branchflower said,

Palin’s firing of Monegan was “a proper and lawful exercise” of the governor’s authority.

Well it doesn’t sound as abusive if you call it a proper and lawful exercise of Sarah Palin’s authority as Governor.  However if you read only the Herald article you wouldn’t run across the words proper and lawful.  I know, I did a word search and those words from the McClatchy article are not in the Herald article, which is a bit odd, or not, since the Herald is owned by McClatchy.  I guess as much as we might feel led by the headlines, we are also being fed a certain leftist diet by our local news.  One case where buying local may not be the best choice.

Also missing from our local news diet was any mention of the the two Alaskan senators whose involvement in the investigation might constitute their own vendetta, with Sarah Palin as the victim. 

First, there is Senator French, who as a Democrat we might expect to be a little partisan, but this describes more than a little partisanship.

Democratic Sen. Hollis French was accused of manipulating the probe for political effect on national and state elections. Republican Rep. John Coghill last week asked the Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council, the body that appointed French to oversee the investigation, to discuss replacing French.

Coghill said he believed the investigation was lacking in fairness, neutrality and due process after French was quoted in media reports that the probe’s results were going to be an “October surprise” that is “likely to be damaging to the administration.”

Daily News Miner

And second there is Senator Green, who as a Republican we might expect to see a little balancing partisanship in favor of Gov. Palin.  However, this is not the case for Sen. Green who has dropped her run for reelection after finding herself behind in the polls and placing blame for this on the shoulders of Sarah Palin who supports her competition.

Sen. Green also said she felt the election was becoming a contest between herself and Gov. Sarah Palin rather than her Republican primary opponent, Linda Menard.

 KTUU.com

I’m glad that even though things might have been handled differently, Sarah Palin was found to have handled the firing properly and lawfully, which incidentally was the point of the whole investigation in the first place. 

So, think local, read more than local, but don’t act local; vote McCain/Palin.

Rumor has it

All the wild baseless accusations and nasty lies regarding soon to be VP Sarah have grown tiresome and pedantic.  With mainstream media, progressive media and left leaning bloggers all contributing, I’ve had my quota.  And in this full up to here state, it’s always refreshing to hear just a quiet well delivered rumor.  This one put a smile on my face because I already knew it to be nothing more than a rumor. 

Nope, I’m not talking about the rumor Sam Taylor is spreading over at the Herald blogs; you know, the Sarah quotes that Sarah didn’t actually say.  At least Sam had enough decency to tell us they were not real quotes; not enough decency to quit spreading the rumors; just enough decency to tell us that the rumors he is passing along are false. 

The quiet well delivered rumor that I’m talking about is being spread through many channels, but locally it is running over at HamsterTalk in a post titled She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books.  It’s the low key, just want to let you in on a fact, kind of rumor, that grows subtly.  The kind that has a little speck of fact, already has an audience who wants to believe it, and never really raises an eyebrow until it is firmly entrenched in many minds as fact.

Here is a portion of the rumor as posted on HamsterTalk

A friend of mine who is a retired Librarian sent me the following information.

….

The following is the list of books that Sarah Palin tried to have removed from the Wasilla Library when she was mayor of Wasilla. This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused Palin tried to get her fired, an attempt that failed due to the residents who rallied in defense of their library.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

HamsterTalk: She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books

Of course the list goes on and on and on.  But isn’t that great rumor?  All the key elements of a great rumor without the attention grabbing conspiracy edge found in rumors like Sarah’s baby really belongs to her now pregnant daughter;  And with the added personal touch of coming from a friend who’s a retired librarian, this rumor is priceless.  But sadly, no matter how juicy this rumor is, nor how many left leaner want it to be true;  this great rumor is just false.  It has been dispelled by many more than just the few I touch on here. 

First, snopes.com and truthorfiction.com both pretty much have carbon copies of the rumor, minus the personal touch, but including the long book list and intimidating line about trying to get the librarian fired.

Claim: List catalogs books banned from the Wasilla, Alaska, public Library by Mayor Sarah Palin

Status: false

Example:

This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned.  As many of you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners. 

This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

When the librarian refused to ban the books, Palin tried to get her fired.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Snopes.com

Of course the book list still goes on and on.  I just didn’t want to list them all here.  Mostly because the list is long and no matter how long the list is, it doesn’t make the rumor any more truthful.   If you want more of the truth you might want to pop over to USA Today who actually looked into this false rumor.

Mary Ellen Emmons was Wasilla’s librarian at the time. She told a local newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, in December 1996 that Palin repeatedly had asked her about removing books from the library, but said Palin never mentioned specific titles, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“Sarah Palin has never asked anyone to ban a book,” Griffin said. “It shouldn’t be surprising that the new mayor of a city that had seen recent protests over books and was in the process of re-evaluating the book-challenge policies at its library would ask the librarian what those policies were.”

USA Today: Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor

So bottom line is that there are mean and nasty lies meant to discredit Sarah and there are subtle lies meant to discredit Sarah, but I have yet to see anything truthful that would discredit the wonderful choice that John McCain made in Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

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