Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
To the haters who threw this now dismissed ethics complaint at Madame, I have an embedded video to share with you:
Monday, April 26, 2010
BOTUS has been busy with her pithy, yet caring condolences for those involved in the oil rig fire, witty smackdowns of the media regarding corruption in Goldman Sachs, and giving a shoutout to Michael Steele.
Today we posted another endorsement--a special one. This one was for Tim Burns who is running in a special election for a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania. Madame is supportive of the fact that he started his own business, and he's a "hockey dad". What's the difference between a hockey dad and a pit bull? Umm...well, you know what I mean. He's a businessman, not a bureaucrat. It'd be nice to have someone in government who has had a real job before.
Oh, I was surfing around Facebook last night, and I found a picture from a baseball game that Madame attended (without me!!!). Check it out. It's Madame and perhaps her future Homeland Security secretary, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Madame put on her corruption fighting cape and called out the Great Opologizer's administration on their ties to Goldman Sachs. Lobbyists, regulators, campaign money. It's dirty stuff!
As we all know, Madame has a history of corruption fighting! She did it Alaska, and it seems she wants to take it to another level. I think this may be a draft for a campaign commercial script! Hmm...
Madame believes in common sense regulations that protect capitalism and Americans, but not that covers the butts of the cronies!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Well, the trial began yesterday, and man, is this bringing back scary flashbacks of the violation to both BOTUS and myself.
Unfortunately, Bristol has been called into to testify since the Popcorn Jerk got ahold of her telephone number. His thoughts on Bristol, " Not my type". That's right, too good for a jerk like you.
We'll see what happen, but I hope the Popcorn Jerk is brought to justice.
Monday, April 19, 2010
BOTUS was on top of things, with a couple of tweets in honor of Trig's birthday. One of them even included a Bible verse! GASP! The softy southpaws won't like that. Another tweet had a cute birthday picture for Trig:
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It's not everyday that you have opportunity to go with your personal heroine to hear your political heroine speak, but Saturday, April 17th was such an opportunity for me, as my mom and I attended Governor Palin's speech in Washington, IL. If I were to say one thing, I would say it was definitely a barn burner of a speech, and in central Illinois, there are a heck of a lot of barns to burn!
To give context to the speech, it took place in Washington, Illinois, a small town of about 13,000 people in central Illinois just outside of Peoria. The town of Eureka, home of Reagan's alma mater, Eureka College, is just a short 10-15 minutes from Washington. The event was a fundraiser for Five Points Washington, the town's community center. Some of the funds raised were also to be used for a scholarship program as well. During the question and answer session following the speech, the Governor mentioned that she chose to speak at this event because she knows what a blessing such community centers bring to a town, referencing the sports complex built in Wasilla when she was mayor.
The topic of the speech was " You Don't Need a Title to Make a Difference" and was the inaugural speech in a series on Lessons from Leaders. In her own signature style, the Governor effectively wove this topic into the speech also highlighting her political platform, record, and worldview, all while truly making the speech applicable and personal to central Illinoisans. She brought up at least three examples of people who made and are making a difference without a title. She began her speech speaking of Trig, who is turning 2 years old today. She spoke of how he may never hold a title, but he wakes up everyday in applause, bringing perspective and joy to those around him. She also spoke of how Reagan saved 77 lives when he worked as a lifeguard on the Rock River in Illinois when he was young, before he had a "title". She had the words "Lifeguards Needed" written on her palm. She also spoke of how we, as Americans, can make a difference without a title through our voice, our vote, and our freedom.
Regarding leadership, she spoke specifically of three former Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan. She spoke about Washington's leadership--how true leaders respect the will and wisdom of the people and often were reluctant leaders who did not seek office, but the office sought them. She spoke of Lincoln's use of his stovepipe hat as a "traveling office" and how if it was good enough for Lincoln to store his notes in his hat, it was good enough for her to use her palm for her notes. She spoke quite a bit about Reagan, calling him a "son of Illinois". She spoke of his politics of both personality and conviction when it came to foreign policy, saying also that America needs his "Midwestern common sense" and "relentless optimism". Governor Palin, in a jab at President Obama, spoke of how a Eureka educated politician plays better in Peoria than a Harvard educated politician. At one point during the speech she stated that the next Lincoln or Reagan may be sitting in the audience. In my head, I thought,"the next Reagan is standing behind the podium!"
On a local level, Governor Palin praised central Illinois for being people who "cling to guns and religion" and who understand what she meant when she says, "don't retreat, reload". Politically, she spoke of how Obama's policies are affecting the region. The construction machine company, Caterpillar, is based out of nearby Peoria and employs quite a few people in the area. Governor Palin spoke of how President Obama came to Peoria last year claiming that the stimulus package would prevent Caterpillar workers from being laid off, which was not the case. She spoke of how the "economically illiterate" health care bill will cost the company $100 million in the first year alone.
More broadly, she spoke of the problems of a quadrupled national deficit, a $3.8 trillion budget, and the "mother of all unfunded mandates": the health care reform bill. Governor Palin criticized the President for bowing to world leaders and alienating allies like Israel.During the question and answer session, she mentioned that the President's comments about America being a military superpower, whether we like it or not was the statement that had taken her most aback of anything during President Obama's administration. However, her political rhetoric was not limited to criticisms, but included a great deal of what she called "time tested" solutions. She spoke of how prosperity cannot be legislated from Washington D.C., but must be earned through hard work ethic and by government getting out of the way. Additionally, she mentioned that more every day people, not politicians, are needed in government.
In sharing such solutions, she was very effective in tying in her record as governor and mayor , highlighting several of the examples that she mentioned in Going Rogue. Specifically, she mentioned how she lowered taxes and improved infrastructure as mayor as part of a pro-business, pro-economic growth strategy. She mentioned the main principles by which she governed Alaska. Government must live within its means. Resource development must be expanded. Money must be saved for the future, and earmarks must be slashed. During the question and answer session, Governor Palin spoke of how important it is that politicians realize that they are spending OPM (other people's money), and she highlighted that she fired of the personal chef and the sold of the jet.
The Governor has an amazing way of connecting with the people with whom she is speaking. After the speech, my mom said, "it was like you were listening to your best friend. She talks to you, not at you." I concur with this statement whole heartedly. Governor Palin spoke with such conviction, sincerity and optimism. I was also struck by how often she used the word "blessed". She seems to see every opportunity and experience as a blessing. I was amazed how focused and personal she made it for the audience she was speaking to by pulling in Reagan's ties to the area and the effects of the Obama administration on a large local employer. It truly was a blessing beyond words to hear America's point guard speak with such optimism and conviction.
So, this begs the age old question. Does Governor Palin play in Peoria? You betcha!
To see more pictures, albeit not high quality, see here.
Crossposted here and here.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Great Opologizer bemoaned America's greatness recently, and you know that Madame wouldn't sit down and shut up about that. She and I went to work. The Softy Southpaws and the LSM thought that Madame was done calling the President out on his foreign policy. She spoke of America's successes and how if American military powers are strong, then our allies would be supported as well. As she did when she was Governor, she called out the President on his cuts to missile defense, as well as his cuts to nuclear defense. As always, the final sentences are best: "Could it be a lack of faith in American exceptionalism? The fact is that America and our allies are safer when we are a dominant military superpower – whether President Obama likes it or not."
That's right, the Commandress-in-chief has spoken, President Obama, whether you like it or not. Madame and BOTUS even gave him 24 hour Twitter warning.
OK, well, LOTUS let me take over the keyboard for a while. Woohoo. I have the opportunity to see Governor Palin speak on Saturday night at 8:15 PM central time, and I hope to do some tweeting from the event. Though I cannot guarantee how much I'll tweet. This will be the first time that I get to hear the Governor speak, and I want to pay close attention. However, you can follow me on Twitter here, if you'd like. --Whitney
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The LSM and RINOish pundits I see spouting around youtube, the blogs, and the news sites as I go surfing all claim that Madame has no ideas or policies, but Madame is focused on 2010 right now. Unless we have the right guys and gals in DC, good policy cannot be implemented.
BOTUS and Madame offered their thoughts.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Well, the LSM is at it again. This time they are up in arms over some of Madame's requests for when she speaks. For one, when we go on a speaking engagement, Madame asks for bendable straws and water bottles! Oh the horrors! I always knew the media grasped at straws when it came to the bosswoman, but now they're doing it literally!
Also, they have become wee-weed up over the fact that when we travel first class or we would like a private jet. Hey, sometimes I need the extra room! I think the LSM is actually more surprised that she doesn't travel on a broom complete with a pointed hat or via a helicopter toting a gun to shoot unsuspecting wolves.
Another day, another nontroversy. Sigh.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Yes, Madame often is sarcastic in her speeches and elsewhere. However, she is often quite serious and pointed when she contributes on Fox, and she balances her sarcasm with substance quite well in her speeches and well as our Facebook posts! This is one area where Madame is not conservative, but moderate-- in her use of sarcasm. However, this author doesn't always seem to get it. Back in the day, before Madame was John McCain's VP pick, Cillizza interviewed Madame. I don't think she expected McAnonymous to pick her at the time, but Cillizza made a mistake when he dissed Alaska, check out Madame's expression at the 2:30ish mark of the video linked here.
Sarcasm rarely plays well in politics -- particularly among the independent voters who typically decide elections. It's why naturally sarcastic pols -- President Obama among them -- largely avoid any wise-cracking in public.
Palin seems to be pursuing a different path -- growing more rather than less sarcastic the longer she spends on the national stage. (Remember that Palin's first ever major speech -- at the 2008 Republican National Convention -- showed glimpses of a sarcastic Palin but by and large was a study in earnestness.)
Palin's sarcasm strategy will almost certainly affirm to some within the party's base that she is their most able combatant against Obama. But, for others -- Republicans and independents alike -- it's likely to sow some doubts about whether she is up to the task of governing if she is elected to the nation's top office.
For Palin to move beyond her comfort zone of Republican base politics and into ground as a serious candidate for president in 2012, she will almost certainly have to significantly scale down the sarcasm in her speeches.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Due in part to the ineptness of the McCain campaign in 2008 and the mischaracterization and flat out lies from the media over the 20 months, Governor Palin's gubernatorial accomplishments are largely either misunderstood or unknown. However, Governor Palin accomplished quite a lot in her 2 and a half years as governor of Alaska. As supporters of the Governor, I thought it might be a good idea to have a handy resource of Palin's gubernatorial accomplishments. This may allow us to correct the record for our friends and family who may still think that the Governor personally shot wolves from a helicopter or cut funding for special needs children. Additionally, while none of us know the Governor's political future, many of us hope that she runs for President. I feel that having something tangible that we can hand out to individuals at GOP events, Tea Parties, other political gatherings, or wherever else to let others know about the Governor's accomplishments will open the eyes of many who are skeptical or uninformed Even many conservatives and Republicans still do not have a firm grasp of what Governor Palin did while in office.
With the wonderful assistance of some of the contributors at The Palination, Conservatives4Palin, The Design Conservative and US4Palin along with other knowledgeable Palin supporters, I have put together a two page (or, ideally, one page double sided) PDF summary of Governor Palin's accomplishments while she was in office. These accomplishments range from energy issues to 10th amendment issues to budgeting and national security. Please go here to download and print or e-mail the document, and please share it as you have opportunity. Should the Governor be a candidate in any future elections, her accomplishments will speak volumes regarding her political abilities and policy chops.
Obviously, one issue that may be raised if the Governor's accomplishments are mentioned is the fact that the Governor resigned halfway through her third year in office. This is a valid criticism. I do think that the Governor has sufficiently justified her decision to step down. Upon announcing her resignation, she said:In the 10 months that have passed, she has not changed her tune. She resigned because she recognized the cost that the frivolous ethics complaints were having on her state, and she saw how much of her staff's time and her own time were forced to deal with those issues. She recognized how much money these unsubstantiated complaints cost her family. She wasn't able to effectively fulfill her role as Governor, so she passed the reins onto someone who didn't have to be concerned that if he sneezed in the Lower 48, an ethics complaint would be thrown at him.
Every one - all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We've won! But it hasn't been cheap - the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to "opposition research" - that's money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers - or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the "politics of personal destruction" ... Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime so they're not going to stop draining public resources - spending other peoples' money in their game.
It's pretty insane - my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with THIS instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more "politics as usual," but THIS isn't what anyone had in mind for ALASKA.
My choice is to take a stand and effect change - not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities - and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.
Additionally, she promised that she would "effect positive change outside of Government", and she has most definitely done that. Through her large and loud social media megaphone, the Governor has written many Facebook posts that have changed the course of debate and have effectively criticized the Obama administration's policies. She has been a champion of the Tea Party movement and the Pro-Life movement and has been a superstar on the stump in the early stages of the 2010 primaries.
The Governor has chosen, at least for the time being, to "effect change outside of Government". However, there have been numerous politicians who have resigned to effect change inside of government. Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Napolitano both resigned their Governors' offices to be part of President Obama's cabinet. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman resigned his gubernatorial position to be an ambassador to China. Secretary Clinton resigned from the Senate to be Secretary of State, and, of course, both our President and Vice President resigned from the Senate to take their positions. Would anybody say that these individuals "quit" on their constituents? I would say likely not. Governor Palin is the same. She has been able to speak more boldly for both Alaska and all Americans for the conservative principles this country was founded on now that she is outside of office and without the concern of a possible ethics violation been thrown at her.
So, I encourage you to please print off the document linked in this post and share it with anyone you feel needs to know more about what Governor Palin has achieved.
Again, a big thanks to all who helped me put this document together!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Who dat?! MADAME 45!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Madame Speaker Michele spoke of smaller, constitutional government and defeating the softy southpaws' agenda. Then, she shared a story about military chaplains that brought a tear to my screen.
Madame, herself, was awesome as usual. It's amazing to see her campaign on behalf of someone whose principles she is fully behind. She spoke of how Madame Speaker Michele has been fighting against Pukelosi's liberalism and how, as a mother of five and a foster mom of 23, Madame Speaker Michele looks at things with a unique perspective.
These two ladies are awesome. That's right, Senator Benedict Arlen, they are ladies. They are the superheroines of the conservative movement. I just can't decide who is Wonder Woman and who is She-ra Princess of Power. Hmmm....
BOTUS was thoughtful enough to help share a tweet about the miners killed in West Virginia.
We are in Minnesota Wednesday to campaign for Madame's P.I.C, Michele Bachmann. It should be good fun, but it might be messy. The thought of this event is enough to make softy southpaws' heads explode all across the country!
I hope you all have sufficient bandwidth because you can catch the event live here.
Monday, April 5, 2010
This one blogger dude has an article about Madame. She is apparently the most powerful name on Algore's creation, the internet. While blogger dude doesn't think that Madame will ever be Madame President (silly dude), he does think that she has a powerful impact in media. Well, what do you think I'm here for, blogger dude?
We are in Vegas tomorrow. I hope that Madame leaves me in the casino while she speaks. I think that all of those hours of internet poker will really pay off!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
For many of us, the arrival of Easter means the arrival of a new season of joy – of Easter parades, Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and sweet Peeps topping off a family meal. Some may wonder why we merrily celebrate at a time when we’re remembering Christ’s crucifixion on the cross. And there is something to that. Good Friday is, after all, about God who became Man, dying on the cross for our sins. And yet we celebrate Easter Sunday, and we are right to do so.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This one verse sums up the miracle that is the Easter season and helps explain the celebration. Yes, Christ died for us, but in the end Easter isn’t a season of sadness. Ultimately, the story of Christ’s rising from the dead three days after the crucifixion is the story of the triumph of hope over despair.
Hope is one of America’s unique virtues. Hope makes us dream and achieve the seemingly impossible. It’s who we are, and it’s why we’re able to always believe that our best days are yet to come, both for our families and for our country. Easter time reminds us that we have every right to believe that this hope is based on time-tested truths and a solid foundation.
On behalf of the Palin family, I wish you all a peaceful and reflective Good Friday and a blessed and happy Easter Sunday.
- Sarah Palin
I have some news for all of you loyal LOTUS readers. I have taken a new job with Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign. Why shouldn't I? He's going to be the next president, right? I will get connect with his more than a quarter million Facebook fans and almost 10,000 Twitter followers! I can't wait! Plus, the President said the other day that Mitt's health care plan in Massachusetts is just like Obamacare, which means he has had a lot of success! He will be so much fun to work with! I just hope he doesn't touch his hair a lot when he types; I don't want to get my keys greasy! However, he is just so smart and sophisticated! He will make an excellent President!
Of course, I'm just joking! Happy Joe Biden day to you all!