July 14, 2009
Thanks again for The Dispatch, a fine paper that allows freedom of speech (one of our most sacred rights) of both the left and right.
Re: Kathleen Parker''s article "A League of Her Own"
Yes, you are absolutely correct in this idea. Sarah Palin (I still have two Palin campaign signs in my yard and will keep them there as she leads us out of this encroaching governmental tyranny.) is a courageous Christian patriot that God has called for these dangerous "Last Days."
I have great respect for her and her precious family. When I think of her, I think of other great leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and General Douglas McArthur.
Yes, as she said in her speech, why do the enemies of America want to destroy her? As she was quoted in your article, she is for 1. smaller government 2. national security 3. freedom. In essence, she is for God and country.
In our "enlightened society" we cannot keep fighting Sarah. We love you. Millions and millions are looking to you as our leader. I thank God for you.
P.S. to Dispatch Readers. We had 1,200 Patriots at the July 4th Tupelo Tea Party Rally.
JC commented at 7/14/2009 1:24:00 PM:
As a Democrat I wholeheartedly endorse Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee in 2012.
KJ commented at 7/14/2009 1:26:00 PM:
Sarah Palin embodies the maxim: say nothing and people might think you're stupid; open your mouth and they will know for a fact that you're stupid. Sarah Palin can barely open her mouth without either telling a lie or saying something incoherent or, more often, both. That said, I pray my little agnostic prayers daily that Sarah Palin secure the GOP nominee in 2012. Sarah Palin is God's own gift to rational government in these United States. Just, not in the manner she or her flock think that she is.
CJ commented at 7/15/2009 10:29:00 PM:
Sarah is like a box of chocolates. Run Sarah Run.
CJ commented at 7/15/2009 10:33:00 PM:
Sarah is like a box of chocolates. Run Sarah Run.
CJ commented at 7/15/2009 10:33:00 PM:
Sarah is like a box of chocolates. Run Sarah Run.
observer 2 commented at 7/20/2009 10:44:00 AM:
All one has to do is remember the election of 08 when McCain/Palin won Columbus and the whole state of MS to know Palin is going to do well if she does decide to be a candidate in 2010 or 2012. KC -- Does your rule of thumb reguarding opening one's mouth apply to you too?? Let's take a poll of all the people who read your comments , ok. Probably would be an eye opener for you. For instance- you say you are agnostic in one sentence and you speak of God in the next one. Is it possible that you, JC and that Pope fellow are one in the same?
KJ commented at 7/21/2009 3:43:00 PM:
"Do well?" I suppose she will do well, relative to Columbus and perhaps in the state, and possibly even the south. But nationally I think people will discover her to be an even bigger disadvantage atop the ticket than she was as a VP. Go ahead and set up that poll. I doubt it would be an eye opener for me. I've been called stupid by folks demonstrably smarter than you. And no, it's not possible JC, that Pope fellow and I are the same person. It's possible that you might decide to draw that conclusion, but it would in fact be the wrong conclusion.
JC commented at 7/21/2009 9:30:00 PM:
I, on the other hand, am that Pope fellow.
Joseph Alois Ratzinger
Observer 1 commented at 7/21/2009 10:48:00 PM:
Good reading from people close to Gov. Palin.
Obama's White House is Falling Down
By Daniel Greenfield Thursday, June 11, 2009
In the sixth month of his presidency, Obama has turned an economic downturn into an economic disaster, taking over and trashing entire companies, and driving the nation deep into deficit spending expected to pass 10 trillion dollars.
Abroad, Obama seems to have no other mode except to continue on with his endless campaign, confusing speechmaking with diplomacy. It is natural enough that Obama, who built his entire campaign on high profile public speeches reported on by an adoring press, understands how to do nothing else but that.
Ego driven photo op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries
While the press is still chewing over Obama's Cairo speech, this celebrity style coverage ignores the fact that Obama's endless world tour is not actually accomplishing anything. Instead his combination of ego driven photo op appearances and clueless treatment of foreign dignitaries have alienated many of America's traditional allies. Those who aren't being quietly angry at Obama, like Brown, Merkel or Netanyahu, instead think of him as an absurdly lightweight, as Sarkozy, King Abdullah or Putin do.
While his officials carry out their dirty economic deeds, Obama responds to any and every crisis as if it were a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musical, with a cry of, "Let's put on a show." Thus far Obama has put on "shows" across America, Europe and the Middle East. And what the adoring media coverage neglects to cover, is that Obama's shows have solved absolutely nothing. They have served only as high profile entertainment.
Neither alienating America's traditional allies, through a combination of arrogant bullying and ignorance, nor appeasing America's enemies, has yielded any actual results. Nor does it seem likely to. Islamic terrorism is not going anywhere, neither are the nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran. While Obama keeps smiling, the global situation keeps growing more grim.
At home, if Obama was elected as depression era entertainment, the charm of his smiles and his constant appearances on magazine covers appear to be wearing thin on the American public. Despite the shrill attacks on Rush Limbaugh or the Republican Enemy of the Weak-- the Democratic party of 2009, is polling a lot like the Republican party of 2008. The Democrats have suddenly become the incumbents, and the only accomplishment they can point to is lavish deficit spending, often on behalf of the very same corporations and causes they once postured against.
The European Union Parliament's swing to the right cannot be credited to Obama, though doubtlessly some European voters seeing socialist economic crisis management on display in the world's richest country decided they wanted none of it, but it is part of a general turning against federalism. And Obama's entire program is dependent on heavily entrenching federalism at the expense of individual and state's rights. Yet that is precisely his achilles heel with independent voters who are polling against more taxes and expanded government. And no amount of speeches by Obama can wish away his (over 30) czars or the national debt he has foisted on generation after generation of the American people.
That leaves Obama with a choice between socialism and the independent voter. And thus far he has chosen socialism.
Obama's tactic of hijacking Bush Administration era policies on the economy and the War on Terror, and exploiting them as trojan horses to promote his own agenda, have left him coping with a backlash from his own party, as well as general Republican opposition.
His Czars are meant to function as the bones in an executive infrastructure accountable to no one, but a lack of accountability isn't just another word for tyranny, but for incompetence. A functional chain of command is accountable at multiple levels if it is to function effectively. Obama's White House by contrast is in a state of over-organized chaos, the sort of organized disorganization that undisciplined egotistical leftists naturally create for themselves, complete with multiple overlapping levels of authority and no one in charge but the man at the top, who's too busy doing other things to actually be in charge.
Dennis Blair as National Intelligence Czar, who collaborated with the Muslim genocide of Christians in East Timor, trying to muscle out the CIA to create his own intelligence network, is typical of the kind of chaos being spawned by every chief in an expanding government bureaucracy working to make sure that all the Indians answer to him. Similarly the National Security Council wrestling with the State Department, highlighted by Samantha Power getting her own specially created NSC position to butt heads with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, illustrates the state of conflict and chaos in American foreign affairs. The state of chaos is so pervasive that incompetence has now become commonplace, and no one can even be found to double check the spelling of a Russian word that is meant to be the theme of America's diplomatic reconstruction with Russia, or to pick out a gift for the visiting British Prime Minister.
The death of Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW
Meanwhile on the economy, Obama exploited the ongoing bailouts, transforming them from bailouts into takeovers meant to shift the balance of power in what had been a democracy and socially engineer not only corporations, but the lives of ordinary Americans. But the public's patience with corporate bailouts is at an end, most Americans were never happy with them to begin with, and want them to end. The death of Chrysler at the hands of Fiat and the UAW might look like a victory in the union ranks, but it doesn't play too well outside Detroit. And tacking on CAFE standards that will kill the pickup truck and the SUV will badly erode Obama in the swing states, if exploited properly in 2010 and 2012. Despite the constant media barrage, orchestrated out of the White House, the public is growing disenchanted with the performance of Obama and the Democrats.
With unemployment booming and the economy dropping, the jobs aren't there and the spending is out of control. Republicans today are polling better on ethics and the economy, than the Democrats are. That shows a trend which is likely to register in the mid-term elections in 2010, in the same way that the EU parliamentary elections served as a shock to the system.
In the opposition, Republicans are free to embrace the rhetoric of change, to champion reform and push libertarian ideas about the size and scope of government. In turn all Obama has is his celebrity-fueled media-spectacle world tour, a charade now serving as a parallel to the depression era entertainment that functioned as escapism in a dour time. But before long, it may be Obama that the American public will want to escape from.
A shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur who is in over his head
Obama has tried to play Lincoln, Reagan, JFK and FDR-- but in the end he can only play himself, a shallow, manipulative and egotistical amateur who is in over his head, and trying to drag the country down with him. Obama's White House is falling down and while the flashbulbs are still glittering and the parties are going on in D.C. and around the world, Obama and the Democratic Congress may be headed for a recession
KJ commented at 7/22/2009 12:28:00 PM:
"deficit spending expected to pass 10 trillion dollars"
So, the people close to Palin also can't distinguish between a deficit and a debt. Nice.
observer 1 commented at 7/22/2009 5:52:00 PM:
More folk who like the Governor but not as close by as Canada to her.
The Brits see right through Obama & are not afraid to say so. It's too bad that the media in the U.S. is just part of Obama's cheerleading squad, with just a few exceptions.
Gerald Warner of the UK writes:
If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter,whose approval rating was way higher than Obama's at after 6 months.
Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.
That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley , Virginia to try to reassure a demoralized CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda..
"Don't be discouraged by what's happened the last few weeks," he told intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them - or would do so, if they had not already been outlawed.
So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers...
President Pantywaist's recent world tour, cozying up to all the bad guys, excited the ambitions of America 's enemies. Here, they realized, is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?
KJ commented at 7/23/2009 1:57:00 PM:
More torture apology from the right. Nice job. Bush spent 7 years dismantling our Constitution and the fundamentalist right is committed to finishing the job of turning the U.S. into something resembling Orwell's vision in "1984." So much for your Judeo-Christian values. How many people did Jesus torture again? I keep forgetting.
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