Sarah Palin = Class Act, Peace Through Strength and American Pride Vs Enemy Centric Policy

On June 27, I was in the audience for Freedom Fest 2010 and wrote of my experience here. In my blog post, I shared pictures and video of Gov. Palin’s speech. It is unfortunate that others in the audience feel that they were “kicked out” and denied the chance to hear her speech. Governor Palin today posted the key points of her Freedom Fest speech on Facebook:

Earlier this week, I spoke at the Freedom Fest in Norfolk, Virginia; and, evidently, the media was asked to leave – not by me, that’s for sure. I want my message out, so despite reporters making up a story about “Palin people kicking us out” (uh, the “Palin people” entourage would consist of one person – my 15-year-old daughter, Willow – and I have no doubt she could take on any reporter, but I know for certain she didn’t “kick ‘em out” of the event). Anyway, here are some of the key issues I spoke about.

DEFENSE SPENDING

It takes a lot of resources to maintain the best fighting force in the world – especially at a time when we face financial uncertainty and a mountain of debt that threatens all of our futures.

We have a federal government that is spending trillions, and that has nationalized whole sections of our economy: the auto industry, the insurance industry, health care, student loans, the list goes on – all of it at enormous cost to the tax payer. The cost of Obamacare alone is likely to exceed $2.5 trillion dollars.

As a result of all these trillion dollar spending bills, America’s going bust in a hurry. By 2020 we may reach debt levels of $20 trillion – twice the debt that we have today! It reminds me of that joke I read the other day: “Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion!”

Something has to be done urgently to stop the out of control Obama-Reid-Pelosi spending machine, and no government agency should be immune from budget scrutiny. We must make sure, however, that we do nothing to undermine the effectiveness of our military. If we lose wars, if we lose the ability to deter adversaries, if we lose the ability to provide security for ourselves and for our allies, we risk losing all that makes America great! That is a price we cannot afford to pay.

This may be obvious to you and me, but I am not sure the Obama Administration gets it. There isn’t a single progressive pet cause which they haven’t been willing to throw billions at. But when it comes to defense spending, all of a sudden they start preaching a message of “fiscal restraint.” Our Defense Secretary recently stated the “gusher” of defense spending was over and that it was time for the Department of Defense to tighten its belt. There’s a gusher of spending alright, but it’s not on defense. Did you know the US actually only ranks 25th worldwide on defense spending as a percentage of GDP? We spend three times more on entitlements and debt services than we do on defense.

Now don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing wrong with preaching fiscal conservatism. I want the federal government to balance its budget right now! And not the Washington way – which is raising your taxes to pay for their irresponsible spending habits. I want it done the American way: by cutting spending, reducing the size of government, and letting people keep more of their hard-earned cash.

But the Obama administration doesn’t practice what it preaches. This is an administration that won’t produce a budget for fear that we discover how reckless they’ve been as fiscal managers. At the same time, it threatens to veto a defense bill because of an extra jet engine!

This administration may be willing to cut defense spending, but it’s increasing it everywhere else. I think we should do it the other way round: cut spending in other departments – apart from defense. We should not be cutting corners on our national security.

THE U.S. NAVY

Secretary Gates recently spoke about the future of the US Navy. He said we have to “ask whether the nation can really afford a Navy that relies on $3 to $6 billion destroyers, $7 billion submarines, and $11 billion carriers.” He went on to ask, “Do we really need… more strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one?”

Well, my answer is pretty simple: Yes, we can and, yes, we do because we must. Our Navy has global responsibilities. It patrols sea lanes and safeguards the freedoms of our allies – and ourselves. The Navy right now only has 286 ships, and that number may decrease. That will limit our options, extend tours for Navy personnel, lessen our ability to secure our allies and deter our adversaries. The Obama administration seems strangely unconcerned about this prospect.

OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY INHERITANCE

When George W. Bush came into office, he inherited a military that had been cut deeply, an al Qaeda that had been unchallenged, and an approach to terrorism that focused on bringing court cases rather than destroying those who sought to destroy us. We saw the result of some of that on 9/11.

When President Obama came into office, he inherited a military that was winning in Iraq. He inherited loyal allies and strong alliances. And thanks to the lamestream media pawing and purring over him, he had the benefit of unparalleled global popularity. What an advantage! So their basic foreign policy outlines should have been clear. Commit to the War on Terror. Commit to winning – not ending, but winning the war in Afghanistan. Commit to the fight against violent Islamic extremism wherever it finds sanctuary. Work with our allies. Be resolute with our adversaries. Promote liberty, not least because it enhances our security. Unfortunately, these basic principles seem to have been discarded by Washington.

THE WAR ON TERROR

His administration has banned the phrase “war on terror,” preferring instead politically correct nonsense like “overseas contingency operations.” His Homeland Security Secretary calls acts of terrorism “man-caused disasters.” His reckless plan to close Guantanamo (because there’s no place to go after it’s closed) faces bipartisan opposition now.

The Attorney General just announced that a decision about where to try terrorists like 9/11 master mind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would not be announced until after the mid-term elections. Is there something he’s afraid to tell us?

The President’s new National Security Strategy does not even use the word “Islamic” when referring to violent extremism. Does he think the ideology of those who seek to kill Americans is irrelevant? How can we seek to defeat an enemy if we don’t acknowledge what motivates them and what their ultimate goals are? President Obama may think he is being politically correct by dropping the term, but it flies in the face of reality. As Senator Joe Lieberman noted, refusing to use the word Islamic when describing the nature of the threat we face is “Orwellian and counterproductive.”

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, it is true that President Obama approved deploying additional forces to the conflict – most, but not all the troops requested by commanders on the ground. But it took months of indecision to get to that point, and it came at a very high price – a July 2011 date to begin withdrawal.

This date was arbitrary! It bears no relation to conditions on the ground. It sends all the wrong signals to our friends and to our enemies. We know our commanders on the ground are not comfortable with it.

As that great Navy war hero, Senator John McCain recently put it: “The decision to begin withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan arbitrarily in July 2011 seems to be having exactly the effect that many of us predicted it would: It is convincing the key actors inside and outside of Afghanistan that the United States is more interested in leaving than succeeding in this conflict.”

Does the President really believe the Taliban and al Qaeda won’t be empowered by his naming of a starting date for withdrawal? They now believe they can beat him simply by outlasting us. What sort of effect does he think this will have on the morale of our troops – and of our allies?

ALIENATING OUR ALLIES

It’s not the only area where the Obama administration has failed our allies. They escalated a minor zoning issue in Jerusalem into a major dispute with our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel. They treated the Israeli Prime Minister shabbily in Washington. When a Turkish sponsored flotilla threatened to violate a legal Israeli blockade of Hamas-run Gaza, the Obama Administration was silent. When Israeli commandos were assaulted as they sought to prevent unmonitored cargoes from being delivered to Hams terrorists, the Obama Administration sent signals it might allow a UN investigation into the matter – an investigation that would be sure to condemn our ally Israel and bemoan the plight of Hamas. Loyal NATO allies in central Europe were undermined by the cancellation of a missile defense program with virtually no warning. At the same time, Russia and China are given preferential treatment, while remaining silent on their human rights violations.

CODDLING ADVERSARIES

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes. They shake hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez, send letters to the Iranian mullahs and envoys to North Korea, ease sanctions on Cuba and talk about doing the same with Burma. That’s when they’re not on one of their worldwide apology tours.

Do we get anything in return for all this bowing and apologizing? No, we don’t. Yes, Russia voted for a weak sanctions resolution on Iran, but it immediately stated it could sell advanced anti-aircraft missile to Iran anyway, and would not end its nuclear cooperation. In response to North Korea’s unprovoked sinking of a South Korean Navy ship, China warned us not to take part in military exercises with our ally.

And while President Obama lets America get pushed around by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are left to wonder about the value of an alliance with the U.S. They have to be wondering if it’s worth it.

AN “ENEMY-CENTRIC” FOREIGN POLICY

It has led one prominent Czech official to call Obama’s foreign policy “enemy-centric.” And this “enemy-centric” approach has real consequences. It not only baffles our allies, it worries them. When coupled with less defense spending, it signals to the world that maybe we can no longer be counted on, and that we have other priorities than being the world leader that keeps the peace and provides security in Europe, in Asia and throughout the world.

Together with this enemy-centric foreign policy, we see a lessening of the long, bipartisan tradition of speaking out for human rights and democracy. The Secretary of State said she would not raise human rights with China because “we pretty much know what they are going to say.” Democracy promotion programs have been cut. Support for the brave Iranians protesting their government was not forthcoming because President Obama would rather try to cut a deal with their oppressors.

When the world’s dictators see the United States unconcerned with human rights and political freedom, they breathe a sigh of relief, because they know they have a free hand to repress their own people.

This goes against the very ideals on which our republic was founded. There is a long bipartisan tradition of speaking out in favor of freedom – from FDR to Ronald Reagan. America loses something very important when its President consigns human rights and freedom to the back burner of its international priorities.

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF AMERICA

We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and in victory sought not one inch of territory or one dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, though exhausted by conflict, still laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against an evil ideology in the Cold War? Does he just sees a country that has to be apologized for around the world, especially to dictators?

President Obama actually seems reluctant to even embrace American power. Earlier this year when he was asked about his faltering Middle East peace process, he said “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” Whether we like it or not?! Really? Mr. President, this may come as news to you, but most Americans actually do like it. And so do our allies. They know it was our military might that liberated countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. Yes, we do like it. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom and kept authoritarian powers in check.

It is in America’s and the world’s best interests for our country to remain the dominant military superpower, but under President Obama’s leadership that dominance may be slipping away. It’s the result of an agenda that reeks of complacency and defeatism.

(I went on from there to talk about our need to end the negative, defeatist attitudes of those in leadership. I spoke further on American exceptionalism, and Willow and I ended a great evening with some great patriots. Sorry the media chose to report anything other than what actually happened at the event.)

– Sarah Palin

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Sarah Rocked the House in Norfolk Virginia

I was lucky enough to win two tickets to Freedom Fest 2010 on the Steve Batton show. Yesterday, my dad and I got to spend 2.5 hours listening to Lee Greenwood, Col. Oliver North, Sen. George Allen, Bishop Jackson, Jay Sakulow, and …Gov. Sarah Palin. It was one event filled night. When we got to the Ted Constant Center at Old Dominion University there were some protesters…by some I mean like, 10! Here are some picturesI took of the protesters:

WHen one guy realized I was taking pictures, he hid behind his sign. By the looks of his sign, he is the one who doesn’t read much. It has been proven time ever time that Sarah Palin did not ban books!

Here are a few pictures of the outside of the event.

As you can see…we are having a heat wave here!

Once inside, we were greeted by a table filled with items for a silent auction. There were autographed pictures of President Reagan, Gov. Palin, and Pres. and Mrs. Bush (43). There were too many items to photograph so here are the two I chose to share.

The program was packed full of great speakers and good music. We were entertained by Lee Greenwood with a playlist of patriotic songs including “God Bless America” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” Below is a video I shot of Lee Greenwood performing “God Bless America”

The program:

The music set the tone for the rest of the night. Lee Greenwood was very moving and the crowd loved him. Many were even signing along. I was impressed by all of the speakers that followed. Bishop Jackson was powerful and inspirational. He spoke of the liberal goal of division of country versus unity. I loved it when he said “it took my people days and weeks to reach this country but today there are planes that can take you right out…if you don’t love this country, get out.” Here is Bishop Jackson. Bishop Jackson is the president of STAND – Staying True to America’s National Destiny. Please view Bishop Jackson’s website to find out about STAND and read about the Bishop.

Next was Col. Oliver North. He shared with us a rare video of the work our troops do to fight terror at home and overseas. Col. North spoke of the courage and drive it takes to be a member of the greatest military on Earth.

I could go on and on about each speaker, however, I will keep it short. The highlight of the night and the most inspirational was of course Sarah Palin. I was able to video her speech. I did have some technical difficulty and missed a few seconds of the speech here and there. Below is Gov. Palin’s speech in three parts.

As you can see Sarah rocked the house! She was amazing. She hit back and she hit back hard. She is standing up for all of us who believe this country is on the wrong track. As she said in her speech, Washington D.C. is not listening and we need a change in administration. She understands the importance of a strong, fully funded military. She understands that we must shore up our allies and not tear them down. She understands that we ARE fighting a war of terror not man-made disasters. Most of all Sarah Palin understands that America IS exceptional!

Here are some pictures of Gov. Palin at Freedom Fest 2010:





After her speech, Gov. Palin answered questions from Steve Batton. During the question and answer period, the topic of Sarah’s red shoes came up. I was able to video a part of her answer in which she was calling out the media that if all they get out of her speech was that she was wearing red shoes it would show their motivation! Here is the part I was able to video:

Has it all really come to this?

I have been making the rounds to other conservative blogs today. The common topic today is the issue of Sarah Palin’s hair. Has it really come down to this? It makes me sad to see that the media has sunk so low as to make up, or lie, about what is or is not happening with Sarah Palin’s hair. This issue just cements how far some of the so called journalist will go just to include Sarah’s name in a story. They all known that any article that mentions Sarah Palin’s name will receive hits on the web.

Now instead of reporting the facts, they are resorting to “myth media”, making it all up as they go along. I can see why the average person, who does not have time to search the web and research the truth, could be hooked by this type of reporting. Everyone loves a good drama as long as it is happening to someone else. But what the majority of the public does not understand is that we are all part of that drama… it is on TV, in print, on the web. It is up to us to research the facts now because it is clear that the media is not going to do it. We have to be the voice of reason, the voice of restraint, the voice of our children. What I fear most is losing control of our government to the point that we create a monster that can no longer be controlled and then we leave it for the next generation to deal with.

In 2009, we should not fear for the future of our children. We should be celebrating our status as a world power in which our products and our currency are valued by others. Instead, we are talking about government funded abortions and telling our senior citizens that they are not worth our help, i.e. they should learn to embrace the aging process rather than receive health care due to the expense. I fear that my kids won’t have the same opportunities that I do now. I fear for my soon to be 16 old son because he has decided to serve in the military. I am proud of his decision but I fear for his safety as our Congress votes not to fully fund our military.

It is difficult to discuss today’s political environment with my kids. They don’t understand why we can’t go out and buy things like we used to, they don’t understand why their grandparents are always upset and talking about health care, and they don’t full understand why our government that was created to help us is taxing us and them to the point that our standard of living is being decreased. How can I explained it to them when I don’t fully understand it myself? All of this is what should be on the front pages of the news media, not whether or not Sarah Palin’s hair is thinning! (By the way, if you look at any of the recent pictures or video anyone can see that her hair is just fine!) Instead of focusing on myths we need to focus on the real issues that are hurting us. We can’t allow Congress to pass another bill WITHOUT reading it. Those who do, must be voted out. We have to stand together and stand up.