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Friday, December 05, 2008

THE source of our problems...

In pondering the economic situation and political manipulations going on around it, I was reminded of something Carl Jung once said,"The source of all neurosis is the avoidance of legitimate pain."

Dr. Gerald Mann had his own explanation of this in America,

"I think we are disillusioned because we have lived for many years with an illusion. Disillusionment, as I often say, is always the child of illusionment. We had this illusion that we could have the Great Society and the Great Frontier and that we could use the government programs to solve everything.

All of our saviors have let us down. Education and money hasn't really brought us the sort of inward peace that we want, so I think there is a massive disillusionment in the country because we based it on an illusion. We are the first generation in history that has expected life to be happy. We are the first generation that expects to have the ultimate marriage, the ultimate job, the ultimate religion, no problems, and we are setting ourselves up for great angst when we do that."

Absolutely brilliant analysis in my never so humble opinion. It's not a slam of education or success, just the realization that life is much deeper and bigger, and we put our selves at great risk when we fail to realize that.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Craving a Little Positive Economic News

UPDATE 1-US mortgage applications post largest gain ever | Reuters

All is not bad. I always complain about the negative slant on the news, so I have to give Reuters kudos for publishing this report.

It's important to understand things are never as bad or as good as reported. This provides a little more positivity on top of the good news on Black Friday.

Audacity of recount gives Franken hope

Minnesota Model - The Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com

I think there are still some ballots in Hillary's trunk - no, the one in her limo...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Depression? Recession? Is it hopeless?

Amity Shlaes: Home

In a prior blog post, I highlight Amity Schlaes and her speech at the Foundation for Economic Education. In light of today's economic environment, I pickup up and re-read her book, "The Forgotten Man". It pays to be able to put current conditions in historical perspective, and that book is one of THE best resources for perspective on the Great Depression. Check out her site AND my old post - good meaty stuff for the times.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Ridiculous Cultural Destruction

Ho, ho, nope! FGCU to limit holiday decor | news-press.com | The News-Press

No Christmas decorations in any common grounds allowed on this Florida College campus!

Call President William Bradshaw and let him know what a ridiculous decision he has made. May seem remote and unimportant, but we must begin fighting at every occurrence of the cultural homicide taking place in our colleges.

I called this morning and they seemed a little taken aback. We need to shut down their phone system. We've got very small portions of our population hijacking our country because they are VERY noisy. We need to do the same in defense. It's no longer a question of voting or not, or being informed or not. It's a question of remaining vigilant and active all the time.

Of course you always want to take the high road: be courteous, positive and professional, but let 'em know how you feel.

Call 800 - 590-FGCU (3428), ask for the Presidents Office and let your voice be heard!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Time to get back to work,,,

I've got lots of opinions and thoughts about America and the election last night, but I've got work to do. I'll get back to it later today.

In the mean time - God Bless America and it's new President.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

President Obama - History is made...

President Elect Obama deserves a chance to prove himself and do right by America. He has a terribly difficult job ahead. I will support him when appropriate and criticize when necessary.

I am glad that instead of the juvenile behavior of the Clinton Administration during the transition to Bush's first term, we will have an orderly and cooperative transfer of power. Somehow I don't see the Bush administration removing all the O's on the computer keyboards in the White House.

That said I am prepared for battle. A civil battle. A non-violent battle certainly. But a real battle none-the-less. We must not let our guard down. Our disappointment must not weaken our resolve. Obamas policies as presented during his campaign ARE anti-American. We cannot sit by and allow those to be implemented without a fight.

Lets' not loose focus. Our families, our businesses and our communities come first. But if we do not gird ourselves against the entitlement mentality and the Statist power grabs we become even more divorced from the qualities that make America and Americans great and less likely ever to find our way back.

I do feel sorry for our military, our coal and other energy industries. I feel sorry for those making a living on the Internet and Conservative radio and TV. I feel sorry for those who ask questions and don't tow the "PC" line, they will be targets as Joe the Plumber has become. I feel sorry for those in the entertainment industry that backed McCain - I think the backlash is going to be tremendous.

I know this though. I will fight with every effort I can muster to be even more successful and happy than before. I will not use this disappointment as a reason to fold up. I will ask questions. I will be "un-PC". I will stand up for my rights and express my opinions. I will do all this because this is America, and I am an American, and God gave me the right to do so!

Mid-election night thoughts...

At about 7:30PM Pacific time most of the pundits and networks are pretty confidently predicting that Obama will be the next President. In fact they are doing a post mortem on the McCain campaign right now on Fox. I like Fox, but would love to have them eat crow later tonight!

I still am not convinced that it is over, but must admit thanks to Michael Barone's great explanation of exit polling and election returns algorithms, that it doesn't look good.

I have learned that experts are notoriously inaccurate when it come to predicting the future, so we will see. I am not giving up yet.

I can't help but begin to think about a post-election America with Obama as President, and what we will be called upon to do. You think this campaign was grueling? We will need to be prepared to for the fight of our lives against a stacked deck with the fairness doctrine, taxes, hyper-regulation, Military disarmament and international capitulation being the Democrats main ammunition. You think the bail out was out of control? You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

Are you prepared for battle? I am. We'll need to be armed well with facts, commitment, strength and most importantly persuasiveness. We live in the MTV era. Rock star politicians are a requirement now whether you are a Republican or Democrat. To be an effective leader you need knowledge, experience and integrity. To get elected you need charm. Clinton hinted at how important it was to become, but Obama takes it to another level. We have one rock star candidate in Sarah Palin, but need a few more. A hip, 40 year old Ronaldus Magnus would fit the bill.

As is always the case with me, the more the chips are down, the more energized I become. Whether McCain loses tonight or not, I am ready to rock and roll. It's going to take a lot more than a Socialist hangover from the '60's to put a damper on my American dream!

The liberals love to talk about non-partisanship, tolerance and diversity, but be prepared for a very ugly "politically correct" campaign to try to stomp out the last flickering flames of Conservative expression. The cultural icons will do everything within their power to continue to move the political "center" to the left, and marginalize or destroy those who don't go along for the ride. Look at what they tried to do to Joe the Plumber, a man with the audacity to ask a question of Obama the American Press could not or would not.

If you want to know what we are in for, study Saul Alinsky. You will be looking at the owners manual for American politics and culture for at least the next 4 years, if not the next 20.

But... it ain't over until it's over, so let's hope we can do it with an ally in the White House.

Up to the minutes voting stats

Our Vote Live

Check out the problems as they are reported at the ourvotelive.org website. Built by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, it is providing at least one way of keeping track of voter issues nationwide.

Problems run from the silly and trivial, like not receiving a sample ballot in the mail; to serious such as voting machine failure and possible voter intimidation.

Internal McCain memo about exit poll inaccuracy...


The official McCain campaign stance on exit polling.

Another enlightened Elitist...

Jonathan Martin's Blog: Professor ousted after tearing down McCain yard signs - Politico.com

I hate to see anyone lose their job, but this tolerant diversity defender may have deserved it.

Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!

'nuff said!

TheHill.com - Schumer on Fox: Fairness Doctrine ‘fair and balanced’

TheHill.com - Schumer on Fox: Fairness Doctrine ‘fair and balanced’

More Liberal Constitutional atomic bombs. We're going to get hammered, if we don't set these guys straight.

I'll be off the Internet and off the air...

More out of control Republicans!

Political Blogs, Conservative Blogging, Republican Bloggers, The Politics Blogspot: Townhall.com

Who do these Republicans think they are anyway? Imagine expecting to monitor elections in Philly. And the courts are in on the conspiracy...

Toledo Police Brace for Republican chaos

Toledo Police Brace for Possible Civil Unrest : News : WNWO NBC24

Those darned mean,hateful, bigotted Republicans are at it again. Riots expected in Ohio if Obama wins.

Oh, wait, are they talking about Republicans?

Hillary Clinton Talks In The Polling Station

Looks like she's with in the 75ft limit to me. Wonder what will be done?

Data doesn't equal information and information doesn't equal knowledge...

The Corner on National Review Online

And ignorance is death, at least for the MSM.

First exit polls out in minutes....

Don't fall for the exit polls about to come out in about 4 minutes. They are historically proven horribly inaccurate. I think they may be even more inaccurate this election with all the manipulation going on.

I must admit I will enjoy it if they show McCain ahead, but wouldn't bank on it. If they show Obama ahead by less than 10 points, I will feel even better. Both of the prior 2 Presidential elections were predicted to be double digit Gore and Kerry victories by the exit polls.

Just vote, behave and whatever the outcome, vow to be more politically informed, active, happy and prosperous in 2009 than ever before. Vote freedom first!

Heres' the latest on voter intimidation...

What can I say? Thugs, gangsters and Socialists. That's how it starts...

Black Panthers Imtimidation on Video

Here's the truth about voting in our society now. Freedom liberty and nightsticks!

I wish someone would have tried that with me today. I would have taken his nightstick and put him on the ground, politely.

Another Dem all about the Redistribution of Wealth!

We no longer have the Republican and Democratic parties. We have the Democratic (old Republican) and Socialist (old Democratic) parties. What a shame.

He uses the class envy and warfare thing to make his outrageous plans sound reasonable. It doesn't work! Exxon and some of the other corporations have had a good year, so he uses that to encourage envy. He fails to mention that Exxon paid over 32 billion dollars in taxes and gave away millions more in hurricane relief efforts. Their taxes were a third more in 08 in 07!

Wake up America. It can't get much more obvious as to what their plan is. Between the Supreme Court, Obama, Pelosi, Clinton, Kennedy, Shumer, Jim Moran and the rest of them, we don't have a chance to retain our property rights. Do you realize that confiscation of the results of our labor is slavery!

Black Panthers carry nightsticks to polls

PoliGazette » Voter Fraud Reported in Philadelphia

Black Panthers are intimidating voters in the City of Brotherly Love. One was quoted as saying that "a Black man will win this election, one way or another!" We can't let them win, we must remain vigilant and strong and refuse to be intimated by no one.

We are in a cultural civil war. We cannot wilt in the fire. The tougher they get the tougher we must be. McCain's campaign has set up a voter fraud hot line so you can report incidents such as these. It's 1-866-976-vote. Our cultural enemies count on us being too busy to make noise, so we gotta do it!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Palin didn't violate ethics law, 2nd probe finds - CNN.com

Palin didn't violate ethics law, 2nd probe finds - CNN.com

At least they got the story out before the election. You wonder how publicized this will be. Imagine wanting to fire a guy on the State Police who threatened your Dad with death and tasered his 10 year old son. What an incredible thing to do huh? Typical of a mean, bigoted Republican...

Obama's grandmother dies in Hawaii | National | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Obama's grandmother dies in Hawaii | National | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

My sincerest condolences to the Obama family upon the death his grandmother. My prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Obama Wants to Bankrupt Coal Industry - Interview with San Francisco Chronicle

A must see. View it and weep....

This guy is an environmentalist wacko. Plain and clear; in his own words. Is he serious and thoughtful enough to be our President?

Nuclear Waste Safety Truth...

Obama has said that he is in favor of nuclear power only when we have the knowledge of how to deal with it safely. Here's a video of a successful waste transportation test that proves we new in 1984 how to deal with nuclear waste safely.

Come on folks, let's get over "The China Syndrome". I have been swimming in the ocean for years. Jaws was just a movie and so was "The China Syndrome". Get over it and deal with facts, not fantasy.

Mason-Dixon Poll Contradicts Conventional Wisdom

Context on those Mason-Dixon polls... - First Read - msnbc.com

McCain may have a chance tomorrow. At least according to the results of this poll. Beyond this poll, I believe there are dynamics involved that make a McCain victory possible, even likely.

I think many people who have been polled have been intimidated into saying they are for Obama because of the incredible "PC" cultural pressure (they don't want to be called racist). Then there are those who are leaning toward Obama because it just feels good to be a part of history, in spite of lingering doubts about his peers, past, and policies. I believe many of these people will ultimately vote for McCain when the time comes to punch a chad and make the choice for real.

Tough to beat your opponents AND the refs!

FOXNews.com - WSJ: Voter Fraud Lawyers Support Obama - America's Election HQ

My eyes have been opened over the last couple of elections just how much the Federal bureaucracy is in the tank for left wing candidates and office holders. We are rapidly approaching critical mass that will insure that no-one other than left wingers will hold office again. Think about the stacked media, the Dept. of Justice, the State Dept., etc. It's a wonder anyone from the center or right has been elected for the last 15 years or so.

Check out the transcripts and video, and call the White House and your Congressperson. Tell 'em we need fair elections and to send out the voting fraud prosecutors ,we are not a 3rd World country!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

McCain-Khalidi ties exposed!

News Releases - IRI Statement Regarding Work with Palestinians

Here's the official story on McCain's connection to Rashid Khalidi. Wish Obama and the LA Times would be as open...

LA Times Glaring Hypocrisy

The Same LA Times That Sued to Open Jack Ryan's (Divorce) Files Covers for Obama

I had forgotten about this story. Further proof that the LA Times commitment to integrity and fair play may be primarily connected to it's political interests.

During Obama's 2004 Senate race in Chicago, they sued to have his Republicans opponent's sealed divorce court records released. I think they should do the same now. Sue their source, or their management to have the video released. Can you sue yourself?

What's good for the Democrat is good for the Republican. That's fair, right?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LA Times is an organization of integrity...

McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of 'suppressing' Obama video - Los Angeles Times

The LA Times has refused to make public a video of Obama at a function praising Rhashid Khalidi. Their rationale according to this story, is the commitment it made to the source to keep it in confidence. Sounds good right? What a strong, committed, values based newspaper.

My question is this: Why accept the video, if it cannot be used? What purpose does it serve? Just puts the paper in a potentially compromised position. I wouldn't take it, unless I intended to make the decision after viewing it, and it really wasn't a question of a commitment to confidence.

Would the LA Times make a similar decision if soldiers lives were at stake and a story needed to be suppressed? What do you think?

The Times is in the tank for Obama just like 95% of the rest of the MSM. I hope I'm wrong, but I've seen no reason to believe otherwise.

The matter could actually hurt Obama, because the imagination of the public is likely to be much worse than the real tape. If it's so bad it cannot be released, it must be REALLY bad!

I'd like the LA Times to use the same sort of discretion that it would with matters of national security and release the tape. It's not like we really believe it's such a high integrity journalistic source anyway. Their credibility is shattered by their reporting everyday.

Pilgrim's Perspective on our Economy, Politics and Modern Life.

Mourt's Relation Or Journal of the ... - Google Book Search

As often happens with me I begin thinking about an issue and end up way out in left field on a seemingly unrelated topic.

I started pondering today's economic crisis, Obama's and McCain's histories and campaigns, and the world's military and political situation. I ended up on "Mourt's Relation" and studying the Pilgrim's arrival and survival at Plymouth. The result of the unbridled chaos of the Doctor's mind.

What I found was an amazing story of the first failure of Socialism in the New World, an incredibly faithful people, and a strong community completely incapable of whining and victim hood. We would not be here if it were any other way. I am proud to be descended from that community.

Please read it. The language makes it interesting, if a little difficult to read, but there's much to learn. The basic concerns of man haven't changed much in 400 years. Spirituality, family, community, prosperity, justice and liberty. The struggle for the balance of power and freedom. The allocation of truly scarce resources. The tension of real world chaos and religious idealism. And the absolute necessity of integrity and character in leadership.

It really put our current situation in perspective for me. What a beautiful world, great country, wonderful people, and merciful God. We are truly blessed! Let's not forget it...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ugly questions are what we want to know...

Political Radar: Biden Blasts TV Anchor for 'Ugly' Questions

God bless Barbara West of WFTV in Orlando. I've never heard of her before, but I am impressed. She asked questions that I have been craving to hear someone in the MSM ask for months! Bill O'Rielly didn't even have the guts to ask these questions.

Of course Biden's gone nuts about how ugly the questions are. He inaccurately said the reporter called Obama Marx. We have to expect that. One of the few times in the entire campaign someone asks an important well informed question, and Biden goes ape.

It's a good sign! All is not lost! Thank you Barbara West!

My prescription for modern politics

The Law By Frederic Bastiat | Foundation for Economic Education

Before you ever vote again for any office, read this pamphlet. Written over 100years ago by a Frenchman, I have never read a more accurate, clear, common sense explanation of what Government should and shouldn't be.

I found this accidentally while looking at a friends desk, and asked if I could read it. It was one of the most fortuitous coincidences in my life. Those who read and understand the concepts in this pamphlet, may be more qualified to sit on the supreme court than most justices there now.

While it isn't law in this country as the Constitution is, I believe it may be as important for people to study if not more so. The brilliance is in the simplicity and clarity of the basics of human conduct, interaction, rights and lawfulness.

No matter who you vote for - do us both a favor and read this first. Then buy a bunch and hand them out to everyone you meet.

Obama,Marx and Mason

Classical Marxism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In doing my research about Obama and his history, values and resume, I have had to revisit Karl Marx. He is often misunderstood and misquoted and I don't want to do that. Marxisms fundamental tenets are the equalization of the classes and using class envy to manipulate the people to revolt. Economists and other Marxist scholars obfuscate Marxism trying to explain the economic dynamics and legitimize the slavery that Marxism is, but it doesn't change the fundamentals of that philosophy: "we are being exploited by those outside my class and race, so we will give everything to my leaders to help them make those exploiters pay". So we pay for envy with slavery!

Interesting that race and class battles are the extent of Obama's understanding of human progress, much like Marx. He cleans up his rhetoric by calling Socialism, "opportunity" to confuse the issue and minimize concern over his Marxist roots, but it's undeniable nonetheless.

The fundamental misunderstanding by Marx and Obama is that "class struggle" lens distorts their understanding of economics, history and humanity. They don't recognize the human traits that create those exploiters apply to them, and combined with centralized power makes them particularly tragic and effective exploiters. History has shown this without exception. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Chavez. They sterilized their economies, created epidemic poverty and dependence and murdered millions of their own. They completely disregard Lord Acton's famous proclamation,"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Because it is messy, redistributors are unable to understand the "hidden hand" effects of economic feedback by those free to choose transactions based on their own personal preferences. Rather than eliminating the effects of race and class unfairness, both Marx and Obama exploit race and class to further the power of the elite. Rather than having a fair and equitable distribution of rewards and success based on merit among the strata of human capabilities and competence, all the people are poorly rewarded for mediocrity by arbitrary policies set forth by the ruling elite class. It's why free markets work so well, power is not centralized and bad people and products tend to eventually go away because coercion cannot be employed in the consumers decision making process.

The results are in! Centralized control, confiscation of wealth and redistribution of that wealth do not work regardless of the leaders' charm, eloquence, intelligence or intentions.

As the great "Ronaldus Magnus" once said, "Communism works in only 2 places: in heaven, where they don't need it, and in hell where they already have it".

It won't work here either, where it's unconstitutional and we don't want it!

THE facts about the origin of our financial crisis

ToTheCenter - News: Freddie, Fannie & the Congressional hearings

This is a great compilation of facts that names names in the development of the completely avoidable current financial crisis. If there's anything more troubling than the Governments complete lack of responsibility, it's the mainstream media's complicity in the cover up.

I believe the demise of the traditional media is more due to their customers increasing awareness of their complete untrustworthiness, than anything else. Yes, the Internet has a lot to do with it, but is it because they are the Internet, or because it's the only place, other than talk radio and Fox News you can get an honest look at the facts like this?

No matter what happens economically and politically in the next couple of weeks, we will need to be on guard. The Fairness Doctrine is on the way. If we are not diligent on that, the best we may be able to hope for is a little glasnost and perestroika a few decades from now. In the meantime I will continue my ongoing samizdat.

Joe the Plumber vs the Governments!

The Columbus Dispatch : Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber

One of the facts we don't often consider is that many of the employees and officials in Governments across the nation is - they are Obamanites. They will remain so even if John McCain wins the presidency.

Many are unable or unwilling to adhere to longstanding laws and traditions that prevent use and indeed misuse of Government time, resources and power in politics and elections. Many of us Nobamas already feel intimidated in to at least keeping our mouth shut when it comes to this election (obviously not me!). It's one of the reasons that I think the polls are so inaccurate, and believe the election may not be so lopsided as we now think.

It will only get worse! If Obama wins, they will feel a legitimized in their tactics, and escalate. If he loses, there will be such outrage that they will escalate because the election was obviously stolen. BE PREPARED! Be steeled and resist the temptation to retaliate. We will win because we are generally more committed to our values, and we must deal with whatever the Obamanites do with the same lofty strength.

We will either win in spite of our sleepiness, or lose because of it. In any case we will be awakened to the realities of the uncivil cultural and political civil war in America. Arm yourself with the information, history and personal strength necessary to hold your head up, fight the good fight and defeat these anti-American Americans. Rest assured they will do ANYTHING necessary to imtimidate you into keeping your mouth shut. Don't let them succeed. Whether we win or lose this election, we are in for a fight like no other since the Civil War.

Collectivism, Marxism and Obama- in his own words...

YouTube - Obama 2001 Chicago radio interview exposes socialist views

It is becoming VERY clear that Obama is all about socialism. For the main stream media to ignore this exposes their incredibly blatant bias.

We MUST do the work to inform ourselves and not fall for the Utopian presentation of the MSM or the Muslim terrorist ideas of the whacked far right.

My research right now is all about complete interviews of Obama, because it doesn't get filtered to fit a reporters agenda. It's all about Obama's own words, and right now, it's ALL about Socialism...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Think your 401k's been hit hard lately?


Congress is looking at taking it away! 5 years ago I would have thought this story was right wing wackery, but in fact it's left wing wackery. And true!

The ambitious plans for more socialist programs are on the rise as Democrats in all segments of our Governments eagerly anticipate an Obama victory.

This plan looks to help you deal with the recent losses in value nearly all of us have experienced in our 401k's by taking them from us. That's right. Congressional oversight was a complete failure in the mortgage and investment markets, so now they are going to take our 401k's and destroy those as well.

Don't take my word for it, check out the story and judge for yourself. We really need to let these guys and gals know, in no uncertain terms, that we will not sit still for the increased confiscation of the fruits of our efforts. That is slavery!

YouTube - 1995 Obama Bizarre, Race Baiting Interview Found! HE MUST SAVE BLACKS SO HE CAN BE SAVED.

YouTube - 1995 Obama Bizarre, Race Baiting Interview Found! HE MUST SAVE BLACKS SO HE CAN BE SAVED.

I am so sick of this guy's bigotry! He may have a twisted perspective of what America is, but he is using it as a way to foment envy, hatred and unrest. Typical Marxist political manipulation.

We need to do everything we can to get the truth out and help people not fall for the worn out cliche's of '60's revolutionaries. Most of us are no longer 18, stupid, drunk, or trippin' on LSD, so hopefully he won't be able to continue to get away with it.

You have to get a look at this. It will get your blood boiling. His bigotry and greed in his own words, on camera. It can't be spun.

The Coming OBAMA Spending Explosion...

www.dcexaminer.com >> Opinion
Scathing opinion piece in the DC Examiner

I voted for Jimmy Carter and was a victim of his economic and international policies. What a price ALL of America paid!

Obama's plans make Carter look positively Conservative. This guy is Carter's destructive pandering on steroids. What an incredibly foolish lack of understanding about economics. Read it and VOTE!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Palin's future, according to Garrison Keillor

Palin's future, according to Garrison Keillor

Some Americans inability to understand Obama's history is incredible. I first became acquainted with the depth of some people's capacity for denial in AA. It was not fun to be confronted with my own bravo sierra, and I think Garrison Keilor may have more than his share of that character flaw as well.

I don't care if you honestly believe it's unimportant, but the charges of Republican conspiracy to make up the facts is just obnoxious. Then to demean Palin as just "clueless", is typical of the liberals attitude that minorities should get a break, just not Republican ones. Pretty mean spirited and bigoted.

I used to be a liberal. I used to enjoy the meanness, too. It was kind of fun even. I could justify it because the Republicans were such bad hateful people. How'd I know? All my friends and the media said so.

Unfortunately, my bubble was burst when Carter blew America up, and I began getting out in the world and meeting nice, caring, successful Conservatives. I would like to recommend that Garrison get out and meet some good old Conservative Americans. It's much more difficult to hate those people when they are REAL people and not dehumanized characters. Sarah Palin is much nicer, brighter, and sophisticated than you think. The ease with which you discard and marginalize with the cliched charges of stupidity and meanness only exposes those qualities in you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McCain's False Claims On Bill Ayers, False Claims By The GOP Nominee About The Former Weather Underground Leader Tied To Obama - CBS News

McCain's False Claims On Bill Ayers, False Claims By The GOP Nominee About The Former Weather Underground Leader Tied To Obama - CBS News

CBS needs to get off the DNC payroll. The facts prove Ayers and Obama ran in the same same circles to the point that he launched his political career in his living room. You don't choose a stranger or acquaintance for that. You choose a close political ally that you can count on. For Obama, that was Ayers!

If indeed Obama didn't know any of Ayers background or didn't care, or didn't know it mattered he's not sharp enough to be my President. Period.

I wish CBS had the spine to stop covering up for Obama. The media and journalistic fauning over Obama is their ruin. They wonder why no one takes them serious anymore. Dan Rather was not the only shill.

ACORN Election Fraud? That's peanuts!

www.dcexaminer.com >> Opinion

We must insist on the FEC looking into Obama's campaign contributors. Here's a report on the details of one particularly bizarre contributor...

The campaign is saying they are again victims. When is this guy going to get a spine and stop playing the victim games? This guy is the king of slickly avoiding responsibility. Look at all of his "present" votes. Can't just vote yes or no.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Secret Service are going to be VERY busy

Secret Service visits Lufkin woman after 'death threat' allegation from an Obama campaign volunteer

I don't know what to think about this. Seems some overwrought Obama volunteer got a little out of hand. Perhaps she mistook her victims statement about babies dying to mean Obama. I don't know, but VERY scary nonetheless.

Obama's head in the sand yet again

McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie - HUMAN EVENTS

You MUST read this letter and note the names signed at the bottom, and the absence of other names.

Facts and documents do matter. Hopefully the MSM will begin to pick up on this. We live in VERY serious times. We don't need Marxist street rabble-rouser as the next President.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The myth of Corporate taxation

Does increased corporate taxation really level the tax playing field?

One of the big issues in this Presidential election is taxation. It has been in every election in my lifetime. Depending on the economic conditions at the time, it's more of an issue than others. So it's a particularly hot issue now.

Many believe that tax policy can be ethically and effectively used to correct economic conditions and benefit certain segments of the economy or populace. Obviously if you tax one person more than another you benefit the lower taxed individual. If you give tax revenues to one person and not the other, then that person is benefited as well. You could potentially double the benefit by reducing or eliminating taxes AND using tax revenues for rebates or additional entitlements to certain segments of the population.

As important as correct Constitutional and ethical tax code implementation is, I'm not going to argue the appropriateness of those sorts of policies. I do want to analyze one particular tax policy that has gained in popularity as we approach this election. That is increased corporate taxes.

Many believe that increased Corporate taxation benefits the "people" and that Corporate tax breaks unfairly punish the "people" who don't get those breaks. At first blush that may appear to be true, but we must look a little deeper into the flow of income and expenses in business and an economy to accurately understand how corporate tax policy works.

Taxes first must be understood as a "cost". Whether it's fuel, steel, labor, or taxes any increase or decrease in the costs of creating a product generally results in an increase or decrease in the price of that product to the consumer. Occasionally the retail price doesn't directly correlate to the change in costs depending on other market conditions such as profit margin, competition or other factors. But generally it does.

Costs go up - prices go up. Costs go down - prices go down. Makes sense right? Who pays an increased price and who benefits from a reduced price? The "people"! So an increased corporate tax is a VERY poorly veiled increase in "tax" to the "people".

Turns out that a politician that is using a corporate tax hike proposal to try to persuade you to vote for him is either an utter fool, or thinks you are one.

So... which is it?

The Great Depression II? There's still time to learn the lesson

Videos | Foundation for Economic Education

In my last post I asked you to learn a little about the great Depression. This is a great start, a speech by Amity Shlaes at a FEE event. She does a great job of disassembling the Marxist spin of FDR and the Depression.

Fee is a very important non-profit organization. They are all about Economic education, but I'd like to see them do a better job of educating the masses. I recommend a membership. We get enough every day folk and we can redirect their efforts to more grassroots economic education.

Economic education is one of THE most important weapons in fighting the propaganda war I also mentioned in my last post. The Libs/Socialists have skewed the scale so far to the left, and are so effective at class envy and manipulating "history" that until we correct the average Americans understanding of it, we don't have a lot of hope.

Here's to Amity Shlaes and hope...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Those critical of Obama's past miss the point

I am glad to see more attention being paid to Obama's past and his mentors and friends. You can tell a lot about a man by his friends.

But I think we miss an even more important problem with Ayers, Wright, Davis, Pflaeger et al. What are these guys doing running churches? Running Multi-Million dollar foundations? Teaching our children? Accepting tax dollars in payment for spreading their propaganda and their criminal deeds? Why are they not fired, ostrasized, imprisoned, defeated, destroyed? They have vowed to destroy me and my country! And remain unrepentant to this day!

Those of you still in childish infatuation with the sterilized, romanticized version of '60's activism are the problem. You make outlandish allowances in the name of some undefined higher purpose that absolves these people and others like them of any responsibility for their murderous, destructive, culture mutilating behaviour.

Many Americans have become aware of your well intentioned but fatal flaw. Not fatal to you personally, but to the health of our nation, our economy, our soldiers and our children. We have vowed to fight tooth and nail. The threat of being ostracized by the media won't keep us from our duty. The threat of violence and rioting should Obama loose will not keep us from our duty. We will do everything legal and moral in our power to defeat the '60's Marxist ideology you're trying to forcefeed us.

You see, we have learned from you that noise works. Unlike you we don't need to be violent, destructive or dishonest. Just unceasingly active in the propaganda war we find ourselves in. We no longer beleive that hard work, minding our own business and being as good a person as we know how is good enough. We have to stand up, say what's on our minds, let the press demean us, politicians marginalize us and Marxist revolutionaries take pot-shots at us and just keep coming.

You have taught us well. Thank you!

"Oversight" is the answer! Yeah right...

Everyone is talking about "oversight" being necessary in every aspect of financial markets, real estate, Wall Street, etc. I want to know who is going to provide oversight of our Government, politicians and Press. If there is anything we've learned from this situation it's that no one can be trusted in that role. No one!

It is tempting to lament that reality, and fantasize about the good old days, but I'm not sure that it has ever been the proper role of Government, bureaucrats, politicians or pseudo-governmental agencies to oversee the free market.

Tort law exists to allow those have been wronged in contractual business to remedy that wrong. The courts are one of the primary responsibilities of Government, along with the Legislative role to create the common sense protective legislation that make up tort law. My experience is that any Government has it's hands full with those responsibilities. Additional regulatory responsibilities only introduce more political manipulations, distortions, and corruption. Regardless who is in power. The problem is not necessarily political party, but the nature of humanity.

The illusion of effective Governmental oversight actually exacerbates the problem, because those who would be protected assume they are, become less attentive and diligent, and are victimized twice. Once by those originally exploitative and then again by those in the protective position unable to honestly, effectively prevent that exploitation.

I am not an anarchist. I am not recommending the abolition of law enforcement, either. I believe we have become, whiny, risk averse, gullible and irresponsible and want the nanny state to make everything positive, risk-proof, safe and profitable. It isn't going to happen. Not on this Earth.

Some of the best organizations to provide consumer guidance, information and protection are organizations like the BBB, Underwriters Laboratory and Consumer Union. They are not perfect either, but do a much better job of providing accurate, non-political and fair information. They happen to be private organizations. No coincidence in my opinion.

Let's grow up, pay attention, take care of ourselves and tell the bureaucrats, politicians and media to take a hike. They are ALL to blame for our current economic and political crisis. Of course, no more than we are by allowing it to happen.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

So this is what "Community Organizer" means

Inside Obama’s Acorn by Stanley Kurtz on National Review Online

This is a very informative article. Level headed and open ended. The article just scratches the surface and asks a few important questions. The Acorn connection may be more important than the Ayers and Wright connections. Why the mainstream media won't do their due diligence is shocking.

'60's Marxist ideology cleaned up to be more palatable, with all the destructive results. So now we know what "change" means. This is a must read!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Old Story, Once Ignored, Predicted Our Current Democrat Caused Crisis

The New York Times > Business > Chief Is Ousted at Fannie Mae Under Pressure

Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Barry Obama and other Democrats are presenting the idea that the Bush administration is responsible for the current economic crisis very effectively with the help of the media arm of the DNC (the Main Stream Media). I've known for a long time just how dishonest politicians can be, but their current hubris is breathtaking. They are truly audacious in their dishonesty!

The level of willful ignorance on the part of many Americans enamored with Barry Obama risks a depression and global political instability that will be historic. I have felt for some time that we are living in times very similar to those prior to WWII. While the time scale is stretched, it is eerily similar. I never expected it could continue to get worse with the possibility of an economic depression.

Those who believe that it's all the Republicans fault will have no safety from the horrible effects of Democratic economic and military policy. Your willful ignorance will not protect you. The Media's lopsided reports will make you feel better, just as they do now, but the facts will not change. We may have to have a 3rd World War to get over it. I'm sure if that were to happen the Republicans would be responsible for that as well. What an incredible shame.

Please take the time to look into FDR's policies during the Great Depression. You will find that most of Europe recovered from the crash of 1929 in about 3 years. FDR lengthened the Depression by 15 years and the American stock market didn't truly recover until 1954!

Look into the recent history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It is a litany of liberal socialist policies proven wrong by Democratic insiders that ran them, and the Democratic Congressional overseers insisting in implementing risky lending practices. The mainstream media continues to ignore it.

It is painful, but have the courage to learn the facts as they are, not as we are fed by an equally corrupt media and educational system (also coincidentally run by Unions and Democrats). In the long run it will do your heart good, and you may contribute to the avoidance of the greatest global catastrophe in about 80 years.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Obama's Economic Advisors Destroy Mortagage Institutions and Profit

FOXNews.com - Barack Obama's Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Connection - John Gibson Radio

I had heard some time ago that a couple of high ranking Obama economic advisors were former recent managers at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I was unable to find out names until I read this article by John Gibson. I hear that Jamie Gorelick was involved too, even after her involvement in the 9/11 Commision investigating and clearing herself. She and the rest of the commission covered up her creating a wall against communication between those agencies charged with investigating and protecting us from terror.

Ironic that for years the Libs and mainstream media have been pounding on Rumsfeld, Cheney and others over imagined Halliburton and oil company ties, all the while the real snakes in the grass were Libs and DNC operatives and had infested FreddieMac and Fannie Mae. Really underscores the incestuous nature of liberal politics, corrupt corporate finance, buruecratic incompetence and media bias.

So much for reforming the culture of corruption. All I can do is encourage us all to let 'em have it. Don't vote for them, and clog the email servers and phone exchanges letting them know just how fed up we are!

Tennesse Democrat's Son Subject of Palin Email Hack Investigation

Kernell mum on allegations son hacked into Palin’s e-mail : Election News : Knoxville News Sentinel

A Tennessee state rep's son may be involved in the hack of Sarah Palin's email, and I am ecstatic! I don't know for sure that this is the case, as officials will not provide details, and the facts are not fully available. But we do know that the Feds are looking into this guy at the request of the FBI's office in Alaska.

While the hacking of her account, and the ramifications on our political system are devastating; the facts seeing the light of day is historic. Even if that process is an incremental one. There is tremendous political influence being exerted by the behavior of the opposing sides, and many voters are revisiting their political loyalties based on the outrageous behavior of those mostly on the left. It's why I can no longer be a Democrat.

Keep it up guys, we won't be able to win this election without you. Your rabid, unethical, dishonest and illegal ploys have entrapped you. You are betraying yourselves in your evil exuberance. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Slate's Foolish Genius

The numbers don't lie: Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans. - By Michael Kinsley - Slate Magazine

I have commented on articles like this before. The Democrats completely disassemble the CIA in the '70's and it's GW's fault our intelligence is bad. They decimate the American Armed Forces in the '90's as the result of Reagan defeat of the Soviet Union in an immature, fantasy program called the "peace dividend"; and it's Bush's fault we don't have an effective military when we need it. Bush is slammed for an imbalanced budget in large part caused by the need to rebuild it and Rumsfeld was evil incarnate for telling the truth about "going to war with the Army we have".

Here we have a fella Michael Kinsley that actually believes the trick is to get Democrats in office like Jimmy Carter. The fact that it took almost one full term of the Reagan presidency to get things turned around economically is ignored. Admittedly Carter suffered, as did Ford by the incredibly misguided socialist policies of the Nixon administration, but he just floundered in navel-gazing weakness and uncertainty.

The fact that we are now having such trouble in the mortgage/insurance/financial segment of the economy directly relates to legislation that was approved by Congress and signed into law by Clinton in 1999. The immature perception that those kinds of mistakes reveal themselves instantly is complete flummery.

President Bush is making decisions now that we will reap the results of sometimes in the next 5 years. Unfortunately the Democrats will probably win the election, take responsibility for the brilliance and enact all the stuff necessary to destroy the progress and set the table for blame of the next Republican Administration.

The politicians on both sides of the isle need to take responsibility for the enormous pressure that resulted in a massive informal program to lend money to people that couldn't pay it back. When attacked and threatened for allegedly redlining (racist loan practices), they got the message. Who wants t0 be dragged before Congress to testify, to get pilloried in the media by those who have no clue about real life and no interest in the truth. Loans were made in areas that couldn't support them with property value, to people who couldn't support them by repaying, and as always, the taxpayers are left holding the bag. The Republicans are demonized for allowing it to happen, and the Liberal Congress just goes right along never accepting responsibility or ever being questioned.

We need to haul Congress up before a committee of of the people and have their incredibly dishonest, irresponsible politics exposed. I know Rangle and Shumer are beginning to feel some heat, but we need to go for their throats. I have had enough! Haven't you?

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Gibson Guide to the Bush Doctrine

Bush Doctrine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I thought Gibson's unwillingness to put his question to Sarah Palin about the Bush doctrine in context was clearly an attempt at "gottcha" journalism (my apologies to all you real journalist out there). It's backfiring, so we will see more hysterical behavior from the PR branches of the DNC (MSNBC, ABC, CBS, et al) as they continue to flail and sink in there own propagandist quicksand.

This article on Wikipedia, while obviously not authoritative, it makes clear, just how UNclear the term is. Very good references too. Shame on you MR. Gibson.

The Truth about the Gibson/Palin Interview on ABC

Here they go again! Check out Charlie Gibson's UNEDITED interview with Sarah Palin on Sept 11, 2008. I'm not even going to comment, just take a little time to read this, then tell me how it changes your impression...

NOTE: The bolded and underlined portions were edited out of the broadcast by ABC.

GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say “I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?”

PALIN: I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I’m ready.

GIBSON: And you didn’t say to yourself, “Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I — will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?”

PALIN: I didn’t hesitate, no.

GIBSON: Didn’t that take some hubris?

PALIN: I — I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink.

So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.

GIBSON: But this is not just reforming a government. This is also running a government on the huge international stage in a very dangerous world. When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?

PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

GIBSON: I know. I’m just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.

PALIN: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.

GIBSON: Did you ever travel outside the country prior to your trip to Kuwait and Germany last year?

PALIN: Canada, Mexico, and then, yes, that trip, that was the trip of a lifetime to visit our troops in Kuwait and stop and visit our injured soldiers in Germany. That was the trip of a lifetime and it changed my life.

GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

PALIN: Right.

GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

PALIN: Right, right.

GIBSON: I’m talking about somebody who’s a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?

PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we’ve got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state … these last couple of weeks … it has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.

GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Sarah Palin on Russia:

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.

Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but…

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

Sarah Palin on Iran and Israel:

GIBSON: Let me turn to Iran. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel?

PALIN: I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes.

GIBSON: So what should we do about a nuclear Iran? John McCain said the only thing worse than a war with Iran would be a nuclear Iran. John Abizaid said we may have to live with a nuclear Iran. Who’s right?

PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

GIBSON: But, Governor, we’ve threatened greater sanctions against Iran for a long time. It hasn’t done any good. It hasn’t stemmed their nuclear program.

PALIN: We need to pursue those and we need to implement those. We cannot back off. We cannot just concede that, oh, gee, maybe they’re going to have nuclear weapons, what can we do about it. No way, not Americans. We do not have to stand for that.

GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn’t second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don’t think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

GIBSON: We talk on the anniversary of 9/11. Why do you think those hijackers attacked? Why did they want to hurt us?

PALIN: You know, there is a very small percentage of Islamic believers who are extreme and they are violent and they do not believe in American ideals, and they attacked us and now we are at a point here seven years later, on the anniversary, in this post-9/11 world, where we’re able to commit to never again. They see that the only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have instilled in us, because we’re a democratic, we are a free, and we are a free-thinking society.

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His world view.

GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.

PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that’s the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?

PALIN: I agree that a president’s job, when they swear in their oath to uphold our Constitution, their top priority is to defend the United States of America.

I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.

GIBSON: Do we have a right to anticipatory self-defense? Do we have a right to make a preemptive strike again another country if we feel that country might strike us?

PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

GIBSON: Do we have the right to be making cross-border attacks into Pakistan from Afghanistan, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?

PALIN: Now, as for our right to invade, we’re going to work with these countries, building new relationships, working with existing allies, but forging new, also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not going to be a first option. In fact, war has got to be, a military strike, a last option.

GIBSON: But, Governor, I’m asking you: We have the right, in your mind, to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government.

PALIN: In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes and we must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target.

GIBSON: And let me finish with this. I got lost in a blizzard of words there. Is that a yes? That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?

PALIN: I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table.

Sarah Palin on God:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words.

But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.

That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie. And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It’s an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie, today is the day that I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.

GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln’s words, but you went on and said, “There is a plan and it is God’s plan.”

PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That, in my world view, is a grand — the grand plan.

GIBSON: But then are you sending your son on a task that is from God?

PALIN: I don’t know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer.