Category Archives: Palin

Voting for candidates and being their cheerleaders

It has occurred to me that this post is not as clear as it could be.

By “support” I’m referring to cheerful promotion, to advocating a candidate as on “our side” etc.

File this under Another Problem With Democracy.  Everyone says that we’re supposed to be realistic.  We’re supposed to not be perfectionists.  Blah, blah, blah.  One might think that such exhortations mean that we are supposed to keep our heads about us and, well, be realistic and not be perfectionists.  I’m sure many do mean that.

But for some it seems to mean the opposite and worse.  It means that we should take a look at a list of realistic candidates, without demanding perfection…. and then jump head-first into the fantasy world in which this candidate, chosen so realistically, is now the perfect messiah, the Good Guy, the Champion of Right.

I have to confess that I really liked the ant-Bush attitude that in the first few years of this century because I thought it would end this sort of thing.  I thought people’s anger at the Bush regime was a cynicism and opposition to politics.  But it wasn’t.  Demonizing Bush was simply an urge to find a fresh, young, god to control The Machinery Of Heaven.  And even now, when we have even less excuse for our war than before, and even more fiscal insanity (exponentially more) than before, Obama continues to be worshiped and professing Christians decorate the bodies of their young children with his beautific face on their clothing.


It is all pagan worship and it is all headed toward human sacrifice.  The first sacrifice is one’s own brain, and the rest follows naturally and more literally.

I never thought I would say this so soon, but Bush’s sins aren’t an excuse anymore.

Anyway, saying I can’t “support” someone doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t worth voting for.  It just means there is not much to get excited about.  Which, in our modern political context, virtually makes you part of the opposition.

Not going to support Palin anymore, but I still think she is impressive

This is all over the blogosphere already.  I didn’t bother to track down the original source.

By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. (As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin) :

The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it…It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.

1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while you’re thinking, I’ll continue.

2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES”. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork”. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning—I imagine—that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.

By the way, she was content to to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.

I think all this is probably true and is objectively impressive.  I get tired of people not admitting what prodigies the Palins are.  That said, I’ve come to doubt how much she would do for the pro-life cause and have reached the point where I can’t hope anymore that she will outgrow her jingoistic warmongering. (Of course, rejecting the jingoism doesn’t mean a person isn’t committed to international murder; witness Obama).

Would she be the preferable option to vote for if I bother to go to the voting booth?  Sure.  But I’m tired of having to support people just because it makes sense, in an insane hostage situation, to vote for them.  I’ve outgrown my Stockholm syndrome.

Another manufactured accusation against Palin bites the dust

A judge ruled Wednesday that the Alaska governor’s office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin sometimes did.

Superior Court Judge Jack W. Smith said in his ruling that there is no provision in Alaska state law that prohibits the use of private e-mail accounts when conducting state business.

via The Associated Press: Judge rules in Palin e-mail case.

The next governor will know better than to become a player in the lower 48

First, expect fewer ethics complaints. Some Alaskans made a cause out of filing complaints against Gov. Palin and then trumpeting them for all who would listen — a violation of state law. Several of those complaints had merit. Most squandered time, money and trust in the public process. It’s unlikely Gov. Parnell will be the kind of lightning rod for obsessive attacks that Gov. Palin was.

via Our view: Palin out, Parnell up: ADN Editorial |

Palin as Governor

Palin came to office with some specific goals, some of which she has accomplished outright, others which she has advanced appreciably along the spectrum from inception to completion. The Petroleum Profits Tax revisions were passed in time to help Alaskans reap unprecedented financial gains from our most marketable natural resource, and also in the wake of an ethics scandal that caused some Alaskans to doubt the fundamental integrity of state government.

Read the rest: Palin was successful in her time as governor – Juneau Empire.

I think Libs have convinced themselves that if Palin doesn’t believe in human-caused global warming, it must be true.

“Yes, she manages to write about the climate change action in Congress without ever mentioning the reason we are doing this in the first place,” Mr. Kerry wrote. “It’s like complaining about the cost of repairing a roof without factoring in the leaks destroying your home.”

via Kerry Spars With Palin Over Climate – Green Inc. Blog –

Because it isn’t true, Kerry.  Palin’s silence is less significant than your refusing to mention you want the world to to be forced into permanant third-world poverty in order to get the average global temperature in 2050 to (maybe and, in my opinion, unlikely) get half a degree lower.