Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Tale of Two Ladies: The Fallacy of Interchangeability

One of the more annoying memes to arrive in this political season is the narrative that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are effectively interchangeable. This notion is based on the identity politics of the Democrat Party, and has no business and no proper role in the Republican party, or in the larger conservative movement, where it seems, in some quarters to have taken root. Identity politics concerns itself primarily with the race, sex, and other personal attributes, breaking us up into groups. This theory cynically implies the belief that a woman will get best representation from a woman, and an African-American will get best representation from another African-American, and that our entire political structure can be dominated by groupings based on identity of both voters and candidates. This atavistic tribalism serves no American well, because it seeks most of all to divide and conquer.

Consider the current group of Republican candidates, both announced and speculative. Among them, you will find a black man, a number of white men, and two women. Notice that in this description, I have de-individualized them all, because by identifying them by their various group attributes, I've neglected the vast differences among individuals. Who among us really believes that Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul are interchangeable? Who among us thinks Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are just two differing manifestations of the same characteristics? Examined this way, it is a preposterous conclusion to draw, yet this is the sort of fallacy to which identity politics leads. The Republican Party has traditionally rejected this sort of false equivalency in its candidate selection. When I recently read, but not for the first time, that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann were essentially 'interchangeable', I was livid. This malignant form of identity politics must be excised from our body politic. It has no place in conservative thinking. I then made a more shocking discovery: I had begun to fall for it, too. In the name of restoring individualism, let us then examine these two very capable candidates, not on the basis of their similarities, and not on the basis of their various group attributes, but on the basis of something far more important: Their individual characters, their individual accomplishments, their individual records, and their unique individual virtues for the job that is the Presidency.

Michele Bachmann has an accomplished record as a small-government conservative, and while her history in politics is relatively short, entering elective politics in 2000, it's no less lengthy than Barack Obama's when he initiated his run for the Presidency. It would be fair to say that in some ways, her political career mirrors his, with the noted exception that she has not been in the habit of voting 'present.' She ran for a state legislative position, and then moved up almost immediately to the federal level. Contrast this with Sarah Palin, who began at the lowest levels of local politics, and who in subsequent elections moved from the City Council of Wasilla, Alaska, and eventually all the way up to the governorship. Along the way, she served two terms as the Mayor of Wasilla, and as a commissioner on the state's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. This is a substantially different path from Bachmann's, because it starts out in the basement of local politics and arrives as the Governor's office of Alaska, a statewide office. In politics, it is not all so difficult to win an office from a particular district made up of people with similar concerns, but it is much more difficult to win a state-wide election or national office because there are so many competing interests. More, with the extraordinarily powerful oil industry in the state of Alaska, Palin was able to overcome a money deficit and win anyway. For those who argue that money equates to electoral victory, this may serve to demonstrate the proposition that she has a powerful interaction with voters that trumps the normal influence of big money.

Both ladies are TEA Party patriots, active in that grass-roots movement. Both candidates show consistent support for reducing the size of government, limiting taxes, and defending our nation against current and would-be aggressors. In 2010, however, while Bachmann focused on earning re-election in a competitive district at home in Minnesota, Sarah Palin, not then serving in any elective office, toured the country supporting TEA Party candidates, and helped usher in a new wave of conservatives into the House of Representatives. This was particular notable in Florida, a perennial battleground state, and this has raised some eyebrows at the Whitehouse. The Republican leadership had shown no particular vision, and Sarah Palin lead them to rally for victory. Marco Rubio, a strong conservative from Florida, overcame strong opponents riding this wave of grass-roots activism. Allen West, in his second attempt to secure a House seat, also in Florida, won in a stunning rebuke to the big-spenders in DC. Mrs. Palin helped to energize the Republican base, and the TEA Party, to get out and support these promising new conservative candidates. While their efforts have been tireless, they are vastly outnumbered in DC by the Democrats and establishment Republican types, and the Republican leadership in DC has been sorely unprepared to lead. With a strong leader of a similar mindset in place, perhaps the outcome would be different and we would see the 2010 elections begin to bear more fruit.

Both women are advocates of reducing the scale and reach of government through effective trimming of the budget, but only one of these two has actually done it. At present, there is a great deal of support, generally, for cutting wasteful federal spending, but this is under the duress of a budget crisis and debt crisis from which Congress and the President cannot easily avert their attentions. In this environment, Bachmann has been a strong proponent of cutting spending and reforming what remains in order to control federal spending. Contrast this against Palin's service as governor, in which she actually eliminated wasteful spending in time of surplus. This is a much more difficult chore, because every advocate will point out to the besieged politician that the money is there. "We have it! Let's spend it!" This tendency of government to spend as much money as it has, right down to the penny, is corrosive. For a politician to actually impose fiscal discipline, not merely in bad times that demand it, but also in good times, is something of a novelty in American politics. This distinction makes Sarah Palin the clear champion of responsible government, in bad times, but also in good times.

Some people like to point out Bachmann's education and experience as a tax attorney, while Palin's education is in communications. While it is true that on the surface, Representative Bachmann's educational credentials seem more substantial, there is something worth noting about the nature of that education: To be a tax attorney is to be a professional in an arena created and propagated by big government. If our tax system was not so thoroughly corrupted and complex by design, what good would Mrs. Bachmann's education be? If the United States were to radically reform it system of taxation, what value would her degree then hold? In point of fact, Bachmann's degree exists to serve the established paradigm in Washington, DC. By contrast, Sarah Palin's degree is in communications. In leading the nation, will it be more critical that a President be skilled in the minutiae of the tax code, or more able to leverage the evolving media of our time to effectively lead and rally the country? Ronald Reagan, likewise, was a great communicator, spent most of his professional career in media. Whatever you may think of the office of the President of the United States, its occupant must be a clever communicator not overly-reliant on teleprompters, as we've seen recently. In this light, Sarah Palin's ability to make extemporaneous speeches without extensive preparation better prepares her to lead a nation of individuals fatigued to exhaustion with politicians who merely speak past them, but rarely to them.

Some Republicans consider Sarah Palin 'damaged goods.' She's been attacked viciously, relentlessly, and scurrilously ever since she was announced as John McCain's running mate. Even when she's right, the media finds some way to spin it into a negative. Michele Bachmann is now becoming acquainted with the anger, the vitriol, and the caustic tendencies of the political press, and she too is coming under disgusting attacks. This is a problem with which any conservative will ultimately be confronted, but I think it's time to consider how well Palin has held up under these unceasing attacks. Even now, as an undeclared, prospective candidate, on a bus tour of historical sites, she was pursued with wild-eyed abandon by the media, who complained that they had been turned into a sort of paparazzi, failing to notice who it had been volunteering for the job, as they raced through traffic in pursuit of a bus. Another aspect of this question is what Mrs. Palin's daughter addressed on Fox & Friends, recently: If you're going to be attacked, relentlessly, you might just as well run with it. The corollary is that if the media has dug up everything they could imagine, and fabricate things when nothing was discovered in the excavations, you can bet that there will be no last-minute revelations in the run-up to an election: There's nothing left. The media has already done all it can do, and from here on, it will be merely fabrications and loosely phrased innuendo to which they will turn. There are no skeletons remaining in her closet. The media has turned her closet inside-out and come up empty. We do not know what may yet be revealed about Mrs. Bachmann, but knowing the tactics employed by the media, you can bet that every possible stone will be overturned in search of any nugget with which to assail her, and if there is anything untoward, even slightly, it will be revealed the last week before a general election. It's how the media operates. In this respect, Sarah Palin is a known quantity. The 'damaged goods' thesis falls flat, because in truth, she is only as damaged as we decide she has been, and based on the AP's own polling results, no Republican has higher favorability among Republicans than Sarah Palin.

This brings us to the mechanics of electability. Many people, Barack Obama most of all, hope to see Sarah Palin derailed early, or to dissuade her from running at all. The reason is clear: Cut away all the media-produced hype and nonsense, and it is clear that Sarah Palin is the most genuine, earnest among all the candidates under discussion. This fact has not escaped the notice of the Obama administration. She has something nobody excepting only the President has, and in fact, for a non-President, has more than most any other figure in the public eye, a thing that is more precious than money in electoral politics: Name recognition at ninety-six percent. Michele Bachmann is still way down the scale in this measure, and it is doubtful she will do much to improve that among the general electorate before the Republican Convention in 2012. She may improve her name recognition somewhat among Republicans and the political class in DC, but she won't make much ground among independents unless she's nominated. By then, it may be too large a deficit to overcome.

In examining the lives of these two women, one difference becomes rather apparent: Mrs. Bachmann is of fine conservative credential, and is somewhat more palatable to the DC establishment, because she is a product of the world they've built, whereas Palin is an entirely different sort of person, inasmuch as she doesn't fit the ready-made templates and because she's lived her life as most Americans prefer: She is not a byproduct of the leviathan in DC, but instead a direct challenger to it. She's everything good and precious about that which has made America unique and uniquely a place in which people and their lives needn't be dominated by a distant capital, where decisions are made about the lives of every American without reference to their own desires, demands, or dreams. She's the product of a wild place, and the fight to bring civilization to it. She's sliced her own way forward, not waiting on others to set the stage or clear a path. She's been an agent of change, but not the sort that litters campaign literature. She represents a real and abiding change that will genuinely challenge the status quo ante in Washington DC. Every candidate promises change, but damnably few deliver, and while it is true to say that Bachmann and Palin are conservative candidates, it's also clear that only one represents the sort of deep-seated change, not just in policy, but in thinking, that this country sorely needs in this time of economic crisis and widespread global uncertainty.

If one of these two candidates represents what it is that America most needs, it must be Governor Palin, for in and amongst all the excess media coverage, they've somehow ignored her one uniquely enduring quality: She seeks to restore America's vital foundation in an evolving world, not to survive another budget cycle or another decade, but to foster its continuing leadership in a world full of imminent and looming challenges. In short, she believes not merely in the America that was, but also in the America that must be, lest we fall upon the ash-heap of history. She encapsulates in a single living person, all that is good about our country, and knows that for the sake of our national survival, change must not be mere tinkering with the laws, but the wholesale revision and repeal of those obnoxious to liberty. We stand upon a precipice, and if we go but another step or two forward, no future American success stories will be possible. She's fighting for that.

Michele Bachmann is a very nice lady. She's a serious legislator and an important voice for conservatism. What she isn't, however, is a candidate who can bring to Washington the sort of thorough restoration of our founding principles while bearing the real fruit of a living law that must change to the times but never abandon those ideals. What Sarah Palin brings to the argument is a new perspective, formulated at a distance, with a critical eye for the details, but more importantly, for the broad conceptual crisis of character America, and Americans, now face. Sarah Palin is the real outsider in this race, and Obama and the Democrat party, as well as their numerous shills in the media know it. The Republican establishment knows it, too, and they are as committed as any Democrat to seeing her banished from the beltway. Bachmann is a conservative the establishment tolerates. One might wonder why, but it is nevertheless true that for all her conservative strengths, she is still one of them-one of the Party's approved candidates. In her position in Congress, she has no effective choice but to bend to the party leadership in a pinch. They can do her far too much damage if she doesn't 'play the game.'

In stark contrast, Palin knows that to restore the country, battling the DC Republican establishment is not a last bit of house-cleaning to be undertaken at some undetermined future date, but must be the battle engaged from the outset, as a prerequisite to restoring the country at large. This vast gulf in the political orientations of the two women, with respect to their party, but also with respect to the the governance of the nation, demonstrates why the notion of interchangeability is a dangerous fallacy. Because they are both women, and both are Christian conservative Republicans, the similarities alone do not make for simple substitution. The whole story lies in how the two are very different, and this holds the key to understanding why Sarah Palin offers to Americans the precious qualities that no other candidates or prospects possess. In 2012, the country needs that which is indispensably Palin.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Personal Look at Sarah Palin and The Undefeated

By Donna Galloway
O4P/SE Texas Regional Coordinator

Last night I went to see an exclusive showing of The Undefeated, the new movie that chronicles Sarah Palin’s political history. As a long time Palin supporter, I was excited to be given the opportunity to see this movie before its public release. I went into the theatre believing that I would enjoy the movie, but I had not considered the impact that the film would have on me personally.

The beginning of the movie was filled with clips that I had seen before during the 2008 Presidential campaign, with the likes of Matt Damon, Rosanne Barr and David Letterman saying the most vile and demeaning things about this woman that they really knew nothing about. I sat there anger welling up inside of me, the feeling of protection for this woman who was unexpectedly thrust into national politics save for her love of Country and a servant's heart.

As I continued watching, the anger inside me subsided as her story was told. How she entered into politics and what she accomplished during her first two terms as mayor of Wasilla. As has occurred many times over the years, I was once again struck by the feeling “This is an amazing woman”. That feeling continued through the screening.

What many don’t know, including her supporters, is that Sarah Palin took her small town of Wasilla and grew it into a prosperous business community. It's because of Sarah Palin that businesses such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart came to her small town, which resulted in many jobs being created and the community thriving. But Palin didn’t stop there, she went on to serve on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and became the most popular and powerful Governor of the largest State in our Union.

She went on to become the first female Vice Presidential nominee of the Republican Party and has become the great defender of the American people, standing up and speaking out for us when nobody else would. While other politicians play footsies with the status quo and business as usual, Sarah Palin takes on the Democrats and those in her own Party who would have her sit down and shut up. It's at great personal sacrifice that Sarah Palin speaks out to restore the principles that our great Country was founded upon.

The Undefeated, takes what you know about Governor Sarah Palin and broadens your understanding of all she has accomplished and all she is yet to accomplish. I left the theatre last night knowing that it is up to every single Palin supporter to bring in people to see this movie. I believe that every Sarah Palin hater, especially those that think she is "ignorant" should see this movie and every former supporter who thinks she is a quitter should do so as well.
Don’t like Sarah Palin? See The Undefeated, I dare you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

'The Undefeated' Will Vaporize Media Caricature of Sarah Palin

Three years of smearing Sarah Palin will be wiped out by with the release of the movie.

Tomorrow, we will know about the reactions to the screening of "The Undefeated" in Pella, IA. from the media and those who are attending the post screening barbecue this evening. We will also be able to follow Tammy Bruce and Jedediah Bila, who are attending the events, on Twitter. Whitney Pitcher, from Conservatives4Palin, and Jackie Siciliano, from Team Sarah have already seen the movie. They will be guests on my BlogTalk Radio show tomorrow night at 11pm ET, 8pm PT to discuss the movie and reaction to it.

It's pretty clear from all accounts of those who have seen the movie that it's a game changer. The mainstream media and the liberal blogosphere have gone to extreme lengths to try to destroy Sarah Palin since the day she walked on stage on John McCain's running mate. While there are still some residual psychological effects on people who think Sarah Palin can't win, for the most part Governor Palin emerges with the highest favorable ratings of all announced and potential Republican presidential candidates.

Imagine that. They had her dead when they were filing frivolous ethics complaints. They had her dead when she resigned as governor. They had her dead when the tabloids (and by tabloids, I mean the LA Times, the Washington Post and Politico) were passing around rumors about divorce, Trig's birth, mental instability and hair loss. They had her dead when they accused her of pulling the trigger in the Arizona murders. Joe McGinness moved next door and wrote a hit book that failed. Frank Bailey's book failed. Those books were supposed to be the final acts of a well orchestrated three year smear campaign.

Then came "The Undefeated." The smear campaign was a vicious air and ground assault on Palin. The daily shelling of vitriol and hit pieces was relentless. It was the Left's Vietnam. They napalmed Governor Palin incessantly. They leveled villages of conservative thought. They sent ground troops of writers like Andrew Sullivan and Jeanne Devon. They bombed from the air with the likes of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough. All it took to defeat these smear merchants was one nuclear weapon: "The Undefeated."

It didn't help that the vaporization took place at a time the Left least needed it to happen. They had just spent thousands of dollars and recruited hundreds of people to sift through 24,000 pages of emails. Wile E. Coyote couldn't have had worse happen. The emails exploded in their faces as they only bolstered Palin's credentials as governor. How great is it to watch the lame stream media burnt, frayed and powdered looking up with that helpless coyote look on their faces to see an anvil with the words "The Undefeated" written on it just as it starts to fall?

In a post that should be read in its entirety, Kunta Evans writes:
On the heels of all of this is the release of the 24,000 pages of e-mails during her time as governor which have been all too hastily poured into by big media and their hired help so desperate to find more fodder to spread to the masses. But all they've seemed to uncover is overwhelming evidence that she was a hardworking, fiercely loyal, tough, savvy chief executive that had total command of the issues facing the people of her state. None of this was a surprise to me or anyone else that have decided to throw our support behind Gov. Palin. It was a treat though to get to hear reporters say as much, perhaps surprised at what they found.

The same is occurring as The Undefeated is released nationwide as word spreads and demand dictates that more theaters buy rights to show it. It gets to the truth of who Sarah Palin is and what she stands for. It vehemently contradicts the slanderous, libelous, trashing of a rock-solid, honest, servant-hearted warrior. I, for one, can't wait to see it and will drag as many people as I can to see it with me - even people who are convinced she and Tina Fey are one and the same.

What an interesting piece of irony that the increased exposure of Sarah Palin during the last few months is creating momentum for her that defies the concerted smear campaign waged by the MSM, the very same MSM who's being exposed for forsaking among other things fundamental American decency.
If Sarah Palin runs, the media has already shot all of its ammo.

At any time, Sarah Palin could announce her candidacy for the presidency and step right into the top tier of candidates in as competitive a position as they are. That's not bad for someone who should have been politically dead after the beatings she has taken from the media and the establishment. That should be the number one thing she puts on her resume when applying for the job. If she could be in the position she is in now after all that, that's presidential mettle of the highest order.

Bristol Palin: Her Mom Has Decided...

Monday, June 27, 2011

One Mans Opinion  6/27/2011
By Dewaine Shoulders

Once again, I'll say it loud and proud... I hate polls! The numbers vary from poll to poll, and there isn't really one that I'd trust for an accurate picture of the 2012 elections at this point in the campaign. There is too much time and too much that can happen between now and then, but as of now (according to most polls), Mitt Romney is the Republican front runner. Surprised? I'm not. The GOP establishment (the elites) will push hard for Romney, thinking that a Moderate Republican is exactly what the party needs to win in 2012.


What the Republican Party needs is an unapologetic conservative winning the nomination, not some RINO who believes in man-made global warming and likes government-run healthcare. Everyone will say that I'm nuts. They’ll say that we need a Republican in the White House - no matter who that Republican happens to be.


Let Romney get in the White House and it will be Obama-Lite. Anyone remember RomneyCare? Well, consider that Mitt Romney brought that little healthcare component to Massachusetts. For the most part, it’s riddled with problems and not too many people are happy with the results of Romney's healthcare experiment.

Why would we want Romney in the White House? So he could do for America what he did for Massachusetts… No thank you.

Back to the poll numbers: According to the polls (as of 6/26/11) Romney is leading from anywhere between 23 and 33 points. However, in a head to head between Romney and Obama, Obama wins handily. That doesn’t sound good, huh?

Now, let’s look at some of the others currently in the polls.

According to National Polls, which takes an average of all the polling data from the various polling organizations, Romney leads by 30% while Sarah Palin has 14%.

Excuse me, but Sarah Palin hasn't even announced that she'll be running or not, yet she’s in second place? Just imagine if she was running. I believe that she'd beat RINO Romney. She’s a powerhouse in the party and she’s got a following of millions. If she were to announce, I believe that she would outperform Romney in the polls by 10 points consistently.

Now, according to the polls, Obama would beat Sarah Palin also.


Sarah Palin is an unapologetic conservative that would defeat Mr. Obama because she stands for the values and core beliefs that most ‘average Americans’ hold dear. Obama sure doesn’t hold those beliefs, and we see how wonderful a president he’s turned out to be.

Continuing with the poll averages - Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann are tied with 11%, Ron Paul - 9%, Newt Gingrich - 7%, Rick Perry (who has yet to decide if he’ll run or not) 6%, Tim Pawlenty- 5% and others >2%.

Are you noticing a trend?

Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann are also unapologetic conservatives. If you added the points between Cain, Bachmann and Palin, you'd have 37%, or 7 points more than Romney. That means that nearly 40% of the people would vote for an unapologetic conservative. Under a third would vote for Romney. With a margin of error of 4%, Palin, Bachmann or Cain could still defeat Romney head to head.

As for the rest of the field, Ron Paul is too libertarian for most people. He’s a smart man and has a lot of good ideas, but some of Ron Paul’s views are too far out for most folks. Newt Gingrich is also a smart man, and hopefully he'll smarten up and leave the race; most of his staff already has. Rick Perry would be a decent guy to run, but I have issues with him on illegal immigration. And the rest: Huntsman, Pawlenty and anyone else considering the run would be well advised to skip 2012. Huntsman worked for Obama as ambassador to China and I wouldn’t trust his judgment on anything!

Comparing the real conservatives with the RINO's of the party, look what happened when the last RINO ran... John McCain got spanked, and we got the current Community Organizer in Chief. Do we really want that to happen yet again?

The last time an unapologetic conservative ran and lost was back in the 1960's when Barry Goldwater was defeated. And ever since then, the GOP has tried to run safe, middle of the road candidates. When Jimmy Carter occupied the White House, we had much of what we have today. We had high unemployment, stagflation, high gas prices (if you could find any), and a foreign policy that made no sense whatsoever!

Of course, Ronald Reagan wasn't the GOP's chosen candidate, but he defeated the progressive Carter handily. Reagan won 2 terms (1980 and 84) as an unapologetic conservative. George H. W. Bush won in 1984 after Reagan, claiming he'd continue Reagan's policies, but lost after one term because of his "Read my lips... No new taxes!" gaffe, as well as being a RINO! Then we got Slick Willie and one scandal after another. Yet he won 2 terms because he was a likable bubba... Well, that and Bob Dole (a middle-of the road moderate Republican) lost big-time!

George W. Bush won 2 terms as an conservative (a compassionate conservative) after the Clinton years (He had 9/11 to thank for a second term). His popularity waned soon after 2006 when the economy turned south (thanks to Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and the Democrat-controlled House and Senate as they destroyed the economy with the housing bubble bursting). And in 2008, the Democrats won the White House again, and we can see how badly the country has been screwed-up since then. The economy is in the toilet; foreign policy is a joke, and Obama wants four more years to make sure he can bankrupt America and redistribute its wealth to the rest of the world (most notably China)!

So, do you think we need a middle-of-the-road, safe RINO running and perhaps winning the White House? I say “Not only no but Hell No!” We had better hope for an unapologetic conservative running and winning the White House in 2012... Otherwise, we'll have 4 more long and disastrous years of Obamaville ahead of us.

Wastin’ away again in Obamaville,
Searching for a decent job.
Some people claim it’s his policies to blame,
Oh I know, it’s all George Bush’s fault!
(With all apologies to Jimmy Buffet).

That's just my opinion, I could be right!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

O4P CA; Hollywood4Palin Event

From the 2008 election, to the 2010 election, to the Middle East uprising's; the lesson could not be more clear. Whoever has the strongest ground team wins. Period.

It's that simple.

The ball is in our court folks. This is ours to win. Or loose.

This is ours for the taking, but we need to get ready. We need all hands on deck.

Sharron Angle & Carly Fiorina should have won their elections. Last November the left quietly accepted the coming nationwide Tea Party tsunami. So, for (perhaps) the fist time they did something that was fiscally prudent, albeit corrupt. They concentrated all their money on Union Bosses & their (taxpayer funded) ground teams. These ACORN-ish tax payer funded hoodlums swooped into CA & NV the last two weeks of the campaigns & poached the elections to preserve the status quo.

Gals & Guys: we cannot allow them to do this to us again. (Fool me once,...)The stakes are too high. GAME ON!

Registration with Organize4Palin (O4P) is one of the most important things to do right now if you want to support a Sarah Palin for President campaign.

We need to have a ground team of David's ready to take on the corrupt tax payer funded Goliath.

Our army of patriotic David's must rise up, stand together in solidarity & whack this nonsense straight between the eyes.

We can do this.

We are doing this for the right reasons.

We work for love of country. Not money.

If you have not done so please register with O4P now: CLICK HERE

America is worth fighting for & America's enemies must be defeated.

Even here in Hollywood Americans are waking up to the fact that we must win this war. Enough is enough. Our country is not meant to be endlessly reshaped & tinkered with according to the dictates of some abstract intellectual concept, hypothesis, or fool notion.

We will work, we will save, we will sacrifice, we will endure.

Here in Hollywood there has been a shift.

Reagan Country is begining to rise.

Two weeks ago master screenwriter & playwright David Mamet came out in support of Governor Sarah Palin.

Both The Hollywood Reporter & Variety (the NYT & WSJ of Hollywood) gave Victory Film Group's The Undefeated great reviews.

Even Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore came to the defense of Sarah Palin against the LSM's call to dig through Mrs. Palin's emails.

Last Tuesday night O4P CA hosted: HOLLYWOOD4PALIN

Supporters gathered to meet, network, & push the O4P CA agenda.

Because O4P is a call to action & not a top down organization it helps remind us of an important simple truth: One size does not fit all.

Our states are different & unique. What Alabama brings to the table is much different than what California brings.

We are so very proud of the creativity that O4P CA volunteers contribute.

What started as a local O4P CA meet-up in San Francisco organically grew into a ground breaking fusion of activism & art. O4P CA volunteers Susan & Ray formed essex&orange1773.

Essex&Orange1773 has contributed clever & inspiring images to O4P. Their GAME ON! poster is on its way to becoming an iconic & historical testament to this journey we are about to begin. Please check out some of the FREE downloads of Sarah Palin posters they have: CLICK HERE

But the talent, vision, & creativity certainly does not stop there.

On Saturday June 25 2011: O4P CA volunteer Valerie Patterson will launch: 500 Days of Sarah

Val has conceived a photo project to document the historical journey Sarah Palin & our country is about to embark on.

In the 500 days leading up to Election Day 2012 we will share 500 photographs, along with 500 personal stories of regular, hard-working, everyday American Patriots, & Palinistas across the country.

This will be a living & breathing snapshot into their lives & you will see what Tea Party Americans are all about.

Make yourself part of history. To get in on 500 Days of Sarah simply throw on your favorite pair of boots on the ground, take a picture of yourself wearing them & e-mail the photo to us( along with your 500 words or less essay.

Please include all of the following information in your e-mail:

- Name
- Age
- City & State
- Occupation
- What first introduced you to Sarah Palin?
- Why do you think Sarah Palin should be our next President of the United States?

America faces many challenges today. In order to solve these challenges we must have a strong ground team & a steel spine.

To find & reclaim our steel spine we must look to America's past for guidance.

Just like we are learning from Sarah Palin's One Nation Tour; it is in our past, our history, & our foundation that we will find the simple truths, the whole story, & the solutions to the challenges that we face today.

Historically, our country has been changed for the better when groups of people come together and unite for the right reasons.

Now more than ever we must unite once again.

I challenge everyone reading this today:

Get 5 people to register with Organize4Palin (O4P).

Get 5 people to TEXT: 4PALIN to 74679

Get 5 people to go to & click on You're invited.

Get 5 people to understand that as we move toward the 2012 Presidential election it is vital that we are honest with ourselves about the truths that we know to be true, & our willingness to fight for those truths.

“It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise.” - Ronald Reagan

We will no longer be silenced by the know-it-alls who have brought us capitulation by falling for their disingenuous calls of compromise, middle ground, & moderation.

When we listen to the know-it-alls & the wet blankets, we lose. When we do the right thing, we win.

We must refuse to play Charlie Brown to their Lucy.

We will not be blurred, we will not be indistinguishable.

Charlie Brown has a message for Lucy, "Knock it off, I am taking the ball!"

We can do this. All hands on deck.

For too long Hollywood has been spoon fed the myth of the Independent Voter & the imaginary Electable Centrist. Deep down we all know its garbage.

There is a reason that a steel spine is so enticing. It gets results.

The mortgaging of our future stops now.

Bold Colors. No Pale Pastels.

The more support I see, the harder I want to work, and the more determined I am to not let folks down. -Sarah Palin

Thomas S Schmitz

Organize4Palin CA

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