Saturday, July 16, 2011

We and She: The Undefeated

By Mark America

I always approach such films with a bit of trepidation. After all, no matter how well done, the natural skeptic in me always wonders if such a movie will play only to a niche audience, but will be less appealing to a wider audience. This is the gamble with any such documentary, and it's why documentaries are not exactly the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. Attending the opening night for The Undefeated at the AMC Theatre in Grapevine, Texas, I met a great number of like-minded people, all chomping at the bit to see the movie, or overwhelmingly pleased with what they had seen, but now I'm going to tell you why that won't matter if we don't take the salient lesson offered by the film and apply it to our activism: Stephen Bannon said this movie must be seen not by the people who already adore Palin, and support her wholeheartedly, but much more importantly, it must be viewed by the wider audience of people who have in some measure accepted the media portrayal of Sarah Palin. After viewing the film, I can tell you that while the film will be appealing to any audience, nothing will turn the closed minds of the intransigent Palin-haters, for whom no piece of information would be sufficient to change their pathological rage. It is most important to note that the film, for all of its effectiveness, will only be so effective as its viewing is broad-based. It will be up to you to see to that.

I learned tidbits about Sarah Palin I hadn't known, and was impressed with the depth of detailed information offered. I particularly enjoyed seeing clips of her speeches, particularly in the campaign season of 2010, that I hadn't seen before, and from which I had caught only media sound-bites including "fight like a girl!" The media has used such clips to trivialize Mrs. Palin, by pretending that the entirety of her speech on that occasion was summarized in the pronouncement of those four simple words. Now I know what I had only suspected previously: The media dare not show you the entirety of her speeches, because Palin is a passionate, well-spoken, and thoroughly polished speaker who knows what it is that she believes, and why she believes it.

The film raced by. I never found myself wondering about the time, or wandering mentally to other tasks. Few things hold my rapt attention for so long as did this film. Like Sarah Palin herself, the film was engaging. It wasn't only me. The audience, admittedly predisposed mostly to liking the film, also went through a bit of a transition starting from an expectation, moving to belief, and on to conviction. If one of the aims of this film was to more accurately give an accounting of Sarah Palin, it succeeded effortlessly.

I paid particularly close attention to the manner of things addressed by Mark Levin and Andrew Breitbart on the subject of the Republican establishment in DC. Breitbart's use of the term 'eunuchs' to describe Republicans in Washington and their failure to defend Palin when she came under withering attack seemed particularly apt, especially when considering Mitch McConnell's tepid stance on the debt ceiling of current controversy. "Eunuch" hardly ever seemed a more fitting term. Bannon was able to create what I believe to be an accurate impression of the GOP establishment that is more concerned with maintaining some pretense at political power than with serving the agenda for which the voters entrusted to them such power. It's clear that if you're a firm Romney republican, you may not entirely like the film's treatment of the subject.

The film is also intended to cause an emotional stirring in the viewer, and it succeeds in many moments throughout its length.The opening gives you a taste of the sort of attacks Palin has come under, many of which the media has not reported. Prepare to feel shame at what's been done. Steady yourself for the sadness at the realization of what's been done to this woman and her family. Know that it will anger you to see the litany of four-letter harangues and threats aimed at Palin. For a parent, in an emotional sense, it's a bit like watching helplessly as your own daughter is violently assaulted. If it doesn't get a rise out of you, you're likely dead inside, and this movie isn't for you. You may want to wait for the next 'zombie' film, not as a viewer, but as an extra.

After that, you become acquainted with Palin's early life through a sort of photo and video essay that shows you she was just another kid growing up in America, simply like you and me. After this re-introduction, Bannon details the challenges she faced in her political career, starting in Wasilla and ultimately culminating in her vice presidential candidacy in 2008 with John McCain. You will be astonished at what you hadn't known. You will be shocked at what the media had never bothered to tell you. It's small wonder that Palin coined the term "Lamestream Media." They are quite thoroughly 'lame' in the parlance of our time.

Tammy Bruce, Mark Levin, and Andrew Breitbart were the anchors to the latter portion, and their points were clear and unambiguous.Tammy tells you Palin is a fearless warrior for America. Mark Levin tells you why Palin can win if she chooses to run for the presidency. Andrew Breitbart explains why the Republican establishment is a greater obstacle, not only for Palin, but for all conservatives in moving the country forward. They all made compelling arguments, and perhaps the most enduring argument was offered by Levin in comparing her to Reagan. He's right, of course, but you'll have to see the film to know why he's right, and how thoroughly right he is.

Bearing this in mind, there's a point that cannot be made often enough: For this film to succeed, it must be seen. It must be seen by moderates and independents as well as its natural constituency. Those of you who already support Governor Palin now need to carry the film's message to the unconverted. Take people to see the movie who have mixed feelings about Sarah Palin. I went with my daughter and son-in-law. He's a soldier, and while he's a conservative, he was less than thoroughly convinced about Palin. His remarks on the long drive home from the theater told the story. He offered that it was odd, baffling really, to go to see a movie and feel so at home with his fellow viewers. Waiting outside, or during the previews, conversations struck up amongst complete strangers. He said it was a bit like being among family, and what he saw on the screen merely served to strengthen that sense. He wasn't just watching a documentary about a politician, but instead he saw his own life, and his own dreams and goals and aspirations. The picture of the Palins with their eldest son Track, in uniform, shown briefly on-screen, reminded him that they were just ordinary people, like us. The audience all around was more or less like us. This strange familiarity with one's fellow movie-goers wasn't so odd after all. The America in which we believe is not dead, and is evidenced in the reactions of the audience. These were Americans, and that's the only constituency group that mattered.

There's also a sort of restoration that results when you watch this movie. If, like me, you're terribly worried about the direction of the country, this film serves as both a reproach and a revelation: Do not so easily cede your beliefs to the conventional wisdom the media packages for your consumption, and while we face overwhelming and terrifying prospects, all is not lost. There is still time to save the country. It won't be done by a government run by elitists from the NY-DC corridor. It will only be done by us. This movie really isn't about an election, or a string of them. It's about the indomitable spirit of a warrior. It's about every person who rises despite the long odds and all the obstacles laid out before them. It's about seeing the machine gun nest and charging it, each of us in our own way. At heart, in all the ways it really matters, Sarah Palin is America. In spirit and devotion, despite all our travails, we and she are The Undefeated.

Friday, July 15, 2011

As A Mother

Everyone sees it. The media is constantly all over what kind of parent she is or things her children do. As a mother and a daughter, I am furious about some of things they report.

Someone commented on my facebook before that Sarah Palin is a “retard” and has no control over her children. I take offense to this greatly. First of all, I hate the word “retard.” It is degrading and just plain mean. Second, just because Sarah Palin has a daughter who got pregnant when she was 17, it doesn’t make her a bad mother. I was 19 when I got pregnant and became a single mother. Does that make my mother a bad mother? There are a lot of reports that she didn’t talk to her daughter about sex and the consequences but a lot of parents don’t talk to their kids about sex anymore. And you are not in her home, how are you supposed to know what she talks to her children about. They teach Sex Education in school and, most of the time, that’s enough. Sarah Palin raised her children in church so she probably assumed that her daughter was doing the right thing. With that being said, people, adults and teenagers, make mistakes. It's human nature. But look what came, a beautiful little boy.

Also, Sarah and Todd Palin’s eldest son, Track, joined the Army and served overseas. Is this what not having control over your kids results in? I mean aren’t our troops the greatest people in this country? They stand on the front lines so that we can remain free. They do what most people in this world don’t even have the courage to do. They are soldiers. Soldiers for America! Can there be a greater honor than being the mother of a soldier, or father of a soldier?

I’ve also heard that she’s a “retard” because her youngest son was born with Down Syndrome. And her son was diagnosed while still in the womb and she didn’t terminate her pregnancy so she’s wrong. Are you serious?  She’s wrong because she didn’t kill her baby because of an illness or a disease? My son was born with Congenital Heart Disease, so I guess if he was diagnosed before birth and I didn’t terminate my pregnancy, if I didn’t kill my baby, then I would be wrong? To all of you who think this about her, me, or any other mother faced with this decision...SERIOUSLY, GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

You people need to find REAL reasons to hate Sarah Palin if you just have to hate her. Which, by the way, if you’re a Christian, you’re not supposed to hate anyone. Oh wait, if you’re a Christian, you’re not supposed to judge people! Sweep your doorsteps before you try to sweep others!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Conservatism, Palinism Getting Back on Track Ahead of Schedule

-from Patrick's World USA

Conservatives, particularly those of the Palin brand, are finding that while our country has come up short on time (we still have over a year of Obama left and things are teetering on the edge), we are way ahead of the game compared to where we thought we’d be three years ago. The low point for conservatism was a stinging electoral loss in 2008 followed by Obama’s proclamation during his inauguration speech: “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to…worn out dogmas…” Today, the conservative movement and its "worn out dogma" is the strongest it’s ever been since Reagan was president.

The revival of the conservative movement began on August 29, 2008 when John McCain introduced America to Sarah Palin. It had been a long slog between 1988 and 2008, a period which saw a hardly noticeably slow decline in the conservative movement. This was born more out of complacency than any loss of favor with the movement. Bill Clinton’s triangulation and America’s unified response to the 9/11 attacks were seen as indicators that despite our political differences, Americans were Americans and that most people would shy away from outright liberal or radical candidates.

In many ways, the progressive movement was in our shoes during the 2000s. The 9/11 attacks renewed a patriotic nationalism that this country had not seen since the Reagan years and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the antithesis of progressivism which sees America as a super power in a world which should be full of equals, even if the maples and the oaks have to be kept at level heights by hatchet, axe and saw. Progressives seized an opportunity to open the wedge when there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq. From there they found their messiah in Barack Obama and went to work at rebuilding their movement.

Liberals believed that their movement had finally come out from under the shadows of Ronald Reagan and went full steam ahead in destroying conservatives through the pop culture, in the academia and in the press. After nearly a century of working in the weeds and infiltrating the institutions, the progressive movement bet the farm on an inexperienced community organizer from Chicago. They believed the days of hiding one's liberalism were gone. But their bet didn't work out. By the time Obama is done, they may want to go back into the shadows again.

The liberals got so good at marginalizing George W. Bush that his approval rating dropped into the 30’s shortly before the 2008 election. Bush and the conservative movement dismissed the liberal tactics thinking that most rational people would never buy the nonsense about him betraying our country and lying to us about WMD. As conservatives dozed off at the wheel, a network of well financed people (think George Soros types here) were gaining traction in an area traditionally owned by conservatives: business.

They thought they had the Alinsky technique perfected after honing and toning it on George W. Bush. So, when Sarah Palin scared the living crap out of them, they figured okay, marginalize. They pulled out the playbook and called an "86 wide left." It worked on Bush. It will work on Palin they figured. They figured wrong, even if it did work at first.

Al Gore and General Electric became heavily involved in the green movement. Liberals were finding business opportunities as well as pollitcal ones in the new media, which was originally going to be a place where liberal citizens could form an informal “Journolist” type of relationship to continue to build on the destruction of conservatism.

They came so close to defeating conservatism outright. They also came so close to defeating Palin.

Conservatives were on the ropes and never realized it until Palin's spark was followed by the formation of the Tea Party. Republicans and conservatives were reading the "Rules for Radicals" and studying the media. How did liberals get such on a hold on America? The answer to this question was in reading their playbook and doing the research that Glenn Beck did. The solution to this problem was for conservatives to understand their playbook and realize they were playing the wrong game. Once conservatives figured out the nature of the game, they set out to win it.

They took the new media from the liberals and set up base. They took to the streets, holding Tea Party demonstrations - peaceful demonstrations that showed those Molotov cocktail throwing hippies of the '60s how to do resistance right. They marched on Washington over a million strong in 2009. They formed websites and media outlets. They wrote books, released documentaries and exposed liberal hypocrisy at every turn. Had conservatives not figured this out, we’d all be eating peas right now.

Today, conservatives are defeating the liberals in nearly all facets of the game. Even their hold on the mainstream media is losing its effectiveness. The last bastion of liberal information and mind control just put out a fair piece on Sarah Palin in Newsweek. Liberal heads are exploding. The bricks in their wall are starting to come out. The conservative movement gets closer with each passing day to the city on the hill which no longer shines and is in need of return to its luster.

Liberals succeed when they infiltrate and lull people into a sense of complacency or turn people’s outrages and frustrations on the traditional establishment. Liberals fail when their philosophy is discovered to be morally and intellectually bankrupt because it cannot be backed by any historical proof of success. What liberals didn’t count on was that their tactics (many of which conservatives now use to beat them at their own game) only work so long as people don’t realize that there is no substantive underpinning to their philosophy. For conservatives, matching or outplaying them at their own game can keep it close. But winning requires the truth; and that is the key ingredient the conservatives have that the liberals don't.

Sarah Palin has turned Twitter and Facebook into her own personal tools of mass communication, completely sidestepping the traditional means used by other candidates. With the release of “The Undefeated” tomorrow, conservatives will be able to watch how Stephen Bannon was able to lay the charges and push the detonator all the while having worked in the film industry, a normally liberal bastion of left wing ideology.

The movie is the final death blow to the media myth about Governor Palin. In a review of the film, Jennifer Stefano writes (h/t Conservatives4Palin):
"The Undefeated” will not only change minds about Palin but also bring shame to those who added to the vitriol against her. Through this film, the conscience of a conservative is awakened once again. Viewers will be forced to reconsider Palin and her role as Reagan’s heir apparent. As the film opens in this theaters this week, somewhere, Goldwater is smiling as the revolution rolls on.
In 2008, the “Alaska Mafia,” a handful of hateful bloggers from Palin’s home state were nearly unchecked in their ability to participate in the marginalization of Sarah Palin all the way through the frivolous ethics violation charges which they fueled with their rhetoric and underground networking. Today, these blog sights are crusty old remnants of a now well understood “Axelrodian” tactic of how to gin up hatred against your opposition by using spin, false or sketchy information and by creating the illusion that a small group of malcontents’ beliefs are shared by an invisible many. Tomorrow, they and those in the Palin hating complicit mainstream media will whither away after all they have written and said about her is vaporized by Bannon's movie.

Sarah Palin was once bloodied and nearly out. In anticipation of her resignation, she told her followers "politically, if I die, I die." No one doubts that the woman would have went to her final public breath espousing the truth of conservatism no matter what. But her minions would not let her die. They rallied around her, forming the hundreds of websites, thousands of twitter pages and millions of Facebook followers who will draw sword and give blood if necessary to defend her.

She has not let them down. She has done more than just the work to revive her image and her standing in American politics. The truth of Sarah Palin is finally making through the smokescreen put up by the media. She is turning a corner now as she prepares to run for president.

Conservatism is also back on track. The Republican Party has been getting stronger because of the influence of the Tea Party. Americans are getting to finally see the real Obama and they are having serious buyers remorse. People have lost faith in the media and are turning to alternative sources of news.

Taking back the shining city on a hill is far from a done deal, but we grow closer with each passing day. People are gaining trust and faith in the process again because they can influence it through the Tea Party and soon more and more people will come to trust Sarah Palin again when they find out the truth about her and the media caricature is dismissed.

There is nothing else that the Left and the media can do to destroy Sarah Palin. There are three groups of people: Palin supporters, those who have not decided yet and the hard core kool aid drinkers who will never like her anyway. "Media derision only feeds those who don't like her already," Andrew Malcolm writes at the Los Angeles Times. "It actually strengthens Palin with a wide swath of overlooked Americans who don't trust mainstream institutions but do identify with the mother of five."

If Sarah Palin is going to have a shot at the presidency, she will have to beat the media monster first. "The Undefeated" is going to be Palin's biggest weapon in that battle. Three years ago (even a year ago) so many were saying that she could never win because of the media. Now, people are starting to marvel at how she's been able to overcome that.

Victory Film Group Releases 3 Undefeated Promo Videos

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gov. Palin on Hannity: Obama Can't Prioritize, Make Executive Decisions

Obama has no plan to address our $14.3-trillion debt; he cannot be trusted to manipulate the economy and our energy supply; and his plans make no sense, Governor Palin said tonight in a two-segment interview with Sean Hannity from her home studio in Wasilla, Alaska. Our triple-A rating with Moody's is under review, because Obama has no plan to address the debt which continues to climb, she said.
"We cannot default. Now is not the time to retreat. It's time to reload! And reloading, means not handing over more power to...Obama."

Gov. Palin said proposals to hand-over more power violate Article I, Section8 of the Constitution. Congress should make the economic decisions, she said. "The numbers speak for themselves. We cannot trust him to manipulate the economy and energy supply. She mentioned QE2 with the possibility of QE3 and even QE4.

"I am not one to buy into the notion that we must raise the debt ceiling," Gov. Palin said. We must prioritize our debts...He cannot prioritize. that's why he suggested that Social Security checks would not be written...Our President's job is to prioritize, but he is not capable...he has no plan." She recalled how he made a similar threat that our military would not be paid. "Now, he's trying to use seniors as a pawn," Gov. Palin said, a circumstance she finds "absolutely shameful."

Both Hannity and Gov. Palin indicated that our daily revenue is sufficient to pay the interest on our debt, Social Security, the military and some other essentials. The non-essentials are what need to be cut. Gov. Palin said though she is against raising the debt ceiling, she knows it will be raised. "I would not vote to incur more debt - not under this President. I don't trust him," she said. Gov. Palin added that she would support Jim DeMint's plan to "cut, cap, and balance." She is against "dollar-for-dollar" debt increase and spending cut proposals because there is no way to guarantee that the needed cuts would be made.

"He does not know how to make cuts. He never had to use executive authority," Gov. Palin said.

The interview shifted to the Newsweek article, which Gov. Palin said was fair. "Boyer...wanted to talk about a successful executive who was pro-jobs, pro-private sector, and pro-energy independence," she said.

The interview concluded with 2012 talk as nearly all recent interviews have. Gov. Palin reiterated her oft-said quote that she would support a common-sense, fiscal conservative, with executive experience, who would work with a servant's heart. When asked about her own decision to run, Gov. Palin said "legally, there are time frames. By August or September, you have to be laying out a plan if you are serious about throwing your hat in the ring. That's the time frame."

Sarah Palin Sounds Off on Debt Crisis retrieved from Fox News

Can She Win the White House? retrieved from Fox News.

Why It’s So Important We Get People to The Undefeated

Listen to Patrick's World USA BlogTalk Radio show tonight at 11:00 pm E.T. 8:00 P.T.

I will lay out the danger that lies before us if Obama gets elected again, explain why Sarah Palin should be our president after 2012 and encourage people to take those who are not yet sure about Governor Palin to see "The Undefeated."

The Transcript of tonight's show will be posted here right around show time. You will want to listen and pass it on to everyone you can. Think of it as a Mr. L's Tavern without the video.

Dewaine & Susie Live

On tonight's show. The Battle of the Budget, Ah-nold and his Last Stand and Sarah Palin. Come join us tonight at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Let’s Help our Hawkeye Heroes: Iowa O4P!

Ed. Note: The following article was originally published at Conservatives4Palin. Express permission for reprinting in its entirety was granted by Organize4Palin.

by CharterOakie
Many of you have heard or read about the grassroots organizing effort in the crucial Hawkeye State by the volunteers of Iowa Organize4Palin. What they have accomplished thus far in a bootstrapped, self-financed operation is truly inspiring and an example to us all. But things have reached a stage where they could really use some help, and that’s where we come in.

Here are quotes from Iowa conservative pundits about Iowa O4P:

Craig Robinson,
[Gov. Palin has] had an unofficial presence in the state for months now [as] a group of Palin supporters have traveled all across the state meeting with county Republican officials and other GOP activists. . . . Even though Sarah Palin doesn’t play by the same rules that seem to govern the rest of the field of Republican candidates, she has developed an extensive ground game in Iowa, even if it’s not being officially coordinated by her or her advisors. In many ways, I think that Palin is probably more organized in Iowa in terms of grassroots communication than most of the current field.
Shane Vander Hart,
there is rarely an event I go to where . . . Organize4Palin is not. I can’t say the same about the other campaigns. So if [Gov. Palin] gets in she’ll be able to hit the ground running.
Here are links to additional media coverage by the UK Telegraph, Real Clear Politics, and the Iowa Independent.

Peter Singleton was with us at both C4P Meet-ups last year. In fact I first met Peter at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in April of last year. Well, a couple days ago I sent Peter a note to say how thrilled I was about the grassroots organizing efforts of him and the Iowa O4P team. Peter responded immediately and shared with me more of what the team is doing and planning. And folks, trust me: it’s exciting!

But the volunteers need some help to execute their plans. Those plans are autonomous, pro-active, and they could prove pivotal in Iowa and beyond if Governor Palin were to declare her candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

So here’s the deal. I’m calling it “Charter’s Challenge.” So impressed am I with what Iowa O4P is doing that I have made an initial donation to them of $100 and a commitment to match each donation of $100 or more, up to a total of $500 out of my pocket. If you can’t afford a donation of $100 or more, please consider donating any amount that you can afford – it all adds up! And those of you with the financial means and the heart to help, feel free to step up and top my pledge.

Here is the text of the modest appeal from Iowa O4P:
“Dear friends of Organize4Palin nationwide,

We are a group of grassroots activists in Iowa who have been organizing in this state for a number of months. We need your help! Can you give $10, $20, $50, or even $100 towards some of our key efforts in this state, and do so today? Every dollar you give is enormously productive. None of your donations go towards staff salaries or paid consultants at this point, as we are all volunteers–just like yourselves. We have spent donated dollars in the past on such things as collateral to pass out at meetings and county fairs, t-shirts, and Facebook ads, etc, and will use your donated funds in the coming weeks for the most critical needs as we see them at the time.

Thank you so much! Your help and your contribution mean the world to us. To donate to Iowa Organize4Palin online, please go here:

If you have any questions about what we are doing in Iowa, please contact us at

The Iowa Organize4Palin team”
Folks, you know why we all support Governor Sarah Palin: her servant’s heart in public office; her honesty and integrity; her outstanding record of accomplishments as city councilwoman, mayor, commissioner and governor; her courage and commitment in the face of unparalleled and cruel attacks on her and her family during the 2008 campaign and since then. She is the kind of leader who inspires loyalty and dedication. Who else could inspire someone like Peter Singleton to put his life on hold, move to Iowa on his own initiative and begin to organize a network of volunteers ahead of time…just in case the Governor declares her candidacy?

We know that Sarah Palin is “not for sale at any price.” If she becomes President of the United States of America, it will be to serve the American people, not the well-financed special interests. They know it, and we know it. So let’s adopt this attitude: “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

Please consider these matters and follow your heart. Please donate what you can to Iowa O4P, our Hawkeye State heroes. Please do so today.

Thank you!

Update: Contributions are coming in nicely so far. Thank you all, and please keep ‘em comin’!
As published at: Let's Help Our Hawkeye Heroes: Iowa O4P!