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Sarah Palin Declares Her Independence
redstate.com ^ | Gary Jackson

Posted on 07/05/2009 4:55:05 PM PDT by curth

Once the hunted, Sarah Palin becomes the hunter.

Sarah stunned the world Friday by doing something that isn’t done. She is willfully giving up one of the most powerful positions a politician can aspire to. She is stepping down as Governor of one of the most important states in America.

The media elites were stunned. It was almost hilarious watching their reactions of disbelief. Their commentary was downright entertaining, and further proof that they don’t have a clue. Even those on Fox!

And the symbolism of doing this on the 4th of July holiday, the time we celebrate our nation’s birth, and our independence, was completely lost on the whole lot!

Almost universally, no one in the elite media got it. This is a huge comment on why our nation is in deep, deep trouble. One reporter on Fox, who has covered Sarah since she became Governor, went so far to say that her speech was “rambling”, and “incoherent.” Again, this just proves that even the media we most trust for news doesn’t a clue about real Americans.

Sarah Palin sounded just like us! We, the people, understood every single word she said. This is the reason she is wildly popular in the first place. She IS one of us!

Of course, just as universally silly as the commenters are, the pundits are even more clueless. And, evidently, devoid of any and all abilities of comprehension, be it for the written word, or spoken. We’ll get to the speech itself in due time, but suffice it to say, that for normal Americans, those who this speech was aimed at, this was a call to action.

Now the talking heads all agree that Sarah is done.

No chance of ever being anything again.

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KEYWORDS: alaska; freedom; obama; palin
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1 posted on 07/05/2009 4:55:06 PM PDT by curth
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To: curth

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2 posted on 07/05/2009 4:56:31 PM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin 2012 - Saving America)
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To: curth

Pure pap.


3 posted on 07/05/2009 4:58:34 PM PDT by Melas
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To: curth

Alaska is beautiful, but it is not one of the most important states in the US. Sorry. I like it, like the people and the way of life, but for all the acreage, it’s not a powerhouse economically (bottom 10% GDP) or politically (3 electoral votes).


4 posted on 07/05/2009 4:58:53 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: curth

you go girl!!! Sarah the brave!!!


5 posted on 07/05/2009 4:58:53 PM PDT by bareford101 (obamanation's United States of Wonderland, but God still holds the reins)
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To: curth
Sarah Palin sounded just like us! We, the people, understood every single word she said. This is the reason she is wildly popular in the first place. She IS one of us!

Yup.

I guess that if I could stand to deal with them, I could be a Media Consultant to the bobbleheads in the MSM and explain common sense to them.

6 posted on 07/05/2009 4:59:51 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: curth

“We’ll get to the speech itself in due time, but suffice it to say, that for normal Americans, those who this speech was aimed at, this was a call to action. “

Absolutely! We all know what she was saying and we all said “Yes Maam!”

“call to action” indeed.


7 posted on 07/05/2009 5:00:52 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: RKV

Huh? They are right next door to Russia. Did you miss all the sarcastic “I can see Russia from my house” crap that Tina Fey bimbo started?

Important in Alaska being the ones running the Russian planes back to their own airspace?

Importance isn’t ALL about GDP or electoral votes for crying out loud.


8 posted on 07/05/2009 5:02:29 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: autumnraine

a lot of people think Sarah Palin said that instead of Tina Fey.


9 posted on 07/05/2009 5:05:43 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

There are a lot of stupid ignorant people.


10 posted on 07/05/2009 5:07:01 PM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin 2012 - Saving America)
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To: curth

I understand her reasons for stepping down, but not if she has presidential ambitions. One of her main selling points was her experience as Governor of Alaska. By leaving so early, one could say that she wasn’t getting much experience out of this position after all. If running the State was so important to Palin the candidate, then she should have stuck with it.


11 posted on 07/05/2009 5:09:02 PM PDT by Kleon
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To: autumnraine
Also, very important from a natural resource POV.

As Matlin said Palin is the queen of energy, which is directly attributable to her Alaska roots and will become even more critical with time.

12 posted on 07/05/2009 5:10:25 PM PDT by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: curth

ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW
I am swimming with Sarahcudah!


13 posted on 07/05/2009 5:11:51 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: bereanway

What would happen if she was hired by an energy company to get the natural gas pipeline done?

Would that give her the stature for another job? After that she might not be interested.


14 posted on 07/05/2009 5:12:21 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Time for Sarah to do a little “Community Organizing” of her own.


15 posted on 07/05/2009 5:23:43 PM PDT by radioone
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To: Texas Fossil

Her role in getting Exxon-Mobil to partner with TransCanada on that 1,715 mile NG pipeline was an enormous achievement. Everyone was saying that was a dead deal but she was able somehow in this tough environment to get private money to build it.

I don’t think there’s another elected official in America who has done as much to secure our future energy wise as Sarah. She has certainly displayed the ability to get things done.


16 posted on 07/05/2009 5:25:45 PM PDT by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: Kleon

And now she has that experience as governor. If Sarah believes she accomplished what she set out to do, how would another 18 months help? There are many candidates all around the country that can now benefit from Sarah appearing with them, campaigning and fundraising. Winning back the congress is much more important than those 18 lameduck months.


17 posted on 07/05/2009 5:25:50 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: autumnraine
Absolutely! We all know what she was saying and we all said “Yes Maam!”

The author of this piece, Gary Jackson said it well:

Sarah has put her entire career on the line for America.

What are you willing to do?

This is what has struck me the most about what happened Friday. Sure, there were personal and practical reasons for her action, but she has seen the danger for America from the vipers currently in power and she's standing up for her country.

We all have to amswer this question for ourselves, "What am I willing to do?"

18 posted on 07/05/2009 5:26:45 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: bereanway

Just what we need, someone who know how to get “things” done.

What is it that Larry the Cable guys says? Gitt er Done.


19 posted on 07/05/2009 5:27:26 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (The last time I looked, this is still Texas where I live.)
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To: Kleon

Evidently you aren’t getting what was going on in AK either, so here is my comment from another thread:
“There have been 15 ethics violation complaints (all bogus) that she has had to fight legally, it has cost AK taxpayers 2 million dollars so far, and she has personally over $500,000 dollars in legal bills...but donations are going in to help with that now. Palin said her governors office has spent 80% of their time in research and work, to contest those false accusations, but they finally won all of them. It has kept the business of governing AK hard to do. All of the cases Palin has now won, but it is time to step out of the line of fire as Gov, and instead of being on defensive get on the offensive. It has been too time consuming defending herself.

I believe this step is God ordained, so she can be the pit bull without their phony ethics violations. It doesn’t cost the dems a dime to file the crap. For example, when she was invited to speak outside of AK for something, one was filed that she was derelik in her duties as Gov by not being in AK.

“The best defense is a great offense”. For months Palin has been on defense trying to get all these ethics violations won....and now to prevent more false filings she has to step down. Alaska will have to continue to spend money to answer the complaints, and she will have to hire more lawyers if she doesn’t, and the dems will continue to keep her tied up, because they are afraid of her in 2010. As a private citizen she can go where she wants, and do speeches without bogus complaints to be defended as Gov. This is necessary, and not what she really wants...She could not govern due to the multiple filings by democrats against her that ate up 80% of her time and her staff’s time. Read her speech.

The Lt Gov is on same page as Palin where AK is concerned, so he can go forward unopposed by the legal problems the dems were using against her. There are things they want to accomplish in AK, and this was hampering them. She will be free to finish the book, and get income there, and be with children until 2010 election. She draws crowds like Zero, and can be the one to help conservatives take back Congress. If Congess isn’t taken back in 2010, it will do no good to run for President, as nothing could be accomplished if dems have a filibuster proof Senate.”


20 posted on 07/05/2009 5:30:07 PM PDT by Kackikat (It isn''t over till it's over, and it s not over yet.....when the TRUMPET sounds I'll be gone...)
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To: Al B.

Amen! Sarah Palin has seen those vipers up close now for nearly a year. She sees the evil oozing through the country and is determined to do her part to defeat it.


21 posted on 07/05/2009 5:38:32 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: upsdriver

“Winning back the congress is much more important than those 18 lameduck months.”

Excellent point there.


22 posted on 07/05/2009 5:43:48 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: upsdriver
I was a child of the Cold War. I remember the drills getting under my desk at school. I was a teenager during the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc, etc.

I've never been more fearful for my country. Gov. Palin understands it. She may never be president but she's put herself on the line for our country. I'm all-in for her and I hope to live long enough to see it all pay off.

23 posted on 07/05/2009 5:45:21 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: RKV

You don’t think Alaska is of strategic impotance to this nation?


24 posted on 07/05/2009 5:48:10 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

I do, but that’s more of a federal thing than a state governor thing.


25 posted on 07/05/2009 5:51:49 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: RKV

Not when Alaska has had to chase Russian Air jets out of American airspace. When I say ALASKA, I mean the Alaskan National Guard. When I say Alaskan National Guard, I mean the Governor of Alaska is the Commander in Chief to them.

You must be one of those people who just sit back waiting on the feds if say a hurricane is coming or something.

A Russian jet is heading the 50 miles or so to AMERICAN SOIL and you think we should sit around and wait on the Air Force to get there?

Were they there on September 11th?


26 posted on 07/05/2009 5:56:05 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: curth

Only one I’ve read so far that really gets her and what it means.


27 posted on 07/05/2009 6:05:45 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: RKV

We sre got way more freedom than anywheres else,, and no state or prop taxes.

If you’ve never lived here, you can’t begin to get a handle on how it is; different country than lower 48; which in itself promotes a different mindset towards govt.

I could never live back east ever again after 20 years in Ak.

I actually spoke to Sarah month and a half back. Told her how awful proud everybody was of her style & grace; also told her it was my belief that she would be the first woman Pres in USA;;;; should have seen the smile on her face. Then I gave her a gal bag of moose & caribou dry meat, which she opened right up. If you only had watched what she has done since the 90’s up here; you would be in awe of her.


28 posted on 07/05/2009 6:07:51 PM PDT by Eska
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To: Al B.

Absolutely, Palin has put herself out there so it sure would be nice if we all had her back.

She may not make it to the presidency but she may too. The success in the next election and her part in it is crucial, imo. If she clearly becomes a national leader, she has what it takes to win.


29 posted on 07/05/2009 6:12:05 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: autumnraine
Not when Alaska has had to chase Russian Air jets out of American airspace. When I say ALASKA, I mean the Alaskan National Guard. When I say Alaskan National Guard, I mean the Governor of Alaska is the Commander in Chief to them.

The Alaska Air National Guard has two wings - one of KC-135s and one of C-130s and C-17s. Neither type is used to chase Russian Air jets out of American airspace. What is used to do that are regular Air Force squadrons out of Elmendorf F-15s and F-22s.

A Russian jet is heading the 50 miles or so to AMERICAN SOIL and you think we should sit around and wait on the Air Force to get there?

They seem to be doing OK so far.

30 posted on 07/05/2009 6:12:28 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Eska

That is SO awesome. You are so lucky to have Sarah as your Governor, I look forward to what she does in the future. Such a wonderful human being, it is awful and it breaks my heart what the left continue to say and do to her. We need more Sarah’s in this world, this country would be in a lot better shape


31 posted on 07/05/2009 6:12:46 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: curth
Oh, and one more thing, Sarah took on her former boss, Governor Frank Murkowski, and defeated him in a landslide primary election

And who do the elitist talking heads quote when they want to show that Palin isn't popular even with some Republicans? LISA MURKOWSKI, the Republican senator from Alaska and Frank's daughter.

Lisa's been playing payback the past couple of days -- and only ONCE have I heard a TV talking head explain that ol' Lisa may have an ulterior motive for trashing Palin. The media is in a frenzy to destroy Sarah.


32 posted on 07/05/2009 6:21:48 PM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: autumnraine

LOL. A Russian jet on full burn and low alt WILL hit AK airspace rather quickly. And whether it’s ANG or USAF, they have their contigancies in place to react before any higher ups CAN be informed.

And no, I don’t wait or rely on anyone from the gov to help me out.


33 posted on 07/05/2009 6:22:06 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: curth
I believe the liberals and other assorted hacks are once again mis-underestimating this lady. She is genuine, patriotic, and charismatic.

Her resignation from the Governor position is a calculated risk. Right now there is a huge leadership vacuum in the GOP, with only token, diminutive opposition to some of the big ticket items. This lack of opposition was clearly exemplified when Dick Cheney had to come out of retirement to successfully speak out about national security. I believe Sarah touched briefly on this lack of voice in a recent interview with Hannity.

I believe Sarah is trying to be part of this voice of opposition. It requires someone of a high political stature who can get through all the political noise to reach the ears of the people. When Sarah speaks a whole lot of people listen- even those who discredit her.

Don't know if this will lead to winning the Presidency. It will definitely help her to be closer to people in the lower 48, to get around a lot of the disinformation. I am reminded of when she said that if they expect her to sit down and shut up, they are mistaken.

34 posted on 07/05/2009 6:28:19 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Sarah Barracuda

She may be one of the few patriots remaining. Folks she needs our prayers for wisdom and protection.


35 posted on 07/05/2009 6:30:22 PM PDT by bytesmith
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To: RKV

LOL tell that to the gov of ANY state


36 posted on 07/05/2009 6:41:13 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Melas
You're opinion of Palin is irrelevant to those who support her.
37 posted on 07/05/2009 7:02:20 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Kackikat

Excellent post!


38 posted on 07/05/2009 7:08:46 PM PDT by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: Kackikat

Bump


39 posted on 07/05/2009 7:12:26 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: curth

Too many, the lines between entertainment and reality are totally blurred.


40 posted on 07/05/2009 7:21:02 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: STARWISE

The only article that nails the why of Sarah Palin and her resignation.


41 posted on 07/05/2009 7:22:08 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Excellent article. Gary seems to know Palin extremely well. I believe he is spot on, and Palin is asking those who have similar views to join her crusade. I’m in.

Enough whining about the GOP, we now have someone on the national stage (if that is the way she goes) to voice our concerns, present a challenge, and rectify the wrongs being done.


42 posted on 07/05/2009 7:26:12 PM PDT by militanttoby
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To: curth

She was last seen meeting behind closed doors with someone named John Galt...


43 posted on 07/05/2009 7:28:41 PM PDT by Tuxedo (The seeds of the next Revolution are sown....)
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To: RKV
From the perspective of raw resources and strategy geopolitical location it probably one of the most important states in the union...but most just don't get it (The "You can see Russia from Alaska" comment was really a relevant point....the Bering straits is a back door between Eurasia and N America...any conflict between the US and Russia or China and the Bering Straits is going to be a nuclear Jutland and who wins it probably wins the war
44 posted on 07/05/2009 7:34:30 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: militanttoby
Exactly~ I saw quite a discussion at Instapundit about this and some suggestions she for a new party -- Tea Party, Glenn pointed out that we've already been there, done that, this is an opportunity to take back the GOP to the fine party we know it can be...

BTW people forget she seems to have a very good relationship with Michael Steele, as much as people have been unhappy with him, this could actually be a huge plus for her as they are both sort of GOP outsiders (compared to the Romney's, McCain's and even Huckabee's)... it actually cracked me up that Chris Wallace was asking Huckabee for his take today -- WHAT did Chris expect from Huck who is probably dancing a happy jig thinking this gave him his opening -- little does he know we don't like him either.

45 posted on 07/05/2009 7:34:45 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Perhaps, but one day soon, one side is going to get to say to the other, “Told ya so.” so I’m making sure that I’m on record. Trust me, I’m well aware that Palin fanboys would be merciless, so I’m prepared to do the same when primaries come and primaries go, and no Palin on the ticket.


46 posted on 07/05/2009 7:39:39 PM PDT by Melas
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To: Melas
Pure pap.

You my friend, are lacking in judgement.
47 posted on 07/05/2009 8:26:11 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: tophat9000

Money and votes matter. Alaska doesn’t have that much of either. Money will buy you resources. Geopolitical strategic locations aren’t in the middle of nowhere. They are where economic and population centers are. Russia and China don’t need to transit the Bering to get to the US.


48 posted on 07/05/2009 8:42:21 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: RKV

If you think money will buy you resources you’re going to be screwed. Resource nationalism has become an enourmous problem since the escalation of commodity prices in the early part of this decade. We are now competing with China and Russia for energy, base, strategic and precious metals and losing badly. Ask Royal Dutch Shell how their billions were stolen from them by Putin at Sakhalin. Most of the world’s remaining large oil and gas and metals deposits are located in areas western companies simply do not want to go and are no longer welcome. Or, they may be welcomed in but once they’ve sunk billions into engineering and development the projects are nationalized.

Deposits in geopolitcally stable locales are extremely tough to come by. Alaska is in that respect possibly the best location on the planet for large deposits in a politcally stable environment.


49 posted on 07/05/2009 9:51:48 PM PDT by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
To hear those pundits on Fox today, with the exception of Bill Crystal. A buddy of mine made a comment that seems like fox is no better than nbc.

I completely understand why she resigned; she couldn't get anything constructive accomplished as gov when dems keep hounding her with rediculous charges. Now Parnell (he's a good guy) will get some experience and win nx election hands down; Palin done right.

I've watched all the good Palin has done up here over the last 15 years; fantastic leader who does the right thing even if it sets the repub leadership off. If Sarah was a dem, I'd still support her; that's how for real & fair she really is.

50 posted on 07/05/2009 10:12:32 PM PDT by Eska
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