Skip to comments.Governor Palin’s Closing Argument On Her Fox News Special “Paying At The Pump”
Posted on 04/15/2012 7:20:26 AM PDT by ak267
Palin: Heres the deal. There is that inherent link between energy and prosperity and energy and security. Oil prices affect everything in our lives, including even where we send our sons and daughters in war. Bottom line is we need to drill more here where God seems to have dumped a storehouse of safe energy supply right underfoot. Developing resources here grows our economy. It decreases trade imbalance. It creates hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs and it secures our union by eliminating dependence on dangerous foreign regimes, regimes that use energy as a weapon. Access to affordable energy and ethical trade, thats the real all-of-the-above approach and it is key to America security.
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I really really like how she couches this. To me, Newt was almost on target with his emphasis on energy. And by almost, I mean he let some consultant tell him that the phrase to use is “two dollar fifty cent gasoline” - when in fact, Palin’s message that energy is every thing, energy is every issue - is far more powerful.
Energy is THE issue because energy impacts EVERY OTHER ISSUE - even the social issues. Palin gets it.
I am so sad this woman decided to sit out this election. So sad.
Yes Sarah gets the entire picture, personal freedom and liberty, which is why the left fears her.
I would only say don’t get obsessed with people, get obsessed with ideas. Her ideas on energy are critical and those ideas can live on in this election whether or not she is officially a candidate.
In fact, those ideas might gain more traction if she is not a candidate per se.
Energy is the issue, period, because it does literally impact every part of our lives, and therefore, every other possible issue.
The election would be done in a month.
July 4th, 2012, Obama concedes presidential election based on polls, 92.4% Gingrich/Palin ... Obama 4.2%
I’m not obsessed with people. I’m not obsessed with her. However, I believe her bowing out this election cycle opened the door to the fiasco this GOP primary has become.
We’ve had to settle for 2nd or 3rd tier candidates (or worse) who couldn’t close the deal, couldn’t get the voters enthused, and now we appear to be left with the worst of the lot.
I’m not obsessed with people. I’m disgusted with events.
If Romney had an ounce of brains he'd commit this sentence to memory and repeate a zillion times before the election.
But, as we all know.....
Bang on bcsco.
Last year (Oct 5th), after Palin said “no” to running, I was POed big time. Twas a sad night at my neighborhood bar.
Next day, I visited two candidate’s (CONSERVATIVES) offices to help their efforts. Sarah may not be in the race but others who have a similar philosophy ARE.
Sarah got me interested in politics again.
To quote Plato: “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”
(Running for US Senate, Nebraska)
(Running for Nebraska’s 45th Legislative District)
If you are going to throw water on a fire, you had better have something else to bring light to the argument to replace it with.
Are you implying that she is not to be a messenger for whatever reason? Ideas just don't migrate by osmosis.
Your post just sounds like the person on the street complaining about the government when they are not even registered to vote.
“I am so sad this woman decided to sit out this election. So sad.....”
It kind of hits you over and over doesn’t it?......I feel a tremendous sense of loss for the country and bitterness towards not only the media but her own party who closed the door on her.....Watching her Fox special I kept thinking “What a waste”.....She did a great job but seemed out of place.....This woman is a leader, not a tv host......
What in the hell are you talking about? You are so far off base it’s not worth a response.
I simply meant Sarah’s message was very important whether she was a candidate or not. I simply meant that we should not spend so much time worrying about her lack of candidacy and spend time promoting her issues - which is what SHE IS DOING.
I’ll recommend you tighten up on that reading comprehension and ratchet down the paranoia a tad while I’m at it.
(note to mazda77) don’t take this personally, this is more of a philosophical response.
I think what he was saying is that people come and go, live and die, engage and disengage, but ideas go on. And it’s the ideas that we must embrace.
I predict Sarah will engage in a political race someday (heck, she could run for school council and I’d fly from Nebraska to support her) but there’s an equal chance of her saying “the heck with it” and go back to private live. She could be a commentator, an advocate, a ground-support adviser, full time mom or a slew of other things. The world is at her feet and she’s young and healthy. To paraphrase a certain feminist malcontent, SHE HAS IT ALL AND THAT’S WHY THEY HATE HER SO MUCH!!!!
She could also come out the next day and say “I’ve got cancer and it’s terminal” or there could be plane crash, a serious family situation and so on and so forth. As much as love this gal, she is MORTAL after all and if she exits the stage then what? You’ve just shot your emotional/psychological ammo and now you’re lost. Sarah would be pissed to hear such things because she would of failed to reach the people’s minds. I think the term “rock star” really grinds her because it devalues her leadership/intellect and pumps up a pop culture mentality.
“I would only say dont get obsessed with people, get obsessed with ideas”....
It’s not being obsesses with a person.....It’s seeing commom sense leadership with the right ideas going to waste.....There is no other GOP candidate with those qualities and charisma to boot....Whether you like it or not charisma has something to do with it....Palin has both.....
I know what you mean by bitterness. Just this week, when the GOP seemed to go into ballistic-level defense of Ann Romney (which was an entirely good, commendable and proper course of action), I couldn’t help but contrast this to the way the GOP never came to the defense of Palin or her family throughout the most unprecedentedly outlandish attacks, from coordinated Dem attempts to bankrupt her and her family to the media trying to accuse her of complicity in the mass-murder in Tucson. Where the hell was her ‘own’ Party throughout this and beyond?
Sure makes it seem as though there is a different set of rules if one is part of the “elite” GOP-establishment crowd, versus a conservative/outsider/reformer... the latter gets treated like worthless trash. Really altered my entire view of the Republican Party, in a most negative way, after decades of voting exclusively GOP. Total watershed situation for me, these past four years.
If you don’t think a lot of folks around here are obsessed with people over ideas, you are not paying attention. And I really really really really tire of any notion that Sarah Palin is of great value as a non candidate means the commenter is anti Palin. I really tire of it. It’s moronic. Its close minded. It’s paranoid. It’s illogical.
She is NOT a candidate. Her IDEAS are STILL VALID. Learn it, live it, love it. That is NOT an anti Palin sentiment. Quite the opposite in fact.
Such a law/national policy would end our budget deficits, our debt and all these damn wars for oil/foreign entanglements that kill our kids and poison our national spirit. No more bowing to Saudi Kings!!!
The more I think about it, it's too important to be a law. It should be an Amendment to the Constitution!
Most here at FR are obsessed with a philosophy and when a leader espouses them, most would raise that leader, period. Present another leader who is willing to do the same as her in both in words and actions and most will likewise.
As I said, ideas just don’t migrate by osmosis so a leader who is not afraid the espouse a philosophy with articulate confidence is deserving of the mantle. Ergo, the desire in many that she would have taken on not only the liberal media but also the Republican establishment.
That is all. Without a leader who walks the walk, ideas are just mere words and catchy phrases.
I disagree with that assessment of a lot of Freepers regarding Palin and others. More often than not, people pick a leader and then assign certain qualities to that leader, or over look problems with that leader, so as not to pop their personality culture bubble. Again, this is not a statement about Palin, it's about the dynamic of personality obsession in general.
Ergo, the rest of your point is moot.
Wow, screw the constitution, supply and demand, and reality - just pass a law. Methinks Palin herself would laugh that one off. I get the sentiment, but so many problems with that it's hard to know where to start.
Having said that, I am all for using the resources we have as soon and as quickly as we can so that our own energy is a more viable option.
Then they go their separate ways with the only comment being that it was just two mothers talking about children and grand children, their love of God and Country and ... the cost of living in America.
Two very distinctly different yet conservative views of what it means to be a woman and a mom and a wife and a American - and liberals cannot fathom or stand either version.
Energy which is inexpensive & available is the key to economic prosperity. Obama&Cronies are trying to make energy costly & unavailable on >purpose. Green-energy = bogus energy. +Green-energy is just another way for CroniesOfObama to ‘loot’ the USA.
Oil is essential for our modern world. Oil is necessary for the manufacturer & transport of the >bogus Green-energy projects. +Oil makes our everyday modern life possible.
Foreign oil is the most >expensive oil in the world. Obama&Cronies require USA soldiers to die for foreign oil. The USA has the largest military in the world which is being used to protect foreign oil & NOT the USA.
An unemotional observer might think Obama&Cronies are being ‘paid-off’ by crooked-dictators in oil-countries. Why else would inexpensive USA oil be limited & >expensive foreign-oil be protected with American lives & our military. (The price of foreign should NOT be measured in oil-dollars alone. The cost of American lives & military must be included too.)
It’s now time to WATERBOARD all politicians. (An appropriate ending for a “RANT”> as it said on FreeRepublic, the >longer the comment, the more it becomes a rant.)
It also just so happens everyone Romney and his team have gone dirty nasty on politically has been female: first muscling a female primary opponent out of one race, then the (granted, unpopular) sitting female GOP guv out of another, then almost blowing it against the female Democrat guv candidate by himself being nastily condescending, then cynically adding a female lt. guv to his ticket but shutting her out of actual governance, and of course all of what he had his henchmen do to Palin starting in ‘08.
Romney does have a major vulnerability in his attitude toward women, and that is something that Obama’s team will poke and prod at until he trips up and displays it through his own inartfulness.
God seems to have dumped a storehouse of safe energy right underfoot.
God seems to have dumped a storehouse of safe energy right underfoot.
- - - eliminating dependence on dangerous foreign regimes!
- - - eliminating dependence on dangerous foreign regimes!
Jerry Pournelle has often made the argument that cheap energy and low gov’t regulation and taxation made the American economic miracle. It’s hard to argue against for thinking people.
He’s about the only guy out there who was against Iraq from the beginning that I have respect for.
Wow, got a thing for drama? As to problems, we have more problems following the path we are on than with what I advocate.
Reality? The reality of supply and demand dictates we take advantage of what we have right here, right now.
We have the proven oil and natural gas reserves, the business infrastructure and legal system in place to be absolutely energy independent thanks to we have here in North America.
Problems? Did you just get out of class? Catch up. It is the roadblocks our political opposition has put in place that have created the problems!
And, it is the political opposition that prevents us from ending these wars for, and foreign entanglements about, oil.
The progressive political opposition and their anti-American policies are keeping us from the economic transformation developing our abundant, stable domestic energy supplies and exports would bring about.
Pass the law! Only North American energy! We've got it, let's use it. No more bowing for oil!
The GOP didn’t come to the defense of Sarah Palin and the Palin family BECAUSE Mitt Romney was the source of much of the attacks.
You are terribly confused. You are missing the problem altogether and apparently have no idea how the world market works and how oil is fungible.
You also confused me not liking your lame brained idea with wanting the status quo, which is what liberals do all the time - and children - present false choices. Which are you?
The issue of our having plenty of energy resources will not be solved by using only American energy. It will be solved by removing barriers to American energy. Once American energy is on the world market, prices will tumble and it doesn’t really matter whether the gallon of gas I buy or the kilowatt hour of electricity I buy was generated with domestic or foreign raw material.
I am all about using American energy. I just know what is - and what is NOT - keeping us from doing it. Meanwhile, if we passed your dream law BEFORE we started producing our energy, our economy would crash and gas would be 35 bucks a gallon.
Wear your cleats if you want to wade into energy policy with me. We tee off from the tips and we don’t allow mulligans. Your first shot is out of bounds....
Oooh, a golf metaphor. Aren’t you the hipster.
Uh, you got a problem with a golf metaphor? Or are you trying to be hip thru snark?
You were being pompous and still are.
Try a little less honking *at* people, if you expect to persuade, as well as weaning yourself away from writing glowingly about yourself when it’s not even pertinent to the subject at hand.
You might be taken a little more seriously, if you do.
Oh, believe me, I know! But it ultimately IS an indictment of the Party. I can’t overstate how much it has thoroughly damaged my respect, my faith, and my trust in the GOP. Things that were formulated and solidified for me back during the era of Reagan.
I have never said using "American", I said North American. Do you know where we get most of our coal, oil and gas now?
As to economics, you apparently are unaware of supply and demand, how the futures markets work and the cost of bring a product to market. Please, do some research.
The Laws of supply and demand and market economics have not been repealed. Quick clue: Why do the dems want to release some of the strategic oil reserve when prices are politically harmful? To lower the price!
Now, please review the history, before and after, of OPEC's control over supply and price of energy. Please research who controls the supply of oil to Europe and reflect on the near future and the price of energy.
Fungible, but not. How much does oil cost in the countries that produce it? Do you think shipping are a cost? Do you think tariffs and taxes are a cost? Do you think regulations are a cost? How much does government intervention and interference raise the price?
At certain points, oil may be a somewhat fungible commodity, but we have chosen to be at the mercy of those who supply it by removing ourselves from the supply line and by over over regulating and over taxing those few who remain.
Get the Fed out and let the market decide, then it will be the fungible product you believe it to be as you seem to define fungible.
American alternative energy? North American energy! Coal, Oil, Gas. Let's use it instead of the imports and watch our economy grow and the world will grow and prosper along with us.
None of that changes the fact that it would be stupid to have such a law, and such a law would not change the main problem. You and I want the same result, but I stand by the fact that your methodology for getting there is flawed tremendously.
...what you don’t know.....won’t affect me....
Wacky elipses with a hint of mystery? It’s an improvement.
Keep it up. You probably should consider avoiding the old “a little birdie told me” thing, though. It has an unfortunate but amusing history here.
But...the more I think about it, the more I want to argue for such a law. Consider what she is saying here:
Oil prices affect everything in our lives, including even where we send our sons and daughters in war.
She's absolutely right, but she vastly understates the reality.
Energy truly is the life's blood of a nation and it's beyond foolish, my granddad would have said "Treasonous!", to make us dependent upon anyone else or keep us from what we have.
The only things more important to our nation's security and defense than our energy resources are our willingness and our ability to defend them.
From that point of view, and given the number of wars and foreign entanglements we've gotten into and the various hornet nests various administrations have stirred up around the world over energy, and will again and again, a law sounds like not only a good idea, but self preservation, all at the same time.
Plus, think of the impact removing US demand from the World energy market would do to the price!
Then, consider the additional impact of our reliably adding to the world supply.
Think that would lower the price of petrol in Europe and beyond? Do you think we would add to more to world stability that way than we do now as world cop?
I am for whatever legal ways that lets us get to true energy independence. I am for whatever reforms we can do to remove the political impediments stopping us from that much better reality!
I think it's going to take a law to make us do the smart/right things, but if we can get it done your way, so much the better.
We call folks who say things like that "liberals." Again, you have a good goal, but an awful and ineffective way to get there. And a damned dangerous way as well.
Just so we're clear on present dangers, our current policy of making our resources off limits is damned dangerous and it's the liberals/progressives of both parties who have given it to us and the wars and such that come with it.
You are making one of the most irritating and childish mistakes anyone can make in a debate - you are linking a dismissal of your ridiculous idea with a support of the status quo.
Once again, that’s what liberals do. Why do you insist on trying this? This is like the third or fourth time you have gone to that rancid well. Quit.
Your idea is foolish and unworkable and would not solve the problem. Period. Done deal.
Edmund’s remarks were appropriate and well stated, just off the mark as to my feelings. I made that clear in my followup post. There is nothing in his post to me to be critical of.