Tuesday, October 18, 2011

'Grizzly Fest' Online Summit – The Restoration Continues

On October 5th, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin let everyone know she would not seek the GOP nomination for the presidency at this time. She urged supporters to join her in continuing to fight to restore America’s “greatness, goodness, and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.”

On Oct. 29th Palin supporters will gather for Grizzly Fest, an historic online summit to move ahead with a positive agenda of reform. Because we’ve still got our Grrrr on … Way ON!

Join your friends in the Palin grassroots movement including (Steve Bannon, Tammy Bruce, Jedidiah Bila, Peter Singleton, and representatives from C4P, O4P, Texans4Palin, and Team Sarah) to renew, reload and re-organize. The idea for Grizzly Fest sprang from Tammy Bruce’s suggestion for a Palinista “Meet-Up” to plot our next steps. It gathered steam during a recent Roderic Deane radio show. We’ve rounded-up an inspiring group of Grizzlies to discuss the success of the movement so far, the ongoing work of restoration, and what comes next as we rally around shared values and purpose.

We invite Palin supporters everywhere to listen in LIVE to this important discussion on Saturday, Oct. 29th from 2-5 p.m. ET, and to share their own ideas in our dedicated forums. We will be announcing more details about this event in coming days, and launching a Grizzly Fest website.

After the historic elections of 2010, the conservative movement is on the ascendancy.
Now more than ever we have an opportunity to unite alongside Governor Palin to actively and “aggressively” support true public servants who will stop runaway government debt and job-killing regulations. We have the unique opportunity to promote free markets and energy independence. We have the opportunity as a large grassroots movement to continue to hold our elected leaders accountable, and to dismantle the government crony system that stymies our entrepreneurial spirit and siphons away untold billions from our public treasury.

We must fight for leaner government at all levels. We must defeat the permanent political class.

Over the last three years millions of us have drawn inspiration from a once little-known governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin has set the standard of public service — from her days as city council member, then as mayor, chairwoman of the Alaskan gas and oil commission, vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska. She gave us the VISION of what we wanted in a leader.

Now it’s still up to us as constitutional conservatives to make that vision a reality across the country, to advance her vision of reform, ethics, and fiscal responsibility, and to support leaders with the restoration agenda.

The battle awaits. And we remain UNDEFEATED.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

We're Here, We're Clear, Get Used To It

On July 18th I posted an article about promoting "The Undefeated" in north Texas. In the piece I made the following statement:

"There is something especially unique about Sarah Palin supporters. Not only are they energized, optimistic, confident and patriotic, but when you meet a Palin Patriot you immediately feel as if you are kindred spirits—almost like family."

Today, my fellow patriot - Josh Painter - wrote an article about Governor Palin's October 5th announcement where she declared she will not be seeking the GOP nomination in 2012.

To me, the most signifigant part of his piece was the following statement:

"Sarah Palin's strongest supporters are in no hurry to jump to any other candidate's ship. Indeed, her own ship is not sinking. It has only lowered its sails "at this time." Make no mistake: when a favorable breeze is felt, the canvas will again be hoisted. No one GOP presidential candidate even comes close to offering the complete package Gov. Palin's supporters still see in her."

Sarah, I'm not going anywhere. The majority of your support base is on board with you. And to those that have gone astray, I can guarantee, still share the same love for you and your principles that they did on October 4th.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Open Letter to Governor Palin

Guest submission by: Anonymous
Dear Sarah,

I write this letter from the ultra-liberal, government owned and occupied state of New York.  I am deeply saddened about your decision to not run for president in the 2012 election cycle.  While I respect your decision and reasons for declining to run at this time, I beg you to reconsider.  

Please know that this is not mere idol worship on my part.  I am a cynical conservative from New York.  I have studied your record as Mayor of Wasilla, Commissioner of Oil and Gas, Governor of Alaska, VP candidate in 2008 and campaigner in the 2010 elections.  From studying your 20+ year political career, I know that you are a real deal reformer and exactly what America needs right now.

While I have a strong faith in God and engage in private prayer on occasion, I’m not exactly what you would call “church going folk.”  However, I want you to know that before your decision, I made it over to my local church—St. John the Baptist—dipped my fingers in the Holy Water, made the sign of the cross, got down on bended knees and prayed that God would urge you to run.  I did the same shortly after your decision and asked Him to make you reconsider.

I watched “The Undefeated” last night for the third time.  There was a part in the film that inspired me to write this letter.  It was around the time of great tumult for Alaska. Rick Halford urged you to run for Governor.  He reminded you about the biblical story of David and the Five Stones.   He said, “You have the Five Stones.  You have the right positions on ethics. On energy. On governments appropriate role.  You’re different—Alaska needs something different.  And while you won’t have the establishment support,  Alaska needs change and you should run for Governor.”

Well Sarah, I’m writing today to say—you STILL have the Five Stones.  Those stones that Halford spoke to you about that applied to Alaska, now apply to our great country.  This country is in serious trouble.  Like Alaska needed you back then, America needs you now.   After four years of Barack Obama, America needs serious change and serious reform.

I am sure that you are aware of an online movement on Facebook called “Sarah Palin’s Earthquake.”  It is a gathering of thousands of like-minded supporters—like me—who are not idol worshiping, but have studied your record and accomplishments and know that you are the right person for the job.  In short, we want you to reconsider.   If you decline, please know that the majority of us understand and we will continue to support you and your quest to re-take the Senate and saving the House in 2012.


The Long March

Guest submission by: Del Parker
Thank you Gov. Palin. 
Thank you Peter Singleton and the Iowa crew. 
And thank you Stephen Bannon. 
And thank you gentle folks in Texas and OK and one from NM that made their way with me to Indianola, September 3rd. 
I too listened to Gov. Palin’s “…you don’t need a title to make a difference…” interview a week before her October 5th announcement not to run.  I feared there would be no run.  A fundamental requirement by the electorate of a presidential candidate, though not enumerated in the Constitution, is the candidate seeks  the office.  So I was of course puzzled in the hearing, as everything I was listening to defied everything I knew about Sarah from Alaska. 
And then, a week later, I became a grief counselor of sorts, taking calls from supporters that were in tears or angry, trying to understand just what was happening, and how and why everything that they had hoped for and worked for had seemingly evaporated.  And yes, this decision not to run was final.  Indeed, Sarah called out Gov. Christie for being indecisive about not running, to underscore the finality of her decision, as Sarah Palin was going to have none of that.  She was not running.  And an audible was given for Herman Cain and his 999 Plan, so any supporters that had to leave immediately, could do so, and make exit. 
I offered up the following explanation. Gov. Palin was planning a strategic late entry, and the Establishment GOP, supporting Gov. Romney, had advanced the primary dates a month or so.  This turned three months of preparation for the early primaries to two months, which included at least three holidays.  There was all of one million dollars in SarahPAC.  And in a short race, although Iowa was perhaps ready, NH, SC, and FL were not, and there was insufficient time to effectively organize the one-on-one ground game of o4p in the shorter time frame.  So ad money would in part become the means of winning perhaps 2 or 3 of the early states, and the previous survey of expected O4P financial support, including the money bomb, was not deemed sufficient to prevail.  Faced with these difficult and seemingly unsolvable challenges of being squeezed for time and money in the early state primaries, another door was closed.  The establishment-controlled GOP made it clear they would not be supporting her candidacy, in the primary, or in the general. 
This last point of no support, or even quasi-neutral support, from the GOP Establishment, even if  Gov. Palin were to secure the GOP nomination, would ensure Obama’s victory, as would a ruled-out third-party candidacy.  And Gov. Palin, first, is a problem solver and coalition builder.  She has successfully reached out to liberals, with a track record for governing as a social libertarian. And she is joined by conservative Democrats on cutting spending and a balanced budget.  But not having the backing of her own party is lacking a key element of her coalition. Indeed, some state filings require the party to certify her candidacy, and that event itself may have been clouded or subject to delay.  In any case, the GOP was bought and paid for and locked up against her, working actively against her in the primary, and offering no support in the General.  So, given all this, there was no clear path to the presidency, and her entry would increase the likelihood of an Obama reelection, given the present status quo. 
Challenging the status quo of an entrenched enemy on the left and on the supposed right is a many faceted exercise.  Gov. Palin, just by threatening to enter the race, has already perhaps effectively prevented the entry of other GOP establishment figures more formidable than Gov. Romney, as it would split the GOP establishment vote, while Gov. Palin would gain most of the conservative and independent vote.  A survey of how the dynamics of the campaign would likely unfold weighed on the decision.  Had Sarah announced on October 5th, the heavy lifting would have fallen to her.  But the heavy lifting is ours. 
Yes, we had 60 coming out of Texas to Indianola, but that is not the 800,000 or so needed for the FL Primary, or the 60 million needed to clean the Senate and House in November 2012.  Sarah Palin can not restore this nation. Only Americans can restore this nation.  And when Sarah from Alaska closed the door on a presidential campaign, on October 5, she did indeed feel a sense of relief, and a confirmation, as the realization is now hopefully stark and clear, the burden truly falls to each of us to raise the banner of restoration for this nation. 
And an interesting thing happened following the announcement.  We are still here, and have actually grown.  There is no one else that I want to see in the presidency other than Sarah Palin.  There is no one else that is the author of the five-point plan.  There is no one else that has the vision to present and implement the terms of the Palin Doctrine to guide this nation’s foreign policy.  All these things are so right for America, and right for America at this time.  There is no one else that has the ability and vetted credentials to campaign for relentless reform.  All 60 of the folks that went to Indianola out of Texas and OK are still here, and still waiting to see this nation make itself ready for the likes of Sarah from Alaska to become President. 
But, as Jelayne Sessler, PalinDefender and o4p Ft. Worth, has commented, “… [on October 5th] all she had was us.”  And Organize 4 Palin, as it stands now, given the constraints of money and time, is not enough to restore this nation, and make this nation ready to accept Sarah Palin as president.  And Gov. Palin did the correct thing, as this race is to be run, in a manner that it can be won.  If, after the lawyers have made clear, the GOP establishment fine print for running a presidential campaign, makes Sarah Palin’s presidential campaign an insurmountable mountain to climb, Gov. Palin has done well to immediately change tactics and alter course. 
Rather than sell her soul to the GOP establishment, Sarah Palin has stood in the St. Louis arena, and declared, “…Palin is not for sale.”  And she has taken what was to be a presidential campaign to the next level and done what only Sarah Palin can do.  She has upped the volume. It will not just be a campaign for the presidency, but a campaign for every office in America.  It will be a campaign for the ideas of Sarah Palin. Relentless Reform, Fighting Crony Capitalism and Pay for Play, the Five Point Plan of Restoring States Rights, Repealing Obamacare, Reigning in Spending, Restoring Energy Resources, and Lowering the Tax Rate, and implementation of the Palin Doctrine. 
Organize 4 Palin is still here, as we have no where else really to go.  And while there are leaders, such as Cain that can articulate parts of Palin’s ideas, there is no leader on the national stage whose ideas these all are by heart. So it is Game On.  Let the chips fall.  The burden is on o4p and on Americans  throughout this land to do what it takes to set the stage for these ideas, which are worth fighting for, to come to fruition.  When the burden of bringing restoration to this nation is lifted by Americans throughout this land, Sarah from Alaska will have a path to the presidency.  Until then, as Peter Singleton reflected late in the night of October 5, we have a long march ahead.
‘Texas is Palin Country’ Bus Trip to Indianola, Iowa on September 3rd, 2011