Fired up 15

Sarah Palin is a shrewd politician. She foresaw the death panels – for which she was (as so often) viciously mocked by the Left. Now we have death panels – or, if you prefer, health care rationing. A life-saving drug might not be offered to you under Obamacare. But you must not call the people who decide that for you a panel. And although you will die for lack of the drug, the deciders most emphatically may not be called a death panel. Yet that is what they are.

Of course, Sarah Palin’s religion is nutty. But then, whose isn’t? We don’t see that the beliefs taught by the Wasilla Assembly of God are any more insane than those taught by any other church.

At present she is supporting Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, and has said she would like to be in his cabinet to head the Department of Energy – in order to get rid of it. Good idea!

Neither she nor Trump is a political philosopher. Is that a drawback to governing well?

Sarah Palin writes:

Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press! There is no denying Donald J. Trump’s accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed. His own success is testament to the job-creating achievements made possible when one applies the courageous and tenacious pro-private sector precepts we need to fire up the economy. Trump joins a competitive field of GOP candidates that will duke it out in the arena of ideas and track records, a field representing diverse achievements. This, in contrast with the pro-big government party’s practice of merely anointing a chosen one, thus robbing voters of healthy debate.

Key to conservative’s victory is to do our own vetting of each candidate, focus on their ability to unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit and dramatically shrink government in order to prioritize our nation’s security. That means we ignore the media’s participation in the liberals’ Pantsuit Politics of Personal Destruction. THEN, on an even playing field, in 2016 we charge forward after the radical left hears America shout, “You’re fired!”

– Sarah Palin

We would like to know readers’ views on the abolition of the Department of Energy, and whether ‘The Donald” is the president America needs now.

Posted under Commentary, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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  • Kerry

    Let me wade in here. Cautiously! I am still not convinced Trump is the correct standard-bearer. I am not adverse necessarily, but I will keep my powder dry. He has still not faced the scrutiny that will come if he is the nominee and he bristles every time someone asks him a tough question. His finances, girlfriends, and other skeletons will be revealed and that concerns me. Having said that I appreciate how he is shaking up the establishment.

    And, Liz…firing people in the federal government is much different then in private practice. I wish it were not so, but it is. I can see no end of lawsuits when he tries to “have his way” with Washington. You may applaud that, but I see further gridlock.

    If you can forgive Trump his flip-floppy style, then why cannot you offer the same olive branch to Fiorina who has certainly grown in understand on many of these issues and is a soberly minded and thoughtful person.

    As for government, of course it needs to shrink. EPA, Dept. of ED, IRS to a certain extent, maybe Commerce could go. DOE (Energy) could be downsized but there are some legitimate things they must do. Nuclear comes to mind and scientific research as well. Some of the necessary things they do could be moved to other agencies perhaps. The point is, conservatives rally around “Close This Close That” but it is never as simple as the slogan.

    I remember when Reagan wanted to close down the Dept of Ed. He was well into the process until he received a letter signed by some 180 Members of Congress telling him that unless he put the money back into the Education budget, he would not get his MX missile treaty. His decision was simple. If one cannot protect the shores, then it does not matter what one believes about education, so the money went back in and that battle was left to fight another day. He got the MX Missile funding!

    And a final word on Palin…REALLY, is she really the best of what America has to offer? Think about that for a minute. Please!

    • Thank you, Kerry. I see the sense of much that you say here.

      Palin is not “the best America has to offer” (who is?), but she’s much better than the Left gives her credit for – and a darned sight better than Hillary! Fiorina is better than Palin, and need not be blamed for her wrong view of Islam IF she has realized that she was mistaken.

      • Kerry

        Yes Palin is better then Hillary, but if it is a lady one wants, then there is the Senator from NH, the Senator from Iowa, the Governor from NM, and there is always Condi Rice. Fact is Condi is brilliant. Yes, I know she cannot be much now because of her affiliation with W. Any of these gals..sorry for the word…would be better then Palin.

        Understand Jillian, I am not an apologist for Carly. I just appreciate her manner and thoughtful knowledgable answers. I believe, but do not know, that her opinions on the Islam problem worldwide would be equally well thought through…her past statements notwithstanding. This is arguably one of the most important issues for me anyway, and I will be watching and listening to how she responds.

        • Condi is brilliant. Absolutely. But her brilliance did not help her to understand the Middle East. She thought – and said, but I have no link to give you at this moment – that the Israeli-Palestinian issue was like and comparable to the American race problem. It isn’t. Not remotely.

          • Kerry

            You are correct of course. She made some errors, as did every government, in understanding the issues over there and she will pay that price for the rest of her career. I think she would have a different impression of that situation today. I have not spoken to her in a long time, but she is teachable in every sense, which I think also makes her ideal. Nevertheless, we will not be seeing her on the national stage.And of course you probably saw today that the Khameini pledged that Israel will not be around in 25 years! Sweet guy! And this is the guy we trust on the Iranian deal. (snark)

    • liz

      Most presidents replace people from the previous administration when they take office. Bush didn’t as much and it was a disaster. Gridlock is sometimes better than compromise. At any rate if you do nothing out of fear of gridlock or lawsuits, etc, you’ll never accomplish anything – much like the present GOP establishment!

      • Kerry

        Liz, I would like to see your analysis on W not appointing
        his allotment of people to the government. I do know a little about this subject and I believe you are in error on that point. So show me where I am wrong, just don’t echo
        talking points from somewhere.

        For example, from what I know…or think I know, there are some 7,000 appointments that the President can make according to the plum book. This is the book that every incoming administration receives that lists the positions available.

        As for recess appointments, Obama has done far less of these
        then did Reagan for example, who I think made the most of any President. W falls next in line and then Clinton followed by 41 (GHWB)

        On judicial appointments W appointed far more non-traditional
        judges to the bench then any of his predecessors including women and Hispanics, but his record was not so good with African-Americans. As for Ambassadorships, W appointed more…4 in 10…non-career people….read political
        appointees here, then his predecessors.

        Again, I could be mistaken. I am not an apologist for W but lets be sure of our facts.

        • liz

          I don’t have an analysis, it’s just “talking points”, as you say.
          But I stand by my original point that we need a President who will get in there and unapologetically put this train wreck in reverse, whatever that entails.
          It will undoubtedly make a lot of people mad – let them whine!
          Whatever else they might say about Trump, that’s one thing that I don’t think would bother him in the least.

  • liz

    Not only does the Department of Energy need to go, but about 10-20-50(?) other departments, including the EPA, the IRS, and of course the FED.
    I love Palin’s vision of 2016 – America shouting to the leftist scumbags who’ve been infesting government – “you’re fired!”
    I like Trump – not for his rather checkered political past opinions, but for the way he’s kicking butt now. He seems to be unbeatable, which is very appealing.
    We need a strong leader who doesn’t fear the political establishment or the media, and who won’t lose his momentum once he’s in office, and I think he fits the bill for that. I’m still not sure if I agree with all his positions on issues, but from what I’ve seen so far they’re good enough. Why mess with success?

    • A very nice reply! Thank you, liz. The way you’ve put it could not be better.

      Trump is a success person if ever there was one!

      • liz

        Right – and he has no problem firing people!

        • Unfortunately, Trump is now idiotically saying that the US must take in Syrian “refugees”!

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  • Azgael

    Considering all the alternatives…he is the only real choice, Carson would make a good surgeon general but not a good president, fiorina is a muslim sympathiser and pro amnesty, Cruz wants to quadruple H1B visas so he is a non starter, all the others are RINOS, its either trump or 4 more years of what they have now.

    • Thanks, Azgael.

      I’m comoing round to thinking of most of them much as you do.