I have added Sarah Palin to this website because, like Ron Paul, she has been demonized. I owe her an
apology. I thought, from what the press said of her, that she was an airhead, a political lightweight. Since
I have read her biographical information on the Internet, I must concede that I was wrong.
As Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin upheld Christian principles, ethics in government, cost cutting and tax
reductions. She was a tough negotiator with Big Oil. She came under heavy attack as John McCain's
running mate in the 2008 election. My conclusion: the attacks on Sarah Palin are motivated by the
perception that she is both an appealing and ethical candidate. Her enemies see her as a possible
successful Presidential candidate in 2012 and as a result, they are deliberately trying to smear her.
Here is what Sarah Palin has to say:
On Sarah Palin: "If I have to label myself, I would happily slap on a sticker that read, "Commonsense
Constitutional Conservative." I am an Alaskan, with an inbred spirit of independence we are so proud of
in our state, and I am proud to have been registered in the Republican Party since I was eighteen,
because I believe that the planks of our platform are the strongest foundation upon which to build a
great nation while protecting our God-given liberties." (Sarah Palin, "America by Heart: Reflections on
Family, Faith, and Flag," 2010, p. 266-267).
On the Ten Commandments: "What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all Americans believers,
recognizes as the basis for living a good life? Why can't people just live and let live?
"Part of the answer is the cultural divide between our governing elites and the mass of the American
people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools
don't share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They seem to regard people who believe in God
and regularly attend their church or synagogue as alien beings, people who are "largely poor,
uneducated and easy to command," as the Washington Post once famously put it. Perhaps for this and
other obvious reasons, I often refer to the conventional press as the "lame stream media." The truth is
that we ARE alien -- to them." (Ibid, p. 215).
On ethics: "No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity,
good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant’s heart.
"I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This
was the spirit that brought me to the governor’s office, when I took on the old politics as usual in
Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol’
"Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That’s why
true reform is so hard to achieve. But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up. I
came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics
reform is the law." (Sarah Palin, Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention, Sept. 3, 2008).
On her resignation from the office of Alaska's governor: "Things changed for me on August 29th last
year - the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate... Political operatives descended on
Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over
the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations - such as holding a fish
in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions.
"Every one - all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We've won! But it hasn't been cheap -
the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR
dollars to respond to "opposition research" - that's money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers - or
safer roads. And this political absurdity, the "politics of personal destruction" ... Todd and I are looking
at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the
people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime so they're not going to stop
draining public resources - spending other peoples' money in their game...
Some Alaskans don't mind wasting public dollars and state time. I do. I cannot stand here as your
Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of
Governor." (Sarah Palin, quote taken from "Palin's Reasons for Stepping Down", posted July 5, 2009, The
On the President’s State of the Union address: ""Americans are growing impatient with a White House
that still just doesn’t get it. The President proves he doesn’t understand that the biggest challenge
facing our economy is today’s runaway debt when he states we want to make sure “we don’t get buried
under a mountain a debt.” That’s the problem! We are buried under Mt. McKinley-sized debt. It’s at the
heart of what is crippling our economy and taking our jobs. This is the concern that should be on every
leader’s mind. Our country’s future is at stake, and we’re rapidly reaching a crisis point. Our
government is spending too much, borrowing too much, and growing too much. Debt is stifling our
private sector growth, and millions of Americans are desperately looking for work."" (Sarah Palin,
"Obama’s Message to America: The Era of Big Government is Back, Now Help Me Pay For It," posted
www.facebook.com/sarahpalin on Thursday, January 27, 2011).
""On the crucial issue of entitlement reform, the President offered nothing. This is shocking, because
as he himself explained back in April 2009, “if we want to get serious about fiscal discipline…we will
have to get serious about entitlement reform.” Even though the Medicare Trust Fund will run out of
funds a mere six years from now, and the Social Security Trust Fund is filled mainly with IOUs, the
President opted to kick the can down the road yet again. And once again, he was disingenuous when he
suggested that meaningful reform would automatically expose people’s Social Security savings to a
possible stock market crash. As Rep. Paul Ryan showed in his proposed Roadmap, and others have
explained, it’s possible to come up with meaningful reform proposals that tackle projected shortfalls
and offer workers more options to invest our own savings while still guaranteeing invested funds so
they won’t fall victim to sudden swings in the stock market."" (Ibid).
"And what about that crucial issue confronting so many Americans who are struggling today – the lack of
jobs? The President came to office promising that his massive, multi-trillion dollar spending programs
would keep unemployment below 8%; but the lack of meaningful, pro-free market reforms in yesterday’s
speech means his legacy will almost certainly be four years of above 8% unemployment, regardless of
how much he increases federal spending (or perhaps I should say because of how much he’s increased
On Barack Obama: ""It’s unbelievable to me that you spent last week in campaign mode, gallivanting
around the country to start raising the billion dollars for your reelection bid that is still 19 months away
“while Rome burns.” Our economy is in the tank; jobs are as scarce as ever; you’re asking Congress to
let you incur even more unsustainable, immoral, freedom-stealing government debt; and many of our
brave men and women in uniform are shaking their heads in disbelief over your befuddled military
directions. Yet instead of working with Congress and a wise multitude of advisers to fix some problems,
you choose all this campaigning, already? As was recently asked: When do you ever just “roll up your
sleeves, unplug the teleprompter” and do the job of governing and administrating for which voters
hired you?"" (Sarah Palin, "America Deserves Libya Explanation," posted www.facebook.com/sarahpalin
on Tuesday, April 26, 2011).
On our ally Israel: ""In the State Department speech, President Obama said that he wants the borders of
Palestine and Israel to “be based on the 1967 lines” (in other words, with both the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip as part of the new Palestinian state) and that he wants a Palestine that is a “sovereign and
contiguous state” (emphasis added). The Merriam–Webster dictionary defines “contiguous” as “being in
actual contact: touching along a boundary or at a point; of angles, adjacent; next or near in time or
sequence; touching or connected throughout in an unbroken sequence,” like the “contiguous United
States” which obviously excludes Alaska and Hawaii."
""But the 1967 lines do not include a “contiguous” Palestine... So what does he mean? The President
proposes “mutually agreed [land] swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for
both states.” Is linking Gaza and the West Bank with a road the “secured border” he has in mind? Or is
he suggesting something more? Is it not possible he’s suggesting that the only way you can create a
“contiguous” Palestinian state with “secured” borders is by carving Israel in half? Clarification on this
point is of paramount importance, Mr. President."" (Sarah Palin, "Barack Obama’s Disregard for Ally’s
Security Begs Clarity," posted www.facebook.com/sarahpalin on Monday, May 23, 2011).
On foreign aid to Egypt: "Should we be borrowing money from China to turn around and give it to the
"Given that we are running massive deficits and are drowning in more than $14 trillion in debt, and
despite not knowing who will rule Egypt until its election this fall, this strange strategy may be the end
result given President Obama’s announcement that he is committing $2 billion to Egypt’s “new
government...” The Muslim Brotherhood is organized to have a real shot at taking control of Egypt’s
government, and one has to ask why we would send money (that we don’t have) into unknown Egyptian
"Throwing borrowed money around is not sound economic policy. And throwing borrowed money
around the developing world is not sound foreign policy." (Sarah Palin, "Obama’s Strange Strategy:
Borrow Foreign Money to Give to Foreign Countries," posted www.facebook.com/sarahpalin on Friday,
May 27, 2011).
On going to war:
"(1) We should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake.
"(2) If we have to fight, we fight to win... Use overwhelming force... Defeat the enemy as quickly as
possible... Nation-building is... not the main purpose of our armed forces.
"(3) Have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending in troops into harm's way. If you can’t
explain the mission to the American people clearly, concisely, then our sons and daughters should not
be sent into battle, period!
"(4) American soldiers must never be put under foreign commands.
"(5) Sending our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay.”
(Sarah Palin, Speech at Colorado Christian University on May 2, 2011).
In the media, much attention has been paid to some of Palin's misstatements; many have been labeled
"crazy." The truth is, all candidates make misstatements. For example, Obama said in a NALEO
conference on June 28, 2008: "My father served in WWII." Both Obama's father and step-father were in
grade school during WWII. In apologizing for Obama, Snopes remarked that this was a reference to
Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, who was a WWII veteran. (Search Snopes Obama father
While I will admit that Sarah Palin sometimes mumbles around her big toe in her mouth during live
interviews, the real reason her misstatements are treated so much more harshly than Obama's
misstatements is that he is a friend to big government and business as usual, the establishment that
has been making the rich so much richer for the past thirty years. Sarah Palin is a reformer, despite his
promises, Obama is not.
Amo Paul Bishop Roden