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In Defense of Sarah Palin by Norman Podhoretz

Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do, that the derogatory things they say about Sarah Palin are uncannily similar to what many of their forebears once said about Ronald Reagan.

It's hard to imagine now, but 31 years ago, when I first announced that I was supporting Reagan in his bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, I was routinely asked by friends on the right how I could possibly associate myself with this "airhead," this B movie star, who was not only stupid but incompetent. They readily acknowledged that his political views were on the whole close to ours, but the embarrassing primitivism with which he expressed them only served, they said, to undermine their credibility. In any case, his base was so narrow that he had no chance of rescuing us from the disastrous administration of Jimmy Carter.

Now I knew Ronald Reagan, and Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan. Then again, the first time I met Reagan all he talked about was the money he had saved the taxpayers as governor of California by changing the size of the folders used for storing the state's files. So nonplussed was I by the delight he showed at this great achievement that I came close to thinking that my friends were right and that I had made a mistake in supporting him. Ultimately, of course, we all wound up regarding him as a great man, but in 1979 none of us would have dreamed that this would be how we would feel only a few years later.

What I am trying to say is not that Sarah Palin would necessarily make a great president but that the criteria by which she is being judged by her conservative critics—never mind the deranged hatred she inspires on the left—tell us next to nothing about the kind of president she would make.

Take, for example, foreign policy. True, she seems to know very little about international affairs, but expertise in this area is no guarantee of wise leadership. After all, her rival for the vice presidency, who in some sense knows a great deal, was wrong on almost every major issue that arose in the 30 years he spent in the Senate.

What she does know—and in this respect, she does resemble Reagan—is that the United States has been a force for good in the world, which is more than Barack Obama, whose IQ is no doubt higher than hers, has yet to learn. Jimmy Carter also has a high IQ, which did not prevent him from becoming one of the worst presidents in American history, and so does Bill Clinton, which did not prevent him from befouling the presidential nest.

Unlike her enemies on the left, the conservative opponents of Mrs. Palin are a little puzzling. After all, except for its greater intensity, the response to her on the left is of a piece with the liberal hatred of Richard Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush. It was a hatred that had less to do with differences over policy than with the conviction that these men were usurpers who, by mobilizing all the most retrograde elements of American society, had stolen the country from its rightful (liberal) rulers. But to a much greater extent than Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush, Sarah Palin is in her very being the embodiment of those retrograde forces
and therefore potentially even more dangerous.



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Sad... so many words...

Sad.. so many words written... so little said. Norman Podhoretz should follow the Toast Master's motto:

"Having nothing to say, he said nothing!"

It is little wonder the RNC, let alone the DNC, is in such moral, principled, and criminal, dis-array!

Claiming victory when a socialist-nudist-turned-public-figure", wins WITH GOP help, OVER a liberty candidate, and who then goes on to support the decayed traitor McCain in Arizona along with the subject of his article Palin... such is the state of affairs of which the majority are clueless!

Can we fall further yet? The only lower rank would be if the GOP intends these consequences, is pro globalist, and pro thieving central bankers! Or... are they already?

Having been spanked at the poles for the last few years, and now facing a growing unrest against both parties, with the idiocy, theft of personal wealth in fake money, collapsing of the USA... Byzantine style, and characters of pig wallowing proportions, the GOP continues to trumpet the same rhetoric as they eagerly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It will be repeated, if the grassroots do not seize the nomination process from the grasp of the GOP globalists!

They remain clueless in the main, with an aging attendance, disinclined to any dialogue either for liberty, or against the oath breakers who now infest congress! In short they are becoming an incestuously degraded electorate.

The blind leading the blind, without a clue to the real over arching problems, they continue to shout slogans, praise the current crop of "their own", all while ignoring the grassroots who are crying out to debate the real issues and to remove the bums.

This mass of two-watt political brainpower, meanwhile, rushes on to the latest in entertainment, saving political interest for the day the ballot arrives!

So shall come our demise, for the trumpets on the walls, now wailing ever so loudly, are resounding on deaf ears, like the tree falling in the forest when none are there to listen!

May the Lord keep us all! There is only time left to seize the nomination process! NOTHING else compares in importance. Only replacing all of Congress!

Maybe it is time for www.GOOOH.com after all!

...Palin is nothing but the lipstick on the establishment pig...

...She said the Tea Party should be "absorbed" into the Republican Party...as if we are living in some B movie from the 1950's about blob monsters...
...She is nothing but a Neo-con cheerleader...
...This is the beginning of the end of the Two-Party Dictatorship Monopoly and of the Central Banksters control over us all...
...She is nothing but a desperate attempt by the establishment to perpetuate it's unchallengable rule over us all...
...The days of establishment suits and lipstick are over...
...The days of the false Left/Right Political Paradigm are over...
...Folks are coming back from that vacation the establisment sent us all on and we will not stop until we restore our Freedom and Liberty...

RON2012PAUL...The r3VOLution continues...
"I always win"
+GOLD and SILVER are money+

Palin is being vetted for us

for the next election. I can see it clearly. We are having this ditzy woman forced on us repeatedly by the media as the leading republican candidate. Proof of how braindead she is, & how deluded the tea party is (whose ideals in which I firmly believe), is that she was the star speaker at Searchlight. How could those thousands of people cheer for this bitch who had just come from stumping for McInsane? He's the posterboy for RINO's. He is the LAST person a Constitutionalist would support! Yet, this Alaska media whore runs to any opportunity where she can get national coverage & the Searchlight crowd applauds her?!!! They should have been yelling, "GET THE HOOK! Put a REAL patriot on that stage." This is a c*&t who supports the wars, knows NOTHING about economics or foreign policy & people are clapping like trained seals because she mouths her same buzzword phrases, certain to get people riled up about Obamao. It's really time for us to distance ourselves from this toxic slate the media is preparing for the elections. Palin needs to be sent back to Alaska where her children need her. I'm all for womens' rights, but Sarah has obviously neglected some big priorities in her life in exchange for being a footnote in the history books. If she is on the presidential ballot in 2012, I will definitely be sick.

The media is propping her up

to take down the anti RINOs and Tea Parties. She is being labled as the leader of the Tea Party movement, by who? By the media, not Tea Party organizers. This is how the take over works. Install a popular puppet to steer the movement away from where it started to go. It will be awhile before the majority of Tea Party people realize they are being played

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Is Sarah Palin a Ron Paul supporter??
Have you heard her say:

We need to audit or abolish the Federal Reserve??

Let's abolish the department of education??

Bring the troops home from Iraq, and Afghanistan??

Bring the troops home from around the world??

Did she say Abolish the I.R.S.??

Why should we can believe in her??

Being good looking and young is not more important that the principles and intellect of Ron Paul is it??

Sarah Palin campaigns for McCain is that a sign of intellect??

I use Ron Paul and his voting record to determine wither my congressman votes correctly.
I am not in congress and cannot read the bills so I use Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is my barometer in congress. I trust Ron Paul.
We all need some way to judge the votes in congress and for many years I have used Ron Paul's vote to judge legislation.

Liberty is our campaigns gift to the world it is our manifest destiny.
Freedom is a movement who's time has come. Our campaign will lead world wide freedom.

A vote for Ron Paul is not a vote for Palin

When Ronald Reagan was campaigning for president and his campaign put out literature "denouncing the (CFR) Council on Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission control" of President Jimmy Carter.

I had already read "NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY by that great Patriot ""Gary Allen"".
And the incredible book "THE NAKED CAPITALIST by the former FBI man and author of the fantastic book "THE NAKED COMMUNIST" """"W Cleon Skousen"""".

So I was already aware that the CFR had control over the President Carter, Ford, and Nixon, Cabinet advisers and other past administrations, so I actually thought that maybe Reagan might be worth voting for.

However in New Hampshire Reagan fired his campaign manager and put in a former member of the "BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CFR """WILLIAM CASEY and at that time (the Founder of the Trilateral Commission) David Rockefeller was still the chairman of the board of the CFR""".

It was then that I realized that REAGAN would still be a puppet of the CFR and the international bankers, and that is how his administration turned out to be.

Presidents do everything they MUST (to prepare the public for the coming New World Order) to please their masters, (and are allowed to do what ever they want that does not expose their masters, (or the control the CFR has on them).

The control is as secret as possible and that is made possible because the CFR and ASSOCIATES own and control the MAIN STREAM MEDIA.

All of the THE RON PAUL SUPPORTERS learned that during the last presidential campaign.

Is Palin a follower of Ron Paul?

Have you heard her say audit or abolish the Federal Reserve?

Has she said end the war in Iraq, and Afghanistan?

Has she said no more blood for oil???

Has she agreed with Ron Paul that we need to do away with the IRS?, ...The department of education?, ...or any other agency that violates the constitution????

Her media exposure does not lead me to think that the CFR controlled press opposes her.

The press gave Ross Perot a lot of press and that I believe (in hind site) was to spit the 3rd party movement and in that case his campaign succeeded.

As I see it Palin's tea party stance is to lead people away from Paul.

Fake support is not real support.

We should all be aware of wolves in sheep clothing.

Many misinformation specialist are at work in the main stream media and on the internet to divide the supporters of Ron Paul and stop his views from becoming well known or heard., ..........but we can continue our exposure of the truth.

Join the "CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY" and be aware that with as big a foe as we have that those wolves may also join and try to mislead us.

Liberty is our campaigns gift to the world it is our manifest destiny.
Freedom is a movement who's time has come. Our campaign will lead world wide freedom.

Sarah McPalin must be neutralized

Sarah Palin is a teacon neocon progressive operative who takes her marching orders from John McCain and the progressive extremists.Sarah McPalin must be neutralized by educating all Ron Paul patriots to get the message out that she is out to divide and control the tea party from its true purpose.I am so proud of Ron Paul and everyone who supports his message of courage insisting on a constitutional republic.The USA has been under siege and enslaved since 1913 by the central bankers and progressives.We must stay focused on Ron Paul's dream.I hope we will all pledge to focus on ending and investigating the federal reserve.and not loose track of our mission as free and independent individual Americans.



Podhoretz is a neocon, and as such carries on their usual deception. They want Sarah Palin precisely because she is a perfect empty shell to carry on their Israel-first agenda.

The Zionist bent is evident when he references David Frum and David Brooks as conservative "luminaries" and "intellectuals." More like commies masquerading as conservatives.

We need to build political strength and political will.

That was the kiss of death

That was the kiss of death for Palin. Why would anyone want the endorsement of a pinko commie neocon? He also gave away his true self in his discussion about Reagan and his lighthearted joking about the budget savings on CA files. If this dum dum didn't get that type of humor...the point was he didn't support Reagan until Reagan was so popular among the masses that he couldn't criticize him.

In Defense of Sarah Palin

She is an idiot.

there done.

Sarah's Great BeWilderness

Thats what they should call her new reality TV nature show.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Pravda on Palin...

While we're on the subject, I saw this Palin "ripper" on Pravda!


(hmmm? what are those russians up to? ;-)

Podhoretz should be one of

Podhoretz should be one of the first to be tried for treason against the United States

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

On a more serious note,

This is not funny in the slightest form. I will not get all philosophical on ya so I shall just state what I see.

Obama, cia agent/actor/model/image

Clinton Bill, cia agent/active in operations yet contained the "image" qualities

Clinton Hillary, cia agent/operative high level skill

Palin Sarah, follow the trend.

Political figures now have their own tv shows (Huck)

"Journalist" guest on CSPAN Washington Journal are pure mouthpieces for the agenda of the article.

What is presented to you is not what it is.

"more serious"...

to the fact I edited instead of replied to my first response to the subject.

Perhaps Norm can put in a good word for Rand

as well.

Sarah Palin's Skeleton

Sarah Palin's Skeleton Closet

Sarah Palin actually has a LOT of political experience -- a dozen years in office. And during all of that time, she has consistently abused her power, feathered her own nest, lied, flirted with a radical secessionist group, and used government to reward her friends and punish her enemies.

One thing she is NOT is a regular Joe (or Jane) Sixpack. Palin majored in Broadcast Journalism, worked in TV, and was trained by Newt Gingrich's GOPAC political action committee over a decade ago, which is why she's so good at political debates, delivering speeches and not answering questions.

Note: there were a lot of wild or unproven rumors thrown around about Palin when she was first announced, notably that baby Trig was actually her daughter's (clearly not true) and that Sarah Palin had an affair with a former business partner of her husband's (documented only by the National Enquirer). Granted, the Enquirer has a better track record than most people give it credit for (coughEDWARDScough), but their evidence looks a bit thin here. What I hear from sources in Alaska is that Sarah Palin told friends that she had an "emotional affair" with the guy but never consumnated it, and I see no evidence to contradict that.

much more at:


Anyone attempting to use

Anyone attempting to use Palin's AIP connections against her, is simply clueless and useless. Her husband's membership is the one truly great thing about her. And they're not a "radical secessionist group", merely a group who realizes the feds have gone way to far, and holds up secession as ONE of several ways to remedy this.

They're also the largest and most consistently successful truly conservative third party in the country. I'd be perfectly happy to vote for Ms. Palin for President, and her husband as a VP, as long as they were running on an AIP ticket. It was whoring for the NeoCon wing of the GOP that did her in, in the minds of true conservatives, not her association with the AIP.

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Why in the world is this article about

NeoCon Republican hacks on the front page of the DP? What has this to do with anything we're about here?

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What was so special about Reagan?

He didn't do any major invasions?

Lots of black ops?

What? Whoever the repubs pick to run against obama they will either be just as bad or worse than obama...I don't care this reagan worship needs to go the way of the dodo. Reagan did the establishment's bidding he just spun it well. Thats all anybody wants in their presidents these days. Who ever is a good speaker, works the symbolism well, and can make the people accept all the lies.

Podhoretz is an


my path was very similar to

my path was very similar to yours.. i supported mccain in the election, thought palin was decent, but inexperienced (not any worse than obama, though) and after the election, started discovering ron paul. i read 'end the fed' and my views have turned completely libertarian since then.

edit: oops, this was supposed to be a reply to Zon.. somehow it got placed at the top here.

A so-true comment below...

I read this comment under a video on Norman -Bomb Iran- Podhoretz ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XVcgmTOdhI&feature=related

"Every time someone writes or orates for using violence against countries in the Middle East I tend to find out that they are mostly Jewish. It's not even funny how accurate that statement is. American Jews are pathologically loyal to Israel and that makes them suspect.
Instead of dying for Israel it suprises me that Americans don't just say Fuck Israel!"

I thought it was worth repeating.

In Peace & Liberty,

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Norman Podhoretz is the Blood thurstyist NeoCon there is...

Norman Podhoretz is the Blood thurstyist NeoCon there is...

He must smell a very easy target for his cause. NeoCons love these simpleton conservatives like GW Bush & Sara Palin.

Did anyone watch 60 Minutes on
Sarah - I am an uneducated dunce -Palin?

If not, here you go.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_kqZ8ZfrA

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Nice find Treg

Kinda says it all right there doesn't it.

Did Ronald Regan abandon his constituents

Did Ronald Regan quit as Governor of California? Was Ronald Regan an evangelical?

Ronald Regan spoke English properly and made sense; using complete sentences and well thought out points delivered well. Regan also ran for President in 1968 and 1976 before winning showing persistence and perseverance so people knew about him and his presence and speech delivery before he finally won.

Palin quits reading the daily comics because they are too complicated.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

She should just stick to her (un) reality TV

aspirations. It's supposed to be a nature show set in Alaska. I think they should call it
'Sarah's Great BeWilderness' ;-)

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

what you are seeing here is

what you are seeing here is the making of a run for the republican nomination. 2 1/2 years out? look for more of these articles to start coming out.

“Defiance of God’s Law will eventually bring havoc to a society.” - Dr. Ron Paul

One neocon coming to the defense of another neocon.

What a surprise.

"An economy built on fiat money is a society on its way to ashes."