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Freedom’s Wings 2009 Year In Review

First black president inaugurated.  Remember these empty words from the speech: “On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”  He promised to “begin again the work of remaking America.”  My how he has begun that by remaking us into his community organized Marxist utopia.  And the lies continued with, “And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

The President goes on to spend more in his first year than all other presidents combined.

Auto bailouts.  General Motors (GM) becomes Government Motors as the government becomes the majority shareholder.  President Obama, in an unprecedented move, fires the CEO of GM.

Insurance giant AIG almost goes under, but the government comes to the rescue again and provides a large bailout.  AIG subsequently passes out large bonuses to executives and parties big time on our dime.  “Outraged citizens” are bused around by ACORN to the different executives homes in staged demonstrations.

Obama spent the year circling the globe, apologizing for America everywhere he went.  Who can forget the Cairo Speech, UN speech, bows to Saudi King, Japanese Emperor and Chinese Premier and handshake with Hugo Chavez?

The President moves the Census from the Department of Commerce to the White House and attempts to have ACORN run it.

Obama does away with enhanced interrogation techniques and orders that only the Army Field Manual will be employed leading to…

No more “War on Terror”.  It is now dubbed the Overseas Contingency Operation and terrorists become enemy combatants and then just criminals.  Terrorists acts become “man-made disasters .”  In that vein, the decision is made by Attorney General Holder to try the 9/11 terrorists in New York City.  Obama begins to realize his dream of closing GITMO by releasing Jihadists to Bermuda and having the government buy a prison in Illinois where the detainees will be moved.

Attorney General Eric Holder also drops charges on Black Panthers who intimidated people at polling places and in a speech refers to America as a “nation of cowards.”

Maoists and Marxists are revealed to be rampant in the Obama administration.  Green Jobs Czar Van Jones steps down as well as Anita Dunn who declared Mao to be one of her heroes along with Mother Theresa.

Obama declares that he has saved the economy from the brink and the recession is over.  Economy has slight bump up, but stock market continues to yo-yo and financial bubbles loom in the future along with the collapse of the dollar.  Several countries suggest unhinging from dollar and seeking a new global currency.

The Porkulus Bill (Stimulus recovery) is passed and Obama promises to save or create 4, no wait 3.5, um make that 3 million jobs.  It has been an utter failure with rampant fraud and the few jobs created costing somewhere in the area of $200,000 each.  Record unemployment has reached levels as much as 10.2% federally with most states suffering much worse numbers.

Air Force One flying over New York City and the Statue of Liberty for a photo op, sending New Yorkers running for their lives thinking 9/11 is happening again.

Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court.  A woman whom has made blatant racist comments and believes that policy is created from the bench.

The Beer Summit!  Who can forget the President jumping to conclusions and declaring that the Cambridge Police Force acted stupidly when arresting a friend of his, Professor Gates.  The President promptly invited his friend and Sgt. James Crowley for a photo op teachable moment at the White House and the three men drank beer around a table while accomplishing nothing.

Two omnibus spending bills full of pork and earmarks passed by Congress and signed by the President.  One has 9,00- earmarks and the other contains 5,000.  A separate Defense Bill contains several billion more in earmarks.  What happened to no earmarks?

Approval ratings for the President go into freefall.  An upper seventy percentage rating upon Inauguration eventually deflated to a 46% approval rating.

This year’s budget deficit: $1.6 trillion

Concerned citizens dubbed “right wing extremists” in a DHS Report entitled, “Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Obama drops plans for a missile defense shield in Poland.

The Obama family brings home their family dog, Bo.  An expensive, hard to find breed and not a shelter dog.

Obama announced plans for Afghanistan surge of troops.  He chooses to send 30,000 although General McChrystal requested much more and soldiers I have talked to suggest at lease 100,000 are needed and probably more.

Obama meets the Queen of England and gives her an iPod already loaded with his speeches.  He gives the Prime Minister a set of DVDs that do not work in European machines.

The Heathcare Debate!  This has gone on for the better part of the entire year with a final culmination in the House passing a bill and then the Senate passing a bill. The bills now need to merge in committee.  The House plan has a public option while the Senate version does not.  The debate over government healthcare has outraged citizens and created deep dividing lines between socialism and the free market.

The healthcare debate and outrageous spending lead to rallies across the nation dubbed as Tea Parties.  And a movement was sparked!  Concerned citizens have gathered throughout the year at rallies, counter-rallies, townhalls and tea parties to protest government intrusion, taxes, and loss of freedom.  The goal has been to get America back to her founding principles.  Large gatherings happened simultaneously nationwide on Tax Day, Independence Day and a large 9/12 March On Washington that was attended by over one million people.  The tea parties caused liberals to lose their heads, like Janeane Garofalo who called tea partiers “red neck racists” and MSNBC commentators to call tea partiers “teabaggers”, and the President to pretend to be unaware of the protests and then finally refer to the rallies as places where people were waving around tea bags.

The President promises to dismantle our nuclear stockpile while North Korea test fires missiles and Iran ramps up efforts to make nuclear bombs.  Iran has ignored all international requests to cease and desist and the President and other leaders have been left impotent.

Miracle on the Hudson!  One of the few feel good stories of the year.  Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was able to bring down a full airliner after a flock of birds took out both engines without anyone dying and only a few injuries, using the Hudson River as a landing strip.  People will recall images of the passengers waiting on the wings of the sinking plane as ferries raced out to rescue everyone.

The Swine Flu!  The name quickly was changed to H1N1 Virus and everyone fears that a pandemic is on the horizon.  America overreacts as only a few thousand die.  Far below the number that die from the regular seasonal flu.  Not enough vaccine is made available and rationing begins legitimizing fears that government run healthcare will lead to rationing.

The Iranian Protests!  A fraudulent vote puts Iamadinnerjacket back in power and outraged Iranians take to the streets in the summer.  The protests continue to this day as Iranians make their move toward full revolution to overthrow their corrupt government.  Obama gives no support and promises that we will “bear witness”.  Gee thanks, Barry!

Somali pirates!  Pirates have long been a problem, but until this year and remained largely ignored by America.  That was until the Maersk Alabama, an American ship, was hijacked.  Captain Richard Phillips offered up himself as a hostage as his crew locked themselves below deck.  For days we watched the pirates hold the captain hostage in a dingy.  Finally, the Navy SEALS took action and killed three of the four pirates and freed Capt. Phillips.  New reports from the crew disparage the Captain’s courage and claim he was captured because he was stupid, but it still was a great day for our military.

The Ft. Hood Massacre!  On November 5th, Jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army Major, mowed down 13 people (14 if you count the unborn baby) and wounded 30 others at Ft. Hood in Texas.  A female police officer takes him down leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  The President takes a long time to address the nation and spends the first two minutes of his comments giving a shout out and thanking everyone at the gathering he is at for a great time and is quite jovial.  Americans are left baffled by the man boy pretending to be a leader.  Obama tells everyone not to jump to conclusions – unlike what he did with the Cambridge Police.

Bernie Madoff commits the largest Ponzi scheme in history leaving millions penniless.  He is sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Roman Polanski finally arrested for a 1970s sex charge for drugging and raping a thirteen year old girl.  He is put under house arrest.

ClimateGate!!  The global warming hoax is up.  The Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Eastern Europe is hacked and emails are released to the public that revealed an effort to cover up cooling temperatures, efforts to shut down scientists who were debunking manmade global warming and revealing an effort to coach certain members of the media in how to report on climate change.  They deliberately changed, manipulated and deleted data.  This came out before the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen and world leaders, including Obama, completely ignore it.

Ted Kennedy dies.  Boo hoo…

Susan Boyle blows us all away with the voice of an angel and the face of a troll.  She has become a sensation and sold more records internationally then anyone else.  The video of her break out goes viral with several million hits.

Governor Mark Sanford went “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” and came back from Argentina with tales of his lurid affair with a woman.  All prospects for this conservative to have a run at the presidency vanish and his wife leaves him.  Calls for his impeachment fail, but that won’t take away his title as “Scum”.

Governor Sarah Palin quits her job as governor of Alaska.  She claims to be stepping down because of numerous lawsuits that are wasting time and money for the state.  Supporters like myself think she has made a stupid move that has killed her chances at the presidency, but her ability to raise funds has soared.  Not to mention sales of her memoir which has broken records this year.

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize for doing…nothing.
Tiger Woods and his Mistresspalooza.  One of the most celebrated and inspiring athletes of all time proves to be a schmuck.  The list of women he has cheated with during his brief marriage grows and grows and came to light after his wife tried to attack him with a golf club.  For now, Woods has quit golf and his wife has moved out.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two entities behind the housing bubble crash are bailed out a few times and then given an unlimited line of credit…forever.

Debt ceiling raised to: $12.4 trillion

Jihadist attempts to blow up himself and a Detroit bound jet on Christmas Day.  He gets through security with a device hidden in his underwear.  He gets through also despite the fact he is on a watch list, has no baggage, pays cash and gets a one way ticket.  Not to mention he is Muslim and his father has reported his extremist ways to the US embassy.  American security has egg on its face and, thanks only to a bad detonator and a brave Dutchman, no blood on its hands.  The President waits three days to address the country about the attack and is weak.  Janet Napalitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, claims everything went well and then backtracks.  We are still waiting for her resignation.

And finally the people who died this year: Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, DJ AM, Walter Conkrite, Farrah Fawcett, Paul Harvey, Billy Mays, Les Paul, Karl Malden, Patrick Swayze, Ricardo Montalban, Ron Silver, Dom DeLuise, Director John Hughes, William Safire, Soupy Sales, Jack Kemp, Roy Disney, Bea Arthur, Dominick Dunne, Ed McMahon, Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson.

Good riddance 2009!!!

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Sarah Palin Not As Rogue As She Claims

Sarah Palin’s biography, Going Rogue, is slated for release in November.  The book is already outselling all other books in pre-sales and breaking records.  But one has to question just how rogue Sarah Palin is with the announcement that she will appear on the Oprah Winfrey show on November 16th.  My libertarian balloon just deflated!  Going on Oprah is what all book hawkers do.  Obviously, appearing exclusively palinon Oprah means huge book sales, but Sarah obviously does not need the appearance.  The pre-sales are proof of that.  So why go into the hornets nest?  Does she want to get stung?  My God, Oprah was out on the campaign trail for Obama!

I seem to remember a time when Oprah balked at her staffs appeals to have Palin on the show during the campaign.  And then I also recall that Palin snubbed Oprah about doing an interview.  I love capitalism and think Palin should be able to make boatloads of money on her book, but is she not selling out by going on Oprah.  Some might claim that Palin is using Oprah to boost herself, but it appears more to me to be about money and publicity.

I was a huge supporter of Palin, but when she quit as Governor of Alaska I started to re-access my support of her.  This appearance on Oprah has me wondering once again.  One thing is for certain, Palin is a great money maker for the GOP and a great spokesperson for conservatives, but she will never be able to run for President.

Sarah Palin Stepping Down?

Governor Sarah Palin announced this afternoon that she is stepping down from her position as Alaskan Governor later this month.  I truly am shocked for a number of reasons and cannot comprehend what could be behind this move and what it bodes for the future.  She did claim that she was not going to seek re-election and felt it would be best to hand everything over to the Lt. Governor.  She could be possibly seeking election to the Senate, but this would be early to resign.  And she would be unseating a fellow Republican.  She does plan to go on a book tour and has a seven million dollar book deal so perhaps she wants to build up some capital for a presidential run.  But is there something behind the scenes that we do not know about?  Governor Mark Sanford has me jaded after the last week of scandalous revelations.

I am also concerned about the timing of the announcement.  Palin announced her resignation on a Friday afternoon right before a holiday weekend – an Obama adminstration move when they want to hide something from the news cycle.  There are many allegations surrounding money and I find myself wondering if some of the allegations may be true.  I voted for Palin in 2008 and want to see her on a ballot in 2012, but I find myself stunned and wondering what is going on behind the scenes.  I pray that there is no scandal here because the Republican Party cannot take another blow like this.  Conservatives were looking to the Republican Governors as our hopes for leadership in 2012.  With Mark Sanford’s fall and then this bizarre move from Palin, I find myself stepping back.

I have claimed for a while that we do not need a leader in the Republican Party and this is one of the reasons why because I do not want to put my eggs in any basket right now.  We are the leader right now.  And that is just fine with me.

Message To McCain And His Campaign

Dear Senator McCain,

Where are you?  Your VP pick is being trashed by the bumbling idiots who couldn’t run a winning campaign if they had $700 million dollars and you have said nothing.  How dare you not defend the shining star of your campaign and the only reason I and most conservatives voted for you.  I had never attended a campaign rally before or donated money to a presidential candidate before.  Sarah changed that.  Get off your butt and fight…fight…

Dear McCain campaign staff,

Shut the heck up!  We are not a bunch of bumbling idiots like you are.  Just as I didn’t believe that President-elect Obama really believed that America is made up of 57 states, I don’t believe for a minute that Sarah thought Africa was a country and not a continent.  If she ever said that it would be a gaffe just like Obama’s.  I’m also wondering how you expect the public to believe that Sarah was out spending money constantly when she was constantly campaigning and couldn’t possibly have had the time and you admitted buying several sizes in each outfit to make sure they fit.  If she was buying them, SHE WOULD HAVE TRIED THEM ON!

Come out, come out wherever you are – you cowards.  We conservatives won’t let you blame this on conservativism.  That is alive and well, while becoming Democratlites is dead.  Out with the old and in with the new I say.  Never again will we let the Democrats and media choose our candidate.  Never again will we be forced to hold up and try to pull over the finish line a candidate who destroys the party.  The future of the Republican Party will be young conservative voices like Bobby Jindal and, yes, Sarah Palin.  She was the reason your campaign did as well as it did in the voting booth.  Now go away with your tails between your legs and find gainful employment at Starbucks or The Sierra Club because politics is done for you.

“Troopergate” Report Leaves Me Disappointed In Gov. Palin

The Alaskan Supreme Court ruled last night that an independent legislative investigative report that documents findings in the “Troopergate” issue that has dogged Governor Sarah Palin should be released. It was a great decision because we need transparency in government. The Los Angeles Times reports, “The report found that [Monegan’s] refusal to fire the trooper was ‘likely a contributing factor’ in Monegan’s termination in July, but it also concluded that the governor’s decision was ‘a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority’ to hire and fire department heads.”  The report also found that Palin had abused her power and violated ethics.  It would seem that she initially made calls to Monegan, but when he informed her that that was improper, Todd Palin and Palin’s chief of staff started making the calls.  I then believe that when the budget indictated that someone should be let go, Palin decided Monegan would be the choice since he had not fired trooper Mike Wooten.

What can I say here?  I’m so disappointed!  No wonder she was not cooperating with the investigation.  I can understand why Sarah wanted this trooper fired and his history does call into question how he can still be on the job, but you don’t abuse power like this.  If she’ll do it here, where else will she do it?  And then to go to such lengths to cover it up.  While this does not compare to any of the marks I have against Obama it does give me pause.  This is not a moment of glory for the liberals or the Obama camp, this is a moment of profound sadness for all of America.  The reason I feel that way is because WHO THE HELL CAN WE TRUST?  We’ve got McCain voting for earmarks even though his campaign has run on his being a reformer and maverick who does not vote for earmarks.  Now Sarah who claimed to be different and to be a reformer proves to be just another politician when given power.  Barack Obama is a Marxist in disguise and Biden is just a liberal idiot.  These are our choices for leadership at a time when this country needs a true leader.  And all we have is a void.  This next four years is going to be a very painful time no matter where your politics fall.  Our economy is broken and the government is ruining it further.  Socialism is on the march.

Yesterday I received my absentee ballot in the mail.  There’s alot of names on the Florida ballot.  Both Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin made the cut.  Now I have a very difficult decision to make as does every other American.  If I vote for either of them it takes a vote from McCain giving Obama an advantage.  Despite what McCain told a crowd yesterday, “I have to tell you, Senator Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” I do fear an Obama presidency because I know it will rip away my freedom and the Constitution and usher in Marxism.  But how can I vote for McCain who I believe is also willing to embrace pieces of socialism and Palin who has lost a chunk of my trust?  Part of me also thinks it would be better to let Obama get saddled with all the crap coming down the pipe and look to 2012 with hope of a better choice.  Do others find themselves in this kind of struggle as well?  Will we still be America in 2012?  This G7 meeting this weekend has me upended as well.  Are we moving towards that One World Government?

I think what this is is a time of prayer.  We better all get on our knees because we need some help desperately!

The Beloved Sarah Is Back And Slam Dunks In Debate

Governor Sarah Palin came out on stage confident and with a broad smile on her face.  You could almost feel her excitement.  She asked Senator Biden if she could call him “Joe” which reminds us that she is just one of us.  She stayed on point, connected with regular Americans that are struggling and seemed to be on offense most of the evening.  The few times she needed to defend, she did so thoroughly.  She more than rose up to expectations and erased any doubts that a sniveling Charlie Gibson and an obstinate Katie Couric tried to create.  I bet the mainstream media is quaking in their biased boots now.  And I have to hand it to Gwen Ifill that she did a good job and was fair, at least to a point.  Joe Biden got far more rebuttals.  Of course, she had no other choice.  I wonder how many wadded up pieces of paper were under her desk of questions she really wanted to hammer Sarah with.  My favorite moment of the evening came when Sarah told both Biden and Ifill that she was not going to answer the questions exactly like they wanted.  She asserted herself and let them know they weren’t going to walk on her.  She said specifically, “I may not answer the question the way the moderator or you want, but I’m going to answer and talk straight to the American people.”

So let’s get to the meat.  Ifill asked about who was to blame for the subprime crisis and the economic crisis.  Sarah reminded everyone that two years ago John McCain had been blowing the warning trumpet.  Biden tried to say that Barack had done the same thing – wish Sarah would have asked if that was before or after he lined his pocket with Fannie/Freddie money.  Sarah reminds everyone that Barack has voted for tax increases 94 times, one of which raised taxes on those making only $ 42,000 a year.  Joe Biden spent most of the evening with a stupid grin on his face.  I read it as, “Oh shit, she’s right.  What should I say?”  Especially the numerous times she pointed out negative things that Biden had said previously about Obama or times that Biden did not vote with Obama.  It really makes one wonder just where Joe Biden stands, but he’d rather play politics as usual.  Sarah said, on the other hand, that she and McCain do not always agree.

The two talk about redistribution of wealth – Biden calls it “fairness”.  I wish Sarah would have called it Socialism.  People need to realize that that is what Obama/Biden stand for and will bring.  She reaffirms that the middle class does not consider paying taxes as “patriotic”.

*A whole roomful of independent voters on Fox News just raised their hands that they think Sarah won the debate!!!!  Then they are asked if she is ready to lead and I see one woman shake her head and those around her nodding “Yes”.  Even MSNBC analysts are saying she held her own – man that must have hurt.*

The debate moved on to climate change which Biden continued to call global warming and said that it is strictly manmade.  Get with the times, Joe.  There is no conclusive scientific evidence of that and how do you explain that scientists now claim that we are in global cooling.  Sarah reminds everybody that she lives in a place that is directly affected by climate change.  Sarah seems to adhere to a bit of the propaganda, but only claims that man is partly to blame.  I obviously think she could have been stronger here, but she may not have wanted to distance herself too much from McCain who is a global warming champion as well.  To my dismay.  Biden claims he is for clean coal, but I’ve heard with my own ears that he has said he is against it and Obama’s campaign had to retract statements Biden made.

We move to something close to home for me and it appears both camps are in agreement when it comes to same sex partners – no marriage, but yes to benefits and acceptance.  I can deal with that and respect it.  So wake up gay people supporting Obama unequivocally – he doesn’t want you marrying either.  (Hasn’t talked to the gay media either and didn’t show for the LOGO debates.)  Sarah Palin appears to be the only one who has done something positive for gays – she vetoed a measure that would have taken same sex benefits from government employees.

Now talk turns to the war.  Sarah says she and McCain will win the war while Biden says they will end the war.  Pretty sure that means quit, surrender and take our ball home.  Afghanistan becomes a topic of a little bit of fighting between the debaters each claiming what a certain commander meant when talking about whether a surge would work there just like it did in Iraq.  Biden says that McKiernan (sp?) said it wouldn’t work, Sarah refutes him handily.  Biden smirks and kind of skips over a rebuttal – “Damn she caught me,” he thinks.

Biden spends alot of time connecting McCain to Bush which is his job.  Sarah finally has had enough and tells him enough of looking back, let’s look forward which is what John and she will do.  This is a great way to differentiate themselves from Bush and makes any further connections obsolete.  Bravo Sarah!

Talking heads had no great expectations for Sarah and so they seem surprised that she did so well.  The regular people of America seem ignited again.  Sarah was on and she was herself like we were all hoping for.  She was strong and showed that she is a leader and will one day be this country’s leader if we are so lucky.  I love how she pounded home corruption on Wall Street and in Washington and that she and McCain were going to make things different.  She connected with her people – us regular guys.  Liberals expected her to lose, possibly tie if lucky, but win – no way.  That collective “thump” you hear are the liberals soiling themselves.  Obama’s not getting any sleep tonight!

Conservative Kathleen Parker Turns On Sarah Palin

Less than a month ago, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker of National Review was excited about the prospect of Sarah Palin as Vice President.  How quickly feelings can change.  She is now calling for Sarah Palin to step down from the ticket because Ms. Parker thinks that Sarah is out of her league.  She bases this on three interviews that she believes Sarah Palin did pooly in giving.  Ms. Parker seems to forget that the media dislikes Sarah and is pulling out all the stops to destroy her. 

The first one was the Charlie Gibson interview.  I already broke down this interview in an earlier blog entry and the one place in the interview that could be claimed as a weakness is revealed to be nothing more than an attempt by Charlie Gibson to entrap Sarah Palin and make her look inept.  My liberal mother called me after the interview to say how angry she was with the way Gibson conducted the interview.  So even a liberal can see through the fog that is called “mainstreet media”. 

As for the interview with Sean Hannity, I thought she did great and ended very strongly when revealing that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were people that she looked up to and modeled herself after. Parker had this to say about the interview:  “Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: ‘Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.'”  I’m sorry, but I don’t see a problem here.  Is Parker criticizing that Sarah used “surpass” twice?  It’s completely appropriate in this sentence.

Now I didn’t watch the Katie – I have no ratings or credibility – Couric interview, but I did hear about the one sentence that the press is making hay of and that is when Sarah talks about Canada and Russia being her neighbors and so she had foreign policy experience from that.  It is an obvious weak argument.  I think Sarah should just look as these “journalists” and say, “Obviously you know full well that I am new to this foreign policy thing, but I’m building my resume everyday and I’m a quick study.”  Parker continued with her critique by writing, “When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: ‘I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?'”  Again, what is the problem with this answer?  I want a politician who doesn’t watch the polls.  When have the polls ever been right?  Just ask Gore and Kerry.

Parker ends with, “Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.”  You forget, Ms. Parker, that great leaders never quit and Sarah Palin is no quitter.  A bunch of sniveling reporters are not going to change my opinion one bit.  She’s not perfect, but I’m not looking for perfection.  I’m looking for someone who has principles and will lead by those principles.  She embraces what makes conservativism great.  Sarah, don’t you dare go anywhere.  McCain cannot win without you because you give millions like me a reason to hope in a better America again.