Palin: It’s all about the “O”s

I will not lose a night’s sleep worrying about the fact that the bright, articulate,
winsome Sarah Palin could be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Sarah Palin is the only one on either ticket who has any executive “real world” experience – the only one of the four who has ever met a payroll or had bottom line responsibility.

There are those who belittle the responsibility she had as mayor of Wasilla, or as the governor of Alaska.    They shouldn’t. 

A few years ago, my husband and I were sitting aboard a jumbo jet in Athens, Greece.  To help pass the time before takeoff,  he took the information card from the seat pocket in front of him and used the calculator built into his handy, dandy pilot’s watch to run the time, distance and fuel requirements for our flight to New York.

After a few minutes of spinning these dials, he announced that we didn’t have enough fuel to make it.   He was accustomed to doing these calculations for our small Cessna 180, but I kidded him about his ability to work with the large numbers for this jetliner.  Surely, he had misplaced a few zeroes!

Hours later, I was eating my words, when the pilot announced that we would make an unscheduled stop in Connecticut to take on more fuel.

Yes, it’s all about the zeroes.  Bottom line: If you are smart enough to run a city effectively, you can run a state.  If you are smart enough to run a state effectively, you can run a country.

As major of Wasilla, Sarah Palin had more than a hundred employees.  As governor of Alaska she has a few thousand.  As president of the United States, she will have a few million.    Just add a few zeros.  It’s all the same.  She has managed people, balanced budgets, worked with different political factions, fought corruption, handled the news media and – more importantly – fired people!   That is something most politicians are reluctant to do. Why bother when there is a seemingly endless supply of citizens to tax.  “Hit em again, harder, harder!”

Palin has one of the highest approval ratings of any governor.   Among those who don’t like the way she operates, you can figure that 20 percent of those people are disgruntled political opponents and the others are the families and friends of those she has ousted or fired.

As president, Palin will have to deal with many more issues than she dealt with as governor and the problems will be even more complex.   She is a quick study and, when presented with the facts, has demonstrated her ability to make good, appropriate decisions as the CEO of her city and her state.

With McCain as president, Palin will be a valuable second in command.  In fact, if McCain has trouble getting Congress to pass much needed reforms, he can unleash the barracuda.  Clearly, she will use the bully pulpit as it has never been used before!

One argument used against her is that she should be home with her children.  Where are the angry feminists when you need them?

No doubt Sarah would rather be home baking cookies instead of baking public policy.  However, there was a job to be done in Alaska and no men were willing to take on the corrupt political establishment in her state.

There are times when a woman has to roll up her apron and do what is needed for the sake of her children and other people’s children.

John McCain has asked her to go with him to reform Washington.  Palin is playing Deborah to his Barak (not Barack).  To paraphrase the biblical story recorded in Judges: The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and were sold into the hands of a king who oppress them.  When the men lost their will to fight, the Lord raised up Deborah, who summoned Barak and told him to go into battle with ten thousand men.  Barak said, “If you will go with me, then I will go.”  She did and the men threw off their oppressors.

Republicans in Congress did evil in the sight of their constituents by overspending.   They were sold by the citizens into the control of the Democrats who spent even more.  The Republicans soon lost their will to fight.   John McCain was wise enough to know that the courage of this little woman can help them get it back.

If at any time, McCain should be unable to fulfill his duties as president, rest assured, the country will be in this capable mother’s hands.

12 thoughts on “Palin: It’s all about the “O”s

  1. Jane,
    McCain and Sarah were just here in PA drawing huge crowds of upwards of 15,000 – about 14,000 more than John Mccain was drawing on his own pre-palin. In the crowd were lots of signs of support, the one I found most interesting was -“We respect John McCain…We Love Sarah Palin”.

    There is something that is really bothering me about this election. It is like pro-life’s third rail. It is those within the pro-life community who have been such vocal supporters and so ready to tear down anyone they felt was not up to their “pro-life standards”, such as mitt romney and those who supported him. Yet now that we are on the verge of an election we have fought and prayed for for decades, these same unbending pro-life supporters are abandoning the movement to go throw their vote, and as many bots as they can convince to follow them, away on some sure to lose 3rd party candidate. While Romney, the one they said was faking it, and pro-choicers guliani and ridge have found it within themselves to vote for the pro-life candidate.

    Yet not a peep from the pro-life communtiy about these turncoats. One of whom is actually making bloodmoney off this by selling a book trying to convince other pro-lifers to throw their votes away and not vote for this possible winning pro-life ticket. Personally I have more respect for guliani and ridge than for these supposed pro-lifers who are more interested in their own egos than the unborn.

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  2. Jane as usual you are quite right. I doubt, however, that John MCcain gets the real message. I’m sure he is basking in the light of having at long last made a wise decision.
    I believe it would be very helpful for all patriots, writers, speakers, virtually everyone that can, to proclaim very loudly to McCain, “Don’t just look at what you have done, learn from it.” I’m sure McCain, like any normal person, would like to go down in history as having been at least one of the better presidents, if not a great one. The only way he stands any chance to accomplish that is to learn that many of his past policies are contrary to America’s best interest as reflected in the nations acceptance of Sarah Palin and continued praise of Ronald Reagan.
    McCain can carry on in words with his so-called bi-partisan positions and say anything he wants to say to get elected. That’s what politicians do. But, once he is elected he needs to evaluate where he stands in relation to the hearts of most Americans. It is pretty easy to do. He can look at the successes and failures of President Bush and the ready acceptance of his running mate.

    Perhaps this hue and cry for McCain to ask God for wisdom as Solomon did can start with you, Jane.

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  3. From a POLITICAL perspective, NOT personal, Palin is what I call inexpensive conservative perfume chosen to cover McCain’s socialist stench. She compromised herself the minute she agreed to run with him. He calls the shots, not her, and if she wants to advance from within, she will conform NOT REFORM or be eaten alive. The only chnage we will get is pennies back on the dollars wasted. Deceived ‘Christians” would vote for Satan himself if they received a tax cut, he made the DOW advance, and he waved the flag. Now deceived men will vote with their eyes as well. I know, I vote for Satan the last two election as I was one of the deceived. Read Isaiah Chapter 3:3-12 and see what is happening. There are no honorable men left in the Reprobate Party except Ron Paul, and Americans do not want him, they want socialism and enslavement. Their children will thank them later on when they and the inherited debt become a “burden”. Not only abortion but euthanasia will become legal as the heart of man waxes cold. Without national repentance on an individual level, and a turning back to Almighty God through the Lord Jesus Christ, all political solutions are doomed. May God have mercy on us all.

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  4. EXCELLENT article! I’ve heard the concern that she will be a heartbeat from the presidency but from what I’ve seen, she is the most capable. I LOVE your analogy to Deborah and the slam on the spineless men running the political parties (and unfortunately the country’s government). The men of our country should be shamed that it takes a women to straighted out their mess – and not just in the home.

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  5. Jane,

    I agree with your column. John McCain hit a home run with his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Moreover, if McCain had selected anyone else such as the conventional choices of Romney and Pawlenty, he might very well have lost in November, but it appears now that he will win. The fascinating thing is how the mainstream media that has ignored Obama’s ties with William Ayers and Tony Rezko, etc, has gone after Palin to try to destroy her. They will not succeed, however, because Palin has come along at a critical point in American history to be a life raft for the nation as 2008 continues to be one of the most important election years ever. 2008 is similar to 1980 and 1860 with much at stake for the United States.

    Clay

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  6. Playing “What If” is often fun when it comes to politics.

    What if, McCain assigned V P Palin to the task of eliminating ear marks?

    What if, McCain assigned V P Palin to reduce the impact of “special interests” in D C?

    What if, V P Palin dug out the corrupted in congress?

    Oops, not that, she might dig out some Republicans too! Regretably, both sides of the aisle need some cleaning out.

    Not only do we need to send McCain and Palin to the white house, we need to send Republicans to congress!!!

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  7. A very famous person once said “if one is faithful in
    small things then they will be faithful in larger things”
    I, like you Jane,would rest assured that Sarah Palin would make a good executive based on what she’s done,since generally speaking, one’s past is a good indicator of how one will be in the future. It is interesting that so much in campaigns is
    based on rhetoric and fancy speech. However, what really counts
    is what will actually be accomplished while in office. I think Obama is a sign of our times that a great presentation is more important than the substance or essence of what someone will actually do in office. Other than feeliong exstatic about change and getting rid of the Bush administration, does any average person on the street who likes Obama really know the details of his plans? Since there is a record of the things
    that Sarah Palin has done in office and not just grandious
    speech,I will be voting for the pitbull with the lipstick. And
    considering McCain’s age, and actuaries that the life insurance
    experts calculate, there is a chance that Sarah Palin
    could be our first woman President if McCain is elected.
    And what a great slap in the face it would be to those
    who thought they had cornered the market on feminism and
    thought they had women’s issues all figured out. It would show
    that maybe they don’t care more about women (as they would like us to think) Could it show us that the only women they give credence to are the ones who think and believe the way they do? Just look at how “Ms Oprah” has shown her true colors in the last week in her discrimination against Sarah Palin by
    not allowing her to be on her show. It can’t be economic. We
    all know that if Oprah had Sarah Palin on her show, there would
    be huge ratings. Is it not her ideological differences that
    are causing Oprah to refuse Mrs Palin an interview on her show?
    I also think Sarah may be an answer to those like our friend
    above who want to see true followers of the Constitution and
    Christ. Maybe she is someone who has been put in place by
    Providence who is the real thing and will fight for what is
    right? When she was speaking in her acceptance speech and talking about going into Washington and fighting the power brokers, I could feel some of the big money interest groups quivering in their boots or bristling with a “hell no you won’t”who represent the establishment in both parties. It would be a tall order, but maybe Sarah could go in there and turn over some of tables of the money-changers in Washington, with the support from those of us who are like-minded.

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  8. Jane,

    Enjoyed your article. You may find interesting the following email from someone who lives in Alaska which covers some details of what Sarah Palin has accomplished in Alaskan government – it won’t be in the big news media. Everything we hear about her seems to just get better – what a dynamic reformer she’s been in government.

    In spite of the negative flack she’s getting for her strong religious faith, I can’t help but think it is what inspires her to do her job so well. Let’s hope she can help McCain make the same sort of changes in DC – if they do so we won’t recognize the place and it will really be down-sized, cleaned-up and made fiscally responsible – it’s a big job.

    John McCain and Sarah Palin need our prayers to be successful in taking the helm of our nation and steering it in the right direction for the next four years.

    Best regards

    ______________________________________________________

    Fishing is good here and I rarely have time for politics, but many of our friends are asking us ‘Who is Sarah Palin?’ Of course, as Alaskans, Kathy and I are extremely proud of her. We just want to let you know that Sarah ‘Barracuda’ Palin is a straight shooting, hard charging, get it done gal. She knows when to listen, how to analyze the facts and how to make a decision, then implement the plan. She doesn’t do a poll before jumping in with both feet like too many of the Washington types.

    She has little legislative experience because she has always held the EXECUTIVE position; in private life, as mayor of Anchorage’s largest bedroom community or more recently as Governor of our State. She is a smart, attractive home grown Alaska girl with excellent moral and family values. She can see what needs to be done and does not hesitate to get it done.

    One of our State’s major problems is that its Capital is in Juneau, 500 miles from the nearest road and 800 air miles from the population base which is Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks. Our legislature and most of the State government is in Juneau and they ALL behave like a bunch of freshmen in a college town. It has been this way since Statehood in 1959. When Sarah moved to Juneau, so did accountability and responsibility. When the oil revenue started flowing and a barrel of North Slope Crude hit $23.00, these people began spending money like drunken sailors. You can only imagine what was happening when oil hit $100.00 a barrel, about the time Sarah took command. My wife Kathy has first-hand experience with this fiasco, as her father and also her ex-husband were Alaska Legislators who served in Juneau as Senators, Senate President, or members of the State House for a combined period spanning nearly three decades.

    About the time Sarah took the HELM as Governor of Alaska, about half of the State legislature was in the pocket of big oil companies or contractors doing big projects for Native Corporations around Alaska, all funded by State oil revenue. Alaska government was nothing but a good old boys club riding the perpetual wave of prosperity. This filtered down from the legislature, through the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Labor and even spilled in to the Public Safety who are supposed to ‘preserve and protect’.

    When Sarah walked into the Governor’s Mansion, she promptly dismissed the State Trooper detachment assigned to Governor and had her and her husband’s gun case brought in from Wasilla. Then, she got rid of the former Governor’s STATE Jet and told legislators that there were no more free rides, they would have to fly Alaska Airlines, just like her and her family if they wanted to travel. Next came the nut cutting (the Barracuda part) the heads that rolled were too numerous to name, but when Sarah finished cleaning house, a number of our legislators ended up in jail for on corruption charges, or tendered their resignations along with numerous department heads and those who have been riding the gravy train for way too long, AND THEN SHE HAD LUNCH. By the end of the day, Sarah Palin had saved the people of Alaska millions and has not yet slowed down.

    She has truly brought CHANGE to Juneau. I personally know several persons in the private sector in Alaska, that hold her in high esteem. She surrounds herself with smart people, many from my hometown of Anchorage, she listens to them but makes her own decisions. Sarah Palin is a no B.S. politician. It is refreshing that there is such a thing anymore.

    You want to talk about CHANGE? You should see a before and after picture of the State government in Alaska. That’s CHANGE! Sarah will bring a number of things to the election. I am sure she will appeal to many voters who could have gone the other direction on election day. The conservative block will not be for Barack. We have their vote. We need what Sarah will bring, first to the election and second, what she will bring to Washington D.C.

    McCain has been advised well, Let’s just hope the American people can get the straight scoop on her in the weeks ahead. This is just the opinion of one Alaska Bush Pilot and Guide, who pays attention to national politics, watches the news and is deathly afraid of the direction our nation is headed. I guarantee that if Sarah gets a chance to dig her spurs into the flanks of the liberal Washington types, they will know that she is in the saddle.

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  9. Your thoughts are not unlike my own, particularly when some Th. M. Bill E. (not really worth remembering) suggested in a commentary that Gov. Palin was not eligible to be in command due to the strictest Biblical doctrines because she is a ‘she’! Man should lead!

    That was Adam’s problem and it is most men’s problem today! Man is not leading. And if a man will not lead, how can a woman follow? And so God must shame man by raising up a woman who will lead.

    Jane, I am a spiritual picture of man today. I look fine on the outside, but I have a mild disability that leaves me weak and tired all of the time. My wife still honors me as the leader of our family. But without her I would be less than nothing.

    The American male has abdicated his responsibility.

    God must, if America is to be saved, raise up leadership somewhere; and if Sarah is the Esther of our time, so be it.

    I grieve that there are no statesmen.

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  10. Per your logic – we should be able to take any line manager from McDonalds and make them CEO tomorrow and McDonalds will never skip a bit. Per your logic – we can take any DMV team lead and make them Governor tomorrow and they will never skip a beat.

    Sorry but your so called logic doesn’t work in the real world. It takes years if not decades to groom leaders to fulfill the positions of CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s and the like. A mayor of a few thousand people cannot begin to imagine being executive to a nation of 300+ million. Its a different ballgame and not just a few zeros.

    Your plane analogy doesn’t work either – a few people from the middle east managed to take over and fly a plane into the world trade center with little experience or education. Per your logic – they could be president of this country.

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  11. Jane,
    Another great article, very well done. I particuarly like the reference to Deborah. Sometimes it takes strong women to get things done. I have never been a “women’s Lib creature”, but have high regard for anyone who can get things done, regardless of gender.
    I ran a small business for 20 years and felt we got things done in our community,and made an impact in our area. I thoroughly enjoy your articles, and think Randy and Roger would both agree, good and strong things come in small packages. Good luck and keep up this excellent form of commentary.
    Mary

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  12. Jane,
    There is a huge void in the realm of receiving the vital facts which you provided when you had your radio broadcast! Not one radio broadcast person(s) (Hannity, Ingram, Rush), various so called “pundit’s” whom are everywhere, television news shows……etc, etc,….NOT ONE OF THEM has the ability to communicate the information so desperatly needed to be heard by the average hard-working and unconstitutionally tax-burdened American! you have a gift; that being the ability to communicate the important issues which have a huge baring on the very existance (continuation of) this God-blessed nation. I could go on and on but will refrain…as difficult a it is for me to “shut-up”.
    I DESPERATELY,PAINFULLY MISS YOUR RADIO SHOW!
    Sarah Palin is obviously our answer to 2 Chronicles 7:14! She is the one bright spot in this election and the one thing (earthly) that gives me hope for the future of this country. This choice J M made also restores my faith in him.
    Debbie Hosta (Murrieta, CA)

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