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why don't you check palin's politics in alaska to find out about her background. Its her governing style which attracts her to us. I just wish she and ppl like Ron Paul could join forces. I acknowledge that Ron Paul is more ideologically sound, but he doesnt have the personality,charisma or leadership skills to carry his followers with him
I actually feel like her career as governor was pretty lackluster, especially compared to the remarkable career of Gary Johnson, the Republican governor of heavily Democratic New Mexico, who vetoed 750 bills during his tenure (more than all the vetoes in all other 49 states over the same period combined), left the government with 1000 fewer state employees than when he started (with no firings), and presided over the longest period in New Mexico history without a tax increase. Not only does Gary Johnson have Ron Paul's sound ideology, but he has Sarah Palin's great personality (and more!). Check him out:http://bit.ly/4ZbLIz
I gotta say that I am deeply offended at the "persona is the policy statement" because it is untrue. And, any person's persona plays a part in their success or failure. She is a major influence of conservatives whether she is a Presidential candidate or not. Not caring about policy positions? NOT. That is exactly the reason Palinites like her. Conservatives love her when she speaks out on either her facebook page, public, or on Fox News becuase she stands up for conservative values. She is/was against the bailouts. She realizes and says that the GOP over past eight years has lost its way. But, she has had many accomplishments as governor of Alaska. She did so much in the way of energy independence. It seems as though Ron Paul supporters are just like liberals-demonizing Sarah Palin, never giving her a real chance, just to promote and advance their own political figures and political agendas while buying into the horse hockey that the MSM has falsly stated about her.
If Palin really stood for the things you said she does, I would also support her like you do. But what if the establishment big wigs in the GOP have deliberately fabricated your entire view of Palin to trick you into supporting a big government Republican? If you saw undeniable evidence that Palin supports policies which you oppose, would you change your mind?The sad truth is that Palin actually supported the bailouts that patriotic Americans hated so much. Here's what she said in a CNN interview about the TARP bailouts back in 2008:"Now, as for the economic bailout provisions and the measures that have already been taken, it is a time of crisis and government did have to step in playing an appropriate role to shore up the housing market to make sure that we're thawing out some of the potentially frozen credit lines and credit markets, government did have to step in there."(source: http://bit.ly/3c9b1H)And here's a video of her defending the $700 billion TARP bailout in a Katie Couric interview:http://bit.ly/3jvV8WShe also supported and lobbied for lots of pork barrel spending, including the "Bridge to Nowhere" which we have her on record as supporting: http://bit.ly/4FFtJ5When she was elected mayor of Wasilla, the city had no debts. At the end of her six year tenure, the city owed $18.6 million! (source: http://bit.ly/cNZMF0)As governor, while Palin did make some cuts to the budget, she cannot claim to be a fiscal conservative when she signed a record operating budget of $6.6 billion in 2007 (source: http://bit.ly/cUcmcw)If your are a true fiscal conservative, an enemy of bailouts, an opponent of pork, and a champion of limited government- if you really are all these things AND you now know the facts I've listed above, you must do the hard thing, but the right thing and see that Sarah Palin is not really in it for us. She really is just a personality being used by the establishment RINOs to trick true, freedom-loving conservatives.
She spoke out against Obama's bailouts. I was wrong as to which bailouts she was against. But, I agree with her answer as to the bailouts. The Democrats put this country in a terrible position with the Community Reinvestment Act and Fannie and Freddie so I am not so sure that the bank bailouts actually really weren't necessary to avoid the collapse of America as we know it now. While I disagree with the too big to fail philosophy I also understand that because of the Democrats and previous administrations fecklessness they put Bush in a horrible situation-much like a catch 22 situation. It would look bad regardless of whether he did nothing or authorized the bailouts- and also because bank CEO's were forced by our government to give out loans to people with economic means who couldn't afford to pay their mortgages. Plus, Bush tried very early on to stop a financial fiasco from turning into a blown out financial crisis and Dems said Fannie and Freddie was okay. So, I am against the car bailouts but not the bank bailouts. So, I agree with Palin. Agreeing with this necessity doesn't necessarily mean a person isn't a financial conservative. She does believe in the free market when it is not tampered with by Democratic administrations and force Republican admins to clean up there mess. That is the way I see it.
Just make sure your being fair to your principles and staying true to your beliefs, not clinging to a personality. If you would give Democrats the kind of pass you're giving Palin on this, then maybe you're being fair to yourself after all, but if not, please consider that you might be giving Palin too much undeserved credit. All of us normal people here in Middle America hated those bailouts. Palin cheered them on. That's enough for me.