Back on August 8, 2011, somebody outlined these goals for fixing our current Obama-caused mess:
We need to stop this deficit spending, balance our budget, repeal Obamacare, cancel all unused stimulus funds, and reform our entitlement programs. We have to have an adult conversation about our spending commitments; circumstances have changed, and we must adapt. I know none of this will be easy, but, “thick” or not, the average American outside the D.C. politico bubble knows that we no longer have a choice! We will have entitlement reform and a balanced budget; it’s just a matter of how. We can do it ourselves in a calm, methodical, and responsible manner, or we can wait for the world’s capital markets to ram it down on us. Let’s be responsible and do it ourselves. And let’s get serious about reducing the size of government across the board and rooting out waste. How many more reports (that today are destined to merely gather dust on the shelf) do we need about duplicative and unnecessary programs before we actually do something about government waste?
We need to get this economy moving again, and the real stimulus we’ve been waiting for is domestic energy development. We must reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil by responsibly developing natural resources here. This will provide good paying jobs, reduce our trade deficit, increase federal and state revenue, ensure environmental standards, and actually stimulate our economy without incurring any debt. That’s real stimulus! Affordable, plentiful, and secure energy is the foundation of every thriving economy. Let’s make it the foundation of ours. Let’s do the opposite of President Obama’s manipulation of U.S. energy supplies. Let’s drill here, build refineries, and stop kowtowing to foreign countries in asking them to ramp up energy production which makes us even more beholden to them as we rely on their foreign product. Let’s move on tapping our massive domestic natural gas reserves. Natural gas is the perfect “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available. It’s clean, it’s green, and we’ve got a lot of it. Let’s drill. Let’s build an infrastructure for natural gas cars and power plants. Energy development can help kick start our economic engine.
In addition to energy security, I embrace a pro-growth agenda that can make American corporations far more competitive on the global stage. (I will be writing more about this in the coming days.) We need to tell the world, “America is open for business again!” And let’s welcome industry by reducing burdensome regulations. The Obama administration keeps strangling businesses in red tape. From the EPA’s rulings to that nightmare known as Obamacare, the Obama administration is hanging one regulatory albatross after another around the private sector’s neck. Let’s get government out of the way and give the private sector room to breathe, grow, and thrive. We can provide businesses confidence to expand and hire Americans in a stable environment.
Be wary of the efforts President Obama makes to “fix” the debt problem. The more he tries to “fix” things, the worse they get because his “solutions” always involve spending more, taxing more, growing government, and increasing debt. This debt problem is the greatest challenge facing our country today. Obviously, President Obama doesn’t have a plan or even a notion of how to deal with it. His press conference today was just a rehash of his old talking points and finger-pointing. That’s why he can’t be re-elected in 2012.
Those goals were then followed by instructions on how "we the people" can achieve them:
Our destiny is still in our own hands if we pick ourselves up and act responsibly and quickly. We must all get involved. Concerned Americans must seek truth, work harder than ever, and be willing to sacrifice today to ensure freedom tomorrow. Please get engaged in 2012 electoral politics and support experienced, vetted, pro-free market fiscal conservatives who will dedicate all to preserving our Republic and protecting our Constitution.
Getting engaged in electoral politics and supporting experienced, vetted, pro-free market fiscal conservatives who will dedicate all to preserving our Republic and protecting our constitution. That sounds like a good prescription for getting involved in party politics and get out the vote efforts for the best Constitutional conservative candidates in the Republican Party primary electons and for the Republican winners of those primary elections as they go on to the general election.
You probably know that the person who wrote the above was Sarah Palin, back on August 8, 2011, on her Facebook page.
On September 3, in a speech in Indianola, Iowa, she offered another bit of common sense: the seemingly obvious idea that now all grass roots conservative Americans, who have created tea party and 9.12 and other organizations, should unite. I have not heard any of the announced Republican presidential candidates say this. In Indianola, after outlining her five part plan for restoring America's strong, free market economy, Sarah Palin said:
This plan is a first step in a long march towards fundamental restoration of a strong and free market economy. And it represents the kind of real reform that we need. And, folks, it must come from you. It must come from the American people. Real hope is in you.
In other words, there is no cavalry that will save us at the last minute. We're the cavalry.
Sarah Palin went on to say in her speech:
Don’t wait for the permanent political class to reform anything for you. They won’t. They can’t.
We’ve got to unite. We’ve got to stand together.
In other words, to restore our Republic, "we the people" truly will have to do more than just show up and vote. We will have to "act" and "get involved" in "electoral politics" so we can elect "experienced, vetted, pro-free market fiscal conservatives who will dedicate all to preserving our Republic and protecting our Constitution." Because "the permanent political class" will not reform anything for us. We must unite and do it ourselves. We must get involved in "electoral politics" and unite inside the Republican Party as never before. And elect new public servants.
Good advice, I think. Will we follow it? Will we become our own cavalry?
I hope and pray so.
[Cross-posted at UnifiedPatriots.com.]
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