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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

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Jewish World Review Feb. 7, 2011 / 3 Adar I, 5771

Invoking Reagan, Palin says ‘this is a time for choosing again’

By Byron York




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - Sarah Palin came here to declare that President Ronald Reagan "was one of a kind, and you're not going to find his kind again."  But in a carefully-crafted speech marking Reagan's 100th birthday, the former Alaska governor drew a series of parallels -- some explicit, some implied -- between Reagan and herself, and between Reagan's time and today.

Palin was invited to speak by the Young America's Foundation, which owns and maintains Reagan's old ranch in the mountains near Santa Barbara.  (The foundation is separate, and more aligned with the conservative movement, than the Reagan Presidential Library, which is also holding commemorative events this weekend.)  Palin began her remarks by telling the crowd, made up largely of foundation donors, about her visit to the ranch on Friday.
 
"The ranch is unmistakably the home of a western conservative," Palin said. "As an Alaskan, I proudly consider myself a western conservative in the spirit of Ronald Reagan."  From that starting point -- and her note that she grew up with "the values Ronald Reagan embodied" -- Palin discussed themes from Reagan's life that have unmistakable resonance for conservatives, and especially for Palin supporters, today.

Reagan was initially rejected by the establishment of the Republican Party, Palin said.  He stood up against the big government of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.  He delivered a hard-edged message that American voters at first rejected.  And ultimately he prevailed.

Palin's specific subject was Reagan's speech "A Time for Choosing," made on behalf of Barry Goldwater just days before the 1964 presidential election.  "A Time for Choosing" -- delivered 16 years before Reagan's own successful run for the White House -- made Reagan a star in the Republican Party.

It was also, Palin noted, a tough-minded, aggressively delivered message in which Reagan described a stark choice between a government headed toward socialism and one dedicated to freedom.  The speech "gave birth to the Reagan revolution," Palin said, and was "a call to action against a fundamental threat to freedom."

Palin focused particularly on a passage of Reagan's speech in which he said the issue of the 1964 election was "whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."  To conservatives, and especially to the Tea Partiers who make up a significant portion of Palin's supporters, it's a message that seems as fresh today as when it was delivered. Palin quoted it twice -- she said big-government advocates believe "we can win the future by letting that little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol win it for us" -- and alluded to it on a number of other occasions.

In the 1960s, Palin said, Reagan was taking a stand against a president who was expanding the reach of government with expensive new social programs.  "Reagan saw the dangers in LBJ's Great Society," Palin told the crowd.  "He refused to sit down and be silent as our liberties were eroded by an out-of-control centralized government that overtaxed and overreached in utter disregard of constitutional limits."  No one in the room missed the parallels between Johnson's time and the Obama administration of today.

But back in 1964, Palin said, "the country wasn't quite ready to hear" Reagan's words.  (Goldwater lost in a historic landslide.)  Reagan did not give up, and because he kept trying, "his message did catch on slowly."

"In 1964, the conservative movement heard him," Palin said.  "In 1966 California listened to him.  In 1976 -- finally -- the GOP rank and file listened to him.  In 1980, the nation listened to him, and in 1984, the whole world heard him.  So by the time he left office, Ronald Reagan had effectively defeated the expansionist ideology of the Great Society."

It's a stirring story, Palin told the crowd, but now big-government ideology is back.  Reagan was outraged by the 1960s, while "for many of us today, that moment of outrage came with the passage of Obamacare."  Then there was the stimulus, which "didn't stimulate anything but a Tea Party."  And now, Barack Obama's calls for new "investments" will end with "a bullet train to bankruptcy."

"This is a time for choosing again," Palin said, "and the vision we outline here is just as stark as it was in 1964."

A Palin insider says the former governor watched "A Time for Choosing" several times and was struck by Reagan's stern tone, as well as the applicability of his themes to today's events.  Then, as she was working on the speech, Palin watched President Obama's state of the union and become convinced that, rather than adopt a more centrist path, Obama planned to continue pushing big-government programs.  Those two thoughts, the insider says, formed the core of Palin's speech.

How was it received?  Palin spoke in a fairly small room, with perhaps 200 in the audience -- the Reagan Ranch Center is not a big-money operation and doesn't have a grand ballroom.  In general, audience members were enthusiastic about Palin's message but guarded about her political prospects.

"I like her enthusiasm and ability energize people," said one woman.

"Would you support her for president?"

"Well, we're more Mitt Romney people."

"I like her," says one man.  "I'm not sure she's presidential, but she gets the message out."

"Could she become presidential?"

"Hell, if Obama can be president, so can she."

"We like her personally, but can she win?" said another woman. "We're very worried.  She's been so demonized."

Other audience members shared the same opinion.  Many of them like Palin, agree with most of her positions, and are inclined to defend her when she is attacked.  But they don't necessarily plan to support her for president.

Lee Edwards, a Reagan biographer and fellow at the Heritage Foundation, was in the audience and took note of the fact that Palin was speaking to a strongly conservative group at the Ranch Center.  She likely wouldn't be invited to speak to a more general audience at the Reagan Library, Edwards said, "because she's not a member of the establishment, and they're not comfortable with her."

"The irony," Edwards continued, "is that neither was Reagan."

Palin ended her speech by noting that she is not calling for Republicans to unite behind any specific leader. "There isn't one replacement for Reagan, but there are millions who believe in the great ideas that he espoused," she said.  But of course those millions pick a candidate to represent them.  And in Santa Barbara Friday night, Palin did nothing to discourage those who believe she is laying the foundation for a future candidacy.  It might not be in 2012 -- remember the years between "A Time for Choosing" and the Reagan White House -- but it could be on the way.

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Previously:




01/31/11 With each passing year, Reagan grows larger in the American political imagination
01/24/11 House GOP begins long drive to dismantle Obamacare
01/17/11 GOP gears up again to strip NPR of federal funds
01/10/11 To House GOP, illegal immigration is a jobs issue
01/03/11 Obamacare mess is legacy of Dems' moment of power
12/27/10 Smiling Dems will soon cry ‘Washington is broken’
12/20/10 Dems are earmark junkies but GOP goes straight
12/13/10 Needed: A ‘more presidential’ Palin
12/06/10 With Dems in a funk, Obama charts a new course
11/29/10 Obama's poll numbers point to his defeat in 2012
11/22/10 Holder ignored risks of civilian terror trials
11/16/10 Dems love facts and science --- except when they don't
11/08/10 Obama, new GOP lawmakers are on collision course
11/01/10 New GOP star on track to defeat Dem legend Russ Feingold
10/26/10 If Dems lose, Obama will blame everyone but himself
10/19/10 Profligate Congress should read its own bills
10/13/10 Why Big Labor couldn't match Glenn Beck's rally
10/11/10 Trash-talking Democrat faces defeat in Florida
10/05/10 A GOP unknown in striking distance of Barney Frank
09/28/10 Administration inflates green-jobs numbers
09/20/10 In Delaware, GOP should target Dems, not O'Donnell
09/14/10 GOP Insiders Wary of Landslide Predictions
08/31/10 For Obamacare supporters, judgment day approaches
08/23/10 Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem
08/17/10 Cut spending without cutting services? Start here
08/17/10 For Michelle Obama, extravagance dents popularity
08/09/10 Obama's zealous civil rights enforcer gets busy
08/02/10 A battle between Left and Right --- inside the GOP
07/26/10 GOP spoiling for fight over Berwick appointment
07/20/10 How long will the public tolerate Afghan war?
07/12/10 NASA's Muslim outreach: Al Jazeera told first
07/02/10 Legal complaint against Gore is detailed, credible
06/28/10 Obama and Dems heading for electoral disaster
06/21/10 Who told Obama drilling is ‘absolutely safe’?
06/14/10 Billions for ‘green jobs,’ whatever they are
06/07/10 Sestak a no-go for any job. So what was the deal?
05/31/10 As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz
05/25/10 GOP dilemma: Fight Kagan, or go along?
05/11/10 Enforcing nation's immigration laws would be a bargain
05/03/10 How Obama could lose Arizona immigration battle
04/27/10 What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative?
04/20/10 As government expands, beware the post-office example
04/19/10 Who wins in 2010? Good luck reading tea leaves
04/12/10 GOP Obamacare strategy: Try repeal, then cut
04/05/10 Obamacare was mainly aimed at redistributing wealth
03/30/10 Message to Dems: People still don't like Obamacare
03/23/10 The coming consequences of Obamacare
03/16/10 Marco Rubio and the Republicans who love him
03/15/10 GOP hopes town halls take health care off table
03/08/10 Dems turn risky health vote into manhood contest
03/01/10 Why Obama defies the public on health care
02/22/10 South Carolina mulls 2012: Romney? Palin? Huck?
02/16/10 GOP winning war over Miranda rights for terrorists
02/09/10 Who are the 300 terrorists held in U.S. prisons?
02/02/10 Is Obama dissatisfied with being president?
01/19/10 The Republican dilemma: Good Michael or Bad Michael?
01/12/10 Now the lawmakers are figuring out what they didn't know
01/05/10 GOP deserves blame for Democratic excesses
12/29/09 Dems' dreams of a blue West begin to turn red
12/22/09 Why Dems push health care, even if it kills them
11/30/09 Dems' kamikaze mission: Health care by New Year's
11/23/09 Why it's a mistake to bring Gitmo prisoners here
11/16/09 Dems' slick fix: $210 billion of fiscal restraint
11/10/09 Obama can't be community organizer for the world
11/02/09 At key moment, Obama leaves health post unfilled 10/26/09 ‘Fierce urgency' for jobs, not health care’
10/12/09 Facts hurt Jennings in youth sex controversy
10/05/09 Amid terror threat, Dems chip away at Patriot Act
09/27/09 In Afghanistan, let U.S. troops be warriors
09/21/09 Under fire, Democrats abandon ACORN in drove
09/14/09 Dems stifle Republican health care plans
09/08/09 For Dems, a serious Charlie Rangel problem
09/07/09 Obama's speech: Wrong setting for a sales job
09/01/09 What happened to the antiwar movement?
08/24/09 Why Dems may jam through health care plan
08/17/09 GOP thinks the unthinkable: Victory in 2010
08/10/09 The empty words of a journalist turned flack
08/03/09 Probe finds new clues in AmeriCorps IG scandal
07/27/09 Obamacare haunted by unkept promises of stimulus
07/20/09 Why the GOP failed the Sotomayor test
07/13/09 What the GOPers will ask Sotomayor
06/29/09 Serious questions remain for Mark Sanford
06/22/09 How GOPers can crack the AmeriCorps scandal
06/16/09 Worried about Sotomayor? Consider Andre Davis
06/08/09 Can Mitch Daniels save the GOP?
06/01/09 When the Dems derailed a Latino nominee
05/26/09 Why the GOP will defeat Obama on healthcare
05/19/09 Rosy report can't hide stimulus problems
05/12/09 The Reagan legacy is the man himself
05/05/09 Sen. Specter, meet your new friends
04/27/09 Ted Olson: ‘Torture’ probes will never end
04/20/09 Who's Laughing at the ‘Axis of Evil’ today?
04/14/09 Congress needs Google to track stimulus money
04/06/09 Beyond AIG: A bill to let Big Government set your salary
03/30/09 On Spending and the Deficit, McCain Was Right
03/24/09 It's Obama's crisis now
03/17/09: Geithner-Obama economics: A joke that's not funny



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