Sarah Palin at the Switch

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As
Dr. Arthur Robinson, writer of the "Pro-Science, Pro-Technology,
Pro-Free Enterprise Monthly Newsletter" Access to Energy
describes it, the American national railroad train is heading
toward a fatal intersection. He writes, "There is a switch
at that intersection. One direction leads to a wonderful valley
of lower taxation, lower regulation, lower litigation, and less
government — a valley labelled u2018freedom' and u2018technology prosperity.'
The other direction leads to a destroyed bridge over a very deep
canyon. The rocks at the bottom of the canyon are littered with
the remains of many earlier civilizations. They are labelled u2018statism,'
u2018totalitarianism,' u2018Marxism,' u2018fascism,' and u2018the tyranny of democratic
socialism.'"

Now operating
as a free agent in the Lower 48 (states), Sarah Palin is likely
to play a critical role in helping to turn the switch that turns
America's train in the direction towards less government.

When she came
on the national stage as the Republican vice-presidential candidate,
LRC's Walter Block wrote: "Here is a rifle toting, moose killing,
basketball playing, beauty contest winning, charismatic and eloquent
long happily married conservative hockey mom who has made something
of herself in a very competitive field, who has not gone to finishing
school at Harvard, Yale or Princeton… She is a breath of fresh
air blowing in from our northernmost state."

This is how
Lew Rockwell viewed her arrival on the national scene:

"The
frenzied reaction of the middle class all over the country toward
Sarah Palin has no real precedent that I can remember. Indeed,
the reaction especially among women is completely understandable.
She provides a much welcome cultural break from the chip-on-the-shoulder,
grudge-against-the-world model of public women that have been
held up to us for years, embodied in the belligerent and insufferable
person of Hillary Clinton.

"Sarah,
on the other hand, is both beautiful and professionally accomplished,
a wife and mother and a natural politician, both religious and
secular, both feminine and fears no tasks such as hunting that
are usually associated with men. She offers a different model
of a woman who has excelled not through intimidation and aggressive
demands for reparation, but through her own efforts, charms, and
intelligence."

Jack Wheeler
points out (in his To The
Point News
) this special quality that Palin has: "A lower-middle-class
woman who speaks the language of the country's ordinary voters and
has a profound personal understanding of the hopes and worries of
a vast swath of the public."

Feminists,
intellectuals, academics, the Beltway (Washington, D.C.) culture
and its media acolytes hold a different view of her. Sarah Palin
provokes a visceral hostility in these special people, which compels
them to make statements about her like these: "Caribou Barbie
is one nutty puppy" (Maureen Dowd); a "religious fanatic
and a proud, boastful ignoramus" (Christopher Hitchens); "anti-abortion,
a member of the NRA and thinks creationism should be taught alongside
evolution" (Susan Reimer); "it's her extreme narcissism
that gets to me" (Pepper Schwartz, a professor at the University
of Washington [yes, I know her]); and "her greatest hypocrisy
is her pretense that she is a woman" (Wendy Doniger, a professor
at the University of Chicago).

While the intellectual
elite (liberal and conservative) and feminists loathe Sarah Palin,
a substantial proportion of the U.S. population quite likes and
admires her. This is particularly true with people who live in "flyover
country" — that part of America that lays between the Beltway/East
(establishment) Coast and the West (left) Coast. A lot of people
in flyover country revere her. In the 2008 campaign, adoring throngs
in the thousands, and sometimes as many as 60,000 people would greet
her at rallies held around the country. She became a national sensation.
The song "I
am a Woman
," written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and
wonderfully sung by Peggy Lee captures the attraction Sarah Palin
has for many people, especially this verse: "I can make a dress
out of a feed bag and I can make a man out of you."

Now operating
in the Lower 48 (states) as a free agent, Palin will be speaking
at fundraisers for Republican House and Senate candidates in the
run-up to the 2010 election. They will welcome her aid, not only
because she draws large crowds wherever she goes, but most importantly
for her fundraising ability. No Republican comes anywhere close
to her in that regard. She has announced that she will also campaign
for conservative Blue Dog Democrats (those "choked blue"
by "extreme" Democrats from the left) who agree with her
views on "Cap and Trade" and health care reform — and
against those who voted for them. Her focus will be on the composition
of Congress elected in 2010. More immediately, it will be on these
two bills in Congress: the global-climate change Cap and Trade bill,
H.R. 2454, which the House has already passed; and the "ObamaCare"
health plan, H.R. 3200. These bills, if signed into law, will point
America's train, with increasing speed, towards the canyon of collectivism.

In a July 14,
2009 article in The Washington Post, titled "The
u2018Cap and Tax' Dead End
," Palin writes, "I am deeply
concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and
I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine
our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage."

Good scientific
evidence, ignored by proponents of Cap and Trade, like Al Gore,
who stand to profit handsomely from its passage, shows that rising
atmospheric CO2 levels do not cause global warming and are not harming
the environment. Instead, higher CO2 levels increase plant growth.
For a carefully considered and solid refutation of the CO2/Human-Caused
Global Warming hypothesis see this (12-page) paper (with 133 scientific
references), Environmental
Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
by A. Robinson,
N. Robinson, and W. Soon.

The case for
human-caused global warming is based on 1) worst-case computer models,
which have no basis in fact and do not consider solar and celestial
(cosmic ray) causes of climate change (see here)
or the influence of the Southern Oscillation on global temperature
(see here);
and 2) on "consensus." Modern empirical science began
in the 17th century, replacing medieval science based
on authority, belief (unsupported by empirical evidence), and consensus.
The dogmatic belief that Man is the cause of the recent warming
harks back to medieval science with its claims of consensus, submission
to the authority of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, and on (empirically unsupported) computer models.

The Beltway
politicians' main motivation for implementing Cap and Trade is to
raise taxes and to increase government power and control over Americans,
and to lower their standard of living. To this end, as the Science
and Public Policy Institute's recently published (19-page) Climate
Money
(by Joanne Nova) reveals, "The US Government
has spent more than $79 billion of taxpayers' money since 1989 on
policies related to climate change [human-caused global warming],
including science and technology research, administration, propaganda
campaigns, foreign aid, and tax breaks. Most of this spending was
unnecessary." (The government will not fund research on other
theories of global warming.)

As Sarah Palin
warns, Cap and Trade would adversely affect every aspect of the
U.S. economy. Among other things, it will increase unemployment
in the energy sector, raise the cost of doing business, increase
the cost of farming and drive up grocery prices. The best recipe
for energy independence, and for a sufficient supply of affordable
energy necessary to restore American prosperity, is to cleanly tap
abundant hydrocarbon resources in American soil (coal, oil, and
gas) and build more nuclear power plants (see here
and here).

Asking the
question, "Can America produce more of its own energy through
strategic investments that protect the environment, revive our economy
and secure our nation?" Palin replies, "Yes, we can. Just
not with Barack Obama's energy cap-and-tax plan."

The purpose
of the 1,018-page
ObamaCare health plan is "To provide affordable, quality health
care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending,
and for other purposes." [Emphasis added.] This includes
45+ million Americans who currently have no insurance, which includes
some 10 million illegal aliens that the plan will cover. It will
raise taxes on small businesses and wealthy Americans and cut costs
by rationing and denying care. Like the UK's National Health Service,
the ObamaCare plan creates a National Health Care Board, which will
approve or reject surgery and medical treatments like chemotherapy
based on its cost divided by the number years the patient is expected
to benefit from it. As one observer explains, this means "If
you are over 65 or have been recently diagnosed as having an advanced
form of cardiac disease or aggressive cancer…..dream on if you think
you will get treated…..pick out your coffin."

The plan empowers
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information and
Technology (in the Department of Health and Human Services) to "monitor
treatments being delivered to make sure doctors and hospitals are
strictly following government guidelines that are deemed appropriate."
And it states, "Doctors and hospitals not adhering to guidelines
will face penalties" (i.e. fines and possible imprisonment).
The Plan empowers the newly established Federal Coordinating Council
for Comparative Effectiveness Research "to slow the development
of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs."

The plan also
contains provisions, such as the "Limitation on New [individual
private coverage] Enrollment" clause on page 16, that give
government the power, with its tax-subsidized coverage, to squeeze
out and eliminate all private health care plans and nationalize
America's health care (which comprises 20 percent of the economy).
Worse, Section 1233 of the bill requires "senior citizens to
meet at least every 5 years [every year for people with chronic
illnesses] with a doctor or nurse practitioner to discuss dying
with dignity." In these "Advanced Care Planning"
sessions people over 65 will learn "how to decline hydration,
nutrition and how to initiate hospice care."

ObamaCare is
medical fascism with a vengeance.

Sarah Palin
opposes government intervention in health care and will strive to
convince Americans that Beltway politicians have no constitutional
or moral authority to outlaw private health insurance, which they
will do if the House and Senate pass this bill, and nationalize
health care.

Shortly before
she resigned as governor of Alaska, Palin signed
a resolution (House
Joint Resolution 27
) declaring Alaska's sovereignty under the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, "Powers
not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the States, are reserved to the States." (Thirty-five
other states are considering a sovereignty resolution, and the legislatures
in six states have passed such a decree. Currently, along with Sarah
Palin, only one other governor, Phil Bredesen in Tennessee, has
signed the legislature-passed sovereignty resolution in these states.)
Sarah Palin has taken the lead in this important movement.
Florida State Senator Carey Baker puts it well when he says, "Now
more than ever, state governments must exercise their Constitutional
right to say no to the expansion of the federal government's reckless
deficit spending and abuse of power."

Sarah Palin
was the only top-tier candidate in the 2008 Election who had anything
good to say about Ron Paul. In an MTV interview (on August 29, 2008),
Palin said Ron Paul was “cool.” “He’s a good guy,” she added. “He’s
so independent. He’s independent of the party machine. I’m like,
u2018Right on, so am I.'” Now free, Palin would do well to study with
Ron Paul. The country not only needs to have less government, lower
taxes, fewer regulations, and to achieve energy independence, but
it also needs to dismantle its empire (which is being run on borrowed
money) and bring the troops home. Her support for the ruinous U.S.
military interventions abroad reveals a lack of understanding on
how harmful trying to maintain an empire is to America. She is a
quick study, and she would benefit by having Dr. Paul tutor her
on economics and politics.

Along
with Sarah Palin and Ron Paul, other people who are working hard
to set the switch to send America's train in right direction include
Glenn Beck; Judge Andrew Napolitano; Lew Rockwell, Thomas Woods,
and other proponents of the Austrian School of Economics; the Mises
Institute in Auburn, Alabama; Senator Jim Demint (South Carolina);
Peter Schiff, and Dave Redick.

The Anchorage
Daily News called Sarah Palin "the Joan of Arc of Alaska
politics, marching into battle against long odds on such big local
issues as oil taxes and construction of a natural gas pipeline only
to see her opposition crumble." In the Lower 48, Sarah could
wind up being the "Joan of Arc" of America's white, working
poor. If she can do to American politics today what Joan
of Arc
did to French and English politics in the 15th
century, there will be a lot of senators and congressmen elected
in 2010 who will be beholden to her. Next comes 2012.

Politicians
in the Beltway who seek to turn America into a full-blown socialist/fascist
state have good reason to fear Sarah Palin.

AN UPDATE
(December 9, 2010)

In this 2009
article I wrote, u201CPalin would do well to study with Ron Paul. The
country not only needs to have less government, lower taxes, fewer
regulations, and to achieve energy independence, but it also needs
to dismantle its empire (which is being run on borrowed money) and
bring the troops home. Her support for the ruinous U.S. military
interventions abroad reveals a lack of understanding on how harmful
trying to maintain an empire is to America. She is a quick study,
and she would benefit by having Dr. Paul tutor her on economics
and politics.u201D

Unfortunately,
instead of turning to Ron Paul, Sarah Palin has come under the spell
of the neoconservative Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard
and “the punditocracy's best-known neocon.” And to make matters
worse she now is attacking WikiLeaks and its director Julian Assange,
who she says should be hunted down like a terrorist. She writes,
u201CWhy was he [Assange] not pursued with the same urgency we pursue
al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?u201D

Despite her
creditable views on energy policy and health care, Sarah Palin's
support of the U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan
and for maintaining an American Empire with its troops stationed
around the world, along with her attacking whistleblowers that expose
government malfeasance, disqualifies her for leading the country
out of its current dilemma. I was wrong. Sarah Palin should not
be at the switch. At this point, Ron Paul is the only one who can
switch America's train, which is heading towards a destroyed bridge
over the canyon of totalitarianism, in the right direction.”

July 30, 2009

Donald
Miller
(send him mail)
is a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University
of Washington in Seattle. He is a member of Doctors
for Disaster Preparedness
and writes articles on a variety
of subjects for LewRockwell.com. His web site is www.donaldmiller.com

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