“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

For the First Time in Years, I’m Proud to Be a Republican

This is a few days out of date, but it captures some of the incredible enthusiasm that exploded in the Republican Party last Friday…and hasn’t diminished over the weekend, despite slams, slurs, rumors, wild speculation and liberal naughtiness.

From a transcript of a call to the Rush Limbaugh program last Friday, Rush plays an excerpt from Palin’s speech that day:

PALIN: In serving as the team mom and coaching some basketball on the side, I got involved in the PTA and then was elected to the city council and then elected mayor of my hometown where my agenda was to stop wasteful spending and cut property taxes and put the people first! (cheers and applause) I was then appointed ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. And when I found corruption there, I fought it hard and I held the offenders to account. (cheers and applause) Along with fellow reformers in the great state of Alaska, as governor, I stood up to the old politics as usual — to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies, and the good old boy network. (cheers and applause) When oil and gas prices went up so dramatically and the state revenues followed with that increase, I sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska — and we are now… (cheers and applause) We’re now embarking on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

RUSH: She’s doing it.

PALIN: I signed major ethics reforms and I appointed both Democrats and independents to serve in my administration, and I championed reform, toned the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks,” on that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves.

Then takes a call from Chuck in Oswego, New York:

CALLER: Rush, it’s great to be here. Can I paraphrase Michelle Obama real quick?

RUSH: Sure.

CALLER: “For the first time in years, I am proud to be a Republican.”

RUSH: (laughter) Very funny. That’s cool.

Indeed it is cool!

There are a couple of nice pics of the Palin family here as well. The astute observer will note that the Palin family does not seem reluctant or ashamed to place their hands over their hearts in allegiance to our country.

Mr. and Mrs. Palin also seem to love and embrace life.

Is Palin perfect? No. Neither am I.

Do I agree with Palin in all areas? No, but I don’t agree with my wife on everything, nor she with me.

The Republican presidential campaign has life and fire in it for the first time since John McCain became the nominee. Ironically, that fire is because of the vice presidential candidate, which is the most unusual election development I’ve ever seen.

But in an election season that was all too devoid of the traditional values that made America great, suddenly there is an infusion of hope for the future.

God is good!


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3 Responses to “For the First Time in Years, I’m Proud to Be a Republican”

  1. I am enthused, as well, Bob. On one hand we have a promise of change from the Chicago Machine and a DC insider. On the other, we have two independent-minded reformers, both firmly gounded in conservative values. I, too, am not in agreement with everything McCain and Palin have said and done, but I can’t think of anyone I agree with all the time (except One).

  2. I’m not sure if this posted…

    Palin has experience sucessfully running a State surrounded by Canada and Russia. She stands up for her family. She is not afraid of self inspection. She is a strong speaker and knows humility.

    Sarah Palin is running for Vice President.

    I think she is well qualified!

  3. Strong points, Guy.