Sarah Palin -- The American Margaret Thatcher

by Deb Frost
(Wasilla, Alaska)

Sarah Palin is the US's answer to Margaret Thatcher!

Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments? Well, they haven't met our Sarah.

As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, AK, where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor, I can speak with confidence.

Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo and as smart and determined a PERSON (gender really isn't an issue here as far as I'm concerned) as anyone could ask for at the head of government.

Sarah is no naïve "small town mayor" - she just *started out* there. But, as Mayor of Wasilla, she brought this "small town" through a lot of GOOD changes and left it at the end of her term having grown to the 4th largest CITY in Alaska - a lot of growth and a stronger economic base than ever before.

She has EXECUTIVE experience *running a government* (something NONE of the other candidates can actually boast, even John McCain) as Governor of Alaska and got there by defeating the *incumbent* Republican Governor, who was definitely part of the "old school" and who WAS very much in the pocket of the big oil companies. We in Alaska wanted change - and we got it in the person of Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin is everything she looks to be and more. Her approval rating as Governor of Alaska has been as high as 95% and is currently leveled out consistently in the upper 80 percentile throughout the state (and in both parties) - the HIGHEST approval rating of ANY sitting Governor.

Sarah has been turning around corruption in the Legislature of Alaska - turning things on their ear for that matter; cutting spending in spite of the increased income the state is currently receiving due to the high oil prices - she has insisted on putting a huge amount of the "windfall" into savings for the future rather than spending, spending, spending - and has insisted from the get-go on what she refers to as "honest, ethical and transparent governing" - no more closed door meetings and dealings - the big oil companies thought she would be a pushover and have learned better to their chagrin.

She understands the "real people" and the economic issues we all face (Alaskans along with the rest of the country) - she was one of "us" not long ago. Rather than passing useless "laws" or throwing money at pet projects, she (most recently) temporarily suspended the state gas tax (on gasoline at the pumps, fuel oil and natural gas for homes, etc.) and has ordered checks issued to ALL residents of Alaska this fall in an attempt to assist with the burden of high fuel costs for the upcoming winter. I could go on and on, but that's enough for now. She isn't doing these things to be popular - she
is doing it because her constituents are HURTING financially and she can help.

She became Governor of Alaska by defeating the Incumbent Republican Governor and doing it *without* the money or the support of the Republican Party, which was amazing in itself - and she won by a landslide. The "powers that be" at that time totally underestimated Sarah and learned better the hard way.

She has done exactly what she claimed she was going to do and is just as popular today as the day she was elected - perhaps more so since even the Democrats up here seem to like her - she works well with both sides in the Legislature here.

Sarah "belongs" to us (Alaskans) ... and although we are going to be terribly sorry to see her leave before she finishes the job she started here (two years ago) straightening out OUR State, we understand she is needed for a bigger purpose. Hopefully her Lt. Governor will be able to fill her shoes here and continue the job.

As for worrying about what would happen if McCain were to die or step down or whatever ... up here in AK we've only been wondering how long we would be able to KEEP Sarah in Alaska and have seen her as our first woman President of the USA from the start. It's always been a matter of whether she would wait until the end of her TWO terms as Governor (no doubt at ALL that she would be re-elected if she ran for a second term at the end of her current term) ... or end up in Washington sooner. She could do the job TODAY.

Personally, I feel a lot better about McCain now that I know he has someone as savvy, as strong, as ethical and as steady as Sarah at his back.

She will be an excellent Vice President ... and my guess is will be our US Republican Presidential candidate in four years - AND by then the country will KNOW her - will love and respect her as we do here - and she'll win by as much of a landslide as she did here in Alaska.

I only wonder if McCain has a clue what he is unleashing on the US of A. She is going to be a fresh wind, but also a strong wind.

Is that enough of an endorsement?

If not, I'll add this ... Jerry and I have for many years felt the best "vote" was to vote for the lesser of two "evils" and hope they didn't do too much damage.

Two years ago during our State Governor's race was the first time EVER that we actually asked for not just a little sign to put in our yard showing our support of our candidate (something we've never felt the desire to do at all before) - we asked for a full 4' x 8' "SARAH PALIN FOR GOVERNOR!" sign and were proud to have it.

She hasn't let us or Alaska down. She will do the same for the USA if given the opportunity.

- Deb Frost in Alaska -

Comments for Sarah Palin -- The American Margaret Thatcher

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Sarah Palin, U.S answer to Margret Thacher
by: jkaytech

Hi Deb,

Your email was forwarded to me, which I googled and got to your site as the real author. I passed it on to my email list of 50 and hope they all pass it on. This left wing media in the tank for Obama is really outrageous. Thanks for writing.
Below is my preface to forwarding on your post.


I don't usually watch the broadcast media (BM) but felt I had to so I could see for myself the hyprocrisy and bias (again).

Here is a popular govenor who has a reputation for fighting corruption and waste. When she said she turned down the federal money for the bridge to nowhere during her announcement, I was amazed. But none of that was on the BM news. Only derogatory comments about her not being at home with her (5) kids and how could she be VP and a Mom at the same time. The one that really was disgusting was the BM that asked her for a DNA test to prove her recent baby was hers, to prove she was not covering up for her daughter.

I don't know where this media frenzy will end, but I'm sure she will be getting a very large audience tonight at the RNC

(Ed. note: jkaytech, thank you for your comments. We just want to clarify that we are not the author of this commentary, but are happy to share it with you, on Deb's behalf.)

Media Bias Against Palin?
by: Lindsey from Mississippi

In reference to the comments about the media in the previous comment...

The lady who wrote the previous comment said the "liberal" media did not report certain things. She said that Palin's speech about the "bridge to nowhere" was not broadcast. I saw a clip of it on the Today Show on NBC. I have not, however, seen or heard anything pertaining to a DNA test to prove her [child's] parentage... That sounds utterly ridiculous.

I watch the news every day. I hear these claims that the media is one-sided, but I don't see it. I consider myself to be a bright, educated young woman, and I think I would notice if such a heavy bias were present in the news reports that I watch. I believe that the media (at least, generally) try their best to report the truth. Sometimes, wrong or tarnished information crosses the airwaves, but I honestly don't believe that such a media bias exists.

Perhaps we have such conflicting views because we watch different shows. I would like to ask which program reported the story about the DNA test. I am interested to see how different networks differ on their reporting.

Liberal Media Bias
by: Janet, Editor

Thank you, Lindsey, for joining our discussion. We did a quick Google search, and found this report you might be interested in on media bias against Sarah Palin.

If you watch MSNBC, you will undoubtedly have noticed Keith Olbermann's definite pro-Obama bias. It's hard to miss.

Or if you watched ABC's Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin, you may have noticed that he was uncharacteristically aggressive, trying to "trip her up" with a "gotcha" question about "the Bush Doctrine." It made perfect sense for her to request clarification, because there are at least 4 separate "Bush Doctrines." When he did tell her what he meant, Charlie outlined Bush Doctrine #3, not the current one. I was disappointed in Charlie's interview, and thought he was rude and unprofessional. He just lost two fans in our house.

My undergraduate degree is in journalism and English. I have noticed a very pronounced liberal bias in the mainstream media. A reporter's job is to report the facts, without bias or opinion (that's what editorials, or "op-ed" pieces, are for), so that his/her reader (or listener) can make an informed judgment of his or her own. One should not be able to tell, from the reporting of the story, what the reporter's political leanings are. There are very few "reporters" today of whom this is true.

Also, with the plethora of 24-hour news channels, which have to come up with a lot more "news" than is really worthy of reporting, there are a number of opinion/editorial shows that people confuse with "news reporting." Bill O'Reilly is an example. O'Reilly is not a news reporter. He's a "commentator" who "comments" about items and events that are "in the news." His shows are clearly about opinions.

You might be interested in this post, which links to a report by law professor Stephen Bainbridge on the demonstrable liberal bias in the media. It also links to Professor Bainbridge's report on unfair attacks by the media on Governor Palin, including the requests for DNA tests.

Here's another report: Slanted NBC Profiles Boost Obama, Malign McCain.

Seems to me there's more than enough evidence of liberal media bias. But if you just watch the same network all the time, you might not notice it. Try watching the news on several different channels and see if you notice a difference.

Slanted too!
by: Anonymous

Everything you write here is slanted. It seems you don't follow you own advice and training in be balanced!

Anonymous, thanks for taking the time to join our conversation.

There's one very important point you're missing. I'm neither claiming nor pretending to be an objective journalist presenting unbiased news with the comments on this web site.

Our readers submit their opinions, just as you have.

The mainstream news media, however, is supposed to be presenting balanced and unbiased news, something it is no longer doing, with rare exceptions.

If you'd care to state an opposing opinion, please feel free to submit additional comments.

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