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Unannounced Candidate in the Ultimate Rogue Campaign?

08/19/2011

The above video courtesy @RealClearScott.

What is Sarah Palin up to? A couple of worthy reads might help point the way (as if the video weren’t enough).

The first is from Conservatives4Palin; it’s a short read, with only two paragraphs copied here:

…They [Obama, liberals] would tell people, “You know why you have it so bad. It’s all those millionaires and billionaires. It’s Bush’s fault. See Sarah Palin! She’s to blame that Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Those Tea Partiers! Oh they’re terrorists”. And because they’re hurting, people are buying this garbage and turning on friend and neighbor. America hasn’t been this divided since the Civil War tore this nation asunder. And that’s the good news. In 1861 you needed two fingers to count the issues that divided the nation. Now you probably have to take your shoes off and then some.

Look no farther than the “ONE” in Palin’s One Nation Tour to realize that lately she hasn’t focused on addressing us Conservatives, Grizzlies, or Tea Partiers. Sarah Palin knows that we get it. We understand freedom and know that it’s worth fighting for. We got it from the very first time vice presidential candidate Palin stepped on the stage at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3 in ’08. However, a lot has changed since then. Though many hoped that it would, most Americans didn’t expect what has happened to our nation in these three short years. …

Per that last sentence, one only has to ask the question, “If you were trying to destroy America’s economy, what else would you need to do to accomplish that feat that isn’t already being done?” A sobering question that demands a nearly unthinkable answer.

The second post is from Hillbuzz. It is a much longer but just as worthy of reading, and is entitled, “5 Lessons Governor Sarah Palin learned from Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign.” I’ll quote what Andrea Shea-King quoted as the teaser:

Governor Palin’s 2012 presidential campaign will be unlike anything that’s come before it, because the energy fueling it really comes from individual, average, Americans who are exicted to see her run for the presidency and are committed to doing everything they can do to help her.

Few are waiting for a directive to come down from an official Palin 2012 campaign to tell them what needs to be done.

People have been organizing for some time, countering the media’s lies, working their email and Facebook networks to pool together as Palin supporters in their areas.

Everything that David Axlerod aggressively astro-turfed and fabricated for Obama in 2008 is happening organically on its own for Governor Palin.

She’s running.

Her supporters know it.

The media, as always, is clueless.

The Cocktail Party GOP establishment is, in a word, stupid.

All the while, the momma grizzly sizes up her competition, dedicates her trademarked knowing stare, and readies herself to launch into the campaign on her own terms, with absolutely all the might God gave her.

She’s going to win, too, because the woman’s clearly on a mission and has all the right intentions, right when she’s needed the most.

It really is her moment.

She’s the best hope this country has got.

Please help her in any way you possibly can!

Per the last sentence, I’m not writing this post because I’m supporting any one individual, at this point, for President (with the glaring exception that I shall never support Barack Obama). To me, the former Governor is a very intriguing individual. I own her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” and among other things, I found it rather brilliant that she intentionally failed to include an index (her adversaries, therefore, couldn’t just look up, out-of-context, where they might be mentioned).

She is absolutely hated by the left (as previous comments on my site — none worth specifically repeating — can attest), and some on both sides basically expect her to fade back into the background to be put — shall we say — “in her place,” as if there’s no room for women of conscience and conservatism to actually drive the debate, much less the country (so much for classical feminism, eh?).

A few things cannot be denied regarding the 2012 presidential campaign:

The stakes couldn’t be higher, Obama’s going to have in excess of a billion dollars to spend (as if the country wants to see or hear from him any more than it currently does), and the GOP field is way, way wide open.

-Phil

phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com

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UPDATE: AZ Sheriff: No “Promises” Made on Obama Eligibility

08/19/2011

Yesterday, WorldNetDaily reported that Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio “promised” to investigate Mr. Obama’s long-form birth certificate after it had been allegedly released by the White House on April 27 of this year:

Tea party leaders in Surprise, Ariz., met with Arpaio and WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi Thursday morning to express concern that a fake birth certificate would be used to document the president’s eligibility to run in Maricopa County, where Arpaio is the chief law enforcement officer.

Arpaio’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration has made him a national figure.

At a one-hour meeting in Arpaio’s office, the tea party leaders presented the sheriff with a petition that was drafted after a speech by Corsi the previous night. Corsi, author of a best-selling book challenging Obama’s eligibility, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”, presented evidence from numerous computer-imaging specialists who believe the document presented by the White House April 27 is not authentic.

242 signatures were gathered on the petition — a call for the sheriff to investigate any improprieties regarding data submitted to the Secretary of State, the official responsible for placing qualified candidates on a ballot — during a Tea Party gathering on August 17, sponsored by the Surprise, AZ Tea Party and the Liberty Through Action organization.

Per WND, the petition states the following:

We the undersigned citizens are respectfully requesting that you initiate a criminal investigation under the authority of A.R.S. 13-2407 A-C, Into the alleged Certificate of Live Birth, File Number 151 61 10641, State of Hawaii, for Barack H. Obama II. The document was released on April 27, 2011, by the White House to the press and posted on the White House website and distributed and downloaded by computer throughout the nation, including within Maricopa County. Reportedly, several experts have declared the document to be a forgery. Reportedly, the file number may be out of sequence; “THE” appears to be misspelled as “TXE” in the State Registrar’s stamp; there appears to be a “smiley face” in the “A” in the Alvin T. Onaka, State Registrar stamp; reportedly the document has computer generated, multiple layers and is not a copy of a single layered document; font types appear to vary throughout the document, reportedly, not possible with a vintage 1961 mechanical typewriter. We urge you to continue to support the Rule of Law and to investigate and determine whether the alleged Certificate of Live Birth, for Barack H. Obama II, File Number 151 61 10641, is a forgery or an authentic document. A.R.S. 13-2407 A-C, declares that tampering with a public record is a class 6 felony.

The State statue reads accordingly:

13-2407Tampering with a public record; classification

A. A person commits tampering with a public record if, with the intent to defraud or deceive, such person knowingly:

1. Makes or completes a written instrument, knowing that it has been falsely made, which purports to be a public record or true copy thereof or alters or makes a false entry in a written instrument which is a public record or a true copy of a public record; or

2. Presents or uses a written instrument which is or purports to be a public record or a copy of such public record, knowing that it has been falsely made, completed or altered or that a false entry has been made, with intent that it be taken as genuine; or

3. Records, registers or files or offers for recordation, registration or filing in a governmental office or agency a written statement which has been falsely made, completed or altered or in which a false entry has been made or which contains a false statement or false information; or

4. Destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes or otherwise impairs the availability of any public record; or

5. Refuses to deliver a public record in such person’s possession upon proper request of a public servant entitled to receive such record for examination or other purposes.

B. In this section “public record” means all official books, papers, written instruments or records created, issued, received or kept by any governmental office or agency or required by law to be kept by others for the information of the government.

C. Tampering with a public record is a class 6 felony.

All of the above notwithstanding, Sheriff Arpaio would have to be able to prove (beyond a reasonable doubt…?) that any such record submissions were submitted with the intent to defraud, and/or such documentation was legitimate to begin with. While there is a load of anecdotal evidence — up to and including the lack of evidence — to support these claims, no direct evidence has surfaced, to date, that conclusively proves any of these allegations.

I don’t know what the procedural rules are regarding Arizona sheriffs; Mr. Arpaio may or may not be able to force the Secretary of State’s office to do anything with the paperwork submitted for Mr. Obama’s candidacy, at least not for 2008.

However, we have entered the 2012 presidential campaign season, and any Court case, to date, have all essentially said that the time to question a candidate’s eligibility is during a campaign season.

We’ll see how it all goes down.

UPDATE:

According to KTAR.com, Sheriff Arpaio never “promised” to do anything regarding any info or petition with respect to Obama’s eligibility, only to consider the presented evidence:

… “What I have agreed to do, contrary to some published media reports, is simply look at the evidence these people have assembled and examine whether it is within my jurisdiction to investigate the document’s authenticity,” Arpaio said in a written statement Friday. …

Arpaio said, while he will look at the evidence, “I indicated in this meeting that I will also consider whether there is a more appropriate Arzona agency to determine the document’s veracity and ultimately whether the President’s name can lawfully be entered onto the 2012 election ballot.”

For the record and in the interest of full disclosure, while the same-referenced WorldNetDaily site has referenced The Right Side of Life regarding eligibility cases in the past, this is not the first time that WND has editorialized its reports. Thankfully other media outlets make themselves available to cross-check reporting from time to time.

-Phil

phil [at] therightsideoflife [dot] com

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