Sarah Palin Is Reading A Book
Liberty and Tyranny

Sarah Palin is reading a book.

Thomas Lifson writing for the American Thinker:

Sarah Palin has already demonstrated a capacity to connect with ordinary Americans. This charisma frightens and angers many and the left, and not a few Republicans as well. I fully expect Governor Palin, whose mind displays the quality of a rapid learner who knows how to use what she has learned, to begin to ground her public statements in the philosophical depth so well-presented in Liberty and Tyranny.

The phony intellectual elitists, who have little or no understanding, much less grounding, in the fundamental ideas undergirding the American republic are not going to know what has hit them, once Sarah Palin returns to the public spotlight to discuss the future of our nation. The shallow conservative intellectuals, jealous of her connection to the taproot of the American spirit will also be bewildered.

So what about the book?

Liberty and Tyranny

Here is a review I found interesting.

By Christopher M. Capone

I've been a Democrat for as long as I can remember. I am not a far left liberal, or a "Statist" as Mark would say. I do wonder though if Mark thinks all Democrats are Statists. I consider myself a Democrat simply because I am a little left of center, I am more conservative when it comes to fiscal matters and liberal when it comes to social issues. But as a Democrat, I enjoyed this book and I urge other people who may not see themselves as Conservatives to have an open mind and read this book. It is very well written and Mr. Levin makes many great points. If you're not a Conservatives, this book will not change your views overnight, so don't worry. Also, this book is not "Republican propaganda" as other reviewers, who probably didn't read the book, have labeled it. However, this book might open your eyes to things you never thought of before. After reading this book, I do have much more respect for true Conservative principles that Mr. Levin outlines. This was a good read.
I think if Christopher was a little more up on political terminology he would consider himself a libertarian. I'm probably in the same political demographic. Fiscally conservative, socially moderate and in favor of small government. Which is why I consider myself a libertarian Republican.

Palin is my gal. Politically.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 07.26.09 at 09:17 AM


Face it Palin is a quitter or as W.L. Iggiagruk Hensley describes her, a qiviter. There is a related post at

carly   ·  July 26, 2009 11:18 AM

Until the Republican Party places fiscal conservatism ahead of social conservatism they will never regain real power. There may be some gain against the Dems in '10 but it would be another vote against something , not a vote for something.

dr kill   ·  July 26, 2009 11:38 AM

dr kill,

I have been pounding that drum since the prelude to the 2004 election. Maybe before.

I'm with you on that.

M. Simon   ·  July 26, 2009 12:44 PM

People forget that for the four years before Reagan was elected President he spent his time working for the Republican Party. And they forget that Reagan was a "compromise" President, positioning himself in 1976 to the right of Ford on the Soviet Union and on government spending, and to the left on a large number of other issues.

It's unclear to me in today's age of instant 24 hour PowerPoint bulleted agenda-driven news cycle if Governor Palin's attempt to follow the same path will work to her advantage. But in 1977 we were saying the exact same thing about President Reagan, and in 1980 plenty of people who voted for Reagan really wanted Bush as President instead.

William Woody   ·  July 26, 2009 1:44 PM

Well, Ms. Palin could do far worse than reading Mark Levin's book, it's very clear and concise. Levin also lays out some good ideas for conservatives to regain popular support and hopefully the reins of government. I don't count Sarah out by a long shot.
A lot can be done in the 3 years until the primaries, who knows what could happen?
I'd pay money to see her debate against O in 2012.

ROB   ·  July 26, 2009 7:41 PM

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but if she were to debate against O in 2012, he might find himself in for a Carter-style defeat at her hands. I haven't seen her display Reagan's quick-wittedness yet, but that's not to say she won't develop it over the next few years. And it's probably a safe bet that Obama would go into any debate against Palin with his arrogance intact, only to find it tripping him up like it did in his press conference the other evening.

Kurt   ·  July 27, 2009 1:20 AM


If his arrogance was intact that would be bad. If it was destroyed by events (many of his own making - the Gates flap is an example) he would do even worse.

Plus by 2012 he would have a series of actual positions that could be critiqued.

Then there are imponderables. Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 the electorate doesn't vote. If 20% of those came out en mass against him he could be buried.

M. Simon   ·  July 27, 2009 5:38 AM

Was Reagan "quick-witted", or just very experienced and comfortable in front of a camera / audience? Sarah Palin didn't come from an acting background.

SDN   ·  July 27, 2009 9:26 AM

I don't know whether his arrogance being intact would be bad, just because he'd set himself up for a massive fall, just as he did in stepping into the Gates flap. I guess I'm thinking about his arrogance more in terms of hubris, causing him problems that he doesn't foresee--particularly with an electorate that has yet to see the man for the charlatan he is.

As far as SDN's question, part of Reagan's appeal in the debates was his experience and comfort in front of the camera, it's true. But he was also a master of clever one-liners. It should also be noted, though, that he'd been studying the issues for years and speaking about them regularly to a wide audience through radio and television. His time as Governor of California during a particularly contentious period didn't hurt, either.

Kurt   ·  July 28, 2009 12:35 AM

"Until the Republican Party places fiscal conservatism ahead of social conservatism they will never regain real power"

Fascinating, I seem to recall in the 2008 election that other than the Saddleback debate way back when, I do not recall social conservative issues even discussed; actually the only issues discuss were Bush-hate and fiscal policy.

You may be banging your drum, loudly, however you have no rhythm.

Also, California's proposition 8 vote indicates that the majority of Democrat voters are socially conservative.

syn   ·  July 28, 2009 1:39 PM

Did anyone here actually Levin's book?

Specially "On Faith and the Founding"?

Or did you skim the pages, instead hanging on to a tired notion that people who don't screw 100 bunnies every night while watching their brother's daughter on internet porn be screwed by five guys while a pogo stick is shoved up her anal cavity are somehow backward and stupid?

syn   ·  July 28, 2009 1:48 PM


Perception trumps reality.

BTW if the socon thing works so well please explain Alan Keyes 2004? Not only was he undervoted re: Bush. He didn't do as well as Bush re: %. By a huge margin. I blame Dave Syverson.

God forgive me but I voted Bush/Obama in that election. If you look at the results so did a lot of other folks.

And 2008? Some Rs think they can wave the Cross and hypnotize the masses. Socialist Huckabee. Socialist Romney.

IMO economic conservatism is the bigger tent.

And syn, I don't know where you are getting your images but I suggest washing your eyes out with soap. Lye soap.

One reason I like Palin is that she seems to govern as a libertarian and has the spine of a socon. A delightful combination IMO.

M. Simon   ·  July 28, 2009 1:59 PM

BTW syn,

With your sexual allusions were you referring to Ben Franklin? I seem to recall he had some influence on the founding.

And Good Ole' Jefferson? He was not exactly a strict constructionist when it came to the Bible. And what about all those Unitarians among the founders? Faith in the Maker? Sure. Faith in a particular religion? Hardly.

M. Simon   ·  July 28, 2009 2:04 PM

I would LOVE to see Sarah Palin actually debate Barack Obama, as it would put to a test the idea that he is an inspirational genius and she is a cosseted moron.

Eric Scheie   ·  July 29, 2009 1:05 PM

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