Sarah Palin article: As Freedom Destroys Itself

Sarah Palin at National Review on reactions to Washington Navy Yard shooting.

Her article shows that she is thinking about how we, as a nation, should respond to such an immense tragedy.


The first thing politicians ask after these tragedies is essentially: “What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?”

And that is the wrong question. The question we should be asking is: “What can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom?”

For those who have been following the usual, leftist political circus that always emerges in the wake of the death of innocents, Palin’s article is a reminder that calm reflection on our heritage before taking action is a better way to honor those who are harmed by senseless violence.

by K-Bob (filling in while Scoop settles into his new digs)

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  • B-Funk

    Great questions from Palin. I volunteer with my county’s mental health system, and I can tell you those people are working their buns off, but the only support for their system from the money people is for more meds and inclusion in society. Trouble is, some people are not capable of that. Meds don’t cure everything. People need more freedom, but average citizens should get involved in caring for the mentally disabled/disturbed. Most of these incidents are perpetrated by people with mental health issues, and big gov’t isn’t doing squat to actually help.

    • kong1967

      I think we are over prescribed and over medicated. There’s a medication for every symptom, and in many cases if you stop taking the medicine after you’ve become dependent on it you go nuts. Anti-depression medication, for example. Many cases of multi-murders where a depressed patient stopped taking his meds prior to the murders.

      • B-Funk

        Very true for a vast majority of us. There are some out there who need something, but honestly I wonder if we didn’t medicate so many as kids how many would actually need medication as adults. I’d be willing to guess there’s a correlation, and that, under those circumstances, the number of adults who need meds are limited to those who are truly unstable.

    • Betsey_Ross

      So true. We keep thinking that the so-called experts know better than us. Big mistake. Human behavior is so unpredictable, even on medication. One has to assume that those meds are taken. Almost never the case.

      • B-Funk

        Their case workers can tell if they’re taking their meds, but as you say, most of the time it’s assumption because they’re not in the office.

    • deTocqueville1

      Exactly, great post. The progressives emphasize ‘liberty’ for the poor folks who are deranged and the criminal offender but not for the general public.

  • JohnCraven

    Sarah Palin posted a photo and caption from a friend today on her website:
    “I can see Putin’s foot on Obama’s behind from my front porch!”


    And Ditto! to this brilliant summing up of what we should be doing to in response to the Washington Navy Ship Yard shooting and it is very much the same thing we should be doing in response to Syria’s civil war and anywhere else for that matter:

    “The first thing politicians ask after these tragedies is essentially: ‘What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?’

    “And that is the wrong question. The question we should be asking is: ‘What can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom?’ — Palin
    I hope she is asking that and answers that she’s running for president of the United States of America in order “to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom”.

    John Craven
    New Orleans

  • Swamp Fox

    Sarah is not perfect, then again, none of us are. One thing is for sure, she is a patriot with good foresight and insight. Certainly she should hold a position within the bowels of our ship.

    Thanks for posting that Bob.

    • keyesforpres

      I would prefer she be at the wheel.

  • Laurel

    We must stop letting demagogues grab the microphone, set the narrative, and exploit these tragedies. Notice the dead never get the recognition, respect, and mourning they deserve thanks to the demagogues?!

    And K-Bob…I love it when you post. I find that you look at slices of life through a particular angle that many of us miss.

    • Thanks! I do get triangular now and then.

      • Laurel


  • wdobni

    Jesus Christ said, “…The poor will always be with us…” and in similar fashion the violent, like the poor, will always be with us. You could pas laws banning knives, forks, guns, explosives, and the violent would use rocks and tree branches for violence if they could not locate any of the former. Only quadriplegics and quadruple amputees are free from the performance of violence. The violence is in the man, not in the rock or tree limb.

    • badbadlibs

      That last sentence, to a democrat reads like the following:

    • keyesforpres

      Dems know that. It’s just a ruse they use to try to disarm us so they can control us and kill us by the masses.

  • Rocco11

    Love Sarah, but she should have campaigned for JD Hayworth, and not Captain Queeg McCain. Country first, remember?

    • That was back when the deficit was under 5 Billion. She had just adjusted to leaving the Governorship, and the Giants won the World Series.

      Now move along a few years and you’ll almost be caught up.

      • Rocco11

        Oh, you’re right, McCain has been great since then. Thanks dopey…

        • There’s that giant, whooshing sound again.

          As an aside, read and follow the Comment Policy.

    • mainelysteve

      Hayworth was voted out of office by the very people he wanted to re-elect him, WHY???

  • Soon liberals would take away garden tools because of their deadly criminal acts……I hate to bring up evil incarnate, because no one likes evil incarnate, but George W Bush was right when He talked about the evil in mens hearts being the problem.
    Sarah Palin is right about politicians looking to take away freedoms too quickly, we need to take politicians away quickly too….
    We simply have to see politicians as pieces of human debris before we have a sensible and cognizant understanding of what we’re dealing with.

    • deTocqueville1

      Marxism and statists generally reduce individuals to the level of widgets. It is their objective and is always done in the name of the collective good. Just listen to 0’s speeches.

  • kong1967

    I love that woman! Great article.

    “Instead of offering real solutions based on facts, reactionary
    politicians offer us the politics of emotion, which is the opposite of
    leadership. It is the manipulation of the people by the political class
    for their own political ends.” — Sarah Palin

    That’s it in a nutshell. The left uses emotion to manipulate the people into supporting their communist views. It’s not about protecting us, it’s about controlling us and giving government more power over us. The left lies in wait for the next mass shooting so they can pounce on emotions and use them to advance the next anti-constitutional gun law.

    The same thing applies to Obamacare. Everything the left claimed is proving to be a lie, and everything we claimed is proving to be coming true. Among many lies, more people are going to be uninsured than what there were before the bill, and that was supposedly the reason for the bill…to give access to everyone. Do you see liberals wanting to kill the bill because it’s having the opposite effect? Nope, because it’s not about coverage. It’s about control. “Coverage” was just an emotional way to get people to support a communist law.

    • CalCoolidge

      You are both right,
      It’s in Orwell. “The two-minute hate,” (extended to 24 hrs by MS NBC
      It’s in Alinsky “rub raw the emotions.”
      It’s in “The American President,” “He’s worried about making you afraid of it and telling you who to blame for it. That’s how you win elections.”
      The politics of fear and hate. Democrats.

      • kong1967

        It’s not an easy tactic to defeat, either. When emotions take over, common sense goes out the window for many people….which is why those people vote Democrat.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Nailed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • deTocqueville1


    • NPC

      People like that used to get taken out behind the barn.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    she is just awesome, God Bless her

  • Bill in Tennessee

    If you want to see Liberals’ heads exploding all over the country, just elect Sarah to any office in government…. Senate, VP, or even President. Hehehehe, you will see massive meltdowns everywhere. If Hillary does become a viable candidate in 2016 (and she manages to transcend her Benghazi failures), then the most polarizing candidate we could put up against her would be Sarah Palin. Plus we would have the added amusement of seeing leftists put in screaming fits of Palin Derangement Syndrome…. it’s a win-win scenario.

    • NPC

      You’re ready for some circus atmosphere, aren’t you?
      Yeah, I remember the last screaming fit by that hag, not a pretty picture nor a sound I like to equate with a Presidential Office occupant.

      • Bill in Tennessee

        Circus atmosphere? Sure…why not, obama has already driven the clown car into the center ring, and oh MAN the clowns that piled out of THAT car. Van Jones, Valerie Jarret, Ben Bernanke, Pelosi Galore, Hairy Reid, Richard Trumka, and the morons just keep piling out of the car. There’s not enough IQ among the lot of them to operate a flea market, but there they are, trying to run America. God save us.

        • NPC

          Ah, I get it, Bozo and his band of jugglers.

  • Sentinel

    Sarah continues to impress me more and more and more… God has blessed her and I hope he continues to greatly do so. Thank you for your wisdom during a dark moment in America’s life Sarah.

  • 12grace

    I love Sarah Palin, she speaks the truth no matter what garbage the left throws at her…she is a champion of the people and a follower of Christ!

    • badbadlibs

      That last part is the very reason for the target on her back. Her detractors are followers of satan and can’t abide by the Holy Ghost that dwells within her! She stands for life the left stands for death. Polar opposites. I believe to this day, that God Himself gave America one last chance (with her candidacy) to choose Him over satan and satan won this battle, sadly.

      • deTocqueville1

        Not yet.

        • badbadlibs

          he wins some battles here and there, but not the war!

      • NPC

        (Galathians 5:15) The apostle Paul said, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other”.

    • DocBarry1

      I believe that her book on Christmas will be sensational

      • nibblesyble

        A book on Christmas?! Yay, I didn’t know..cannot wait!

      • wodiej

        people can pre-order on Amazon. Release date is Oct. 29th. Called “Good Tidings and Great Joy”

  • deTocqueville1

    Much wisdom as always in the Gov’s article. She recognizes and has been a consistent advocate of the need for ‘virue’ as the underpinning of any constitutional polity. From Aristotle through Montesquieu the philosophers have recognized the requirement of moraliy as the basis for a representative government.

    The Founders and Framers were deeply cognizant of the Judeao Christian roots of their endeavors. Almost everyone of them noted the need to seek Devine guidance in the continuing struggle against the temptations of power, as the essential element of a free self governing people. They devised the Constitution with all of the checks and balances with the foregoing in mind.

    Palin is seeking the restoration along with those great patriots Levin, Cruz and the others. She knows we cannot succeed without a return to a viruous culture.

    • 57thunderbird

      A wisdom that comes from on High!

  • odin147

    As I have said many times before if we continue to live to in a society disconnected from itself , such shootings will continue to happen. Where I live in the suburbs I hardly see people coming out of their homes, either the computer is on or the tv, or someone is on some mobile device, things are not lookin good for this country, the foundations are weakening.

    • wodiej

      “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

  • virginiagentleman1

    As Freedom destroys itself.

    I love ya Sarah and will do everything in my power to help get you elected as POTUS 45, but Milady, it isn’t freedom that is destroying itself, but the forces of totalitarianism that is destroying freedom.

    The problem is that good men and women stand idly by and DO NOTHING. Nero was accused of fiddling while Rome burned. How are our fellow citizens any different? Far too many don’t want to get involved, don’t want to become TARGETS for the lefts ire. They have been thoroughly browbeaten into abject submission to ‘authority’, and the ‘fight’ has fled from their souls!

    At a time that our Constitution is crying out for her Warriors, too many have turned a deaf ear, either from not caring, or, as I suspect, moral COWARDLINESS.
    How shameful they must feel that when asked to stand up for their Constitution, their very freedom and liberty, they cowered instead.
    Why else are the same corrupt politicians, re-elected time and again, if not for those who refuse to do their Constitutional duty to vote.

    Some say that NOT voting is a vote! NO! I submit to you that not voting is a dereliction of a citizens constitutional duty!

    Did you read the thread posted about the parent who was ARRESTED for exercising his rights as a citizen and parent.

    He voted with his FREEDOM of Speech and was arrested for it! The others in the room stayed silent, and simply watched like cowardly sheep as one of their own was arrested!

    They DID NOT VOTE because they were afraid THEY might be arrested! They gave in to the fear eating at their tiny brains, AND DID NOTHING!


    On second thought, Palin is RIGHT! Freedom IS destroying itself because the SPIRIT of Freedom does not seem to fill every citizens heart and soul. Cowardliness reigns in them, and NOT the fire and passion of a PATRIOT.

    Freedom and Liberty are withering away, and WE are responsible, because we FEAR. The left is simply making use of our fear to destroy freedom forever in America, because they know not enough of us will FIGHT to retain it! Shameful!

    America has great need for her Citizens, her PATRIOTS, to join together and combat the depredations and outright evils of a totalitarian state.
    Are YOU such a person? Only YOU know the answer to that question.

    • deTocqueville1

      Excellent commentary VG.

  • MJUdall

    “For those who have been following the usual, leftist political circus
    that always emerges in the wake of the death of innocents, Palin’s
    article is a reminder that calm reflection on our heritage before taking
    action is a better way to honor those who are harmed by senseless

    Yeah that’s called being a real leader.

  • Bill589

    The truth is: Statism hurts everyone. (Except the few in power.)

    Free people doing what they want with their own property (free markets) is what made our nation prosperous. All people had hope that hard work would raise their standard of living, for themselfs and their children. And we prospered like no other nation ever.

    Black/White, Male/Female, Rich/Poor, Gay/Straight, Tall/Short, . . . doesn’t matter.
    All do better with liberty. As a reference – see ‘History’.

  • suzy000

    Could someone tell me how many times we had terrorist/domestic attacks in this country after 9/11 under Bush? Every time we turn around now, someone is going nuts since Obama took office. Is it me or were there just as many under Bush and I was not paying attention?

    • Dr. Strangelove

      The regime stresses these attacks as a way of promoting their gun control agenda. More or less of them? I’m not sure but violent crime as a whole has gone down as restrictions on the second amendment have been relaxed.

  • terro9000

    Bravo Sarah. As always.

  • Subie201

    Sarah is among the few singing,”Let Freedom Ring!”

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  • wodiej

    One of her very best articles. God Bless you Gov. Palin and may God Bless America by placing you at the helm of our country in the very near future. That would truly be getting back to the intent of the Founding Fathers.

  • Stephen Hopkins

    “In the brilliant rocket-explosion of its youth, this country displayed to an
    incredulous world what greatness was possible to man, what happiness was
    possible on earth. “ Ayn Rand

    ~~John Galt Take Me With You .com ~~

    • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

      Love Ayn Rand, from her brilliant perception to her most human of flaws.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    Sarah is a class act. What’s WRONG with people? (Rhetorical, no need to answer that.)

  • DocBarry1

    The Governor has 2 articles – one on Breitbart and one on National Review Online and this tweet: Sarah Palin ✔ @SarahPalinUSA

    @FoxNewsSunday Keep it TRULY fair & balanced. Release the GOP names encouraging you to trash @SenTedCruz. No more anonymous sources.

    10:13 AM – 22 Sep 2013
    She has made my Weekend – she is inspirational and uplifting – thank you Governor Palin – also she will be on Fox News this afternoon – but should be on all of the shows

  • lawngren

    Terrific article. That and the publications of a certain Duck nesting in this blog make me proud to be part of a nation where women like these are welcome.

    Their very existence, their freedom to participate in government, their voices and their influence is our answer to islam’s treatment of women.

    Ladies, (standing as I type this), we salute you. Thank you, and millions more like you, for being a part of this great nation. You are part of what makes America great!