Saturday, July 25, 2009

Answers From Littmann and Hagerstrom to Questions From July 16 Center Right Panel

Economist David Littmann, one of the four panelists at the Center Right Meeting July 16, provided written answers to the 25 of the 26 questions submitted. (The 26th question was addressed specifically to one of the other panelists.) Scott Hagerstrom, State Director of AFP-Michigan has also submitted answers. You can read Messrs. Littmann's and Hagerstrom's excellent responses below:

Center Right Questions from July 16 Panel:

    1. 22 of the 23 state house districts in Wayne County are held by Dems. What can I do in Wayne County (as a candidate of otherwise to effect change in the county?)

    DL: Ask the public & the media if they believe the Democrat monopoly on power has enriched or empowered anyone but themselves or their select, favored constituents. It’s time for competitive ideas & a new, responsible way of behaving as a trustee of the people.

    SH: Many politicians love their job, so whether they are Republican or Democrat, your opinion counts – Issues like taxes are hot button issues whether Republican or Democrat - Ask hard questions of candidates, vote in every election, write letters to the editor, get involved at the local level, get involved with a local group like the Wayne County Taxpayers Association, sign up for the Michigan Tax Alert at, stay informed on the issues.

    2. Economics has been called the “gloomy” science. Have Americans lost confidence in gloom?

    DL: Economics is only “gloomy” if one doesn’t really understand the laws of economics or remains ignorant of the enriching & choice-expanding powers of the competitive marketplace.

    SH: I can’t speak for all Americans.I saw a lot of disappointment and apathy after the November election. However, the politicians in charge in Washington overstepped their bounds beginning with the stimulus legislation and that ignited a fire under the grassroots. The healthcare bill has only furthered that sentiment. I believe that we have to message on how these policies will affect people’s jobs, paychecks and families budgets to win these battles. I am not sure Americans were ever interested in the intricacies of the science of economics. As a matter of freedom and liberty, and as we look at history and other countries that implement central control, those economies eventually fail. They cannot keep up with the dynamics of a fluid economy. Only a free people with a free market system can turn on a dime to adjust to economic changes and societal demands.

    3. How does campaigning against national healthcare win in 2010 for Republicans?

    DL: We must tell the constructive, optimistic story about our healthcare system & the dynamic technology & financially responsible reforms that encourage better patient communication & control over his/her own care, without taking choice or financial control away from others or discouraging science, innovation, and first rate care from existing professionals. Also, we must explain how bureaucrats keep destroying the system, from the post-office, Amtrak, Veterans and Indian health care to immense systems like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid…….$60 billion annual Medicare fraud already admitted….how much more are we never told? Is this what we want as “change?” Must begin the push back of Democrats and media by demanding that if their proposed system is so great, then why not start it on all federal employees, including themselves!!

    SH: We are campaigning against nationalized or socialized medicine that will be controlled by a Washington D.C. bureaucrat. If you think it is bad now wait till a bureaucrat in a cubicle hundreds of miles away is making health care decisions for you and your family. The winning argument on healthcare is to preserve consumer choice, and break down barriers to competition. Also, we must keep in place systems that reward innovation and creativity. Those are the drivers of improvements in the quality of care delivered. On Sept. 16th at Oakland University, Americans For Prosperity-MI, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Heartland Institute will be holding a three hour forum on healthcare and solutions that do not involve increasing government control and oversight.

    4. Is Obama-care the one irreversible part of the Obama Liberal agenda that cannot be reversed?

    DL: In the short-term (5-20 years), yes; people will demand something for nothing at this time (especially if the cost is borne by the so-called “rich” or by yet to be born generations & workers). The failure in the long-term is guaranteed, as the boat tips.

    SH: Anything that is passed and signed into law is difficult to undo. To do so would require a U.S. House and Senate that would vote to repeal the law and then a President willing to sign that repeal into law. I would say that the most damaging aspect is the obscene borrowing that is going on because that debt will have to be paid back someday and the interest payments will crush future generations. As Ronald Reagan used to say – Government programs are the closest thing to eternal life you will ever find on this earth.

    5. Do you feel the GOP must extend its professed commitment to the principle of limited government to all aspects of public policy? That is, must not the party embrace decriminalization of drugs, the end of foreign interventions, the end of coercively funded public education, and the domestic surveillance state?

    DL: Yes. A return to Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution would oblige the Fed Gov’t to focus public and press on their responsibilities, not just their rights and would focus the three branches of fed. gov’t on the duties to protect lives and property. It would also focus on the need to prosecute (publicly) the tax felons such as Geithner, Rangel, Dodd,

    SH: As a non-partisan organization dedicated to free markets and economic liberty I can only say that I believe that any party that wants to be a majority party should embrace those economic principles that lead to prosperity for our nation. After 20 years of work in this arena, mostly as a policy advisor, I firmly believe that free markets and economic liberty are the only way to achieve prosperity for all Americans. I would recommend studying the Chicago School of Economics and Austrian Economics.

    6. I heard 74% of population does not want government health care. Why, then is gov’t bent on giving people what they do not want?

    DL: Follow the money to see where their campaign reelection funds emanate. Also, at the core of the problem lies the fundamental disintegration of the American family and overwhelmingly Marxist press corps.

    SH: Overtime politicians become arrogant and the government becomes the center of their world. They need to justify their jobs and salary. They need to attempt to deliver services so they can get great photo ops for the next campaign. Just remember before they can give something to anyone they must first take from someone else. They have taxed us, indebted our great-grandchildren and beyond (to China and others), and have run the Treasury printing presses non-stop (inflation will come back to bite us).

    7. Can state officials put pressure on national leaders to not pass legislation that devastates Michigan?

    DL: They could, but they won’t. Why not? Because their entire agenda is to help create greater dependency on government (and less self-reliance or individual initiative). They crave consolidation of political power for the ages.

    SH: They can but through public statements and resolutions; however, this has minimal effect. The best way to put pressure on officials is to call, write and e-mail them in mass numbers. That is why AFP has worked to increase membership. There is power in numbers. Someone has to speak for the taxpayer and be able to offer a differing opinion than those given by high priced lobbyists (you are paying many of their salaries). AFP has over 700,000 members nationwide and 34,000 on our e-mail list in Michigan.

    8.What is your view on establishing New World Currency that would replace the American dollar?

    DL: Like everything else, excellence is abetted via competition. Currencies are no different. If our policies were aimed at creating a more competitive business environment, our growth, prosperity, and currency would be second to none in strength.

    9. We all know the media helped elect Obama as they led the uninformed voters by their collective noses. The Republican “elite” armed with the facts should point out their leftist bent on talk shows and intimidate them, but they do not. Why?

    DL: Largely because they have no backbone or philosophical anchor. Most lack integrity (every day Mark Twain’s comment becomes more relevant and prescient: today’s politicians are truly ‘America’s only native criminal class’). Not all, but most.

    SH: This has been a complaint of Republican leadership for many years. I don’t know why. However, since they may not be willing to take on the big government liberals then groups like AFP and other are.

    11. Everyone says we will have huge inflation in the coming years. If so, what is a good plan for investment of cash and other assets?

    DL: First, keep working (or earning current income!). With stocks, invest in general SPDRs (S&P-driven mutuals), along with stocks based in real resources needed for basic life and barter: agriculture, mining, power, forests.. Have supplies of emergency things that won’t be readily available or may be interrupted for who knows how long, including food, water, generator, medicine, backup communication devices, batteries, etc.

    12. What is the best method of getting our elected “leaders” to listen to our concerns?

    DL: Three suggestions: Threaten them with organizations aimed at voting against them in next campaign; reveal to them, friends, and the press, their corruption or sources of special interest favoritism at the expense of the rest of the constituency; shout out the contradictions between their advocacy and actions (like sending their own kids to private schools when they themselves put caps and restrictions on the expansion of private and charter schools for us, etc). Same with health care, pensions, pay raises, regulations, etc.

    SH: This has been a complaint of Republican leadership for many years. I don’t know why. However, since they may not be willing to take on the big government liberals then groups like AFP and other are.

    13. How does one reconcile free-market principles with a government-imposed ban on voluntary exclusive contracts between business and a labor organization?

    DL: By not bailing out failure and subsidizing crime or granting special favors to criminals; demand symmetrical incarceration and restitution for violation of acts against private property and lives. Make it a rule of law, not of man. Privately made, legal (non coerced) contracts should be enforced ubiquitously, irrespective of the individual, firm, or other incorporated entity.

    14. We are being crushed under debt. I am worried that we are being readied for an Islamic takeover. Your thoughts?

    DL: You are correct in your apprehension….not just for us but for coming generations. Our focus must quickly return to rolling back non-defense federal spending.

    SH: I hope not. We need to work now and always to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Money is power and the more tax money the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C. are given the more power they will have over our everyday lives.

    15. Why do we use the word Democratic when we should use the term Democrat?

    DL: Only idiots say “Democratic” (instead of democrat, as an adjective). Glad to hear you know this! Most people are ignorant of their language, as well as their gov’t. They are indeed lemmings.

    SH: Democrat is a party and Democratic is describing a type of government . . .

    16. Should we develop a Center-Right speaker’s bureau?

    DL: Yes. We need to grow and activate our side’s organizations.

    SH: That is an excellent idea. AFP-MI would like to assist with that effort. Are there any volunteers that would like to assist with that project? We could house the list on our site and we would be glad to work with other small government organizations in Michigan to share the list and make that happen.

    17. Why don’t we audit the Federal Reserve?

    DL: We need to abolish the Fed. The Fed Reserve has inflicted on this country the worst economic Depression and contributed to the worst peacetime inflation in our national existence. The finest thing we can do is replace the corrupt and ignorant Fed Res with what worked magnificently for 75 years with no bank failure…..the 19th Century Scottish Free Banking System of Clearing Houses. The Bank of England forced them to disband.

    SH: Great idea! I believe that Congressman Ron Paul has a bill in Congress that would do just that. It is up to the committee chair and leadership in Congress to take that bill up.

    18. It has been demonstrated that when conservatives stand tall, articulate their principles and refuse to back down. The response from many parts of our society is applause. Why are so many elected officials and candidates reluctant to stand tall? Why the wavering toward moderation?

    DL: Follow the money. See where the candidates get their funding and what compromises on principle they thereby accept. Lack of integrity, myopia, and “me-ism.” Many politicians are frankly sicko…..seeking eternal love, attention, security, and media adulation at the expense of everyone else, with no thought to the next generation.

    SH: Good question. Most politicians are not necessarily leaders. Politicians believe they are trying to reflect public sentiment because they want to keep their jobs. Many in the political arena call those that stand by their principles ideologues. Compromise certainly a reality in politics. As small government, economic liberty minded individuals we are just trying to move in the right direction. Sometimes that means stopping bad stuff, other times it means making major changes and then other times it is making small gains.

    19. Are the children in Michigan’s government schools doomed to learn Keynesian economics for another generation or will they be given the chance to learn other economic systems (i.e. Austrian economics)?

    DL: They should be handed an easy, short, conceptually logical economics text, like Economics In One Step , by Henry Hazlitt. Actually, when teaching Keynes, the students are not learning the full Keynesian economics….they get only the Socialist-Marxian spin of the NEA/MEA. Just before his death, Keynes admitted that his regime was popular with politicians and was not suited to normal growth economics (a special case, and not really a “general” theory)! He also warned of the inflation calamity and how it worked!

    20. I e-mail and call Sens. Stabenow and Levin, and Rep. Peters 2-3 times a week on various issues. How do I know that they read or listen to me? (Or how do I make them listen)?

    DL: Keep at it and sign others onto it. Join us and/with others for protests, media contacts, and protest rallies and tea parties.

    SH: You don’t and there is no way to know. You can’t make anyone listen. Your vote is your primary tool to make these politicians listen. You can also send letters to the editor and organize locally.

    21. Most of Michigan’s budget shortfall could be closed if pensions were taxable. Why do I never read anything about changing this structural deficit? My letters to my reps and governor fall on deaf ears.

    DL: My pension is sure taxable! By the way, I believe the answer is not to be distracted by the tax, deficit, or debt questions, but to strike at the root: GOVT SPENDING. Any tax system works as long as the government spending does not exceed the growth in the private sector of the economy -- not just for a single year, but (during peacetime) forever!! And, during war or natural disasters, it means cutting all non-defense spending to the bone and beyond! Let’s stop being distracted from the key concern, GOVT SPENDING.

    SH: Government provided pensions are not taxable per the interpretation of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling. There are plenty of reforms and proposed budget cuts that would allow the budget to balanced and to create a surplus so that Michigan could cut taxes to make for a climate where businesses could thrive and increased employment.

    22. What is the most effective way to reach legislators?

    DL: Threaten recalls for criminal/wasteful spending; it is inter-generational theft that will impoverish us & our progeny, making the state & the nation militarily insecure. They are “feathering their own nests” at the expense of current and prospective generations of beleaguered taxpayers in Michigan’s private sector. Withhold funds.

    SH: Phone calls, letters or e-mails are effective. Try to personalize your correspondence with legislators. Also call their office and make an appointment to meet with them in the district or in Lansing. Politicians call us at home and knock on our doors without an invitation during the campaign. We should return the favor. Just remember to be respectful.

    23. Obama enlisted the youth to follow him. Why and how did the GOP lose that following? What is being done to change that?

    DL: The best counter to what’s happened is to show the youth (media, etc) the blatant contradictions between what Obama says & what he’s done or is doing. Equally urgent is our need to let the media know that it only takes one good, competent, honest investigative journalist to show these inherent contradictions in order to display the fact that the self-anointed emperor “has no clothes.” Once you make a laughing stock of a person (especially a politician), his career is over or in great jeopardy.

    SH: I believe that there is an appearance that the Republican Party wants to tell people how to live their lives. Whoever is to be the party that wins votes and obtains a mandate to govern must stand for freedom and liberty. They must also offer a vision and plan for the future.

    24. Why don’t we re-brand our party as “constitutional conservatives”?

    DL: Maybe the Constitutional Party. We need to align our party platform with individual responsibility & coherent families, focused on limited govt spending, regulation, and intrusion into the private sector & our private lives & fortunes. We must become the anti-pecksniff party!

    SH: Interesting question - AFP is non-partisan. That is an internal question for those that are members of the Republican Party to discuss.

    25. Large cities that all have “machines” have very crooked voting results; the Dems always win. What can be done about this?

    DL: We must be active in auditing the vote: via poll-watchers/challengers, etc. & call for courts to exact maximum penalties on fraud & perpetrators complicit in fraud.

    SH: In Michigan it is up to the Secretary of State to oversee elections. Any complaints of irregularities should be put through her office. In addition the U.S. Justice Department can investigate wrongdoing in the election process.

    26. Why don’t Republicans defend their beliefs strongly and tell it like it is about their opponents? Republicans need to counter the negative untruths. They don’t – why not?

    DL: You are so right! I believe in the default explanation: They, themselves, do not believe in the platform. They are often out for themselves and for short-term gains and financial benefits from holding the office or position….as a step for next job. Again, follow the money. That becomes the most effective threat system against such people.

    SH: Another good question. I don’t know what politicians are thinking when they are on the air or before they go on that stops them from defending their beliefs or properly counter negative untruths.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cherry Moves to Deny "Conscientious Objector" Option to Pharmacists.

State Senator Deb Cherry doesn't think pharmacists should have the option to refuse to fill prescriptions based on his/her moral or ethical beliefs. Under her legislation, SB 667, pharmacists would not be able to opt out of filling prescriptions for such drugs as RU-486, which cause pregnant women to abort their unborn children.

So, in other words, under Cherry's bill, a pharmacist would be required to fill a prescription even if she believed was an accesory to a homocide. Her freedom to choose would be abridged. How ironic.

Why not contact Senator Cherry and respectively let her know your thoughts.

Representative Tom McMillin in the News


Michigan State Representative Tom McMillin has introduced a resolution dealing with a Christian's right to stand behind her religious beliefs.

Julea Ward was a part of the Eastern Michigan University Graduate School of Counseling. With only two months left until graduation with a master's degree, she was dismissed for declining on religious grounds to provide counseling to a homosexual who was trying to improve his relationship with his partner.

"I was just calling on Eastern Michigan University to end this kind of discrimination based on somebody's religious beliefs, and ask our state's attorney general to conduct an investigation to see if her civil rights were violated, which certainly appears to be [the case]," Representative McMillan contends, noting that theresolution is gaining bipartisan support.

Read the entire story here.

Kudos to Rep. McMillin for standing up for equal protection under the law for all of Michigan's citizens.

Center Right Panel Discussion: SRO

A "standing room only" crowd of over 130 gathered in Troy last Thursday to hear four panelists discuss the present and potential future of the Republican Party and the conservative cause in Michigan.

"Where are we, how did we get here, and what do we do to get back," was the subject of Thursday's panel. David Littmann of the Mackinac Center, Ron Edwards from WDTK-Joshua's Trail, Scott Hagerstrom from Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, and Gary Glenn, President of the American Family Association of Michigan each discussed what must be done to return us to the conservative principles that made this country great.

There was too much content to report on here, suffice to say, all agreed we need to return to principles of fiscal, economic, and social conservatism if Republicans are ever to regain prominence as a strong political party in Michigan.

The Troy-Clawson Republican Forum and Americans for Prosperity-Michigan co-hosted the event. The Center Right Coalition will be holding more meetings like this in the near future. If you would like to host a panel discussion in your community, contact me at

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Epic Failure

In his recent article, Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Michael LaFaive stated, "The Michigan Economic Development Corp. was created in 1999 and charged with 'providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.' The program has been a patent failure and 2009 should be the year that it is eliminated." Here is further evidence of how ineffective and costly to taxpayers the MEDC really is.

upjohn bldgThe Upjohn Company was THE place to work in Kalamazoo for over 50 years. They always took pride in the fact that they had never laid-off an employee. Research, development and manufacturing of world-class pharmaceuticals took place in Kalamazoo. The largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in the world is still located in nearby Portage, Michigan.

pfizer logoUnfortunately, Upjohn became of victim of global competition and was ultimately acquired by Pfizer, Inc. Over the years, work was consolidated to other locations and Kalamazoo lost virtually all of its talented pool of scientists and researchers. The final blow came in January of 2007 when Pfizer announced closure of its R & D facilities in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.

medcBut, never fear! Along came the MEDC's Strategic Fund Board in June of 2007 with the creation of the Pfizer Asset Retention Fund, (PARF). $8 million was set aside to provide employers with incentives to hire displaced Pfizer workers. But, as reported in the Kalamazoo Gazette last month, the program has been an Epic Failure.

According to the Gazette, $5.65 million was dispersed to 29 companies to hire 112 former Pfizer employees. In the end, only 50 ex-Pfizer employees have been retained. That comes at a cost of $112,000 of taxpayer dollars for each job created.

granholmThe program might have been more successful, but one month after the fund was created, Governor Granholm announced she was holding the money hostage until the budget was settled. That did not happen until October and it took the PARF another couple months to process the paperwork. Alas, by then most of the displaced workers had left to find employment in other states.

central plannersThe bottom line is this: when is comes to job creation, central planners can never match the free market. Every tax dollar the government-run economic "development" corporation takes to "invest" in job creation, (and they took $31 million last year) is one more dollar taken away from private companies and entrepreneurs who know much better than government ever will where best to invest.

capitolMichigan has been bleeding jobs for nearly ten years. What is the best thing government can do to "create" jobs? Reduce the burden of regulation and business taxation. It has been demonstrated in other states that when the shackles of government are removed from small and large businesses, the environment for new investment by employers improves.

Challenge your legislator to help balance the budget by eliminating the MEDC.

Contact your state representative.       Contact your state senator.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Obama Protest Rally, Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 p.m. Macomb County

President Obama is coming to Macomb Comminity College. Join us as we greet President Obama to share our true concerns. Bring signs, lets RALLY! We are looking for people to start showing up around 1p.m. The president is due to arrive between 2 and 3:30.

Parking lot 3 on the west side of the campus (Bunert), about 1/3 mile south of 12 Mile Rd. is the best location to rally from. You may need an MCCC parking sticker on your vehicle. The alternate spot is the parking lot of the abandoned Farmer Jacks on the North side of 12 Mile Rd. just west of Bunert. We need to be flexible.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Special Round Table Thursday, July 16 in Troy, MI

You Are Invited to a Special
Oakland County Center Right Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 12:00 noon.

Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Troy, MI 48083, Room 302

Winning in 2010:
Keeping the Faith on the Core Principles

Balancing Economic and Social Issues

Election day 2010 could be a watershed election in Michigan. All statewide and legislative offices are up for grabs. Congressional and legislative districts will be redrawn by the party in control in 2011. They will have the power to solidify their power through redistricting.
Victory for Republicans in 2010 will require a clear and consistent message that is strong on the traditional economic and social tenets upon which the Republican party was founded.
Join a special panel of individuals who will share where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there. Time will be allotted for your questions.


self portraitJack Hoogendyk, former state representative, advisory board chairman, Americans for Prosperity-Michigan


LittmannDavid Littmann, former chief economist, Comerica Bank; currently senior economist, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

EdwardsRon Edwards, co-host of the "Abolitionist's Round Table," author of "The Edwards Notebook," heard every Saturday morning on WDTK Detroit, 1400 AM.




GlennGary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

hagerstromScott Hagerstrom, Director, Americans for Prosperity-Michigan

Please RSVP to

The Center Right Coalition Meeting is sponsored in part by:


Troy-Clawson Republican Forum



Like the Phoenix, Sarah Palin Will Rise Again

Personally, I think the talking heads, pundits, and even members of her own conservative base are a little to quick to write off Sarah Palin. "Quitter" they call her. I understand the concern but I think Sarah Palin will outsmart them all.

What will the intelligentsia in the press say when Sarah Palin is the host of a new prime-time TV show on FOX every night? or even once a week, for that matter? What will their response be if she shows up next to Newt Gingrich and announces a new national drive to coalesce conservatives across the America?

Maybe I am wrong, but I am willing to go out on a limb here and predict that come the fall of this year, Sarah Palin will be front page news in a way no one imagined.

My good friend Matt May, a brilliant writer, has submitted an essay which I present here in its entirety. He says it better than I ever could.

Alaskan Wilderness

by Matt May

In his book Study of History, Arnold Toynbee described a phenomenon running through the ages: public figures withdrawing from their posts only to return stronger and more able. Toynbee called this a “disengagement and temporary withdrawal of the creative personality from his social milieu and his subsequent return to the same milieu transfigured in a newer capacity with newer powers.”


Toynbee cited illustrative examples such as Thucydides, Confucius, and Peter the Great. Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle also returned from the shadows to lead their nations in times of peril.


Sarah Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska does not, of course, put her on course to be regarded alongside such titans of history. But her exit from the governorship is an opportunity of great magnitude. Those who see it otherwise ignore history and underestimate the thirst among patriots for office-holders able to wean themselves of titles, financial enrichment, and addiction to power in whatever forms it takes.


As she explained in her announcement, her time in office since last August has not only proven to be a distraction given the left’s ceaseless quest to turn up something – anything – on her, but it is costing the state money. Recognizing the uselessness of remaining in a bullheaded quest to desperately hold political power, she is leaving so that Alaskans might return to the business of Alaska.

Yes, she is leaving for herself as well. What of it? There is no brighter star in the Republican galaxy, mainly because she displays more testicular fortitude than all but a handful of Republicans. Who would you rather invite to speak to your organization about constitutional governance and fiscal responsibility in our current climate? Michael Steele? Ed Gillespie? John McCain? Why shouldn’t she be given the chance to assume the role of leader of the resistance that these and so many others squandered?


At this moment, there is only one individual identified as a Republican who can galvanize Constitutional Conservatives, and that person is Sarah Palin. This is not a deficiency. She is the only one capable of calling our president what he is. In this era of Republicans marching only a beat or two behind Democrats, she is one of a few in office able to get a grasp of the concept of not spending what you do not have. Unfortunately Mitch Daniels does not heat up the screen and Mark Sanford is presumably too busy playing eeny-meeny-miney-moe with his wife and mistress. Palin’s appeal – so confounding to so many self-styled savants – is rooted in her being the precise antithesis of nearly every elected official in the republic.


Come July 27, Sarah Palin is free. She is free to follow the example of Churchill, de Gaulle and, to a lesser extent, Ronald Reagan, who each in his own way utilized his time in the political wilderness to reflect, write, and study. She is free to begin commenting on public affairs on television, a syndicated column, or both. She is free to beat the media at its own game, she being more popular than Katie Couric and her ilk could ever dream of being. She is free to take immediate action against whoever dares to ape Todd Purdham in the next edition of Teen Beat for Boomers.


Palin recognizes the time is now. Like de Gaulle, however, she will move forward on her own terms. De Gaulle left in 1946 when he became so disillusioned by the French government that he found no choice but to exit. As Richard Nixon recalls in his book In The Arena, de Gaulle “called a meeting of his Cabinet, announced his decision to resign his office as President, strode abruptly out of the room and into retirement. He had a sense of destiny and did not want to be the President of France simply for the sake of being President.”


While not even close to as dramatic, Palin’s resignation and the myriad reasons behind it strike many of the same chords – the same chords that resonate with millions of Americans. Time will tell if Sarah Palin’s disengagement from elected office will lead to the assumption of greater power and influence. Perhaps she will make some money selling books, making a well-paid speech now and then before vanishing like a comet.


Yet she seems to have the feeling many of us do; America’s destiny is being altered terribly by the dilettante from Chicago and the braying jackals in Congress. Time is of the essence. If she one day returns from her self-imposed exile to lead a successful conservative renaissance, Sarah Palin will be in very good company.

Matthew May welcomes comments at