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A New Day, and New Opportunities: “The Undefeated” Released on DVD

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Correcting the Record

Tuesday, the 4th of October is a new day, like every one before it has been.  Like every one before it, it offers new opportunities, but for we supporters of Sarah Palin, it offers one in particular.   On this Tuesday, the film by Stephen K. Bannon, The Undefeated comes to stores near you on DVD!  Now, you will be able to get your own copy, and purchase them for friends and relatives, but best of all, you can hold your own The Undefeated viewing parties.  Do you want the truth about Governor Sarah Palin to get out to an audience hungry for a different kind of leader, but who have been led astray by the Lamestream Media, and even some in the GOP establishment?  If you want your chance to show people the truth, to correct the record and inform them, finally, here’s your chance.

I received my copy today.  Tomorrow, I intend to go by the local Walmart and round up a couple copies to distribute to friends who’ve been led into doubts about Governor Palin.  It’s time that this story is told to a wider audience, and we are just the people to help the film tell it.  This film is a wealth of real information about the real accomplishments of a real American champion of liberty.

For once, we have a new opportunity to go out there and make that difference we always say we wish to make.  I’m going to ask you, my readers, to submit your stories over the coming days and weeks as you hold viewing parties, and let everybody here know what it was like.  Provide the impressions of your guests, and tell me about them.  Let’s make of this the opportunity it should be to bring Americans together around the truth.  Submit your stories about your viewing parties as comments on this post.

Politics is an ugly game at times, but as we all know, it frequently has deadly-serious consequences.  We mustn’t permit this story to go untold, and I firmly believe this is our best opportunity to correct the record about an American who has faced incredible injustices at the hands of the media and the permanent political class.

Back in July, when I first saw this film at Grapevine, TX, I came home and wrote a review.  If you don’t remember it, or weren’t part of my small audience back then, I’d encourage you to read it:  We and She: The Undefeated

Here’s your opportunity.  We always lament the media attempts to destroy Sarah Palin.  We rightly complain that we’re treated almost as poorly.  Here’s your opportunity to begin changing all of that at a more rapid rate.  It’s the most effective debunking tool for all the media lies.  Pick up your copy of The Undefeated, the film that may yet help change the world.

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Stephen K. Bannon Interviews Todd Palin

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

First First Dude?

Stephen K. Bannon interviewed Todd Palin for most of the second hour of his Victory Sessions talkshow on KABC, Sunday evening.   Todd Palin said he was “”blown away” by The Undefeated, which goes out via DVD on Tuesday.  Todd spoke about Sarah’s first election for Mayor of Wasilla, and the principle of representing the interests of the people rather than placating the good ol’ boys of Wasilla.  The two discussed at length Sarah’s political career in Alaska.  Todd Palin comes across as he always appears in the media:  Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, but quietly assertive, and just another ordinary American seeking an extraordinary future for his family.  Rather than bombard him with the usual sorts of questions about Sarah’s plans, Bannon’s interview focused on Todd’s perspective for a refreshing change in the media approach to the Palin family.

In an interview that was wide-ranging and covered many topics, much of it was a a re-telling of Sarah’s career from the seldom-broadcast Todd, who came across as entirely genuine.  He seemed every bit the quiet and decent gentleman whose hand I shook at Ft. Hood during the Going Rogue tour.  It’s my opinion that this dynamic couple is much to well-grounded to get caught up in celebrity, and it represents a complete separation from the people in Washington’s establishment who often seem so synthetic and insincere.

Listening to him speak, I couldn’t help but think that Todd Palin would make an exceptionally gracious and inspiring first “First Dude.”

You can hear the interview here: Victory Sessions Interview with Todd Palin 10/02/2011

Follow-up: We and She – The Undefeated

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Still Standing

Some of you will remember my review of the movie The Undefeated.  As most of you will have known from past articles, one of my favorite approaches in evaluating things is to watch Mrs. America’s reaction to them.  I learn a good deal from studying her as she watches things, and what has been astonishing during the entirety of our marriage is how thoroughly accurate her intuitive, almost instinctive reactions to media have been, or how closely she has been able to guess the outcomes of political elections based on things I don’t quite perceive, or don’t understand.  As usual, I’m left to ponder what it means when she says “it’s a woman thing, and no, you’ll never understand.”

Twenty-three years of marriage can teach a man a great deal if he pays close attention.  What the length of my marriage has taught me is that I can never pay close enough attention to “get it.”  Still, I try, and while she contends I’ve shown little improvement in understanding, I nevertheless find myself more adept at recognizing them.  It was my assumption that while she might watch the film, she wouldn’t be moved by it, if only because she’s really not a politically-engaged person, or so I have always thought.  This past Tuesday, since it’s now available on Pay-Per-View on Dish Network, I sat down with Evelyn to watch The Undefeated, and learned again how more than two decades of marriage still hasn’t taught me enough.

Evelyn likes to be comfortable to view a film, and so as I dimmed the lights, she settled in for the two hour film.  As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, after the length of our marriage and all we’ve been through, her tendency to skepticism is a big lens through which she views the world.  She was thoroughly prepared to be underwhelmed, leading me to my expectation of a “ho hum” appraisal.  I pressed “Play” and leaned back, not to watch the movie so much as to watch Evelyn’s reaction.  The light in the room, reduced to that provided only by the screen itself, provided me the cover from which to make my observations.

The film opens with a barrage of filth flung at Sarah Palin by left-wing media types.  I watched Evelyn’s reaction to this, and it was initially a jaw-dropping, eye-widening moment.  As this part of the film continued, she began involuntarily to withdraw into a sort of defensive posture.  Evelyn is many things, but what she has mostly been is tough-minded, and tough in spirit.  A child of post-war Germany, to watch her recoil at the sheer infamy of the attacks on Palin was a telling moment.  She’d seen some of it before, as we all have, but the sheer weight of the disgusting diatribes proved more than she wanted to bear.  Almost as a form of relief, the segment subsided, but Evelyn’s anger had not.

Gently, as a counterpoint to the vile hatred heaped upon Sarah Palin, you then see a wonderful collage of home movies and imagery from her youth.  There came a point at which young and bespectacled Sarah is shown dancing about in childish revelry and my wife began to smile.  You might wonder why, but I know too well.  Evelyn’s date of birth is separated by Sarah’s by one digit on the calendar.  Despite being born on a different continent, they were born in the same era, and of the same sort of values, and Evelyn also had a father who made home movies of their trips, their vacations, and any other excuse to record the growth of the children and the memories of the family.  She was born with some vision problems, and also became accustomed to wearing glasses at a young age.  Somewhere, there is a similar home movie of Evelyn enjoying similar playful moments in the whimsical innocence of youth.  These short flashes of childhood imagery establish a connection to average Americans, or frankly, average people everywhere, and lay a foundation of common values and the extraordinary aspirations to which they give birth in the moments of our youth.  What I perceived in her reactions to the images of young Sarah Palin was a recognition of this common ground, and perhaps even a common understanding of the world, as seen through lenses separated by thousands of miles and oceans, yet born of the same enduring spirit.

From there, the viewer is taken on a walk through the political rise of Sarah Palin.  It wasn’t an easy road, and she faced formidable challenges along her course, but she confronted them with integrity and courage.   In short, she set out to do what is right, rather than that which is easy.  While uncommon among politicians, it’s not something nearly so rare among average Americans.  Most of the time, in most issues that matter, average people choose to do what is right because it is right, and only because it is so.  Watching Evelyn’s body language and expressions, what I observed were the nods of approval that accompanied the more dramatic instances of Palin’s willingness to ignore the conventional wisdom and simply do that which ought to be done.  At one point, she looked over at me and asked if I thought it is still possible for politicians to do what’s right.  I shrugged and left the question lying for the answer given by the remainder of the film.

Almost before you realize it’s happening, you see the beginning of the 2008 campaign, and the season of Sarah’s national introduction by the McCain campaign.  Evelyn is familiar with much of this, because like so many Americans, she begins to closely watch political events in earnest at the approach of elections.  What came after the McCain loss, however, was much more interesting to her.  This is what has not been seen widely in the media, and it offers the tale of a woman who returns home to resume her duties but who finds that she has come under attack there as well.   For her troubles, Palin was rewarded with frivolous ethics complaints that all fell by the wayside, and an incessant campaign to destroy her and erase her from the national memory.  She’d been far too energizing and successful on the campaign trail to ever permit her to rise again.  It came in a moment when Palin was finally faced with the fact that her team had been immobilized and made largely impotent on the legislative front by all of the attacks, when Evelyn solemnly issued a single, defiant, hissing judgment:  “Bastards…”

Rather than tell you about how the film ends, I’d prefer to tell you about Evelyn’s appraisal, because I suspect it will be shared by many people who watch this film.  She has always liked Sarah Palin, but in truth, she’s simply not the sort to get excited about politicians, celebrities, or much else in the media.  Her own prevailing sense of disgust with politics informs her general view that most politicians are not far-removed from her appraisal of Palin’s attackers.   She views politics as the sort of ugly gladiatorial spectacle that tends to obscure the difference between that which is plainly right, and that which is inexcusably wrong.  She likes Mark Levin because she hears in his voice and in his positions the clear marker of disdain for illogical notions, and as she’s become more familiar with Tammy Bruce of late, she particularly enjoys Tammy’s passion, but also her willingness to openly mock the hypocrisy of those who seem more interested in the combative facets of the political gamesmanship than the practical aspects of what all this fighting is intended to resolve.

She wasn’t very familiar with Andrew Breitbart, but she enjoyed his use of the term “eunuchs.”  Evelyn is a warrior by nature, and while she’s fearless in the face of almost anything, she also wants to know that her husband will leap to her defend her against a mob.  It’s not so much that she needs a defender – I assure you, she doesn’t – but that she wants to know if she arrived in that situation, the man in her life would be there in full force and fervor.   What Breitbart describes is the unwillingness of some men in the establishment to do precisely that when the hate-filled, venomous attacks have erupted against Sarah Palin.  Frequently, when Evelyn watches certain Republican leaders on television, she wonders much the same thing as implied by Breitbart’s use of that term: “Where are the men?”  She wants to see some toughness, and one of her contemporaneous comments about the 2008 election season was that Sarah Palin had been “the better man.”

That’s a stunning indictment of the nature of much of Republican politics, particularly among the establishment types who pervade the halls of Washington power.   People like Evelyn want to see fighters – not cheats, frauds, liars, or mud-slingers – who will advance an honest argument in earnest and unreservedly so.  What I gathered from her after the film’s conclusion was simply this:  She perceives in Sarah Palin a woman who is willing to take up the fight, and a politician who will not turn away from a necessary engagement.  I was curious to know what she thought about the left’s chief point of attack on Palin, because you still hear it from time to time among the uninformed: “What do you say to the liberals(and others) who will say she quit?”  Evelyn actually got her back up at the notion, and gave me that look that silently transmits the word “idiot”, and said:  “She didn’t quit. She actually kept her word.  She stood on the principle that her state and its people came before her own interests.”

After a moment more:  “Besides, what was 2010?  Quit?  Ha!”

Indeed.  Evelyn may not be a political person in the sense of following the perpetual machinations as you and I do, but she knows what she believes.  On the rare instances in which a politician actually receives her approval, I pay close attention.  When she actually defends one, I’m not quite sure what to make of it.  She’s really never done that before.  Maybe the lesson is that the movie The Undefeated delivers a powerful message, or perhaps it’s simpler still:  Palin herself is a powerful messenger in answer to Evelyn’s earlier question:  Yes, politicians still can do things simply because they’re right.  Sarah Palin is the living proof.

We and She: The Undefeated

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

The Undefeated

I always approach such films with a bit of trepidation. After all, no matter how well done, the natural skeptic in me always wonders if such a movie will play only to a niche audience, but will be less appealing to a wider audience. This is the gamble with any such documentary, and it’s why documentaries are not exactly the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. Attending the opening night for The Undefeated at the AMC Theatre in Grapevine, Texas, I met a great number of like-minded people, all chomping at the bit to see the movie, or overwhelmingly pleased with what they had seen, but now I’m going to tell you why that won’t matter if we don’t take the salient lesson offered by the film and apply it to our activism: Stephen Bannon said this movie must be seen not by the people who already adore Palin, and support her wholeheartedly, but much more importantly, it must be viewed by the wider audience of people who have in some measure accepted the media portrayal of Sarah Palin.

After viewing the film, I can tell you that while the film will be appealing to any audience, nothing will turn the closed minds of the intransigent Palin-haters, for whom no piece of information would be sufficient to change their pathological rage. It is most important to note that the film, for all of its effectiveness, will only be so effective as its viewing is broad-based. It will be up to you to see to that.

I learned tidbits about Sarah Palin I hadn’t known, and was impressed with the depth of detailed information offered. I particularly enjoyed seeing clips of her speeches, particularly in the campaign season of 2010, that I hadn’t seen before, and from which I had caught only media sound-bites including “fight like a girl!” The media has used such clips to trivialize Mrs. Palin, by pretending that the entirety of her speech on that occasion was summarized in the pronouncement of those four simple words. Now I know what I had only suspected previously: The media dare not show you the entirety of her speeches, because Palin is a passionate, well-spoken, and thoroughly polished speaker who knows what it is that she believes, and why she believes it.

The film raced by. I never found myself wondering about the time, or wandering mentally to other tasks. Few things hold my rapt attention for so long as did this film. Like Sarah Palin herself, the film was engaging. It wasn’t only me. The audience, admittedly predisposed mostly to liking the film, also went through a bit of a transition starting from an expectation, moving to belief, and on to conviction. If one of the aims of this film was to more accurately give an accounting of Sarah Palin, it succeeded effortlessly.

I paid particularly close attention to the manner of things addressed by Mark Levin and Andrew Breitbart on the subject of the Republican establishment in DC. Breitbart’s use of the term ‘eunuchs’ to describe Republicans in Washington and their failure to defend Palin when she came under withering attack seemed particularly apt, especially when considering Mitch McConnell’s tepid stance on the debt ceiling of current controversy. “Eunuch” hardly ever seemed a more fitting term. Bannon was able to create what I believe to be an accurate impression of the GOP establishment that is more concerned with maintaining some pretense at political power than with serving the agenda for which the voters entrusted to them such power. It’s clear that if you’re a firm Romney republican, you may not entirely like the film’s treatment of the subject.

The film is also intended to cause an emotional stirring in the viewer, and it succeeds in many moments throughout its length.The opening gives you a taste of the sort of attacks Palin has come under, many of which the media has not reported. Prepare to feel shame at what’s been done. Steady yourself for the sadness at the realization of what’s been done to this woman and her family. Know that it will anger you to see the litany of four-letter harangues and threats aimed at Palin. For a parent, in an emotional sense, it’s a bit like watching helplessly as your own daughter is violently assaulted. If it doesn’t get a rise out of you, you’re likely dead inside, and this movie isn’t for you. You may want to wait for the next ‘zombie’ film, not as a viewer, but as an extra.

After that, you become acquainted with Palin’s early life through a sort of photo and video essay that shows you she was just another kid growing up in America, simply like you and me. After this re-introduction, Bannon details the challenges she faced in her political career, starting in Wasilla and ultimately culminating in her vice presidential candidacy in 2008 with John McCain. You will be astonished at what you hadn’t known. You will be shocked at what the media had never bothered to tell you. It’s small wonder that Palin coined the term “Lamestream Media.” They are quite thoroughly ‘lame’ in the parlance of our time.

Tammy Bruce, Mark Levin, and Andrew Breitbart were the anchors to the latter portion, and their points were clear and unambiguous.Tammy tells you Palin is a fearless warrior for America. Mark Levin tells you why Palin can win if she chooses to run for the presidency. Andrew Breitbart explains why the Republican establishment is a greater obstacle, not only for Palin, but for all conservatives in moving the country forward. They all made compelling arguments, and perhaps the most enduring argument was offered by Levin in comparing her to Reagan. He’s right, of course, but you’ll have to see the film to know why he’s right, and how thoroughly right he is.

Bearing this in mind, there’s a point that cannot be made often enough: For this film to succeed, it must be seen. It must be seen by moderates and independents as well as its natural constituency. Those of you who already support Governor Palin now need to carry the film’s message to the unconverted. Take people to see the movie who have mixed feelings about Sarah Palin. I went with my daughter and son-in-law. He’s a soldier, and while he’s a conservative, he was less than thoroughly convinced about Palin. His remarks on the long drive home from the theater told the story. He offered that it was odd, baffling really, to go to see a movie and feel so at home with his fellow viewers. Waiting outside, or during the previews, conversations struck up amongst complete strangers. He said it was a bit like being among family, and what he saw on the screen merely served to strengthen that sense. He wasn’t just watching a documentary about a politician, but instead he saw his own life, and his own dreams and goals and aspirations. The picture of the Palins with their eldest son Track, in uniform, shown briefly on-screen, reminded him that they were just ordinary people, like us. The audience all around was more or less like us. This strange familiarity with one’s fellow movie-goers wasn’t so odd after all. The America in which we believe is not dead, and is evidenced in the reactions of the audience. These were Americans, and that’s the only constituency group that mattered.

There’s also a sort of restoration that results when you watch this movie. If, like me, you’re terribly worried about the direction of the country, this film serves as both a reproach and a revelation: Do not so easily cede your beliefs to the conventional wisdom the media packages for your consumption, and while we face overwhelming and terrifying prospects, all is not lost. There is still time to save the country. It won’t be done by a government run by elitists from the NY-DC corridor. It will only be done by us. This movie really isn’t about an election, or a string of them. It’s about the indomitable spirit of a warrior. It’s about every person who rises despite the long odds and all the obstacles laid out before them. It’s about seeing the machine gun nest and charging it, each of us in our own way. At heart, in all the ways it really matters, Sarah Palin is America. In spirit and devotion, despite all our travails, we and she are The Undefeated.