Bristol Palin Creates ‘I Built This’ Video

Via Twitchy, which links to The Blaze, Bristol Palin has created a video compilation of the photos sent to her by small business owners across America. Last week, Bristol’s Blog had requested that people send her photos of their businesses to prove to our statist president that individuals in the USA are responsible for building their own businesses, not the government. Kudos to Bristol for putting this together!

Following President Barack Obama’s highly criticized “you didn’t build that” remark about business owners last week, some owners have submitted photos of their businesses for a two-minute “I built this” video take down of Obama’s comments.

Organized by Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the video features dozens of photos from a variety of businesses.

“Since the President doesn’t understand how our economy works, let’s take a moment to explain how small businesses are created,” Palin wrote on her blog. “More importantly, let’s show him the businesses we’ve made and who has made them.

Please watch and share:

I was glad to see a doctor’s practice featured in this video, given the fact that my own dad, son of Italian immigrants worked three jobs to get himself through medical school before going on to build a very successful practice. The same is true for my maternal grandfather who came to the USA at eight years-old, learned English, excelled in school and eventually obtained a degree in pharmacy before opening up his own corner drugstore. He was an avid anti-communist who knew his widowed mother had relocated to a foreign land with him and his two brothers for economic freedom — not to be “taken care of” by government. He appreciated the opportunities he discovered in the USA to achieve his goal of owning his own business and always advised my mother that being an entrepreneur was the way to go.

So happy to see Bristol taking an active role in the political discourse this election season…I hope this is just the beginning of many more excellent efforts!


Andrew McCarthy’s Excellent Take-Down of Maverick McCain on The Muslim Brotherhood

Just before going on the air yesterday for CRF Radio, my brother Paul sent me a link to this long, but informative must-read post by Andrew McCarthy at National Review. I read a portion of it on CRF Radio last night but highly recommend that everyone take the time to read the entire piece:

For pointing this out and merely asking the State Department’s inspector general to look into it and report back to Congress — which is part of the IG’s duties under the statute that created his position — McCain & Co. (i.e., his fans in the left-wing media and his admirers in the Republican establishment) are screaming “smear” and “McCarthyism.” McCain’s antipathy toward conservatives (except during election years) is an old story. And it is no secret that he has long been smitten by Mrs. Clinton, whose transnational-progressive leanings mirror his own.


But the point is that McCain gets around. And when he does, the State Department is often his escort. Between his globetrotting and his case of Hillary hauteur, the senator has gotten friendly over the years with Ms. Abedin, who is said to be smart, able, and quite charming. Ever the Maverick — chivalrous to a fault . . . at least when the damsel in distress is an exotic, progressive sharia-democracy devotee rather than a conservative national-security worrywart from Minnesota. McCain has leapt to Ms. Abedin’s defense against these vicious House troglodytes.

The senator’s tirade featured his trademark indignation, incoherence, and infatuation with immigrant success stories. (Ms. Abedin was born in Michigan, but no reason to let that get in the way of “what is best about America.”) McCain blasted Representative Bachmann and the others, falsely accusing them of doing to his friend Huma what he had actually done to ElBaradei, namely, implicating her as “part of a nefarious conspiracy.”

To the contrary, the House members have drawn no such conclusions. Instead, they have pointed out the State Department’s dramatic, Brotherhood-friendly policy shifts during Ms. Abedin’s tenure as a top adviser to the State Department’s boss. They have asked — completely consistent with national-security guidelines, to which I’ll come shortly — that an investigation into those policy shifts be undertaken.

That investigation would include an inquiry into whether Ms. Abedin’s family ties render her unsuitable for a position that involves access to classified information about the Brotherhood. The shrieks aside, this is not remotely unreasonable, nor is it an inquisition into Ms. Abedin’s decency and rectitude. When I was a prosecutor, the Justice Department would not have let me take a case that involved friends of my family. It’s not that they didn’t trust me; it’s that government is supposed to avoid the appearance of impropriety — legitimacy hinges on the public’s belief that actions are taken on merit, not burdened by palpable conflicts of interest.

Please visit National Review to read it all.