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July 5th, 2010


I read today that Glenn Beck’s new book, The Overton Window, of the “suspense-thriller fiction genre,” has debuted as #l on the New York Times best-seller list. According to Beck, his book is “faction” rather than fiction – an imagined tale based on facts. Beck’s popularity is such that several of his books have hit the top of the list right off. Not having read the book, I’ll not discuss it further.

But it reminded me of an extraordinary program on Fox News this past January 14 when Glenn Beck interviewed Sarah Palin. I don’t recall much discussion of it in the mainstream media, except that fun was made of Palin because she didn’t have the name of  her  “favorite founding father” on the tip of her tongue. Just another example of her stupidity, you know.

This is how the interview began:

Before we start, Sarah, I want to read what I wrote last night in my journal, because it’s about you.

Tomorrow, I meet Sarah Palin and family for the first time. I’m actually a little nervous — as she is one of the only people that I can see that can possibly lead us out of where we are. I don’t know yet if she’s strong enough, if she’s well enough advised, or if she knows she can no longer trust anyone. I don’t know if she can lead and not lose her soul.

That is where I’d like to go for the next hour, to find out if this is the woman that can lead us and not lose her soul.

How odd is that? Mr. Beck is  wondering whether being a political leader might result in the loss of one’s  soul! Who ever worries about losing their soul nowadays?

Later Beck commented on the fact that he and Sarah also topped the lists for the most ridiculed and also the most admired people in the world.

You and I both were, I think, the number one and number two Halloween costume of the year. Did you know that? We both have been nailed on “Saturday Night Live” as being stupid. We are also both just recently voted on the most admired list of people in the world. We both have been on the cover of major magazines in the last year.

We all know that politicians “don’t get no respect.” They are known for deals, corruption, bringing home the pork, lavish living, being power-hungry,  with a finger  in the wind testing which way to go. It is with good reason that a recent popular bumper sticker reads:   Re-elect nobody.     A trustworthy politician is a rare bird.

Later in the program Beck tells why he won’t run for office:

BECK: And I made a promise I would never violate trust, I would keep my word, do the hard thing. I would follow – just live the Ten Commandments, try that one on for size. I don’t think you can go to Washington and not lose your soul. I’ve never met somebody who went to Washington and came back and I said, wow, you’re a better person. Have you?

PALIN: Come to think of it, I don’t know if I have, Glenn.

BECK: How do you — because the parties, the system is so infected, how do you, as an individual go in — I’m not asking if you’re going to run. But let’s just say you were going to run. How do you go in and how do I as voter know that you’re not going to cut so many side deals to get that power that by the time you had that power, you’re no longer who we needed?

Here is a clip from that interview, from, of all places, atheistmediablog.

Beck is worried about the souls of politicians, and Palin actually said “I believe that there are eternal ramifications based on what we do here.”   Beck is mocked because he  sometimes gets weepy in his heartfelt pleas to the people to arise and save their country.   It’s labeled “fake crying.”   Palin’s religion is considered dangerous and is fodder for ridicule, as seen in the following video.

There’s no getting around it: These two are odd balls.

They say that you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.   Perhaps this will explain why Beck and Palin are admired by so many.  We  are looking for someone that is trustworthy and hoping against hope that these odd balls might fill the bill.


For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? — Mark 8:36

February 23rd, 2010



by Skip Coryell


I got a letter in the mail last week. It was from Sarah Palin. I wasn’t expecting it. After all, I don’t even know her. But, nonetheless, there it was, lying in my mailbox, a letter from Wasilla, Alaska, the office of Sarah Palin. I’ve gotten mail from lots of famous politicians in my time: George W. Bush, John McCain, George H.W. Bush, and even from Ronald Reagan himself. But all of them had two things in common: 1) They had no idea who I was, and, 2) They were asking me for money.

So I opened this letter expecting a plea for much-needed funds to advance the TEA Party agenda or to help stop the Obama socialist juggernaut from sweeping across the land like a swarm of locusts, consuming everything moral and good in its path. But Sarah from Wasilla surprised me. It was a personal letter. It said:

“Dear Skip, Thank you so much for the copies of your books and for your generosity. Todd and I were happy to receive your encouraging message and we appreciate your thoughtfulness for taking the time to write. God bless you. Thank you again and all the best to you and your family.

Sincerely, Sarah Palin”

The signature was in blue ink and very impressive. I could tell she was an “A” student in school. My wife is like that too.

But there it was, a personal letter from the most popular/notorious woman in America. It was short, but still, it was personal.

As you know, I’m the Founder of the Second Amendment March, and I had written Sarah asking her to speak at our event on April 19th, 2010 in Washington D.C. The letter was hand-delivered to her house by our Alaska State Coordinator along with signed copies of all my books. (That’s right. I was sucking up to her. I figured it couldn’t hurt.)

I’m a die-hard conservative, and when I think of Sarah Palin, I shiver with both excitement and dread. You see, I read Sarah’s book Going Rogue and was very impressed. Here was a real person, a real American, with real God-fearing American values and she was in politics to boot. It excites me because I want to believe she is the real thing. It terrifies me because few people ever go to DC without being corrupted. And America just can’t afford to have another hero go bad.

I think about Sarah Palin and I wonder. Who is she? Who is the real Sarah Palin? Is she the airheaded ditz depicted by Tina Fey and the rest of the mainstream media, or is she real? I want to think the latter. I want to think she’s the strong mother who holds Trig in her arms and kisses his forehead. I want to think she reads bedtime stories to her daughter, Willow. I like to think she’s still madly in love with Todd and her marriage is healthy and strong. The hopeful part of me wants to think all those things.

But…She’s a politician… isn’t she?

I’ve always subscribed to that old adage:
Question: “How do you know when a politician is lying?
Answer: “His lips are moving.”
But is Sarah different?

Every two weeks I meet with my Second Amendment March State Coordinators via teleconference and we plan and talk about the April 19th event. A few weeks ago we were talking about the possibility of Sarah speaking at our march and I asked Len Betts, our Alaska Coordinator, if he’d seen her. The conversation went something like this:

Skip: “Len, have you seen Sarah Palin lately?”
Len: “Sure, saw her at the grocery store just yesterday.”
Skip: “What! You’re kidding me! Sarah Palin buys her own groceries!”
Len: “Of course. Sarah hasn’t changed. She’s still just like the rest of us. She’s not all snooty and she still talks to people just like she always did.”

I breathed an inward sigh of relief and that conversation brought me hope. But for how long? Everyone knows that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
But still…there’s that hopeful part of me that wants to believe that Sarah Palin is different. I want to believe she’s smart. I want to believe she loves her family. I want to believe that she is real. And, most importantly, I want to believe that once the people put their trust in her that she won’t change. I want to believe she’s a servant.

A few weeks ago I watched and listened as Glenn Beck interviewed her. Glenn shared the same healthy skepticism and hope that I did. I think a lot of people are like that. We want to believe, but we’ve been burned so many times before. Power does something to people. It either makes them better, or it makes them worse.

But I’m not responsible for what the rest of the country believes. I just have to figure this out for myself. What does Skip Coryell believe?

I believe that Sarah Palin is real. But the million-dollar question is: can she stay that way? For now, I’m filled with faith and hope. But then, I also believe in duty and honor and the strong serving the weak. I believe in Camelot.

Sarah from Wasilla — don’t let me down.

Editors Note: Please visit to get information for the national march and your local march. The national march is April 19th


Special treat for all who read this far: The gum-chewing beauty that was Sarah Palin in 1995!!


December 2nd, 2009


“I’ve never seen anything like it,”  says McCain in the video below.  And McCain has been around.  He knows the ways of politics and campaigns.   Most of us have never seen anything like it, and it is a cause for wonderment.  Why is Sarah Palin so hated?

It began right away, when she first burst onto the scene one Friday.   By Saturday, about 80 reporters had flown to Alaska, driven to Wasilla, found the home of the Heaths (Sarah’s parents) and knocked on the door.  Sarah had hit a home run with her first speech and their mission was to destroy her.  They were looking for something, anything, to take her down.   What must it be like to have that as your mission, to search out and destroy someone who had done you no harm?

How had she hurt them?  She had appeared as a fresh face on the scene, a breath of  air from the boonies of Alaska,  a strong woman with a natural charm, an achiever, a loving mother, a faithful wife, and a Christian.   How bad is that?  She was not a member of the beltway elite, she did not abort her Downs baby, she could catch a fish and dress a moose.  How bad is that?  Apparently  Sarah threatened everything the left stood for — which  makes you wonder what the left really stands for.

She came as a lamb to the slaughter and we were all amazed as we watched them go to work on her.   She was one of us and I think that is why we rallied around her.   They did shameful photoshopping of her family and son, Trig (see my previous post.)   Words like ‘vitriol’ and ‘vicious’ were  used to describe the media treatment.   When a little girl is quoted as saying, “I think she’s mean,” we know she has been brainwashed for, of course, she has never met Sarah.

Sarah’s book, Going Rogue, has been parodied and trashed, but as I write it is  #1 on the New York Times hard-cover non-fiction list.    The comment of some on reading it  and really getting to know Sarah for the first time is,  “What’s not to like?”

Hello, out there.  Help me to understand.   You who hate Sarah.  Please tell me why.

It remains a mystery why Palin so enrages the left.  From one side of their mouth they attempt to marginalize her as an inconsequential moron, some Alaskan redneck former beauty pageant breeder of too many children.  At the same time, they declare her dangerous, cunning, a too-powerful figure corrupting the minds of mainstream America.  The many contradictions contained within the liberals’ hatred (yes, I am using that word – because it is appropriate) of Sarah Palin willfully goes unnoticed by them.  They simply march on, gleeful in their collective and repeated attacks against the former governor of Alaska.  Sarah Palin is a woman.  Sarah Palin is a conservative. Sarah Palin is Pro-Life.  Sarah Palin is pro-gun rights.  Sarah Palin talks of her love of God and country. Sarah Palin has the audacity to openly (and effectively) mock liberalismWe must destroy her.  — The Ulsterman Report


If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world , therefore the world hates you.  —  John 15:18-19

May 9th, 2009


Last night on The Factor Bill O’Reilly asked commentator/comedian Dennis Miller if there was anyone in the Republican party that he really felt was worth listening to. Miller came up with Newt Gingrich who he seemed to think was so informed could run rings around Obama in a debate. He also suggested a Republican slate (rather early, I’d say) of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Why does he like Palin? He likes her because the people he least respects hate her so much!

Newt and the Beaut! I rather like the sound of it.

August 29th, 2008


The minute I heard the scuttlebut that McCain’s veep might be Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska,  I hurried to google to see whether she was pro-life.   Behold, she is not only prolife but is the mother of five and she was recently in the news because she refused to consider abortion when she learned her last baby would have Down’s syndrome.   THIS IS SO RIGHT IT CAN’T BE WRONG!   I was jumping up and down (figuratively speaking, of course),  going “Praise God!   Glory Hallelujah!”


Born Sarah Heath on February 11, 1964,  in Sandpoint Idaho, moved to Alaska as an infant. Her father was an elementary school teacher.

She attended Wasilla High School where she played on the state champion basketball team.  She fishes, hunts, and snowmobiles,  and is a lifetime member of the NRA. Read the rest of this entry »