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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:04 pm

To the editor:

Back in 2008, right at the peak of the McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden presidential election, I wrote a scathing opinion to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about Sarah Palin (titled “Caribou Barbie”), and five years later, I would like to recant my opinion and tell the people of the Mat-Su Valley just how wrong I was at the time.

The Frontiersman published the opinion and it drew a lot of comments, mostly negative, and here we are almost five years later, and I want to pass on what I have learned.

Let me elaborate. Regardless of the politics involved and what you may think now, Sarah Palin did one thing that we shouldn’t forget. Put aside all other actions, failures, controversy and animosity for just a second about Palin and consider this: she warned us about Barack Obama.

She stood up and said clearly, openly and without reservation just exactly what Obama would do and how he would do it. She said that he had socialistic — if not Marxist — views, that wealth would be taken away and redistributed and that he would create a new economic dependent class. Not to mention a power grab in the justice department and what appears to be complete control over all government functions, regardless of opposing dissent.

And here we are in Obama’s second term, and who could argue now that Sarah didn’t have it right all along? Not only was Sarah dead-on the mark, it is shocking to see just how far along this radical agenda has evolved. It would be an understatement to say that Sarah most likely understated her case. I would guess she is more surprised then I at what has transpired thus far.

Most business people I speak to (if not all) are absolutely terrified at what will happen next. With the uncertainty that these people face, and the current economic turmoil, it has made most very pessimistic of the future. In addition, most Alaskans are rugged individualists, yet remain amazingly open minded. Having said that, most feel the encroachment and loss of individual rights affects them directly. It would be very accurate to say that the last four years have radically changed our country, myself included. I have totally changed my viewpoint about things, and my friends have, too. I cannot believe how wrong I was, and I admit it.

Too bad that our current administration cannot admit fault. Like water off of a duck’s back, they seem to dodge all accountability. When I make a mistake and it fails, I learn from it, take responsibility and try to do better next time. But the lessons learned on these times should have inspired the American people to make a better choice. But alas, it was not to be.

In closing, Sarah Palin warned us, and that is irrefutable. But I have learned from it the hard way. Instead of “forward,” which is the current battle cry, it seems that “backward” is the new norm. I shudder to think what this country will be like in the next four years.

Yes, Sarah warned us, and some listened. I don’t agree with her all the time, but what is intriguing is that she somehow knew. How, I ask? Not sure, but she knew, and that is fact. Maybe I should have listened.

Charles Fredericks


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  • centerline posted at 2:25 am on Sun, Dec 9, 2012.

    centerline Posts: 67

    Stumbled late upon this but gagged immediately.

  • versionthirteen posted at 12:51 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    versionthirteen Posts: 1

    "From each according to his wealth, to each according to his fealty." - Barry O

    Enjoyed the mea culpa. But really, we're so screwed it's like noticing a single tear falling in a downpour.

  • Nate Whilk posted at 10:41 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Nate Whilk Posts: 2

    You know what? I've been thinking about this, and I'm going to change my stance.

    You did not make this admission until AFTER Obama was safely re-elected. You did not make it in September or even October where it might have had at least some effect.

    I guess many people haven't thought how likely it is that you changed your mind in one month.

    So, no, I will NEVER accept your apology.

  • Nate Whilk posted at 8:48 pm on Sun, Dec 2, 2012.

    Nate Whilk Posts: 2

    "Yes, Sarah warned us, and some listened. I don’t agree with her all the time, but what is intriguing is that she somehow knew. How, I ask?"

    It was all there for everyone to see and I didn't need Sarah to tell me. What you should be asking yourself is how and why you didn't see it. Maybe she wasn't the best candidate. But she was right.

    "I was wrong, and I admit it."

    I, for one, do NOT accept your apology. I'll accept it when the damage Obama has done and will continue to do is reversed. Think decades, if ever.

    I could say a lot more, but there's no point.

  • bluecollar posted at 11:44 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2012.

    bluecollar Posts: 248

    One thing that I have learned over the years is that women sometimes have an uncanny sense of intuition. I've observed this several times when my wife said things that stopped me in my tracks. A matter-of-fact statement not necessarily grounded in chronicled fact, but nevertheless true by subsequent occurrence!

    I believe Sarah Palin 'knew' the real threat posed by Obama's agenda of resentment and liberal socialism, and was able to express it without reservation before many even understood the implications. Conservative women who bring intuition, who value morality and constitutional principles, play a very important role in politics.......IMHO.

  • VotingFemale posted at 4:46 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2012.

    VotingFemale Posts: 1

    Dear Mr Fredericks,

    Better late to the party than not at all. Truth vs Lies is an age old battle. I too switched from the Dem Party and progressed further and further towards solid Conservative but I voted for Sarah in 2008 instinctively knowing what she knew and said to be true, instinctively knowing that if elected, O would present the perfect Socialism storm.

    The attacks on Sarah are actually a tribute to her as the one true champion of America, a country hated by many and loved by many.

  • Grateful posted at 2:34 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    Grateful Posts: 2

    Mr. Fredericks,

    While doing a search trying to locate your letter to the editor again to show a friend, I happen to come across this article entitled "Sarah Palin for President? Very Funny". It appeared recently in the Baltimore Sun on 11/28/2012.

    Thought you might find it interesting reading. Seems he was in the same place you were 4 yrs ago. It also seems I cannot post a link here, but hopefully that's enough information for you to find it if you want.

  • PainintheButte posted at 2:30 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    PainintheButte Posts: 176

    Is there a dead horse in the room?

  • KD McScottie posted at 12:24 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    KD McScottie Posts: 2

    Mr. Fredericks,

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Governor Sarah Palin has had my complete attention since she came onto the national political scene in 2008. I have believed her words like I've believed non other. Maybe it's that truthfulness she exudes, that is why people just don't want to believe her.

    But, you can ... and now you know. Please shine your light for others to see, so there will be so much less hate in the world toward someone who is only trying their best to help us get our America back!

    Welcome Back!

  • KD McScottie posted at 9:51 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    KD McScottie Posts: 2

    Mr. Fredericks, Thank you for your added voice in support of Governor Sarah Palin. It warmed my heart to hear that just one person has seen what I have seen from Gov. Palin (all the way from my home state of Kentucky) ever since she came on scene as the VP pick in 2008. I have believed her, and in her every step of the way. I haven sensed her frustrations that others have dug their heels in and supported BO like he was their salvation ... when indeed he has been our downfall as a nation. Any eyes opened from here on out may help us to fight to get our Constitutional freedoms back.

    You are appreciated, and I look forward to hearing your voice stronger on what you have seen to be the truth. We need more people to stand up for that TRUTH!!

    KD McScottie

  • Charles Fredericks posted at 4:59 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    Charles Fredericks Posts: 1

    The worst part of it, is we feel suckered and played the fool. We bought into that hype like a buyer at an unscrupulous used-car lot. The mistake most pro-Obama folks think is that they believe that voters were right-wing all along. My wife and I were democrats for 40 years, and we disliked Bush too. It must be said that despite his "shortcomings" we actually liked Bill Clinton, he seemed to make friends with everybody, instead of dividing us by class and structure.

    However, it took about 1 year after the 2008 election to realize..oops, we made a big mistake. Plus, being a business owner, we received a rude awakening. It's just that we feel we are being lied to on a daily basis. We have become so far right wing, there is no way we will ever go back. Plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the political spectrum, to be sure, but a guy can only blame Bush and Reagan for so long. Barack owns this deal now.
    It won't be long now, until we wake up one day, the markets crash, and the dollar is worth 40 cents. Personally, I prefer the smell of sweat over patchouli oil, and to be sure, I am offended.
    Before you reply here on the contrary, I ask that tell us about your business, how well it's doing, and how you are managing. If you are a Obama supporter, and making a great go of it, tell us how your doing it....happy to hear about it.

  • lee posted at 10:47 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    lee Posts: 137

    well isn't that something new, a person who is willing to come forward and except the scourge of the new we want society to admit one was wrong, charles i give you credit and ignore the previous and sure more to come derogatory comments from the newbies and lazies of America, sorry Administrative U.S..Sarah even with some of her questionable views and ideas actually was, is very intelligent and understood as many others have that this Country and all the ideological views of the founding fathers were under attack, but hey if you bury a country with people who never had anything then they have nothing to lose.

  • Sue Lynn posted at 9:07 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Sue Lynn Posts: 2

    Leaders like Sarah Palin only come around once in a life time,,,thanks for seeing the truth that Sarah has always worked hard for the people and she has been sounding the warning bell long ago about Obama and warning us about energy independance and our security....

  • Grateful posted at 8:30 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Grateful Posts: 2

    Mr. Fredericks,

    I'm truly humbled by your letter. After the disastrous results of this past election, I'd truly lost faith in my fellow man, but your mea culpa has put me on the path of believing maybe not everything is lost.

    More importantly, I appreciate your being man enough to publicly acknowledge your newfound realization (respect even?) of the prescience of Gov. Palin's warnings.

    While yes, your original submission back in 2008 was certainly scathing, but you did not allow your passionate views and opinions back then to completely close your mind to being open to any others. Another sign of a real, stand-up kind of man.

    I'm sure that wasn't very easy to write - nobody enjoys admitting they're wrong...about anything, especially publicly.

    Your words moved me enough to want to publicly say thank you. So, thank you!

    P.S. - I've noticed over the years whenever I've read articles about Gov. Palin that the comment sections are always filled by the most hateful and nasty things. So much so that you may wish you'd never have written that letter. So if (when) you see those kind of comments, please don't let that unexplainable hate tarnish what you did with this letter to the editor.

  • CathyB posted at 8:15 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    CathyB Posts: 1

    Sarah knew because she listened to what Obama said. He said that under his energy plan, electricity rates would sky rocket and that coal plants would go bankrupt. He said he wanted to transform America and his book, Dreams From My Father, clearly shows he has no love for this country. He told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around. He said he wanted to raise taxes, not necessarily to raise revenue, but because it would make things more fair. He also said the US Constitution is flawed because it says what the government can not do, but it doesn't say what the government must do for the people. He told us all of this himself. If also said that if re-elected, he would continue to work around Congress to get things done administratively. He has no regard for separation of powers and will continue to disregard Congress. Obama's first time was bad; his second term is going to be even worse. He hasn't finished transforming America yet.

  • 147DegreesWest posted at 7:56 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    147DegreesWest Posts: 1

    Those of us in Alaska who worked in the IL General Assembly knew who and Barack Obama was and IS. First, the Annenberg ties was the first tip. Second, his first legislative proposal in the IL Senate to make a Muslim Holiday a state paid off could have been another tip. There were many.

    But I suspect the most telling tip was his Debate with Hilary Clinton. He said he wanted to raise taxes, not for revenue purposes, but because of fairness. Only a Marxist would propose that. Even the most liberal Keynesian would set the tax rate to maximize revenue; social justice via the tax code doesn't even come up on the radar with a Keynesian. The Debate with Hilary alone revealed what everyone should have recognized as a man bent on income redistribution to gain retribution on an emotionally distant mother and grandparents.

    Thank you, btw, for your apology to Gov. Palin. She is very dear to many Alaskans.

  • Sue Lynn posted at 7:34 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Sue Lynn Posts: 2

    Nice to see you fess up. Look leaders like Sarah Palin only come around once in a life time and it;s about time people give her the respect she soo deserves.

  • HerneTheHunter posted at 7:23 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    HerneTheHunter Posts: 2

    Very big of you Charles to admit your mistake. Let us hope more and more come will come to the same realization as you have.

  • Reallyniceguy posted at 7:10 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Reallyniceguy Posts: 166

    You take up a lot of space explaining what is obvious to the rest of us. Sarah simply expanded on what we already knew. She delivers a good speech, but makes a lousy leader. She doesn't like to get her hands dirty. She also proved to have questionable judgement in the appointments she made while governor, and in her long-term vision for our state. Her one shining accomplishment was picking Sean Parnell as Lt. Governor, which as we all know resulted in his moving into the Governor's Office, and getting elected on his own, which was good for Alaska. Sarah made a good mayor, but that is as far as her leadership abilities could take her. It's a shame because Sarah is a really nice person.....she just has to stay away from politics and T.V. interviews.

  • bellagrazi posted at 1:39 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    bellagrazi Posts: 1

    I really appreciate your honesty, Charles. Unfortunately, the ones that did listen to Sarah are affected as much by Obama's policies as the ones who didn't. Which makes it doubly hard. I wish more people would listen to what Sarah has to say on all subjects, not just Obama. She really is quite savvy. Being from Wasilla, you must've known that.

  • scharles posted at 12:38 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    scharles Posts: 21

    Another resident of the far right alternative universe.

  • PainintheButte posted at 6:10 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    PainintheButte Posts: 176




Legislature needs to make sacrifices, too

This editorial originally appeared in the Wednesday edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.