(In two recent appearances, one a speech to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, and the other a Sunday interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin showed some genuine fire for the conservative cause. Here are excerpts from those two appearances, with my comments.)
She told the National Tea Party Convention (NTPC): “I’m so proud to be an American. Thank you so much for being here tonight. Do you love your freedom? If you love your freedom, thank the vets. Any of you here serving in uniform, past or present, raise your hand. We’re going to thank you for our freedom. God bless you guys! We salute you! We honor you! Thank you! I am so proud to be American!” Comment: When was the last time you saw Barack Hussein Obama or his wife expressing such strong patriotic sentiments? Answer: Never.
She told NTPC on the day of her speech, the 99th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth: “Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan!” Comment: Indeed, one of the most successful presidents ever. She thinks like Reagan. And that is a good thing.
She told NTPC: “Well, a special hello to the C-SPAN viewers. You may not be welcome in those health care negotiations, but you have an invitation to the Tea Party.” Comment: Good for Palin! This is the type of blunt language that we need to show Obama for who he is, with a little sarcasm thrown in. She is masterful and really speaks to people with this approach.
She told NTPC: “And I am a big supporter of this (Tea Party) movement. I believe in this movement. Got lot’s of friends and family in the lower forty-eight who attend these events, and across this country, just knowing that this is the movement and that America is ready for another revolution, and you are a part of this.” Comment: This is unequivocal talk. And this is where the American electorate is generally heading.
She told NTPC: “A lot of great common sense candidates—they’re going to put it all on the line in 2010. This year, there are going to be some tough primaries. And I think that’s good. Competition in these primaries is good. Competition makes us work harder and be more efficient and produce more. And I hope you’ll get out there and work hard for the candidates who reflect your values, your priorities, because despite what the pundits want you to think, contested primaries aren’t civil war. They’re democracy at work, and that’s beautiful.” Comment: Palin is doing two things here: Stating that the Tea Party movement will not be ignored, but conceding that it plans to work within the system. This is a sigh of relief for the Republican party, which feared a third-party movement.
She told NPTC: “Now in recent weeks, many of us have grown even more uneasy about our administration’s approach to national security, the most important role ascribed to our federal government. Let me say, too — it’s not politicizing our security to discuss our concerns, because Americans deserve to know the truth about the threats that we face and what the administration is or isn’t doing about them, so let’s talk about them.” Comment: Two things. First she said that national security is the most essential duty of the federal government, which liberals want us to forget. And second she is calling out Obama for minimizing the threats. Good.
She told NTPC: “And in that we spirit, we should acknowledge that on Christmas Day, the system did not work. Abdul Mutallab passed through airport security with a bomb, and he boarded a flight hell-bent on killing innocent passengers. This terrorist trained in Yemen with Al Qaida. His American visa was not revoked until after he tried to kill hundreds of passengers. On Christmas Day, the only thing that stopped this terrorist was blind luck and brave passengers. Really, it was a Christmas miracle, and that is not the way the system is supposed to work… What followed was equally disturbing. After he was captured, he was questioned for only fifty minutes. We had a choice in how to do this. The choice was only question him for fifty minutes and then read his Miranda Rights. The administration says then, ‘There are no downsides or upsides to treating terrorists like civilian criminal defendants.’ But a lot of us would beg to differ.” Comment: Go Sarah! Put all the information on the table. That is the way to win. With side-by-side comparisons.
She told NTPC: “There are questions that we would have like answered before he lawyered up. Like ‘Where exactly were you trained and by whom? You’re bragging about all these other terrorists just like you. Where are they and when and where will they try to strike next?’ The events surrounding the Christmas Day plot reflect the kind of thinking that led to September 11th. That threat then . . . as the U.S.S. Cole was attacked . . . our Embassies were attacked . . . It was treated like an international crime spree, not like an act of war. We’re seeing that mindset again settle into Washington. That scares me for my children and for your children. Treating this like a mere law enforcement matter places our country at grave risk. Because that’s not how radical Islamic extremists are looking at this. They know we’re at war. And to win that war, we need a commander-in-chief, not a PROFESSOR OF LAW STANDING AT THE LECTURN!” Comment: She is punching hard with comments like that. This could get her elected president of the United States.
Question from Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday: “I mean who else comes to mind…? (for dereliction of duty in the Obama administration). Palin answered: “Well right now… (attorney general Eric) Holder is giving poor advice on how we are to treat these terrorists, to bestow upon these terrorists the Constitutional rights that our men and women in uniform fight and die for. These terrorists do not deserve these protections. And yet we are choosing, according to the White House, we are to choose to give them these protections. That’s nonsense, they do not deserve these protections.” Comment: This is black and white, right and wrong. She is fearless. You know exactly where she stands.
Question from Wallace: “Did you say anything then…?” (about Obama’s joke about the Special Olympics)? Palin, who has a Down Syndrome son replied: “I sure did, I did. I was the governor then and I made a statement saying you know, insensitive, come on, coming from the most powerful man in the free world, you should do better than that, Mr. President. Yeah I made a statement about that and was criticized for that too, but I don’t care – I’m not gonna sit down and shut up.” Comment: This is the type of courage that terrifies Democrats.
Wallace asked: “Now, where do you see the future of the Tea Party movement and your role in it as well?” Palin replied: “The tea party movement is beautiful. It’s a grassroots effort — not a well-oiled machine that is replicated with the Dems or the Republicans thank goodness, because hopefully personalities and power struggles and titles won’t get in the way of just doing what is right for this country and that’s what the tea party’s all about. Let’s do what’s right for this country, let’s let our voice be heard on reminding Congress that we are taxed enough already. There are constitutional limits to what our federal government is trying to do, we’re gonna remind them of that, and we are going to respect our Constitution and do all that we can to protect it.” Comment: Awesome… A leader who is willing to put the good of the nation before her own political ambitions.
Wallace asked: “This poll said by I think a margin of about 4-1 among Republicans they thought you were more qualified to be president than Obama. Do you think you’re more qualified to be president than President Obama? Palin answered: “The whole qualification issue still perplexes me, because in the campaign we tried to bring attention to the fact that Obama had really not a lot of experience. And I do say that my executive experience, as an administrator, as a team manager if you will was, and so was John McCain’s as a matter of fact, was stronger and we had more experience than Barack Obama did in terms of managing huge multi-billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees that I had just come from a position of that and that hasn’t changed. Comment: Now that America has seen Obama’s inexperience, statements like this make sense. It will be a good year for Republicans.
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