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Sarah Palin’s Keynote Speech at National Tea Party Convention

Palin’s entire 41 minute long speech (which was covered in its entirety by C-SPAN) has just been put up on YouTube. I haven’t listened to it yet but will offer my thoughts and analysis after I have.



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! Thank you!

Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan

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.

Very good to be here in Tennessee, the Volunteer State. It’s the home of good country music and good southern barbeque, and…Great to be at the Tea Party Convention. I guess down here, that’s some southern sweet tea. And you know, up in Alaska, we have a smaller version of Tea Party up there, and we call it ice tea. And I am a big supporter of this 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.

I look forward to attending more Tea Party events in the near future. It is just so inspiring to see real people. Not politicos. Not inside-the-beltway professionals. Come out and stand up and speak out for common sense conservative principles.

And today, I want to start off with a special shout out to America’s newest senator. Thanks to you, Scott Brown.

Now, in many ways, Scott Brown represents what this beautiful movement is all about. You know, he was just a guy with a truck and a passion to serve our country. He looked around, and he saw that things weren’t quite right in Washington. So he stood up, and he decided that he was going to do his part to put our government back on the side of the people. And it took guts. And it took a lot of hard work. But with grass roots support, Scott Brown carried the day.

And it has been so interesting now to watch the aftermath of the Massachusetts shout out revolution. The White House blames the candidate—their candidate. And Nancy Pelosi—she blamed the Senate Democrats. And Rahm Emmanuel—he criticized a pollster. And yet again, President Obama found some way to make this all about George Bush. You know, considering the recent conservative election sweep, it’s time that they stop blaming everyone else. When you’re O for three, you’d better stop lecturing and start listening.

The only place that the left hasn’t placed the blame is on their agenda. So some advice for our friends on that side of the aisle: that’s where you got to look because that’s what got you into this mess. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. It’s going to leave us less secure, more in debt, and more under the thumb of big government. And that is out of touch, and it’s out of date. And if Scott Brown is any indication, it’s running out of time.

Because from Virginia to New Jersey to Massachusetts, voters are sending a message up and down the East Coast and in good places like Nevada and Connecticutt and Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota, they got the liberal left—that establishment running scared. The bottom line is this: it’s been a year now. They own this now, and voters are going to hold them accountable. Because out here in the cities and in the towns across this great country, we know that we’ve got some big problems to solve.

We’ve gotten tired now of looking backward. We want to look forward, and from here, my friends, the future—it looks really good—it looksreally good. Because if there’s hope in Massachusetts, there’s hope everywhere!

Brown’s victory—it’s exciting, and it’s a sign of more good things to come. 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.

I was the product of a competitive primary where running for governor, I faced five guys in the party, and we put our ideas and our experience out there on the table for a debate, and then we allowed—of course—the voters to decide. And that is a healthy process, it gives Americans the kind of leadership that they want and deserve. And so in 2010, I tip my hat to anyone with the courage to throw theirs in the ring, and may the best ideas and candidates win.

But while I hope that you’re going to give these candidates that you chose your best effort, please understand that they’re human. There’s no perfect candidate, and they’re going to disappoint occassionally. And when they do, let them know, but don’t get discouraged and sit it out, because the stakes are too high. The stakes are too high right now, and your voice is too important. So work hard for these candidates, but put your faith in ideas.

And in that spirit, I caution against allowing this movement by be defined by any one leader or politician. The Tea Party movement is not a top-down operation. It’s a ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way they are doing business, and that’s beautiful. This is about the people! This is about the people, and it’s bigger than any king or queen of a Tea Party. And it’s a lot bigger than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter.

The soul of this movement is the people—everyday Americans who grow our food and run our small businesses, and teach our kids, and fight our wars. They’re folks in small towns and cities across this great nation who saw what was happening, and they saw, and they were concerned, and they got involved. Like you, they go to town hall meetings, and they write op-eds. They run for local office. You all have the courage to stand up and speak out. You have a vision for the future—one that values conservative principles and common sense solutions. And if that sounds like you, then you probably too are feeling a bit discouraged by what you see in Washington D.C.

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.

New terms used like “overseas contingency operation” instead of the word “war.” That reflects a worldview that is out of touch with the enemy that we face. We can’t spin our way out of this threat. It’s one thing to call a pay raise a job created or saved. It’s quite another to call the devastation that a homicide bomber can inflict a “manmade disaster.” And I just say, come on, Washington. If nowhere else—national security—that’s one place where you got to call it like it is.

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 defendents.” But a lot of us would beg to differ.

For example, there are questions we would have liked this foreign terrorist to answer because he lawyered up and invoked our U.S. Constitutional right to remain silent…Our U.S. Constitutional rights. Our rights that you sir [PALIN ADDRESSES MALE VETERAN IN AUDIENCE] fought and were willing to die for to protect in our Constitution. The rights that my son, as an infantryman in the United States army is willing to die for. The protections provided—thanks to you sir [PALIN ADDRESSES MALE VETERAN IN AUDIENCE]—we’re going to bestow them on a terrorist who hates our Constitution and wants to destroy our Constitution and our country? This makes no sense because we have a choice in how we’re going to deal with the terrorists. We don’t have to go down that road.

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!

It’s that same kind of misguided thinking that is seen throughout the administration’s foreign policy decisions. Our president spent a year reaching out to hostile regimes, writing personal letters to dangerous dictators, and APOLOGIZING FOR AMERICA! And what do we have to show for that?! Here’s what we have to show. North Korea tested nuclear weapons and longer range ballistic missiles. Israel—a friend and a critical ally—now question the strength of our supports. Plans for a missile defense system in Europe . . . they’ve been scrapped. Relations with China and Russia are no better. And relations with Japan—that key Asian ally—they’re in the worse shape in years.

And around the world, people who are seeking freedom from opressive regimes, wonder if Alaska is still that beacon of hope for their cause. The administration cut support for democracy programs, and where the president has not been clear, I ask, “Where is his clear and where is his strong voice support for the Iranians who are risking all in their opposition to Ahmadinejad?”

Just that short list—that short list. And you know, it’s no wonder that our president only spend about nine percent of his State of the Union Address discussing national security and foreign policy, because aren’t a whole lot of victories that he could talk about that night. And that’s just a short list.

There are so many challenges in front of us, and it can seem overwhelming, but despite these challenges, we have hope that we can move things in the right direction. But it’s going to require the administration to change course. We need a foreign policy that distinguishes America’s friends from her enemies and recognizes the true nature of the threats that we face.

We need a strong national defense. I think you would agree with me, as Reagan used to talk about that—”Peace through strength.” And in that respect, I applaud the president for following at least a part of the recommendations made by our commanders on the ground to send in some more reinforcements to Afghanistan. Now, though, he . . . we must spend less time courting our adversaries and spending more more time working with our allies. And we must build effective coalitions capable of confronting dangerous regimes like Iran and North Korea. It’s time for more than just tough talk. Ah! Just like you . . . probably just so tired of hearing the talk talk talk . . . Tired of hearing the talk!

It’s time for tough actions like sanctions on Iran. And in places in the world where people are struggling and oppressed and they’re fighting for freedom, America must stand with them. We need clear foreign policy that stands with the people and for democracy—one that reflects both our values and our interests, and it is in our best interest, because democracies—they don’t go to war with each other. They can settle their differences peacefully.

The lesson of the last year is this: Foreign policy can’t be managed through the politics of personality. And our president would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy had made once he was in office: that all the world’s problems are his predecessor’s fault. The problems that we face in the real world require real solutions, and we better get to it, because the risks that they pose are great, and they’re grave.

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  • Axel Edgren

    So she says Obama is not a proper CiC because he’s a faggoty law professurr from a fancy schul. While she is the “real” America.

    The woman is sick inside her mind and her supporters’ obedient acceptance of her disgusting rhetoric is extremely hypocritical given their supposed “awareness” of the specter of fascism or government overreach.

    I want every sane man and woman on this site to hate her they way we usually hate Female genital mutilation or child abuse. She must be reviled.

    Founding principles according to Palin:
    Free markets (ignore the protectionism through tariffs supported by many of the Federalists and most people in New England)
    Theocracy Lite
    Having the biggest army (the founding fathers all agreed huge standing armies were OK with none of them, including a president, disapproving of them)
    Foreign intervention in the promotion of liberty (they really helped Haiti and France)
    The People are teh awesome!!!!11!!! (the founding fathers thought the masses were a bunch of gibbering morons who must be kept in check using representative government)

    Also, she lied about Death Panels (again). Also, the media was mean to her (the media is so nice to Obama – this is important for all fascists; make sure all criticism can be labeled “conspiratorial” or “biased” and that your supporters are ready to snarl at the critics for being on the side of the establishment) and she is the paragon of America. It’s her and the Wolverines vs. the traitorous “Others”. Obama is the other, non-Fox media are the others, people who dislike waterboarding are others and people who call the Tea Party a hypocrite movement posing as independent is the other. After all, populism is OK, as long as you aren’t an *elitist* (never mind that the two are just mirrored twins).

    Oh, and the fact that McVeigh was given the constitutional treatment is irrelevant – McVeigh wasn’t brown and scary.

    Face it, she’s as brown on the inside as she is generically purple on the inside. If you honestly think she would ever be a better president than Obama, then there is no hope for you.

    • Guest

      The problem is Progressivists are scared of Sarah Palin.
      If you are a product of the indoctrinated school system from the 70s to today, you cannot see truth even if it slaps you in your face. The pseudo-intelligent-self-important who elected Obama, by now know the stupidity of their act. They just are ashamed to admit.
      This country never saw humiliation like the one your President submitted you and you do not even noticed, if you did, you pretended you did not.He is the laugh, the ass ever up in the air bending to everyone, and you are in lack of real education, impossible you understand this.
      Your grand parents had valor, but your generation? You have no real values, you have string of drugs and immorality.A muslim is destroying your country under your nose and you defend him. Is there higher stupidity than this?

      reality is Sarah Palin scares because she talks the prohibit words: God, Jesus,she put country,life and family above hipocrisies the public got used to live by. Her morality comes from the Bible, while Holywood feeds you immorality and you swallow it as truth and the way to live because it does not forces to look at yourself in honesty and admit shortcomes.
      A prostitute in the street welcomes immorality but runs away from the Bible, the same is happening in this country.
      Obama is selling this country and giving upper hand to muslims who are bent in destroying you and you are so imbecilizated that you do not see it.
      Get off your drug of preference, enlist and defend your country.
      Think communism Obama is force feeding here is good? Go live in Cuba like the locals, go live in Venezuela like the locals. Think Islam is peaceful? Go live there. There is a reason there are no Christians or Jews preaching in the plazas in Tehran, Ryadi, bahrain, Peshawar. Christians are so courageous, that you will find missionaries there, but they live low key, bringing the word of God that gives salvation to those lost souls, they risk being beheded at any second for the love of God, for obedience to what Jesus ordered from us all., while you sit here and act like a princess. Your place is in uniform defending this country, your belong to a missionary group spreading the word of God, like Jesus ordered. You are a spoiled brat born in freedom and would not be able to live under tyranny. I lived under tyranny and I tell you Obama is vile, he is a communist and your generation is the generation of shame. Unworthy of the Founding Fathers and the men of valor of the Great Generation. It is not an accident that the students of America are in dramatically lower level in science and math nowadays.
      This generation walks around almost naked, the women dress like hookers, you cannot see difference in the dressing any longer. The mothers want to have a string of men in their bed and do not raise their kids. Women of age stretch their faces and dress as if they were 20, that is only in America, how ridiculous! It shows no maturity, shows no acceptance of reality, shows life not well lived.
      America of old was beautiful!
      But you, Generation of Shame, you killed America.

  • Quite possibly, one of the most partisan political speeches I have ever heard. Certainly not as pro-militarism or hate-filled as Zell Miller’s tirade against John Kerry during the 2004 Republican National Convention, but that was, afer all, a Democrat trashing one of his own.

    I’ll be honest. I was expecting something a little more maverick and nonpartisan from Sarah Palin. I mean, I wasn’t under any allusions that she was going to spread the blame equally among the Democrats and Republicans. However, given all this rhetoric coming from the Tea Party movement about it being a grassroots organization that was angry with the big spending coming from both of the parties in Washington as well as the anger at the moderate Republicans (or RINO’s), that Palin would have at least criticized some of her fellow Republicans at least once or twice during the speech.

    Boy, was I off. I can’t believe that I actually gave Palin that much credit. She’s as big a partisan hack as they come. James Carville himself, I do not think, could not have a delivered a more partisan attack on the Republican Party (while defending the policies of his own party) than the one offered by Palin on the Democratic Party (while defending the policies of her own party).

    • Axel Edgren

      You just don’t understand how *people* could see anything in her. Probably because you, unlike her supporters, don’t have an American upbringing and hasn’t suffered like she has.

      No one would ever dream of calling Palin *far-right* or take accusations against her seriously. The media doesn’t dare to attack her for fear of not being white-bread enough, and journalists don’t get any access either.

      Let this be a reminder to countries that are not yet lost to globalization and idealism – democracy is never a safeguard of meritocracy. In fact, it often hampers it as direly as nepotism.

      • You just don’t understand how *people* could see anything in her. Probably because you, unlike her supporters, don’t have an American upbringing and hasn’t suffered like she has.

        Actually, Alex, I am an American. I was born here and have lived here all of my life.

        I love my country. However, I do not love my government—regardless of whether its controlled by Republicans or Democrats. And unlike Palin, I do not take a “My country . . . right or wrong” view on foreign policy. Nor do I believe that there’s anything wrong with criticizing the beligerent nature of our foreign policy over the last few decades or for the president of the United States to acknowledge that the U.S. government has made some egregious mistakes in this regard.

        Whatever made you assume that I wasn’t American?

        • shannonlee

          I think his point was that in her/their eyes, only the people that love and follow hertheir beliefs are viewed as true americans.

          The rest of us, including Axel, are nothing but anti-american coastal-living homos.

        • Axel Edgren

          I was being sarcastic.

          But at this point in American history, even the bluntest and most uncreative sarcasm can be confused with the real thing.

          That is just how much parts of America sucks. It’s like f-ing Italy. It’s imperative that you think of a safe way to dissolve the union, as a contingency.

          • I was being sarcastic.

            Oh. My mistake. I must be tired. I’ve literally been up all night typing up this transcript. I think I’ll go to bed now.

            Wake me when the Superbowl starts.

  • Key Palin quote at 17:30:

    We need clear foreign policy that stands with the people and for democracy—one that reflects both our values and our interests, and it is in our best interest, because democracies—they don’t go to war with each other. They can settle their differences peacefully.

    This pretty much encapsulates the flawed thinking inherent in the neoconservative foreign policy—that turning nations with undemocratic forms of governments into democracies is going to ensure that they maintain peace with the United States.

    As our country’s own history shows quite clearly, being a democracy does not ensure that it does not wage war against other nations. Being a democracy didn’t stop the U.S. government from waging war against Spain and waging a burtal war in the Phillipines at the turn of the 20th century. It didn’t stop the U.S. government from waging war against Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s. And it didn’t stop the U.S. government from invading Iraq in 2003.

    Wow, it’s been 7 years since our government invaded Iraq, and it appears that some people have learned absolutely nothing from that debacle.

  • Guest

    I watched Ms. Palin’s keynote speech last niight, and was “inspired” by her sense of America – a country that serves as the moral compass for the free world, and never needs to apologize for its international actions. Ms. Palin has the good sense to understand that we have elected the “most radical” president in our history, and that the course he has taken for our country is “not acceptable” to a majority of its people. I am inspired that she is willing to be outspoken on issues of national importance, without the need to be “politically correct”. I am inspired that she has the “opportunity” to develop an agenda that could carry her into the Presidency in 2012.

    • glennisw

      Why the scare quotes, Joe?

      I am inspired that she is willing to be outspoken on issues of national importance, without the need to be “politically correct”.

      Or truthful, either.

    • genna32

      Obama is the “most radical president”? The most radical president we EVER had was George W. Palin’s speech was full of vague generalities and partisan snipes directed by the typical campaign speech writer’s compass. Good, bad or indifferent, one can tell tha tshe certainly didn’t write this. Perhaps the next time she gives a speech, she won’t try to hide the fact that she was reading from notes written on her hand. Sadly, very little about this woman is genuine. One thing Obama proved in his debate with House Republicans…he is 100 times better on his feet without a teleprompter than Palin will ever be.

  • I watched Ms. Palin’s keynote speech last niight, and was “inspired” by her sense of America – a country that serves as the moral compass for the free world, and never needs to apologize for its international actions.

    My country, right or wrong . . . is that it, Joe?

    It’s how conservatives can be so anti-government when it comes to fiscal policy and so pro-government when it comes to foreign policy…how they can criticize a $700 billion bank billout and yet cheer a $700 billion elective war.

    War Is the Health of the State, Joe. You can’t claim to be for limited government and then cheer an interventionist foreign policy founded upon waging pre-emptive war, nation-building, and keeping hundreds of military bases in more than 120 foreign countries.

    • “My country, right or wrong . . .”

      Actually, I think this view doesn’t allow for the possibility of “wrong”.

      • Actually, I think this view doesn’t allow for the possibility of “wrong”.

        My country, right or never wrong?

        As as Steven Colbert would phrase the question:

        America . . . Right? Or always right?

        • No need for an “or”. Just a flat statement: “My country. Always right.”

      • kathykattenburg

        Well said! And welcome back, Polimom. I miss you when you’re not here.

    • Guest

      TARP was a program created by the “failure” of liberal programs, aimed at providing minorities with houses that they could not “afford”. Its passage was “necessary” to prevent a collapse in the world’s financial system! The Iraq War was undertaken against a murderous dictator who refused to abide by the sanctions from the end of the Kuwait war. Eliminating Saddam served to free nearly “30 million” people from his tyrannical rule, and give them the opportunity to live in a free society under near-democratic rule. Given the alarming naivite of many of our allies against genuine military threats, I have no doubt that the presence of American military bases is viewed favorably by these countries. What world are you living in?

      • What world are you living in?

        The real one, Joe. A world in which Saddam Hussein was third rate third world dictator half way around the world who posed no immediate threat to the security of the United States. However big a murderous scumbag Hussein was, invading Iraq was not absolutely necessary for the security of the United States. It was an ELECTIVE war.

        Joe, you can talk about the Democratic Party’s failed economic policies and lack of fiscal restraint all you want, but it doesn’t mean anything to me if you’re willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up a failed foreign policy. What’s the point of railing against the huge economic debt the Democrat Party’swelfare policies are driving us towards if you’re simply going to march blindly toward the huge economic debt that the Republican Party’s warfare policies are driving us toward?

        I keep hearing all this smaller government, pro-Constitution talk coming from Sarah Palin and her defenders, but tell me exactly what is smaller government about pre-emptive war or nation-building? Where in the U.S. Constitution does it say that the United States is to be the policeman of the world or engage in 10 year long nation-building exercises?

        Do yourself a favor, Joe. If you truly support smaller government and the U.S. Constitution, stop wasting your time on Sarah Palin and other Tea Party types who want the movement to be co-opted by the Republican Party. Vote Libertarian. Or better yet, vote for the Boston Tea Party.

        Yes, Joe, there is an actual political party called the Boston Tea Party. I know because I voted for the Boston Tea Party candidate in the 2008 presidential election, and he wasn’t some Liberty-in-name-only (LINO) pro-war Republican shill either. He was a smaller government, pro-civil liberties, pro-free market, anti-war, pro-Constitution candidate.

        The thing you gotta remember, Joe, is that governments don’t hold revolutions against themselves. The Republican Party has been part of the government through Democratic administrations and Republican administrations alike, growing the the size of government whenever they were in power and doing little of substance to actually shrink it when they were the minority party. That makes them part of the problem. For Tea Party members to support the Republican Party or its agenda is anathema to the principles that the movement claims to stand for.

        • shannonlee

          Joe is so blantantly dumb down boilerplate conservative that he has to be trolling. If not, you would be better off debating a wall.

      • candicaner

        Tarp was created to clean up a decade of unregulated greed on wall street. Deregulation is not now nor will ever be a liberal cause. It is the notion that we must not interfere or regulate corperate greed and thier persuit to making a buck that nearly wrecked the global economy. When we deregulated the banks they wrote mortgages and bundled them and sold them on the stock market over and over until they ended up in some poor saps 401K. Back to Palin this poor woman does not have a clue! She goes on and on and says nothing relevant,no facts just rhetoric. It is pure marketing and no meat.

  • Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to post more than the first 18 1/2 minutes of the speech (apparently WordPress does not allow posts that are more than 2325 words long) which means I’d have to continue the speech over on an entirely new post, knowing that the second post will not be enough to cover the remaining 23 minutes of the speech.

    At this point, I’m not sure if it’s worth going to that much trouble. As of 11AM, I have yet to see Palin’s speech posted in its entirety anywhere on the internet, I suspect that as of now, my transcript of the first half of the speech is the only one that has been transcribed.

    If anyone wants to finish the job, I’m more than to have him/her used my existing transcript (so long as he/she credits me or TMV).

  • Question: Sarah Palin’s speech…

    An awesome America-loving, God-fearing, Obama-bashing, speech?

    Or the most awesome America-loving, God-fearing, Obama-bashing speech?

  • garagehero

    I’d like to teabag this brainless wench….and whats with the helmet wig??

  • garagehero

    But seriously folks…I’ve seldom seen or heard a more anti-American, negative politician in recent memory. You have nut bags like glen beck and rush dimbulb, but those guys are radio and TV performers, you expect that from shock jocks, but this wench is a politician, more or less. They had a word for teabaggers and sarah palin back durng WW2. They were called the Fifth Column.

    • But seriously folks…I’ve seldom seen or heard a more anti-American, negative politician in recent memory.

      As you can probably tell from some of my comments, I am not a fan of Sarah Palin.

      But PLEASE, let’s refrain from questioning Palin’s patriotism or the patriotism of any of her supporters. As a vocal critic of the Iraq War, I used to hate it when war-supporters and Bush-supporters would question the patriotism of those in the antiwar movement, and I think it is EQUALLY unfair to question the patriotism of Palin or those in the Tea Party movement.

      I personally do not believe in censoring the comments to my articles. But I want to make it VERY CLEAR right now that I DO NOT condone the attacking of other people’s patriotism. If you cannot debate someone without questioning his/her patriotism, then you have already lost the debate.

      It think some very strong criticisms can be made of Sarah Palin (and I believe that I have made some of them) without resorting to ad hominem attacks of questioning her patriotism.

  • georgetoomes

    I need a web site to down load transcripts of Sarah Palin… any such site?

  • johngrady

    Sarah…Who is watching your challanged daughter while you on the road making Autograph and picture sales…..Do as I say not as I do….Why did you quit a s Governor…?

  • johnqhowdy

    Country…always right., bad gov’t.

  • “Foreign policy can’t be managed through the politics of personality. ”

    That’s what she does. All she has going for her is her snarky attitude and snotty personality….

    And as for relying on a teleprompter, she relies on her hand!
    Sarah is a hypocrite and a moron. I really hope she runs for president. It will be a comedy show every day.

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