Sarah Palin came to town on Saturday and thrilled crowds with her enthusiasm and bold talk. Her speech was packed to the gills and met with roars of laughter and cheers as the self-proclaimed “hockey mom from Wasilla” spoke on the state of conservatism in America. Her speech has already been well-received and lauded for its no-nonsense, folksy charm.
Introduced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Palin began her speech by praising the grit of Texans and the values of the Lone Star State saying, “They don’t mess around with our Second Amendment rights.” She lampooned the Obama Administration’s push for background checks and railed against the notion that criminals will obey yet another gun law.
Palin then moved on to discuss the liberal media’s narrative. She said, “I can spot those liberal media folk here to write their annual ‘conservatives in crisis’ story.” However she insisted that the conservative movement is anything but in crisis. Palin insisted that our task is not the rebuilding of a Republican Party, but the grander goal of creating bigger change nationwide.
“Let’s be clear about one thing: We’re not here to rebrand the party. We’re here to rebuild a country. We’re not here to dedicate ourselves to new talking points coming from DC. We’re not here to put a fresh coat of rhetorical point on our party…We’re here to restore America, and the rest is just theatrics. The rest is sound and fury. It’s just noise. And that sums up the job President Obama does today.”
Moving swiftly into economic issues, Palin noted that the Senate has refused to pass a budget the last four years, despite its legal obligation to do so.
“Not passing a budget for four years is not just bureaucratic bungling; refusing to pass a budget is government refusing to declare what it intends to do with the people’s money. Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration,” Palin stated. She then turned directly to the camera and exclaimed, ”Barack Obama- You lie!”
Her focus turned to addressing the seemingly unending campaign by the Obama Team to spread the message of liberal policies far and wide:
“Mr. President, we admit it. You won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.”
The part of her speech that elicited the most applause, however, was as she discussed Second Amendment issues, Palin nonchalantly pulled out a Big Gulp soda and proceeded to drink from it to the roaring approval of the crowd. She then said, “Oh, Bloomberg’s not around; our Big Gulp’s safe. We’re cool.”
While the lighthearted jabs kept the crowd engaged and laughing, the substance of her speech revolved largely around spreading the conservative message and the destruction of entrenched political elements.
As conservatives and moderates spar for the soul of the Republican Party, the entrenched elites have been called for their cronyism and corrupted nomination process. Palin sought to remind the audience of the need to eliminate this element by saying,
“The next election is 20 months away. Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts. Because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”
Palin also took a jab at Karl Rove by saying,
“If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party they should buck up and run or stay in the truck. The architects can head on back to the Lone Star State and put their name on the ballot.”
Palin finished her speech by calling for the reimplementation of our cultural values and our founding political principles. She ended her speech by calling for conservatives to fight and said,
“We deserve better than the people who call themselves our leaders; but we won’t get it unless we’re ready to fight and this is one fight that is worth it.”