Palin spoke to a crowd very friendly to her but she did so amidst a storm of controversy that swirled around acceptance of a speaking fee that totaled $100,000.
For many, not only was the fee exorbitant, it was seen as an insincere gesture. If Governor Palin is truly so supportive of the independent, limited government Tea party crowd that believes in restoring our Constitution and rebuilding our national economy with entrepreneurial spirit and free enterprise, than why did she demand such a high profit margin from those who are part of a such a movement?
The question was taken serious and the Governor made it known that she will be reinvesting that money back into the cause, not her personal bank account.
Now don’t get me wrong, I hold nothing against Sarah Palin charging a speaking for and making a profit. This is America, but I do have a problem with political figures being greedy and $100,000 from a grassroots, essentially voluntary movement , is a bit greedy. But the Governor found a quick way to at least calm the storm by saying that she is not taking the money for herself. Still, it was the wrong move.
And this comes from someone who was touting the merits of Sarah Palin’s selections as Vice President before most Americans ever heard of her. I was among those like Adam Bricker, the creator of the original Draft Palin website and blog that helped coordinate the support that we wanted to show for Sarah. So I am one of her biggest supporters and most ardent defenders. I believe she is not a part of the political class, not a member of the old boys club, and as far removed from Washington, D.C., insider politics as Alaska is from the White House. All of which I find important for a nation that wants change and desires to walk away from the status quo. Sarah Palin is anything but the status quo. She is an outsider with an independent streak that will not allow party loyalty to supersede common sense or national priorities. She is a fiscal conservative, a defender of religious freedom and expression, and get’ er done type of leader. The type of leader America needs. So to say the least, I support Sarah.
I even supported her surprise decision to step down from her last year as Governor of Alaska.
I saw it is a courageous, and bold step, as well as a sacrifice.
Sarah Palin had become such a lightening rod for of attacks from the left, that her time, her limited personal finances and the business of the state of Alaska were all being absorbed and wasted on frivolous lawsuits and false allegations that simply did exactly what Sarah Palin said it did in her resignation announcement……it distracted too much from the business of the state. By stepping down, Sarah Palin knew that her bright Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell, could step up and continue the good work that she started, unhindered by the distractions of the liberal elitists who care more about tearing their opponents down then building our nation up.
Yet as much as I sincerely believe in Sarah Palin and her decisions, I could not defend $100,000 profit from those who you claim to be helping. But she says that she is putting it back into the cause now, so I will believe her.
I also believe in the words that she spoke in her keynote address.
The speech was clear and sharp. Palin herself seemed to lose her place at several points, but her ability to improvise and quickly get back on track made those moments almost unnoticeable. In general, the Governor hit on all the hot button issues. Overspending, lack of transparency, lack of accountability, false job creation blamimng all he world’s problems on President Bush, etc, etc,. Perhaps her strongest point came when she spoke of the national security failings of the current Administration. On that issue she ran through a long list of misdeeds such as pulling our missile defense shield out of Europe, the mishandling of the underwear bomber case, and the President’s inability to prosecute the War On Terror effectively. One of her biggest round of applause came after she looked at a war veteran in the audience and said that the President wants to give foreign terrorist the rights that you fought for us to have and allow him them the “right to remain silent” and then “lawyer up” before we can get any important information out of them.
One of the most important things I believe Sarah Palin told the Tea Party audience is not to be discouraged and understand that no candidate is perfect . This is true and for those Tea party protestors who are finally taking their civic responsibility seriously and getting involved for the first time, if they do not realize that no candidate is 100% with them on every issue, than they will perpetually disappoint and frustrate themselves.
In general, Sarah Palin’s speech did not knock me over, but it was powerful and appropriate and I believe, sincere. However I do wish she was a bit more upfront with the Tea Party audience. They needed to be told that for them to be an enduring movement that effects an enduring change for the better in America, than they better focus their attention on changing things from the inside out. Sarah Palin should have told them that they must takeover the existing political parties and shape them into the organization that truly represents them on the issues and nominate candidates with the same sense of convictions as them.
That would have been the most important things Governor Palin could have told her audience. The people in attendance to hear hermay have now become activists, but it i important that thei activism is not wasted on ditractions that will simply discourage them and succumb to the same fate as all other third party movements in America.
I will say this though, one of my favorite lines in the speech came when Sarah Palin asked, “How’s that hopey-changey thing going for ya“?