Saturday, February 11, 2012
No one gives a speech like Governor Palin--and the reason for that is quite simple. When she speaks about America, about conservatism, about taking our country back, she means it. She speaks from the heart, and it shows.
As the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference this evening, the Governor raised the roof in one of the most passionate speeches I've heard her give. She further fired up a crowd that was already red hot with anticipation of her address to conservatives from across the nation.
The most resounding speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference came not from a presidential candidate, or an elected official — but from Sarah Palin.
The screams and cheers that filled the spacious ballroom in which Palin spoke Saturday felt at times like they belonged at a Justin Bieber concert. A dozen times the conservatives at the conference leaped to their feet to applaud Palin, as she threw them line after line about beating President Obama and reclaiming “traditional values.”
“The president says small Americans, small-town Americans — we bitterly cling to our religion and our guns,” Palin said, referring to a comment Obama made in the last election, as the audience rose and cheered. “You say, I say, we say — keep your change. We’ll keep our God. We’ll keep our guns.”
“In America, we believe that competition strengthens us,” she said. “Competition relates to victory in 2012. We must stay true to our principles. I believe that the competition has got to keep going. But let’s make sure that the competition brings out the best in our party.
“We know that the far left and their media allies can’t beat us on the issues, so instead they’ll distort our records,” she added. “Let’s not do the job for them, OK, Republicans? OK, independents?”
Palin, wearing a bright-red blouse, black skirt and heels, spent her time on the stage bashing both Obama and Washington. But for all the contempt she had for Obama, she borrowed liberally from his most famous statements.
Perhaps alluding to Obama’s famous red-state/blue-state speech from the 2004 Democratic convention, Palin said in one of her frequent rhyming lines that Americans aren’t “red” or “blue.” She concluded, as the conservatives rose to their feet again, “We’re red, white and blue, and President Obama, we are through with you.”
“Hope and change — yeah, you’ve got to hope things change,” she added to laughs and more cheers.
At one point shouts of "USA!" broke out in the room. As it turned out, it was in response to some protesters who, apparently, don't know how Governor Palin's supporters roll:
For the first time at the three-day conference known as CPAC in Washington, protesters disrupted a speech. But the response from Palin’s loyal supporters was fierce. As protesters chanted at her from the back of the room at the Marriott, a man in the back row leaped over his chair, ran toward them and screamed, “Get the hell out of here, you asshole!”
The protesters were kicked out as others in the room began chanting “USA! USA!” followed quickly by “Sarah! Sarah!”
Read the full piece here.
The man's language was more colorful than I would have used, but his actions are representative of Americans who are fed up with people trying to occupy space, violating others' First Amendment rights while citing their own, and destroying everything in their path. His actions also demonstrate the readiness of the Governor's supporters to defend her against incessant attacks by people who want to make her sit down and shut up, something which simply is not going to happen.