Sarah Speaks

Palin says it’s time to “reload for America”

During a speech focusing on faith and family, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the “restoration of America” during the Extraordinary Women Conference at Liberty University in Lynchburg Saturday.

Palin’s 90-minute speech veered from stories about moose hunting to Tea Party politics to the challenge of raising a son with Down syndrome. Her message centered on the importance of having faith in God and steering America “back on the right track.”

“Now isn’t the time to retreat, now is the time to reload with truth so we can fight for this country and reload for America,” she said to more than 10,000 Christian women who traveled from across the country to hear her speak.

The theme for the evangelical Christian women’s conference was “extraordinary hope,” and Palin quipped:

“I’m talking about real hope, not that hopey changey stuff that some politicians try to get you go believe in.”

The visit was Palin’s first to Liberty, and hotels across the region sold out for the event.


The appearance was among Palin’s first public appearances after announcing Wednesday her decision not to run for president. Palin referenced that decision just once in her speech, when she described disappointment with the contingent of supporters who voiced outrage over the decision.

“They got mad and they would send some pretty mean emails and messages, and I thought ‘Oh come on, you’re going to trust me to be the leader of the free world but you don’t trust me to make the decision that God led me to make at this time,” she said.

“It was prayerful consideration. It was prayerful.”

Weaving intimate stories about her family with humor from her time on the campaign trail, Palin roused multiple standing ovations from the audience.

I guess the people like Andy Sullivan and his ilk are gonna be unhappy, because Sarah apparently has no intention of going away. I have to wonder what would have happened if they had just left her alone when she first went back to Alaska after the 2008 elections.

I don’t understand why anyone would be angry at her for deciding not to run this time. Disappointed, yeah, but not angry.

She never said she was going to run, she only said she was considering it. She owes us nothing. If anything the country owes her for putting up with all the shit that’s been thrown at her. Nobody should have to endure what she has.

I’m glad she took advantage of the opportunities that came out of it. I hope she seeks public office again in the future.

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45 Responses to Sarah Speaks

  1. 1539days says:

    In a few weeks, there will be a new round of “Why are we still talking about her?!” in the anti-Palin media. She has no reason to go away. She did a lot to merge the Tea Party with conservative Republican candidates in 2010. In many cases she picked mainstream candidates like Nikki Haley over the most tea party candidate running. She picked “crazies” like Christine O’Donnell because the alternative Republican shared none of her values, only her party registration. The lesson is for the GOP to field better candidates.

    It’s too bad she may eventually need to endorse Romney.

    • myiq2xu says:

      If Romney is the nominee she’ll focus on House, Senate and state races.

      She won’t bad-mouth him but I doubt she’ll ever endorse him.

    • I was hoping for a head exploding general election, and prior to that some excitement in the Republican primaries. Nope, we’ve got Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, twin brothers with different mothers, both owned by the same people. Oh joy. It will indeed be a let down if she endorses him, but that’s probably what she’ll have to do at the end at least. I’d be surprised if she did it while Perry or Cain are still very much in the race however.

      • Jeffhas says:

        I bet she endorses Cain if he can stay in the race long enough – if it becomes a two man race, when it is important, that’s when I think she will be there – whether he wins the nomination or not. To me, Herman is the most like her – except he’s allowed to run, because he has a penis…. oh yeah, and he’s black (if you didn’t already notice).

  2. yttik says:

    People have been waiting for a knight in shining armor to swoop in and rescue us all from ourselves. First it was Hillary, then it was Palin. If we could just find somebody with integrity and get them elected, all would be right with the world. The thing is, it doesn’t work that way. Obama was right, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. It’s We the People that have to take back our government.

    • 1539days says:

      To some extent, the Tea Party has done that. Electing presidents is important, but Congress and state legislatures are the back bench of the parties. In 2010, Republicans had a net gain of 670 seats in state legislatures. That doesn’t work out to many per state, but it is an amazing swing.

      Obama is very beatable. The only question is if Romney can get enough Tea Partiers to vote for him.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Hillbuzz, formerly rabid Hillary and Sarah supporter, is now vetting Cain. This is a good sign as to where those ladies’ supporters may be leaning.

    • mothy67 says:

      I really do not get that site. Went too far right for my taste but I am confounded that the owner goes on endlessly that he is being attacked by leftists conspiring against him yet he posts that he tried to illegally watch an HBO show via the internet and declares that he read the latest Palin attack book for free as he has a friend working in a book store. read it and returned without paying. Sorry both are crimes and he stole from those that did create. His hypocrasy is blatant. And if he truly is being unfairly attacked by the vast left wing conspiracy he could be jailed and fined for his acknowledged theft of copyrighted materials and as the company is most likely not based in illinois a whole bag of other charges could be brought.

      • 1539days says:

        Borrowing a book if his friend is allowed to borrow it from the store is more of a gray area. as far as the HBO show, it’s not worth watching anyway, but “news” web sites host the clips from it constantly.

        • mothy67 says:

          have to respectfully disagree. he wanted to watch True Blood without paying for it. So he went to an illegal site and tried to stream it. No grey area he was stealing. Bottem line not his to watch. Srr lots of parallels with the occupy group. Screaming but I want.

        • votermom says:

          I watched the Game of Thrones series for free by waiting for a free HBO weekend and using On Demand.
          To assuage my guilt for so much tv time, I folded a LOT of laundry while watching.

        • Three Wickets says:

          Hillbuzz lives in Chicago Boystown which is in fact both rabidly “progressive” and Obama worshipping. Can’t imagine how much hate must exist there for both Hillary and Sarah. Everyone there knows him and he gets constantly harassed. What’s hard to believe about that. Trust me on this. My own recent addresses include the West Village in NY and San Francisco.

      • Oh, I can clear that up. We’re a secret cabal of cable show and book thieves. True story.

  4. She’s the next Secretary of Energy, I’m telling you- see my blog post on it.

    • 1539days says:

      I think that works well for a campaign. Palin would have the authority of a cabinet post and Romney would have Palin supporters excited about the administration.

  5. HELENK says:

    Sarah gives a voice to many that did not have one.
    The full impact of what was done to Sarah and Hillary by the media and the politicians has not been felt yet. God help them when the woman say ” hey wait a minute here, this is unacceptable”

    Geraldine Ferraro
    Hillary Clinton
    Sarah Palin

    The list of well known . smart, hard working, loyal American women who have been attacked and villified and belittled in this country is getting longer.

    I hope Sarah stays in public life and keeps speaking out. I am not sure if I want her to have a cabinet post as she would be silenced just as Hillary has been.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Yes, progger activists need to be taken down a notch or two. They’ve definitely jumped the shark with their hate agenda. And I speak as a lifelong social liberal.

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  7. HELENK says:

    When hollywood honors a Chezen warlord who thinks it is ok to paintball women for not wearing a muslim headscarf, how can this country ever learn to respect women?

  8. mothy67 says:

    y’all might want to consider getting on board early as my Occupy Hollywood Boulevard is taking off like wildfire. I now have three committed “that would be funs” and one confirmed will watch the youtube video. No better place to do camp than there. So far Hedda Lettuce is not returning calls.

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  11. HELENK says:

    Sarah’s gift, something to think about

  12. mothy67 says:

    Nobody cares about my cause. i am very sad. Contacted every drag queen in West Hollywood with an internet site and none seem to want to camp on Hollywood Boulevard. One s/he told me I was disrepectful to the president. Huh? never mentioned oblahblah. Asked if I would do it to GWB and I responded that my response is a response. Think he got dizzy and fell down as the phone went dead.
    PLEASE PLEASE can we not have CAMP on Hollywood Boulevard. I will personally design Dynasty cardboard cut outs with messages on the back

    • Karma says:

      Too be fair to the drag queens, it’s hard to look fabulous w/out electricity. Instead of looking like occupiers it might resemble the Walk of Shame.

  13. votermom says:

    I was not one of the mad ones! LOL. Just sad.
    A lot of people were mad immediately after she said no, but the next day most are calm and instead mad at the GOP for putting so many obstacles in her way and failing to defend her, specially in the Tucson blood libel.
    Romney has zero chance of getting her primary voters now, because most see him as the beneficiary of the GOP’s strategy of shutting her out. Strangely enough, a lot are going to Newt. *wince*

    • 1539days says:

      Hopefully, they’ll go for Cain over Newt.

    • mothy67 says:

      maybe in the minority here but glad she decided not to run. No one can tell her to sit down and shut up. She brings great issues to the table and she will be heard and I feel she can effect more change with her twangy voice than the putz with a teleprompter. Rock on Barracuda.

    • mothy67 says:

      And let’s not forget there is no precedent for a woman with her power. She gets thousands to hear her speak withiout having Dave Matthews play. She is a force to be reckoned with. Like no other. Adore hillary but even as they screwed her she was part of the machine. Sarah is on her own and I hope she stays in everyone’s face. Name one figure who can draw the attention to an issue like she can. Only one I can think of is Bill Clinton and he, Rhodes scholar, thinks she’s smart.

      • bevwky says:

        This is the primary reason I kept thinking the “permanent political class” better hope she runs and even wins – instead of wish-casting that she become “only” a kingmaker. I was always, like, what the heck are they smoking to want that? Are they all nuts? Do they not realize the kind of power they’re talking about handing to a single individual?

        Because it’s for sure they’ve already proven they can’t control her.

  14. DandyTiger says:

    If ObamaRamaCare, flip-flip, wooden, moderate Mittens wins the nomination then Obama wins with all things being equal. Sorry Republicans, that’s the way it will work. Head in the sand won’t help. The Republican base will be luke warm no matter how much they’ve been convinced Obama is not a Republican himself. And most others will see them as the same, because, um, they are exactly the same. And when it comes to the same, might as well go with the one you know. Mark my words.

    So the only interesting thing, again if Mittens is nominated, is who he will pick as VP and who he will claim will be part of his cabinet or at least close adviser. Now on the latter, it’s just noise. You can’t promise that, and many alignments don’t work out. So really, other than VP, anything else is to be ignored. Even endorsements don’t really mean that much. If Palin endorsees the nominee, that won’t mean anything. Of course Republicans are going to endorse Republicans.

    If Mittens is the nominee, are there any VP picks that can get the base excited and make him look different than Obama to the moderates and independents? Rubio? I say no. It will pull over some latino voters of course, but I disagree that that will bring the base or make Mittens look different enough. I think the VP pick has to be a woman. That will make Mittens look different. And it will make the race something other than two identical twins running for student council president. It doesn’t have to be Palin, but it has to be a woman.

    • 1539days says:

      Rubio says he doesn’t want to be VP. He’s probably trying to avoid the train wreck.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Then he’s smart. He’ll probably be going places. If he sticks to it at least.

        • WMCB says:

          Rubio gave a very impassioned speech on the floor of the senate last week re: the Iranian pastor who is to be executed. I watched it on youtube.

          It was very good, because it so obviously was not just a prop and window dressing to segue off into Iran nukes, political points, blah blah blah, like so many R politicians do. He wasn’t trying to use the man to make a case for anything but the man himself, and the idea of religious freedom, and a plea for the world to pay attention. I don’t agree with Rubio on everything, but he always comes across as someone who really does believe in the dream of America, and in calling people to be true to their “better angels”, for lack of a better word.

          Rubio’s appeal is not so much in his policy positions (which are actually a mix of very conservative and moderate), but in his idealism, which IMO is very personal and genuine for him. He’s very hard not to like, even if you don’t think he’s correct on things.

          I think that regardless of his denials, there will be tremendous pressure on him to take VP if Romney or Perry get the nomination. (Cain would likely choose someone with more experience, not another neophyte like himself). The caveat would be if Cain doesn’t win, but runs a close second to Romney. In that case there would be pressure for Romney to choose Cain over Rubio. I do not think Perry would choose Cain, even if Cain was a close second in the primary – there does not seem to be any love lost there. Just my horserace handicapping for the moment – but it’s a long road, and it all could change.

  15. Michael Teuber says:

    [I wanted to get this off my chest before it became completely irrelevant]
    Often we have a song stuck in our head. It just repeats itself insistently, like it’s trying to get our attention. Since the evening of 10/05/11 Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’ has been on infinite loop in the iPod of my mind.

    I wondered why, other than it played on the clock radio that woke me up the day Steve Jobs died, and Saran Palin announced her decision to not seek the Presidential nomination of the GOP, it compelled itself upon my conscience. My first conclusion was summed up by another great woman almost a half century ago. She wrote an obituary for a woman of a spirit and a substance too fine for the America she inhabited.

    I urge you to read it and keep Sarah in mind as you do. Understanding the nature of what she faced, and the truth of the final sentence, will help point you in the direction of the change that is needed to transform our civilization. More urgently now than in 1962.

    Ironic, because Sarah Palin is the leader and the champion a nation in steep decline desperately needs. But our precipitous fall is a consequence of beliefs and values that make Sarah Palin’s choice inevitable. The very rot which has so poisoned our culture, that rather than rejoice in the appearance of a heroine, it reviled and degraded her, makes ours a nation unworthy of its outstanding daughter.

    Contained within the irony however is another. Whether you consider her decision to be political suicide, indifference, or resignation, she is not surrendering the fight for her values.

    “Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
    When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
    And life has a funny way of helping you out when
    You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
    In your face”

    Irony cuts both ways.
    [Thanks for indulging me.]

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