Skip to comments.Palin: 'Only a limited government can provide the best path'
Posted on 04/25/2010 12:08:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
EUGENE, Ore. Sarah Palin stormed into Lane County Friday night to rally for what she called everyday hard-working Americans.
Her speech at the Lane County Republicans Lincoln Dinner was filled with pleas to elect candidates in the November midterm elections that embrace smaller government and free-market ideals.
"It's the belief that the government who governs least governs best," she said.
But before she dove into politics, Palin addressed the odd picture of such a noted conservative speaking in liberal-leaning Eugene.
Palin described doing a Google search on Eugene before her trip and finding an article that described the town as hippie and granola and in love with its organic food.
I eat granola, Palin said. I just happen to shoot and catch my organic food before I eat it.
Here I am in Track Town USA and my kids name is Track. How Eugene hippie can that be? she added.
After the jokes the majority of Palins 40-minute speech focused on her desire for small government.
"Only a limited government can provide the best path," she said.
She also portrayed herself as a populist Washington outsider and government watchdog.
Trying to keep up with what theyre up to and to keep them and the press accountable has really become a full-time job, she said.
She highlighted two issues specifically for conservatives to rally behind: repealing health-care reform and reforming energy policy.
We have to make sure this Obamacare is short-lived, she said. It felt so forced upon us. It was so forced upon us.
Speaking about energy policy, she called for opening up all of Americas continental shelves to drilling.
Production of our resources means security for Americans and jobs for American workers, she said.
She also called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and addressed head-on environmentalists against her plan. She argued America has more stringent environmental restrictions than many of the foreign governments we currently rely on for oil.
So environmentalists are kind of hypocritical on this one, she said. I dont know how environmentalists can sleep at night.
Criticism of the lame-stream media
Palin accused the media of being inextricably linked to the political left.
Sometimes they are kind of one in the same, she said. We call them the 'lame-stream' media lately.
She said the media has been unfair to the tea party movement, going so far as to say they make up lies about tea party supporters.
The left, well, they had to grab hold of something to discredit, she said. The press then just started making things up. Ive had to deal with that for quite some time now.
During a question and answer session, Eugene City Councilwoman Jennifer Solomon read a pre-screened question from the audience about her role at Fox News. Palin said she was proud to be a part of Fox News for being fair and balanced.
She also praised Fox host Glenn Beck and said with his chalkboard technique hes changing our country."
Journalists who covered Fridays speech were subject to strict restrictions from the Palin camp. No cameras or recording devices of any kind were allowed and reporters were only allowed to watch the speech on a video feed in an adjacent room.
Speech organizers provided one photo of the event taken by a hired photographer.
The media restrictions of this event are due to contractual obligations dictated by the booking agency, said Paul Riess, who is handling public relations for the Eugene event.
A group of about two dozen protesters gathered outside the Eugene Hilton before Palin spoke. She addressed their presence and said it was nice to see she had greeters outside.
She also said her daughter, Bristol, perhaps being a little too naïve, went down and chatted with them before sending Palin a cell phone picture of them on the sidewalk.
Attendees paid $250 each to see Palin speak. The banquet hall at the Hilton seats about 800 people and was sold out. On top of that, many people paid $100 a head to watch a live video feed of Palin from a nearby room.
Seventy people paid $1,000 each for a meet and greet photo op with the former Alaska governor. That price also included a signed copy of Palins book, "Going Rogue."
Earlier in the day on Friday Palin was in Knoxville, Tenn. testifying in the case of a man accused of hacking into her personal e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign. Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, is charged with hacking Palins Yahoo! E-mail account and posting her private information on the Internet.
I do think there should be consequences for bad behavior, Palin told reporters outside the courtroom.
Kernells lawyer said the case is a prank and that Kernell had no criminal intent.
Thanks for posting this.
As many probably know, I have a great wish that Gov. Palin had a little bit more time in the “executive experience” category before going off on a Presidential run....
...but when I read this kind of article time and time again, and seeing that she’s just about the only one sticking up and fighting for my principals (and taking many, many unfair arrows along the way), I can only say:
RUN SARAH, RUN! 2012 CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH!!!
I can’t wait to hear her first White House press conference: “I can see the Potomac from my house”.
I would guess she would even call direct attention to those in the Congress that were doing dirty deeds, instead of turning a blind/silent eye.
If she declares, my first check will be in the mail the following morning...
This is why she will be POTUS. She is a leader, a fighter, a general in the political arena.
All her decisions since july 3rd 2009 have been 100% successes. She has not fumbled, she has not had any gaffes, she has raised millions for the GOP, for other candidates, and her own warchest. She is building bases in places that other GOP contenders are afraid to go. Be it Eugene, Or or Boston, Mass. She takes on all comers calls out the lies for what they are, goes to war with the press, the GOP elites and the dems then changes a diaper. She always promotes her message of freedom and liberty, never backs down no matter what nasty stuff the press/dems fire back at her. She is a true believer in the message and has core beliefs.
She is the strongest leader I have seen in 30 years of watching politics and she has done it all on her own with no big names behind her, no political consultants, no spin doctors, no poll tested data.
Small Gov means what it says and I just hope she really understands it.
I truly believe she does
I want the Federal government to use its anti-trust powers on some of these companies and break them up. too big to fail means too big in my book
as well as deregulation of government.
POST #6 WELL SAID!!
Excellent point. She is proving her fitness for office by the campaign she is running. Yes, I said campaign.
What is the minimum amount of executive experience required for POTUS? Who has is? Romney (4 years)? Huck (6 years)? Pawlenty (8 years)? Is their quality of experience so superior to Palin's (6 years mayor, 2 as governor)? And if executive experience is a pre-requisite then congressmen or women are excluded.
In my opinion? One and a half terms as Governor. Enough time to see a number of problems develop, create a response plan, fight to get that response plan executed, and see the results of the response.
Basically, this is the same way I judge a doctor.
Barring that time as the executive of a US state, an equivalent amount of time would be good at the executive level of a major corporate entity.