CPAC 2014Once again former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wowed the crowd at CPAC and, in the process, put the establishment on notice if they do not stand for conservative principles, they will lose her support and that of many other Americans too.
In the closing address at the nation’s largest conservative conference, Palin sounded a similar theme to several of the firebrands–including Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul–who addressed the DC gathering of thousands from around the country. The spirit of their remarks can be summarized using the old Tom Petty lyrics, “I won’t back down, you can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.”
To the Republican Party leadership, Palin let them know that it’s time to have a “come to Jesus moment. America is counting on the GOP to get it right.” Why should any Republican get elected or re-elected who is for higher taxes, more government and more regulations? Why should they be rewarded with your vote, Palin queried. Borrowing a turn of phrase from Barack Obama, she reminded the GOP, “You know that 2010 election victory that swept you into power, you didn’t build that, the tea party did.”
Palin pointed to the examples of Senator Ted Cruz and House members like Louie Gomert and Trey Gowdy as the type of leadership that the times require. She fully supported Cruz’s ObamaCare filibuster believing it a great service to the country, and also approved of his reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” while he held the Senate floor last fall.
Sarah Palin debuted her own version of the classic tale for today’s CPAC audience: “I do not like this Uncle Sam. I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their crony deals. I do not like this spying, man, I do not like, ‘Oh, Yes we can,'” which drew laughter and cheers from the CPAC crowd.
She continued, “I do not like this spending spree, we’re smart, we know there’s nothing free. I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of hope, and we won’t take it, nope, nope, nope.”
The former Alaska Governor went on to bring up the crisis in the Ukraine and wondered why in the world the United States was reducing its conventional forces to pre-World War II levels and drastically cutting its nuclear arsenal in light of it. Palin advised, “Mr. President the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke,” prompting the crowd to rise to its feet with approval. She then added with a slight smirk, “I’m probably being too hard on the President, afterall who could have seen this coming.” Catching the reference, the crowd rose back to its feet cheering.
Palin ended on an upbeat note saying there is a “great awakening” happening in America.”The Age of Obama is almost over, marking the end of an error.” The message of liberty has resonated “since a band a brothers dumped tea in the Boston Harbor,” she exhorted. Because of that, she has hope. “The best is yet to come.”