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Archive for August 28th, 2010

Sarah Palin: We Must Restore America and Restore Honor.

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2010

Here is a three-part series of videos of Governor Palin’s speech at the Restoring Honor Rally that was posted on YouTube by NewsForAmericans.

There is also a video and transcript of her speech on C-Span that can be found here.

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Video – Governor Palin: I Hope Dr. King Would Be So Proud of Us

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 28, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

The National Review reports Governor Palin’s backstage comments at the Restoring Honor Rally when asked about how Dr. King would feel about today:

I hope that Dr. King would be so proud of us, as his niece Dr. Alveda King is very proud as a participant in this rally,” Palin says. “This is sacred ground where we feel his spirit and can appreciate all of his efforts. He who so believed in equality and may we live up to his challenge.

I believe Dr. King would indeed be proud of what took place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial today, in spite of what Al Sharpton had to say. It is quite a shame, albeit not a surprise, that Sharpton would use his rally, not far from the Lincoln Memorial, to bash the efforts of Glenn Beck, Governor Palin, and Dr. King’s own niece, Dr. Alveda King, among others.

Unlike Sharpton’s tactics, those involved in the Restoring Honor Rally were all about unity, hope, and faith in God. Not even the usual hot air from Al Sharpton was able to quench the fire and excitement of those present and those watching from home. And of course, those at the Lincoln Memorial were not spewing any hatred toward the Dr. King rally taking place nearby, but they did have plenty of good things to say about Dr. King, his dream, our nation, and our troops.

(h/t Damien)

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Restoring Honor

Posted by Ron Devito on August 28, 2010

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

What an honor it was to speak today at the “Restoring Honor” Rally in D.C. The following is the text of my remarks. You can click here or here to watch a video of it.

– Sarah Palin

“Restoring Honor” Rally
August 28, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Thank you so much. Are you not so proud to be an American?

What an honor. What an honor.

We stand today at the symbolic crossroads of our nation’s history. All around us are monuments to those who have sustained us in word or deed. There in the distance stands the monument to the father of our country. And behind me, the towering presence of the Great Emancipator who secured our union at the moment of its most perilous time and freed those whose captivity was our greatest shame. And over these grounds where we are so honored to stand today, we feel the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who on this very day, two score and seven years ago, gave voice to a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of our liberty – that all men are created equal.

Now, in honoring these giants, who were linked by a solid rock foundation of faith in the one true God of justice, we must not forget the ordinary men and women on whose shoulders they stood. The ordinary called for extraordinary bravery. I am speaking, of course, of America’s finest – our men and women of uniform, a force for good in this country, and that is nothing to apologize for.

Abraham Lincoln once spoke of the “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land.” For over 200 years, those mystic chords have bound us in gratitude to those who are willingly to sacrifice, to restrain evil, to protect God-given liberty, to sacrifice all in defense of our country.

They fought for its freedom at Bunker Hill, they fought for its survival at Gettysburg, and for the ideals on which it stands – liberty and justice for all – on a thousand battlefields far from home.

It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots – you who are motivated and engaged and concerned, knowing to never retreat. I must assume that you too know that we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want. We must restore America and restore her honor!

Now, I’ve been asked to speak today, not as a politician. No, as something more – something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. You know, say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me. I’m proud of that distinction, but it is not one that I had imagined because no woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country, but that’s what mothers have done from ancient days.

In cities and towns across our country, you’ll find monuments to brave Americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago, and look down at their inscriptions, you’ll see that they were so often dedicated by mothers. In distant lands across the globe, you’ll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died.

We honor those who served something greater than self and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. Though this rally is about “restoring honor,” for these men and women honor was never lost! If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country, you will find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom.

And I’d like to tell you three stories of such Americans – three patriots – who stand with us today.

The first is a man named Marcus Luttrell. His story is one of raw courage in the face of overwhelming odds. It’s also a story of America’s enduring quest for justice. Remember, we went to Afghanistan seeking justice for those who were killed without mercy by evil men on September 11th. And one fateful day in Afghanistan on a mountain ridge, Marcus and three of his fellow Navy SEALs confronted the issue of justice and mercy in a decision that would forever change their lives.

They were on a mission to hunt down a high-level Taliban leader, but they were faced with a terrible dilemma when some men herding goats stumbled upon their position, and they couldn’t tell if these men were friend or foe. So the question was what to do with them? Should they kill them or should they let them go and perhaps risk compromising their mission? They took a vote. They chose mercy over self-preservation. They set their prisoners free. The vote said it was the humane thing to do. It was the American thing to do. But it sealed their fate because within hours, over a hundred Taliban forces arrived on the scene. They battled the four Navy SEALs throughout the surrounding hills. A rescue helicopter came, but it was shot down. By the time the sun set on June 28, 2005, it was one of the bloodiest days for American forces in Afghanistan.

19 brave, honorable men were lost that day. Marcus was the sole survivor. Alone, stranded, badly wounded, he limped and crawled for miles along that mountain side. What happened next is a testament to the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” Marcus and his team showed mercy in letting their prisoners free. And later he was shown mercy by Afghan villagers who honored an ancient custom of providing hospitality to any stranger who would ask for it. They took him in. They cared for him, efused to hand him over to the Taliban. They got him back safely to our forces.

Marcus’ story teaches us that even on the worst battlefield against the most brutal enemy, we adhere to our principles. This American love of justice and mercy is what makes us a force for good in this world. Marcus is a testament to that.

Please join me in honoring retired U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell.

From the time he first heard men marching to a cadence call, Eddie Wright had one dream in life, and that was to be a United States Marine. And as a Marine serving in Iraq, his company was ambushed in Fallujah. He was knocked out when a rocket propelled grenade hit his Humvee. When he came to, he saw that both his hands were gone and his leg was badly wounded.

He couldn’t fire his weapon, he could barely move, and he was bleeding to death. But he had the strength of mind to lead the men under his command, and that is exactly what he did. He kept them calm, he showed them how to stop the bleeding in his leg, he told them where to return fire, he had them call for support, and he got them out of there alive.

His composure under fire that day earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device. But if you ask him, “What did you get it for?”, he’ll tell you, “Just for doing my job.”

After a long recovery, Eddie continued to serve as a martial arts instructor. He resigned from his beloved Marine Corps a few years ago, but he still lives by the motto: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

And if you want to see the American spirit of never retreating, no matter the odds – of steady confidence and optimism, no matter the setbacks – look at Eddie’s story. No matter how tough times are, Americans always pull through. As Eddie put it himself: “We don’t really foster the attitude of I can’t. When you have an obstacle in front of you, you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and focus on what you can.”

So, please join me in honoring retired Marine Sergeant James “Eddie” Wright.

Tom Kirk was an Air Force squadron commander and a combat pilot who had flown over 150 missions in Korea and Vietnam. One day on a routine mission over Hanoi, his plane was shot down. He spent the next five and a half years in that living hell known as the Hanoi Hilton.

Like his fellow prisoners, Tom endured the beatings, the torture, the hunger, the years of isolation. He described it, saying, “There was nothing to do, nothing to read, nothing to write. You had to just sit there in absolute boredom, loneliness, frustration, and fear. You had to live one day at a time, because you had no idea how long you were going to be there.”

After two years of solitary confinement, pacing back and forth in his cell — three and a half steps across, three and a half steps deep – Tom was finally moved to a larger holding cell with 45 other Americans prisoners, among them was a man named John McCain. In circumstances that defy description, this band of brothers kept each other alive, and one by one, they came home.

Tom was released on March 14, 1973. You might think that a man who had suffered so much for his country would be bitter and broken by it. But Tom’s heart was only filled with love – love for America – that special love of country that we call patriotism.

Tom wrote, “Patriotism has become, for many, a ‘corny’ thing. For me, it is more important now than at any time in my life. How wonderful it is to be an American come home!”

Friends, please join me in honoring retired Air Force Colonel Tom Kirk.

My fellow Americans, each one of these men here today faced terrible sufferings, overwhelming set-backs, and impossible odds.

And they endured! And their stories are America’s story.

We will always come through. We will never give up, and we shall endure because we live by that moral strength that we call grace. Because though we’ve often skirted a precipice, a providential hand has always guided us to a better future.

And I know that many of us today, we are worried about what we face. Sometimes our challenges, they just seem insurmountable.

But, here, together, at the crossroads of our history, may this day be the change point!

Look around you. You’re not alone. You are Americans!

You have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them.

So with pride in the red, white, and blue; with gratitude to our men and women in uniform; let’s stand together! Let’s stand with honor! Let’s restore America!

God bless you! And God bless America!

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Video: Governor Palin Speaks at Restoring Honor Rally

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 28, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com


Mediaite has covered Governor Palin’s speech at today’s Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Frances Martel writes:

Palin dedicated her speech to the troops, honored several American soldiers, and thanked the greatest Americans, both large and small in legacy, for their contributions.

Before going through a list of US soldiers that were receiving awards today for their exemplary service, Palin took the time to go through some of America’s greatest leaders– George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. She thanked him for providing “a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of hour liberty, and reminded the audience that, “in honoring them [the great Americans], we must not forget the ordinary men and women… our men and women in uniform, a force for good in this country, and that is nothing to apologize for.”

Read more here.

Below is the speech via C-SPAN, retrieved from Mediaite:

(h/t Whitney)

If the speech does not show up here, you can watch it here.

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Restoring Honor Rally Live Stream

Posted by Ron Devito on August 28, 2010

http://www.ustream.tv/restoringhonor

Live at 10 AM EDT

Join the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and many more for this non-political event that pays tribute to America’s service personnel and other upstanding citizens who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.

Our freedom is possible only if we remain virtuous. Help us restore the values that founded this great nation. On August, 28th, come join us in our pledge to restore honor at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

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Smells Like Victory As Palin Power Surges Across America

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2010

Excellent article from the DailyMail in the UK :

Okey-dokey: Palin power surges across America

By Mary Ellen Synon
Last updated at 12:02 AM on 28th August 2010

Big money: Sarah Palin has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to candidates she has endorsed in the past few months

Take any year and if it divides evenly by four, what you have is an American presidential election year.

Add or subtract two years, and what you have is a mid-term election year such as 2010, something not quite as delicious as a presidential year, granted. But I love this year just the same. That’s because I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like victory.

And who is shaping up as the leader of the victory this time, who has been throwing the napalm? This is where the year does indeed start to get delicious. Sarah Palin has turned into the king-maker of the mid-term elections.

The party primaries have started, and the power that Mrs Palin now has with the anti-government Tea Party movement has started knocking establishment Republicans right off the party ticket.

Establishment Republicans: those are the kind of Republican politicians who think their job is to be ‘bi-partisan.’ On Capitol Hill this is called ‘being willing to reach across the aisle.’ Problem is, among the new conservative Tea Party surge this is called ‘being willing to betray conservative principles.’

And in the midst of what is being called the Great Recession, as unemployment stays high, house prices get ready to plunge again, and the deficit moves into unimaginable trillions, this Tea Party surge is angry.

Some of the Tea Party people might have believed Barack Obama would deliver change for the good in America. They don’t believe it anymore.

As Sarah Palin mocked in her speech to the Tea Party Convention in February, ‘How’s that hopey, changey stuff working out for ya?’ Short answer: it’s not.

So here is an example of what is happening. There could be no Republican politician more establishment than John McCain, the rich Arizona senator who ran as Republican presidential candidate in 2008 against Barack Obama.

Mrs Palin was his vice-presidential running mate. She joined the ticket as an unknown Alaskan governor and turned into a star overnight: a populist conservative, Christian, straight-shooter in every sense.

Anyone familiar with John McCain’s career in the Senate – his best political buddy for years was the unspeakably left-wing Ted Kennedy – knew he couldn’t possibly want Governor Palin on his ticket. But the party knew he had to try to get the conservatives onboard.

So they ran together, and while Mrs Palin fought for her party, her running mate undermined her. The Democrats mocked her. Their intellectual friends in the mainstream media wrote her off. And they all drove over her broken body together on the way to the inauguration – no, the coronation – of President Obama.

Well, Christians don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead for nothing. In the months following the defeat, Mrs Palin started travelling the country, speaking at conservative rallies in dozens of states. They loved her. She showed that she and her support among conservative Americans were back from the dead.

Which is why, two years after Senator McCain treated Mrs Palin with such distain, things are so splendidly different now.

Sarah Palin speaks to supporters during the Tea Party Express tour in Boston

Crowd pleaser: The former Governor of Alaska speaks to supporters during the Tea Party Express tour in Boston earlier this year

The surge in the anti-establishment Tea Party movement – or call it the conservative grassroots movement, call it whatever you like – is being felt especially in states such as Arizona, which is plagued by one of the great national problems conservatives want to fight: illegal immigration.

Arizona shares a border with Mexico. That means its number one problem at the moment is illegals, thousands upon thousands of them, taking jobs from Americans and from those aliens who are in the country legally, and undermining pay rates and bloating welfare costs.

The Obama government will give Arizona no help in enforcing the Federal laws against such illegal immigration (Latinos vote Democrat). The people of Arizona want a serious fence built all along the Mexican border. And until recently, the people of Arizona have been getting no support in this fight from their own US Senator, John McCain.

Which is why the Arizona primary election for the Republican nomination for Senator this year looked like a perfect opportunity for the Tea Party and its spiritual leader Mrs Palin. They had a chance to back a strong conservative candidate to take on and oust the establishment candidate, John McCain.

And why not? Mrs Palin owed the Senator no favours.

But here’s the thing. Mrs Palin, showing how she has learned in these last two years just how political leverage works, came out in support of John McCain. Or rather, in support of what advertising men might call ‘the new improved John McCain,’ with all that Kennedy-style pro-illegal-immigration stuff washed right out of him. He even called on the federal government to ‘finish the danged fence.’

Result? On Tuesday, despite distrust among Arizona conservatives, Senator McCain beat a former US Congressman who billed himself as ‘consistently conservative.’ In great part thanks to the power of Palin.

The power has been seen in the other primaries, too, most spectacularly in Mrs Palin’s home state of Alaska.

There the establishment-Republican pro-abortion Senator Lisa Murkowski may lose her place on the Republican ticket in November because of a challenge by a Tea Party-Palin backed outsider, Joe Miller.

Miller is a Chuck Norris war-hero look-alike (and apparently think-alike). With Palin’s backing, he destroyed a 30 per cent lead in the opinion polls Senator Murkowski held going into this election.

As I write this, Miller looks like the winner but the count is too close to call, and it could take more than a week to get the final result because of absentee ballots not yet counted. But whatever happens, what has happened so far is already a shocker for the Republican ‘bi-partisan’ establishment. Politico website points out that if Senator Murkowski loses, ‘she would become the third senator this year to be ousted by a primary challenger.’

The mood across America is against the insiders of any party, particular within the Republican Party. As the left-wing writer EJ Dionne put it on Thursday: ‘Republicans are in the midst of an insurrection.’

How insider is Senator Murkowski? She wasn’t elected to her first term in the Senate, she was appointed in 2002 by the Governor of Alaska when the seat became vacant. The name of the governor at that time was Murkowski. He was her father. Why was the seat vacant? Because Daddy Murkowski had vacated it when he was elected governor.

Four other Palin-endorsed candidates won on Tuesday. But Palin has already been claiming victory for the Tea Party for months. She says it was the grassroots conservatives who put a truck-driving Republican into Teddy Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat earlier this year.

In May, Rand Paul, son of the much-loved libertarian conservative leader Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul, won the Kentucky Republican primary to face a Democrat opponent in the race for a US Senate seat in November.

Dr Paul had Sarah Palin’s endorsement. And he knew just what it was worth in his primary: ‘Sarah Palin is a giant in American politics.’

Of course, all this is just a warm up for what the Tea Party people will do to the Democrat candidates in the November elections for the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate.

As Ronald Reagan said in 1984: ‘It’s morning again in America.’ And I can just smell the napalm

h/tp TX4P

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