Governor Palin: Next great awakening will fundamentally restore America
Posted by Dr. Fay on November 10, 2013
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last night (photo and comment):
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It was wonderful to see so many inspiring and patriotic Iowans tonight at the Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner. They join other hard working Americans as the wind beneath the wings of our great republic, and their hard work and activism make a difference!
Photo by Michelle McCormick
Here is a video of her speech, with a partial transcript below.
Governor Palin was the closing speaker at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Thirteenth Annual Friends of the Family Banquet last night and gave an outstanding speech. She started by applauding Phyllis Schlafly, who preceded her. She said that Phyllis Schlafly shattered glass ceilings left and right. “She’s the original Mama Grizzly!”
She thanked the Faith and Freedom Coalition for “amplifying our voice, for taking the good cause around the country. You remind us of the inherent length between faith and freedom. Our rights are endowed by our Creator, and faith is the integral part in securing our liberty…. And our founders knew this. John Adams, remember, wrote that ‘our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.’ But look around today. Everywhere it seems that we see that faith, our religious freedom, is under attack, and it’s pushed out of the public square, and it’s censored.”
She said that Christmas is under attack, and that it is “a symptom of a bigger issue.” She gave as examples an ACLU letter to a school district forbidding the singing of “Silent Night,” the ban of Christmas tree sales on a college campus, and nativity scenes being banned from the public square. “Enough is enough of this politically correct police out there that is acting to erode our freedom to celebrate and exercise our faith. Some Scrooge wants to force Christ out of Christmas and wants to ban Jesus as the Reason for the Season…. You see, the War on Christmas is just the tip of the spear in a larger battle to marginalize expressions of faith and make America’s true religious freedom just a thing of the past.”
(Referring to her book) “So I wrote answers and actions to protect the heart of Christmas. And I did mix in there funny family stories and unique family traditions and Alaskana recipes…. It is really interesting to me that … the Scrooges, those who are so often people who are too enlightened for religion or for church, well, they’re the very same people who have a zealot-like faith in their own church, which happens to be the church of Big Government. And what’s that done for you lately?”
She went on to talk about offenses by the IRS and the NSA, Benghazi, the barring of veterans from their memorials, the Obamacare trainwreck, and the loss of health plans. She said, “Well, the lapdog media, they let ‘em get away with all of just the lies, the deception, for far too long, and irreparable damage is done…. I don’t give a flying flip about a malfunctioning website. That is just another distraction…. That does nothing to address the far left’s stifling, strangling, shackling agenda on America….Supposedly the best and the brightest have been calling the shots for quite a long time now. And where has that gotten you? (Applause) Well, what do the best and brightest have to show for it? Mmmm. Poverty’s aggressively on the rise in this land of plenty, and unemployment is still ticking up, and shuttered businesses, shuttered cities, record number of Americans simply giving up and no longer even bothering to look for work any more. The welfare lines are growing and growing, and national debt grown so large in the last five years. You know, it’s increased 50 % under this administration, and those who’ve been too chicken to stand up against incurring even more debt.”
She went on to talk about the “church of Big Government” and John Adam’s warning that “’our liberty depends on a moral character because an immoral and indifferent people fall prey to unscrupulous leaders,’ those who would ignore the Constitution in favor of their own fundamental transformation agenda. He had that warning, I think, providentially, and he left us that gift of a warning. Leaders who would enrich themselves while their nation goes bankrupt, leaders who exempt themselves from the laws that they enforce on the rest of us – that’s dictatorship!” (Applause) She called out leaders who promised to fight Obamacare but waved the white flag instead and threw under the bus those who did stand up and fight, Senators like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. (More applause) “And you know whom I’m talking about – it’s both sides of the aisle, doggonit.” She said the Democrats in Red States are now running for reelection and running for political cover.
She encouraged the audience to make their voices heard, to hold politicians accountable, to tell anyone who will listen, and to get involved with those “independent, patriotic, grassroots Tea Party movements that are out there standing up for the right values for America.” (Applause) … “Some of these Republicans would, when it is convenient, shy away from any association with the Tea Party. That says a lot. So keep your eyes and ears open for those who would hesitate to embrace what the Tea Party movement is all about.” She reminded the audience that the Tea Party acronym stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” Referring to the recognition that we are “taxed enough already” and that the Constitution should be followed, she said, “What the heck is so radical about that?” (Applause)
Governor Palin mentioned that the 2014 elections are just around the corner and encouraged the audience to “be courageously a part of this next election cycle” and “to keep the faith and share it.” She said to remember that “elections come and go, so the era of Obama is coming to an end, I promise.” (Applause)
She said that in the elections coming up, the other side will offer more of the same – more false promises, more free stuff, and the media “will go along with it and all the deception.” She said that free stuff is a marketing ploy and so seductive. “Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that note comes due … it’s going to be like slavery. We’re going to be beholden to a foreign master.”
She said that great awakening is coming. “If we want to restore this great nation and win back the trust of her people, we need more than defense and opposition…. Common sense conservatism stands for something, so let’s get it out there. Let’s better articulate, as Mike Lee talks about … explain our better vision for moving the poor and the unemployed out of poverty and out of the shackles of dependency on government. We stand for truth. We stand for faith, family, freedom, work ethic, free markets, equal opportunity. We stand for the sanctity of innocent human life itself. We stand for the things that are right and free and good about America. (Applause) Those things that created the most exceptional, prosperous, safest, the most voluntarily generous nation on Earth, those virtues. And these are time-tested truths that show that we care sincerely for our fellow countrymen and recognize that they are not wards of the State but free men and women who can live good and productive lives without DC’s appointed ‘best and brightest’ telling us what to do. We stand for faith, and we stand for faith in something greater than self. We recognize we’re fallible. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we can have faith in He who does.
She said that being able to speak at Billy Graham’s 95th birthday party was the “most humbling event ever” that she was able to participate in. “Absolutely humbling. He left us with a poignant word in a video they showed that night. He was talking about his personal faith. His quote was, ‘My hope is not centered in this world. My hope is centered in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Billy Graham is so right to not have that hope in politician or politics or system of government. That’s false hope.” She said that “politically strange hopey changey stuff that’s part of our political system today” has been proven to be futile politics. (Applause) She said the solution is to try something else besides that “hope rhetoric.”
She asked, “Why did we let the left hijack that term “progress”? She said that we need to apply a new term – “faith and freedom”. “Faith that a Providential hand can still guide us. Let’s ask for it and accept it. And faith that we can still stand for government of the people, by the people, for the people, as intended. And showing faith in our fellow Americans, optimistic faith, that America’s best days are straight ahead. They don’t have to be in the rearview mirror. And faith that we all have a role in this. You do! “ She said that God writes our name on the palm of His hands … which tells us that we are uniquely created with destiny, and I have to believe that destiny is to contribute positively in the real change that our country needs, in that next great awakening that can fundamentally restore, not fundamentally transform America, but fundamentally restore all that is good and right and free. Have faith that you have a role and a responsibility in that mission!” (Applause) “And have faith that finally, even when we do get tired, we will be sustained as we work to fundamentally restore this most blessed nation “
There is much more, including personal stories. The video of this excellent speech by Governor Palin is well worth watching.