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Posts Tagged ‘Reagan Ranch’

Sarah Palin’s Reagan 100 speech: ‘Choosing the Stars’

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 30, 2012

Video retrieved from .  Text of speech can be found here.

Governor Palin gave the keynote speech for the Reagan 100 celebration of  Reagan’s 100th birthday.  During her visit to the Reagan Ranch, Governor Palin was given a private tour of the ranch, which she mentions during her speech.  Jensen Sutta, the photographer who was hired to photograph the tour, tells that story here.

bain 12 at Alaskans4Palin wrote an excellent article about Governor Palin’s speech:

Governor Sarah Palin addressed dinner guests at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California on February 4, 2011 as the keynote speaker for the Young America’s Foundation Reagan 100 Celebration. I got a little misty eyed as I watched it live. For a precious hour it was ‘Morning in America’ again! An oasis in the Obama desert. This was as “presidential” a speech as you will ever see.

Note at the beginning of her speech where Sarah describes riding on the same trails that Ronald Reagan had cleared. Sarah is doing that politically now: Following in Reagan’s footsteps.

“There isn’t one replacement for Reagan, but there are millions who believe in the great ideas that he espoused,” Governor Palin told her audience.”There is a whole army of patriotic Davids out there across this great country ready to stand up and to speak out in defense of Liberty, and these Davids aren’t afraid to tell Goliath, ‘Don’t Tread On Me!’”

In this one statement, Sarah gives ownership of America to those in whom it rightly belongs. It’s up to us. Last night she said there would never be another Reagan. But just as Reagan did, “We The People” must fight for Conservative values, principles and personal responsibility. That is how we all can honor Reagan.

Sarah continued: “He (Reagan) saw our nation at a critical turning point. We could choose one direction or the other: Socialism, or freedom and free markets; Collectivism or individualism. In his words we could choose the swamp or the stars.

It took a Carter to get a Reagan. Both Reagan and Sarah Palin credit the love, spirit, and greatness of America to its people, not to themselves. Both Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin place their trust in people, created in the image of God, guided by Constitutionally guaranteed freedom, to excel. Real leaders give authority and credit to the people who are actually in charge of getting things done. Sarah leads with the understanding that people yearn for the freedom to lead themselves. She provides a springboard and a rallying cry from which American Patriots can move ahead if they so choose.

They’re not comfortable with her because Sarah is not a member of the establishment. “The irony,” according to Lee Edwards, a Reagan biographer and fellow at the Heritage Foundation, “is that neither was Reagan.” President Reagan would be proud of Sarah Palin!

“I must admit it was an impressive speech. The first I have heard her give since she accepted the VP nomination, only much better. Reaganesque even.” – (Follow this link to read the entire article from Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett)

Some highlights from Governor Palin’s speech –

“As an Alaskan I proudly consider myself a western conservative in the spirit of Ronald Reagan…He refused to sit down and be silent as our liberties were eroding by an out-of-control centralized government that over-taxed and over-reached in utter disregard to our Constitutional limits.”

“President Reagan said that you can’t be for big government, big taxes, big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”

“In the words of the left, American exceptionalism is ‘exceptionally big government.'”

“History has proven again and again that when government picks the winners and losers, we’re stuck with the losers.”

“The stimulus didn’t stimulate anything but a tea party.”

“Last November, ‘We the People’ rose up and decisively rejected big government. We don’t want it! We can’t afford it! Enough is enough!”

(On ‘green jobs’) “This is not an economic policy. Its not an energy policy. This is diversion and this is social engineering. This is not the road to national greatness – This is the road to ruin. Its ‘crony’ capitalism on steroids.”

“I’m in favor of a sound, all-of-the-above approach to energy independence.”

“Put faith in God, not government.”

Also see:

Palin on Reagan: He was ‘America’s lifeguard’  

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Gov. Palin Visits Reagan Country (via BigGovernment.com)

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

Seldom does someone like Ronald Reagan, or Sarah Palin, come along. It is fitting that we honor the 100th birthday of this great man. As those of you who follow us know, Sarah Palin gave a speech sponsored by the Young Americas Foundation to kick off a weekend of celebration of Reagan’s 100th birthday, which is today.

In her speech, Gov. Palin talked a bit about her experience when she visited the Reagan Ranch earlier that day. A wonderful (and accurate) account of this by Andrew Coffin can be found at BigGovernment.com. With Bristol and her son Tripp, as well as Willow and Trig, Sarah Palin enjoyed so much of what this place had to offer.

“Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.”


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

But also she gave back to those at the ranch and the Young Americas Foundation. She met with the students and spent time with everyone there.

“Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, director of several films on Ronald Reagan, was present throughout the Governor’s trip. ‘Throughout the day,’ Steve told me, ‘whether it was Ranch hands, students, staff, or donors, it was obvious to me that Governor Palin was there not for herself but to give of herself. She epitomized the values she mentioned in her speech—those of duty and service she equated to our grandparents’ generation.'”


Photo credit: (c) Kevin Steele

Please follow the link below to see more amazing photos and read more of this account:

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Palin Visits Reagan Country

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Gov. Palin at Ronald Reagan Ranch

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 6, 2011

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

Andrew Coffin at Big Government wrote an inspiring account of Governor Palin’s visit to the Ronald Reagan Ranch prior to her speaking at his centennial birthday celebration Friday night. He included great pictures of her and her family riding horses, taking in the view, and simply walking in the 40th president’s footsteps.

Coffin shares:

Our day with Governor Palin actually started much earlier than her arrival at the Reagan Ranch Center. We first greeted Governor Palin when she arrived at the Reagan Ranch itself, family in tow. Joined by Bristol, Willow, Trig, and grandson Tripp, the Governor visited Ronald Reagan’s favorite retreat for the sole purpose of walking in his footsteps, to better understand what motivated and inspired this great man. We had to ask her to let us chronicle the event in photos and video, to which she reluctantly agreed.

Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.

Though it was clear the Governor enjoyed the experience, it was also clear that this was not just for her—this was an opportunity for her to share the life of her hero with her family. It was a way for her to impart her values, those she shares with Ronald Reagan, with Bristol, Willow, Trig, and Tripp, just as our organization does for hundreds of young people every year as they visit and are inspired by their opportunity to “meet” Ronald Reagan at his Ranch.

There was a moment late in the day that really sticks with me. It had been a full day–there was so much for us to share and the Governor to take in. As the tour wound down, we stopped at one of the highest points on the Ranch, where a spectacular view opens up to the Santa Ynez Valley. The day was crystal clear, and our small group could look out over the rolling hills of ranchland and wine country framed by the peaks of a distant mountain range. I shared with the Governor something the president told Barbara Walters in an interview at Rancho del Cielo in 1981. Why does this remote property mean so much to you, Walters wondered? The president’s answer was simple:

I suppose it’s the scriptural line, “I look to the hills from whence cometh my strength.” I understand it a little better when I’m up here.

We paused at this spot and Governor Palin walked a few feet away from the rest of the group, to take in more of this dramatic California Central Coast vista, and, I think, to reflect on the experiences she had at the Ranch that day.

Anyone who has visited Rancho del Cielo knows there is a remarkable simplicity to the property. It’s the ting [sic] that shocks most visitors now, as it did the world leaders who visited Reagan there. The president lived in a small, 1,800 square foot adobe with no central air or heat. He built much of the Ranch himself, including an impressive stretch of sturdy, telephone-pole fencing that surrounds the home site and pond. Everything about the Ranch reflects the great American, and, particularly, western ideals that Ronald Reagan cherished: hard work, responsibility, stewardship of the land, freedom, and opportunity.

It was clear on Friday that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth—it is these great western ideals, and the way they could be seen at the Ranch in small but telling details, that she viscerally connected with. And I have to admit, it was fun to see up close how genuine that connection was.

Governor Palin went out of the way in her speech to not lay claim to the mantle of Ronald Reagan. “Many people today are looking for the next Reagan. But he was one of a kind, and we won’t see his like again,” she said later in her speech, but it’s his principles and values to which we must lay claim.

Read Coffin’s full article here. He went on to debunk The New York Times false claims, which I wrote about yesterday, that Governor Palin didn’t mingle with supporters and that she left immediately after her speech. Click here to see pictures of Governor Palin at the ranch. Both the full article and the pictures are definitely worth a look.

(h/t C4P)

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