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Posts Tagged ‘Wisconisn’

Sarah Palin to Obama: “Mr. President, Game On!”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 31, 2012

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One of Governor Palin’s most outstanding speeches was given in Madison, Wisconsin at the Tax Day Tea Party.   Governor Palin took the fight to the opposition as she supported Governor Scott Walker and conservatives in their fight against the union thugs in Wisconsin.

Clay Barbour and Doug Erickson reported on the event at the Wisconsin State Journal:

Cold, blustery conditions did little to quell the heated rhetoric Saturday as thousands gathered at the state Capitol for a pair of dueling rallies.

But what started with a tax day event on the east side and a pro-union rally on the south side turned quickly into a contest over who could scream louder as union supporters crowded tea party activists and tried to drown out their speakers.

The commotion, however, did not stop keynote speaker Sarah Palin from hitting her marks. Braving the snow and stinging wind, the former Alaska governor took shots at unions and the president, while defending Gov. Scott Walker and his efforts to curb collective bargaining for public employees.

“Your governor did the right thing and you won,” she yelled, over the din of protesters. “Your beautiful state won.”

Saturday marked the third straight year Wisconsin’s tea parties have hosted a Tax Day Rally at the Capitol. This year’s event occurred in the shadow of a two-month battle between union supporters and the governor.

That tension gave birth to the counter rally, which took place on the opposite side of the Capitol and featured speakers like Mayor-elect Paul Soglin and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton.

Walker’s controversial collective bargaining bill, currently stuck in the courts, has sharply divided the state and led to recall efforts against eight Republican state senators. And though eight Democratic senators also face possible recalls, Saturday’s tea party rally was seen by many as an effort to energize the GOP in the face of growing opposition.

“I think everything that’s happened in the past few months has them worried,” said Kimi Ishikawa, a Madison-area teacher who attended the counter-rally. “I think they now know we are going to keep going and not let up.”

According to Capitol police, about 6,500 attended the rallies. Officials could not say which was bigger, mainly because the counter-rally protesters spent as much time jeering the tea party event as they did listening to their own speakers. Most observers agreed, however, that both crowds seemed roughly equal in size.

Palin was joined Saturday in the tea party rally by radio personality Vicki McKenna, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund and controversial conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who at one point told the loud counter-protesters to “go to hell.”

Palin spent much of her 16-minute speech criticizing President Obama but started with praise for Walker. Noting that she has many teachers in her family, and is a former union member herself, Palin said Walker understands that a state must be solvent in order to take care of its public sector workers.

“He’s not trying to hurt union members, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions,” she said.

Wearing a skirt and no hat or gloves, she didn’t seem bothered by the weather, saying, “I feel like I’m at home.” She said she came to Madison because “this is where real courage and real integrity can be found.”

Palin lit into Obama, calling his financial stimulus package “useless” and several of his initiatives, including “really fast trains” and solar shingles, “cockamamie and harebrained.” She mentioned 2012 repeatedly, at one point saying, “The 2012 election begins here.”

Jedediah Bila wrote at The Daily Caller:

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate credited the Tea Party with winning “an electoral victory of historic proportions last November.” She praised Scott Walker’s efforts toward fiscal discipline. She stood up to the GOP establishment. And she had a strong message for Barack Obama as we approach 2012: “Mr. President, game on!”

Palin, who stems from “a family of schoolteachers,” reached out to Wisconsin’s union members: “I’m here today as a patriot, as a taxpayer, as a former union member, and as the wife of a union member … A pension is a promise that must be kept. Now your Governor, Scott Walker, understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises. And that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey, folks — he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions.”

She talked tough with respect to the watered-down budget compromise reached by President Obama, John Boehner, and Harry Reid, affirming, “That is not courage. That’s capitulation.” She added, “Now there is a lesson here — in the Beltway politico, something that they need to understand — the lesson comes from here in Madison. So, our lesson is to the GOP establishment first … if you stand on the platform, if you stand by your pledges, we will stand with you. We will fight with you, GOP. We have your back. Together we will win because America will win.”

“We didn’t elect you just to re-arrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic,” Palin continued. “We didn’t elect you just to stand back and watch Obama redistribute those deck chairs. What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight.” She added, “Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team — those champions — maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders, they need to learn how to fight like a girl!”

Palin called out President Obama on his unsuccessful stimulus, big-government promoting SOTU address, and proclivity toward ignoring the will of the people via Obamacare, reckless spending, and proposals for tax increases on the middle class and job creators. She challenged his tendency to “apologize for America while you bow and kowtow to our enemies and you snub our allies like Israel,” as well as the manner in which “you [Barack Obama] cut off oil development here and then you hypocritically praise foreign countries for their drilling.”

“We the people, we rose up, and we decisively rejected the Left’s big-government agenda,” Palin asserted. “We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.”

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She continued, “No, our president isn’t leading. He’s punting on this debt crisis. The only future that Barack Obama is trying to win is his own re-election. He’s willing to mortgage your children’s future to ensure his own. And that is not the audacity of hope. That’s cynicism. Piling more debt onto our children and our grandchildren — it’s not courage. No, that’s cowardice.” She added, “You ignored us in 2010. But you cannot ignore us in 2012.”

Palin expressed strong support for common-sense conservatives in Madison and a positive message for America as we look forward to the next presidential election: “Madison, you defended that 2010 electoral mandate. You are heroes. You are patriots. And when the history of this Tea Party movement is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. Your historic stand brought down the curtain on the last election, and the 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will take it and we will win back our country … We will fight for America. And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin. It starts here! It starts now! … Mr. President, game on!”

Palin’s Madison speech reminds us of some important things. She’s not in the least bit afraid of a tough crowd. She’ll hold members of her party accountable if they don’t keep their word. She is passionate about the Tea Party movement and isn’t about to abandon her conservative principles in order to fit in with what’s cool in D.C. And she is one tough cookie.

Most importantly, Sarah Palin sounds ready, willing, and able to tackle the Obama agenda. Like I always say, let the games begin.

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