Sarah Palin, the mouth that roared, brought Tea Party activists to their feet in Nashville Saturday with a rousing speech that called for a “new American revolution.”
Palin, of course, was preaching to the choir — a conservative audience that provided the perfect venue for the former Alaska Governor and failed vice-presidential candidate.
She had high praise for the Tea Bag Party.
“This movement is about the people,” Palin said. “Government is supposed to be working for the people.”
Amid multiple standing ovations, the keynote speaker to the opening session of the Tea Party’s first national convention played to the heart of the group’s anti-establishment, grass-roots image.
Her audience waved flags and erupted in cheers during multiple standing ovations as Palin gave the keynote address at the first national convention of the “tea party” coalition. It’s an anti-establishment, grass-roots network motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and Obama’s policies.
She promoted limited government, strict adherence to the Constitution, and the “God-given right” of freedom. She said the “fresh, young and fragile” movement is the future of American politics because it’s “a ground-up call to action” to both major political parties to change how they do business. “You’ve got both party machines running scared,” she said.
Palin suggested that the party should remain leaderless and cautioned against allowing the movement to be defined by any one person. “This is about the people” and “it’s a lot bigger than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter,” she said, jabbing at Obama.