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.

Alternating between folksy humor and sharp jabs at President Barack Obama and Democrats, Palin asked “How’s that hope-y, change-y stuff workin’ out for you?”

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.



  1. It interesting to speculate in one’s mind what will come. I see a relatively slow, continuing slide into the abyss. It may take another generation. We will become what the Soviet Union was, or worse (‘Improvements’ in technology), before things really change. I suspect the end result, in another 20 or 30 years, will be a ‘Balkanization’ of what was the United States into smaller regional nations separated by their religious and political and cultural differences.

    Fueling the separation will be increasing acceptance of ‘world government’ along the coasts and great lakes, with rejection elsewhere.

    The bad part about that is that it will be bloody. The standing government will not passively stand by and watch it happen, no matter what it is that actually happens.


  2. “The Empire must be dismantled. No ifs, ands or buts.” …extract from post

    Spot-on Griff, but…? Was Rome dismantled by astute citizens who so too witnessed the creeping core rot from top to bottom?

    This nation is staggering into the abyss as all before in history that have lost both their meter and measure in terms of maintaining their core principles.

    In a thousand years or less the U.S. will simply have become a footnote in the history of failed empires and nations; ie., if history is still written.

    Dismantling takes both thought and effort which seemingly our populace is no longer interested or up to the task. So deadly crises shall be their motivator…no?

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. The tea parties have been compromised. End of story.

    Sarah Palin is not your Moses.

    Fall into the same trap that was laid by Bush in coronating Obama, if that be your will.

    The Empire must be dismantled. No ifs, ands or buts.

  4. When Palin was on the campaign trail it was – at least to me – a joke. Was McCain serious? This was worse than Perot picking war hero Adm. Stockdale in 1992. A nice person but seems to subtract rather than add to the campaign. But now? A year or so later she is looking like a mystic thanks to the daily disintigration of the current administration.

    As far as the TP they have found a reasonable message that folks are buying into but so far I have seen little substance as they focus on the negative. Still early in the game for them.

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