Palin’s acceptance speech – my notes

Sarah Palin, the firestorm that’s taking this country by storm, spoke loudly and clearly Wednesday night, and the Democrats (and the media) don’t know what to do about it.

In the words of Mike Huckabee, the elite media has managed to do what we thought could not be done:  to unify the Republican party.  They shouldn’t have picked on this lady.

Sarah Palin herself says that same media had just one year ago had written McCain off as having failed in his effort to win the nomination.  They didn’t know John McCain – he’s a fighter.  “As as the mother of one of those troops, that’s exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.”  She’s proud of “all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.”

And thus began the speech that defined the next Vice President of the USA:

No family seems typical, and that’s how it is with us.  Some children need special love, and to the families with special needs across America, I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the white house.

Todd … we met in high school, and five children and twenty years later, he’s still my guy.

This is America and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.

These people grow our food and run our factories and fight our wars and are always proud of America.

The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?  Lipstick.

A small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except you have actual responsibilities.  In small towns we don’t know what to do with a candidate who lavish praise on them when they are listening and talk bad about us when we aren’t.  We don’t like people who talk one way in Scranton and another in San Francisco.

I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment.  I’ve learned in the past few days that if you’re not in that establishment, some in the media consider a candidate unqualified, for that reason alone.

I’ve got news for the media:  I’m not going to Washington to seek their favor, I’m going to serve the people of this great nation.  Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason, not just to mingle, but … to leave this nation better than we found it … govern with a servant’s heart.  I pledge to carry this spirit as VP of the USA.  This is the spirit that brought me to the Gov office when I stood up to the good old boys, and I learned that sudden reform doesn’t sit well with retrenched politician, and in short order we put the state of Alaska

I came to office to control spending, by request if possible, or veto if not.  Our state budget is under control and we have a surplus.  Despite fierce opposition to oil

Competition and basic fairness.  I fought to bring about the largest public sector infrastructure project, and when that deal was struck, we will use that $40B natural gas pipeline to lead our nation to energy independence.  We cannot leave our nation at the mercy of foreign suppliers.  We can’t leave our security in the hands of Iran or Saudi Arabia or Venezuela.

The fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.  Starting in January, we will move forward with drilling for more oil and natural gas, and more coal, and wind power, and solar …

With out opponent, listening to him speak, it’s easy to remember that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single piece of major legislation.  This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word Victory except in terms of his own campaign.

When the speech is over, what has he done?  Reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.  Victory in Iraq is within sight and he wants to forfeit.  Terrorists want to inflict catastrophic harm and he’s worried someone won’t read them their rights.

Government is too big.  He wants top grow it.  taxes are too high and he wants to raise them.  the demo nominee plans to raise payroll taxes and income taxes and the death tax and increase the burden byu hundreds of billions of dollars.  How will small businesses be better off if taxes go up?  how are you going to be better off if our opponent

some candidates use change to promote their careers and then there are some like John McCain to use their careers to pormote change.  They are the ones whose names appear on laws and reforms and not just on buttons and banners.

Our nominee doesn’t run with the Washington elite …  a leader who’s not looking for a fight but sure isn’t afraid of one either.  Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the do-nothing Senate, said quote I can’t stand John McCain.  No accolade we here this week is better proof that we’ve chosen the right man.  Clearly what he was driving at is that he can’t stand up to John McCain, one more reason to take the maverick out of the Senate and in the White House

The American Presidency is not to be a journey of personal discovery.  It’s not just a community and doesn’t need just an organizer.  there is only one man in this election who have every really fought for you, in places where winning means survival and defeat means death and that man is John McCain

He is the kind of men whose names you will find on war memorials in small towns across America, except that he came home.  He has seen evil and how evil is overcome.

When he would shuffle back from interrogation he would flash a grin and a thumbs up to say we’re gonna pull through this and he is the kind of man who will help us pull through he next few years.

Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

And that’s why they picked her!


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