Following is the complete audio transcript of Governor Palin’s speech to introduce Michael Reagan. This will spawn a new window. The audio is quite muted and distant, so you will have to crank the volume up high. There is a video on Real Clear Politics, however, it consists of this soundtrack with a single still shot of Governor Palin.
Following is Governor Palin’s Tweet on Twitter regarding the intro:
“On my way to intro Michael Reagan & hear him speak re: what his wise, innovative father, Pres. Reagan, would do in these challenging times” (Palin, 2009).
Salient points from Governor Palin’s introduction:
[The government is planning to] “bail out debt ridden states” so it can “get in there and control the people.” “Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt?” Palin asked. “It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained” (RCP, 2009, Â¶1).
“Screw political correctness” (Palin, 2009).
Michael Reagan had this to say about Governor Palin when she delivered her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on September 3, 2008:
I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind (Reagan, 2008, Â¶1).
I was wrong! (Reagan, 2008, Â¶2)
“Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she (Reagan, 2008, Â¶3).
And what a she! (Reagan, 2008, Â¶4)
In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene (Reagan, 2008, Â¶5).
Commentary — Memoir Material
The connection of Governor Palin to Ronald Reagan is significant and accounted for this author’s transition from interested observer to active blogger campaigner.
Michael Reagan’s words formed the basis for this author’s “SuperSonic Sarah” concept. Those words were inscribed on a rally sign, which she autographed on October 8, 2008 at 1352 EDT, followed by autographing the author’s polo shirt over his heart one minute later. The foregoing became the basis of the author’s video tribute:
Commentary — Analysis
Governor Palin embodies the core principles of conservatism, to wit: small, limited federal government; culture of life and human dignity; low taxes; constitutional originalist; domestic energy production; support for the Second Amendment; support of our national interests and security. She is a transformational leader who has the ability to draw a crowd and motivate her constituents. She has a star power that no other conservative has displayed since Ronald Reagan. Her love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and shooting — puts her in a league with Teddy Roosevelt. Her connection to Ronald Reagan is being documented here. Some have cited similarities to Margaret Thatcher. And the Governor has a Princess Diana aspect to her, with the loving way she interacts with her supporters.
Is it any wonder that in an unscientific US News and World Report poll 91.41% regarded Governor Palin as Obama’s greatest political threat (Obama Threat, 2009)?
Governor Palin’s Tweet on June 3, 2009 at the 19th hour and the 57th minute (EDT) followed by her speech that night completed the circle and confirmed Michael Reagan’s sentiments. She is carrying Ronald Wilson Reagan’s torch. She is being called, and hopefully soon, she will summon and beckon us to follow her to that shining city on a hill…..
To be continued….
Palin, S.L.H. (2009, June 3). Introduction of Michael Reagan (Audio Transcript). Anchorage, AK.
Palin, S.L.H. (2009, June 3). Twitter Page Entry 19:57 EDT. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://twitter.com/AKGovSarahPalin/status/2024876545
RCP Staff. (2009, June). “Palin: Government wants to control the people.” Real Clear Politics. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/06/04/palin_government_wants_to_control_the_people.html
Reagan, M. (2008, September 4). “Welcome back, dad!” Human Events. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28389&s=rcmp
Who poses the biggest political threat to Obama? (n.d.). US News and World Report. Retrieved June 5, 2009 from: http://www.usnews.com/polls/obamas-biggest-opponent/results.html