February 4, 2011--- Governor Sarah Palin addressed dinner guests at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California tonight as the keynote speaker for Young America's Foundation Reagan 100 Celebration.
Governor Palin's comments focused around President Reagan's famous "Time for Choosing" speech given on behalf of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. Many claim his election to the presidency stemed from this single speech.
The following are highlights from Governor Palin's remarks:
Recalling the adventures she and daughter Bristol had riding horses on the ranch earlier in the day, "When you are here, you can distinctly feel his spirit."
On Liberalism and Big Government:
"The Left's version of American exceptionalism is an exceptionally big government."
"President Reagan saw the dangers in LBJ's Great Society... he saw our nation at a critical turning point. He wanted to know if American still had the courage and the will to not only endure, but to arise, succeed, and soar."
"My fellow Americans, this is not the road to greatness. It is the road to ruin."
On Energy Independence:
"I'm in favor of a sound, all-of-the-above approach to energy independence."
On the Economy:
"We need a vibrant economy that actually produces, grows, and builds things again."
"History has proven again and again that when government picks the winners and losers, we're stuck with the losers."
On the Christian Faith:
"Our grandparents put their faith in God, not government. They didn't demand bailouts. They didn't need stimulus."
"We are an army of patriotic Davids who are not afraid to tell Goliath: 'Don't you tread on me!'
On the Virtues of the US Military:
"Fine examples of the steel spine and the moral courage that we need."
"Keep the flame of the Reagan Revolution burning bright."
On American Patriotism:
"Know that we are a force for good in this world, and that is nothing to apologize for."
"Friends, we are not helpless. Our future is in our own hands."
"This is our time of choosing... how we answer will be our glory or our shame."
Governor Palin's remarks were a beautiful and fitting tribute to the 40th President and the conservative movement. Afterward, she graciously agreed to remain at the Reagan Ranch until everyone present had the opportunity to have a photo taken with her.
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