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Sarah Palin takes 'Restoring Honor' stage


Credit: Alex Brandon/AP

By Philip Rucker
Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to urge tens of thousands of conservative activists to honor the men and women in the military.

(Full coverage: The Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton rallies)

The former Alaska governor said she was speaking not as a politician but as the mother of a combat veteran. Evoking the legacies of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and former presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Palin called on Americans to restore traditional values to the country by celebrating those who have fought for the nation's freedoms.

"We must not fundamentally transform America, as some would want," Palin said at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington. "We must restore America and restore her honor."

Palin spoke of restraining evil and protecting "God-given liberty."

"These giants who are linked by a solid-rock foundation of faith in the one true god of justice," Palin said.

Recalling Americans who fought at Bunker Hill and Gettysburg, the Republican called the military "a force for good in this country." She honored three military veterans, hugging them onstage and telling the crowd to look to them as inspiration.

"Here today, at the crossroads of our history, may this day be the change point," Palin said. "Look around you. You're not alone. You are Americans! You have the same steel spine and moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them."

The crowd responded with chants of "USA! USA! USA!"

By Philip Rucker  |  August 28, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
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80,000 people showed up in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on the same Sunday to protest the handling of the Philippines hostage taking incident where about six Hong Kong residents were killed.

Half a million at Becki and cerebral Sarah's discourse on the "future of America?"

Not that big a turnout in comparison, is it? Most have been a ball game that day.

Posted by: thetroubleboys | August 30, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The BP America should worry about is Beck and Palin.

Posted by: griffiths1936 | August 30, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Yawn! Again, Palin plays the victim card, this time preemptively; saying she is the mother of a combat vet and nobody can take that from her. Which begs question, WHO is taking that away from her? Give us names, Sarah.

For people bent out of shape about the NYC mosque, saying the Muslims needed to show more sensitivity to the 9-11 victims, they sure are hypocritical, since they were criticized over the fact that the rally was where MLK gave his I Have a Dream Speech; saying that black people don't own MLK.

Furthermore, when was "honor" lost? What status is it being "restored" to? What it is is a rally similar to the Brownshirts of the 1920s and 1930s: In that case, Germany didn't lose, the Jews betrayed Germany and sold them out to a conspiracy of communists and bankers. The Beer Hall ruffians were lower class segments bankrolled by corporate and Imperial regime elements. The Tea Party is similar: "Their" country was "stolen." Not that anyone wanted a change or new ideas and policies but stolen by ACORN and SEIU and Soros. Whether it is in Germany in the 1920s or here and now, it is the same: Scapegoating minorities and intellectuals for economic or political problems and selling easy solutions. In Germany, many refused to look in mirror and admit the Kaiser's foolishness in taking Germany into WWI in first place caused many of their problems (though Versaille Treaty WAS unduly harsh) and here, the TP refuse to admit that Bush/Cheney policies and to a degree the precursor Reagan policies of tax cuts for top percentile, mass deregulation and incessant military spending (in this case a needless attack and occupation vis a vis Iraq)paid for by borrowing (Cheney said deficits don't matter) brought us to brink. Easier to blame poor people or minorities for getting loans they could not repay, which has been proven to be a lie, emanating from neocons and right wing propagandists; most subprime borrowers were white, middle income.

The Tea Party is simply a reincarnation of the Brownshirts.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou248 | August 29, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an idiot!!!!

Posted by: curley_cathy | August 29, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

How much did the celebrity Sarah Payin cash only get for her appearance fee?

Posted by: whocares666 | August 29, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

"We must restore America and restore her honor."

Complete senseless ranting of the idiotic couple.

I am surprised they are given any credence.

Posted by: e_ssy | August 29, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I hate the lies stated below regarding Palin's son, Track, and his military service. The info stated about him is untrue and the stated regulations do not apply to him. He enlisted for active duty in the Army and was assigned to the Delta Company, 52nd Infantry ("Dragoons"), an anti-tank regiment assigned to a combat zone in the Iraq. He served honorably without favoritism and had an honorable military discharge. Now leave him alone and out of your false accusations.

Posted by: truga1
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No problem. Just show us Trig's birth certificate and we will go away.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 29, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

NY POST WALL STREET JOURNAL FOX

NEWS

What do they have in common?

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 29, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

New York Times
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
By FRANK RICH
Published: August 28, 2010

"ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.
There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.

All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president...."

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 29, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

We must not allow the rich and their puppets to dominate the politics of this country or world for that matter.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 29, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

We must not allow the rich to dominate the politics of this country or world for that matter.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 29, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

All of a sudden, (Non-Political for a day) Evangelical Beck should have restored "his honor" by saying he was wrong to judge and say the President was a racist.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 29, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

How much did Sarah get paid for this gig?

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 29, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

ok, honor Fine.Values? check.

Precisely how? I mean, I've got scads of honor. I return lost wallets, hold the door for women and return change when it is too much.

i decline to be specific, but many leaders of the past have talked about returning their nations to duty and honor and so on. It rarely worked out.

Posted by: summicron1 | August 29, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

We could call this episode, "Roots: America Style." A CNN Opinion piece about the rally is entitled, "U.S. was born a Christian nation." That, along with Beck's theme and message, where he even drew analogies to the Biblical narrative of Moses and the Israelites in U.S. history (i.e. in today's "The Hill", or Moses-in-history.com) is no doubt healthy and cleansing for the country. It gets a lot of us thinking.

Taking stock, looking back, asking who we are, and where we came from. How did we get here? My hunch is that most people under 40 would draw a blank to such questions, but I doubt if anyone would say they're dumb.

Maybe Beck, Palin, and the rest, are using religion as a vehicle to help people redefine America in the 21st century by just having us refocus on the founders. This kind of rally should not be seen as divisive, just the opposite, IMO.

Posted by: Iceberg2 | August 29, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

YAWN!

Posted by: hakafos44 | August 29, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I hate the lies stated below regarding Palin's son, Track, and his military service. The info stated about him is untrue and the stated regulations do not apply to him. He enlisted for active duty in the Army and was assigned to the Delta Company, 52nd Infantry ("Dragoons"), an anti-tank regiment assigned to a combat zone in the Iraq. He served honorably without favoritism and had an honorable military discharge. Now leave him alone and out of your false accusations.

Posted by: truga1 | August 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Chagasman said: "We must restore America and restore her honor."

Well, we are all waiting to find out what she really means by this. Only the very dumb and very gullible would clap at a statement like this. Hitler probably used the same kind of statements to whip up his audiences, before he started firing up his ovens.

I dislike Palin's rhetoric and have rolled my eyes more than once a the spectacle of this day, but we all have to stop making these ludicrous comparison between Hitler/ Nazis/ Fascists/ Socialists/ Marxits and whomever we disagree with. Political parties are not home football teams for us to blindly love and follow. They're ideologies we found ourselves most agreeing with. Reason is lost in a forest somewhere and we need to find her.

Posted by: zbrandt9221 | August 28, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"We must restore America and restore her honor."

Well, we are all waiting to find out what she really means by this. Only the very dumb and very gullible would clap at a statement like this. Hitler probably used the same kind of statements to whip up his audiences, before he started firing up his ovens.

Posted by: Chagasman | August 28, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Just thought I'd share this:
Army Regulation 601-210, paragraph 4-8b, forbids this [4]
Applicant who, as a condition for any civil conviction or adverse disposition or any other reason through a civil or criminal court, is ordered or subjected to a sentence that implies or imposes enlistment into the Armed Forces of the United States is not eligible for enlistment"

Posted by: angtrnr | August 28, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Now she's the "mother of a combat veteran?" I know that Track enlisted in the National Guard to avoid jail for drug charges and vandalism, but just when did he see any combat? Seriously, she thinks Americans are dumber than she is. At least Beck stopped her from using "reload" when she referenced her little bumper sticker slogan. You could tell it was hard for her to refrain from adding it.

Posted by: smgess | August 28, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Were any of you there? The right to speak ones mind is rightfully american, but to malign based on ignorance and vitreal hatred without facts is disgusting... I was there this afternoon, and frankly was surprised by the religous tone. Not really what I was expecting. That being said, I saw no inference of hate, plurality, or other polarizing dialogue. What I saw and heard was man espousing his beliefs. I saw a woman and mom supporting a soldier. I saw 2 to 3 hundred thousand others listen. All had the right to leave, to stay, to agree or disagree. this is America. If you like what you hear, stay and listen. If you don't, leave. Its simple. The disturbing thing is reading some of the rants/posts from those that obviously have no clue as to what this event was about. The pure hatred some have for Mrs Palin is headscratching.

Posted by: angtrnr | August 28, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin invoked the steel spines of Washington, Lincoln and King. She must now be advocating a strong national government response to our nation's needs. Washington wanted a "consolidated" government to overcome the weakness of state governments under the Articles of Confederation. Lincoln went to war to overcome state government defense of slavery. King called on national government action to end state government defense of segregation and "property right". Very courageous of her and how come the liberal press missed her political conversion.

Posted by: ghamilton1787 | August 28, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin invoked the steel spines of Washington, Lincoln and King. She must now be advocating a strong national government response to our nation's needs. Washington wanted a "consolidated" government to overcome the weakness of state governments under the Articles of Confederation. Lincoln went to war to overcome state government defense of slavery. King called on national government action to end state government defense of segregation and "property rights". Very courageous of her and how come the liberal press missed her political conversion.

Posted by: ghamilton1787 | August 28, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin invoked the steel spines of Washington, Lincoln and King. She must now be advocating a strong national government response to our nation's needs. Washington wanted a "consolidated" government to overcome the weakness of state governments under the Articles of Confederation. Lincoln went to war to overcome state government defense of slavery. King called on national government action to end state government defense of segregation and "property rights". Very courageous of her and how come the liberal press missed her political conversion.

Posted by: ghamilton1787 | August 28, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

What is Sarah measuring with her fingers? Hehehe...

Seriously, I'm glad Glenn and Sarah had their date on the Mall and now they can return to their "jobs."

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 28, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin missed the part where Jesus did away with the "Law," which part is plainer than the Ten Commandments she claims is plain but which Jesus supplanted. One supposes she seeks support of Jews by sidestepping Jesus, but with her, one cannot say. She is not a member of an evangelical church. She is Pentecostal. Pentecostals speak in tongues with guitar accompaniment. That is what she is speaking in.

Posted by: maxiceska | August 28, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The higher a monkey climbs a tree,

The more of her fanny we get to see.

Sarah, your slip is showing.

We have seen enough.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | August 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The higher a monkey climbs a tree,

The more of her fanny we get to see.

Sarah, your slip is showing.

We have seen enough.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | August 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It is very upsetting to see that an event, one that I watched in its entirety, would recieve such comments of hate and bigotry from people who obviously didn't watch it. America needs to heal itself, its obvious by all the comments posted. There is a deep rooted hatred against patriots it seems. This rally was a call for all of us to wake up. It wasn't political, if you didn't watch it in its entirety and are simply commenting based on what someone else said then please do some research on your own, make your decisions based on fact, find out for yourself and you may just realize the actual message of the rally. Wake up America, quit using political groups, politically controlled media outlets, and political affiliations to tell what is right and wrong. We need to do our homework, read the actual documents, study what actually happened, make up our own minds. Stop being media controlled sheep, lazily basing decisions on what some media outlet tells us, or hints at. Let's base our decisions on what actually occured. I have done my homework, I have served my country in Afghanistan on two seperate one year tours. I would hope we will learn from fact, do our homework.

Posted by: justasoldier | August 28, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Beauty-queen-turned-grifter, twittering twit of the tundra, queen of the bewildered herd; all these and more describe Sarah Palin. Thus when she speaks, it is as if one is watching TV with the sound muted because everything she says is meaningless and hollow.

With Palin, the lights are burning bright, but there is nobody home.

Posted by: TheghostofLennyBruce | August 28, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the liberals are smelling defeat at the polls in 2010 and 2012, so they're ramping up their Hate Machines. Too bad, lefties, we've seen through your act, and you're being voted out of office big time!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

In today's episode of Soap Opera Sarah, she agrees with Glenn Beck that he is the second coming of Moses and Jesus both and they meet with Rove at Fox News HQ to come up with more lies and smears - this time Obama's gay and the 14th Amendment was never ratified. Back in Wasilla, Todd lobbies the town council to make a high school diploma a requirement of being mayor to thwart the father of his illegitimate grandson in his political and reality show ambitions.

Bristol and Levi reunite on "Dancing With the Stars" after Levi goes on "Early Morning" again and says he lied when he said he lied about lying about Sarah. Meanwhile, Todd finally punches out the evil liberal neighbor for selling a midnight audio recording of Palin's "Christian" witchdoctor chanting to the The Rolling Stone.

Tune in tomorrow for another edition of "Old White Joe's" when Joe Miller joins the lineup of Joe Barton and Joe Wilson to discuss the struggle of being a Republican with Tourette Syndrome.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin's idea is to "restore America" to a time when:

- gays had even less rights and feared walking down the street

- abortions were relegated to back alleys

- those who were not lily white "Christians" were disenfranchised

- there were Communists in our soup

- the poor and minorities received inferior education and health care

- torture

Posted by: areyousaying | August 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and others have frequently referred to our "God-given liberty". I find it odd that God waited thousands of years to grant liberty; why did he wait? It's also odd that he chose to grant it only to a group of people that at the time constituted a relatively small percentage of the world. And look what that group did to the indigenous population; it's difficult to imagine that any God had that in mind. Moreover, almost all of the concepts of American liberty had been written about by many in the Enlightenment, having nothing to do with God. Some people talk about being afraid that Muslims want to push Sharia law; yet we have as much or more to fear from these people who push Biblical law, as Sarah Palin does when she says "Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments."

Posted by: asm_ith | August 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Pray tell, what does this woman know about honor?

Is it honorable to force a minor raped by a male relative to have a child born out of that union?

Is it honorable to support the use of the N-word in public?

Is it honorable to be an uneducated, ignorant lout who doesn't know the difference between Pakistan and Palestine?

Is it honorable to lie about "death panels" in a healthcare bill when no such thing existed?

Is it honorable to quit a job to which she was elected two years into it because she wanted to trade up to Fox News and big $$$ and adulation from people who are just as nasty as she is?

There is nothing honorable about this bigoted, nasty woman who wields a fake Christianity and a divisive sense of what being an American means. She represents the very worst of America. To see her racist talk trash and pretend to stand for what MLK stood should make any American nauseous.

Posted by: jaysit | August 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This woman is an idiot and this fake rally is a joke at best. LOL

Posted by: cholly85241 | August 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This woman is an idiot and this rally is a joke at best.

Posted by: cholly85241 | August 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Sarah and Glenn are actually saying to America's out of work tea partiers:

"Join the military, become part of the world's largest tax-payer funded socialist organization ever!"

Posted by: lifesized | August 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

This is self aggrandizement at it's worse. The founders are rolling over in their graves listening to those who clearly do not understand the principles on which this country was founded and developed. Those such as Bob Hope supported the military.
Tireless service entertaining the troops. Republicans have treated vets like Cr@p. Personally I would hate to live in a world where Palin was in charge of nukes. Frightening. Very Frightening.

Posted by: chucko2 | August 28, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Beck Awards “Faith Medal” to Beck Show Guest Who Compared Beck to the Biblical King of Judah.

Beck Compares Self to Moses, Jesus, and others…but humbly:

http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2010/08/liveblogging-beck-rally.html

Posted by: ibidibid | August 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

A key feature of the paranoid political mindset (not in the psychological diagnostic sense) is that the person, in this case, Sarah Palin, is always at the forefront of civilization pointing out perceived threats in apocalyptic terms. However, as is ever been the case when demagogues try to claim that America is facing some existential threat, they and she are simply wrong on the facts. America may not be the way they desire it to be, but that doesn't mean that there's something wrong with the rest of us who don't buy her particular political notions.

Posted by: ozma1 | August 28, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Is Miss Sarah saying we have no honor? boo-hiss

By the way, change our country from what to what?

Posted by: bmschumacher | August 28, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

the audience, mostly white, I presume?????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Well I think, respectfully douglasg, you missed the point of the rally and of what Palin said.

Posted by: demec | August 28, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Why does Sarah Palin always sound as if she'd happily support a military dictatorship?

Posted by: douglasg | August 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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