Sarah Palin’s mes­sage to Amer­ica

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Democrats said they ex­pected an im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the gov­er­nor, but said she won’t do any­thing to change the poli­cies of Pres­i­dent Bush.

“The speech that Gov­er­nor Palin was well-de­liv­ered, but it was writ­ten by Ge­orge Bush’s speech­writer and sounds ex­actly like the same di­vi­sive, par­ti­san at­tacks we’ve heard from Ge­orge Bush for the last eight years,” said Obama spokesman Bill Bur­ton.

Ear­lier in the day, Obama cam­paign aide Robert Gibbs told re­porters that Mrs. Palin wouldn’t change the elec­tion.

“It doesn’t make a ton of dif­fer­ence who that sec­ond name is on the bumper sticker,” he said.

Be­fore Mrs. Palin took the stage, for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, for­mer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huck­abee and Mr. Gi­u­liani — all one-time chal­lengers to Mr. McCain — spoke, and the joust­ing for lead­er­ship of the con­ser­va­tive move­ment was ap­par­ent.

Mr. Gi­u­liani ac­cused Mr. Obama of flip-flop­ping on un­doc­u­mented wire­tap­ping and on tak­ing pub­lic fi­nanc­ing for his cam­paign and blasted the Demo­crat for re­peat­edly duck­ing tough votes in his time in the Illi­nois Se­nate — “nearly 130 times he was un­able to make a de­ci­sion yes or no. It was too tough. He sim­ply voted ‘present.’ “

“”I didn’t know about this vote ‘present’ when I was mayor of New York City. Sarah Palin didn’t have this vote ‘present’ when she was mayor or gov­er­nor. [. . . ] For pres­i­dent of the United States, it’s not good enough to be present. You have to make a de­ci­sion,” he said.

The man who earned the nick­name “Amer­ica’s mayor” af­ter the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks said Mr. Obama has “never had to lead peo­ple in cri­sis.”

“This is not a per­sonal at­tack, it’s a state­ment of fact — Barack Obama has never led any­thing. Noth­ing. Nada,” he said.

Speak­ing ear­lier, Mr. Rom­ney de­liv­ered what amounted to a man­i­festo of party gov­er­nance, say­ing the Repub­li­can Party needs to com­bat “pornog­ra­phy, promis­cu­ity and drugs” and fight for fam­i­lies with a fa­ther and a mother. He said lib­er­al­ism has been in con­trol in Wash­ing­ton for the past three decades.

“It is time to stop the spread of gov­ern­ment de­pen­dency, to fight it like the poi­son it is,” he said.

Mr. Huck­abee brought his par­tic­u­lar brand of pop­ulist con­ser­vatism to the stage, say­ing he un­der­stands those hop­ing for change this elec­tion in the face of high gas prices and hous­ing prob­lems.

“I’m not a Repub­li­can be­cause I grew up rich, but be­cause I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, wait­ing for the gov­ern­ment to res­cue me,” said the for­mer South­ern Bap­tist pas­tor, who eas­ily mixed jokes with harsh barbs against Mr. Obama.

“Barack Obama’s ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture to Europe took his cam­paign for change to hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple who don’t even vote or pay taxes here,” Mr. Huck­abee said. “It’s not what he took there that con­cerns me. It’s what he brought back — lots of ideas from Europe he’d like to see im­ported here.”

Ex­cerpts from Repub­li­can vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech to the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion on Sept. 3, as pre­pared for de­liv­ery:

Mr. Chair­man, del­e­gates, and fel­low cit­i­zens: I am hon­ored to be con­sid­ered for the nom­i­na­tion for vice pres­i­dent of the United States. [. . .]

And I ac­cept the priv­i­lege of serv­ing with a man who has come through much harder mis­sions . . . and met far graver chal­lenges . . . and knows how tough fights are won – the next pres­i­dent of the United States, John S. McCain. [. . .]

He’s a man who wore the uni­form of this coun­try for 22 years, and re­fused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.

And as the mother of one of those troops, that is ex­actly the kind of man I want as com­man­der in chief. I’m just one of many moms who’ll say an ex­tra prayer each night for our sons and daugh­ters go­ing into harm’s way. Our son Track is 19. And one week from to­mor­row — Septem­ber 11th — he’ll de­ploy to Iraq with the Army in­fantry in the ser­vice of his coun­try.

My nephew Kasey also en­listed, and serves on a car­rier in the Per­sian Gulf.

My fam­ily is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serv­ing the coun­try in uni­form. Track is the el­dest of our five chil­dren.

In our fam­ily, it’s two boys and three girls in be­tween – my strong and kind­hearted daugh­ters Bris­tol, Wil­low, and Piper.

And in April, my hus­band Todd and I wel­comed our lit­tlest one into the world, a per­fectly beau­ti­ful baby boy named Trig. From the in­side, no fam­ily ever seems typ­i­cal. That’s how it is with us. Our fam­ily has the same ups and downs as any other. [. . .]

A writer ob­served: “We grow good peo­ple in our small towns, with hon­esty, sin­cer­ity, and dig­nity.” I know just the kind of peo­ple that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Tru­man. I grew up with those peo­ple. They are the ones who do some of the hard­est work in Amer­ica . . . who grow our food, run our fac­to­ries, and fight our wars.

They love their coun­try, in good times and bad, and they’re al­ways proud of Amer­ica. I had the priv­i­lege of liv­ing most of my life in a small town.

I was just your av­er­age hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA be­cause I wanted to make my kids’ pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion bet­ter.

When I ran for city coun­cil, I didn’t need fo­cus groups and voter pro­files be­cause I knew those vot­ers, and knew their fam­i­lies, too.

Be­fore I be­came gov­er­nor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my home­town.

And since our op­po­nents in this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion seem to look down on that ex­pe­ri­ence, let me ex­plain to them what the job in­volves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer,” ex­cept that you have ac­tual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. [. . .]

I’m not a mem­ber of the per­ma­nent po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment.

And I’ve learned quickly, th­ese past few days, that if you’re not a mem­ber in good stand­ing of the Wash­ing­ton elite, then some in the me­dia con­sider a can­di­date un­qual­i­fied for that rea­son alone.

But here’s a lit­tle news flash for all those re­porters and com­men­ta­tors: I’m not go­ing to Wash­ing­ton to seek their good opin­ion – I’m go­ing to Wash­ing­ton to serve the peo­ple of this coun­try. Amer­i­cans ex­pect us to go to Wash­ing­ton for the right rea­sons, and not just to min­gle with the right peo­ple.

Pol­i­tics isn’t just a game of clash­ing par­ties and com­pet­ing in­ter­ests.

The right rea­son is to chal­lenge the sta­tus quo, to serve the com­mon good, and to leave this na­tion bet­ter than we found it. No one ex­pects us to agree on ev­ery­thing. But we are ex­pected to gov­ern with in­tegrity, good will, clear con­vic­tions, and . . . a ser­vant’s heart.

I pledge to all Amer­i­cans that I will carry my­self in this spirit as vice pres­i­dent of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the gov­er­nor’s of­fice, when I took on the old pol­i­tics as usual in Juneau . . . when I stood up to the spe­cial in­ter­ests, the lob­by­ists, big oil com­pa­nies, and the good ol’ boys net­work.

Sud­den and re­lent­less re­form never sits well with en­trenched in­ter­ests and power bro­kers. That’s why true re­form is so hard to achieve.

But with the sup­port of the cit­i­zens of Alaska, we shook things up.

And in short or­der we put the gov­ern­ment of our state back on the side of the peo­ple.

I came to of­fice promis­ing ma­jor ethics re­form, to end the cul­ture of self-deal­ing. And to­day, that ethics re­form is the law.

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the gov­er­nor’s of­fice that I didn’t be­lieve our cit­i­zens should have to pay for. That lux­ury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive my­self to work. [. . .] And I have pro­tected the tax­pay­ers by ve­to­ing waste­ful spending: nearly half a bil­lion dol­lars in ve­toes.

I sus­pended the state fuel tax, and cham­pi­oned re­form to end the abuses of ear­mark spending by Congress. [. . .]

And de­spite fierce op­po­si­tion from oil com­pany lob­by­ists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their mo­nop­oly on power and re­sources.

As gov­er­nor, I in­sisted on com­pe­ti­tion and ba­sic fair­ness to end their con­trol of our state and re­turn it to the peo­ple.

I fought to bring about the largest pri­vate­sec­tor in­fra­struc­ture project in North Amer­i­can his­tory.

And when that deal was struck, we be­gan a nearly forty bil­lion dol­lar nat­u­ral gas pipe­line to help lead Amer­ica to en­ergy in­de­pen­dence.

That pipe­line, when the last sec­tion is laid and its valves are opened, will lead Amer­ica one step far­ther away from de­pen­dence on danger­ous for­eign pow­ers that do not have our in­ter­ests at heart. The stakes for our na­tion could not be higher. When a hur­ri­cane strikes in the Gulf of Mex­ico, this coun­try should not be so de­pen­dent on im­ported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strate­gic Petroleum Re­serve.

And fam­i­lies can­not throw away more and more of their pay­checks on gas and heat­ing oil.

With Rus­sia want­ing to con­trol a vi­tal pipe­line in the Cau­ca­sus, and to di­vide and in­tim­i­date our Euro­pean al­lies by us­ing en­ergy as a weapon, we can­not leave our­selves at the mercy of for­eign sup­pli­ers.

To con­front the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world en­ergy sup­plies . . . or that ter­ror­ists might strike again at the Abqaiq fa­cil­ity in Saudi Ara­bia . . . or that Venezuela might shut off its oil de­liv­er­ies . . . we Amer­i­cans need to pro­duce more of our own oil and gas.

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we’ve got lots of both.

Our op­po­nents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of Amer­ica’s en­ergy prob­lems – as if we all didn’t know that al­ready.

But the fact that drilling won’t solve ev­ery prob- lem is no ex­cuse to do noth­ing at all.

Start­ing in Jan­uary, in a McCain-Palin ad­min­is­tra­tion, we’re go­ing to lay more pipe­lines ... build more new-clear plants . . . cre­ate jobs with clean coal . . . and move for­ward on so­lar, wind, geo­ther­mal and other al­ter­na­tive sources. [. . .] I’ve no­ticed a pat­tern with our op­po­nent. Maybe you have, too. We’ve all heard his dra­matic speeches be­fore de­voted fol­low­ers.

And there is much to like and ad­mire about our op­po­nent.

But lis­ten­ing to him speak, it’s easy to for­get that this is a man who has au­thored two mem­oirs but not a sin­gle ma­jor law or re­form – not even in the state Se­nate.

This is a man who can give an en­tire speech about the wars Amer­ica is fight­ing, and never use the word “victory” ex­cept when he’s talk­ing about his own cam­paign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed . . . when the roar of the crowd fades away . . . when the sta­dium lights go out, and those Sty­ro­foam Greek col­umns are hauled back to some stu­dio lot — what ex­actly is our op­po­nent’s plan? What does he ac­tu­ally seek to ac­com­plish, af­ter he’s done turn­ing back the wa­ters and heal­ing the planet? The an­swer is to make gov­ern­ment big­ger . . . take more of your money . . . give you more or­ders from Wash­ing­ton . . . and to re­duce the strength of Amer­ica in a danger­ous world. Amer­ica needs more en­ergy . . . our op­po­nent is against pro­duc­ing it.

Victory in Iraq is fi­nally in sight . . . he wants to for­feit.

Ter­ror­ist states are seek­ing new-clear weapons without de­lay . . . he wants to meet them without pre­con­di­tions.

Al-Qaida ter­ror­ists still plot to in­flict cat­a­strophic harm on Amer­ica . . . he’s wor­ried that some­one won’t read them their rights? Gov­ern­ment is too big . . . he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much . . . he prom­ises more.

Taxes are too high . . . he wants to raise them. His tax in­creases are the fine print in his eco­nomic plan, and let me be spe­cific.

The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent sup­ports plans to raise in­come taxes . . . raise pay­roll taxes . . . raise in­vest­ment in­come taxes . . . raise the death tax . . . raise busi­ness taxes . . . and in­crease the tax bur­den on the Amer­i­can peo­ple by hun­dreds of bil­lions of dol­lars. My sis­ter Heather and her hus­band have just built a ser­vice sta­tion that’s now opened for busi­ness – like mil­lions of oth­ers who run small busi­nesses.

How are they go­ing to be any bet­ter off if taxes go up? Or maybe you’re try­ing to keep your job at a plant in Michi­gan or Ohio . . . or cre­ate jobs with clean coal from Penn­syl­va­nia or West Vir­ginia . . . or keep a small farm in the fam­ily right here in Min­nesota.

How are you go­ing to be bet­ter off if our op­po­nent adds a mas­sive tax bur­den to the Amer­i­can econ­omy? [. . .]

There is only one man in this elec­tion who has ever re­ally fought for you . . . in places where winning means sur­vival and de­feat means death . . . and that man is John McCain. In our day, politi­cians have read­ily shared much lesser tales of ad­ver­sity than the night­mare world in which this man, and oth­ers equally brave, served and suf­fered for their coun­try. [. . .]

If char­ac­ter is the mea­sure in this elec­tion . . . and hope the theme . . . and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help Amer­ica elect a great man as the next pres­i­dent of the United States.

Thank you all, and may God bless Amer­ica.

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