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Governor Palin electrified the Rosemont Theater at one of her "Evening with Sarah Palin" events, May 12, 2010, with a 40-minute speech, first addressing ethics, transparency, openness, and rooting out corruption. She called on those present to "clean house" just as was done in Alaska where several corrupt politicians are serving lengthy prison terms.
Gov. Palin said that we should express out thoughts about Obama's transformation of our country at the ballot box and embrace common-sense conservative principles. She called for a restoration of self-reliance, strong work ethic, personal responsibility, respect for life, freedom, and a strong national defense. The stronger we are, the more peaceful the world will be, Gov. Palin said.
"We can and must learn from the remarkable leadership of Reagan, whether it comes to the economy or national security. History has proven that Reagan's common-sense conservative principles and values, and his actions were right for America then and they are right for America today."
"Americans loved him, because he reminded us that we have every right to tell our elected politicians to quit lecturing us and listen to us," she continued. "Reagan did not win his arguments in Washington...he resonated with average, every-day Americans."
"Reagan spoke with us. He did not speak at us."
"In a republic, the way it should work, the American people imposed their will through him."
Gov. Palin said that Reagan "focused on kids...on the future of America." He "stood on" and "championed freedom." She referenced his "outrageous directness, which we loved and craved," when dealing with the Soviet Union. "His vision for the Cold War: We win. They lose."
On terrorism, Gov. Palin said that Washington, DC is mired in political correctness, pussyfooting around, and kowtowing. "The terrorists have not changed their lines; they have not changed their tune in the last year and a half. And Washington's personal letters, and their bowing and kowtowing isn't [solving] the problem. Evil people are still dead-set against us, because we're all about freedom, we're all about human rights, and our allies - their freedom and security - they're still against that....It's war over there so it won't be war over here," she said.
"Only limited government can provide equality and prosperity for all - only limited government," Gov. Palin said.
"Freedom is a God-given right, and freedom is worth fighting for. America's finest - our men and women in uniform - are a force for [Reagan conservative] principles that will usher in a new era of American prosperity. It starts with us. It does start today. Let's take our country back. You can do it. You've got the roots here in Illinois, " Gov. Palin concluded.