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Sarah Palin gives emotional address to the Faith & Freedom Coalition
There’s a big difference between God’s and the world’s standard of perfection, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a Faith & Freedom Coalition audience in Washington on Saturday, her voice cracking with emotion.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, who knew before giving birth that her child Trig would be afflicted with Down syndrome, told the crowd, “I’m speaking on behalf of you who love this country and value life and value our kids, some whom will perhaps face more challenges than the rest of us will face.”
“We understand the dignity of human life,” she said. “We understand there are God’s standards of perfection that really count. Then there’s the world’s standards of perfection that are superficial and often materialistic and don’t matter.”
Looking over her audience of several hundred mostly religious conservative activists, she added, “You all know what really matters.”
Mrs. Palin had the coveted role of closer for a three-day movable talkfest that that went from the Ronald Reagan Building to Capitol Hill and wound up at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.
The rest of her address was filled with humor and barbs at the liberals and Democrats who have belittled her from the moment of her ascension to the national stage in August 2008.
She recalled rolling down her truck window and asking some protesting Democrats why they voted for President Obama.
“I’m not a racist, so I voted for him to prove it,” one protestor responded.
“Nor am I a racist, and buddy, next time vote for somebody else to prove you’re not a knucklehead,” she replied.
Again poking fun at what critics see as ineptitude on the Obama administration’s part, Mrs. Palin noted that the U.S. government “monitored every one of our phone calls but couldn’t find the two pot-smoking deadbeats with a hotline to Terrorist Central in Chechnya.”
Michael Zak, author of a history of the GOP, said, “I was very taken with Palin’s very pointed remark about Ted Cruz,” the Republican senator from Texas. “‘Congress need Cruz control — Ted Cruz,’ Sarah said; everybody laughed.”
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Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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