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Palin speaks to near-capacity crowd
Lecture guest discusses women’s issues, U.S. politics
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:27 pm
Before a near-capacity crowd at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center Thursday, former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said people in Texas and across the nation are in a position to lead, not those in Washington, D.C.
Palin, who was in Midland as part of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Distinguished Speaker Series, spoke on the topic “Groundbreakers, Mavericks and Trailblazers: How Women Are Showing 21st Century Leadership.” JBS Public Leadership Institute Executive Director Bob Brescia and Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty co-moderated the lecture.
Palin said the country is suffering from a dire lack of good leadership, something that will be paramount in the next presidential election.
What’s right in Washington, Palin said, is our history. The country America was built on an expectation of a reward for hard work and development of our natural resources, Palin said.
But Washington is broken. “It’s amazing what they’re taking away from us in terms of taxes and resources and they are wasting and hiding,” Palin said. “… We don’t have to put up with it.”
She said people need to be informed about the challenges facing the nation, work hard to elect candidates they believe in, hold them accountable and remind them that the people are the boss and we won’t tolerate the “shenanigans” going on.
If we keep going the way we are, she said, we’ll be bankrupt and no longer a sovereign nation. “We’re already on the brink now. That’s why 2016 is so important,” Palin said.
Growing up in Alaska, Palin said people had to be tough to survive. “Men and women are expected to work equally as hard. Growing up there with that independent spirit, if I have faced those barriers, consciously or unconsciously, I have ignored them and busted through them and not taken the time to whine …,” she said.
Palin, who said the title she’s most proud of is mom, added that women are busy, but if they had wives, they could take more on.
Asked by Brescia if women should be placed in combat roles in the military, Palin said if a woman is equal to a male soldier or any person in the military, she doesn’t see why women couldn’t serve in that role. On the other hand, she said, men and women are created differently and she wouldn’t want to see standards changed.
“Men are stronger physically; mentally, no question (women are stronger). Out in the field, it’s hard for me to imagine that women would be on par with men” due to the physical nature of being in battle, Palin said.
Women, she said, are detail oriented. “We don’t like to waste time. We want to get the job done. Maybe I’ve been seen as impatient. It’s really just applying common sense, seeing the end game and bringing people together to get the job done,” Palin said.
Having spoken about the importance of grooming leaders for tomorrow, she said kids can pick up on the political brutality in the country.
“There is so much division,” Palin said. “The media lies about people. Look at what’s going on at NBC (and the revelations about anchor Brian Williams). I think young people pick up on that, too. That’s why I mentioned distrust of the media. There are things we can do about that, though. We can instill in young people that patriotism is a good thing.”
“We cannot be afraid of talking about real history, true history. We don’t have to sit back and let those who are so radically left take over,” Palin added.
She said people don’t have to idolize Hollywood stars. Kids can be taught about what the founders went through in creating “the charters of liberty” and emulate that history.
Asked who she would want to have a lengthy conversation with, she chose President Abraham Lincoln. Her other two favorites are George Wash- ington and Ronald Reagan.
Reagan is someone she admires for his ability to find common ground with Democrats during his tenure as president on items like Social Security. She contends Social Security will go broke in 10 years. Those in office are kicking the matter down the road, and political insiders like the contention, preferring to scare senior citizens.
Palin pointed out the dangers of runaway national debt, national security and the need to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something market driven and patient centered.
Many of those who attended the event were big Palin fans and shared many of her views, applauding during her remarks and in reaction to her answers to questions.
Brenda Schwartz drove all the way from San Angelo to see Palin.
“The reason I’m here is because Sarah Palin is one of the few politicians I halfway trust. She seems to be all-American and for American and that’s what we’re for as American citizens,” Schwartz said.
Brad Burt of Big Spring drove out because he, too, is a Palin admirer.
“This country would have been a lot better off if we’d elected John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008 …,” Burt said. Republican Arizona Sen. McCain was the presidential nominee and Palin was his vice presidential pick.
Jack Ward of Odessa said he “just loves” Palin and he shares many of her views on oil drilling and gun rights.
“We’re just here to support (her),” Ward said.
Brescia said former first lady Laura Bush will be the distinguished lecturer in October.