Presidential would-be Sarah Palin expounds her philosophy to India

Key highlights from her speech at the India Today conclave in New Delhi, 19 March 2011. [The exclamation marks are her own.]

On love

‘Next time, I want to visit the Taj Mahal with my husband, Todd. Considering how patiently he’s endured during my political career & been so supportive, it would be nice to reinforce our teamwork/commitment before that monument to eternal love. Todd is here with us tonight.’

A geographical interlude

‘During the flight here, between our countries, it did not escape me that Japan lies about halfway between my Alaskan home & India.’

On the role of government

‘It’s not government business to spend the working man’s tax dollars recklessly – & certainly not government’s business to centrally “plan” an economy & control an entrepreneurial spirit! That doesn’t work. Government should lay infrastructure, level the playing field, then get out of the way.’

On the perfidious Britishers

‘Friends: our two democracies understand this struggle for freedom. It’s the struggle of those who defiantly dumped tea in Boston Harbor to protest a British tea tax. And it’s the struggle of those who courageously marched to the seacoast near Don-dee [sic] to make their own salt in defiance of a British salt tax! This hunger for ‘Freedom & Opportunity’ is proof that what we call the “American Dream” is not just “American.” It is the universal dream of people everywhere! I believe it’s created within us!’

Misuses the word ‘enormity’

‘There, in my home state of Alaska, we’re so proud of nature’s beauty & our towering mountains, but certainly here relatively near the spectacular Himalayas can I appreciate an even greater sense of nature’s enormity!
One of the mountains near my home (I see it everyday from my kitchen window!) is called “Pioneer Peak”’

On the environment and natural resources

‘I am a true believer in environmental conservation & responsible stewardship of our lands. (It’s why I live in Alaska! A pristine environment to be passed on to future generations – I don’t want to mess it up! I am a conservationist. I married into an Alaska native family, where Todd’s connection to the land through his Yupik Eskimo heritage, an indigenous people, reinforces my respect for God’s creation. And we’ve made our living off the land – as commercial fishermen & Todd working in North Slope oil fields – so we don’t want to mess it up!) So, I’m in favour of “all-of-the-above” approach to energy security … Instead of funding non-viable special interest projects, Americans can capitalize on our own viable resources that are just waiting to be tapped – they’re right on our doorstep!  Billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska!

On India’s economic reforms

‘In the early 1990′s, due to clear, commonsense, pro free-market reforms, India’s economy took off! You abolished import licenses; cut import duties; removed investment caps & broke the union’s grip on industry. You unleashed the creativity & hard work of the Indian people; you turned away from a system where ‘Central Government’ sets targets for all sectors of the economy, to a system that lets the market set its own targets. That works. People no longer speak of India as a “struggling economy” as they would have 30 years ago. Today we speak of India as a “dynamic & vibrant economy”. You empowered individuals & in doing so, you’ve reminded America of the free, entrepreneurial model that made our country great, prosperous & exceptional!’

On the Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley (formerly Nimrata Randhawa)

‘I admire India’s tradition of strong women leaders – at home & abroad! In fact, last year, I had the honour of supporting a strong American woman of Indian descent when I endorsed the candidacy of South Carolina’s new governor – their first female – Nikki Haley! I met Nikki’s parents & was impressed by their story, work ethic! And, by Nikki’s upbringing that led her to become part of a ‘grassroots movement in American politics’ that’s known as “The Tea Party”!’

On the influence of moose and Mother Teresa on the writing of her speech

Back home in Alaska, where the fresh snow blankets the ground today, where my kids texted me to report they see a Mama Moose & her two baby calves outside our door by the firewood pile: There at home, I have a beautiful pencil drawing on my kitchen wall. A framed drawing by Robin Coran. It’s a picture of Mother Teresa, of Calcutta. She’s holding a precious child (a baby).
It was said of Mother Teresa that “perhaps the greatest message she has given to the world is the value & dignity of human life!” From India, she was able to share this crucial message with the world! And it is a crucial message because the freedom & empowerment of the individual is rooted in an understanding of every man & woman’s inherent dignity & worth! I looked at the picture as I typed out this speech on my home computer set up there in the kitchen.’

And finally, in answer to a question following her speech, Sarah Palin rattled a sabre at China…

“China has a choice … I personally have huge military concerns about what we see going on in China, when we see that they stockpile these ballistic missiles and they have submarines and new age, ultra-modern fighter aircraft. I think, is that just for a defensive posture, how could it be when you don’t see a tangible military threat to that country? What’s with the military build-up?

7 Responses to Presidential would-be Sarah Palin expounds her philosophy to India

  1. Renuka says:

    I am so glad that this parrot is not mentioned anywhere in the Indian news media, except for India Today (justifiable because it was an India Today Conclave). Looks like she went out with a whimper. This one time, I am proud of our (Indian) media.
    Palin is one fake being who just parrots what’s taught to her — never mind if it makes sense or not. Unfortunately, she has the “x factor” — the same thing that Hitler (a favorite Fox News reference) or Stalin had. And equally dangerous because of her ignorance and stupidity.

  2. Speedy says:

    I agree with both Anji and Karen. Mrs. Palin really is like a traveling conman (con-woman?). She has no understanding of political issues and no opinion or ideology.

  3. RockyBrown says:

    Editor, this is all you’ve got? Slow day for news, eh? Keep nit-picking…

    To KarenJ: $100,000 speaking trips? Sad that you didn’t check into Bill Clinton’s millions from the same game. But surely I misread your intention. Surely meant to mention that these fees go to support her legal defense against Obama’s Alaskan cronies who have filed frivolus lawsuits against her to the point of financial ruin.

    And regarding the Palin/McCain poster…. the fans had it right. McCain was out of touch with the masses. His campaign only took off when he announced a little-known governor from Alaska. Any vote for him was actually a vote for Palin. Too bad he didn’t know how to capitalize on that.

    • Indy says:

      Wow Rocky,
      You actually believe that Sarah Palins one and a half years as a Governor is worth the same as the very successful President Clintons speeches ? By the way there are no lawsuits against Palin that were brought forward by President Obama that is 100% false, all pending litigation against Palin is coming from mostly Republicans and she was found guilty of expense fraud which she has paid restitutuion. There are many investigations that are ongoing involving the Palin family and not one of them has anything to do with Obama.

  4. KarenJ503 says:

    The one reliable theme in every one of Palin’s $100,000 speeches is an attack on President Obama, whom she usually avoids calling by his name and title (together). If you fact-check her statements (via,, or, her attacks are usually based on a poor understanding, no understanding, or deliberate misinterpretation of the issue at hand.

    I was rather amused that after 2-1/2 years Palin finally slipped publicly and revealed that she wanted to be at the top of the 2008 ticket and that she felt she should have been.

    Did you know that at least at one rally in fall 2008 the posters read “Palin/McCain” instead of “McCain/Palin”?

  5. Anji says:

    The very first country Palin visited after she resigned as governor of Alaska was China. They paid her expensive speaking fee and she had the very same praise for their economy as she had for India’s. She has no true principals and no true allegiances besides the small group of people in America who worship her and send her the money she uses to live her lavish lifestyle. She is a traveling con artist who performs for her audience at a price. Hope it was a good show.

    • Frank says:

      Very good post Anji. Too bad so few people realize this. For someone who despised the Media, she sure can’t get enough of it.

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