Credit goes to jeffhead.com for the unofficial transcript. You can watch her speech here:
Update: It turns out that proper credit goes to Kevin Dujan over at Hillbuzz for the transcript. We apologize to Kevin for the mix-up and thanks to everyone who sent us a ‘heads-up’ about it:
Governor Palin: Hello New Hampshire, it’s good to be with you. I am absolutely honored to be here. I was introduced as someone who inspires; no — YOU inspire me. You keep me going, and I thank you, I thank God for you. Thank you Tea Party Americans.
Crowd: Run, Sarah, Run!
Governor Palin: Awesome. Well, it’s really good to be spending Labor Day weekend with you. LABOR DAY itself with you. And here you could be anywhere else. You could be out there grilling up some steak with friends and neighbors and just kicking back — and instead, what you’re doing, because you are concerned about your country, you are taking a stand for what is right. You are taking a stand for needed reform in our country. You’re ready, and you’re willing to fight for what is right about America. I thank you for that.
Again, that is what inspires ME, it inspires the rest of the country, as we see what is going on in this Tea Party Movement.
Now, on my trip here from Iowa, I was thinking about your state’s motto: LIVE FREE OR DIE
Governor Palin: And I said what an honor it is to be in a state where — I tell ya — you have the boldest motto in the entire nation. It really says it all. I thank God for America’s freedom. I thank God for Tea Party Americans who are ready and willing to fight for our freedom. And if YOU love your freedom, then you thank a Vet. So that’s what we’re gonna do right now. Raise your hand if you have served past or present in the United States military because we salute you, God Bless You! (the Governor claps for our veterans).
Crowd: Cheers and claps for veterans.
Governor Palin: Thank you. Thank you, Vets. Thank you. Well, for some of you, this may be your first Tea Party. For others, we’re going on a couple of years now in a grassroots movement that really has awakened America.
And we needed that awakening because we’re now up against Barack Obama’s very strange fundamental transformation of the country that we so love.
And it is a strange transformation that he would attempt.
We don’t need a transformation. As you well know, we need a fundamental RESTORATION OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND STRONG AND FREE IN AMERICA.
Crowd: Cheers so loudly the Governor has to pause to let the applause die down so she can resume her speech. Meanwhile, elsewhere in New Hampshire, the few dozen assemble to hear Mittens speak politely await their dreamed-of Arby’s.
Governor Palin: You’re doing it Tea Party Americans. You are allowing and creating the real change that is needed. The Tea Party is about independent, common sense, Constitutionalists who love this country in good times and in tough times, who are always proud of America, and who never apologize for the red, white, and blue. It’s Tea Party Americans who are making the change that is needed.
Governor Palin: So whether you’re here for the first time — and in Alaska, we call them cheechako — or maybe you’re a sourdough by now, like Sal Russo — and we thank him for putting all of this together, he being a sourdough in this movement — whether you are here for the first time or not I believe that all who are sincere in the effort to REFORM our government and RESTORE our country are welcome here. And it is time now to GROW the Tea Party Movement. Let’s talk straight about how we can do that, and let’s talk about some of the problems in trying to grow this movement that’s so needed.
Governor Palin: We need to talk about media-incited internal squabbles that we can nip in the bud, right here and right now — because we’ve got a lot of work to do, Constitutionalists. Our challenges today are too great. We simply don’t have time to be bogged down in internal conflicts and friendly-fire conflagrations. The time to secure our future and preserve our blessings of liberty and RESTORE our economy is now.
The Tea Party Movement is bigger than any one person, and it’s not about any ONE candidate — and thank goodness we don’t have any ONE single leader. The Movement is about bringing together debate and discussion of solutions from We the People — not the politicos, not those inside the beltway types that are part of that PERMANENT POLITICAL CLASS that have fought the Tea Party Movement. As was said in the introduction, this is about every day, hard-working, individual Americans and empowering the individual.
This is what the Founders intended for this country. It is you who run our factories and own our small businesses, who teach our children, who fight our wars — it is you who build our communities with A SERVANT’S HEART — that is WE THE PEOPLE, that is OUR COUNTRY, that is AMERICA!
Crowd: Cheers loudly!
Governor Palin: Solutions come from YOU and America’s hope is in YOU.
It’s not that nebulous hopeychangey stuff we heard about in 2008 like this poster says over here (points). No, that’s what’s led us into the mess that we are in, with the tripling of the deficit and more crony capitalism than ever and more taxpayer bailouts and more of the Left’s big government agenda via the mother-of-all-unfunded-mandates called OBAMACARE.
Governor Palin: For the first time in history the US has a credit-rating downgrade that happened because our president has no plan to tackle the politicians’ self-induced debt and deficit problems. No — Obama’s “Hope!” has changed us from a country of hope to one of anxiety. And we are at a tipping point.
So, I want to talk truthfully about where we are with failed policies and incompetent leadership, but more importantly what WE can do about it. And some of us saw this day coming as I explained in Iowa since it was three years ago that I spoke at the GOP convention and I asked America, that night of the speech I asked America, when the cloud of rhetoric has passed and the roar of the crowd fades away, what exactly is Barack Obama’s plan?
What does Barack Obama actually seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is: he wants to make government bigger, to take more of your money and give it to more special interests, to give you more orders from Washington, and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
I spoke of this (in August of 2008) but back then those were only words of warning and the media sure wasn’t asking those questions. The media sure didn’t do its part in vetting candidate Obama. But now you have seen the proof yourself in President Obama. Candidate Obama didn’t have a record in office but President Obama certainly does and that’s why we’re here today.
Governor Palin: Here’s some proof of a failed policy — a failed economic policy — and proof of not having a plan to lead our country coming from our current president. Earlier this summer, on one of the first legs of our ONE NATION BUS TOUR we stopped at a struggling business here in the Granite State, the Yankee Fisherman’s Co-Op in Seabrook, New Hampshire. And there I heard firsthand yet another story of how these burdensome high taxes and federal regulations are literally killing our small businesses and our jobs. The hardworking watermen and their families at that co-op weren’t concerned with political labels and inside baseball political games that are played — they’re concerned with massive government burdens that are choking their way of life and their freedom to make their living on the water. As some of these families, like our own commercial fishing family, have been proudly doing this for generations and they just want to fish and responsibly harvest a natural resource to provide for their families but that’s all under attack now. It’s tragic.
Like these fishermen, we patriots should not focus on petty political squabbles and media-gamed sound bytes.
The Tea Party has to focus on the broader, more important goals of this movement:
1. Replace Obama.
2. Return power back to “We the People” and grow this movement without compromising principles.
Friends, the needed Reform away from the good-old-boy-politics-as-usual falls greatly on the Tea Party’s shoulders.
Look how successful you have been!
As much as the media would love to ignore the fact, it was Tea Party Americans who won the November 2010 elections!
It was YOU who sent that new governing class to DC!
Granted, the PERMANENT POLITICAL CLASS tried to co-opt them, and there are ongoing challenges there, but it was the Tea Party Movement that shifted the entire fiscal debate in Washington, DC…and now we’re seeing more and more folks realize the strength of this grassroots’ movement. AND NOW THEY’RE WANTING TO BE INVOLVED.
I say right on, better late than never. For some of these people, the candidates’ especially.
You’re converting them over and do you know why? It’s because you have truth and logic on your side.
Governor Palin: When you have this on your side, you win. Time tested truths that we believe in.
We believe that the government that governs least governs best.
We believe that it’s the Constitution that’s the perfect blueprint towards making us a more perfect union.
We believe that America’s finest are men and women in uniform — you are a force for good in this country and for that we don’t apologize.
We believe that we can’t get out of debt by incurring more debt – and we are telling Washington, my kid is not your ATM.
We believe we are taxed enough already and that freedom is a God-given right that is worth fighting for.
Bottom line, I believe that God has shed His grace on thee, America, and I’m not gonna squander what it is that we’ve been blessed with.
Crowd: Loud cheers, shouts of “We Love You Sarah!” and “Run Sarah Run!”.
Governor Palin: We need to grow this movement, and we can grow this movement to RESTORE power to “We the People” because we have truth and logic on OUR side. And that’s how we have this record of success. So, let’s grow. Let’s convert more of them over.
You’ve already withstood the wrath, the disdain, and the lies from the media and the PERMANENT POLITICAL CLASS looking down on you – on US — mocking us, making things up about us, telling us to go to Hell. You have already withstood that.
Governor Palin: We’re still standing, standing here today, standing strong, and we’re RESTORING all that’s good about America.
Crowd: Applause…and more shouts of RUN SARAH RUN!
Governor Palin: It is with a steel spine that you are still standing here today and standing tall because you know what is at stake — and it is our children’s future that is at stake.
So we REFUSE to retreat, to sit back on the couch and throw stones from afar like maybe Washington would love for us to just do, waiting for America to be transformed into something unrecognizable, just sort of going with the flow.
No, it’s like those Yankee fishermen. They watch where a fish is headed in the current. They know that only dead fish go with the flow. That’s not us.
Governor Palin: YOU are bold enough to take on the challenges caused by an out of control centralized federal government . Those that are humble enough to admit that they need you and have seen the light, they who are willing to confront the challenges that have resulted from Washington’s failed policies and incompetent leadership — namely crony capitalism, because that is the root from which grows our economic problems.
That is what grows this unsustainable, immoral debt.
That is what caused our housing market to go into the tank with 30% or more of our mortgages underwater and unemployment numbers so high that in some parts of the country they haven’t seen these numbers since the depths of the Great Depression.
Governor Palin: Our nation is at a tipping point, so let’s invite candidates who will REFUDIATE the crony capitalism and the corporate welfare and the waste and the corrupt politics and the government bailouts for their buddies. We need to hear from them directly. We need to hear from those who can do more than just talk.
We tried that, didn’t we voters. Been there done that with a candidate who can just talk but doesn’t have any record of accomplishment and success — like successfully REFORMING those things that are wrong.
What we need is people with a proven record of REFORM and who are willing to take on the tough challenges and to run into danger, if you will, and not run away from it.
We need a pro-growth agenda.
Crowd: RUN SARAH RUN!
Governor Palin: We need a pro-growth agenda.
Crowd: RUN SARAH RUN! RUN SARAH RUN! RUN SARAH RUN!
Governor Palin: I appreciate your encouragement, I do.
Governor Palin: Friends, we need a pro-growth agenda that is all about cutting tax rates and realizing that is how we incentivize job creation.
America needs an agenda that attracts industry here instead of chasing industry off our shores.
An agenda that doesn’t pretend that a centralized government can successfully manipulate and plan our economy for us.
Like your poster said over here (pointing to the crowd to her right)…the poster that talked about the private sector being able to do anything, everything, better than government can. That’s just a given. That’s a fundamental part of those time-tested truths.
We need an agenda that allows robust, domestic energy production, a true all-of-the-above approach to energy independence.
And a robust, aggressive, energy independent agenda, well that’s a real jobs plan — and that’s the real stimulus that we’ve been waiting for…and that doesn’t cost government a cent.
Can you imagine that?
A stimulus plan that helps dig us OUT of debt, instead of digging us INTO debt.
That’s some of that economic fantasy that President Obama’s engaged in that are things that just don’t make sense.
More stimulus? When the first stimulus didn’t work?
Digging more debt and trying to convince the people that’s how we’re going to get out of debt?
We need an agenda of government REFORM and that takes courage and it takes honesty in our leaders.
NOT entrenched, inside the beltway politicians who just say what they think we want to hear.
You see, that’s who we have, still, running the show right now.
Governor Palin: We have a permanent political class led by an unvetted candidate who became our president who has ramped up crony capitalism with his bailouts and his takeovers…and this permanent political class, well they’re busy looking out for their own interests and vested special interests. And that’s the reason that nothing ever really gets done for you in Washington.
Do you ever ask yourself why nothing ever is really REFORMED. They talk about the problems, yet things keep getting worse.
They talk about the debt problem, and yet they keep incurring more debt.
They just gave themselves permission to incur more debt.
They talk about the spending problem, and yet Obama keeps spending more.
They talk about an out of control federal government, and yet Obama keeps growing more.
Well, I say — WE SAY — enough is enough and the message from Tea Party Americans is the status quo is no longer acceptable. We can’t tolerate business as usual.
We can’t tolerate business as usual because fourteen trillion dollars later we can’t afford business as usual. We need free markets. It’s why the powers that be JUST DO NOT LIKE THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT.
Governor Palin: You shine a spotlight on what the problems are, what the challenges are.
And what the solutions are.
And then you demand results from your employees.
And you know those are the people that you elect to represent the will of the people. Those are YOUR employees. If you’re not satisfied with them, you fire them.
Crowd: Loud cheers
Governor Palin: Our insistence on RETURNING POWER TO THE PEOPLE is driving them crazy.
And, you know, I warn you that the cynics and elites are going to keep mocking you. They are going to keep making things up about the Tea Party Movement and independent, conscientious Americans concerned about our Constitution and not letting our country go bankrupt.
They are going to keep mocking you.
But, you know what, throughout history the cynics and the naysayers have always denounced those who stood for truth and fought for what is right.
When Abe Lincoln led, they mocked him and ridiculed him. It was the elites of his day saying he was a clown, a hick, a fool who was unfit for office.
But who has history REDEEMED?
Not the naysayers…not the cynics…history is on the side of bold and courageous REFORM and this Tea Party Movement is REFORM.
Governor Palin: It is empowerment of the people, empowerment of the individual against the vested interests of the PERMANENT POLITICAL CLASS that got us into the mess that we’re in.
Governor Palin: They can mock us. They can call us names. They can make things up.
But, THEY CAN’T STOP US!
Governor Palin: Let them laugh, while we get about the business of saving our country. Our nation is facing this precipice. We have no time to just hunker down and just preach to the choir.
Now really is the time to grow, and I’m encouraged seeing different candidates and different campaigns represented here. I think that’s really important.
Now is the time to grow this movement.
We need to understand that there are more and more independent Americans who are looking for a place to hear and be heard and it’s the Tea Party Movement that can work with these independents to build up the ideas that work to get Americans back to work.
And one way to do this more aggressively is to hear from candidates directly.
NOT through the filter of the media. We’ve learned that lesson.
That’s why the Tea Party rallies and Tea Party events are so important.
Friends, we are one nation, and this can be one movement, active in every last corner of this nation to RESTORE America and REPLACE Obama in 2012.
Our unity is going to be so important here in these coming months. Remember, the people’s movement is not red America or blue America, but red-white-and-blue America.
Governor Palin: And we do have a lot of work to do, friends.
The challenges before us, they can seem daunting, but we must not lose our optimistic spirit. It’s with optimism that America has always come through throughout our history, and what a history it has been!
REMEMBER, our Founders declared that we were born the heirs of freedom.
We are the sons and daughters of that greatest generation who stormed the beaches at Normandy and raised the flag at Iwo Jima.
We made America the strongest, most free, and most exceptional nation in the history of mankind. We owe it to those who have gone before us.
It is our DUTY to honor those who have sacrificed all yesterday so we could be here today, free and proud and strong Americans.
We will continue to fight for what is right.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.
Thank you so much for being part of the solution.
God Bless you Tea Party Americans.
God Bless you New Hampshire.
God Bless you United States of America.
Crowd: RUN SARAH RUN! RUN SARAH RUN! RUN SARAH RUN!