Palin: America on 'Road to Ruin'
Ex-gov kicks off centennial celebration of Ronald Reagan's birth
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2011 6:31 AM CST
In this Feb. 7, 1984 file photo, President Ronald Reagan addresses a crowd of well-wishers gathered for a huge birthday party in the Dixon High School gymnasium in Dixon, Ill.   (Dennis Cook)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin thinks the nation's headed to hell in a handbasket, and the only way to save it is to get back in line with Ronald Reagan's policies, she said in a speech last night kicking off centennial celebrations of the Gipper's Feb. 6 birth. "This is insane," she said of Washington's direction. "This is not the road to national greatness, it is the road to ruin." The speech, sponsored by the Young Americans Foundation, focused on Reagan's 1964 "A Time for Choosing" speech, which railed against LBJ's Great Society, big government, and high taxes. "We could choose one direction or the other, socialism or freedom and free markets," said Palin.

One person not impressed with Palin's speech: Reagan's son, Ron, whose politics lean left: "Sarah Palin is a soap opera, basically. She's doing mostly what she does to make money and keep her name in the news. She is not a serious candidate for president and never has been," he told the AP.

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Feb 7, 2011 3:38 PM CST
it is, if she is EVER given any more power than the media has given her already.
Feb 6, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Road to ruin? Sometimes you've got to spend money you don't have to fix the vehicle you drive when the last owner drove it into the ground! Obama has been the savior of America in the past two years. We were on the brink of economic panic-meltdown, banks were closing, and the world hates us all because of the previous administrations self-serving policies (Remember all that?). The economy has grown, jobs have been created, we're getting out of the wars we've been stradled in. The US is a far better place since Obama took office. Can you imagine the America this would be today if McCain and Palin had gotten elected? Do you realize that John McCain won't endorse her in the 2012 elections? What does that say about how shady McCain's motivation was bringing Palin into our lives? I can't imagine what it would be like. Look how quickly Obama has aged in the past two years, can you imagine the toll that would take on the elder John McCain? She'd probably be president by now. Now think of her as President of the United States of America! Now think about how she would deal with the Egyptian crisis! I shudder to think about those two in power. This woman NEVER offers solutions, she only critcizes from a distance, interjecting her self into the headlines over and over again. Think about it. This is the United States of America. As in UNITED. Get behind the U.S. Sarah, because your brand of terrorism is destructive and self-serving and doing nothing to make America better. Offer some solutions or shut up.
Feb 6, 2011 12:02 AM CST
I used to not know what I thought about this woman; however, the jury is in. She is awful and if she runs for president, we should all be very afraid! What is our country coming to?