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

(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.

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.
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)
This Jan. 1, 2011 photo shows images of former President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan depicted on a Reagan centennial float as it moves along the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. As the Feb. 6 centennial of Reagan's birth approaches, and a generation after he exited the White...
This Jan. 1, 2011 photo shows images of former President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan depicted on a Reagan centennial float as it moves along the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. As the Feb....   (Jason Redmond)
Workers prepare for the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception at the Reagan Ranch Center, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Workers prepare for the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception at the Reagan Ranch Center, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in Santa Barbara, Calif.   (Spencer Weiner)
Sarah Palin speaks at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the headline speaker for the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception.
Sarah Palin speaks at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the headline speaker for the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception.   (Spencer Weiner)
This July 27, 2004 file photo shows Ron Reagan, son former President Ronald Reagan, addressing delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
This July 27, 2004 file photo shows Ron Reagan, son former President Ronald Reagan, addressing delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.   (RON EDMONDS)
FILE - This June 12, 1987 file photo shows President Reagan giving a thumbs up sign after his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, where he had said Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!  Applauding Reagan are West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, right, and West German...
FILE - This June 12, 1987 file photo shows President Reagan giving a thumbs up sign after his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, where he had said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!...   (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE)
Sean Murray, 21, of Santa Barbara shouts to guests arriving to hear Sarah Palin speak at the Reagan Ranch Center, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in Santa Barbara, Calif.riday evening, February 4, 2011. Palin is a headline speaker for the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception hosted by the Young...
Sean Murray, 21, of Santa Barbara shouts to guests arriving to hear Sarah Palin speak at the Reagan Ranch Center, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in Santa Barbara, Calif.riday evening, February 4, 2011. Palin is...   (Spencer Weiner)
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin greats guests after speaking at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the headline speaker for  the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception hosted by the Young Americans Foundation.
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin greats guests after speaking at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the headline speaker...   (Spencer Weiner)
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin speaking at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Feb. 4, 2011. Palin is the headline speaker for  the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception hosted by the Young Americans Foundation.
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin speaking at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Feb. 4, 2011. Palin is the headline speaker for the Ronald Reagan...   (Spencer Weiner)
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin receives a standing ovation as she arrives at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the headline speaker for  the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebration opening reception hosted by the Young Americans Foundation.
Former Republican vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin receives a standing ovation as she arrives at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Friday Feb. 4, 2011. Palin was the...   (Spencer Weiner)
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