Saturday, August 28, 2010

Video And Transcript of Restoring Honor Speech

Restoring Honor
posted on Facebook by Sarah Palin on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 4:44pm

What an honor it was to speak today at the “Restoring Honor” Rally in D.C. The following is the text of my remarks. You can also watch a video of it here.

- Sarah Palin

'Restoring Honor” Rally
August 28, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Thank you so much. Are you not so proud to be an American?

What an honor. What an honor.

We stand today at the symbolic crossroads of our nation’s history. All around us are monuments to those who have sustained us in word or deed. There in the distance stands the monument to the father of our country. And behind me, the towering presence of the Great Emancipator who secured our union at the moment of its most perilous time and freed those whose captivity was our greatest shame. And over these grounds where we are so honored to stand today, we feel the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who on this very day, two score and seven years ago, gave voice to a dream that would challenge us to honor the sacred charters of our liberty – that all men are created equal.

Now, in honoring these giants, who were linked by a solid rock foundation of faith in the one true God of justice, we must not forget the ordinary men and women on whose shoulders they stood. The ordinary called for extraordinary bravery. I am speaking, of course, of America’s finest – our men and women in uniform, a force for good in this country, and that is nothing to apologize for.

Abraham Lincoln once spoke of the “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land.” For over 200 years, those mystic chords have bound us in gratitude to those who are willingly to sacrifice, to restrain evil, to protect God-given liberty, to sacrifice all in defense of our country.

They fought for its freedom at Bunker Hill, they fought for its survival at Gettysburg, and for the ideals on which it stands – liberty and justice for all – on a thousand battlefields far from home.

It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots – you who are motivated and engaged and concerned, knowing to never retreat. I must assume that you too know that we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want. We must restore America and restore her honor!

Now, I’ve been asked to speak today, not as a politician. No, as something more – something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction. You know, say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me. I’m proud of that distinction, but it is not one that I had imagined because no woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country, but that’s what mothers have done from ancient days.

In cities and towns across our country, you’ll find monuments to brave Americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago, and look down at their inscriptions, you’ll see that they were so often dedicated by mothers. In distant lands across the globe, you’ll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died.

We honor those who served something greater than self and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. Though this rally is about “restoring honor,” for these men and women honor was never lost! If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country, you will find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom.

And I’d like to tell you three stories of such Americans – three patriots – who stand with us today.

The first is a man named Marcus Luttrell. His story is one of raw courage in the face of overwhelming odds. It’s also a story of America’s enduring quest for justice. Remember, we went to Afghanistan seeking justice for those who were killed without mercy by evil men on September 11th. And one fateful day in Afghanistan on a mountain ridge, Marcus and three of his fellow Navy SEALs confronted the issue of justice and mercy in a decision that would forever change their lives.

They were on a mission to hunt down a high-level Taliban leader, but they were faced with a terrible dilemma when some men herding goats stumbled upon their position, and they couldn’t tell if these men were friend or foe. So the question was what to do with them? Should they kill them or should they let them go and perhaps risk compromising their mission? They took a vote. They chose mercy over self-preservation. They set their prisoners free. The vote said it was the humane thing to do. It was the American thing to do. But it sealed their fate because within hours, over a hundred Taliban forces arrived on the scene. They battled the four Navy SEALs throughout the surrounding hills. A rescue helicopter came, but it was shot down. By the time the sun set on June 28, 2005, it was one of the bloodiest days for American forces in Afghanistan.

19 brave, honorable men were lost that day. Marcus was the sole survivor. Alone, stranded, badly wounded, he limped and crawled for miles along that mountain side. What happened next is a testament to the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” Marcus and his team showed mercy in letting their prisoners free. And later he was shown mercy by Afghan villagers who honored an ancient custom of providing hospitality to any stranger who would ask for it. They took him in. They cared for him, efused to hand him over to the Taliban. They got him back safely to our forces.

Marcus’ story teaches us that even on the worst battlefield against the most brutal enemy, we adhere to our principles. This American love of justice and mercy is what makes us a force for good in this world. Marcus is a testament to that.

Please join me in honoring retired U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell.

From the time he first heard men marching to a cadence call, Eddie Wright had one dream in life, and that was to be a United States Marine. And as a Marine serving in Iraq, his company was ambushed in Fallujah. He was knocked out when a rocket propelled grenade hit his Humvee. When he came to, he saw that both his hands were gone and his leg was badly wounded.

He couldn’t fire his weapon, he could barely move, and he was bleeding to death. But he had the strength of mind to lead the men under his command, and that is exactly what he did. He kept them calm, he showed them how to stop the bleeding in his leg, he told them where to return fire, he had them call for support, and he got them out of there alive.

His composure under fire that day earned him the Bronze Star with Valor device. But if you ask him, “What did you get it for?”, he’ll tell you, “Just for doing my job.”

After a long recovery, Eddie continued to serve as a martial arts instructor. He resigned from his beloved Marine Corps a few years ago, but he still lives by the motto: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

And if you want to see the American spirit of never retreating, no matter the odds – of steady confidence and optimism, no matter the setbacks – look at Eddie’s story. No matter how tough times are, Americans always pull through. As Eddie put it himself: “We don’t really foster the attitude of I can’t. When you have an obstacle in front of you, you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and focus on what you can.”

So, please join me in honoring retired Marine Sergeant James “Eddie” Wright.

Tom Kirk was an Air Force squadron commander and a combat pilot who had flown over 150 missions in Korea and Vietnam. One day on a routine mission over Hanoi, his plane was shot down. He spent the next five and a half years in that living hell known as the Hanoi Hilton.

Like his fellow prisoners, Tom endured the beatings, the torture, the hunger, the years of isolation. He described it, saying, “There was nothing to do, nothing to read, nothing to write. You had to just sit there in absolute boredom, loneliness, frustration, and fear. You had to live one day at a time, because you had no idea how long you were going to be there.”

After two years of solitary confinement, pacing back and forth in his cell — three and a half steps across, three and a half steps deep – Tom was finally moved to a larger holding cell with 45 other Americans prisoners, among them was a man named John McCain. In circumstances that defy description, this band of brothers kept each other alive, and one by one, they came home.

Tom was released on March 14, 1973. You might think that a man who had suffered so much for his country would be bitter and broken by it. But Tom’s heart was only filled with love – love for America – that special love of country that we call patriotism.

Tom wrote, “Patriotism has become, for many, a ‘corny’ thing. For me, it is more important now than at any time in my life. How wonderful it is to be an American come home!”

Friends, please join me in honoring retired Air Force Colonel Tom Kirk.

My fellow Americans, each one of these men here today faced terrible sufferings, overwhelming set-backs, and impossible odds.

And they endured! And their stories are America’s story.

We will always come through. We will never give up, and we shall endure because we live by that moral strength that we call grace. Because though we’ve often skirted a precipice, a providential hand has always guided us to a better future.

And I know that many of us today, we are worried about what we face. Sometimes our challenges, they just seem insurmountable.

But, here, together, at the crossroads of our history, may this day be the change point!

Look around you. You’re not alone. You are Americans!

You have the same steel spine and the moral courage of Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is in you. It will sustain you as it sustained them.

So with pride in the red, white, and blue; with gratitude to our men and women in uniform; let’s stand together! Let’s stand with honor! Let’s restore America!

God bless you! And God bless America!


Anonymous said...

I can't believe the jerks here blogging about you Sarah. I think you are a smart, articulate woman.

I applaud you for standing up for what you believe and taking the critisism gracefully. The liberal left hate you because they fear you and are jealous of who you are and how you conduct yourself with grace.

I am a conservative and as far to the right as I can be, I am a Christian and I found something very interesting in the Bible the other day, I now know why I lean to the right heavily. In Ecc 10:2 God said, " A wise man's heart is inclined to the right but a fool's heart inclined to his left. God is wise indeed!!!!

Anonymous said...

Glen Beck and Sarah P. standing on the same ground as Martin Luther King, invoking his memory is far more offensive than the Muslims at Ground Zero (which is not offensive at all).

You oppose everything this great man stood for and gave his life for: worker rights, peace, uplifting the poor, acceptance of others, regardless of race, creed, color. Shame on you! You are truly an evil woman, Sarah.

A True American said...

I think Abe must've been wishing his statue could've stood up and slapped you and Beck silly. I'm sure he was thinking:

How dare you pretend to stand for what I stood for! Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died to make America a better place--and you pretend to be a patriot, getting rich while making it a much worse one.

Jennifer Raymonds said...

As a mother, I have to say that I felt a deep sadness listening to your message. To think that you would blindly send your son to fight and die in a senseless war, without ever questioning why we are there.

The Iraqis weren't responsible for 9/11. Bush admitted as much. They didn't have WMD. Like a 5-year-old caught in a lie, Bush kept throwing out rationalizations for the war. I'm sure we never heard the real reason. Tens of thousands Iraqis are dead, and many thousands of our GI's are dead or maimed for life. And for what?

This mother is ashamed of you for preaching mindless patriotism. Before there was democracy, people were supposed to just accept whatever the king said. Of course, you have no trouble criticizing a Democratic President when he tries to extend health care benefits to more people, but you won't question Bush and the war machine (and of course, Obama is not part of that machine).

Do you so easily allow the son you gave birth to, fed, laughed and cried with for all these years to shoulder a weapon and risk life and limb? Or does your son get a cushy assignment where he will never see combat?

I say you are a disgrace both as a mother and as a politician.

Palin Beck for President said...

I think that a PalinBeck for President would be great. So much so that I registered this domaine name.

Dan Brown said...

For a lot of us parents, it ain't such an honor to have a kid in the military. A lot of kids are there because there's not jobs--and the military is flush with money. Come to think of it, there just might be a connection between those two things.

Just maybe flushing trillions of dollars down the toilet in Iraq and Afghanistan is killing jobs here at home? I know that, according to the Glenn Becks and Palins of the world, that is blasphemy, but just maybe it's time to get the Pentagon out of our wallets?

Anonymous said...

Marcus’ story teaches us that even on the worst battlefield against the most brutal enemy, we adhere to our principles. This American love of justice and mercy is what makes us a force for good in this world.


Well, some Americans love justice and mercy, but come on. We are over there slaughtering the Iraqis for no good reason that G.W. Bush would ever share with us. I'm sure President Cheney had his reasons for unleashing this hellish war on the people of Iraq, but the American public was never told.

We sometimes get too high an opinion of America. We are no different than other nations. We have leaders who are greedy, power hungry, and love to push others around. It's the way the world works. Let's not deceive ourselves about what we're doing, Sarah.

Anonymous said...

So with pride in the red, white, and blue; with gratitude to our men and women in uniform; let’s stand together! Let’s stand with honor! Let’s restore America!


With no offense intended to our people in uniform, past and present, isn't it time that we faced up to the fact that this rah rah every single war the people in Washington want to fight...isn't working? Our military expenditures are bankrupting us, and these wars aren't making us more secure. they just make people hate us more.

CAROL said...

Please, please please Sarah (and Glen Beck as well), spend some of your energy on something constructive. Please push to have people drug tested who are on welfare. I AM a liberal who receives food stamps and I strongly believe this (there are may others like me who believe as I do).
Also, more proof of citizenship before hiring.
Thank you for your time,

carol augustus

Anonymous said...

Another politician worshipping at the altar of the Pentagon...just what we need. No war too bloody, too expensive or too senseless.

Swede's Real Estate Report said...

Wow..What a speech and what a woman. No politics..just what we need right now..a firm committment to God and country. Honor to those men and women who have given and given and given to assure our freedom and bounty in this country.

A true American said...

Wow..What a speech and what a woman. No politics..just what we need right now..a firm committment to God and country.


Seems to me that there is OFTEN a conflict betweeen commitment to God and commitment to country (when you define commitment to country as doing whatever the President says--that's the kind of thinking that got us Nazi Germany, for heavens sakes..

A True American said...

Stupidity-and-hypocrisy-in-public-life said...
This whole farcical debate is based on a false assumption (nothing new there, then): the so-called "Ground Zero mosque."

It's not a mosque, and it's not at Ground Zero. There, is that too difficult for you to understand, Sarah?



Jennifer said...

I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being such a strong and wonderful woman role model. I know you have been through so much with you and your family being thrown into the spotlight and practically eaten by vultures. But, I can tell you this... YOU HAVE WAY MORE SUPPORTERS THAN YOU PROBABLY KNOW! You are a wonderful mother and I applaud you and your family. You are a real down-to-earth American woman and I just don't think that the MEDIA wants people to realize that you are more like the American people than ANY OF THEM WILL EVER BE! They have no right to judge you or anyone else. I saw you at your McCain Palin Rally @ Richmond Raceway in VA and you were just AMAZING! With people like you guiding our way, I know we will get through these dark days. Our country does need to get right with God; and I have to say I'm more than happy that someone FINALLY SAID IT!... God Bless you and your loved ones.


Handsome said...

Sarah Palin: The Deliberate Grifter. She always uses the troops and the flag either to bludgeon or to exempt herself from criticism.

After she finished her little hissy fit with David Letterman, she thanked soldiers for Letterman's right to free speech and her right to be indignant.

Uh, Sarah, the Constitution and courts of law have determined that right. The last time the armed forces had to face an adversary that truly was a threat to our existence was WWII and before that, the only external threat to reach U.S. shores en masse was the British in the War of 1812. Might have read about those events in history class. Or, was she too busy giving jocks or Greeks a peek under her skirt or down her shirt when those lessons were being taught?

On her last day in office, she again used troops to blast media, calling on them to stop making stuff up in honor of the American soldier. What did that even mean?

Whenever she is criticized, fact checked or joked about, she invokes the flag, the soldiers or her kids; either to bludgeon others (media, Letterman, Obama, Emanuel) or to shield herself from criticism-Emanuel's use of word "retard" in tense private meeting is an attack on her child but it is ok for Rush to do so REPEATEDLY over a VERY public broadcast. Or, she used her kids as a club and shield yet on her book tour, her youngest DS child was often without proper winter clothing.

When she said nobody could take away from her that she is the mother of a combat vet begs the question, WHO is taking that away from her? Give us NAMES Sarah!

The whole rally was most likely a tax evasion scheme, given non-profits cannot receive money from a partisan or political event. So, they had to dress it up as a "non-partisan, non political" event yet the event could not be more partisan if they tried.

Hoepfully, the IRS will look closely at this "non-partisan" event with an electron microscope.

And hopefully, Palin will self implode from all the hot air she spews and all the hatred she carries.

BravoSpeeches said...

Palin's speech was pretty effective for her core audience. Here is what I wrote in terms of my analysis on techniques she used effectively (and what didn't work).

Anonymous said...

Forget the August 28th Rally. Glenn Back and Sarah Palin have no honor. This was nothing but a facade. After August 28th, SP and GB will go back to their respective high grounds within the right and continue to make false statement about our President and hat on Muslims and the poor.

@Sarah Palin and Beck for President: This would absolutely be a great idea. Let us have a President and Vice President who combined account for alcoholism, past drug addiction, 1 High School Degree and 1 Degree in Journalism, no political experience (GB) and one incomplete term as Governor of a state (SP). Yeah, you are definitely drinking the Republican Kool-Aid.

MLK would have never attended such a rally knowing the kind of hate SP and GB perpetuate.

Meg and Leah said...

Leah says that Sarah Palin is a goddess. I will totally vote for her in 2012. It was an honor to see her at the site she was on. Martin Luther King would have come out of his grave just to hug her gratefully.

- Sarah Palin's number one fan. :)


Meg says that anyone flaming Sarah Palin's speech is in the wrong. I totally promote her and if I was able to vote by 2012, I would give her my vote.
Good job, Sarah! :D

Leigh said...

I'm writing an essay based on Restoring Honor, and it shocked me when my fellow high school classmates turned up their noses at just the idea of it. Just allowing it to cross my mind seemed to sicken them, which sickens me. If they even took the time to focus on your speech, and Glenn Beck's speech, they would understand why I'm so fond of you two.
Thank you SO much, Sarah, for helping open the eyes of American teenagers. I wish I could thank Glenn Beck the same way, but I'm not sure how to reach him.
God be with you, Sarah. :)
Restoring Honor held some of the BEST speeches EVER. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I noticed many of the comments about a senseless war. It may seem senseless because many believe we went over as imperialist to conquer Iraq. Iraq was headed by, as many Iraqis have described him, a modern Hitler. According to Georges Sada, a military advisor under Saddam, Saddam killed upwards of 100,000 Kurds in 1988. Repeated stories of Saddam's regime brutally slaughtering their own people to retain power come from Iraq. Attacks on 9/11 came out of Iraq. Many other terrorist attacks came out of Iraq. Should I feel guilty that I kill a man who has begun shooting at me and my family. Is it not our obligation to respond to attacks with some force. Many historians, including Bernard Lewis, have argued that had we done more after previous terrorist attacks we could have avoided 9/11 if not the war. What I am trying to say is that we didn't simply go to Iraq for the love of war or the hate of Muslims, we went to war because Iraq was a threat to its neighbors and our country as well. Our problem is not with Muslims but with the Muslim "fundamentalists" who have declared us their enemies.