Friday, 14 May 2010 12:52 PM
By Tom Squitieri
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sarah Palin, making a rare public appearance in Washington, said Friday that an “emerging feminist coalition” will produce “a better America in this exceptional country” after the 2010 elections in what she said will become a remarkable tribute to the original feminism of the western frontier.
Keynoting the “Celebration of Life Breakfast” of the Susan B. Anthony List, Palin hailed the pro-life organization’s early and strong advocacy of candidates as crucial to establishing a true conservative, pro-life majority.
“One action, one vote, one election, one American dream at a time,” the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate said, bringing the crowd of more than 550 to their feet.
“They are looking to see what candidates you will endorse,” Palin said, likening the Susan B. Anthony list to the tea party movement as emblematic of the determination of Americans to stop the direction of the Obama administration and liberal Democrats.
“It’s immoral, unethical, and not right, it is generational theft,” Palin said of the decisions of the Obama administration and Congress.
After the November elections, she said, Washington should prepare for “a stampede of pink elephants.”
“We are not demoralized, we will get energized,” Palin said. “2010 is a year when common sense conservative women will get things done in this country. And our new pro-life majority will actually be pro-life when it matters.”
“ETA November 2010,” she said.
The former Alaska governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate also said she understands how some women might consider abortion, citing her own experiences as the mother of a child with Down syndrome and the parent of an unwed teen mother.
But abortion is morally wrong and women should carry a fetus to term, she told those at the breakfast, adding, “It may not be the easiest path, but it’s always the right path.”
Obama is “the most pro-abortion president ever to occupy the White House,” she said, adding that Democratic healthcare law would fund abortions.
The Susan B. Anthony List’s mission is to increase the number of pro-life women in the political process. In the 2010 election cycle, the organization plans to raise at least $5 million for voter education, including $3 million dedicated to key U.S. Senate races.
An additional $1 million will be used to target Democrats who call themselves pro-life but who voted for the recently passed health care legislation that included language that could expand abortions.
To date, the organization has endorsed 17 candidates, most recently Carly Fiorina for the U.S. Senate in California. At least two other endorsed candidates — Pam Bondi, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Florida attorney general, and Robin Smith, seeking the Republican congressional nomination in Tennessee’s 3rd district — attended the breakfast.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said people will look back at 2010 and say this is the year that “the people of this time stepped up to reclaim our birthright. They will say they loved this country so much they stepped up and took back and reclaimed America.
“We are the sovereign in this country,” Dannenfelser said. “We have the power to take back.”
Palin was more blunt: “Moms can be counted on to fight for their children’s future. Well, you don’t want to mess with mama grizzlies in Alaska. They rise up.”
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