Sarah in Hong Kong

by Sal on September 24, 2009

in Economy,Election 2012,Politics,Uncategorized

Sarah Palin spoke at CSLA in Hong Kong yesterday, an Asia-Pacific investors conference.  Her speech was very well received, getting accolades from such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and the (ghasp) New York Times (Texas For Sarah Palin has a good Roundup).  The speech was tailored towards the investor event, but also seemed very much like a kickoff of a campaign theme.  In it, Sarah outlined her political philosophy of Conservatism rooted in the principles of Reagan and Thatcher.  She calls herself a “common-sense” conservative, and talks both about the fact that government is not the solution to every problem, but also states why government is not the solution better than anyone in recent memory, and why liberalism does not work:

You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we’ll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism… Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.

We don’t believe that human nature is perfectible; we’re suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it’s trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean that we’re resigned to, well, any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature…

The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don’t trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.

Palin also addresses the cause of the financial crisis (government), major domestic issues such as ObamaCare and Cap-and-Tax, and foreign policy, including America’s place in the world and its relationship with China (for more quotes, see Sarah’s Facebook page, and this Wall Street Journal article).  The Palin that showed up at this speech was poised, spoke intelligently on many major issues, and set the stage (in my opinion) for 2012.  Her themes spoke of the positive impact of the American people and the negative impact of Government.  While attacking the problems, she conveyed optimism that America would meet this current challenge and emerge even stronger than before.  Hopefully, this is the first of many major appearances by Sarah, as the star-power that she brings, coupled with good policy speeches such as this, could have quite an impact on the American political scene.

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