Nashville (Tennessee, US), Feb 7 (ANI): In a highly anticipated appearance, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took the stage at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, and compared the movement to the American Revolution and the struggle for civil rights.
In her keynote speech on Saturday night to a gathering here, Palin said: "I am a big supporter of this movement and believe in this movement. America is ready for another revolution and you are part of this."
"The only place the left hasn't placed the blame on is on the their agenda. The Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda will make America less secure, more in debt and more under the thumb of big government," CBS News quoted Palin, as saying.
She said the Tea Party movement is a ground up call to action to force both parties to change the way they do business, and "that's beautiful."
"It's been a year now. They own this now and voters will make them accountable," Palin said.
Palin also pointed out the failure of the Obama administration to prevent the Christmas Day bomber from boarding a plane, and also criticized Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's brief interrogation and treatment as a civilian.
"To win that war we need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern. People who are seeking freedom wonder if Alaska (she meant America) is still the beacon of hope for their cause," she said.
"We need a foreign policy that recognizes its friends from its enemies," she added, and called for sanctions against Iran.
The Tea Party has been a natural fit for Palin, whose populist anti-Washington rhetoric and working mom persona have made her a movement favourite since its grass-roots activists burst onto the scene last year in opposition to the big-spending initiatives of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress.
Billed as the first National Tea Party Convention, it will be followed by appearances at recently announced Tea Party rallies in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown next month and in Boston in April. (ANI)