The crowd was so large that some supporters standing far back from the stage began chanting “Louder, louder!” midway through Palin’s speech after she had paid homage to military veterans in the crowd.
Palin, who assumed they were protesters, said in response to the chants, “I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest.”
…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
The Creator endows people with their rights, not men with guns.
You know who said that “‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun’– the gun being a metaphor for the military”? Mao. Mao said that. For someone running on a “Country [America] First” platform and who presents herself as a Christian candidate, Governor Palin sure sounds like a Maoist.
One more time, for the record: tradition in the United States has always held that people have their rights, including their right to protest, by virtue of being human beings, not because people with weapons decided to give rights to them from atop a tank. Veterans may have used violence to defend the comfortable exercise of your inherent, God-given rights, but they did not give them to you.