US 'ready for another revolution'

NASHVILLE - "America is ready for another revolution," Sarah Palin declared when she assailed President Barack Obama in a speech before adoring "tea party" activists, who would make a seemingly natural constituency if she runs for president.

NASHVILLE - "America is ready for another revolution," Sarah Palin declared when she assailed President Barack Obama in a speech before adoring "tea party" activists, who would make a seemingly natural constituency if she runs for president.

"This movement is about the people," the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee said on Saturday as the crowd roared.

"Government is supposed to be working for the people."

Mocking Obama's 2008 campaign slogan, Palin noted the Democrats' US state electoral losses since Obama took office a year ago with talk of hope and promises of change and asked: "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you?"

Her audience waved flags and erupted in cheers during multiple standing ovations as Palin gave the keynote address at the first national convention of the "tea party" coalition. It is an anti-establishment, grass-roots network motivated by anger over the growth of government, budget-busting spending and Obama's policies.

Filled with Palin's trademark folksy jokes, the speech amounted to a 45-minute pep talk for the coalition and promotion of its principles.

The speech was also rife with criticism for Obama and Democrats who control Congress, but delivered with a light touch.

But, aside from broad conservative principles such as lower taxes and a strong national defence, the speech was short on Palin's own policy ideas that typically indicate someone is seriously laying the groundwork to run for the White House.

Republican observers say she's seemingly done more lately to establish herself as a political celebrity focused on publicity rather than a political candidate focused on policy.

Catering to her crowd, Palin talked of limited government, strict adherence to the Constitution, and the "God-given right" of freedom. - Sapa-AP

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