Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin was fired up about God and country when she spoke Friday at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate visited the Sunshine State at the request of the organizers of the school’s seventh annual leadership forum.
Her passionate talk was peppered with such vibrant cries as “Cling to your God, your guns, your Constitution!” and pleas for the next generation to change the country’s moral fiber. “That will make our foundation crumble if we choose to ignore it,” she said.
Not one to tiptoe around sensitive topics, Palin got right to the point on reasons she said the country is in crisis.
“Today, look around, and don’t you wonder sometimes if, as a nation, we have forgotten God altogether? This is a crucial question,” she said.
Palin said the school asked her to talk about hope and resilience. She said she would but “not that Washington, D.C., ‘hopey-changey’ blah, blah, blah stuff, but real hope.”
Mostly, the 49-year-old hammered such topics as the corruption of Washington, D.C. – “It’s a hotbed of cronyism” – and federal spending – “The federal government is bloated, corrupt and out-of-control.”
The Forum is a fundraising event for scholarships at Southeastern, and sponsors pay for the speakers. Southeastern officials don’t disclose how much speakers are paid, but it was reported Palin received $75,000 in May 2010 to speak at California State University, Stanislaus.
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