By: David Patten
In an exclusive Newsmax interview, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Tuesday sharply criticized President Obama's deep bow to the emperor of Japan, and charged Democrats are 'purposefully' holding back details on their health care reform proposals from the American people to avoid an open debate.
On tour promoting her bestselling book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” the former Alaska governor also told Newsmax she was so embarrassed by a Newsweek magazine cover depicting her in short running shorts that she sent an e-mail to her family saying "I almost feel like I have to apologize."
Palin compared Obama's comportment in bowing to Japanese royalty to the leadership style of former President Ronald Reagan.
"There is where his steel spine strengthened our entire nation," she said of the Republican icon. "The leadership he provided, where he allowed us to believe in ourselves as a superpower – not in an abusive way as a superpower, but as a power and a light and a hope for the rest of the world.
“That allowed us to be a healthier, safer, and more generous nation to help other nations. So those things that Ronald Reagan did … he said on national security issues, he said you know: 'We win. They lose.' Leadership like that we need today. [It] allows a very clear path in front of us we'd be foolish not to follow."
In criticizing the bow, Palin contrasted Reagan's view of American exceptionalism with President Obama's efforts to cast America as but one member of the community of nations.
"That [bow] made me and many of us uncomfortable, and I don't think it was just an accidental breach of protocol, because we've seen it before with one of the Saudi leaders too," Palin tells Newsmax. "I think it goes along with that same mode of operation that was apologizing for who America is. In order to build relationships with other countries and strengthen our allies and allow more alliances across the globe, we don't need to apologize for who we are. In fact, I think we would be respected to an even greater degree if we exerted more of the diplomatic power that, again, Ronald Reagan did."
Palin, who was a lightning rod for criticism during the presidential campaign, warned that America is in "a dangerous place economically" because Congress is debating health care reforms that would affect up to one-sixth of the U.S. economy, without keeping the public informed about exactly what provisions are being proposed. And she doesn't think that void of information is accidental, either.
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