Saying that "it has been inspiring to see real people -- not politicos or inside-the-Beltway professionals -- speak out for common-sense conservative policies and values," 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin writes in USA TODAY this morning about why she's speaking at this week's "National Tea Party Convention" in Nashville.
"The soul of the Tea Party is the people who belong to it -- everyday Americans who grow our food, run our small businesses, teach our children how to read, serve the less fortunate and fight our wars. They're folks in small towns and cities across this nation who saw what was happening to our country and decided to get involved. Thank God for them. Many of these good Americans had never been involved in their government before, but now they attend town hall meetings and participate in online forums. They write letters to the editor. They sign up to be precinct leaders and run for local office and support other independent patriots. They have the courage to stand up and speak out. Their vision is what drew me to the Tea Party movement."