NASHVILLE - Former governor of Alaska and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the tea party movement is part of a conservative revolution "brewing" in America.
On the last evening of the three-day National Tea Party Convention, Palin, the keynote speaker, said "this movement is about the people" and represents "the future of politics."
"Government is supposed to be working for the people," Palin told the hundreds of participants who had gathered to map out the movement's strategy for 2010, including the upcoming midterm elections.
Noting the Republican victories in last fall's New Jersey and Virginia governor's races and Scott Brown's stunning win in Massachusetts to fill the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, Palin asked, "How's that hope-y, change-y stuff workin' out for you?"
Palin criticized the Obama administration's handling of suspected "Christmas day bomber" Umar Faouk Abdulmultallab.
"Treating this like a mere law enforcement matter places our country at great risk," she said. "To win that war, we need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern," Palin said.
In a pre-taped interview that aired earlier on Fox News Sunday, Palin said America is at war.
"These are acts of war that these terrorists are committing," she said.
"We need to treat them a little bit differently than an American who is worthy - an American being worthy of our U.S. constitutional rights. I don't think the terrorists are worthy of our rights," she said.
Palin also criticized the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package, calling it "generational theft."
"It's no wonder that our president spent about 9 percent of his State of the Union address discussing national security [and] foreign policy because there aren't a whole lot of victories he can talk about," she said.
Palin told participants that the $100,000 speaking fee for the convention would go to "the cause," not to her personally.