I've been thinking a lot about the last year of my life and how it's been changed by the influence of Governor Palin. I don't know her personally, although every indication tells me we'd be the best of friends if we ever had the opportunity to get to know each other. I have met the Governor, but only in passing, along with many other supporters at a rally here in Florida. Because I have chosen to speak loudly about my support for the Governor, I have been on the receiving end of an endless barrage of hate mail, prank calls, and other actions that have been unsettling, to say the least. Don't get me wrong, I know it comes with the territory and I'd say my family has handled it well, all things considered. The reason I mention it is this: I know how old it's gotten for us, and I'm only a mom who's spoken out in support of this great woman. I cannot imagine what it would be like to walk a day in the shoes of Todd and Sarah Palin. I've said it many times before on this blog...Todd and Sarah, primarily Sarah, are fair game. When you enter the political scene, it comes with the territory. But the media didn't stop with Sarah. The attacks on her children have been relentless and ongoing. Those in the media who wouldn't dare to touch Michelle Obama or the Obama children have had no problem going after the children of the Republican VICE Presidential candidate. The mother in me swells with anger every time I think of it, and I can't begin to tell you what my husband would be driven to, were the things being said about his children that have been said about the Palin kids. It's unreal, unfair and unlike anything we've seen in the history of American politics.
That being said, I have watched, read the news and become overwhelmed at the amount of information there has been to keep up with--and I'm just talking about news regarding Sarah! The accusations have been false, and the people filing the complaints are not being held accountable for their actions, which is why they continue to file them, costing not only Sarah and her family a great deal of money, but the taxpayers in the state of Alaska, as well. I have read many complaints by Alaskans that Sarah hasn't been able to do her job effectively since the elections because of the complaints, and so in a way...yep, the people filing the ethics complaints won. (for an interesting take on the method being used, see this link)To some, it's just infuriating that she allowed them to win. I understand that, but what Sarah did by resigning tells me a great deal about who she is as a human being. I believe it was a admirable thing she did, resigning from her position as Governor, putting the state of Alaska and her family before herself. Perhaps now, the Lt. Governor can get on with the business of the state...and then again, maybe not. It will be interesting to see if the attacks continue, only now directed at him. I will put nothing past a liberal anymore, so we'll see. I have been praying for the day when Sarah would decide she'd had enough. If Sarah's decision is to back out of politics after her last day in office, I wouldn't blame her one bit. I don't think that's her intention at all, but if it were, I'd support her just the same. The left, and many on the right who do nothing but eat, sleep and breathe politics, hate Sarah because she's anything but mainstream. She doesn't go along with the politics-as-usual kiss butt mentality of most other politicians. She stands for what is right, and that doesn't always mean supporting her own party. She loves God. She stands for life.
I've been shocked at all the buzz surrounding the Governor's announcement on Friday. I find it amusing that only a few reporters were able to make it to the news conference in time, and how many national reporters were steaming that they'd not been given notice. After they've all treated her family so badly, they'd expect her to even consider notifying them? I think not! Who cares what her intentions are? Seriously! You liberals all hate her so deeply, why does it matter so much to you what she's doing next? I love hearing and reading the buzz. I find it incredibly telling.
So, my opinion is...instead of trying to make up all kinds of garbage about what Sarah might do next, I'm not going to play that game. Instead, I'm going to wait and see. Sarah is anything but conventional. She's never been a politics as usual kind of girl, and I'm pretty sure she's not going to start now. I could care less what her next move is. It won't change my opinion of her. I respect her as a brilliant politician, I admire her stand for God and her stand for life. I agree with her conservative principles. As long as those things don't change, I'll remain steadfast in my support of her, no matter what path she chooses next.
So, why don't we all just settle down a bit, relax, and wait. Sarah will let us know what's next when she's ready, and I'm certain it won't be a second sooner! Meanwhile, enjoy the frenzy the media is working itself into...and ask yourself this: if she's so horrible, then why all the fuss?