I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you TRUST me with this decision - but it's no more "politics as usual."
And I do. Palin hates the cesspool that politics has become. She's referred to it as "bloodsport" several times. She had to fight it when she ran for governor of Alaska, and while she was governor. The cronyism and corruption was out of control but she was a governor who wasn't in the pockets of big oil or other special interests. The rest of the picture is that the other politicians stuck waist deep in cronyism hated that about her.
But because of her actually using the office of governor for its intended purpose instead of personal gain, she got AGIA up and running after only two years - unprecedented considering it had been in the works for 30 years before her and no one could get it done. She got the oil and gas profits back in the pockets of Alaskans where it belongs. She got an entire laundry list of accomplishments done in her short time as governor - all of her detractors' efforts notwithstanding.
And now Alaska politics has become a cesspool again with the backstabbing and attacking Palin. I've chronicled how the legislature has all but turned against her, basically gridlocking any possible progress. There are groups of legislators who want her to fail because they disagree with her policies, there are those who want her to fail because she makes them look bad, and there are those who are completely jealous that she is so loved in the lower 48 that they can't stand it. Because of this she basically can't get work done anymore. That's something Palin was NEVER about. She hates wasting taxpayer's money. She hates big, slow government that isn't working for the people by the people. She really had to get out of there. She got done what she set out to do (which was more than anyone before her), and now she can grow politically even more.
Then there are the ethics complaints. Approximately $500,000 worth of legal bills. Can you imagine being a normal family and having to face that staggering number? That is staggering for a family that only makes about $150,000 per year and has three children still at home.
the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to "opposition research" - that's money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers - or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the "politics of personal destruction" ... Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime so they're not going to stop draining public resources - spending other peoples' money in their game.You have to take her at her word that this is one of the major reasons she resigned. It is a valid, legitimate reason to step down. These complaints were NOT going to go away. This was the strategy the DNC used to "take her down" and you've got to love Sarah that she just circumvented them completely. She just went around their block. They thought there was absolutely no way she was going to resign (it was not even a slight possibility, obviously considered by most to be political suicide) so they thought while they had her hamstrung there in the office of the governor, they would tie her down with all these ethics complaints so she couldn't progress as a national candidate, she couldn't get her accomplishments done in Alaska, her family would be bankrupt, and they could always use the number of complaints filed as a weapon against her. She just found a way to stop all that insanity.
If I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices! And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!That is inspirational right there. That certainly is not the voice of someone who is quitting or abadonning her state. She's finding a way to fight that will be vastly more productive than sitting in her office as governor. She's finding a new direction. She's not one to sit and just "take it." She had to make this step in order to survive and I applaud her for that. It took a lot of guts, a lot of guts, but that is something we all knew Sarah had. I really am loving the fact that her detractors can't attack her anymore in the office.
Life is too short to compromise time and resources... it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: "Sit down and shut up", but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and "go with the flow".
Nah, only dead fish "go with the flow".
There are some people who think she is quitting and abandonning her state. Take for instance, jaded US Senator Lisa Murkowski, who happens to be a Republican:
“I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.”Pathetic. I would love to see how Murkowski would handle 1/10th of the vicious attacks that Palin has received. I think her response would be a little more sympathetic if she had! Palin supported Murkowski in her Senate run and this is how the kindness is repaid...nice to know. Murkowski just wanted to get her jabs in while she can, repeating the MSM and Democrat talking points to smear Palin. Murkowski knows Palin's record and what she's accomplished, there was no reason to say that.
But in that vein, Palin took some precautionary steps to protect Alaska, AGIA and the rest by ensuring Lt. Governor Parnell would have enough time to be an effective governor. She has all the confidence in him. She also paved the way for him to be more secure in a reelection campaign - which is probably why Murkowski is upset. SHE probably wanted to run for governor and now knows since Parnell has Palin's blessing, she will be crushed.
Anyway, I have rambled enough. I trust Sarah. I trust her conservative instincts and I know she has a plan. She is exactly the type of person our forefathers wanted to be in public office - someone who is a normal person who cannot be bought - something to think about on this July 4th holiday. And for that reason she is unconventional in today's political atmosphere. This was an unconventional move and I suspect it will garner unconventional results.