Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Govern" vs. "Serve"

While reading Going Rogue I noticed something really important and I don't know if it's been mentioned anywhere else or not. Sarah uses the word "serve" where most other politicians say "govern." For example:

Ted Stevens served us for a long time.

I served Alaskans by ___.

In my terms as mayor, I served in a conservative way.

Those are just sentences I made up because I didn't want to copy directly from the book. But they are an example as to how Palin views public servants who we, citizens, elect. She views them as literally serving the public, not governing over the public. In each of those instances I've seen people use the word "govern," which if you think about it, is not what they were elected to do. That's such a refreshing distinction she uses.

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