Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sarah Palin, The Quitter??

There are a few loud voices in Alaska that are dependable in their hatred for Sarah Palin. For the most part, they are extreme left wing liberals or rejected Palin administration job applicants and they are certainly still out there. The media in Alaska, like most other places in the country, is no different. One of their favorite memes is that Sarah Palin is a quitter.

On July 3, 2009, Sarah Palin announced her resignation as the Governor of Alaska to a small contingent of local reporters, standing in her backyard on the shores of Lake Lucille, surrounded by family and friends. There were 18 months and one legislative session left in her term. Many in the lower 48 that day waited over an hour for video feed of the speech to be finally available outside the state. In the meantime, national networks started spinning with second hand reports. First they reported she was not seeking re-election. Then they started getting word that she was stepping down. They immediately began questioning why. Was she under FBI investigation? Was she having an affair? What was she trying to cover up? This questioning began before her words even had a chance to make it outside the state.

Citizens of the state listened in disbelief to our Governor. She had taken on the corrupt Alaska Republican Party and had weathered the glaring spotlight of a national campaign, yet seemed to be suddenly caving to the pressures of a small sect of liberal Alaskans. These few Alaskans had been providing the lower 48 with information about how ‘Alaskans’ felt about the Governor for quite some time. They had also been engaged in harassing the Governor since her return from her Vice Presidential campaign.

She announced the press conference at the last second, not giving national media the opportunity to arrive. Her message was for Alaskans. When she began, the Governor seemed shaken. Her husband, Todd, had flown in from Bristol Bay to stand by her side. I immediately knew that this wasn’t a simple statement of not seeking re-election. She talked about Alaska’s value to the world and the country. She talked about the resources we hold. She pointed out the achievements her administration had already accomplished during her term as Governor. And then she announced her resignation. The text of her statement in part as released by the Governor’s office:

“…Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations - such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions.

Every one - all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We've won! But it hasn't been cheap - 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.
It's pretty insane - my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with THIS instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more "politics as usual," but THIS isn't what anyone had in mind for ALASKA.

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!

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".

I WILL support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the RIGHT reasons, and I don't care what party they're in or no party at all. Inside Alaska - or Outside Alaska.
But I won't do it from the Governor's desk.

I've never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to do this - to make a difference... to HELP people. So I choose, for my State and my family, more "freedom" to progress, all the way around... so that Alaska may progress... I will not seek re-election as Governor.

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn't run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks... travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade - as so many politicians do. And then I thought - that's what's wrong - many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and "milk it". I'm not putting Alaska through that - I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That's not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old "politics as usual." I promised that four years ago - and I meant it.

It's not what is best for Alaska.

I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is unconventional and not so comfortable.

With this announcement that I am not seeking re-election... I've determined it's best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell; and I am willing to do so, so that this administration - with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future - can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.

My choice is to take a stand and effect change - not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities - and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.”

Her statement was clear. Her administration was stymied by the politics of personal destruction. The time, energy, and resources of the state were being used to defend her from relentless attacks. It was clear that this type of attack was the new normal in Alaska politics. And she thought the State deserved better.

Immediately upon her resignation, she did what most Alaskans would do. She sought shelter and solitude in the familiarity of hard work on the shores of Bristol Bay.

The national media, desperate to explain her actions using anything except the reasons she had just stated, began a 24-hour spin cycle attempting to develop alternative reasons. The FBI had to issue an unprecedented statement, stating she was not under any type of investigation by them. We can assume that was in response to an unprecedented number of media requests.

The Palin’s granted interviews to several national media outlets just days later. CNN, ABC, and NBC were among the throng that flew reporters and film crews out to the remote location in hopes of unveiling the “real story”. The Governor, in full Alaskan fishing gear and with family in tow, reiterated her reasoning to the inquisitive reporters.

I encourage those hoping to find the truth behind her resignation to start by listening to her words. Time has passed and we have had the advantage of seeing what the future has held, both for the Governor and for the State.

Governor Palin announces her resignation

KTUU reports:

CNN interviews

ABC interviews

And if you only have time to watch one, Andrea Mitchell interviews
It’s a little less than 6 minutes. It reiterates her consistent message.

The decision she made that day had profound implications for herself, her family, our State and our Nation. In order to fully understand the decision and its ongoing effects, one needs to know the players and the history of Alaskan politics. In the coming weeks, Alaskans4Palin will discuss the key players, their past relationships to the Governor, the ethic complaints, and the cost involved that led to the decision by our Governor to put the wellbeing of the State before her own. We will explore the reactions of both the left and the right in more detail. We take a look at the path Governor Palin has taken since leaving office as well as the progress of the key projects her administration set in motion.

Those outside the State who wish to dismiss her as a quitter are likely missing some of this key information regarding Alaskan politics. Those within the State who make the same charge are likely the same people who supported the obstacles that shackled her administration. Liberals will continue to make the charge, as it is getting increasingly difficult for them to attack her in any other way.

Those who seek truth need to hear the other side of the story. The left wing liberal media and bloggers have spewed their hatred and skewed perception of Governor Palin’s resignation for long enough.

The truth is that many Alaskans, while disappointed to lose her leadership, continue to support her today. We view her resignation as our Governor as one of the greatest forms of intentional self-sacrifice ever seen in Alaskan politics. To purposefully give up power, for the good of the people, is unheard of in politics today. Greed, money, and power keep politicians fighting for elected titles long past their expiration date. Our Governor, made a decision that might not have been the best for her personally or politically, but it was the best for the tax paying constituents of the State. She said "Politically, if I die, I die", making it clear that she understood the implications her actions could have on her political future. But as Governor, she stepped up and acted in the best interest of the people she represented that day. And for that I am personally grateful.


  1. Truthful Alaskans, thank you for your honesty and these insightful observations.
    "We view her resignation as our Governor as one of the greatest forms of intentional self-sacrifice ever seen in Alaskan politics."

  2. Thank you so much, Doris.
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate your article.

    DH in Missouri

  3. Which entities have a stake in seeing our government brought to its knees and our Constitution replaced with something else? These are the same whiners who tried to make Sarah the issue, and she completely cut them off with no recourse except speculation. Now they suggest she is a quitter. This message needs to be shoved in the face of the LSM.

  4. Thank you for this thorough and truthfull article. Blessings!

  5. Thank you so much for this and the posts to come! Isn't it amazing that it even needs to be done. And, Unfortunately, it does. All an honest person had to do was listen to her words when she announced her resignation. She was so clear about her motives and her intentions and they so fit her faith-based character, her devotion to the people she was serving and to the rest of us in the US who admire her so much. All one had to do was LISTEN! I, for one, was THRILLED! For I could envision her being free to reach out as she has done, to embrace all of us Americans who believe in our exceptionalism, in the innate goodness of our Frontier spirit, as our champion! God has given us all Sarah Palin and I will be forever grateful. And I will be certain my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren all know what a gift she is and will be (yes, they're all living).

  6. Alright Doris!

    Go Alaskans4Palin, get your Alaskan perspective on Gov Palin out there!


  7. Psalms 35:22
    22 O Lord, you have seen this; be not silent.

    Do not be far from me, O Lord.

    23 Awake, and rise to my defense!

    Contend for me, my God and Lord.

    24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O Lord my God;

    do not let them gloat over me.

    25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”

    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

    26 May all who gloat over my distress

    be put to shame and confusion;

    may all who exalt themselves over me

    be clothed with shame and disgrace.

    27 May those who delight in my vindication

    shout for joy and gladness;

    may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,

    who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

    28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness

    and of your praises all day long.

  8. Thank you for posting this. She showed amazing character voluntarily walking away from prestige and power in order to save her state from costly litigation and to continue her fight on a different stage for the heart and soul of this nation.

    Remember: Only dead fish "go with the flow".

  9. Doris, thank you so much for this insightful commentary!

  10. Great post, Doris. One tiny nitpick: Sarah's political self-sacrifice is not just one of the greatest in Alaska but in the entire nation, maybe the world.

  11. I sincerely believe you should email this post/ link to Instapundit so this gets the attention it deserves. Professor Glenn Reynolds' contact email is down midway on the right.
    Thank you. I look forward to the series.

  12. A comment sent to me via email, with permission to post: "I don't know how to leave a comment on alaskans4palin. Great job, however. If people say they dislike Palin because she quit, they must be furious at Hickle, who quit the governor's position to go work for Nixon, then quit there and went back to Alaska where he eventually tried for, and got, his old job back. By the way, didn't Obama quit his senator's job to take this new one?"

  13. Thank you, Doris! The closed minds of the people who hate Sarah will never believe these posts, but they are the ones missing out on history in the making. The left wing liberals/progressives/socialists can not understand self-sacrifice because they have never experienced it themselves. It is such a shame Gov Palin was forced to make that gut-wrenching decision for the people she loves so much: her Alaskan family. I pray God will bless the citizens of the entire USA with Sarah as President one day soon, so that we may all see her prove what we already know...what a wonderful, intelligent, compassionate & fierce Leader she is! God please keep Sarah & her family safe & in Your loving hands while she is on this journey!

  14. Isaiah 54:17

    "No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD.

    Sarah Palin is one of few leaders who actually know what it means to serve. Sarah has a servants heart and she is not ashamed to show it. God bless her-we need her.

  15. I look forward to reading your thoughts and perspective on this in the coming weeks!It'll be great to hear an Alaskan perspective. The site looks great, and you guys have done a wonderful job with your posts. Keep up the good work!

  16. Persecuted figure forced into ultimate sacrifice who rises again to become even more powerful and influential.

    I swear I've heard that story somewhere before...

  17. Great piece, Doris. You lay it all out perfectly.

  18. Good work. as the LSM returns to this speech and this issue in the months ahead, I am sure they will focus on the claim on one hand that the ethics BS was "costing the state $2 million" and the claim, on the other, that since Alaska does not pay for the defense of such claims, the Palins were $500k in debt. What are your thoughts on that issue?


    I have read all I can about Governor Palin. I have viewed videos of speeches. The ones she wrote from the heart and I understood. The ones others had written for her and as the words become hers and I understood. I listened as she talked about the birth of her special child, the LOVE she felt the moment she saw him and I understood. I watched as she honored the men and women who give so much and I understood. I listened as she said politically if I die I die and I understood. I listened as she said “for every I will be Sarah from Alaska” and I understood. I listened as she said “enough I will not put the people in Alaska through anymore and I understood. I listened as she said “to all Alaska you have my heart” and I understood.

    If you are asking what I understood, I will tell you. I understood that we are honored to know a lady with such integrity and love for the people of her state that she would step aside , because they were being hurt ; not because of what she had done but because of the foolishness of others her servants heart could not accept this; that is what I understood.

    Her Walk Through The Storm

    As you walk this new road not knowing for sure where it will lead
    And sometimes it feels more like a storm…as you are looking through the rain…the wind to see where this road leads…

    When you stumble on the roughness of the ground below your feet
    Reach your hand out and God will be there...
    He will flood your soul with His Grace…guiding you as the storm rages…
    Know that God is always faithful…

    But what I know for sure none of us need to tell you about the Faithfulness of God

  20. Good. I had not read it before. Kind of assumed this must be the case. The statement is much much better.

  21. If my daughter grows up to be half the woman Sarah Palin is, It would be hard to imagine being more proud of her. Thank you Sarah...They truly fear and know your greatness and courage. That's why they attempt to bully and silence you. You're so special to this country and freedom in general. God Bless you Sarah, stay at em'.

  22. She definitely did what was best for Alaska.

  23. I am not from your country so perhaps I should not comment, but I followed Sarah from the time she was selected by John McCain, and I have never seen anyone treated so harshly by the opposition.

    That I put down to the fact they see her as a danger.

    In my humble opinion, she is Gutsy the meaning as I understand it :-

    Marked by courage and determination in the face of difficulties or danger; robust and uninhibited; Plucky "you have to admire her;

    She will if she steps up to the plate have a mountain to climb, but if she gets elected, she will turn out like Margaret Thatcher otherwise known as the Iron Lady, she was loved by Ronald Regan, who thought she was the best man we had here in the UK. (She was Gutsy!!)

    History will tell only two Prime misters changed Great Britain and made the title great Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.

    All I can say is if she runs and I will be watching I hope the good people of the USA see what the have and back her up.
    Colin twitter {Chippawa3}