Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Hi, everyone! I came all the way to Kaladi Brothers Coffee again for wireless Internet access and forgot my camera, which has the camera card, which I was going to use to post more pictures! I've been in Alaska for almost a week now, and this is the first time I have gone anywhere without my camera, except morning prayer walks. Sorry...
Today we leave Wasilla for a few days and go into Anchorage. At 2:00 p.m. Alaska time, I will be interviewed on KBYR Fox News Radio--Eddie Burke's Radio Show--about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, along with Denise, a Team Sarah member. Eddie is such a fireball for what's right, and I appreciate that he is committed to speaking up for America and defends the governor of Alaska with great passion and knowledge. You can listen live today to the show if you'd like.
Speaking of that, I just have to say how proud I am that Sarah Palin has done what she did last week. It still hurts inside, I must admit, and a plethora of mixed emotions swirled within me when two days after I got to Alaska my cell went crazy with people trying to figure out what in the world was going on, why she resigned, and what she'll do next. As if I know, right?! It all seemed so unbelievable, and some say so outrageous. In fact, I spoke to a friend from New York today who commented that what Sarah has done doesn't look good politically. I said, "She doesn't care about what it looks like." She responded, "She should care if she wants to run for president"--which, by the way, she never specifically said she plans to do.
You know what I respect most about the governor? She acts on principle. It's not about her--never has been, so contrary to the picture people try to paint of her. There is no diva in Sarah. Instead, Sarah Palin has served the state of Alaska with a servant's heart. I have never heard anyone talk and act with such love for a state as she does. I have never seen a leader who is constantly praising her state, talking about its wonders and beauties, and inviting people to "come on up." And I have never seen such a selfless act as was displayed on July 3, 2009. During a recent speech when Micheal Reagan was in Alaska, she asserted,"If I die politically, I die." This is a woman of such moral and spiritual fortitude, that I can't help but marvel. Sure, I wish things had unfolded differently. I wish it had not come to this point--the bogus ethics complaints, the time spent on addressing these partisan piranhas, the personal attacks on Trig, the money wasted for the furtherance on an agenda from the pit of hell. I wish she would have been able to finish her term and continue the job that was in her heart. But for the betterment of Alaska, she has chosen to do the right thing, the only thing someone who loves her state more than her title can do: step down.
We have spent so much time thinking and debating about Governor Palin's choice. What would your choice have been? Would you ever be able to lay down your title for the greater good? Would you have had the humility to move aside and allow someone else to take the reins? Shoot, I was a point guard as a student and varsity basketball coach as an adult, and I can tell you, most starting players can't even graciously handle sitting on the bench for three minutes while someone else gets to run their position, much less sit out the whole game--especially when you know you're the most capable player on the team. I know because I was one of those players! So imagine passing the ball to your lieutenant governor so the team can progress without you as the focus of the opposition. Imagine taking that seat on the bench. That's what Governor Palin has done. Now, she's still in the game, still loving the team, still helping to reach the goal, but now she's free to do it another way, the best way, the right way--her way.
In an interview with The New Yorker yesterday, I discussed her servant's heart. So many people don't understand Sarah because they don't think like she does. My friend's comment about the politically advantageous thing is not strange. Most people are used to politicians who would do anything to preserve self. Governor Palin is not that politician. I have said time and time again, she is not a politician in the usual sense of the word--and that's a good thing, for Alaska, for America. She is one of us, except that she chooses to serve more than most of us ever consider serving. Yes, her heart is to serve--selflessly.
Is she done? No way! I continue to say that we have not seen the last of Sarah Palin. During the interview yesterday, I was asked, of course, about 2012. My response is that all I can say is what she has said. I cannot put words in her mouth. Governor Palin has never said she is running for president, but she has also never said she is not. What she said months ago is that she would not exclude the possibility, that if God opens the door, she'll walk through it. I told her in New York a month ago that I know she will do in life whatever God leads her to do, and that as she just seeks to do that, she wouldn't have to plow through any doors; they would just open--in the right time, at the right place. I believe that wholeheartedly. There is a call on her life for something great for this nation. The call has not been recalled. It rests greatly upon her. Therefore, in terms of looking toward 2012, and working to that end with the 2012 DSC, my philosophy remains this: Proceed as if you have a green light until you get a red one. And that is my intent and the intent of the Committee. As our chairman, Randy Highsmith said, "We are staying the course."
By the way, for those who think she has shot herself in the foot as for a national run for office in a few years, let me give you some advice: Find Governor Palin and look behind her: You will find a multitude of people there. They have not gone anywhere, nor will they. In fact, maybe my eyes are deceiving me, but it looks to me like the multitude has gotten larger since July 3rd--but maybe I'm just seeing things!