Wednesday, August 26, 2009
One month ago today, I awoke in North Pole, Alaska. A couple hours later we headed to Fairbanks to celebrate independence with Governor Palin. It was her last Governor's Picnic--the last one ever--and she would be turning the reins over to Sean Parnell at the end of the day.
I had been praying for a couple weeks that her heart would be prepared for that moment, which I figured had to come with some mixed emotions. I was so glad to see no signs of sadness from the governor that day--great love for the people of Alaska, oh yes. But I saw absolutely no regret at her decision.
In fact, when she stepped to the podium to speak, I saw nothing but utter resoluteness. And when she opened her mouth, the one thing I did not see was a public servant who had given up. On the contrary, I saw in her face, heard in her voice, and sensed from her spirit an inward cry like that of John Paul Jones who doggedly declared, "I've only just begun to fight." Perhaps her own tweets not long before that Independence Day in Fairbanks, Alaska would say it best.
Planning inauguration w/LtGov in 10 days, Frbanks. W/same cabinet, same positive pro-AK agenda it's all good, consistent success bc everyone elected is replaceable;Ak WILL progress! + side benefit=10 dys til less politically correct twitters fly frm my fingertps outside State site. [emphasis added]
And fight she has.
Shortly after she stepped down from the podium that day, she stepped up to rule the world from her perch on Facebook. Who among us could ever lead a debate on health care and tort reform from a page on a social networking site? Who among us could hit the President of the United States so hard he would find it necessary to box back within the rings of Town Halls, radio addresses, conference calls to religious leaders, and anywhere else he got the chance? Who else could slap his head so intensely he would forget his Harvard education and instead create phrases like "wee-weed up"? You got it: Sarah Palin--and only Sarah Palin.
One month ago today Governor Palin didn't quit fighting, as her haters accused. She just started fighting harder--and became more free. I told the anklebiters in a blog back in July that they would wish they had left well enough alone.
Yes, a month after Sarah Palin's Independence Day--and on the anniversary week of Dr. King's March on Washington--I can just hear Sister Sarah singing, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I am free at last!"
Read more about the Fairbanks Governor's Picnic and see my pictures here.