She's Got IT

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Governor Palin's support continues to grow, which completely baffles those who never understood her support to begin with. After the media malpractice, after the bogus ethics complaints, even after Levi Johnston, she remains strong when much weaker souls would have been laid to rest by now. How is that possible? Keep reading.

I will always remember the first time a student came to my defense in class. Somebody said something disrespectful, and, before I could open my mouth, someone else said, "Don't be talking to Miss Ross like that!" Silence followed. That was the end of that--until the next time, of course.

That's when you know you've got it.

Now, I don't actually need my students to stand up for me because I do pretty well by myself. In fact, it's a good thing I didn't get a chance to respond--good for the student who uttered the disrespectful comment, that is. I don't take a lot of mess, nor do I have to. Overall my students have always loved and respected me, and I have very few behavioral problems. The reasons, I believe, are simple: I love and respect them first, they think I'm cool, and I can "bust 'em down" in basketball. That's my recipe for success! I'll add to that one more ingredient: I was in a staffing with a parent who relayed the story of why his child said he never gave me trouble, though he gave other teachers trouble. According to this parent, his son said, "'Cause Miss Ross will knock me out!" Nice mix of respect and fear there, I suppose (though I'd never do that!). I say all that to say I can clearly handle myself.

True authority, however, is revealed when I don't have to.

To this day, I have no recollection of what the first student uttered, just that he was put in his place rather quickly by his classmate. Now, I don't advocate students being aggressive with other students, but I do believe that harmless positive peer pressure goes a long way. Because one student came to my aid, I could get on with the business at hand without taking the time to deal with nonsense, saving myself for bigger issues that really need my attention.

I was thinking of this in light of Governor Palin. Some don't understand why so many of us speak up and fight back when we hear her being smeared by the likes of the mainstream media, anklebiters on the Left and the Right, and even her daughter's ex-fiance'. "What's with all these people," some say, "these bloggers, these activists, these supporters, and why won't Palin herself address every allegation thrown at her?" We all know she can handle herself, so why doesn't she deal with every single issue? The answer is simple: she doesn't have to.

See, most of the attacks against Governor Palin are like the comment in my classroom: distractions meant to take her attention from what's important, slurs and accusations intended to sting and bite, and all-out attacks with the hopes of sparking a fiery retort so the process can continue. And for what? To wear her down.

Each year I get new students, several of whom would say in a heartbeat, "We got your back, Miss Ross." Now, they know good and well I'm no pushover and certainly no punk. However, dealing with every individual about every comment is a waste of everyone's time, and it doesn't accomplish anything. Students who speak up, out of respect for who I am and what I represent, allow me to just keep on steppin'-- never missing a beat, never being sidetracked, never wasting energy.

Then, when something big arises, I'll use that reserved energy to deal with it.

Governor Palin, too, has plenty of opportunities to decide to speak or to be silent, to defend herself or to keep on steppin'. More often than not, wisdom tells her to keep on steppin'--and that's when we step up. That, I suppose, is part and parcel of the "online footprint" first written about here and then commented on here and here. She doesn't need to ask anyone to have her back. Before she turns around, we're already there--just as my student addressed his peer before I could even open my mouth. We're there on Twitter, on Facebook, on our blogs, on talk radio. Everywhere you turn, we're there, so she doesn't have to fight every single battle because we're fighting for her.

Again, that's true authority. That's when you've got it, and today, more than ever, public servants need it--and they need a whole lot of it. The more we can step in the ring and throw some punches and block some unfair hits for them--and the more of us who do so--the more strength people like Governor Palin can reserve for the bigger battles.


mountaingirl September 6, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

Very good article Adrienne.You keep getting better and better.
You have a great way of writing about real morals and getting
to the point.

Michael "Mike" Yost September 6, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

I truly wish I had you on my campaign "staff". It is wonderful, thoughtful, and great people like you that can convey the message of REAL hope for America through the ingenuity of each individual person.

You definitely understand the "empowerment of the individual" and your words are eloquently revealing of your character and nature. For that I stand in respect and salute your efforts- and for that "WE have your back".

Michael "Mike" Yost
Yost for Congress 2010
3rd Congressional District of Florida

Anonymous,  September 6, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

It is so refreshing to find there are still teachers out there with your character and integrity. Most of the younger ones have fallen into the trap of the left-leaning college professors. I am a retired schoolteacher who shared the same type rapport with my students. May your Christian witness be obvious to your students and plant seeds in them so that they want what you have.

Anonymous,  September 6, 2009 at 8:05 PM  

Obama, get out of Sarah's White House!

dangarey September 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM  

Miss Ross, just found your site today. Please let Sarah know that Dr. Wheeler, tothepointnews, is a huge supporter.

Anonymous,  September 6, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

May God continue to bless and keep you my brave one!

moon816 September 7, 2009 at 12:48 AM  

Miss Ross, I hope to see you one day defending the guv on TV. I believe that now more and more people are waking up and soon they will also say "Sarah i got your back"

Thank you miss ross, you're doing a wonderful job

dangarey September 10, 2009 at 7:34 PM  

Miss Ross, I hope to see you one day as a cabinet member of the Palin Administration.

dangarey September 10, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

Miss Ross, how was the first day/week of school? Challenging I'm sure. This is our 3rd week of school already here in South Texas.

Adrienne Ross September 11, 2009 at 6:01 PM  


Thank you for your kind comments. Working for Sarah Palin would indeed be an honor. I appreciate, too, your asking how school has been. It has been wonderful. We have a brand new building, and my students are precious--although a couple are a little chatty. Today was a bit emotional as we discussed 9-11 and saw a video clip. I am blessed to be entrusted with other people's children who very quickly become my children.

God bless you.

dangarey September 11, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

Miss Ross, we share, in loco parentis, a tremendous responsibility towards our charges. And I too share your support for and defense of our mutual heroine. May our Lord give her shelter from the radical leftists. God bless Sarah, God bless the USA, and God bless Adrienne Ross.

Sylvia A. Ripley September 11, 2009 at 10:27 PM  

I share with Sarah Palin the love of this country. I have started the following please visit and see it's purpose. If you could, please let her know and possibly help us find support so we can be the VOICE for 2010 and 2012 and return this country back to it's founding principles!!!

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