Sunday, July 3, 2011
It's been two years since Governor Palin announced the decision to sacrificially resign from a job she loved and at which she excelled to save her state and her family from individuals shamelessly hell-bent on playing politics with people's lives. At that time, she knew the only way to allow the important business of serving Alaskans to continue was to step aside and allow Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to take over.
Since then, Governor Palin has made an incredible impact on the nation as a voice for conservative principles, she's weathered attack after attack on her character and record, and she's been a constant, much-needed thorn in the side of President Obama's political agenda. Hopefully, she'll make the decision to be an even greater thorn and challenge him for the White House in 2012.
The continuing--albeit unfruitful--effort by political puppets to prove moral turpitude and professional malfeasance on her part further reveals her wisdom in stepping down so as not to allow her presence to hinder state business. Her decision stopped the ongoing unfounded, politically motivated witch hunts from further arresting her administration. Still, even as a private citizen, she's endured a stalker moving in next door, which is enough to creep anybody out; a bogus book written by a money mongering ex-employee, which was debunked outright; private emails released to the public, which served only to reveal what a hardworking governor she was; and a plethora of other tactics to harass, destroy, or silence her.
Clearly, her decision to step aside has shown itself to be the right decision for Alaska's progress and a benefit to the nation, as she has been unshackled and free to make an impact from outside the ethics complaints and political games. The haters had hoped to imprison Governor Palin, but they underestimated her tenacity. While some politicians would have gone with the flow, collected paychecks, and tried to maintain sanity while spending time and resources battling the insane, she showed her commitment to integrity over title and declared her independence--because it was the right thing to do.
Because I had the unique opportunity to be in the state of Alaska both when Governor Palin announced her resignation on Independence Weekend and when she turned the reins over to Parnell, I've chosen to repost what I shared on this date last year. Let us reflect. I wrote:
A year ago today, as I traveled down the highway from Fairbanks to Wasilla, I realized that I was in Alaska at a true moment of history. It was July 3, 2009, and I had arrived in the state late on the 1st. That first night there was incredible enough--finally landing after 20 hours and four planes from New York to the Last Frontier, and then taking a walk close to midnight while children still played and rode their bikes in the bright summer sun that is so unique to Alaska.
But July 3rd was something else altogether. Almost a month earlier I had met Governor Palin in Auburn, NY, and I told her I would be in her state for a month. I was so excited then, but never did I guess that I would be there when the world would buzz with her announcement that she would soon step away from the governor's office. But when my cell phone began to do some buzzing of its own, I knew this was big.
After time to digest the news, I settled on the thought that Governor Palin had disarmed the anklebiters, that she would do exactly what she said she would do, that is get behind common sense people who had a heart to serve, and she would not subject her family and the state she loved to the antics of the political piranhas who so desperately had applied a non-ceasing full-court press. I wrote that those who were so filled with hatred for her would soon regret that they had not let well-enough alone, that they had consumed themselves with taking her on. I knew she was truly declaring her independence and it would rock the worlds of the Palin-deranged. It's safe to say I was right, isn't it? If they had succeeded in defeating her, there would be no need for this ongoing Palin mania we see from the Left--and from some on the Right. I knew she had symbolically chosen Independence Day weekend to make her announcement, and I thought, "brilliant!"
I spent the evening of the 3rd having dinner with some of the Governor's friends, associates, and supporters, the talk revolving around her resignation. I kept saying it was a good thing, and that we would soon see. Surely, we are seeing.
The next day, I marched in the 4th of July parade with the Valley Republican Women's Club. There I met Mr. and Mrs. Heath, Piper, and many other wonderful Palin patriots. That evening I attended the Wasilla Tea Party, another wonderful experience. Click here to read all about that day and click here to see pictures.
It's hard to believe how much has transpired in such a short time, but as I reflect on a year ago today--as Governor Palin has also done today, no doubt--I can't help but be grateful at having been there for that moment, that moment in history. I wrote then that she had stepped down to step up. She certainly has, and she has brought so many up with her. And still, the best is yet to come.
The best is indeed yet to come, but it is getting closer. As Governor Palin herself has said numerous times, 2012 can't come soon enough. Game On!