Why did Governor Sarah Palin step down from her position? It is not just one reason and time will tell all but let’s look at several possibilities:
1.) If Sarah Palin has any desire to do a TV show, to do speeches, to raise money, to earn money – whatever it’s for – if she has any desire for a future, be it in politics, be it in media or whatever, she’s going to have to do it in the Lower 48. She cannot do it in Alaska. It’s not going to get it done. (RushLimbaugh.com)
2.) She did not quit. From what I saw of her speech … this is not a woman who is retiring or “cutting and running,” as Hillyer put it. She is getting into the fight to save America. Palin committed herself to fighting “for our state and our country, and campaign(ing) for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence.” Obama’s treasonous presidency has made this struggle necessary. Palin, like all patriotic Americans, is shocked by what is happening. Obama is destroying this country. She knows it. We all know it. We need a leader.Palin is that leader. On Friday she assumed the mantle. She delivered a campaign speech. She spoke on the eve of Independence Day about the sacrifices great Americans have made, and what our Founding Fathers fought and died for. Without naming Obama, she went after his disastrous policies, saying that “living beyond our means today is irresponsible for tomorrow,” and noting that as governor she had “vetoed debt-ridden stimulus dollars.” She believes in and wants to fight for free enterprise, small government and national security. (Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs Blog)
Sarah’s speech in its entirety:
3.) What would you do if your entire political position was being destroyed by feeding frenzy liberal press libel over and over and over again costing your constituency and personal finances unfathomable amounts of money both personally and politically (over $500,000 in debt)? Sarah has chosen to save her state money and an incredible waste of her time fighting the false accusations (at least 15 of them have already been proven false). You have no time to govern, in fact, you have no time to do anything much less even consider a political campaign.
4.) What would you do if your family was publically torn apart limb by limb with false accusations, jokes, etc. including ridicule of her Down’s Syndrome baby Trig? Sarah has never been a run of the mill leader. She takes the road less traveled and as usual, this move is gutsy. But unlike any other politician since Lincoln, Sarah has her priorities in high stepping order and at some point she had to say to herself, “I’m not accomplishing anything for our government and I’m hurting my family at the same time–what the heck am I doing in a position that is bringing every aspect of my life and the Alaskan people’s lives down?”
5.) One more incredible article on Sarah’s bold conservative vision vs. the Beltway pundits:
Part of her speech:
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…
I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you TRUST me with this decision – but it’s no more “politics as usual”.
In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life – my children (where the count was unanimous…)…and someday I’ll talk about the details of that… I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults…we could ALL learn so much from someone like Trig – I know he needs me, but I need him even more… what a child can offer to set priorities RIGHT – that time is precious… the world needs more “Trigs”, not fewer.
… we can ALL learn from our selfless Troops… they’re bold, they don’t give up, they take a stand and know that LIFE is short so they choose to NOT waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than SELF… and to build up their families, their states, our country.
First things first: as Governor, I love my job and I love Alaska. It hurts to make this choice but I am doing what’s best for Alaska. I’ve explained why… though I think of the saying on my parents’ refrigerator that says “Don’t explain: your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.”
In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”
Here’s my personal take on it: When I first heard that McCain had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate, I thought he was nuts. I listened to pundits like Michael Savage saying, “He has a death wish!” or some such talk. I had to agree with them and my heart was in my stomach with fear for our country (uh…nothing like the fear I have NOW by the way!). Then I heard her speak, I listened to what she said and I saw the reaction and her incredible power. She was brilliant, she spoke about people like me and TO people like me. She understood what REAL conservatism is and what needs to STOP and what needs to START in this country to get back to basics and our great constitution. I totally did a 180. So I have to tell you, I’m waiting. I’m waiting to see what happens. I don’t think stepping down is that big a deal when you look at her reasons. They are not the reasons of politicians…they are the reasons of someone like Lincoln who put what was right above what was popular. That’s why I am keeping the faith. I am waiting. I am not judging. I think she’s got something there that my feeble brain can’t quite pick up yet but I do trust this woman to do the right thing for the right reasons. I trust her more than any politician in my lifetime because she has inside her what is necessary to bring this country back to its roots and values and I so want to be there. I pray we can one day be there. And no one else is driving the bus, people.