Palin hiking the Alaskan Trail?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise announcement Friday that she is resigning from office at the end of the month. Palin offered little explanation about why she plans to step down, raising speculation that she will focus on a run for the White House in the 2012 race.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate hastily called a news conference Friday morning at her home in suburban Wasilla, giving such short notice that only a few reporters actually made it to the announcement. State troopers blocked late-arriving media outside her home, and her spokesman, Dave Murrow, finally emerged to confirm that Palin will step down July 26.

Palin announced the decision in an often rambling news conference in which she invoked the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the rules of basketball, but offered few clues about her intentions. The news rattles a Republican Party plagued with setbacks in recent weeks, including extramarital affairs disclosed by two other 2012 presidential prospects.

Poised, and ready to start her hike

Poised, and ready to start her hike

The following are some actual excerpts from the speech:

Hi Alaska.

People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.

Alaska’s mission is to contribute to America. Bold visionaries knew this – Alaska would be part of America’s great destiny, our destiny to be reached by responsibly developing our natural resources. This land, blessed with clean air, water, wildlife, minerals, AND oil and gas. It’s energy! God gave us energy.

So to serve the state is a humbling responsibility, because I know in my soul that Alaska is of such import for America’s security in our very volatile world. And you know me by now, I promised even four years ago to show MY independence… no more conventional “politics as usual”.

And we are doing well! My administration’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We work tirelessly for Alaskans.

We are doing well! I wish you’d hear MORE from the media of your state’s progress and how we tackle SPECIAL interests daily that would stymie our state. Even those debt-ridden stimulus dollars that would force the heavy hand of federal government into our communities with an “all-knowing attitude” – I have taken the slings and arrows with that unpopular move to veto because I know being right is better than being popular. Some of those dollars would harm Alaska and harm America. I resisted those dollars because of the obscene national debt we’re forcing our children to pay, because of today’s Big Government spending; it’s immoral and doesn’t even make economic sense!

We’re protectors of our Constitution – federalists protect states’ rights as mandated in the 10th amendment.

But you don’t hear much of the good stuff in the press anymore, do you?

Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year – the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate. I say others changed. Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt.

It’s pretty insane – my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with THIS instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more “politics as usual,” but THIS isn’t what anyone had in mind for ALASKA.

Life is too short to compromise time and resources… it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”. But that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and “go with the flow”.

Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.

First, a little "stretch," if you know what I mean

First, a little "stretch," if you know what I mean

No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time… to BUILD UP.

But I won’t do it from the Governor’s desk.

I’ve never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to do this – to make a difference… to HELP people. So I choose, for my State and my family, more “freedom” to progress, all the way around… so that Alaska may progress… I will not seek re-election as Governor.

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade, as so many politicians do. And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and “milk it”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! That’s not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old “politics as usual.” I promised that four years ago – and I meant it.

It’s not what is best for Alaska.

I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is unconventional and not so comfortable.

I’ve determined it’s best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor (Sean) Parnell; and I am willing to do so, so that this administration – with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future – can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.

Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me – sports… basketball. I use it because you’re naive if you don’t see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket… and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I’m doing that – keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities – smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it’s time to pass the ball – for victory.

I have given my reasons candidly and truthfully… and my last day won’t be for another few weeks so the transition will be very smooth. In fact, we will look to swear Sean in – in Fairbanks at the conclusion of our Governor’s picnics.

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… well, in response to asking: “Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children’s future from OUTSIDE the Governor’s office?” It was four “yes’s” and one “hell yeah!” The “hell yeah” sealed it – 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 recently.) Um, by the way, sure wish folks could ever, ever understand that we ALL could 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.

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.”

Now, despite this, I don’t want any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics after seeing this REAL “climate change” that began in August… no, we NEED hardworking, average Americans fighting for what’s right! And I will support you because we need YOU and YOU can effect change, and I can too on the outside.

We need those who will respect our Constitution where government’s supposed to serve from the BOTTOM UP, not move toward this TOP DOWN big government take-over… but rather, will be protectors of individual rights, who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed and are willing to call an audible and pass the ball when it’s time so the team can win! And that is what I’m doing!

Remember Alaska… America is now, more than ever, looking north to the future. It’ll be good. So God bless you, and from me and my family – to ALL Alaska – you have my heart.

In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

Got my Argentine visa and I'm ready to go

Got my Argentine visa and I'm ready to go

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5 Responses to “Palin hiking the Alaskan Trail?”

  1. dcbarton Says:

    “The news rattles a Republican Party plagued with setbacks in recent weeks, including extramarital affairs disclosed by two other 2012 presidential prospects.”
    Actually, the news rattled only the liberals, who have always been rattled by Palin. Most Conservative Republicans are hopeful that this does mean a Presidential bid for 2012.

  2. marstead Says:

    As I was reading I was thinking: This is like shooting fish in a barrel, and then lo and behold! there it was: “Nah, only dead fish go with the flow,” followed by “It was four ‘yes’s’ and one ‘hell yeah!’” … On this solemn “other 4th of July” it is truly heartening and frightening to know that in America anyone can indeed become President.

  3. dcbarton Says:

    We hate what we fear, why does the left fear Palin so much?

  4. marstead Says:

    Hate? “Four ‘na’s’ and one ‘hell nah!’” Speaking ONLY for myself (and my other four personalities), I find it impossible to hate Sarah Palin. She’s feisty and attractive and down-to-earth… Fear? In any role other than President… nah. But as Leader of the Most Powerful Nation in the History of the World… you betcha!

  5. dcbarton Says:

    Why not as President? Because she isn’t the most polished public speaker? We had that twice in a President in the last 17 years now. Remember Clinton, even I had to admit he was a good public speaker, but look at what kind of President he was with his whole, “it depends on what the meaning of IS is.” Sure he could give a great speech, but he also committed perjury and obstructed justice. We now have Obama, while most say he is a polished speaker, I contend he is nothing more than a great “reader”, that contention is easily verified if you ever watch one of his speeches when the teleprompter fails, he stutters and stammers worse than Mel Tellis(my apologies to Mr Tillis, at least he has real talent). Mrs Palin, on the other hand, handles a failed telepromter pretty darn well, she had one at the Republican National Convention, no one even knew until after her speech was over. Why? Because she actually was a good enough speaker to LEARN her speech before she gave it, not exactly impossible(or unreasonable to expect) since all politicians today routinely give the exact same speech throughout the entire campaign with only minor adjustments for specific crowds.
    Actually Palin would be a better choice than what we have now.

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