I've contemplated writing this post since the big announcement last Friday about Gov. Sarah Palin being selected as the running mate to presidential candidate John McCain. To be honest, I hesitated for a couple of reasons.
1). I really don't know very much about her, although I voted for her (absentee, of course).
2). I hate for the readers of our blog to be force fed my political views.
But my friend Emily and my husband have both encouraged me to share my thoughts so I'm going to. I should also mention that Scribbit posted about Gov. Palin last week and had a great discussion in her comments... from BOTH sides of the issue.
I know that Gov. Palin has spent almost all of her life in small town Alaska. She was a typical "hockey mom" (which is what we call soccer moms in Alaska) and decided to get involved in the PTO. From there, she was elected to serve on the Wasilla city council. She was elected Mayor of Wasilla. She was appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after her terms on the city council, where she chaired the Commission from 2003 to 2004, and also served as Ethics Supervisor. She resigned in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Republican members. She became Alaska's first woman, and youngest Governor, in 2006 soundly defeating an extremely popular Tony Knowles.
I like a lot about her. She is no-nonsense. She gets things done. She fights frivolous spending in government. She is well spoken. She is the mother of an enlisted Army soldier. She opposed same-sex marriage. She is a life-long member of the NRA, but also strongly supports gun-safety education for children. She is pro-life, in word AND in action. When she and her husband discovered that her youngest child would be born with Down's Syndrome, they welcomed him with love into their family. Her husband, a commercial fisherman who also is a foreman on the North Slope, stays home to care for their family.
The only mar I can find, is that she controversially fired a Public Safety Commissioner after some people allege he refused to fire her sister's husband (who was a state trooper) for using his issued taser on his 11-year old child. Hm.
So there you have it. She's an Alaska girl, and she rocks. I don't really know if she will help John McCain in the long run, but I know she makes my ballot choice a little easier to swallow.
I hope we can all still be friends.:-)