Back in a Moment-

Sarah Palin resigned effectively on July 18 of this year, and people are wondering why. I am wondering why not sooner, what with all the unwarranted abuse she had to take from the left wing loons who delighted in attacking her family, something that used to be considered off- limits, back when the left had some semblance of morality and/ or a conscience when it came to attacking mentally challenged babies. That, as we have seen ad nauseum, is and has been out the window when it came to this past election cycle. The left was utterly vicious, and I have heard some who were actually proud of those attacks.

Not that politics has ever been anything but down in the mud fighting before, but families were kept out of it, much like the old mob hits- you might shoot a man to doll rags, but not his family. Now however, both the right and the left show no mercy, no morality- they are more like the cowardly Mexican drug gangs who just spray a whole house down with bullets, killing all inside.

There are some political insiders who feel that this is a calculated move, possibly to gain her some time to learn global politics- perhaps so, but the action is still a bit puzzling in a political sense.

Palin’s statement was ambiguous with regard to her future. “We know we can effect positive change outside government at this point in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities,” she said, hinting at larger ambitions. But she also expressed weariness over what she called “superficial, wasteful, political blood sport.” Was that a hint that she intends to turn away from elective politics?

Certainly, after a week when she was the target of new attacks over her performance in the 2008 campaign — attacks that sparked a war of words between prominent Republican strategists — slipping into the background might be a welcome tonic for Palin and her family.

washingtonpost.com

Certainly the attacks from the left have been relentless, but the attacks from the right, as surrogates of other presidential hopefuls try to tear her down, are also a cause of great disappointment, I am sure- after all, they are supposed to be part of the same team, but they are acting every bit as badly as any die hard liberal, cowardly backbiting in an attempt to give their chosen “candidate” an edge.

One strategist who assumes she has presidential aspirations called the decision to resign her office “puzzling,” and another described it as “nutty.” “If this is about running for president, it’s about as odd a way as we’ve ever seen,” said John Weaver, a Republican strategist.

Their reasoning followed conventional assumptions about what it takes to mount a national campaign — that, in surrendering the governor’s office in Alaska and ending her brief tenure in statewide office, she leaves behind a thin record on which to base a national bid.

washingtonpost.com

Of course, thin as her record is, it still dwarfs the record of our newest Resident, whose biggest real accomplishment so far has been to limit the amount of cigarettes he smokes. Other than that, not much has really happened.

I wouldn’t blame her for walking away- when you sacrifice your privacy,  your families’ privacy, your time and your good name,in the service of your country, you might think that the attacks would limit themselves to you alone, but no. There is so much more in terms of satisfaction being a private citizen, and Sarah and Todd have five children to raise.

Why they would prefer to raise them in the goldfish bowl of national politics was always beyond me. Even the Wicked Witch of the West, Nanny Pelosi, waited until her spawn was grown. Now they are off spawning little libbies of their own, and she is helping the U.S. implode.

Sarah has plenty of time to raise her family, and become educated on International politics- she is smart, she is driven, and even if she decided to forego politics for the rest of her life, there is precedent for this too.

Politics was never envisioned as a “career” for anyone. You were expected to serve some time, move back to the private sector, where the money was, and move on with your life. Politics was never supposed to be a place to get rich. That was in bad taste and totally venal to boot. It just was not done, that is, IF you had a conscience and were a moral person.

Sadly, we see less and less of this every day.
Blake

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23 Responses to “Back in a Moment-”

  1. victoria says:

    Well, she said in her speech that since the last election she has had to spend millions of tax dollars doing nothing but fighting off these frivolous ethics charges and basically not being able to govern or get anything accomplished for Alaska and she was not going to continue on that way and especially not for another term. She said that it is not costing the left a dime to do this either so they will not stop it.

  2. Blake says:

    True- It cost relatively nothing to file a frivolous suit, but thousands to defend your good name- this is precisely what keeps good possible public servants from entering politics-the sleazy way especially the left, but both sides smear the candidates. Who wants to put their family through that?

  3. Savonarola says:

    BLAKE
    … back when the left had some semblance of morality and/ or a conscience when it came to attacking mentally challenged babies.

    SAV
    Please cite an instance of “the left” “attacking mentally challenged babies,” particularly in connection with Palin.

    BLAKE
    Sarah has plenty of time to … become educated on International politics–

    SAV
    Yet when asked why she can be considered educated about international politics, her answer amounted to “I’m next door to Russia.” What a load.

  4. Blake says:

    Questioning the parentage of Palin’s baby Trig- there’s one instance, i could probably find more, but this is a holiday, and I feel like enjoying myself.
    Should Sarah decide to re enter politics, we shall see what comes of that- personally I would not, but then I haven’t the temperament for it- I’d just probably shoot fools like you.
    Happy Fourth.

    • Savonarola says:

      BLAKE
      Questioning the parentage of Palin’s baby Trig- there’s one instance,

      SAV
      No it’s not, you dolt. That has nothing to do with his Down syndrome, or even attacking Trig at all.

      BLAKE
      I’d just probably shoot fools like you.

      SAV
      I know. You have some real problems in your approach to dealing with reality. This is why it’s easy to justify calling you insane. You should see a doctor.

  5. Big Dog says:

    This is about a post at Fire Dog Lake. Tell me that is not the left going after Trig. HuffPo had it up but took it down after the uproar.

    Sav, tell me the pictures are not about treating her Down’s baby badly. Look at the one where he is looking through the fence.

    This is just one example. There have been plenty where the baby or mother was attacked because of his handicap.

    • Savonarola says:

      DOG
      Tell me that is not the left going after Trig.

      SAV
      Are you talking about the devil spawn picture? I’m not saying that it’s the least bit classy, but how is that going after Trig?

      DOG
      Sav, tell me the pictures are not about treating her Down’s baby badly.

      SAV
      Dog, tell me you’re getting these put-downs from even semi-major players. This came from the somethingawful forums. The somethingawful forums. Even if you know nothing about it right now, do you think that anything is off-limits there? Calling somethingawful “the left” is asinine.

      I do now see that a post at huffpo went over the line. I just read the “apology” and I think that even it misses the mark by using certain terminology. I won’t and feel no desire to defend it. But let’s not kid ourselves. This is recent — yesterday. Has there been a slew of this since Palin’s rise to fame, or are we talking about a small handful of isolated incidents?

      DOG
      There have been plenty where the baby or mother was attacked because of his handicap.

      SAV
      I haven’t. And considering you guys consider me a howling liberal, you’d think I would have. Imagine that. No matter how you slice it, then, this “behavior” isn’t getting much coverage.

      • In on it not says:

        You say that just because you didn’t slur S.P’s kids, no one else did? What kind of reverse appeal-to-the-masses logical fallacy is that supposed to be?
        I watch David Lettermen on National TV slur S.P’s daughter, in front of how ever many millions.
        It appealed to the masses of utterly vicious morally bankrupt liberals then, and it is you defending that sub-human activity know.

        And Barbara, they have not reached as low as they can go. Mark my words, when there is no God, there are no morals and no ethics, and the left will defy all logic with the depths of depravity it will all-to-soon sink to.
        And SAV will be cheering and cheering the entire way down.

        • Savonarola says:

          IN ON IT
          You say that just because you didn’t slur S.P’s kids, no one else did?

          SAV
          My mistake: I meant to say that I hadn’t seen any. Now the rest of my comment should make more sense.

          IN ON IT
          when there is no God, there are no morals and no ethics,

          SAV
          Continue the lies, folks. My morals are better than yours.

        • Blake says:

          Wow- after calling everyone names, he pontificates that his morals are better than ours. I seriously doubt that.
          Certainly his manners are worse, and that’s an indicator of bad breeding.

        • Darrel says:

          Well, we can all be thankful that all of our morals are better than the Bible’s!

          As my little tract at that link shows:

          1. The Bible condones slavery.

          2. The Bible supports polygamy.

          3. The Bible has condoned and even required human sacrifice.

          4. The Bible has supported mass genocide.

          5. The Bible teaches that women have an inferior status to men.

          6. The Bible says a woman must marry her rapist.

          These are all things we now understand to be immoral. We changed, improved, but that darn book, it just stays the same!

          INON: “when there is no God, there are no morals and no ethics…”>>

          DAR
          Actually you have that quite backwards. Of all of the moral systems being discussed and taught in universities today, this one you speak of “Divine Command” has very little if any interest or discussion. It’s dead and has been for a long time. It is useless for a couple of obvious reasons:

          1.) No one can show that a being has given any specific command. That is, even when you think you have gotten a “divine message” from the other side, you can never show that it isn’t the bad guy tricking you (never mind that you are probably hallucinating).

          2) No one can show they are interpreting these divine commands correctly. See the 30,000 divisions of Christianity. And they even have a book to follow!

          3) And no one can show why something would/should be moral just because
          God said so. See the Euthyphro Dilemma. It’s only been around 2,400 years.

          Christians like to pretend and may even believe that they have “absolute objective morals.” Yet I have never found a Christian who could give me a single example of one. Not one.

          Anyone wanna try?

          D.
          —————–
          “In fact, the foundations of ethical behavior not only predate the world’s major religions; they also predate the rise of Homo sapiens. Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University, has written extensively about the existence of seemingly moral behavior in nonhuman species. “I’ve argued that many of what philosophers call moral sentiments can be seen in other species,” he said. “In chimpanzees and other animals, you see examples of sympathy, empathy, reciprocity, a willingness to follow social rules. Dogs are a good example of a species that have and obey social rules; that’s why we like them so much, even though they’re large carnivores.”

          “Over the centuries, we’ve moved on from Scripture to accumulate precepts of ethical, legal and moral philosophy,” Dawkins says. “We’ve evolved a liberal consensus of what we regard as underpinnings of decent society, such as the idea that we don’t approve of slavery or discrimination on the grounds of race or sex, that we respect free speech and the rights of the individual. All of these things that have become second nature to our morals today owe very little to religion, and mostly have been won in opposition to the teeth of religion.” –Richard Dawkins

      • Blake says:

        Of course this “behavior isn’t getting much coverage”- the MSM is too busy doing a Lewinsky with Hussein to look up at the news it should be covering IF it had the journalistic stones to ACTUALLY do news.
        And yes, you ARE a liberal- someone who was independent, would not be so argumentative about ALL the posts here- so don’t mis- label yourself- call a spade a spade for once- just admit it; you will feel ever so much better.

        • Savonarola says:

          BLAKE
          And yes, you ARE a liberal … so don’t mis- label yourself- call a spade a spade for once- just admit it;

          SAV
          What are you talking about, Blake? I never once denied being a liberal. I didn’t even suggest it. My point was that you guys consider me the fringe left who would see the stuff. Either I’m not the fringe left or that crap isn’t getting coverage, or both.

        • Blake says:

          Or you are a liar- don’t know, don’t care.

        • Darrel says:

          BLK: “And yes, you ARE a liberal->>

          DAR
          You say that likes it’s a bad thing. I thought you had a dictionary.

          D.
          ————–
          liberal: Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded” –American Heritage

          See:

          http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liberal

        • Savonarola says:

          BLAKE
          Or you are a liar- don’t know, don’t care.

          SAV
          You don’t care so much that you’ll try to accuse me of being a liar. Nobody’s buying it, Blake.

    • Martin Altizer says:

      Someone who dumps on a Down-syndrome baby is big chunk of fecal refuse. As for anybody shooting anyone- use a baseball bat, and show support for the anti-Louisville Slugger faction rather than the Brady bunch…

  6. Barbara says:

    If Sarah stepped down to protect her family, then I respect her. If she stepped down to not hamper Alaska, then I respect her. If she stepped down to prepare for the next election, then I pray she wins. As for the Democrats and liberal Republicans, the news media, Dave Letterman and all those who put her through so much hell, you have reached as low as you can go and what you do to others, eventually comes back to you.

  7. Martin Altizer says:

    Barbara, those you name probably wipe between their toes when they finish on the toilet. Can’t go much further than that!

  8. Darrel says:

    I met a fellow on the weekend who said those on the left are terrified of Palin. After all, “why would she be getting so much attention/coverage?”

    It’s an idea I am unable to take seriously (now or before her latest belly flop).

    But what do voters think? Did she make them more or less likely to support the McCain ticket?

    Answer here.

    D.