The Great American Panel was heated tonight on Hannity’s America as Bob Beckel opened his mouth and dripped sarcastic anger all over Sarah Palin’s decision to step down. His logic was because Sarah Palin didn’t have a job lined up, she quit on the people of Alaska. Beckel’s response angered me as I sat thinking to myself, “What if Sarah Palin decided to dedicate the next few years to her husband and family? What if she gave it all up because she knew her family needed her to be a full time mom? Is that not a job?” My ire was up when the illusion of joblessness was equated with quitting, the job of motherhood was relegated to non-work.
“How sad that Washington and the media will never understand -- it's about country," she (Palin) said. “Though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it's right for all -- including your family." http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/world/07/05/09/love-family-country-alaska-led-her-resign-palin
The Washington Post reported, “Palin offered few clues about her ambitions but said she arrived at her decision in part to protect her family, which has faced withering criticism and occasional mockery, and to escape ethics probes that have drained her family's finances and hampered her ability to govern. She said leaving office is in the best interest of the state and will allow her to more effectively advocate for issues of importance to her, including energy independence and national security.”
In a speech given by President Roosevelt in Washington on March 13, 1905, before the National Congress of Mothers, he shared, “No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night. She may have to get up night after night to take care of a sick child, and yet must by day continue to do all her household duties as well; and if the family means are scant she must usually enjoy even her rare holidays taking her whole brood of children with her. The birth pangs make all men the debtors of all women. Above all our sympathy and regard are due to the struggling wives among those whom Abraham Lincoln called the plain people, and whom he so loved and trusted; for the lives of these women are often led on the lonely heights of quiet, self-sacrificing heroism.” http://www.nationalcenter.org/TRooseveltMotherhood.html
No other woman in America has endured such a firestorm of hatred aimed at her and her children as Sarah has and yet she has demonstrated an inner strength, integrity and fortitude that every woman in America should honor, on both sides of the aisle. Quitter is not an adjective with which I would label Sarah Palin. Starter, achiever and doer are more in line with her character and the track record of her life. They are qualities that have helped her raise her family, love and support her husband, care for her newest baby Trig, and walk her daughter through an unexpected pregnancy, all while effectively governing Alaska.
Shame on the media and the bloggers like Shannon Moore for the visceral hate reporting they repeatedly practice. According to Newsmax.com, “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, issued a four-page warning to mainstream news organizations over the weekend that he will sue on behalf of his client if 'defamatory material' relating to her or her family finds its way from Internet blogs to print.”
It is truly a shame when grown men and woman must have their tongues and typewriters muzzled by the threat of a defamation lawsuit in order to attain humane behavior.
The speculations won’t stop and the hate will not quit until Sarah Palin and all that she represents is silenced. The only reason for this kind of animosity is the fear of what a person or ideology represents to the one spewing the hate. Governor Palin may have stepped down from her job as Alaska’s executive, but she has never quit on that which is most important, and that is her family.