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Palin links resignation to 'higher calling'
A{ via Yahoo News ^ | 7/4/2009

Posted on 07/04/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT by GVnana

JUNEAU, Alaska – Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday laid the groundwork to take on a larger, national role after leaving state government, citing a "higher calling" with the aim of uniting the country along conservative lines.

A day after surprising even her closest friends by announcing she would step down as Alaska governor more than a year before her term was up, the controversial hockey mom was still keeping details of her future plans under wrap. But in a statement posted on Palin's Facebook account, she suggested that she had bigger plans and a national agenda she planned to push after she resigns at the end of the month.

"I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint," she said.

Palin also cast herself as a victim and blasted the media, calling the response to her announcement "predictable" and out of touch.

"How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country," the statement said. "And 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."

Palin's personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Facebook posting was written by the governor.

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To: Windflier

Rush seems to be taking an extraordinary amount of time off lately. I see an opening for a new substitute host.

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Maybe the start of a third party ;)


51 posted on 07/04/2009 9:09:10 PM PDT by conservativepoet (The chief aim of order within Christianity is to make room for good things to romp and play.)
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To: Windflier

she needs good security.....remember, if they can’t cheat and steal you they will try to kill you


52 posted on 07/04/2009 9:15:30 PM PDT by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
What is the law regarding a public official and these attacks? Public official can't do anything but a private citizen can sue for slander?

If so this is more better than I thought.

53 posted on 07/04/2009 9:22:34 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: The Wizard
she needs good security.....

Amen times ten on that.

She could have the most awesome security force on the planet, just for the asking, if she put out the word.

Can you imagine how many ex-military pros would sign up yesterday to protect our Sarah?

54 posted on 07/04/2009 9:22:53 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: conservativepoet
Maybe the start of a third party

No.... more like the start of a new day for the Republican party. Reagan did it. Sarah will do the same.

55 posted on 07/04/2009 9:26:15 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier; SolidWood; Marine_Uncle; Jeff Head
What a smile....

Beaten Down?....I don't think so!

56 posted on 07/04/2009 9:49:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GVnana
From the Washington Post...:

Weary Palin Sought to Regain Control

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Unease in Spotlight, Family Concerns Sparked Decision

By Philip Rucker Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Why did Sarah Palin step down?

Theories abound. But some of the people closest to the Alaska governor say she wanted to regain control of a political script that slipped out of her hands the moment she burst onto the national stage. She also wanted to shield herself and her family from the attacks that seem to have been aimed permanently at them in the 311 days since.....

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The woman who said she would never blink suddenly tired of what she deemed the "superficial, wasteful political blood sport."

So she quit.

Yet Palin's vulnerability masks her firepower, ambition and strong will, advisers said. Not one to fit comfortably into convention -- and not comfortable being a victim, either -- Palin spoke Friday as if she was rolling the dice and betting on herself. She presented herself as a game-changer stepping onto a stage of her own making.

What that stage may be remains the big question looming over national politics this weekend, and advisers said she is truly undecided about running for president in 2012, or ever. But for the first time, she recently solicited money for her political action committee.


57 posted on 07/04/2009 9:53:24 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GVnana
From the NY Times:

A Low Profile, Except Online, for a Governor as She Gets Ready to Leave Office ( On the Fourth of July)

58 posted on 07/04/2009 10:06:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GVnana
"less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint"

Conservative Clarion Call!

59 posted on 07/04/2009 10:09:22 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (It's the spending, stupid!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I notice the Washington Post has carefully avoided the lefty glee over Palin’s announcement. Wise.


60 posted on 07/04/2009 10:20:59 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana
Maybe they are reading from the Blogosphere:

The brilliant strategery of Sarah Palin

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I’ve decided today that Sarah Palin is sort of a genius.

Unless the real reason she’s stepping down is that the National Enquirer is about to publish a cover story revealing that she’s actually a man who became a woman to escape his history as a Sandinista guerilla fighter, her resignation is flat-out brilliant. It’s certainly possible that she’s leaving her post in advance of some big, ugly, serious scandal becoming public, but I suspect not. And if not, then she’s made the best political move I can imagine in her plan to run for president in 2012.

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Whenever I make a big decision, or help someone else make a decision, I always ask this question first, “what’s the downside?” If we ask that question about Sarah Palin’s decision to resign, there really isn’t one of any consequence. Sure, some (not all) Alaskans will be irritated. And some Americans will consider her a quitter. But as Palin begins to build her national organization in earnest, the pissy Alaskans will be equivalent to a few political gnats, and the folks in the lower 48 who will express their disapproval of her resignation don’t like Palin anyway, no matter what she does.

So those are the negatives. If there is any other downside, I am not seeing it. And of course, we Americans have a short attention span, and the “quitter” label just won’t carry any weight within a year, particularly since Palin is now an iconic figure who transcends any single action she takes.. Given who she is, and the passions she stirs in people, the relatively dull, bureaucratic fact that she decided to leave office early really won’t factor in the grand scheme of the Palin narrative

So what are the benefits to Palin? They are huge. First of all, her resignation offers the very basic positive of immediately freeing her from the ethical and logistical constraints that come with her office; as givernor, she can’t leave Alaska too often. She can’t raise money as easily. She has to deal with day to day tasks of actually governing, and she has to face the press scrutiny that comes with being a high-profile, sitting public official.

So Palin resigns yesterday, pointing to the truly unprecedented way she continues to be trashed in the media. She frames it as “best for Alaskans,” saying that the press has essentially driven her from office, and noting that she’s doing the honorable thing by walking away so that Alaskan government can regain some sense of peace and normalcy. Plus, even as she claims that her family’s privacy continues to be violated, she explicitly reminds us that her toddler has Down Syndrome, and she gets Good Mother points by saying she needs to spend more time with him.

Both the suggestion that she’s basically been forced out of office by the liberal media, and her stated plan to be some version of the saintly stay-at-home mama galvanize her admittedly limited, but very enthusiastic and cohesive base: the rightest of right wing Republicans, plus Evangelical Christians.

61 posted on 07/04/2009 10:47:30 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Windflier

See #61....and holding the dead fish she still has that smile!


62 posted on 07/04/2009 10:49:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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"Palin spoke Friday as if she was rolling the dice and betting on herself. She presented herself as a game-changer stepping onto a stage of her own making."

63 posted on 07/04/2009 10:55:23 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
...and holding the dead fish she still has that smile!

That's definitely the smile of someone who doesn't "go with the flow".

Swim on, Saracuda!

64 posted on 07/04/2009 10:58:23 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
As a private citizen once again, the governor can sue all the anklebiters and MSM enablers for libel and defamation of character.

The rules are the same. She was a public figure as Governor and she will remain, legally, a public figure.

65 posted on 07/04/2009 11:07:55 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Prokopton
Well...see this thread:

Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material'

66 posted on 07/04/2009 11:14:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Abbeville Conservative; sleepwalker; Roses0508; feedback doctor; LibLieSlayer; ...
Look at that smile, dare I say mischievious (in the good way) as she is walking away!

She knows she has checkmated the left already! But they are too blinded to notice it.


67 posted on 07/04/2009 11:29:14 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin isn't retreating, but taking the fight in another direction.)
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To: GoodDay

I thought astroturfing was false grassroots or organized grassroots, like paid ACORN activists brought in to stage a “spontaneous” protest.


68 posted on 07/04/2009 11:36:30 PM PDT by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well...see this thread:

In a nutshell:

The First Amendment requires that a defamation plaintiff prove actual malice or reckless disregard of the truth when the plaintiff is a public official or public figure. New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964). This is a much higher burden of proof for a public figure plaintiff. Instead of showing objectively that a "reasonable person" knew or should have known the defamatory statement was false, a public figure plaintiff must prove the intent of the defendant was malicious, or that they acted with reckless disregard for the truth.

A "public figure" is a person who is publicly prominent, so much so that discussion or commentary about that person amounts to a "public concern." However, such persons are not necessarily public figures for any purpose: status as a public figure may only extend to the particular area in which they are publicly prominent.

The U.S. Supreme has established some guidelines on who constitutes a public figure:

(1) Involuntary Public Figure: become public figure through no purposeful action of their own, including those who have become especially prominent in the affairs of society;

(2) Always Public Figures: those who occupy position of such persuasive power and influence that they are deemed public figures for all purposes;

3) Public Figures on Specific Issues: "those who have thrust themselves to the forefront of particular public controversies in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved." Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 345 (1974).

Sarah Palin was, is and will be a "public figure". Defamation suits will have to meet the strict "actual malice" standard. Not impossible, but very difficult.

69 posted on 07/04/2009 11:41:48 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: devere

What if it’s proven that they coordinated with Rahm, Axelrod, et al? The bigger story is the coordination from a fake president against a Private Citizen.


70 posted on 07/04/2009 11:49:28 PM PDT by Freee_Speeech
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To: Prokopton
Defamation suits will have to meet the strict "actual malice" standard. Not impossible, but very difficult.

Won't be hard to prove if they go after her children. And, there's a little "blogger" in Alaska who is the very picture of malice.

Sarah's going after them. Hammer and tongs.

71 posted on 07/04/2009 11:52:55 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Entrepreneur
It's a term used to describe the practice of "seeding" the Web with information to create the impression of a grassroots sentiment or movement when the effort is actually orchestrated.

Hiring bloggers to anonymously and repeatedly post the same information on various sites.

YouTube was loaded with this stuff from the Obama campaign, including an infamous video attacking Palin created by David Axelrod's toady, Ethan Winner.

72 posted on 07/05/2009 12:20:14 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: Right Wing Assault

Her opponents will beat her over the head with this in the primaries. It’ll be portrayed as ambition trumping her commitment to those who elected her and the charge may stick. That is of course if she is still relevent in 2012 and that’ll be harder to do as someone who isn’t in office. Its a very high risk and some might say reckless strategy. It will be very interesting to see if she can pull it off.


73 posted on 07/05/2009 5:28:33 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: P-Marlowe; GVnana
"How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country," the statement said. "And 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." Palin's personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Facebook posting was written by the governor.

The above article is the most important I've yet seen written on Palin's reasoning.

74 posted on 07/05/2009 7:06:54 AM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: The Wizard

That also why we should be praying for her.


75 posted on 07/05/2009 1:28:32 PM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: devere

“No problem at all if the jury is made up of Freepers!”

No problem at all if the jury is made up of fair, honest Americans. Period.


76 posted on 07/05/2009 2:17:35 PM PDT by CharterOakie (It's Sarah's if she wants it. 1 John 4:4)
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To: Windflier

Windflier, I agree with you completely. Would add that she sent a shot across the bow of the not-so-good-ship GOP and the elites running it by making it clear that she will support and campaign for patriotic Americans seeking office regardless of their party affiliation. Independents and many Ds will support her also. Many of them however may only support her as a Republican if indeed the house (or ship, in my analogy) gets thoroughly cleaned and fumigated.


77 posted on 07/05/2009 2:26:06 PM PDT by CharterOakie (It's Sarah's if she wants it. 1 John 4:4)
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To: Windflier

“Amen times ten on that.

She could have the most awesome security force on the planet, just for the asking, if she put out the word.

Can you imagine how many ex-military pros would sign up yesterday to protect our Sarah?”
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You’re a kindred spirit, Windflier. From your posts I can see that we think alike.

I’m willing to bet that plenty of ex-military pros have already offered without her even putting out the word.

Above all, she walks in the grace and protection of Jehovah Elohim, her El Shaddai.


78 posted on 07/05/2009 2:40:45 PM PDT by CharterOakie (It's Sarah's if she wants it. 1 John 4:4)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

She has guts to speak her mind. I can’t help but think she will be around for the long haul when it comes to supporting basic conservative principles. Hopefully speaking engagements will help her get out of debt eventually. A book in the making perhaps.


79 posted on 07/05/2009 4:24:42 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: CharterOakie
I’m willing to bet that plenty of ex-military pros have already offered without her even putting out the word.

You're probably right. Can't say that I can name a single other political figure who attracts that sort of loyalty.

80 posted on 07/05/2009 7:23:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: CharterOakie
...she sent a shot across the bow of the not-so-good-ship GOP and the elites running it by making it clear that she will support and campaign for patriotic Americans seeking office regardless of their party affiliation.

Sarah may be sensing something that a lot of us have, and that is, both parties have failed the American people miserably. They've become something of an unholy alliance of corruption, greed, and power consolidation.

Americans on both sides of the aisle are wondering if and when either of the parties will ever get around to doing the people's real business.

What's needed today is a house cleaning that spans both parties, and the federal bureaucracies, from top to bottom. This goes for state governments, too.

In that wise, Sarah sees that the fight isn't really between the Democrat and Republican parties. They've both been corrupted and subverted beyond recognition. The bigger fight is against the overgrown mutant monster of a government we've allowed to come into being.

This is a fight for the basics of the American way of self governance, constitutionalism, and federalism. We've strayed so far off the well-taped path the Founders laid out, that America now bears little resemblance to their construct.

We truly need to flush, clean house, push the reset button, throw the bums out, however you want to think of it. I think that this is exactly what the Tea Party movement is all about. We've lost our way, and it's time to correct our course before the whole experiment fails.

81 posted on 07/05/2009 8:41:38 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Mrs. P
Just posting this because I just learned how to post pictures!

How about letting us in on how it's done -- step by key-clicking step?

82 posted on 07/05/2009 8:46:46 PM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: Turret Gunner A20

Here is a link to the post where another kind Freeper told me how:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2285508/posts?page=47#47


83 posted on 07/06/2009 6:03:13 AM PDT by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Mrs. P
Here is a link to the post where another kind Freeper told me how:

Thanks much.

84 posted on 07/06/2009 6:59:19 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: Windflier

Windflier, all of your post #81 is, once again, extremely well put. I will refain from reprinting all of it here.

(Didn’t see it last night perhaps because we’re in different time zones.)

I endorse all that you said. At the risk of annoying fellow FReepers who are die-hard GOP loyalists no matter what the party does or whom it nominates, I’ll point out in respect of this part of your post:

“...Sarah may be sensing something that a lot of us have, and that is, both parties have failed the American people miserably. They’ve become something of an unholy alliance of corruption, greed, and power consolidation.

Americans on both sides of the aisle are wondering if and when either of the parties will ever get around to doing the people’s real business....”

that is PRECISELY why Ross Perot ran in ‘92 and why millions of people, including political drop-outs, instantly responded and did the hard work to get him on the ballot in all 50 states (...that’s right, BO, only 50...). Ross didn’t really WANT to be president and despises the b.s. in politics, but was willing to put himself through it (up to a point) in order to be that catalyst on behalf of the American people. He was trying to get one or both major parties to respond to the people’s real business, using a 2”x4”, so to speak, to get their attention. He succeeded to a significant extent and came much closer to the presidency than many realize.

What Sarah did on Friday appears to be the next momentous step along those lines. Sure, the GOP most closely represents her and our beliefs. But the party elites take the support of conservative average Americans for granted and only pay lip service to many of those beliefs. Meanwhile, they continue to push our nation towards bankruptcy and collapse as they pursue their stupid, dangerous, treasonous globaloney. They’re determined to marginalize Sarah if they can’t control her for their own agenda (and they can’t).

So here we go again. Lead on, Sarah America. Your countrymen are with you. And God how we love you, sister!

Remember FReepers: it’s not the party, but our (still) free REPUBLIC that is of paramount importance. If we can reclaim the GOP in the process, great. If not, so be it. The party is not enshrined in the Constitution. We can still have a patriotic movement that marginalizes the globalists and clubbie-pubbies just as it does the radicals, wackos and degenerates in that other party.

I believe that’s how Sarah sees it.


85 posted on 07/06/2009 9:18:19 AM PDT by CharterOakie (It's Sarah's if she wants it. 1 John 4:4)
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To: CharterOakie
...it’s not the party, but our (still) free REPUBLIC that is of paramount importance. If we can reclaim the GOP in the process, great. If not, so be it. The party is not enshrined in the Constitution.

We can still have a patriotic movement that marginalizes the globalists and clubbie-pubbies just as it does the radicals, wackos and degenerates in that other party.

I believe that’s how Sarah sees it.

So do I, and I believe we're on firm ground in that conviction. Sarah made her reputation in Alaskan politics by opposing politicians of both sides, in her quest to do what was in the best interests of the Alaskan people.

She will do no less in her crusades to come.

So here we go again. Lead on, Sarah America. Your countrymen are with you. And God how we love you, sister!

86 posted on 07/06/2009 10:13:40 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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