Today is Tuesday. The days have gone by like a wild and wonderful blur. I just couldn't wait for Friday so I could go to the Wasilla Picnic, then I had the opportunity to stand in the audience as Sarah Palin gave her final speech before the swearing in of Sean Parnell as Governor of Alaska. So many amazing things happened.
I had been asked by Mario from Team Sarah, quite a while ago, if I would be interested in contributing photos to the Team Sarah newsletter. I never confirmed anything with him because our republican club was busy, as was I, and I just didn't think I would have the time to commit to it. Sarah announced her resignation on July 3 and the next day our club participated in the 4th of July parade. What an honor to have the Heaths and Palins march with us in the parade. It was a moment of solidarity, of union. I felt so proud, because everyone was speculating about Sarah's next move (as they continue to do) but I just knew then, as I know now, that better things are to come and this was a GOOD thing. I am so proud of her, proud of her as a constituent should be. She made a wise choice. I have an article that I have written for Team Sarah that I wish I could post here, but it needs to come out there first. Once it does, I will bring it over or link it. I will remember this July 4 as one of the best, as it was a step in the right direction for our state and our country.
On July 3, I met Adrienne of Motivation: Truth. What an experience it has been to get to know her, and I am proud to call her a friend. I am so in awe of Adrienne. She is willing to stand up to people of her own race and tell them what she believes and why she believes it. She is like Sarah Palin. She has chosen the right path, but not the easy one. It cannot be easy to have her position, and actively (and I mean actively) stand up for what she believes in. We have no reason, no excuse, not to do the same - none of us.
I saw Sarah's parents in Fairbanks, as well as her brother Chuck Jr. They are such wonderful people. Sally is so nice, and warm. But I saw an interesting side to her that day. I have never seen her do this before, not to say that she hasn't. We were standing there talking and someone came up and told them it was time to leave and meet up with Sarah. As Chuck Sr. and Jr. started toward the picnic area, Sally saw a hater that had been walking around with a sign that said "once a quitter, always a quitter." It was almost on queue - both the Chucks went one way and Sally went the other. Sally walked right up to this guy with the sign and started challenging him - not in a bad way, but she certainly let him know how she felt about his sign. I loved it! The day of the parade Sally was really being hounded by the press and we were trying to divert them somewhat because Chuck just really has this demeanor about him like "I'm not gonna give you what you want so you can turn it around." Sally always tries to be so accommodating, but not this day. It was great to see her, in her way, tell this person that he needed to rethink things. I loved it!
What is it about Sarah Palin? Everyone asks that question. I have never seen someone so genuine. She has a presence. It's her eyes. She looks right at you when she speaks to you. She has empathy and expression. She means what she says. I can't see how those who have been in her presence cannot see this. The Katie Courics and Janine Garofalos of the world are blind. They are blind to their own agendas, tainted by the world they live in. They don't live in our world, our hard-working world.
I was on Eddie Burke's radio show yesterday and the topic of feminism came up. Women have been sold a bad bill of goods for too long. Women were objects for so many years, and still are. Those airbrushed images you see on the covers of magazines aren't real women. But neither are the women who believe that in order to be successful, you have to push aside the things that women traditionally represent. It's okay to be pretty and have a brain, that has been their motto. What do they think Sarah Palin is? She is smart, very smart. Why do they have to rake her over the coals? Any woman who feels that she has to make tons of money to be successful needs to redefine her definition of success. There is nothing more admirable than being a wife, and a mother. What a job that is. And to me, there is no greater purpose in life, no greater thing a woman, or any parent, can do than to raise good decent human beings. Look at our world right now, with all it's ills. Why should a woman not be commended for choosing to put her family first, for choosing to defend her family, for putting aside her desires so she can take care of things at home. That is feminism. That is what makes a woman a woman. Not making 100K+ a year and shoving everyone aside, including your family, on your way up the ladder.
What about abortion? Where does that fit into this equation? Again, how in the world did feminism become associated with abortion? A woman has a baby and she goes from being a woman to being a mother. She has created life, and then is charged with insuring that life has a purpose and a goal. How powerful is that?!!!! That is much more meaningful and defines success better than any award in a plaque on a wall, or bonus check from an employer. And don't even get me started on the fact that abortion is taking a life. Children are not disposable. They are not a choice. You exercised choice when you decided to create that child. Life begins at inception. Get scientific for just a moment and look up the definition of life. How can you say a fetus is not a life? You cannot. Scientifically and morally, life begins at inception. Period. Sarah Palin chose life.
But I have digressed. Sarah Palin is the real deal. Words escape me right now, which is not a good thing for a blogger to admit, but it's true. I will have more to tell about the past weekend in future posts. Stay with me, it only gets more interesting.