“I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs”

July 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Posted in palin, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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White people with bear cub (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

"White people with bear cub" (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

In her State of the State Address on January 22, 2009, Sarah Palin said:

When I took my oath of office to serve as your Governor, remember, I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own. Alaska, as a statewide family, we’ve got to fight for each other, not against and not let external, sensationalized distractions draw us off course.

As an exciting year of unpredictable change begins, we, too, have our work cut out for us. And we’re all in this together. Just like our musk ox, they circle up to protect their future when they are challenged. We’ve got to do the same. So now, united, protecting and progressing under the great North Star, let’s get to work.

From Sarah Palin’s statement of resignation on July 3, 2009:

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade – as so many politicians do. And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and “milk it”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That’s not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old “politics as usual.” I promised that four years ago – and I meant it.

Sarah Palin made a choice to quit as governor of Alaska without first finding out whether Joe Schmidt, who, as third in line, would be moved up to lieutenant governor, was willing to take on those responsibilities. Turns out he’s not. As a result, it’s going to cost the citizens of Alaska $125,000 (or more) to convene a special session to confirm her subsequent nominee. That’s money that could be used to rectify this appalling situation:

Eskimo medicine man and sick boy  between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

"Eskimo medicine man and sick boy" between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

(McClatchy) ANCHORAGE — State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life — taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom — are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements.

No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [emphasis mine]

The crisis in the rural villages is as yet not even close to being resolved. And of course there is the problem of homelessness. “The discovery of seven dead men in woods, parks and illegal camps” is an indication of the difficulties facing the “nearly 3,000” homeless people in Alaska which one would expect a competent governor to recognize and address.

River and mountain scene  Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

"River and mountain scene" Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

The “big blobs of mystery goo floating off the Alaska coast” are also apparently of no interest to the almost-former Governor of Alaska.

She saw the choice as “having fun as a lame duck” or walking away from responsibilities which she asked the people of Alaska to give her.

Someone explain to me again why she’s considered a “serious” candidate for president?

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