PopGoesTheNews.com >> Sarah Palin’s resignation speech last week in Alaska raised eyebrows for being rambling, vague and occasionally incoherent. Her announcement that she is quitting 17 months before the end of her term came 12 minutes in to her monologue and failed to provide a definitive reason for her decision.
But what Palin’s double-talk couldn’t hide is the fact that she is a quitter. Conservative columnist George Will pointed out: "She made a contract with them [the people and state of Alaska] to serve out her term. And she said, in her own words, she now is a quitter.”
Palin has a history of quitting. After graduating from Wasilla High School in 1982, she attended four different colleges – including one she attended twice during nonconsecutive semesters – before graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987. Palin resigned from Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2004 after less than a year of service, claiming there was a “lack of ethics” among the commission’s Republican members.
Palin’s disjointed resignation speech was also hypocritical. PopGoesTheNews.com has compiled excerpts from her speech and added – in our own words – what Palin was really saying.
“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.” But I’m ditching y’all now.
“If I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices!” Except the choice to terminate a pregnancy caused by rape or incest.
“It may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: ‘Sit down and shut up,’ but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out.” Still, I’m quitting.
“I'll work hard for … those who will protect freedom and equality…” And when I say “equality,” I mean for everyone except the gays.
“A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket... and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I'm doing that - keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities - smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it's time to pass the ball - for victory.” Of course, in a real basketball game the point guard usually keeps playing until the end of the season.
“We can ALL learn from our selfless Troops... they're bold, they don't give up, they take a stand and know that LIFE is short so they choose to NOT waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than SELF…” In other words, they are nothing at all like me because I'm quitting.
“I don't want any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics… we NEED hardworking, average Americans fighting for what's right!” Basically, people who are the complete opposite of me.
"Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations – such as holding a fish in a photograph, or wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions." Oh, and the pending case accusing my administration of using Yahoo e-mail for state business to get around access to public records requests.
"Every one of these – all 15 of the ethics complaints – have been dismissed." Hopefully you've forgotten that in one of these cases I had to pay $8,000 back to the state for my kids' airfares.