Strange surges of emotion came over me today after hearing of Sen. John McCain's
selection of Governor Sarah Palin
as his vice presidential candidate. Only the evening before had I realized that Ms. Palin
--the Governor of the state where I was born and grew up--was a serious contender. I was overjoyed when I read of the selection. Given the present political climate, joy over anything political is not a common emotion for me.
has made a mark by fighting corruption in high places. She has even taken on Sen. Ted Stevens, a forty-year veteran of Alaska politics and a fellow republican. (I went to school with his son and my father knew him.) She took on the political establishment and beat a long-time politician in the race for governor. Her approval ratings in Alaska are in the stratosphere, and Alaskans are not easy to please. They are independent, tough, and carry with them a frontier spirit. Many living Alaskans, such as my mother, can remember living in Alaska when it was not a state, but a territory
. I was born in the territory
of Alaska on January 3, 1957--two years to the day before "the battle for statehood" was won. Alaskans were thrilled to join the union as the forty-ninth state.
is not a Washington insider, but a leader who felt a call to service where she lived, "the last frontier." She was known as "Sarah Barracuda
" on her high school basketball
team (because of ther
tenacity), but also became Miss Wasilla
and was named Miss Congeniality. Quite a combination, that. She is ardently pro-life and recently gave birth to a Downs baby, whom she never considered aborting. Sadly, 80% of Downs children are now aborted, a sad testimony to our culture of preference. It is a near genocide in the name of designer children. But the Palins
showed the character to support and celebrate their offspring, who joins four previous siblings in the land of living. The Palins
are Christians, who believe that all humans--born and unborn--are made in God's image and likeness and are, therefore, of unique worth and have a right to life.
Sen. McCain benefits greatly from this choice, since Ms. Palin
is a fiscal conservative, pro-life, young, attractive, and articulate. Unlike Sen. Obama
, she has executive experience and got to where she is by fighting corruption instead of being part of a notoriously corrupt political machine. (On this, see David Fredosso's
book, The Case Against Barack Obama
.) While some may dismiss her as a new governor of a sparsely populated state, Alaska is not easy to govern and Gov. Palin
has started very well. It is geographically the largest state in the union (sorry Texans), suffers from extreme weather conditions, and is far removed from the contiguous 48 states. And as I said, Alaskans are a spirited lot.
So, if I may wax a bit autobiographical and even emotive (having now lost half my readers), why was I so moved at hearing John McCain introduce Gov. Palin
? I was surprised that I wiping away tears as I listened to the radio as I was driving to school. I was proud that a fellow Alaskan, fellow conservative, fellow pro-life, fellow fiscally conservative woman
(elected to office, not appointed by affirmative action) had attained this position of significance.
Hurray for Governor Sarah Palin,
Senator John McCain, and for Alaska!
Here is a June, 2007, article on Governor Palin
by Fred Barnes.