Sarah Louise (Heath) Palin was born February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho,
but the family moved to Alaska when Sarah was just 3 months old.
Played on the 1982 Wasilla High School’s Championship Basketball Team- she was
co-captain and point guard
Was the First Runner Up in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest
1983- Graduated from Wasilla High School
1987- Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho
1988- Married her high school boyfriend, Todd Palin. They have five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. They also have one grandchild- Tripp, who is Bristol’s son.
Sarah Palin’s family has been harassed endlessly by the liberal media, pundit, and any other number of wanna-be’s. I am a firm believer that any candidate who throws their hat into the ring for any political race should be prepared for endless scrutiny, I believe the children of the candidate should be COMPLETELY OFF LIMITS! In the event that the child is a minor I believe it should be a crime to attack them personally.
The Palin family- one and all- are true patriots for what they have had to endure in the spotlight! If Sarah does indeed throw her hat into the ring for the 2012 Presidential race I know that the personal attacks against all family members will only increase.
Though Sarah Palin herself never served in the military, her son Track enlisted in the US Army in 2007
Private Sector Career
TV Sportscaster in Anchorage Alaska
Currently a Fox News contributor
1992- Joined the Wasilla, Alaska City Council
1996 to 2002- Served as the Wasilla, Alaska city mayor
2006- Elected as Alaska’s first female governor after running a campaign based on ethics and clean government
2008- Became the Republican Party’s first female vice president candidate
2009- Resigned from her position as Alaska’s governor
There has been much controversy within the Republican Party as to whether or not Sarah Palin “made a mistake” by stepping down from her position as Alaska’s governor. There are equally good arguments on both sides.
While I am a firm believer in finishing a job that a person starts, I also believe the situation of Sarah Palin contains some extenuating circumstances that many people are just not aware of. I read her book, “Going Rogue”, and she made a point in the book that everyone who criticizes her decision to step down should think about. She said that she was already spending so much of her time as governor combating the completely false legal and ethics issues filed against her that she saw it as a waste of tax payer dollars to continue in the job. She knew that this would be a continuous battle until her last day in office. It was not only costing the Alaskan taxpayers money by taking her time away from the real issues of Alaska, but it also took money away from the state budget to fight these false accusations.
There have been those who have said she made the decision all for monetary gain…. she could not make the money as Governor that she could in the private sector by selling books, being a Fox News contributor, and the various speaking engagements she has. I will give a small amount of credence to this argument. This is true- as governor, she would not have the opportunity to make the amount of money she makes now. However, while I do not know Sarah Palin personally, I recognize the spirit of the “Mama Grizzly”, as she puts it- the term that she has made so well-known among Conservatives.
I am very proud to say that I too consider myself a “Mama Grizzly”! There comes a certain point in life where we all have to look at things from a more realistic point of view. That is one thing that I absolutely LOVE about Sarah Palin- she is realistic. Is she perfect? Absolutely not! However, she looks at things realistically!
I do not personally see her as a “quitter” because she stepped down from her position as Governor of Alaska. In fact, I admire her. She could have sat back and “played the political games and system” that so many of our politicians do today. She chose to be pro-active, rather than reactive in the attacks being taken against her. Yes, there are many who will disagree, and say that she reacted by “allowing the left to get to her”. This is where we will just have to agree to disagree.
I believe it takes a bigger person- man or woman- to step back when they are not able to get things accomplished for the common good. It was quite obvious to her- and should be quite obvious to other people- that she was never going to be able to devote her time and attention to the task before her- her job as Governor of Alaska- with the continual lawsuits and attacks against her by the left. I have the utmost respect for Sarah Palin in making this decision in 2009.
Quoting her SarahPAC website, Sarah
“…believes America’s best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.”
On The Issues
Supports Tax Reform
Supports a free market system
Supports government reform
Drill Baby Drill! This is a “tag-line” of Sarah’s that has caught on with much of America in reference to drilling for oil in America.
Energy Independence for America (obviously!)
Should always be decided with our national interest first rather than the interest of other countries
On The Republican Party
Quoting from the SarahPac website
“… believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.”
I “mostly” agree with this, in theory, if, and ONLY IF the Republican Party returns to her roots and core values. I am seeing very little hope in the “established” Republican Party that makes me think the Republican Party actually “gets it”! I pray with every fiber of my being that the party is indeed on the threshold of this historic renaissance that Sarah speaks of. If not, the Tea Party will be sure to help them along, I’m sure!
Cover To Cover
“Going Rogue- An American Life” Sarah Palin’s Memoir published in 2009
“America by Heart- Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” published in 2010
2010- TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list
The Reality Show
Sarah Palin’s Alaska (2010)
I am not a fan of reality shows. The few I do watch are based on real-life careers of people, not a bunch of strangers thrown together and put in romantic situations or cut-throat survival situations. I watched “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” reality show and was fascinated by many aspects of the show. Once again I saw a real woman, with real-life family issues living every day life. While Sarah Palin and her family were the official “stars” of the reality show I consider ALASKA to have been the REAL star of the show!
This great nation consists of millions of unique landscapes, scenery, communities, occupations and people. I would love to see a “reality show” on each one of the fifty United States. Maybe find someone well-known from each state to “star” in the show. We have a wealth of history, information and beauty encompassed in these individual states. This would be a great way to enrich our country- capitalize on the “in-thing” of the time- reality shows- and use it for something good.
I commend Sarah Palin for participating in this reality show. Yes, I am sure there were things along the way that were “staged”… but isn’t ALL TV? Even the “news” is staged! To have been able to see the beauty that God created in Alaska was a privilege! One day I hope to make it there for a visit!
On The Web
Due to the fact that Sarah Palin has not made an official announcement that she is running for office of President of The United States of America there is no official campaign website link. In the event that she makes an official announcement we will update this article accordingly.
SarahPAC – Federally registered political action committee (PAC) formed in January 2009 “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation”.
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