Here is the inside story on Sarah Palin -- the story the liberal media won't be writing about.
I received the following message in my email today. It is the response of an Alaskan to the question from a friend in the lower 48 (or, as Barack Obama might say, from the lower 57), who is Sarah Palin?
The Alaskan's answer is quite interesting and instructive.
Fishing is good here at Wildman and I rarely have time for politics, but many of our friends are asking us "Who is Sarah Palin?" Of course, as Alaskans, Kathy and I are extremely proud of her. We just want to let you know that Sarah "Barracuda" Palin is a straight shooting, hard charging, get it done gal. She knows when to listen, how to analyze the facts and how to make a decision, then implement the plan. She doesn’t do a poll before jumping in with both feet like too many of the Washington types do. She has little legislative experience because she has always held the EXECUTIVE position; in private life, as mayor of Anchorage’s largest bedroom community or more recently as Governor of our state. She is a smart, attractive, home grown Alaska girl with excellent moral and family values. She can see what needs to be done and does not hesitate to get it done.
One of our state’s major problems is that its Capital is in Juneau, 500 miles from the nearest road and 800 air miles from the population base which is Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks. Our legislature and most of the state government is in Juneau and they ALL behave like a bunch of freshmen in a college town. It has been this way since statehood in 1959. When Sarah moved to Juneau, so did accountability and responsibility. When the oil revenue started flowing and a barrel of North Slope crude hit $23.00 a barrel, these people began spending money like drunken sailors. You can only imagine what was happening when oil hit $100.00 a barrel, about the time Sarah took command. My wife Kathy has first-hand experience with this fiasco, as her father and also her ex-husband were Alaska Legislators who served in Juneau as Senators, Senate President, or members of the state House for a combined period spanning nearly three decades.
About the time Sarah took the HELM as Governor of Alaska, about half of the State legislature was in the pocket of big oil companies or contractors doing big projects for native corporations around Alaska, all funded by state oil revenue. Alaska government was nothing but a "good old boys club" riding a perpetual wave of prosperity. This filtered down from the legislature, through the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Labor and even spilled in to the Public Safety Department that is supposed to "preserve and protect."
When Sarah walked into the Governor’s Mansion, she promptly dismissed the State Trooper detachment assigned to the Governor and had her and her husband’s gun case brought in from Wasilla. Then, she got rid of the former Governor’s STATE jet and told legislators that there were no more free rides. They would have to fly Alaska Airlines if they wanted to travel, just like she and her family. Next came the nut cutting (the Barracuda part) and the heads that rolled were too numerous to name. But when Sarah finished cleaning house, a number of our legislators ended up in jail on corruption convictions, or they tendered their resignations along with numerous department heads and others who had been riding the gravy train for far too long, AND THEN SHE HAD LUNCH. By the end of the day, Sarah Palin had saved the people of Alaska millions and has not yet slowed down.
She has truly brought CHANGE to Juneau. I personally know several people in the private sector in Alaska who hold her in high esteem. She surrounds herself with smart people, many from my hometown of Anchorage. She listens to them but ultimately makes her own decisions. Sarah Palin is a no "BS" politician. It is refreshing that there is such a thing anymore. You want to talk about CHANGE? You should see a "before" and "after" picture of the state government in Alaska. That’s CHANGE! Sarah will bring a number of things to the election. I am sure she will appeal to many voters who might otherwise have gone the other direction on election day. The conservative block will not be for Barack. We have their vote. We need what Sarah will bring, first to the election and second, what she will bring to Washington D.C. McCain has been advised well. Let’s just hope the American people can get the straight scoop on her in the weeks ahead. This is just the opinion of one Alaska bush pilot and guide who pays attention to national politics, watches the news, and is deathly afraid of the direction our nation is headed. I guarantee that if Sarah gets a chance to dig her spurs into the flanks of the liberal Washington types, they will know that she is in the saddle.
That is how typical Alaskans view Gov. Sarah Palin.
Not quite the same picture painted by the sneering, smarmy liberal media "know-nothings", is it?
Here's a thought. How about each of us making a big effort to get out the vote for McCain-Palin in November just so that on election night we can all enjoy watching the smarmy liberal media stew in their own juices? How sweet that would be.
Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.