I find it amazing the scramble to understand Sarah Palin’s announcement to step down from the Alaska's Governorship. Maybe Washington and its various insiders, even conservative ones, are so used to the maneuvering and strategizing they can’t understand genuine love and sacrifice a mother has for her children. But, then again, the insiders have never really understood Sarah, and that’s the crux of the issue.
What was Sarah Palin’s appeal? She was the “everyman” in an every woman’s body. She wasn’t from the East Coast. She didn’t go to an Ivy League school. She worked her way up on her own, instead of through daddy’s connections. She said what she thought, and meant it. She didn’t cower to the political establishment but stood on belief. As she said on Friday, she did what was right, even if it wasn't not popular. And it wasn't popular...Not with with main stream media, not with the conservative elite and certainly not with the narrow minded liberal democrats. In a land where tabloid press is king and sensational journalism tops actual news, the vultures, so quick to protect their pet causes and candidates, broke their own rules of decent journalism and etiquette-leave the children alone. But they couldn’t….and no one came to rescue Sarah's.
I am tired of the speculation on whether or not this is calculated, if it’s smart, or if it’s political suicide. What Sarah Palin did is what we need more politicians, and people in general to do: she put her ambitions aside for the greater good. It was without calculation or ulterior motive. It was simply the act of a mom and wife doing the right thing for her family-the higher calling.
Have you ever wondered what you would give, or give up, for the greater good? As parents, we do it every day, in small ways, taking the heat for unpopular but right decisions for our children, our marriage, our community. But what if it’s something big, something we dreamed of, worked toward, and had within our grasp. Would you give it up?
I know a pastor who, in climbing the ladder toward his goal of becoming a national leader of inner city race relations through church connections, gave up a prestigious job for his wife and family, because he made a commitment to them first. He came back to his home town, hat in hand, and started over, because he loved them more than he loved his job. And I know a Father who gave up His Son, just to save a poor wretch like me. This is Sarah Palin’s example.
What would you give up? What would they give up? What would this world be like if selflessness trumped selfish ambition?
I admire Sarah Palin, now, more that ever. She is a person of character and conviction that is sorely needed in Washington….but will remain on the sidelines, helping other achieve their goals. This is the higher calling.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”