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She’s Got IT

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 6, 2009

By Adrienne Ross from

Governor Palin’s support continues to grow, which completely baffles those who never understood her support to begin with. After the media malpractice, after the bogus ethics complaints, even after Levi Johnston, she remains strong when much weaker souls would have been laid to rest by now. How is that possible? Keep reading.

I will always remember the first time a student came to my defense in class. Somebody said something disrespectful, and, before I could open my mouth, someone else said, “Don’t be talking to Miss Ross like that!” Silence followed. That was the end of that–until the next time, of course.

That’s when you know you’ve got it.

Now, I don’t actually need my students to stand up for me because I do pretty well by myself. In fact, it’s a good thing I didn’t get a chance to respond–good for the student who uttered the disrespectful comment, that is. I don’t take a lot of mess, nor do I have to. Overall my students have always loved and respected me, and I have very few behavioral problems. The reasons, I believe, are simple: I love and respect them first, they think I’m cool, and I can “bust ’em down” in basketball. That’s my recipe for success! I’ll add to that one more ingredient: I was in a staffing with a parent who relayed the story of why his child said he never gave me trouble, though he gave other teachers trouble. According to this parent, his son said, “‘Cause Miss Ross will knock me out!” Nice mix of respect and fear there, I suppose (though I’d never do that!). I say all that to say I can clearly handle myself.

True authority, however, is revealed when I don’t have to.

To this day, I have no recollection of what the first student uttered, just that he was put in his place rather quickly by his classmate. Now, I don’t advocate students being aggressive with other students, but I do believe that harmless positive peer pressure goes a long way. Because one student came to my aid, I could get on with the business at hand without taking the time to deal with nonsense, saving myself for bigger issues that really need my attention.

I was thinking of this in light of Governor Palin. Some don’t understand why so many of us speak up and fight back when we hear her being smeared by the likes of the mainstream media, anklebiters on the Left and the Right, and even her daughter’s ex-fiance’. “What’s with all these people,” some say, “these bloggers, these activists, these supporters, and why won’t Palin herself address every allegation thrown at her?” We all know she can handle herself, so why doesn’t she deal with every single issue? The answer is simple: she doesn’t have to.

See, most of the attacks against Governor Palin are like the comment in my classroom: distractions meant to take her attention from what’s important, slurs and accusations intended to sting and bite, and all-out attacks with the hopes of sparking a fiery retort so the process can continue. And for what? To wear her down.

Each year I get new students, several of whom would say in a heartbeat, “We got your back, Miss Ross.” Now, they know good and well I’m no pushover and certainly no punk. However, dealing with every individual about every comment is a waste of everyone’s time, and it doesn’t accomplish anything. Students who speak up, out of respect for who I am and what I represent, allow me to just keep on steppin’– never missing a beat, never being sidetracked, never wasting energy.

Then, when something big arises, I’ll use that reserved energy to deal with it.

Governor Palin, too, has plenty of opportunities to decide to speak or to be silent, to defend herself or to keep on steppin’. More often than not, wisdom tells her to keep on steppin’–and that’s when we step up. That, I suppose, is part and parcel of the “online footprint” first written about here and then commented on here and here. She doesn’t need to ask anyone to have her back. Before she turns around, we’re already there–just as my student addressed his peer before I could even open my mouth. We’re there on Twitter, on Facebook, on our blogs, on talk radio. Everywhere you turn, we’re there, so she doesn’t have to fight every single battle because we’re fighting for her.

Again, that’s true authority. That’s when you’ve got it, and today, more than ever, public servants need it–and they need a whole lot of it. The more we can step in the ring and throw some punches and block some unfair hits for them–and the more of us who do so–the more strength people like Governor Palin can reserve for the bigger battles.

3 Responses to “She’s Got IT”

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  3. Jym Wells said

    I think this will say how I feel and what I believe about Sarah Palin:

    What Do I Know About Sarah Palin? My Thoughts

    I have sat and asked myself this question over and over and over. Not much have I read honestly, why you might ask? I just am not a good reader and I also have poor vision so I have done more listening when I have been able to find something or when it is humanly possible. I have read more of what has been written by or about her, than anyone else ever before and I am sure I have missed very much. However the more I think about her, smiles… Sarah is sharper than most know and wiser than the Liberals have given her credit for.
    I do not believe she resigned for the reasons I have read or heard. I do not believe she is anything close to that the names the Liberals have called her, she does not defend what she did she does not argue with the Liberals. ” The stupid, Caribou Barbie inexperienced not qualified… the totally incapable religious fruit cake who supports birthers, the nut case dummy from Wasilla Alaska wacko.
    I think Sarah is a lot smarter than most are giving her credit for and/or they know about her. I believe they figure if enough garbage is thrown the truth will be lost in the dump. If I am right she is one of, if not the smartest woman I have ever read about or heard of. As a full time possession holding politician I have watched Liberal media try to destroy her, when she resigned the then started at a different angle. I have noticed time after time how the media will take something that is basically small and blow it totally out of context. So government officials are careful in what they say for the most part or even under a different set of rules, however I think a lot of what they will not say is because they wish to keep the “Lazy Job”, more than it is to take care of the “We The People” what ever still they do it.
    So if you really wish to speak out you need to be someone like me or you, just an average citizen of the United States of America. See right now we have the Freedom of Speech. Plus there is not the responsibility of the state the governor is responsible for and to take care of. Now we are getting to what I am feeling.
    As Sarah resigned and smiling she finishes up her closing responsibilities . While the Liberals and Liberal News have a field day with the childish names Sarah the quiter etc, she was elected for 4 years etc. She just smiled and went on, I am trying to remember when I have seen her without the smile… can not remember one. She goes about what she is doing taking care of her family responsibilities. Now if you would like to do anything she is giving you a path to getting it done. She does not stop nor take time to comment about what the Liberal have to say she will not give them the pleasure of the time of day, she just stays focused on what she is doing and does it.
    Now… What is she doing? Smiles she is literally taking the Liberal Democratic controlled game apart. She has totally destroyed the Health care reform bill by disassembling it piece by piece. She has actually beat Obama at his own game. She is eating the Liberals lunch second by second minute by minute hour by hour and day by day. She is not worried about what they are doing nor what they are saying she has a game plan and she is caring it out. Do not be concerned by what someone is saying or doing keep your eyes on your goal.
    Wow is all I can say What a a person… What a politician… What a woman… I take my hat off and bow to her and her ideas.
    My Thoughts © Copyright 2009 Dezert Dezinez The above is my thoughts about what I think she has done and what she is up to this site claims the rights to my thoughts that is posted here for readers. For more info see the ABOUT page or the IGWT page. Thank You.

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