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Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

Posted by Ron Devito on November 30, 2009

Updated November 30, 2009 at 1330 (1:30 PM) EST.

Following is a categorized Master List of Governor Palin’s accomplishments for 2009 with links to each accomplishment item and selected photos. This is a lengthy list, yet as of this writing only covers less than seven months. The Master List will be updated as accomplishment items are added, permanently linked in the Reference Blogs box (on Google Blog), and occasionally time/date stamp re-posted (perhaps quarterly).

Blogs are ephemeral in that entries are buried as more are added. Sure, readers can search by key words, but that is no substitute for a categorized index. Through this Master List, readers can see precisely what Governor Palin has achieved in just these nine months alone. If this list were to be printed, it would be over 30 pages.

Note: items also reflect how this blog has matured over time.

 


 

Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA)

AGIA will result in a 1,715-mile natural gas pipeline to run from Alaska’s North Slope to a connecting point in Alberta, Canada and end 30 years of pipe dreaming about same. The pipeline will bring Alaskan natural gas to the Lower 48 states. The pipeline is expected to be complete in 2019. It will be North America’s largest infrastructure project. This achievement alone is more than most of us do in an entire lifetime.

TransCanada-ExxonMobil Agreement Moves Alaska Gas Pipeline Project Forward

AK Gov. Sarah Palin Lauds AGIA Progress

AGIA Milestone for Governor Palin: TransCanada Alaska pre-files for FERC Pipeline License

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Response to AGIA Resolution

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — TransCanada Receives FERC Order to Fulfill AGIA License

Appointments, All Categories and Classes: One Hundred and Twenty Three

Appointments, Attorney General (One)

 

AK Gov Sarah Palin Appoints Daniel S. Sullivan Attorney General

Appointments to Boards, Commissions, and Councils (One Hundred and Sixteen)

Governor Palin Appoints 10 People to 7 Boards


Gov Palin Appoints Fisheries Board Member


AK Gov Sarah Palin Appoints 10 to 4 Boards

AK Gov Sarah Palin Appoints 8 to 4 Boards

Governor Palin Appoints 9 to 3 Boards While Overseas

Gov Palin Appoints 8 to 2 Boards, Fishery Council Appts Approved

Governor Palin Appoints 6 Alaskans to 4 State Boards

AK Gov Sarah Palin Appoints Permanent Fund Trustee

May, 2009

Governor Palin Announces Nine Board Appointments

AK Gov. Sarah Palin Makes Eight Board Appointments

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Announces Seven Appointments and Re-Appointments to Boards

April, 2009

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Announces Two Board Appointments

March 2009

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Board Appointments

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Fishery Council Nominees

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Four Board Appointments

February 2009

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Seven Board Appointments

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Transportation Task Force

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — 99 Appointments

Appointments, Judicial (Five)

AK Gov Sarah Palin Appoints Three Judges

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Judicial Appointments

Appointments, Legislative (One)

Governor Palin Appoints Dennis Egan for Juneau State Senate Seat: Democrats Confirmed

Books Authored — Going Rogue: An American Life

 

‘Going Rogue’ Is #1 on the NYT Times Best Seller List for Nonfiction Titles

 

Rush Limbaugh: Sarah Palin’s Book Is “Truly One Of The Most Substantive Policy Books I’ve Read”

Saving a Spot for Sarah

 

Sarah Palin: Road Trip! Book Tour Announcement

Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” Smashes Another Sales Record! Plus, A Sell Out Crowd In Missouri

Sarah Palin: Going Rogue Number One In Sales UPDATED!

 

Purchase Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin

Governor Palin Signs Book Deal with Harper Collins

Book Review by Accomplishments Authors:

 

Gary P. Jackson

Going Rogue, An American Life, Is An American Treasure

Adrienne Ross

One Word about Going Rogue

Book Tour,  “Go Rogue with Sarah” — November 18 through December 10, 2009

 

Going Rogue Tour Week One – Video Review

 

Sarah Palin: More “Going Rogue” Book Tour Photos

 

Sarah Palin: Not Enough Hours in the Day

 

Sarah Palin: Going Rogue Book Tour!

 

Sarah Palin: Go Rogue with the Rest of Us!

 

Sarah Palin’s Book Tour Details and New Twitter Account

Rochester, NY Dispatches, Ron Devito

Going Rogue: Rochester, NY Part I — Journey

Going Rogue: Rochester, NY Part II — Camping

Going Rogue: Rochester, NY, Part III — Ready

Going Rogue, Rochester, NY: Part IV — Books Signed

Going Rogue, Rochester, NY: Part V — Egg Attack

 

Going Rogue: Rochester, NY, Part VI — Going Home

Rochester, NY Dispatches, Kristina Lazzaro

 

Governor Palin’s Book Signing in Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY Dispatches, Adrienne Ross

 

Going Rogue with Governor Palin in Rochester, NY–Pics & Video

Candidate Endorsements

 

Doug Hoffman, NY Congressional District 23

 

Sarah Palin: A Time to Unite

Sarah Palin Endorses Doug Hoffman for NY-23

Chris Christie, NJ Governor; Bob McDonnell VA Governor; RGA Comeback

 

Sarah Palin: East Coast Races Impact All Americans

Charity Work

Cathy Maples Wins Sarah Palin Dinner

 

Sarah Palin Announces Charity Dinner


Commander-in-Chief

 

Governor Palin Attends Stryker Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony

Gov. Palin Commends Senate Action on ATG Benefits

AK Gov Palin Offers Support to Family of Captured Soldier

AK Gov Sarah Palin Mourns PFC Nicolas H. J. Gideon, 20

 

AK Gov Palin Elevates Soldiers’ Ranks — Exclusive Photos and Video

AK Gov Sarah Palin Mourns Loss of Ft. Richardson Soldiers

Gov Palin Visits Camp Bondsteel, Promotes Soldiers, Mourns Fallen.

Governor Palin In Kosovo with Her Troops

Governor Palin to visit Her Troops Overseas

Photo Updates — Governor Palin Visit to USS Stennis

Governor Palin visits USS Stennis

Gov Palin Signs Boating Safety Memo with Coast Guard Admiral

 

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Declares 2009 Year of the NCO

 

Governor Palin Presents Purple Hearts to War Heroes

AK Governor Sarah Palin’s Memorial Day Proclamation

Governor Palin Meets U.S. Pacific Air Force Commander for Briefing on USAF Assets in AK

AK Governor Sarah Palin Signs Legislation Continuing ATG Retirement Benefits

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Tours Kodiak Launch Complex

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Command Experience — Extending ATG Veterans’ Retirement Benefits

General Information Package — Mourning the Loss of Elmendorf Airman

General Information Package — Sarah’s Command Experience — Mourning Loss of Three Soldiers

General Information Package: Command Experience — Governor Palin Fights for Payments to ATG Veterans

2008 Items

 

General Information Package: Sarah Palin Command Experience Video

Crisis Management

Recovery in Full Swing in AK’s Interior

FEMA Approves Additional Help for AK Flood Victims

Gov Palin Signs FEMA, State Disaster Response Agreement

AK Gov. Palin Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration; Signs 9 Bills

AK Governor Sarah Palin Prepares for Federal Disaster Declaration in Flooded Interior

Governor Palin Visits Tanana

Governor Palin Visits Ft. Yukon and Eagle Flood Zones

Governor Palin Surveys Flooded AK Interior, Declares Disaster, Sends Substitute for East Coast Events

Editorials and Op-Ed’s Authored

 

Sarah Palin: Bureaucratization of Health Care

“The ‘Cap and Tax’ Dead End” — by Sarah Palin

One more time on federal energy funds — by Sarah Palin

Governor Palin’s Op-Ed Regarding Stimulus Package

Endorsements (Organizations)

 

Donate $100 to RGA or SarahPAC; Get Signed Copy of Rogue

Sarah Palin Endorses RGA

Energy

AK Gov. Sarah Palin Attends Pt Thomson Luncheon To Express Her Appreciation for Project

AK Governor Sarah Palin’s High-Energy Week

Investors Business Daily Supports Governor Palin’s Position on Drilling

ExxonMobil Begins Drilling at Point Thomson, AK

Governor Palin Testifies on AK’s Outer Continental Shelf and Announces Point Thomson Oil Rig Mobilization

AK Governor Sarah Palin Welcomes State House Proposal to Consolidate Energy Programs

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — ExxonMobil Defaulted Leases Returned

General Information Package — Sarah Palin’s Executive Experience — In-State Pipelines

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Energy Development in Alaska

 

General Information Package — Sarah’s Alaska Energy Plan — Executive Experience

General Information Package: Sarah Palin’s Executive Experience — ANWR, Healy Clean Coal, Stimulus Package and Beluga Whale Lawsuit

Ethics Complaints, Dismissal Of

 

Ethics Charges of Former Gov. Palin’s Communication Director Bill McAllister… DROPPED!

Governor Palin 16, Enemies 0


Facebook Posts (Candidate endorsements listed separately)

Sarah Palin: If We’re In It, Lets Win It

Sarah Palin: Happy Thanksgiving

Sarah Palin: Congress Never Ceases to Amaze

Sarah Palin: US Troops Must Be Second to None

Sarah Palin: In the Midnight Hour

Sarah Palin: Cancer Screenings: Rational Advice or Rationed Care?

Sarah Palin: Newsweek

Sarah Palin Says: Forget AP; Go to C4P for Facts

Sarah Palin: Obama Administration’s Atrocious Decision

Sarah Palin: Keep Your Powder Dry

Sarah Palin: Let’s Follow Reagan’s Example

Sarah Palin: Pelosi “Health Plan” Should Be DOA.

Sarah Palin: Oprah on November 16th & Oprah Video

Sarah Palin Stunned by Manufactured Coin Controversy

Veteran’s Day Message from Sarah Palin

Defiant Sarah Palin: The Pelosi Bill Was Rammed Through on Saturday, But Sunday’s Coming

Sarah Palin Sets the Record Straight, Again

Sarah Palin: Make Your Voices Heard Before It’s Too Late!

Sarah Palin: On the Tragic Shooting Today at Fort Hood

 

Sarah Palin: The Cause Goes On

 

Update: Sarah Palin & Election Day Reminder

 

Sarah Palin isn’t Lying, but the DNC is (Video)

 

Sarah Palin Takes on Joe Biden Over Energy Independence

Sarah Palin to Chris Daggett: Oh No, I Didn’t!

 

Updated with Video – The Game Changer by Sarah Palin

 

Sarah Palin: Happy Alaska Day

 

Sarah Palin: Yes We Can, “Drill, Baby, Drill!”

Sarah Palin: Happy Birthday Margaret Thatcher

 

Sarah Palin: Further Proof of the Need for Energy Independence

 

Sarah Palin: Best Wishes for the Jewish High Holidays

Sarah Palin: Constitution Day

Remembering 9/11 – We Are Americans – Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin Calls Out the President on His Health Care Speech

Sarah Palin Talks Back to the White House

Sarah Palin: AP Use of Soldier’s Photo Evil

 

Sarah Palin: Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work…

Sarah Palin: Troubling Questions Remain on “ObamaCare”

 

Senate drops end-of-life provision from bill, thanks Sarah Palin

John Q Public pulls the plug on Dr. Death Panel

Palin Wins! Death Panels/End of Life Provision to Go

Sarah Palin: “Concerning the Death Panels”

Governor Palin Reduced Medicaid Backlog 83% in 2 Years

A Message to Alaskans about the Stimulus Veto and the Health Care Town Halls

Governor Palin Provides References for Her Health Care Statement

Governor Palin: NO to Socialized Health Care

Financial Administration

(Governor Palin saved her state nearly $1 billion through budget cuts and use of stimulus funds and $913,000 on her own expenses for a total of $1.09 billion)

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — FY2010 Spending Reduced by $445 Million

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Saving AK $913,000 on her own expenses

General Information Package — Executive Experience — Balancing Budgets

 

General Information Package: Sarah Palin’s Executive Experience — “Which Governor Can do an NPV and Relate it to State Finances?”


First Amendment, Defense of

AK Governor Sarah Palin Defends Carrie Prejean’s Right to Free Speech

Foreign Policy and National Security

 

AK Gov Sarah Palin Meets with Czech Republic Delegation

Investors Business Daily Supports Gov. Palin on North Korea

Governor Palin Urges Peace through Strength on North Korea

AK Governor Sarah Palin Calls Obama’s Cuts “Outrageous”

Governor Palin Stresses the Need for Missile Defense

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Against Missile Defense Cuts

General Information Package — Sarah’s Foreign Policy Experience — Gas Pipeline

Galas and Executive Dinners

(Notice the beckoning turn in the photo…)

General Information Package: Executive Experience — Alfalfa Club and other Non-Partisan Functions – 2/2/2009 Update

(Click link. Watch video. Notice how she turns and beckons three times….)

She is Being Called….

General Information Package: Executive Experience — Alfalfa Club and other Non-Partisan Functions – 2/2/2009 Update

(Click link. Watch video. Notice how she turns and beckons three times….)

General Executive Experience

Photo: Weekly Leadership Meeting

Lt. Gov. Parnell to Continue Palin Administration 100%

Governor Palin Opposes Waxman-Markey Bill

Governor Palin Breaks Ground on New Medium Security Prison

Petroleum News Reports ACES Formula Works

Governor Palin Supports Land Exchange to Build Needed Road

Governor Palin Celebrates AK’s 50th Year of Statehood in Auburn NY

AK Gov Sarah Palin Defends Juneau Access Project

Governor Palin Monitors National Education Standards

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Earmark Reforms

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience, Fiscal Discipline and Conservatism — Extending Motor Fuel Tax Suspsension

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Enforcing Deadlines

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Seeking State Senator Applicants

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Legislation to Re-Structure Six Railbelt Utilities

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Obama agrees to include gas pipeline on Canadian PM meeting agenda

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Letter to the Postmaster General re: Postage Rates

Health Care

 

 

Sarah Palin: Testimony to NYS Senate Aging Committee

Honors and Awards Received

Commander-in-Chief

Gov Palin’s Kosovo Trip Photos: Honors Given and Received

Defense of: Persons with Special Needs

Governor Palin Receives IGHL Award for Defending People with Special Needs

Defense of: Right to Keep and Bear Arms — Second Amendment

 

Governor Palin Receives Five Awards for Defending Second Amendment

 

“A Tribute to the Governor” from the American Rifleman

 

Humanitarian Missions

General Information Package — Sarah Palin’s Humanitarian Aid Trip to Western Alaska

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Aid to Distressed Communities 2-19-2009

 

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Aid to Distressed Communities

Image and Brand, Defense of

Letterman Battle Over — But War on Sexism and Misogyny Continues

Image and Brand, Promotion of

Governor Palin on Twitter and American Chopper

 

Sarah Palin SuperBowl Sunday Ad 2009 (Aired in Alaska Market Only)

Internet Milestones

 

Sarah Palin’s Facebook Supporters Reach 1 Million Strong On Day of Book Launch

Inspiration, General

 

Sarah Palin’s Image Takes DC By Storm

International Trade

Governor Palin Honors International Excellence in Alaska: North Star Awards

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Seeks Nominees for North Star International Awards

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Foreign Policy Experience — $3.6 Billion in Exports


General Information Package: Sarah Palin’s Executive and Foreign Policy Experience — Meeting with Diplomats from 9 Countries 1-29-2009 Update


Leadership for All

Governor Palin Celebrates Juneteenth Day (Holiday Commemorating End of Slavery)

 

General Information Package: Sarah Palin — A Leader for All People

(Celebrated Hannukah and mourned Mumbai terror attack in Sikh temple)

Legal

AK Attorney General Defends Off-Shore Drilling — Intervenes in Court Case

Governor Palin Lauds Kensington Mine Ruling

Thanks to AK State Employees Court Review Ends on Kenai Gas Exports

AK Governor Sarah Palin Directs Filing of New Brief for Kensington Mine

Legal Defense Fund — The Alaska Fund Trust

 


Legislation Signed

July 2009

Gov Palin Signs Aerospace Bill, Energy and Missile Defense Resolutions


Governor Palin Signs Power Cost Equalization Bill


AK Gov Sarah Palin Signs Legislation on Fisheries and Oil Tanker Escorts

AK Gov. Sarah Palin Signs Bill Permitting Villages to Administer Safety Officer Program

June 2009

Gov Palin Signs Legislation Safeguarding Student Loans

Governor Palin Signs Domestic Violence Legislation

Governor Palin Signs Legislation Strengthening Child Car Safety Requirements

AK Gov Sarah Palin Signs Five Bills in Soldotna

May 2009


Photo by Grizzly Barb.

AK Governor Sarah Palin signs bills to aid Charter and Schools for Military Dependents

Photos from Governor Palin’s Memorial Day Bill Signing Tour

AK Gov. Palin Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration; Signs 9 Bills

AK Gov Sarah Palin Signs Six Appropriations Bills, Extends Life of State’s Savings

AK Governor Sarah Palin Signs Bills on Teachers’ Salaries and Boating Safety

April, 2009

AK Governor Sarah Palin Signs Legislation Continuing ATG Retirement Benefits

Governor Palin Wins $7.1 million for In-State Gas Pipeline; Railbelt Consolidation to continue in 2010; 140 Capital Projects Secured

Legislation Vetoed

US DOE Reveals Strings Attached to Gov Palin’s Vetoed Stimulus Funds

AK Governor Sarah Palin to Veto $28.6 million in poisoned stimulus funds

Life, Defense of

Governor Palin’s Statement on William Long Murder

Governor Palin Statement on George Tiller

Media Profiles and Human Interest

 

 

Track Palin to Return Home This Weekend (September 18 – 19, 2009)

I’m a Runner: Sarah Palin. By Dan Simmons, Runner’s World

Esquire and Men’s Journal Articles on Todd Palin

Bristol, Tripp and Sarah Interview with Greta Van Susteren, Part II — February 17, 2009

Bristol, Tripp and Sarah Interview with Greta Van Susteren — February 16, 2009

Sarah Palin: What I’ve Learned by Ryan D’Agostino, Esquire Magazine

 

Sarah Unloads 10 30-Round Magazines on the Media. ;-)

(John Ziegler’s Media Malpractice film)

Persons with Special Needs, Defense of / Innocent, Defense of

Governor Palin Defends the Innocent…


Political Action Committee — SarahPAC

 

DONATE $1OO TO SARAHPAC AND GET COMPLIMENTARY SIGNED COPY OF “GOING ROGUE”

SarahPac Raises $733,000 in Only 6 Months

 

Second Amendment

AK Gov Sarah Palin Signs Legislation Defending Second Amendment

AK Governor Sarah Palin Supports Congressional Gun Provision for National Parks

General Information Package — Second Amendment Support

Significant Interviews


Sarah Palin Talks About Her Faith During Her Visit With Billy Graham

 

Sarah Palin: Wednesday’s Radio Interviews

 

What Did I Tell You? Sarah Palin Drives Up Oprah’s Ratings

Sarah Palin on Hannity at 9 PM Tonight

Sarah Palin: Rush Limbaugh Interview

Sarah Palin: Multi-Part Interview with Barbara Walters

UPDATE: Video Promo of Sarah Palin-Barbara Walters Interview; Oprah Show Promo Added

Sarah Palin Will Help Oprah Winfrey (November 16, 2009)

Governor Palin On the Water’s Edge

 

Governor Palin’s Interview with Sean Hannity at IGHL Gala

Significant Speeches (Beckoning)

The Speech

Answering her Summons…When She Beckons Us to the Shining City on a Hill

Awaiting. Vigil Posted.

Significant Speeches (Gubernatorial)

A New Beginning…North to the Future!

AK Gov Sarah Palin Farewell Address

 

Governor Palin’s Farewell – Transcript


Her Time for Choosing: Passing the Ball for the Team…

 

Governor Palin Announces No Second Term: No Lame Duck Session Either

Defending People with Special Needs

Governor Palin Receives IGHL Award for Defending People with Special Needs

Being Summoned…

 

Governor Palin’s Introduction of Michael Reagan Complete Transcript

Governor Palin Introduces Michael Reagan (Audio Transcript)

Defense of the Sanctity of Life

 

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s Speech in Vandenburg, IN

2009 State of the State Address

General Information Package — Executive Experience — Alaska State of the State Address

Speaking Engagements (Commercial)


Tea Party Convention, February 6, 2010

 

Sarah Palin To Headline First National Tea Party Convention

 

Salina, KS Chamber of Commerce, February 5, 2010

 

Sarah Palin to Be Featured Speaker at Banquet in Salina, Kansas



Wisconsin Right to Life — November 6, 2009 and College of the Ozarks, December 2, 2009

 

 

Sarah Palin Is Advancing in a New Direction

Sarah Palin Speaks at Wisconsin Right to Life

CLSA, Hong Kong, September 23, 2009

 

 

Gov. Palin’s Hong Kong Speech: Reagan Resurrected

Video: Sarah Palin Speaks at Hong Kong Airport

Stimulus Package

Final Thoughts on the Stimulus Package as it Pertains to Alaska

Governor Palin’s Compromise on Stimulus Largely Accepted

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Battle with Legislature Over the Stimulus Bill

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Public Discussion on Stimulus Funding

 

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Stimulus Package 2-16-2009

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Accepts 55% of Allocated Stimulus Funds

General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Certification of Transportation Projects

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Delineating Aspects of the Stimulus Bill for AK

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Reasoned Approach to Stimulus Bill

General Information Package — Sarah’s Executive Experience — Stimulus Package 2-16-2009

General Information Package — Executive Experience — Sarah and the Stimulus Package

Wildlife Management

General Information Package — Executive Experience — AK’s Wildlife Management Methods are Correct and Successful

Women, Defense of

Governor Palin Says it All in One Beautiful Tweet….

Governor Palin Speaks Out Against Sexism and Misogyny

Twitter

 

@AKGovSarahPalin Tweet Archive

 

Sarah Palin’s New Twitter Account Explodes On The Scene!

Women, Inspiration of

 

Inspired by Sarah Palin, 12 Year Old Speaks Out

An Outstanding Day in Alaska

Sarah Palin Inspires African Women To Run For President

AK Governor Sarah Palin Has a Student….

To Be Continued….
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Governor Palin’s Farewell – Transcript

Posted by Ron Devito on July 27, 2009

Text of Governor Palin’s Farewell Address
[July 27, 2009] at 6:16am

It is my honor to speak to all Alaskans – our Alaskan family – this final time as your governor, and it is always great to be in Fairbanks!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶1)

These rugged and hearty folk – some of the most patriotic people you’ll ever meet – live here. If there is one thing you are known for it your steadfast support for our military community up here. Thank you for that and a thank you to the U.S. military for protecting the greatest nation on earth. Together we stand!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶2)

Getting here can be described as the best road trip in America! Soaring through nature’s finest show you will see Denali – the Great One – soaring under the midnight sun. Alaska has so many extremes. In the wintertime the frozen road competes with the view of the ice-fogged frigid beauty. The cold, though, doesn’t it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs? And in the summertime – when temperatures are 150 degrees hotter than they were just a few months ago and than they will be just a few months from now – you will see the fireweed along the frost heaves. Merciless rivers rush and carve and remind us that Mother Nature wins. The big, wild and good life teeming along that road leads north to the future. That is what we see here. What we, and the rest of America, see in the Last Frontier is hope, opportunity and country pride, and it is our men and women in uniform that secure it.
(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶3)

We face challenging times with some hell-bent on tearing down our nation by perpetuating pessimism and apologizing for America. They suggest that our best days were yesterdays. But how can this pessimism exist? Proof of our greatness and pride is all around us today. We produce proud and great volunteers who sacrifice everything for their country. This week alone, at the chapel at Fort Rich, I heard the last roll call and the sounding of Taps for three very brave, very young Alaskan soldiers who gave their all for all of us.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶4)

Together we stand with gratitude for the troops who protect all our cherished freedoms. This includes our First Amendment guaranteed freedom of speech – which, par for the course – I shall exercise. First, with some “straight talk,” I will address some, just some, in the media because another right that is protected is the freedom of the press. You have such important jobs reporting facts and informing the electorate and exerting power to influence. You represent what could and should be a respected and honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy. Democracy depends on you. That is why our troops are willing to die for you. So, how about in honor of the American soldier you quit making things up. And don’t underestimating the wisdom of the American people.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶5)

And, another thing, media: Our new governor has a very nice family, so leave his kids alone! (Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶6)

As we swear in Sean Parnell, no one will be happier than I to witness, by God’s grace Alaskans with strength of character advancing our beloved state. Sean is that. Craig Campbell has that.(Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶7)

I remember that December day when we took the oath to uphold our state constitution. And it was written right here in Fairbanks by very wise pioneers. We shared the same vision for government that they ground into that document. At the time, the founders wrote:(Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶8)

“All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people. It is founded upon their will only, and it is instituted for the good of the people as a whole.”(Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶9)

Their remarkably succinct words guided us in all of our efforts in serving you and putting you first. We have done our best to fulfill promises that I made on Alaska Day 2005 when I first asked for the honor of serving you.(Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶10)

Remember then, our state so desired and so deserved ethics reform. We promised it, and now it is the law. Ironically, it needs additional reform to stop blatant abuse from partisan operatives. And I hope lawmakers will continue that reform.(Palin’s Farewell,2009,¶11)

We promised you that you would finally see a fair return on your Alaskan-owned natural resources. So, we built a new oil and gas appraisal system – an equitable formula to usher in a new era of competition, transparency, and protection for Alaskans and the producers. ACES incentivizes new exploration, and it is the exploration that is our future. It opens up oil basins and ensures that the people will never be taken advantage of again.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶12)

Do not forget, Alaskans, that you are the resource owners, per our constitution. And that’s why, for instance, last year when the price of oil soared, our state coffers swelled, but you were smacked with high energy prices, so we sent you an energy rebate because it is your money, and I have always believed that you know how to spend it better than government can spend it for you.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶13)

I promised that we would protect the environment while safely and ethically developing resources. And we did. We created the petroleum oversight office and a sub-cabinet to study climate conditions.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶14)

I promised that we would govern with fiscal restraint so as not to immorally burden future generations. And we did. We slowed the rate of government growth. I vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars of excess, and with lawmakers we saved billions for the future.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶15)

I promised that we would lead a charge to forward fund education and hold schools accountable, while improving opportunities for special needs students and elevating vo-tech training. And we did. We also paid down pension related debt.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶16)

I promised that we would manage our fish and wildlife for abundance and defend the constitution in doing so. And we have. However, outside political interests just don’t seem to get it. Alaskans need to stick together on this with new leadership. Encourage the new leadership. Stiffen your spine to do what is right for Alaska when the pressure mounts because you will see anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment “circuses” from Hollywood. And here is how they will do it: tiny, delicate and talented celebrity starlets will use Alaska as a fund raising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes. Stand strong and remind them that patriots will protect our individual guaranteed right to bear arms. And by the way, in Alaska, we eat, therefore, we hunt.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶17)

I promised that we would seek energy solutions. And we have – with an energy plan calling for 50% of our electricity generated by renewable resources and by insisting that those who hold the leases to develop our conventional resources do so on Alaska’s terms. And now, finally, after decades of inaction and just talk, we are drilling for oil and gas at Pt. Thomson.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶18)

I also promised that we would get a natural gas pipeline underway. And we did. Since I was a little kid growing up here, we would talk about, hope for, and dream of commercializing our clean, abundant, and much needed natural gas. Our Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) was the game changer. This is, of course, thanks to our outstanding gasline team and the state legislature, who adopted this law by a 58-1 margin. They knew – they know – that AGIA is the vehicle to drive this monumental energy project and to bring everyone to the table. This bipartisan victory came from Alaskans working together with free market, private sector principles. And now we are on the road to the largest private energy infrastructure project in history. It is for Alaska’s future. It is for America’s energy independence. And it will make us a more peaceful, prosperous and secure nation.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶19)

What I promised, we accomplished. “We” meaning state staff and conscientious Alaskans outside of the bureaucracy, such as: Tom Van Flein, Meg Stapleton, Kristan Cole, and many volunteers who stepped up to the challenge as good Alaskans. Nothing could have succeeded without my “right hand man” Kris Perry. She is the sharpest, boldest and hardest-working partner, and much success is due to Kris.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶20)

To Alaska, there is much good in store further down the road, but to reach it we must value and live the optimistic and pioneering spirit that made this state proud and free!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶21)

We can resist enslavement to big central government that crushes hope and opportunity. We must be wary of government largesse. It doesn’t come free and often accepting it takes away everything that is free. Melting into Washington’s powerful and caretaking arms will only lead to suck away the incentive to work hard and chart our own course. This will only contribute to an unstable economy and dizzying national debt, and it will make us less free.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶22)

I resisted the stimulus package, and we championed earmark reform, by slashing earmark requests by 85%, in order to break the cycle of dependency on a stifling and unsustainable federal agenda. Other states should follow this example for their, and America’s, stability.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶23)

We don’t have to feel that we must beg an allowance from Washington – except to beg the allowance to be self-determined.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶24)

See, in order to be self-sufficient Alaska must be allowed to develop, to drill and build and climb to fulfill our statehood’s promise! At statehood we knew that we were responsible for ourselves, our families and our future, and 50 years later we can not start believing that government is the answer. It can’t make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise. What can? It is the wisdom of the people and our families and our small businesses and industrious individuals. And it is God’s grace helping those who help themselves. And then this allows that very generous voluntary hand up that we are known to enthusiastically provide those who need it.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶ 25)

Do you remember that years ago we sported the old bumper sticker that read, “Alaska: We Don’t Give a Darn How They Do It Outside.” I remember that. It was because we would be different, and we would roll up our sleeves and diligently sow and reap. We can still do this. We can carve wealth out of the wilderness and make our living on the water – with strong hands and innovative minds, now with smarter technology. It is what our First People and our parents did, and it worked because they worked!
(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶26)

We must be prudent and persistent and press for the people’s right to responsibly develop God-given resources for the maximum benefit of the people.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶27)

We have come so far in just 50 years. We are no longer a frontier outpost on the periphery of the world’s greatest nation. Now, as a contributor and a securer of America, we can attain our destiny in the promise of our motto: North to the Future!
(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶28)

The pressing issue of our time is energy independence, because there is an inherent link between energy and security, and energy and prosperity. Alaska will lead with energy. We will prove that you can be both pro-development and pro-environment. After all, no one loves their land, clean air, water and wildlife more than an Alaskan! We will protect it!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶29)

Americans must look north to the future. For security, for energy independence, for our strategic position on the globe – Alaska is the gatekeeper of the continent.
(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶30)

We are here today at a “changing of the guard.” Now, knowing how much I love this state – some still choose not to hear why I made the decision to chart a new course to advance the state. It should be obvious. It is because I love Alaska this much that I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical “politics-as-usual” lame duck session in one’s last year in office. How does that benefit you? With this decision I will be able to fight even harder for you – for what is right and for the truth. And I have never felt that you need a title to do that. So, as we all move forward together, let us vow to keep championing Alaska and to advocate for responsible development and smaller government and freedom.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶31)

When I took the oath to serve you, I promised to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state – like that grizzly guards her cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own. I will keep that vow wherever the road may lead.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶32)

Todd and I, Track, Bristol, Tripp, Willow, Piper and Trig – we will forever be grateful for the honor of a lifetime to have served you. Our whole big, diverse, full and fun family thanks you!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶33)

I am very blessed to have had their support all along, and for Todd’s support.
(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶34)

I am thankful too that I have been blessed to have been raised in this Last Frontier. Thank you for our home, Mom and Dad.(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶35)

In Alaska it is not an easy living, but it is a good living. It is impossible to lose your way here because wherever the road may lead us, we have that steadying Great North Star to guide us home. So let us all enjoy the ride!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶36)

God bless you and God bless Alaska!(Palin’s Farewell, 2009, ¶37)

Commentary

This is why people love her: she is one of us. She loves and respects nature. She is thankful to God. She appreciates the military. Unlike “the One who shall not be named”, she is positive about America, and is unapologetic for her country. She is truthful, and calls out what is wrong. She stands up for the American people. She is fiercely protective of her family. She acknowledges others’ contributions and is thankful for them. She defends liberty, and the rights of the people. She advocates fiscal responsibility and less government intrusion. She wants to develop the resources we have, and progress forward.

She is not politics as usual – she is a voice for the people, because she believes in people. There is a spirit in her that will not be quenched. Whichever path she chooses to go, we wish her well.

References

Palin, S.L.H., “Governor Palin’s Farewell” Facebook (July 26, 2009) Retrieved July 27, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin#/note.php?note_id=108512348434

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