Posted by: Jennifer | July 27, 2009

Governor Palin’s last day

Sarah Palin gave her last address as governor of Alaska today. It was….interesting.

The one factoid that has struck my attention over and over again is Palin’s assertion that she is stepping down as governor to avoid “lame-duck status”, that she feels that it would be in the best interest of her state to step down now and let someone else take over rather than trying to run the state when everyone knows that she’s on a time limit.

Is she out of her bloody mind? Can you imagine if every elected official stepped down from their post a year before their term was up? It’s funny how no one else does this. That’s because when the people elect you to a post, they’re electing you with the expectation that you will serve for a specific length of time (in the US, anyway) and that within that period of time you will serve the people who elected you to the best of your ability. Sarah Palin has decided that being the governor of Alaska isn’t very fun anymore, so she’s going to give the job to someone else while she goes off and runs for president does something else more interesting. Which begs the question: is this behaviour that would be repeated if — God forbid — she was elected to the office of President or Vice President of the United States?

It’s people like Sarah Palin that make me very happy to live in Canada. Our system may not be perfect, but it could be a hell of a lot worse.


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