Here's my take on Sarah Palin, (and I acknowledge that I don't know what's in her mind and only she can speak for her experiences but...): since the election she's seemed more and more like someone caught in a web. A person playing her part as the former VP nominee, at first swept up by the chance of getting the job, realizing quickly how dirty national politics are. When she was picked by the McCain campaign in an attempt to cash in on outraged Hillary supporters, it seems as if she was given a script and positions to take and obediently read it, maybe honestly believing she was a part of something that would make a difference, and could do a lot for America from such an elevated office. Because McCain's neocon positions (Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran for example) were at their core so flawed and hard to defend, and because she hadn't been at such a high level of politics before and didn't have as much BS'ing experience as Obama, Biden, and McCain, and also because the mainstream media was trying to steer the public into supporting "the chosen one", she was led to come off as dumb and inexperienced. And maybe she was. (Inexperienced I mean, not dumb.) She was portrayed as unqualified for the office by the media and discarded as a celebrity caricature and thus a focus of ridicule once the election show was over. While McCain lumbered back to his Senate seat, long invested in the establishment and obviously not a threat to it, Sarah Palin was still young, had built a fan base, and was stung by the way the establishment had led her to slaughter.
So she pushed back through lawsuits and by speaking out against the media in TV interviews. The fallout from that battle is no doubt one of the reasons she's resigning today.
Two points for truthers and real conservatives not caught up in the make believe left/right paradigm to take note in regards to Sarah Palin:
1) She has been a critic the of the "stimulus" package condemning future generations to repay Obama's debt to the Federal Reserve and overseas governments. Yes, she did take a large part of it for Alaska, which doesn't exactly put her in league with the likes Ron Paul, but has rejected other parts of it believing too many strings were attached, and has been quite vocal about this.
2) When asked on video at a campaign rally by a member of We are Change Ohio if she would support the 9/11 victims' families push for a new investigation she responded, "I do, cause that helps us get to the point of 'never again'" Granted, she probably didn't know the essence of the controversy and what the 9/11 Truth movement was...her answer was one given from the gut based on common sense. After all, if the victims' families want a new investigation, why shouldn't we give it to them? It's the biggest massacre in our nation's history that continues to claim victims to this day because of our foreign policy, which was re-written in the wake of it. Palin's response was a welcomed one compared to Obama who snobbishly puckered his lips and pretended not to hear the question when he was asked the same thing at a rally, or McCain who always snickers and runs off when confronted about the issue.
The We Are Change member went on to tell Palin about the first responders who are sick and dying because the EPA lied to them about the air quality at ground zero, and she thanked him for his concern.
Now, I'm not saying that Sarah Palin is ready to embrace the idea that 9/11 was an inside job or that she believes the Federal Reserve should be abolished, however her resignation and desire to continue her activism while casting off the title of governor that shackles her does highlight the possibility that her ears may be open to new voices. Much like that woman or man whom you may have an eye for, who just ended a toxic relationship with a long time significant other, this could be the time for those of us fighting for real change to introduce ourselves to her and become known. Instead of a box of chocolates, we should send her emails and information. DVDs, journals, and websites. Everything we can find. Welcome her to realms of the true activists for change and see just how sincere the words of her speech were.
By reaching out, even if our hands are pushed away, we can at least say we tried.