Dear Sarah –
I’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks looking for work and keeping up with my kids and other household duties. I feel hopeful that good things are to come … I’ve redoubled my job search efforts and have employed some fresh approaches that I believe will yield good results. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Even while occupied in trying to improve my situation, I can’t help noticing what’s going on in our nation and world. Beyond the sweltering heat here in Dallas, there is a 14 trillion-lb.-gorilla in the room named “Downgrade” … or as I recently Tweeted in a tongue-in-cheek jab at our current President:
“Downgrayed – the newest product from Just For Men inspired by Barack Obama”
But our national debt is hardly a joking matter; it’s something I’ve been unable to stop thinking about. Even in the moments when I think I forget, it lingers still like white noise.
Our nation’s future concerns everyone, but it is especially worrisome to the many millions of Americans like me who are trying to hold onto or improve their livelihoods in the midst of so much uncertainty. In the last few years, in fact, it seems that uncertainty has become the rule, rather than the exception.
And yet, despite the many challenges we face, we as Americans still have much to be thankful for. Our nation still represents the best, last hope on Planet Earth. It reminds me of another saying, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Both as a nation, and individually, our God-given gifts place a burden on us all. I know I must share and use for good that which God has given me. Yet, I am often guilty of letting people’s potential opinion of me dictate whether or not to follow through on my end of the bargain. To my detriment, I sometimes shy away from sharing my thoughts, feelings, talents, and voice. I’m actively working now towards creating a platform to utilize my strengths and to see how that actually plays out. I don’t have it all figured out but I’m getting there. I have good people around me who love me and who are supporting me. I know you know full well how important that is. It has a way of steadying you like nothing else can.
I believe you also feel the burden of utilizing the unique talents God has given you. Despite what you and your remarkable family have had to endure over the last few years, it hasn’t diminished your ability to see things more clearly than any of your contemporaries. Your vision is a gift, and you have demonstrated that visionary thinking over and over again, providing an especially stark contrast to the tone deafness of President Obama and the Washington political class across both aisles. You did it again with your last Facebook post. Your words stirred me. That happens to me often when you speak or write. I know many others share my sentiment.
But, frankly, real leadership is more than just stirring words, as we’ve learned all too well from watching Obama implode as president. It’s having the guts to do the right thing even when it means getting flack for doing so. And, I can’t think of anyone in recent memory who has exhibited that kind of indomitable courage as you have. Many in the crucible of public life have succumbed to far less. Your strength, tenacity and focus in the midst of our great national tempest is a source of strength for many of us. It’s why those of us who support you are anxious, maybe even a bit fearful that you are thinking of possibly skipping this election cycle, and ceding your candidacy to another amongst the field of contenders.
I know I speak for many other Palin supporters when I firmly tell you that in our view no one else “will do.” This coming election isn’t about just electing “Anyone But Obama,” but electing the right Obama alternative. And you, Governor Palin, are the right alternative. You are THE antithesis and THE antidote all at the same time. I don’t pretend to elevate you to an unreasonably high status … I simply see that you are uniquely equipped to lead us during this time of great challenge — perhaps like no other.
The other so-called contenders simply don’t stack up. All of us who aren’t blinded by special interests, ivory tower theories and liberal media bias see what kind of bold and decisive leadership is required at this time. We require a proven reformer who will not back down or blink in the face of withering rebuke.
In the days to come, you will make public a decision and put to rest the endless speculation and rumor about your plans. It is my sincerest desire that you come to a decision that you can live with, and that addresses that “much-is-required burden” I talked about earlier. I can’t imagine the difficulty of making such a monumental choice, with so many ramifications not only for your family but for this country. I don’t say this with the intention of advising you what to choose, as if anything I said deserved that much weight. I know your instincts are good. I know you will make your decision as you’ve done so many times before – with healthy doses of prayer, reflection and counsel.
But just in case these words do reach you where you are, I’ll end this letter quoting a man whose words are much weightier than mine, who posted a fairly famous newspaper want-ad many years ago:
Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful – honor and recognition in case of success.
Awaiting your decision … and ready to serve,