There is no question I have great respect for Governor Palin. Anyone who knows me knows it's true. One reason I hold her in such high esteem is because she's real. I think of issues she has taken a stand on and I say, "This isn't someone who has not been tested. This is someone who has had to put her money where her mouth is." Just look at her pro-life position. Governor Palin became pregnant at a time in her life that might very well be categorized "inconvenient." She then learned this child would be born with Down Syndrome. At a time when 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted, the governor put feet to her faith and gave birth to God's incredible blessing--her beautiful baby boy.
She has been tested--and has been found faithful.
Is she perfect? Of course not...but she's real. And that's what decent people want in a leader. We're not looking for perfection; we're looking for character. We're looking for someone who will walk the walk. That's Governor Palin. Why do masses of people gather anywhere she's scheduled to speak when most say that people aren't interested in people talking the talk? Here's the short answer: when people know you're walking the walk, not only don't they mind, but they actually want to hear you talk the talk as well.
On Friday, Governor Palin spoke at the Ohio Right to Life fundraiser and shared some of her personal story about Trig.
Laura A. Bischoff writes:
The mother of five recalled how at 43 she found herself pregnant with a child with Down syndrome and then a short while later learned her teenage daughter was pregnant. Palin said those two experiences gave her more empathy for women with unplanned pregnancies who face difficult decisions. But she added, “There is no accident. Every child has purpose.”
Her commitment to the cause can further be seen in her willingness to actually give to the cause. Palin Derangement Syndrome sufferers are addicted to painting her as a money-hungry opportunist. They doubted her when she said she would not benefit personally from speaking at the Nashville Tea Party last month but that her speaker's fee would go to the cause. I, for one, would not begrudge the governor any payment for her time and services. That's the way we operate in America, and people deserve to be compensated. However, on Friday, she showed herself once again to be invested in the causes in which she believes, for she donated her fee back to the Ohio Right to Life.
Ohio Right to Life declined to disclose Palin’s speaking fee — reported to be in the neighborhood of $100,000 — but at the end of her 45-minute speech Palin promised to donate it back to the nonprofit.
The $100,000 amount has not been confirmed, as it was not disclosed. Whatever the fee, Governor Palin did not keep it; instead, she returned it to the pro-life work there in Ohio. So much for simply being in it for the money, as the haters would have us believe.
Read Bischoff's full account of the event here.
To my knowledge, there's no full video of Governor Palin's speech, but there is this short clip in which she shares how she was in good company when she wrote on her palm at the Nashville Tea Party. It's priceless. Check it out: