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Monday, July 27, 2009
It's official, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation from office took effect Sunday. In a farewell speech at her annual barbecue, Palin blamed the distraction of ongoing ethics investigations and the media for her inability to be an effective state leader.
In her speech to supporters, Palin said, "Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state ... I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one's last year in office."
I have just one thing to say about this. Gov. Palin, I raise ducks. I've had lame ducks. You, Gov. Palin are no lame duck.
We now have just four ducks, but when we had seven, we named them after the days of the week, just to make it easier tell to them apart. A few years ago, one of our females, Monday, suffered a broken leg after a bout of rough sex. The males had gotten too aggressive with her and caused the injury while climbing on top of her.
We isolated her in a pen for several weeks until she could get around on her own. The leg never really healed right, but Monday was eventually able to hobble around and rejoin the rest of the flock.
Her mate, Wednesday, dutifully guarded her, keeping the rest of the males away and always waited for her to catch up as they made their way around the yard browsing for slugs and bugs and all the other things ducks do during their busy day.
Monday was most comfortable and happiest swimming in the pond, where her natural buoyancy relieved the discomfort of her bad leg. Every day, she kept living life to the best of her abilities. She lasted a year until we finally lost her, but she never gave up.
While time and ethics probe results will tell us what kind of person Sarah Palin really is, for me the word "quitter" comes to mind. Being a lame duck is something she could only aspire to.