Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Sarah Palin and yet another ethics violation
Our friend Linda Kellen Biegel, aka Celtic Diva, has filed an ethics complaint against Sarah Palin.
That makes it 11 ethics complaints filed against her. She may argue that people are out to destroy her, blah blah, but these things wouldn't happen if she didn't use her position as governor for personal gain, would they?
Since coming into office, in December 2006, Sarah Palin has muddled the lines between what's ethic and what isn't.
Troopergate, family expenses, per diems, secret e-mails, Pebble Mine/Clean Water Act (Ballot Measure 4), mixing state and religion, the list is endless...
Sarah Palin had the same style when she was mayor of Wasilla, placing herself above all rules and regulations. "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't."
As governor she has even more power, but since accepting the candidacy for vice president she has come under closer scrutiny. Her many failings and shortcomings became more public, people started asking more questions.
With power come responsibility and accountability, two concepts that appear to be totally alien to Sarah Palin.
She had the chance to govern responsibly, she was popular and could have done many good things for Alaska. She campaigned on a platform of transparency and accountability but failed miserably to live up to either of these promises.
Sarah Palin cannot blame the people of Alaska for doing precisely what she advocated during her campaign for governor. They are calling her bluff.
And she won't be able to complain when the rest of the country place her administration under a microscope if she decides to run for the presidency in 2012 either.
A lot of people may not like her as a person, but that's incidental to the plot. Nobody would raise public concerns if she wasn't the governor of Alaska.
Nobody is challenging her as a person, people are challenging her record. If she chooses to take it personally, that's her problem.
More details about the picture: Mudflats
New ethics complaint: Celtic Diva