Sunday, October 12, 2008

Angela Winters on TrooperGate

The moderate blogger writes about a news event: "The Alaskan legislature concluded that Sarah Palin did abuse her power when she fired a trooper for not firing her brother-in-law. I'm not condoning any abuse of power or misconduct on the part of an official, but seriously, what would you do? The man, who has a history of violence including tasering his own 10-year old stepson, was trying to take her sister's babies away from her? I'd do it. I'd do it for my sister and the safety of my nieces and nephews. He won't get far in a custody battle if he doesn't have any income. Alaska is an at-will state, so all she had to do was wait until he did something wrong and he's toast. The question now is will she still come out with the attacks on Obama's honesty and character? No matter who the red team spins it, this is not a good time for this type of thing."


HHR-Sarah Palin was found to have acted lawfully in this action. The "abuse her power" phrase is an opnion that has been headlined and given more importance than it should. It is not part of the "official" ruling.The report states clearly:Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.

2 comments:

samcat said...

Sarah Palin was found to have acted lawfully in this action. The "abuse her power" phrase is an opnion that has been headlined and given more importance than it should. It is not part of the "official" ruling.

The report states clearly:

Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.

brad said...

For goodness sake, she was found to have abused her power!

http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/555236.html

Sarah Palin's reaction to the Legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.

She claims the report "vindicates" her. She said that the investigation found "no unlawful or unethical activity on my part."

Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.

Page 8, Finding Number One of the report says: "I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act."

In plain English, she did something "unlawful." She broke the state ethics law.

Perhaps Gov. Palin has been too busy to actually read the Troopergate report. Perhaps she is relying on briefings from McCain campaign spinmeisters.

That's the charitable interpretation.

Because if she had actually read it, she couldn't claim "vindication" with a straight face.



Also, I find it amusing that you are all skipping over Palin's pathetic treatment of people of color during her administration:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/how-sarah-palin-has-exclu_b_134403.html


This is the problem with Republicans! You are always willing to turn a blindeye GOP corruption. The Rule of Law means nothing to you unless it's focused on someone whom you don't like.

Get it? This is why people are disgusted with the Bush Administration. Bush declared himself above the law. If legislation were passed and he didn't like, all he had to do was create a signing statement!

Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill Kristol etc. don't represent extremism in the GOP, they represent a mainstream element given witness by this posting.

Think back to the Valerie Plame case. When Scooter Libby was found guilty. Republicans screamed that he deserved special treatment than any other criminal who perjured himself. The fact that a covert CIA agent was exposed meant nothing to many of the GOP faithful.

And, again, that's the point. You don't care about the rule of law.

You state that it was okay that the governor sought to fire someone, Wooten, from his job because of personal dispute. You agree that you would violate the law to do so yourself.

Get it straight. Wooten may have been a jerk but his actions did not affect his ability to perform his job. Questions about family legal matters should be dealt with in family court or the Alaska Department that deals with families.

You see yourself and your political heroes as above the law. That's how criminals see themselves.

Now, please tell me what a good Christian you are. Tell me how you believe in small government that does not interfere with the lives of its citizens. I'll hold a mirror to your face and then show you a hypocrite.