Palin is Alaska's Queen. And in Alaska, her subjects bow and scrape and "respect" her. They also ignore the fact that she abuses her office. That's to be expected, I suppose, 'cause she's so "pretty" and so "nice."
Thus, in a very queen-like manner, Governor Palin traveled from her governorship in Juneau to the little, bitty town of Wasilla where she messaged a group of "evangelical students" by telling them they needed to wend their way around the state "to make sure God's will be done here."
It all happened on June 8, at the Wasilla Assembly of God. She addressed the graduates of the "Master's Commission" program.
Queen Palin spoke for about eight minutes, referencing the New Testament epistle of Ephesians.
"What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys as you go out throughout Alaska -- I can do my part in doing things like working really, really hard to get a natural gas pipeline. Pray about that also. I think God's will has to be done, in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that."
She continued to say she could do things like develop Alaska's natural resources and pave the roads and ensure that the state troopers are well-equipped.
"But," she continued, "really, all of that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's hearts isn't right with God. And that's going to be your job."
Queen Palin used state funds for this little excursion for God! Sharon Leighow, a Palin spokeswoman, said the state paid for the trip because she was invited to the event as the governor of Alaska, not a private citizen.
Doesn't Ms. Palin have anything else to do except attend a religious commencement and give a mini-sermon to fundamentalist Christian youth, urging them to bring Alaska to Jesus? Should Alaska fund this preaching mission with taxpayer dollars?
What would be said if perchance Ms. Palin was of the Unitarian faith and attended a graduation of Unitarian students and said it didn't really matter what they believed about God, they just needed to get out and work for Alaska?
There's more about Queen Palin. The Washington Post reports that Queen Palin "has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a 'per diem' allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business."
In other words, instead of being present in the state's capitol, Queen Palin was absent more than half the time -- she was AT HOME! And the taxpayers of Alaska were financing this!
Not only so, but she's taken the children "on official out-of-town missions," for which she charged the state travel expenses. "And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife."
Queen Palin received $16,951 for her travel. "The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away.
There's much more involving traveling about the state and country on the taxpayer's dime. All of which cost the state of Alaska thousands of dollars.
Maybe it's all "legal." But it stinks. One should not claim "per diem" when one is living in one's own house. Stay in the governor's mansion! One does not need to drag one's kids all over the country for sled races and snowmobile races and to attend Christian teen centers!
Come to think of it, maybe that's all she really is - a hockey mom! But wasn't it great that she "sold" that jet on eBay?