What the Unemployed Can Learn from Sarah Palin

Last Updated Nov 18, 2009 3:52 PM EST

A year ago, the people made a decision about who they wanted to run America. And Sarah Palin did not get the job of Vice President of the United States.

Nonetheless, many have continued to admire Palin's fighting spirit since the campaign ended and she became an international celebrity. Employment gurus like Penelope Trunk have even argued that there were "inspiring" career management takeaways from Palin's unorthodox decision to quit her job as Governor of Alaska.

Palin new campaign tell-all, "Going Rogue" has made her a millionaire. But it looks like this ghost-written memoir has failed to help her make the case that she deserves America's top job in 2012.

I haven't read "Going Rogue" but from the reviews I've seen, "Conscience of a Conservative" it is not. Rather than offering a bold, alternative vision for America, Palin takes up too many pages settling old scores. Everyone -- from Katie Couric to John McCain's campaign manager Steve Schmidt -- is to blame. Except Sarah Palin herself. And I suppose, the "real Americans" who support her no matter how ignorant she sounds.

One can't argue that there's simply some grand "liberal media" conspiracy against Palin anymore. Even conservative newspapers like the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal are lamenting (or lampooning) Palin's decision to cast herself as a victim.

Across America, there are millions of people who won't get paid millions to write about why they've lost their jobs. It's easy to get discouraged and blame one's prediciment on the clowns that ran the company into the ground, President Obama's policies or the banks like Goldman Sachs which seem to get all the breaks.

I'm all for standing up for oneself during these tough times and speaking out against the injustices of the past. But ultimately, it's one's future that's worth fighting for.

And no one wants to hire a whiner.

  • Stefan Deeran

    Stefan Deeran helps environmental nonprofits and green businesses develop and execute their new media campaigns. He also publishes The Exception magazine, a nonpartisan news platform serving his home state of Maine. You can follow him on Twitter @RStefanDeeran or via Facebook.