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Sarah Palin takes mayoral oath of office

Sarah says on page 4 of Going Rogue, in reference to the time when her second term as mayor of Wasilla was coming to an end, "With four busy kids, I would certainly have enough going on to keep me occupied, even if I chose to put public service aside. And for a while, I did. But I still felt a restlessness, an insistent tugging on my heart that told me there were additional areas where I could contribute."

Are not the Lord's ways with us, and the dispostions of His Wisdom, mysterious? There is no gainsaying nor resisting the counsels of the Almighty.

As our friend techno has noted, for the last forty years (at least) the Left has been carefully, with the cleverness and dexterity of human "wisdom," setting in place plans for the radical transformation of the United States of America.

With the expenditure of almost countless dollars in treasure, with the scheming of some of the most diabolically slick (and sick) minds on the face of the Earth, and with the brutal application of equal parts of open violence and occult subversion, they have been boring, boring, boring into the edifice of the foundations of this country.

In human terms, think of the magnitude of the whole enterprise!!--the millions of men and women enlisted in these fell efforts; the thousands of books and other works of propaganda published; the hundreds and hundreds of institutions, in academia, in the media, in government, subverted and transformed to serve their nefarious ends!!

What has been the Lord's answer to this?

All through the long, winding course of these strange and terrible years, while the Left has been preparing the hideous transmutation of America that seems to have culminated in the "election" of barack obama, the Holy Spirit has been working in a different way, has been preparing, in the silent places of certain hearts, a counterforce to meet and thwart and overthrow the best-laid plans of evil men and women.
Sarah Palin sworn in as Governor

In particular, I believe, He was quietly nurturing the brave, noble heart of a young woman, hidden away in the depths of the North Country, the Last Frontier.

I think that it is a characteristic of the most precious and powerful of the Lord's works that they are often almost invisible to human eyes and perceptions. The Son of God was born in the humble obscurity of a stable.

Some of the greatest literary and scientific geniuses in the history of humanity have labored for most or all of their lives in almost total obscurity; fame has often come only after they have shrugged off this mortal cloak of flesh, and have taken wing for the abode of the angels!

And while the partisans of evil will employ force and brutality to achieve their purposes, God always leaves us free; He "respects" that very Liberty, that free will, that is among His most precious gifts to us.

This is what I think Sarah is expressing in the words that are cited above. She felt a "restlessness"; she felt "an insistent tugging on my heart."
Sarah Palin accepts VP nomination

However, how could she have known, at the time, the magnitude and the gravity of the world-encompassing mantle that the Lord was preparing her shoulders to bear??

She could not have!!

However, in my opinion, Sarah has humbly and bravely cooperated, at each step in the course of her beautiful life, with that "insistent tugging" at her heart.

Think of Tolkien's Middle Earth. It is evident that the counsel of an Eternal Wisdom was preparing the sturdy, humble hearts of the Hobbits in the obscure western corner of the Shire for the great struggle and contest that was to come in the "fullness of time" against Sauron.
Sarah Palin chooses the battlefield

Without the Little People, neither Gandalf-Mithrandir, seer and sage of the West, transformed by the trial of Fire from the Grey to the White; nor intrepid Men and Women in all their glory of word and of arms; nor noble Elves, ancient in tongue and lore and blood; nor sturdy Dwarves, with hearts and hands harder and firmer even than the stones of the underground worlds of wonder they wrought--none of these would have prevailed against the Shadow and the Eye of Mordor!!

Hark!! Let us, with Our Sarah, heed and follow the gentle, "insistent" urgings of the Spirit in our own hearts!

Hark!! Let us prepare our own spirits to follow Sarah's battle standard, when she at length unfurls it fully in open defiance of obama and all the legions of the Left!!

Hark!! Let us be ready to list to " the trumpet's loud clangor" which "excites us to arms": "to arms, to arms, 'tis too late to retreat; 'tis too late to retreat!!!"

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Other Great Going Rogue Reviews:

Jedediah Bila:

"Palin’s inviting first-person narration that is sometimes whimsical, often confident, and always patriotic...Going Rogue is truly one of those reads in which you put the book down after your eyes graze the final lines and you somehow feel like the writer is someone you’ve known all your life."
John Ziegler:

"I was simply blown away by Going Rogue on almost every level. For many reasons, this is by far the best book and greatest literary achievement by a political figure in my lifetime..."
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata:
"Her book washes away all doubts that any reader might have had about her readiness to be president. She comes across as exceptionally bright, dedicated, and passionate about public service. Her moral compass is strong, pointing true North in this case. And she has a wicked sense of humor."
Don Surber:
"Conservatives know why Palin is still standing — and standing taller today than those who tried to bring her down. What does not kill you makes you stronger. Thank you, Tina Fey."

Sarah Palin is Coming to Town

Review by Stanley Fish:

When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin’s memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.” She looked at me as if I had requested a copy of “Mein Kampf” signed in blood by the author....


A few days later...I had begun reading Palin’s book, and while I wouldn’t count myself a fan in the sense of being a supporter, I found it compelling and very well done....

First, the art. The book has an architectonic structure that is built around a single moment, the moment when Palin receives a call from John McCain inviting her to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Republican party. When we first hear about the call it is as much a surprise to us as it was (at least as reported) to her, because for six pages she has been recounting a wonderful family outing at the Alaska State Fair. When her phone rings, she hopes it might be a call from her son Track, a soldier soon to deploy to Iraq, but “it was Senator John McCain asking if I wanted to help him change history.”

And that’s the last we hear of it for 200 pages. In between we hear a lot about Wasilla, high school, basketball, college, marriage, children, Down syndrome, Alaska politics, the environment, a daughter’s pregnancy. The re-entry of John McCain into the narrative on page 208 introduces Palin’s account of the presidential campaign and its aftermath, especially her decision to resign the governorship before the end of her term....


Paradoxically, the effect of the neatly spaced references to the call is to de-emphasize it as a dramatic moment. It is presented not as a climax, but as an interruption of matters more central to Palin’s abiding concerns — her family, Alaska’s prosperity, energy policy. (She loves to rehearse the kind of wonkish details we associate with Hillary Clinton, whom she admires.)

Indeed, it is a feature of this narrative that events we might have expected to be foregrounded are elided or passed over. Palin introduced herself to the nation with a powerful, electrifying speech accepting McCain’s invitation to join the ticket. It gets half a sentence (“I gave my speech”)....


The only event that receives an extended discussion is her resignation. It is important to her because as an act it reflects on her integrity, and she has to be sure (as she eventually was) that she was doing it for the right reasons.

Resigning was a moral act for which she was responsible. The vice-presidential candidacy just happened to her; her account of it reads like an extended “what-I-did-on-my summer-and fall-vacation” essay.


For many politicians, family life is sandwiched in between long hours in public service. Palin wants us to know that for her it is the reverse. Political success is an accident that says nothing about you. Success as a wife, mother and citizen says everything...

I find the voice undeniably authentic...It is the voice of small-town America, with its folk wisdom, regional pride, common sense, distrust of rhetoric (itself a rhetorical trope), love of country and instinctive (not doctrinal) piety.

It says, here are some of the great things that have happened to me, but they are not what makes my life great and American. (“An American life is an extraordinary life.”) It says, don’t you agree with me that family, freedom and the beauties of nature are what sustain us?


And it also says, vote for me next time. For it is the voice of a politician, of the little girl who thought she could fly, tried it, scraped her knees, dusted herself off and “kept walking.”

In the end, perseverance, the ability to absorb defeat without falling into defeatism, is the key to Palin’s character. It’s what makes her run in both senses of the word and it is no accident that the physical act of running is throughout the book the metaphor for joy and real life. Her handlers in the McCain campaign wouldn’t let her run (a mistake, I think, even at the level of photo-op), no doubt because they feared another opportunity to go “off script,” to “go rogue.”

But run she does (and falls, but so what?), and when it is all over and she has lost the vice presidency and resigned the governorship, she goes on a long run and rehearses in her mind the eventful year she has chronicled. And as she runs, she achieves equilibrium and hope: “We’ve been through amazing days, and really, there wasn’t one thing to complain about. I feel such freedom, such hope, such thankfulness for our country, a place where nothing is hopeless.”

The message is clear. America can’t be stopped. I can’t be stopped. I’ve stumbled and fallen, but I always get up and run again. Her political opponents, especially those who dismissed Ronald Reagan before he was elected, should take note. Wherever you are, you better watch out. Sarah Palin is coming to town.

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