A feisty and free-spirited girl!!!

On p.9 of Going Rogue Sarah is recounting some of her early memories of life with her family in Skagway, Alaska. Among other reminiscences, she recounts this one: "And I remember arguing with the nun who taught catechism and tried to teach me to write the letter E. It seemed a naked letter to me, so I was determined to reinvent it. I insisted she let me improve it with at least a few more horizontal lines."

This is surely a small and insignificant memory that Sarah gives here, is it not?

I rather think not. Sarah has retained this memory; further, she thought fit to include it in her book. I think that we can follow a principle that even the smallest, the tiniest incidents from the lives of great leaders can shed a bright beam of light on some corner of their characters.

Obviously, Sarah is revealed here as someone of independent mind and spirit: a feisty and free-spirited girl!!!

However, let us look a bit more closely at just how she proposed to "improve" the letter E. She wanted to add "at least a few more horizontal lines" to it. Right now, in my mind's eye, I am adding two or three more horizontal strokes to a capital E, and I am whisking through the alphabet of capital letters, A to Z, to determine whether or not the addition of these extra bars would make Sarah's improved E indistinguishable from any of the other letters. Lo! I find that the "Sarah-E" would still be readily different and distinct from any other letter!!

"Well, OK, but so what?" someone may say. This is the profound "what," I believe!!

One of the greatest of philosophical arts is the ability to distinguish what the "scholastic" theologians (e.g., St. Thomas Aquinas) call "substantial" change from "accidental" change.

For example, changing a man by adding a tattoo to his arm is "accidental" change. The change from man to dog would be "substantial" change. In the one case, the thing changed remains, in spite of the alteration, the same "thing." In the latter case, the essential nature of the thing would be altered. Similarly, as a boy or girl grows up, he or she changes in many ways, but remains essentially the same being, the same person.

Now, we can imagine a changing, a mangling of letter E that would leave it quite unrecognizable. This is not, however, the kind of change Sarah proposed. Her change leaves E "substantially" the same, but "accidentally" different. Her E is perhaps prettier or nicer, or maybe not; however, it is still E!!

Consider the United States of America. Like the boy or girl who grows up, cited above, we have grown from a thirteen-State infant Republic to the fifty-State nation of today. Yet, we have remained, so far, the United States of America.

This brings me to barack obama, nancy pelosi and other "democrat" politicos. This Chicago thug, obama, campaigned on a promise to fundamentally transform America. This is a person who would butcher the letter E beyond all recognition.

This is obama/pelosi/reid change. It is not "accidental" change for the better; it is not even "accidental" change for the worse that at least leaves the subject fundamentally unaltered. No, it is "substantial" change at which these benighted creatures aim, substantial change that will leave our country unrecognizable, if they are not stopped, and stopped very soon.

Let us follow the banner of our brave, beautiful Sarah. The little girl, who challenged the "status quo" of the letter E, yet left the letter essentially the same, has become the gallant leader who has never feared to challenge the status quo, and will, at the same time, leave our country essentially the same. If she helps bring about changes, they will be changes for the BETTER: our country will be left a FINER, NOBLER place as the result of a Palin Presidency

This is change I can believe in.

E can believe in it too!!!

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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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