Sarah Heath, front row, far left

Sarah, near the bottom of page 3 of Going Rogue, says, "I was intrigued by political science in college and studied journalism because of my passion for the power of words."

I have two strands of reflection and thought to share with you this morning about these words of Lady Sarah. One involves the depth of the truth about the "power of words"; the other has to do with the way in which Sarah, a lover of reading, of language...of words, has been slandered by her evil, unscrupulous enemies.

It is not without reason that Homer, the most ancient poet of the West, referred, in words that are themselves immortal, to "winged words." How Homer's own words, how those of Virgil, of Ovid, of Cicero, of Sophocles, of Plato, of Dante, of Shakespeare, of Our Founding Fathers, of so many others have frolicked and danced down the corridors of the centuries and of the millennia...and remain as fresh and youthful today, when we read them, as when they were first conceived and uttered and sent winging forth into the consciousness of men and women!!

They, ancient though they may be, have the morning-dew freshness and fecundity of youth in their power and potency to move, to uplift, to inspire, to elicit laughter, to bring forth tears!!

What conspiracies have not been thwarted, what tyrannies have not been shattered, what great dangers averted, what noble deeds inspired by the power of the spoken word and the written word!!

And yet, on the physical plane, how unsubstantial, almost gossamer-like are words. What is the utterance of the tongue, in physical terms, but a puff of air and an impulse of sound waves? How weak and evanescent, in the harsh terms of the unforgiving centuries, is the material upon which the written word is set down. Even the sturdy parchment of the medieval monks is hardly proof and impregnable against the grudging assaults of Time!!

The puff of air is dissipated in an instant; the sound wave vanishes into the ether; the paper, while it lives longer than the momentary life of the sound-impulse, is as a weak rabbit against the flying eagle of Time. And yet, the words, the words themselves, live do the minds, the hearts, the spirits that uttered them! And in the timeless realm of the heart, truly cor ad cor loquitur: "heart speaks to heart."

In this magical realm, as magical and mystical as Tolkien's Middle Earth, or any of the other lands of mystery conceived by the greatest literary geniuses, in this mystical realm, time does not exist! Homer, Virgil, Shaksepeare, George Washington, all of them, seem to be whispering personally right now at this moment to us when we read their words!

" passion for the power of words." Yes!!!

Now, we can find some more remarks on this passion for words of Our Sarah in Kaylene Johnson's book Sarah. "From the time she was in elementary school, she consumed newspapers with a passion. 'She read the paper from the very top left-hand corner to the bottom right corner to the very last page,' said Molly [her younger sister]. 'She didn't want to miss a word. She didn't just read it--she knew every word she had read and analyzed it.'

" '...She was such a bookworm. Whenever I was assigned to read a book, she'd already read it,' Heather [her older sister] said." (op. cit. pp. 21-22)

Now, what did the ruthless, the lying, the cruel, the savage, the merciless Left subject Sarah to...all to advance their "anointed one," barack obama, before the election, and to continue promoting their evil agenda for America after the election? They put forth the absurd notion that Sarah cannot read...much less write!!!

To listen to someome like chris matthews, you would think Sarah can hardly spell her own name! What was it that matthews said when the news came forth last fall that Sarah was writing a book? He said this, or very close to it; "How can she write a book if she can't even read one?" And his sentiments were repeated by the whole leftist chattering class.

Think of the hurt, the injustice!! This brave, smart, bright lady has been an avid reader for most of her life...and to face an insult, a LIE, like that!!

These people should be aware that serious LYING and SLANDERING constitute serious sin, mortal sin, as we RCs say. They will have to answer before the judgment throne of God someday for what they have done to Sarah, unless they make restitution, by correcting their lies and slanders. The Lord does avenge wicked doings like these...though He does it in His own time!

Let us put ourselves in Sarah's position.

Let us suppose that one of us who may be a lover of cats or dogs was falsely accused of brutalizing a pet.

Let us suppose that one of us who never cheated on tests in school was falsely accused of cheating...even sneakily cheating.

Let us suppose that one of us who is, say, an expert in French or Spanish, perhaps as a result of many years of hard, devoted study, suppose such a one was "accused" of not knowing the most basic phrase in either of these tongues.

Would it not cut; would it not sting; would it not hurt!?!

This, on a far greater scale, is what Our Beloved Sarah has been subjected to.

And she bore it and she bears it all with her matchless courage, lovely gallantry, golden nobility...for what...for what??...for herself??? NO...for US; for her country, for the United States of America.

Sarah, indeed, has shared, I believe, in some of the sufferings of the Son of God. He, who was/is Truth Incarnate, was accused by the scribes and pharisees of being a seducer of the people: basically, they called Him what they themselves were: liars. This is Sarah's "cross" right now (one of them); it will also be her glory.

When we have a heroine like this in our midst what else can we do but support her, defend her, pray for her...always..and thank the Lord on literally bended knees, with WORDS OF POWER AND LAUD, for raising up such a generous champion of a soul to defend us and our nation!!

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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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