PAGE EIGHTEEN

The Heath family processes a moose. (Sarah middle)

As with so many pages in her profound book, I could comment on several passages from p. 18 of Going Rogue.

I love the story of her "first brush with the skewed priorities of government," that is, with an officious, meddling Alaska state trooper.

I love her straight, direct, simple declaration, "I love meat"! How dare these damnable "green fiends," these "environmentalists," these commie wolves in trees' clothing, how dare they try to impose their "values" on us!!!

Fine, if they do not want to consume meat, that is their choice. But how dare these benighted creatures, who care nothing at all for the slaughter of millions of unborn human beings, how dare they claim that killing animals for food is wrong, is immoral! The Lord gave us these animals for our nourishment and enjoyment.

Sarah's love of meat is normal, is natural, is precisely in accord with God's mandates and dispositions. GO, SARAH, GO; SHOOT, SARAH, SHOOT: Feed your family, and savor the gifts that the Lord vouchsafes to humankind! Damn the Left, especially in its "green" mask!!!

However, interesting as these passages on p.18 are, I would like to focus on the following words from the same page:

"We always ate at home because there were only a few restaurants around, and after dinner our routine was always the same:

'I'm washing!' Heather would say.

'I'm rinsing!' said Molly.

'I'm singing' I said.

"Then Heather washed the dishes and Molly rinsed, while I sat on the washing machine, which was squeezed up against the sink in our sunflower yellow kitchen, and sang until the dishes were dry. Then I put them away."

Now it might seem, at first glance, that Sarah was slacking: Heather washes; Molly rinses; Sarah......sings!

"Yeah, right," we might be tempted to say.

But no, in the next paragraph Sarah says that, after singing while the dishes were being washed and were drying, she put them away: "Then I put them away." Bingo!

Isn't this a great example of her playful sense of humor? She really did do her part, her share...she just lets us think for a moment that she was "goldbricking"! Further, her singing undoubtedly helped her sisters in the preliminary work.

I think, however, that we can derive further insights from this family practice and custom that Sarah narrates.

What has our brave, beautiful heroine been doing all through these dire days that began on 4 November, 2008, the day of obama's "election"? She has been "singing" up and down and across the length and breadth of the United States, speaking, exhorting, encouraging, bringing (true) hope and joy and inspiration wherever she treads!

Just as her literal singing certainly helped Heather and Molly to wash and rinse the dishes, so her metaphorical "singing" has been assisting all of us, all patriots, as we gird ourselves to eject the commies from Congress this fall, and to eject, in 2012, their leader, the Chicago thug and fraud, barack obama, from the place in the White House that he now shamefully usurps--a blot on the honor of the United States of America.

And what did Sarah do at the end of the family washing?--She was the Closer, the Finisher..."Then I put them away."

This is what she will do in the coming years:

She will "finish the job"!

She will "put away the dishes"!

She will finish off obama and all his horde of infesting minions, who feed off our tax dollars while trying to destroy us and all the traditions that we hold dear and precious! No longer will we tolerate paying for our own destruction!!!

She will finish off the miasma of hopelessness that threatens to engulf and overwhelm us.

She will finish off the conspiracy that has been in progress at least since the aftermath of the1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention (really, much longer), and which has culminated in the "election" of barack obama.

Sing, Sarah, Sing!!!----then Put Them Away!!!

God bless her; God bless her family; God bless all of SARAH AMERICA!!!!

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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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