THIRTY-SEVEN

"Todd absolutely loved children..."

On p. 37 of Going Rogue Sarah continues her discussion of herself and of her love, Todd. She says:

"Neither of us was into heavy-duty materialism. We weren't into fancy food, fancy clothes, fancy anything. He was very practical: he bought his car because he needed transportation; he bought his truck to haul his snowmachines."

And, further on down the page:

"I admired Todd's great reverence for his elders, especially his wise grandparents. At the time, I felt I barely knew my grandparents, and I envied his Native culture, which taught him to know well and honor those who had helped raise him. I learned from Todd that Native youth are taught to listen and learn from their elders and not to run their mouths.

"Todd absolutely loved children. He had a cousin with Down syndrome whom he cherished, and even with all my babysitting jobs I had no experience with children with special needs. I always wondered how I'd handle someday meeting this special relative."

Ah, what treasures of wisdom, I believe, are painted for the canvas and contours and corners of our minds and souls in these few words!! I wish every boy and girl in America could read and use Sarah's book as a primer and textbook and source of inspiration for American ideals!!

To keep this post within some bounds, I am going to have to limit what I might say if I were speaking to you all right now viva voce, with the living voice!

First, please note the perfect "compass" of right relationships that the great American, Todd Palin, manifests here, if I may use this image. What I mean is that to North (ancestors; forebears), to South (children) to East and West (contemporary things and people) he strikes and holds the perfect equipoise and equilibrium of justice and charity.

Let us examine each of these breviter paucisque verbis, "briefly, and in a few words."

Material things we must have and use. After all, we are not angels; of body and soul are we formed and made and composed. However, the abuse of material things is aptly expressed in an "-ism," "materialism." Proper use of res materiales, material things, is one thing; misuse of them is another. It all has to do with the "teleology" of the matter, that is the intention, the purpose, the end, the "telos" (Greek) with which we employ them.

Sarah's Todd here is described as using the things of this earth in a proper and sane way. He has his car, not for vain display, but to get him from place to place. His truck he possesses to transport his snowmachines!! Same thing with food and clothes: Food is to nourish; clothes are to cover and provide warmth!! Thus, the "East and West" of the sound and true "compass" of Sarah and of her Todd!!

The "North": Todd reverences and receives wisdom, just as he first received life itself, from his parents and grandparents. This is the eternal order of "Nature and Nature's God." Note the perversity and insanity of our current corrupt age, that would "teach" ("anti-teach" would be a better term) youngsters to hate and ignore and despise their elders!!!

The "South": Todd "loved children." Need I say more?!?

Quae ipse a maioribus recepit accepitque, eadem ad posteros tradit transmittitque.

"Those things which he himself hath received and accepted from his ancestors, the same he hands on and transmits to his descendants."

Again, note the perversity of this age, which would have parents selfishly focus on themselves and on their own vanities and "self-fulfillment," rather than on the raising of, the education of--indeed, the love for-- their kids.

The aim of our enemies, in brief, is to overthrow and cut off the TRADITIO AMERICAE, literally, "the handing on/transmission of America," that is, the passing on to the next generation of what it means to be an American, of the Idea of America (cf. Sarah's mighty and immortal speech on this theme, given and pronounced at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, California in the hearing of this witness on 25 June of this year).

Guys, so much more could be said about these words of our Sarah. Let this suffice.

This is America's Finest Couple; America's First Couple!!!

Let us draw the STEEL of the sword of the intellect and of the spirit, and fight to the end for Sarah and for Todd and for America!

Let us love them!!!

LONG LIVE SARAHAMERICA!!!

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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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