PAGES 46-47

"I believed—and still do—that each person has a destiny, a
reason for being. So Reagan’s sense of national purpose
resonated with me."


Sarah is speaking on p. 46 about the newly-inaugurated President Ronald Reagan:

“…[He] radiated confidence and optimism…He had a steel spine.

“I appreciated Reagan’s passion and conviction, and the way he so plainly articulated his love for our country. Like millions of others, I related to him personally—he was one of us. I liked him, and I liked the fact that he was never afraid to call it as he saw it.”

Guys, we could just pop Sarah’s name in there, couldn’t we, and change the masculine pronouns to feminine ones?!?

However, much as we were warmed and cheered and encouraged and stirred to action by Reagan’s bright spirit, and much as we are similarly lifted and exalted and revivified and animated by Sarah’s luminous heart and mind, I think that we should never forget to contemplate and reflect on those grim, unseen, battlefields of the mind and soul from whose salutary soil has sprung the fineness and fruit of the lofty hearts that have elevated and do elevate so many millions of Americans.

Every hero and heroine who has ever been born or will be born has, I believe, won and gained that shining, all-warming effulgence of spirit through, and only through, grim, dark, silent combat fought, often for many lengths of years and of toils, in the deep and hidden places of the soul—much as Gandalf vied and strove with the Balrog in the deep and hidden places of the earth (The Lord of the Rings).

It will, then, be the work of piety, of gratitude, of justice, that, while we rejoice and exult in all the beauty and hope that Sarah brings daily to us, we never forget all that she has done and suffered to win and hold aloft the bright torch she now raises up for all of America.


On p. 47, after quoting President Reagan on America’s purpose in the world, to serve as “the abiding alternative to tyranny,” Sarah says, “Ideas and speeches like that inspired me. I had always subscribed to concepts like Providence and purpose, that people aren’t just random collections of molecules stumbling aimlessly through history. I believed—and still do—that each person has a destiny, a reason for being. So Reagan’s sense of national purpose resonated with me….As Reagan said, America was more than a place in the world; it was a world-changing idea…”

What a wonderful statement Sarah makes, without ever using the terms, for God and against atheistic Communism! I am reminded of her citation of Whittaker Chambers’ Witness, on pp. 106-107 of her new book, America by Heart. She cites Chambers’ famous testament about his contemplation of the intricacy of design of his little daughter’s ears. It was these reflections on DESIGN that began to move him away from Communism and towards God.

In the same way that Mr. Chambers meditated on the contours of his little girl’s ears, so I think we can observe and muse upon the equally marvelous patterns and design that are marked out in the lives of individuals and of nations by the mysteriously intertwined Hand of God and hand of human free will. What eternal images of beauty we can paint on our own souls when we allow our digits and desires to work with His!!! And what eternal images of beauty a whole people can paint on the soul and character of their nation, if they love her enough to live for, and yes even die for her loftiest and highest ideals!!

Who can contemplate America’s brave, generous history, who can contemplate Sarah’s own brave, generous life without discerning those contours and conformations of a Loving Hand that Whittaker Chambers perceived in a little lady’s ears?!?

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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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