FIFTY-NINE

The Palins watch Track play hockey

On p. 59 of GR, Sarah is talking about her young Track. She says, "I thought I'd seen every bike trick and skateboard flip ever attempted and sometimes wondered why he needed me to see yet another one. Now, if I had it to do over, I'd stop every time he asked me to, give him my full attention, and cheer as if it were the first time."

I would like to follow two paths of thought in commenting briefly on these words this fine morning.

The first and more obvious lesson we can draw and derive from this citation is that we should never take anything for granted in this fleeting and fast-fading world. Time, cruel and inexorable Time, is always mounted on his swift-footed, gray steed, and is thundering ever, ever forward. We must cherish every precious and beautiful and dear and sweet thing that we have in our lives.

A Lady like our lovely Sarah comes along only once in maybe many lifetimes and generations in a nation's history. Please, let us never take her for granted; let us treasure these extraordinary hours, days, and months through which we are privileged to live right now. When we are very old, we will recount to a younger generation that we lived through and witnessed the Great Days, the unforgettable hours when Sarah Palin launched the great campaign to oust the commie usurper from the White House and to liberate our land from oppressors and tyrants.

These days shan't come again: Let us live them to the fullest!!

Now, I shall present a second line of meditation.

From the moment we are conceived, we are subject to a dual tension and pull. We are creatures made subject to gray Time's grim dominion; we are at the same time creatures called to an ultimate destiny that transcends Time's sway and rule.

So much of what we observe in human nature and behavior may, IMHO, be traced and tracked back to this tension.

Why, for example, do we take such delight in reading over and over a beloved literary work, such as Shakespeare's Hamlet, or watching over and over a classic of the cinema like "Casablanca"? It is certainly not because we want to find out how the play or the movie ends. This we know already, after the initial reading or viewing. No, I think it is because, in immersing ourselves in works like these, we are liberating ourselves for a time from Time, and elevating ourselves into a timeless realm of ideas and values and verities.

Young Track's striving to perfect himself on bike and skateboard can be seen on the same lines. There is a deep craving in the human spirit to transcend the grudging, jealous bands and bonds of Time by achieving perfection in something. Even if it is something as simple as a skill in bike riding, perfection and completeness carry the savor and foretaste of eternity about them.

Notice how, when someone says something as well and as perfectly as it could ever be said, the words carry an essential force of time-defying, golden, incorruptible beauty. Words, "winged words," as Homer called them, fly from heart to heart to heart, from generation to generation to generation. The words of our founding documents, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a thousand other immortal monuments of the human spirit that we could cite possess this quality (I will not even enter here into a discussion of God's Word, which is even more truly timeless!)

So, I believe, the simplest little selection from Sarah's book contains fruitful food for reflection, to accompany our morning coffee, toast, eggs…or whatever our taste and preference in breakfast may be today!!

Let me conclude these reflections with a thought that will little please any Lefties who may happen to see this, but that is, IMO, true…simply true.

I believe that, just as great literary geniuses like Homer and Shakespeare and others have authored words that live forever, so the Lord, the Eternal Author, is creating right now, by His grace, a work that is even greater than any literary monument. He, for many a year now, has been nourishing, guiding, sustaining, a beautiful, brave, heroic, kind, gentle, tough, relentless, gracious, indomitable, loving, fearless heroine to help save our beloved America.

PRAISE FOREVER TO THE LORD, WHO MADE OUR DEAR SARAH "FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS" !!!!

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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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