FIFTY-FOUR

"He had my heart then (and now)"

On p.54 of GR, Sarah is talking about the first days and months following the birth of her firstborn, Track. She says, "From the beginning, I was head over heels in love with him and convinced that I was the most important person in his world. He had my heart then (and now).

"Becoming a mom mellowed my drive toward making it as a big-time sports reporter. I didn't want to leave Track with anyone, so I only worked weekends at a couple of network affiliates in Anchorage. Heather babysat at her house near the studio and brought him by when I couldn't stand another minute without inhaling the soft scent of his downy hair and baby skin."

What a beautiful testimony this is to the great heart of a mom!! Is it not clear and evident that, just as Track held her heart back then (and does so right up to this very hour and minute), so the entire United States of America holds her mighty and generous heart in these fateful days and months?!?

Sarah LOVES HER COUNTRY and, as a Christian woman and patriot, loves all of US individually. This is an astounding yet simple truth. The Lord has prepared her for motherhood on a very lofty level!

I could dwell on any number of the words and phrases and sentences of this passage, but I would like to focus this morning on these words: "Becoming a mom mellowed my drive toward making it as a big-time sports reporter."

Behold the wonders that have been wrought by the circumstances that the All-Highest has created in Sarah's life, and by her cooperation with His merciful dispositions and mysterious purposes!!

Think for a moment: If she had been consumed with a passion and drive and ambition to become a topflight sports reporter at all costs, might she not have viewed her pregnancy as an inconvenience? Is this not the way that so many on the Left view these matters, both in theory and in practice, as they promote abortion, and sacrifice their little ones to the advancement of their careers?

Consider, by contrast, the merciful and mighty path that the Lord has traced and drawn for Sarah through motherhood. Love for Track kept her from becoming a standout sports reporter. And let's face it, guys: She is great at whatever she does. She would have become a first-rate sports journalist if she had followed this path, and had been willing to sacrifice everything to it. However, had she pursued success in the sports world, would we witness today this great leader and patriot, who stands poised to become our next President?

Sarah's mode and philosophy of action have remained consistent and constant throughout her life. The birth of Track helped to block her from one road. She has indeed, since that time, pursued various professional goals, including her run for several political offices, but never at the cost of the time that she felt she had to give to her family!!

Many years later, her giving birth to Trig was the final test she had to pass, IMHO, before the Lord was ready to reveal her to the nation and to the world, and show her the REAL road He had marked out for her.

The unfailing compass of love and devotion, and the effulgent North Star of Motherhood have guided her ship safely through all storms and dangers to this present and critical hour. The diaphanous beauty that radiated from her eyes and from her countenance on 29 August, 2008, four months after Trig's birth, is testimony and proof of a lovely and loving heart and spirit and soul!

She sacrificed a career as a sports reporter; the Lord, Who is never to be outdone in generosity, and Who often bestows the "hundredfold" even in this present terrestrial life, is about to bestow on her a "career" far more lofty than any sports scribe's microphone and notepad and computer!!

Ultimately, this matter comes down to this question: Do we try to conform ourselves to TRUTH, to what IS, to the God Who said to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM," "I AM WHO AM," or do we attempt to wrest and twist and turn what IS to ourselves, to our own perceived desires, to our own limited and blunted vision? That is, do we worship God or ourselves? Do we make the Lord the Standard of Truth or our own petty selves?

Let me conclude and close these reflections on p.54 by discussing the different reaction of patriots and of the Left to Sarah.

From the beginning (for most of us, 29 August, 2008, Sarah Palin Day) we have essayed to open ourselves to the marvelous reality and work of the Hands of the Lord that is our Sarah. We have sought to know her, to appreciate her, to defend her, to love her for who she IS.

The Left, by contrast, has tried to turn and twist the REALITY of Sarah to the sick needs of their own stunted psyches, blunted minds, and radical politics. They have created a PSEUDO-SARAH, made in their own "image and likeness." This false Sarah has nothing to do with the radiant reality of the Lady of the North Country, but has everything to do with an attempt to destroy the heroic Lady Warrior who stands as a mortal threat to the rule and regime of their "anointed messiah," barack obama.

"Stupid, brainless, greedy, egotistical" and on and on ad nauseam…none of this has anything to do with who Sarah IS, but rather with who they need her to be in order to advance their evil agenda, and protect and extend their tyranny.

In their consummate and arrant arrogance, they have attempted to usurp the office of the Creator by "creating" their own fantastic figment of a fictitious "Sarah." This "Sarah," instead of being brilliant is idiotic; instead of being generous and noble is greedy and venal; instead of being fearless and gallant is a coward and a "quitter"; instead of being a loving servant of and friend to the most humble and simple of her countrymen and women is a shameless exploiter of them.

Well, they lie.

We choose the truth!!!

MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PRAEVALEBIT--Great is Truth, and She Will Prevail!!

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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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