On p. 61 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the Exxon Valdez oil-tanker disaster of 1989. She writes, "'There will be a taint on our fish, too, Sarah,' he [Todd] told me, referring to the harvest from Bristol Bay, as well as fisheries farther north. 'Buyers will assume all Alaska salmon is soiled. Watch our price drop this summer.'

"He was right….processors insisted they could pay the fishermen only minimal prices for a product perceived as 'tainted.' "

I would like to consider briefly this morning the concept of "tainted" on a couple of levels.

First there is tainting on the physical plane. The devastation wrought by the oil spill on Alaska was truly monstrous: A tragedy in environmental terms, with the ruin of so many of God's creatures; a tragedy in economic terms, with the ruin of so many small businesses; a tragedy in personal terms, with the ruin of so many families and lives.

It was only with the greatest difficulty that the terrible situation was even partially ameliorated.

This "tainting" was filthy, plain and simple. It was dirty from the point of view of the oil that was spilled; it was dirty from the point of view of the creatures, the enterprises, the lives so deeply affected by it.

Second, I would like to consider "tainting" on the level of reputation and good name; specifically, I would like to reflect on the diabolical trashing of Sarah's name and reputation by the Leftist political attack machine.

There is a great difference and distinction between this kind of "tainting" and the physical staining considered above.

The filth that has been thrown at our Sarah IS FILTH, ex parte actoris, that is, from the point of view or from the side of the one(s) doing it. However, unlike the oil, this filth TOUCHES SARAH NOT AT ALL in the moral sense. The slanderers and liars are indeed dirty; Sarah remains pristine and clean from the moral point of view.

However, there is the problem of the way she is perceived by some of the public.

I believe that, unlike the case of the spilled oil, which was only with great difficulty, if at all, wiped off of so many poor animals, this slime can be easily wiped from Sarah.

What is the difference?

Simply this:

On the PHYSICAL plane, oil and muck and dirt and grime will adhere to, and even adhere stubbornly to, PHYSICAL substances.

On the MORAL plane, slanders and lies have no natural power to adhere to, to cling to one that is CLEAN.

To put it another way:

On the physical level, dirt makes something clean to be dirty.

On the moral level, dirt cannot make someone who is clean to be dirty.

These are two different orders of, two different levels of, two different planes of reality and existence.

Sarah is not a "tainted" or damaged candidate, as John Ziegler and many others seem to believe.

The dirt does not ADHERE to her; it just sits lightly around her, ready to be dissipated by a few puffs of the limpid air of TRUTH and REALITY!!

All those poor birds and fish in Alaska really WERE DIRTY, physically speaking…it was not a mirage or a deception.

Sarah is NOT DIRTY, MORALLY SPEAKING. The dirt they have so viciously cast at her has nothing to do with her.

When she debates obama next year:

A GOLDEN look from those brilliant eyes, mirrors of a stalwart soul;

A GOLDEN word from that eloquent tongue, herald of a powerful mind;

A GOLDEN smile from the deep places of the loving and brave heart that brought precious little Trig into this world…

ALL THESE will help the American People to see the Truth of Sarah Palin!!!

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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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