City Council-woman Palin

On p. 65 of GR, Sarah is discussing her first experiences as a newly-elected member of the Wasilla City Council.

She writes, "The council met twice a month on Monday nights, and among its members, I stuck out like a Brownie at a Cub Scout meeting. Most of the guys were around my grandfather's age. In some ways, they had a kind of paternalistic way of governing.

For example, they wanted to regulate how many kids a mom could babysit in her home, whether signs on businesses should be allowed to flash, and whether the town barber pole should be permitted to spin--should one ever be installed. But Valley residents, like other Alaskans, are not 'master-planned-community' kind of people. We are extremely independent, no community organizers necessary."

As so often in the pages of this masterpiece of writing (take that chris matthews; are you listening, Pulitzer-Prize committee?), Sarah says so much in so few words, and she does it with a marvelous and understated and subtle sense of humor and a prancing panache!!

A whole philosophy and a way of living and governing are contained and captured and encapsulated in these few deceptively simple words.

Here are just a few brief observations.

First, behold the sure, subtle needle that she sticks into the pompous pretentions of the "good old boys." In the space of less than one line, she compares them to a den of little Cub Scouts and also to a pack of superannuated stuffed-shirts!! Sarah is the "Brownie" in their midst…but watch out, guys, for this innocent "Brownie": She will hand you your heads and your haughtiness before ya know what hit ya!!

Next, see how she rips into tatters, with the blade of a few well-chosen syllables, the pretensions of over-intrusive Big Government! Sarah is a perfect philosopher-teacher. Even as we laugh and "roll on the floor," we absorb the profound lessons of these deceptively simple lines.

Especially noteworthy is the last example of overregulation, that of the barber pole. Not content with micromanaging and meddling with already-existing situations, the "city fathers" want to make provision for a "future contingency."

These words of Sarah are a superb example of her perfect sense of tone and pitch when it comes to popping bombastic balloons. Again, she says, "…they wanted to regulate…whether the town barber pole should be permitted to spin--should one ever be installed."

This little coda, "should one ever be installed," is quintessential Sarah in Going Rogue!!

Not content with being mere SOBs, these guys want to play God and control the future too!!

Finally, note how she relentlessly and fearlessly pricks and mocks the "organizer-in-chief." What I mean by "fearlessly" is this:

The act that, above all others perhaps, brought down the undying fury and enmity of the Left upon our Sarah was the way she mocked obama and exposed him in the course of her immortal VP acceptance speech to the RNC on 3 September, 2008.

Is our gallant Lady Warrior intimidated by these heartless thugs, who tried to obliterate her and destroy her, politically and personally, during and after the campaign of '08??????

NO, NO, NO!!!!!

She comes right back in '09 in Going Rogue and gives it to obama again, mocking and ridiculing the little commie "community organizer."

"…no community organizers necessary."

AMEN, Sister Sarah, AMEN.

Guys, Sarah Louise Heath Palin is a once-in-many-lifetimes heroine and leader.

Let us please never take her for granted.

Let us pray and sacrifice, sacrifice and pray for her day and night, night and day. As I have said here before, I believe that we must constitute ourselves as "Sarah's Spiritual Secret Service"!!

The hatred of the Left for her would be truly frightening…without the all-comforting truth:


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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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