"Looking back, I can see that the tragedy
planted a seed in me..."

On p. 62 of GR, Sarah is wrapping up her discussion of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil-spill disaster in Alaska. She writes, "It took twenty years for Alaska to achieve victory. As governor I directed our attorney general to file an amicus brief on behalf of plaintiffs in the case, and, thanks to Alaska's able attorneys arguing in front of the highest court in the land, in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the people. Finally, Alaskans could recover some of their losses.

"When the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef, I was a young mother-to-be with a blue-collar husband headed up to the Slope. I hadn't yet envisioned running for elected office. But looking back, I can see that the tragedy planted a seed in me: If I ever had a chance to serve my fellow citizens, I would do so, and I'd work for the ordinary, hardworking people--like everyone who was a part of my ordinary, hardworking world."

My friends, I would like to call your attention to another event that occurred in 1989.

On 20 January of that year, President Ronald Reagan left office.

The voters who gave Vice-President George H. W. Bush a forty-state victory over Michael Dukakis in November of 1988 thought that they were voting for President Reagan's third term.

They were sadly mistaken.

IMHO, we have been spiraling down ever since Ronaldus Magnus departed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for retirement in California.

The somewhat slower decline under Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II has now accelerated at an alarming and agonizing rate under the vicious, usurping regime of the totalitarian-minded Chicago tyrant and thug, barack hussein obama.

We have come to the crisis point and to the critical hour: The very life blood and soul of the Res Publica Americana are now at peril and at stake.

However, let us now examine and consider the remedy that a merciful Lord was evidently preparing in secret even from those days in the late 80s.

In 1989, in the far-off Great Land of Alaska, in the distant North, in the wake and waste of a hideous environmental, economic, and social disaster, a young wife and soon-to-be mom formed and shaped and conceived an unshakeable resolve in her "deep heart's core."

This may seem like a tiny and trivial matter. It is not.

The majestic movement and motion of one or two gallant hearts can sometimes sway and turn the course and stream of human history, and can tip the balance of the fair fame and fate of entire nations!!!

JRR Tolkien fans will appreciate the comparison to the Hobbits. An invisible and providential Hand was preparing the Little People through many generations for the greatest of works in the crisis of the Third Age of Middle Earth.

Two fearless little Hobbits, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, accomplished and wrought the triumph that no one else could: Not the Elves with all their ancient beauty of song and of lore and of language; not the Dwarves with their doughty strength of axe and hammer and heart; not Men/Women with their swift horses and bright swords and dauntless spirits. (Of course, Sarah may also be compared to Lady Eowyn!!)

So, even as the Exxon Valdez oil horror spread its dire and baneful tentacles and effects throughout the Forty-Ninth State, and even as the great President Reagan handed off the golden reins of power and authority to lesser and feebler and weaker hands, the young Sarah Palin was conceiving and nurturing an adamantine and noble resolve and purpose to "serve my fellow citizens," if she ever got the chance.

The marvelous work of the Hands of the Lord that is the life of Sarah was kept hidden from the eyes of most of America up until that day of days, Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008, in Dayton, Ohio.

Sarah had been sowing, sowing, sowing good and beautiful seeds for many long years: Acts of quiet courage; acts of cheerful selflessness; acts of simple nobility.

Then, suddenly, to the horror and terror of the Left and to the delight and joy of true patriots everywhere, there she stood revealed and unveiled on that bright and immortal twenty-ninth day of August in '08: The anti-obama; the incarnation of all that is best and most lovely in all this wide land of ours; the hope that the "messiah's" reign would be but a brief one, if it commenced at all--the Lady Warrior with a servant's true heart!!

Sarah writes that it "took twenty years for Alaska to achieve victory" in the matter of the oil spill.

Well, it has been more than twenty years since the departure of Reagan. Still, thanks to the resolve that Sarah Louise Heath Palin formed in those far-off days in that far-off land, we are standing on the doorstep and threshold of one of the greatest victories in the history of our fair nation. Not just Alaska alone, but all of America is on the edge and verge of "achieving victory"!!

If the Lord wills it, if it is the work of the Lord, then nothing can stop it:


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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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