Wasilla City Council

On p. 68 of GR, Sarah wraps up the first section of Chapter Two with some insightful and stirring reflections on her days as a member of the Wasilla City Council and on the civic responsibilities of public servants.

If our current crowd of political hacks both in the Democratic Party and in the GOP would take Sarah's luminous words and inscribe them on the pages of their minds and their hearts, our country would be a better, brighter, and stronger place.

She writes, "That's why I poured my heart into the responsibilities of Seat E [on the City Council]. Maybe the nerd in me kicked in again, but I made it my business to know every line item in the budget, to review every word of proposed regulations and ordinances, and to really know my constituents' concerns.

"One Christmas Eve, a man called me at home to give me his take on the city's burdensome sewer system. I talked to him for two hours. Here I was surrounded by little kids and all the wonderful clutter of Christmas and Todd making 'wind it up' signals, and I'm talking to this guy about sewer systems. I knew I couldn't be rude, so I gritted my teeth and let him talk, thinking, 'Someday I'm going to look back on this as proof that I really cared about my job.'

"In local politics, your constituents are your neighbors, family, friends, and sometimes even your enemies. You see them at the grocery store, the post office, and the hockey rink. Often politicians who make it to state and national office forget that those good people--the gas station mechanic, the local farmer, the scores of mom-and-pop shop owners who form the backbone of our economy--put them into office, and they are the ones who should be at the forefront of our minds.

"At the time, I had no political aspirations beyond local public service. But when hard work, life, and Providence later took me to the governor's mansion and the vice presidential trail, I vowed not to forget that."

Wow!! She reviewed "every word of proposed regulations and ordinances." I am sure you are all probably thinking, as I am, of the abominable obama-pelosi-reid "health-care" bill of last year. Who bothered actually to read it, and to hold its authors and supporters accountable for its contents?!? These people were formed in a far different world and in a far different tradition from that of Sarah Palin of Alaska.

For Sarah, words mean what they say, and they have consequences, consequences for families and for communities and for nations. For Sarah, public service is public trust, and it is only a faithful and conscientious and true heart that can earn and hold that trust.

Next let us notice what she did once upon a Christmas Eve. She talked to a constituent of hers for TWO HOURS on the phone!! Beautiful-souled Sarah "couldn't be rude," she couldn't hang up on this guy.

Contrast the white-collared savages in Congress and in the media who, earlier this year, went far beyond the boundaries of mere rudeness and into the jungle of mendacity, of slander, and of character assassination when they tried to plaster onto Sarah's golden character the foul odium of and the responsibility for the January Tucson tragedy!!

These hypocritical, lying slaves tried to soil the soul and wreck the reputation of the Lady of the North Country, whom they have truly "targeted" for destruction ever since Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008. How dare these creeps, these thugs, these hired hit men and women presume to lay their filthy hands and their filthy words on a good woman, a brave woman, a free woman, a lady whose very name they are not worthy to utter!!!

Finally, we may note that Sarah has not forgotten and will never forget the little folk, yes, the Hobbits, who are the heart and soul and backbone of the Res Publica Americana. We have the once-in-a-generation, nay even once-in-a-lifetime opportunity next year to send to the White House a lady who not only will not disgrace and soil the seat of Washington, of Lincoln, of Reagan, but even add her own special and spirited grace and glory to that lofty office!!

We have the opportunity to elect someone who is both quite ordinary and one of us, and yet also unique and unparalleled, someone, to speak again in "Tolkienesque," who is both a little Hobbit and also a mighty Eowyn, a fearless and faithful Lady Warrior!!



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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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