SEVENTY-SIX

"This town crier would later become an "expert" on all things Palin when I ran for vice president...."

On p. 76 of GR, Sarah posits a fascinating juxtaposition of two persons who represented two very different, and even opposed, currents in her life.

One was her beautiful third daughter, Piper, who won the hearts of millions of Americans on 3 September, 2008, the date of the RNC VP acceptance speech, as she looked after and smoothed the locks of her then four- or five-month-old little brother, Trig.

The other person was an annoying busybody with a (I am ashamed to say it!) Berkeley background, who would prove to be the proverbial "thorn" in Sarah's side both during her tenure as mayor, and later during the VP campaign.

Sarah writes as follows, "Piper Indi Grace was born March 19, a Monday. Todd flies a Piper plane, but I just liked the name. "Indi" for "Independence" (though the Indy 500 is pretty cool too) and "Grace" for "God's Grace." The next day, I took her by work when I checked in on City Hall. She was a fun and accommodating kid from the start, even arriving exactly on her due date.

"I hadn't been mayor long when a certain Wasilla resident established herself as the town crier. She showed up for nearly every council meeting on Mondays and a lot of planning commission meetings on Tuesdays. A Birkenstock-and-granola Berkeley grad who wore her gray hair long and flowing and with a flower behind one ear, she always had something to say, usually about her clogged culvert.

"She demanded to come to cabinet meetings to make sure my door was literally open--to which the cabinet answered, in unison with me, not just "No," but "Hell no!" This town crier would later become an "expert" on all things Palin when I ran for vice president."

Is it not interesting that Sarah places these two people in such close textual proximity to each other? Is it mere coincidence? I rather think not.

Is it not true that the Lord, when He writes and composes the rhythms and vicissitudes of the "books" of our lives, very often juxtaposes joy and sorrow, triumph and defeat, light and darkness, laughter and tears…life and death?!?

Let us consider just a few details from Sarah's life.

In 1982 she broke her ankle, and yet helped her team win the State High-School Basketball Championship.

In 1989 she thought she was "going to die" (GR, p. 51) just two days before her "life truly began" (loc. cit.) with the birth of her first child, her son Track.

In 2002 she lost her bid for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, and yet four years later, on 7 November, 2006 (five years ago yesterday), she enjoyed the sweet triumph of winning and achieving the higher office of Governor of Alaska.

In 2008, she delivered one of the greatest speeches in American political history, her VP acceptance speech of 3 September at the RNC, but suffered horribly at the hands of BOTH political parties shortly thereafter.

She was attacked by the political machine of the Chicago thug, barack obama; she was also betrayed by Steve Schmidt and other GOP professional operatives within the McCain campaign. Then on Election Night, 2008, she suffered defeat at the hands of the Democratic obama-biden ticket, and was also barred by Republicans from speaking to the American People on that doleful night.

Yes, just two months after September, 2008, the eloquent orator at the RNC was reduced to an enforced and heartrending silence. And yet, since that woeful Night of Tears and of the "Sounds of Silence," no voice has thundered forth more clearly and mightily and eloquently than Sarah's voice has in the defense of her country.

In July, 2009 she resigned as Governor of Alaska, to protect her State and her family from the coordinated and vicious attacks of the Left. The commies (and the GOP establishment) perhaps thought they had seen the last of Sarah Palin of Alaska. HELL NO!!!

She bounced right back, got right up off the deck and led the way to the stupendous triumphs at the ballot box the following year, while also bringing joy and hope to millions of Americans with her book tours, with her campaign speeches, with her Facebook "missiles," with her beautiful, inspiring, and informative TV show "Sarah Palin's Alaska"!!

So as we sit here on this November morning in the autumntide of the Year of Grace 2011, is it too much to think and hope and pray that, just as Sarah once lost her run for Lieutenant-Governor of her State, but later became its Governor, so, though she lost her '08 run for Vice-President of the United States, she may become our POTUS? I think it is not too much to hope and pray for this!!

The Sarah Palin who wrote the words that were cited above is well aware of the ups and downs and the swings and the twists and the turns in the fortunes of individuals and of nations.

Let us stand with her and pray for her and for her family, especially in the coming weeks.

DEO VOLENTE, LACRIMAE NOSTRAE CONVERTENTUR IN GAUDIUM--God willing, our tears will be turned into joy!!!!!

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Contact info: bbrianus@gmail.com.

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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