"I never sought to ban any books..."

On p. 77 of Going Rogue, Sarah continues her discussion of her time as Mayor of Wasilla. She writes, "Not long after the story came out [about her supposed plans to ban books from the local library], there was an advisory Friends of the Library meeting that I was scheduled to attend. The head of the group was Nick Carney's wife. I walked in and found the participants all wearing black armbands.

" 'Oh, no', I thought, 'I wonder who died?'

"Then I realized it was in protest of me.

" 'And here I was expecting coffee and cake.'

"Even though I never sought to ban any books, this incident was falsified years later during the presidential campaign. Odd, because some of the books I had supposedly banned had not even been written yet.

"But in the end, remembering that we all teach our kids that life is too short to hold a grudge, when Nick was home recovering from knee surgery, I knocked on his door. He hobbled to it in pain. It was 'Good Neighbor Day in Wasilla.' I brought him a pretty white Peace Lily."

What we witness here is a great evil, even if it has become so prevalent as to be overlooked and taken for granted.

The Left lied about Sarah and falsified the facts about her record in order to advance the "election" of barack obama.

The particular behavior and actions of the Left in this case are a manifestation of a deep ravine, a profound philosophical and spiritual chasm and gulf that lies between the two sides that are engaged right now in a "great Civil War" for the soul and survival of America.

We conservatives, in company with our Founders and in company with all sound philosophers and thinkers from ancient times to the present, recognize and follow and honor objective truth and reality. We follow the God who IS ("I am that I am/I am who am," Exodus).

We strive, as much as our weak and "fallen" nature allows us to, to conform ourselves to the high standards of matching and mating our lives to objective standards of morality and reality.

We do not always succeed; God knows how often we stumble and fail and fall. But we strive; we try. IMHO, the very striving and the very attempt to follow the high and heroic paths of virtue are precious and priceless in the eyes of the Lord!!

For the Left, by contrast, "reality" is whatever is conducive and convenient to their quest for POWER. These benighted creatures play God; they create their own "reality." God is not God; they are "God."

In this case, for example, if it suits their purposes, the concocted and chimerical "truth" is that Sarah Palin tried to ban books. The fact that she did no such thing matters not a whit to these creatures.

For them, the only reality is the "reality" that they manufacture and manipulate to further their project and purpose of creating a One World Communist "Paradise" on earth, and transforming America into "Amerika," a province of their New World Order.

Behold the evidence of the savage and sanguinary twentieth century: Millions upon millions of innocent men, women, and children were murdered or sent to "reeducation" camps because they refused to bow to the fabricated "reality" of the would-be masters of the world.

People like Bill Ayers were actually quite frank last century in saying that Americans who would not fall into line with this New Order would have to be liquidated.

We behold the same process today. For example, the Left has tried to convert our public schools and our universities into seats, not of learning, not of wisdom, not of morality, but of propaganda in favor of the establishment of International Communism!

Further, they have not hesitated to fabricate a "Sarah Palin" completely different from the Sarah whom we know and admire and love. Does it matter one iota to these savages that they are lying about a beautiful lady and her family; that they are smearing her fair name and reputation; that they are physically endangering her and her family?!?

NO, it does not matter. All that matters is that this intrepid patriot poses a mortal threat to their "messiah," barack obama, and to the entire Permanent Political Establishment. This is the "tolerance," this is the "compassion" of the Left.

How then should we react in the face of this massive and monstrous evil?

I think that Sarah provides guidance for us in this very passage that I have cited above.

I think we must meet the hatred and machinations and lies of the enemy with joyful and serene adherence to the truth!!

LAUGHTER IN THE LORD can overcome a multitude of evils!!!

We must always strike a perfect balance and equilibrium: We must neither close our eyes and minds to the evil that surrounds and chokes us, nor must we become ourselves bitter and hateful in the face of the bleak and blighted spiritual universe of the Left.

Look at the quiet humor that she injects into the situation. When she sees the black armbands, she says, "And here I was expecting coffee and cake"!!

She meets and confronts the lie about banning books with the simple and chuckling assertion, "Odd, because some of the books I had supposedly banned had not even been written yet." It is devastating in its serene simplicity!!!

Finally, note how she comes to her enemy, Nick Carney, in his time of pain and trouble and presents him with a peace lily!!

Is this not one of the reasons we love and admire Sarah so much?!? In spite of savage and unrelenting assaults on her family, on her philosophy, on her reputation; in spite of the threats and attacks directed against her own person, against her dear ones, indeed against the entire country that she loves so very much, in spite of all this diabolical opposition, she remains, bright, cheerful, optimistic, resilient, ebullient, laughing, unbowed, unconquered…UNDEFEATED!!!

Sarah is a lady who LOVES: Loves her God; loves her family; loves her State; loves her country.




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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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