"I wasn't part of any political machine,
or the Juneau good ol' boys club..."

On p. 85 of GR, Sarah continues to talk about her race for Lieutenant-Governor of Alaska. She writes, "Having advocated for local control across the state as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, I added that principle to my campaign platform. I had great respect for the need for state government to preserve locally enacted policies.

"Likewise, I believed that national leaders have a responsibility to respect the Tenth Amendment and keep their hands off the states. It's the old Jeffersonian view that the affairs of the citizens are best left in their own hands. So when I discussed economic policy, I wasn't shy about calling myself a hard-core fiscal conservative. Some folks liked what they heard, and I picked up a couple of endorsements here and there and won some opinion polls. But I wasn't part of any political machine, or the Juneau good ol' boys club, so I was definitely seen as the outsider."

I would like to follow two brief lines of reflection this morning on these words of Sarah. The first concerns what is sometimes called the principle of subsidiarity; the second concerns that word that is the final one in this citation from Sarah, "outsider."

First, let us observe Sarah's perfectly aligned "hierarchy" of responsibility and governance. Families and local communities come first. Whatever can be resolved and managed at this most basic level should not be touched by the States. Similarly, what can be disposed of at the State level should be off limits to the Federal Government.

Sarah, BTW, beautifully defends and vindicates the Tenth Amendment, and its central place and role in our polity, on pp. 72-76 of her second book, America by Heart!!

The Feds under the usurping obama are acting in exactly the opposite way.

Not only does the central government usurp the Constitutional prerogatives of the States, but it reaches out its long, sticky, evil-smelling digits and attempts to manipulate and dominate Americans even in the sanctity and sanctuary of their own homes!!!

Sarah's Presidency will help end this madness and monstrosity, and restore the proper balance and order and equilibrium in our beautiful system of government!!

The second element from this passage I would briefly like to examine is its final word, "outsider." IMHO, this is one of those words that we often toss off from our lips, but perhaps do not pause to really weigh and examine.

An outsider must be outside SOMETHING, some edifice, whether it is literal or figurative. If the building is bad or evil or dangerous, then it is a good and healthy and salubrious thing to be "outside" it; if it is a good and wholesome and clean place, the opposite is true!

It is a good and grand thing that our Sarah is outside the "clubhouse" of the good ol' boys. These guys seem to have a sign posted on the door of that clubhouse: "People with ethics and principles need not apply."

However, if Sarah Palin is an outsider with respect to this clubhouse, where is she an "insider"?

She is an insider within a grand and ancient and glorious assembly; within an edifice and structure built not of brick and stone and wood and mortar, but of principles and guts, and timeless, unshakeable, eternal verities!!

She dwells inside the congress and congregation of REALISTIC philosophers and thinkers, like Aristotle and our Founders, like the economist Milton Friedman and so many like him.

Sarah is on the inside of the Fellowship of the Heart and of Patriotism, to which tens of millions of Americans belong!

I would like to conclude these reflections with a few words about the White House.

Right now, Sarah is a true outsider vis-à-vis 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and this is so in two senses.

First, literally, she is not occupying it right now.

Second, under the control of the Chicago thug and his minions, the White House has become a place that is totally outside of Sarah; that is at the opposite end of her spiritual and philosophical universe.

However, if the American People choose Sarah for their President, this White HOUSE will become a model HOME, as well as a "House." Imagine Trig, precious little Trig, in this House!!! Imagine the stalwart First Dude of the United States of America there!! Imagine all of Sarah's beautiful family there.

The ultimate outsider will have become the ultimate insider, in a GOOD and NOBLE sense of the term!!!

Let us all unite hearts and hands to carry the outsider INSIDE this venerable House!!!

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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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