'Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do,
and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.'

On p. 86 of GR Sarah continues her discussion of her run for Lieutenant-Governor of Alaska.

She writes, "I wish I would have listened to my mother when she warned me that as a working mom I would have to make tough choices. She never said that one couldn't 'have it all,' but it was becoming clear that maybe one couldn't have everything at once. With tiny children at home and Todd on the Slope, some things would have to be put on the back burner for a while.

"Looking back, I should have known that without that fire in my belly, it would be a futile effort. I didn't take to heart the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: 'Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.' I wasn't living my own creed in that 2002 race: Do it right, or don't do it at all."

There is a quality of timelessness about Sarah's book that, IMV, is one of the things that marks it out as a great work, and even one that is destined to be a classic. As we have seen so far in the course of examining eighty or so pages of the volume, there are many places where deeds and words she performed or uttered years ago seem to a have a burning and vital relevance to this very moment, both for her own life and for that of her country.

Indeed, I can mention Sarah's life and the life of America in close juxtaposition precisely because I believe that Sarah's life is entwined closely and intimately with the fate of the United States of America in the Divine Tapestry that the Lord is weaving for our age.

I have suggested before that, just as the scientists tell us that our DNA is to be found in every single cell of our bodies, so the character of great men and women is stamped, implanted, printed, yes, carved into every act of their lives, even seemingly tiny and insignificant acts.

It is this fact that enabled the great Plutarch to write almost two millennia ago, in one of his Parallel Lives, that of Alexander the Great, that the smallest and minutest acts, gestures, facial expressions of great figures can reveal the timber and timbre and tone of their very souls.

So it is with these words. They have a mighty and obvious relevance for these very hours and days and weeks through which we are living and suffering right now.

It is clear that we could possibly find a clue to the enigma and mystery of THE announcement of 5 October in her words about a person not being able to "have everything at once," and about some things having to be placed on the "back burner for a while." Some may say, "See, she didn't feel she could run for POTUS right now."

Now, obviously we will likely never know the full story of what transpired between the fire and storm and thunder (literal for those of us who were there in person)--the fire and storm of the Crony Capitalism speech in Indianola, Iowa on 3 September and the proclamation of 5 October. Did it have something to do with her precious little Trig or with another family member? Perhaps. And some people have so speculated.

However others, more plausibly IMV, have argued that the issues with Trig have been there all along, and yet all signs pointed to a run for POTUS in 2012. Therefore, it is argued, something else must have intervened. Very possibly, in view of the gauntlet she cast in the teeth of the Establishment in the course of the 3 September speech, it was a dire and fearsome warning of what the GOP Establishment would do to her if she tried to run IN THE CONVENTIONAL WAY.

A scenario like this seems likely or at least possible to me.

What would Sarah Palin do in the face of a threat like this? She has never been one to back down or take "BS" from anybody about anything; much less would she do so in the face of the fearful threat that a second obama term poses to the country she loves with every drop of her Brave and Red Alaskan Blood!!

Sarah is also a master strategist, and thinks unconventionally and outside the box.

So, let us return to the passage from p. 86 that was cited above. I believe that the key and crucial words from these paragraphs are not the ones about not being able to have everything at once, and about some things having to be placed on the back burner.

No, I think the key words are those cited from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SARAH WAS NOT MADE TO BE NUMBER TWO!! This may explain why she did not have the fire in her belly in the Lieutenant-Governor's race. Now, she did have that same bright, brilliant flame in the '08 campaign, but I think this was not so much because she was running for Vice-President of the United States as because she was running to STOP THE CHICAGO THUG barack obama from usurping the awesome powers of the US Presidency. She saw through this fake and fraud from the very beginning, and she was one of the few who had the cojones to unmask him!!

To those who would draw a parallel between 2002 in Alaska and 2012 in America as a whole, and say that Sarah has put the Presidency "on the back burner" for now, I would cite a great difference. In 2002, as she confesses, she had little fire for running for Lieutenant-Governor of Alaska.

How about now???

Can anyone who watched her magnificent CPAC speech of a fortnight ago, and her subsequent sweet whirlwind of a tour through the FOX studios, where her presence was like a burning and bracing breeze and fire out of the Far North, can anyone who witnessed all these things doubt that the fire burns white-hot at this moment!!??

I am certain that Sarah is determined to stop obama from stealing another term in the White House. I also think she knows that it is highly likely that only she can stop the little Marxist thug. I also think she is well aware that an unconventional campaign is both the kind that is most suited to her character and temperament, and is also the sort of strategy dictated by the dastardly and power-hungry and ungrateful GOP Establishment.

Sarah, again, cites MLK about the vital necessity of discovering exactly what one is called and summoned to do and accomplish in this life. I think that, in full humility, Sarah realizes that she is called to be POTUS of this great land. There is no contradiction here. Humility is always closely married to Truth!!

Just as it would be the height of presumption for almost any one of us to presume to think that we were called to the Presidency, so Sarah would be lying to herself if she tried to deny the unique place she holds right at this hour as the consummate ANTI-obama, as the one who can take down this horrible figure, and thwart the carefully-laid, decades-old plans of the Left.

"Do it right, or don't do it at all."

I think that Sarah is "doing it right" in this hour, and it is my ardent prayer and hope that, guided by a special Divine Providence, she will map out and execute to perfection her unconventional campaign for triumph in November … triumph for her and for the long-suffering American People, who have had to endure the harrowing and humiliating sight of a blatant and vicious anti-American usurper sitting in THEIR HOUSE at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

If the Lord wills it, 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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