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On p. 90 of GR, Sarah is discussing her campaigning for Frank Murkowski during his successful bid for the Alaska governorship in 2002. She writes, "It was refreshing and comfortable to stump for someone else, to speak highly of someone else's record and vision, and to know I wasn't the aim of the spotlight--the other guy was."

These are deceptively simple lines, and yet I think they can provide us with powerful insight. Is it not the natural bent and intention of both the natural world and also of most men and women to always covet the spotlight; to boast about our own merits and achievements; to desire that the world revolve around us?

Our egos and our presumption and our pride drive us to imagine ourselves as "suns," each in his or her own "solar system." How often and how readily can we yield to another person; can we allow our neighbor to inhabit and hold the center stage; can we grant to another the glow and the glory of the pedestal and the limelight??

Even in the natural orbit and order of things, do not bodies, through the force of gravity, tend to draw other bodies to themselves, and compel them to "march" to their own patterns and "principles"? On the natural plane of existence, this force simply "is what it is."

However, on the moral plane there seems to be a divine law at work that generates a force that is opposed to the grasping and egocentric "gravity" and pull of our selfish wills. On the one hand, we often witness that people will flee from and shun someone who selfishly tries to dominate other human beings, and to constrain and compel them to do his or her will and bidding.

On the other hand, one who is self-effacing; one who thrusts away attention and adulation; one who seeks and pursues the genuine good of the "other"; one who is truly humble, not in outward utterances, but in the trusty truth of a golden heart, becomes all the more attractive and beautiful the more he or she says, "No, no, not me; look the other way: Those people are the good and virtuous ones!!"

Hence we witness the ironic power and attraction and attractiveness (which literally means "drawing-to-ness"), we witness the ironic power of a being who tries to decline and abdicate and shun and thrust away the center stage, the "throne," the pedestal, the place of privilege and of power. The more such a one flees, the more we follow and pursue. Such a person, IMHO, is Sarah Palin.

She genuinely loves her neighbor; she truly seeks the good of the "other"; she is the RELUCTANT CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY, as was George Washington. We loathe the thin-skinned and ego-dominated barack obama, for many reasons to be sure, but this, I think, is one of them. We do not care a bit or a whit for Mitt Romney, who seems to want to be President just to be President. Then there is Sarah, a lady with a servant's heart.

It is up to US, I think, to pray to the Lord that He may speak to her and draw her towards the Presidency of the United States. WE are certain that NO ONE in America today is better qualified than Governor Palin to raise up the fallen "eagle" battle standards of the Res Publica Americana, and to restore our faith in and pride in American Exceptionalism.

However, I believe that Sarah supposes that there are MANY who are more qualified than she is. It is this very belief of hers, combined with other golden and steel and stellar qualities and glories of mind and of heart and of soul, that makes her THE one to assume the majestic mantle of the most powerful secular office in the world.

Let us earnestly, daily, even hourly beg the Lord to give to us as our President the lady who loves her God, who loves her family, who loves her State, who loves her country, who loves her countrymen and women more than she loves herself. DEO VOLENTE SARAH 2012!!!!

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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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