On p. 94 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of her appointment by Governor Frank Murkowski to the important post of chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She writes, "When Murkowski appointed me AOGCC chairman, one of the first things I told him was that we needed to make sure our resources were not being wasted and hold the oil industry accountable to its contracts."

Sarah here succinctly alludes to two kinds and species of sacred trust to which we are bound: Gratitude towards the Lord, on the one hand, and just stewardship of the talents and resources and abilities He bestows upon us, and, on the other hand, justice towards any neighbor with whom we have entered into a binding contract of any kind.

Love of the Lord, and a just gratitude towards Him;

Love and justice towards our neighbor;

The Two Great Commandments!!

For example, in a marriage, one employs one's Heaven-bestowed talents and gifts and abilities for the good of one's family, and also maintains the sacred trust and troth of the matrimonial contract and bond.

The twin adherence to duty to God and duty to neighbor is the glue and mortar that helps to hold societies together.

Another example is Sarah's heroic conduct in her teen years, when she played on a bum ankle, a stress-fractured ankle, and helped lead her team to the Alaska high-school basketball championship.

She kept faith with the Lord, Who bestowed certain athletic gifts upon her (more gifts of grit and determination than great natural physical ability and aptitude for sports, as Sarah has herself asserted), and she kept faith with her teammates, who were counting on her; she kept her "contract" with them.

Again, when she ran for VP in 2008, she employed her wonderful gifts of oratory and charisma and courage, and she kept faith with Senator McCain and with the American People.

I would like finally to suggest that I believe the American People themselves AND ESPECIALLY THE GOP DELEGATES WHO WILL GO TO TAMPA THIS SUMMER are bound by a sacred duty and obligation not to waste and squander the precious and unique and Heaven-bestowed gifts of Sarah Palin. The delegates are also, IMV, bound and tied morally to keep and hold to a contract with America that is no less obligatory just because it is implicit: To nominate the one whom they consider to be the BEST QUALIFIED person to hold the Presidency of the United States.

As I did in yesterday's post on p. 93 of GR, I would like to cite something that may have particular relevance for my Catholic brothers and sisters, but may also have general interest for everyone here.

When members of the Sacred College of Cardinals cast their votes in a papal election, each one takes a solemn oath before the altar in Latin that runs something like this (this may not be exact, but I think the gist is correct):

"I testify before Jesus Christ, Who will be my Final Judge, that I am casting my suffrage (ballot) for him whom I consider most worthy to occupy the Supreme Pontificate."

Would that our convention delegates had to take a similar and solemn oath:

"I testify before the American People that I will choose as the Republican Party candidate for President him or her whom I consider most and best qualified to hold that office, so help me God."

Even though the delegates will take no such formal oath, it is my hope and prayer that many of them will feel morally bound by an obligation that will be the equivalent of such a promise, and that they will, in spite of all exterior pressures and inducements and threats, choose SARAH PALIN to carry the Party's and, indeed, the nation's battle standard against the Marxist usurper in the White House this fall!!

We must not waste God-bestowed resources and gifts; we must abide by sacred contracts and obligations … as Sarah well knows!!

FIAT, FIAT: let it be, let it be!!!!!

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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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