NINETY-SEVEN

On p. 97 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the crisis that confronted her as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as a result of the unethical actions of fellow AOGCC member Randy Ruedrich, a "big shot" in the Republican Party Establishment. She writes, "As commissioner, I was prohibited by law from publicly discussing my concerns, but I responded to this citizen [someone who sent her an e-mail about the matter] with a message that I meant with every keystroke: 'This will not be swept under the rug.' "

I think that it is all too easy for us to take certain verbal expressions for granted, without subjecting them to careful scrutiny and examination.

I would like to ponder and reflect upon two such expressions in this passage, "swept under the rug" and "that I meant with every keystroke."

First is "sweeping under the rug."

Why is this kind of action wrong? We must look at the literal sense of the expression first. It will then be readily apparent why metaphorical acts of the same type are wrong.

Why, then, is a literal sweeping of something under the rug not right? I think it is out of line and disordered because it violates the "telos," the "finis," the purpose, the goal of several entities that are involved in the action.

First, the purpose of sweeping with a broom is to clear away dust and dirt, to be rid of it; it is not to hide and conceal it.

Second, the purpose of a rug is to bestow beauty on a room and to protect a floor; it is not to hide filth.

Third, men and women were created to know and to profess, to live in, Truth!

The action of sweeping under a rug thus involves a MENDACIUM TRIPLEX, a triple lie and falsehood.

It operates against the nature and purpose, against the "truth," of sweeping.

It operates against the nature and purpose, against the "truth," of a rug.

IT OPERATES AGAINST THE SOUL OF ANYONE WHO DOES THIS.

Literal sweeping under the rug may seem like a small matter; metaphorical sweeping under the rug, especially by officials who bear and carry the public trust, is not a trivial matter!!

Let us now think for a moment of the rewards that have evidently flowed to the Governor for her courageous and steadfast refusal, even at the cost of a six-figure salary, to "sweep under the rug."

I believe that a just Lord has bestowed a double fruit on her soul.

If the "lips" refuse to lie, then a reward comes to the "eyes" of the mind and heart. One who tells the Truth can perceive the Truth! Sarah thus now has the EAGLE'S EYES to see right through frauds, frauds like barack hussein obama.

To perceive the truth does not suffice if one has not the courage and cojones to "ascend a lofty mountain" and proclaim the truth in a voice of thunder to one and all, regardless of any and all consequences to one's own person. Sarah has the GUTS OF THE LIONESS to denounce the frauds that she sees so clearly with her eagle's eyes … frauds like barack hussein obama and his whole cursed and corrupt "administration."

The Warrior of the North Country will never allow the misdeeds, the malfeasances, the mendacities of the obama "presidency" to be "swept under the rug."

She confronted the smaller fish, Randy Ruedrich, many years ago; today, she confronts the big-fish usurper who sits (for the moment) at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!!!

Now let us turn briefly to the expression "that I meant with every keystroke."

What does this mean?

After all, each keystroke stands for and produces only one letter or punctuation mark or space. However, the writer has the ENTIRE message in mind. The letters and punctuation marks do not stand isolated and on their own. Rather, they stand in RELATION to each other and in relation to the whole of the message. The integral message "informs," breathes life and meaning into, each individual part of that same message. These parts, taken in isolation, would signify nothing; taken in the integrity and indivisibility of the full message, they signify and communicate, with a power and puissance that stand in direct relationship to the effectiveness in written oratory of the scribe and writer who composes them, a message of truth and beauty!!

Another way to think of this phenomenon is to reflect on the various parts of the body human. Taken in isolation and torn apart, these parts would have no life and vitality in them. Taken together, they are "INFORMED" BY THE SOUL. In a sense THE SOUL DWELLS IN EVER CENTIMETER AND IN EVERY INCH OF THE WHOLE BODY.

In the same way, Sarah's INTEGRAL MIND AND HEART AND INTENTIONS DWELL IN EVERY LETTER SHE TYPES AND IN EVERY SYLLABLE SHE UTTERS.

Thus she was able to refer, in fullness of power and of truth, to "a message that I meant with every keystroke."

This, then, is the Lady Warrior who, IMHO, is destined and marked out, by Divine Providence and by her own brave moral choices, to lead the United States of America in this hour that is so fraught and filled both with dire dangers and with glorious opportunities!!!

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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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