NINETY-SIX

On p. 96 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of her appointment by Governor Frank Murkowski as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). She writes, "I began commuting into Anchorage five days a week, diving headlong into a learning curve that would deepen my knowledge of Alaska's energy resources, the energy problems facing the country, and the close relationships clouding judgment on both.

"When Murkowski tapped me for the commission, he quickly named me chairman. That meant I also became the ethics supervisor of the staff, a job that turned out to be more than just a compliance title. When a staffer hinted right away that [Randy] Ruedrich seemed to spend a lot of time running the Republican Party from his new AOGCC office, plus dealing with GOP operatives as a National Republican Committeeman, I mentioned it to the party boss-slash-commissioner."

As we all know, the conflict created by Ruedrich's abuse of his office, and the failure of anyone to do anything about Sarah's protests, eventually compelled her to resign from the AOGCC, rather than be placed in the position of "winking at" Ruedrich's violations.

It is interesting to notice where the Good Lord placed the Governor at this point in her life and in her career.

She was situated in a job where she received a fast education in energy issues and in ethics issues.

She may not have fully realized it at the time, but she was being trained, on "the field of battle," in just those two areas of combat that are so critical to the entire nation right now: Energy security and independence, on the one hand, and ethical/moral issues on the other hand.

Just as physical and moral strength are required for an individual to survive (mens sana in corpore sano--a sound mind in a sound body), so the FREE FLOW of ENERGY, and the FREE FLOW of TRUST and GOOD FAITH between citizens is required for the "body politic" to survive.

If our energy sources dry up, we will not survive as a Free People.

If trust and good faith and ethical/ moral bonds between citizens are not preserved and maintained, we will not survive as a Free People.

Sarah refers above to "diving headlong into a learning curve" about energy issues. She learned well, and she is clearly and indisputably one of the world's experts on energy issues, and will carry this precious knowledge and expertise with her into the White House.

Just as importantly, she is now a savant in ethical issues.

But there is a difference.

In learning about energy, it was a question of ACQUIRING doctrine and experience and expertise. This is the nature of what we might call "intellectual" education: You absorb and digest the subject matter.

Her ethical training was different.

In a sense, in lieu of ACQUIRING something she had to LOSE something: She had to resign her lucrative six-figure salary in order to "sleep well," as she says.

The irony involved in winning this kind of knowledge and wisdom is that you must first lose something …

Ah, but the gain, the rewards later on are, dare I say it, the Scriptural "hundred-fold"!!!

Because of her sacrifice for principle, The Governor has become a shining and luminous example and inspiration to tens of millions of Americans!!!

She followed the paths of the Lord perfectly, IMHO, in the station where He placed her: LEARNING about energy issues, and LIVING OUT moral/ethical issues!!

Praise be to Divine Providence, the Providence that used Governor Murkowski, whatever his personal motives were, to place Sarah in this position of learning and of suffering, of doctrine and of dolor!!!

In the same way, we may thank the same Providence for using Senator McCain, whatever his motives were, to make Sarah the VP candidate of the GOP in '08--she was revealed to the whole nation at the critical moment of obama's seeming total triumph with his DNC acceptance speech in Denver, when discouraged patriots everywhere needed the lift and boost and inspiration that the Governor provided--and provides to this very day and hour!!

Now, in spite of years of vicious lies; in spite of years of horrible slanders; in spite of years of hateful propaganda, she is poised to become one of our greatest presidents ever, and will provide luminous leadership on energy and ethics issues, as in all else.

Deo Gratias--Thanks be to God!!!

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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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