NINETY-THREE


On p. 93 of GR, Sarah is discussing her appointment by Governor Frank Murkowski to the lucrative and responsible position of chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC).

She writes, "I guess Murkowski took me seriously when I said my most important issues were energy and resource development. A couple of months into his administration, he offered me a job as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). Established during the days when Alaska was a territory, the commission is a quasi-judicial regulatory body that has a range of duties, many of which affect people, companies, and markets in the Lower 48 and around the world. It was confirmation that having lost out on the lieutenant governor's position and the U.S. Senate appointment were actually blessings. Working at AOGCC, I could still live in Wasilla while working on the issue I cared most about for the state and our nation. The salary was eye-popping, to me, at $124,400 a year."

I would like to examine the blessings of Sarah's appointment to this position on several levels, and make a connection to the current and urgent situation of the United States of America at the end of the month of April in the Year of Grace 2012.

First, there were the obvious personal advantages that accrued to the Governor. She enumerates them: She was able to remain in her hometown; she was able to work on issues that engaged (and engage!) her avid personal interest; the pay was very lucrative.

Second, she gained invaluable experience in a position that entails duties that "affect people, companies, and markets in the Lower 48 and around the world." Her winning of this appointment was thus an important building block in the construction of the edifice of her status as a world stateswoman, since, as she says, the issues and matters with which she dealt had world-wide ramifications and implications.

The third blessing that flowed from this appointment was, IMHO, by far the greatest, even though it presents a seeming paradox.

The blessing in her gaining of the post was that she had to lose it.

Here is what I mean.

On the physical plane, when a creature reaches the bright apex of biological adulthood, it has arrived at the fullness and plenitude of development that empowers it to generate other beings of the same species.

Again, for my RC friends in particular, we have heard the episcopacy described as the "fullness of the priesthood." I think that this means that bishops can create, can ordain, other bishops and priests. Simple priests do not possess this generative faculty and power.

So, in the order of nature, dog begets dog, horse begets horse, human begets human.

What about on the moral and spiritual plane?

It is my belief that heroic souls, spirits who have passed through the testing and purifying flames of suffering and adversity, hearts that have ascended a "Jacob's ladder" of virtue rung by rung to the Heavens, such souls possess the hard-earned power to inspire, to engender, to bring to the light of birth heroism in other hearts. They are truly the PATRES MATRESQUE VIRTUTIS FORTITUDINISQUE--the fathers and mothers of virtue and fortitude!!

I have written a couple of times in the last few days to address the question of the delegates at the GOP convention in Tampa.

Is there any chance that they would dare and venture to select Sarah as the GOP presidential nominee??

Many will argue that the majority of them will have been bought off/bribed/intimidated/compromised by the well-funded, ruthless Romney forces.

Well, I think that we must, in response to an assertion like this, examine and contemplate human nature and history.

As I noted last week, while it is true that men and women can often be bribed, intimidated, etc., it is also true that they can sometimes cast off and eschew the shackles and chains of mediocrity, and ascend and rise to the heights of freedom and heroism.

But …

… to do this, they need to hear and hearken to the clarion trumpet call of a true leader.

Another way of stating this is to say that few men and women are born leaders, but many can be good followers and faithful foot soldiers.

The difference is that a good, decent-hearted follower needs to hear the battle cry and behold the eagle's eyes of a real leader in order to rise up out of his or her timidity, venality, etc.

I believe that Sarah's appointment to the AOGCC helped indeed to prepare her in a practical way for the office of Governor of Alaska and for her soon-to-be occupancy of the White House.

But most importantly, her principled resignation from the post because she refused to countenance, to "wink at" corruption, her giving up of a six-figure salary (how many Americans could or would make a sacrifice like that ?!?) was one of the PRINCIPAL AND GOLDEN RUNGS on her "ladder" of ascent to the Heights of Heroism.

Now, through this brave act and through so many others like it, she has achieved that height, that Fullness of the Days and Years of Virtue.

As a "parent" of guts, of cojones, of courage, she can now bring forth other heroes and heroines.

The Lord willing, Sarah will have at least 1,144 brave political "offspring" and followers in Tampa who will:

Disregard their own interests;

Disregard their own bank accounts;

Disregard their own safety;

Disregard their own comfort and convenience;

… and put the Country First by choosing SARAH PALIN OF ALASKA, Sarah Palin the Daughter of the Great Land, to carry America's battle standard into the coming autumntide war against the Marxist thug and usurper in Washington, and against all his host of benighted minions and purblind followers!!!

Sound, O Sarah, the "trumpet's loud clangor that excites us to arms, to arms" sound it, dear Sarah, and I am convinced that many, many of the GOP delegates will follow you, to the adornment of their own souls, and to the glory and salvation of our nation!

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Contact info: bbrianus@gmail.com.

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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