NINETY-TWO

Alaska is home...

On p. 92 of GR, Sarah is continuing her account of her interview with Governor Frank Murkowski about the vacant Alaska Senate seat, for which Sarah had made Murkowski's short list.

She writes, " 'What would be your plans for your kids?' Murkowski said.

"I'd bring them with me. They'd go to school in DC, but we'd probably do some back-and-forth to Alaska because I wouldn't want them to lose touch with home--"

There is a deep wisdom, IMV, contained and encapsulated in these few simple syllables!

ALASKA IS HOME.

However, I think that it is not just a physical spot on the geographical maps that occupy our walls and sit in our desks and in our cars; no, it is not just a physical locale, but rather it occupies a vast territory too in the "geography" of the mind and the heart and the imagination!!

Part of the magic and mystery of this "Alaska of the Heart" is indeed that we can all travel there in spirit, as so many of us did as we watched her marvelously beautiful and informative series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" in 2010.

But there is more.

I believe that part of Sarah's mighty appeal to so many tens of millions of patriotic Americans is that she carries with her, in her flesh and blood and bones and heart, she bears with her wherever she goes the unquenchable fire and radiant effulgence of the Land of the Northern Lights.

We, for our part, cannot always, because of the multiple exigencies and responsibilities and duties of this life, we cannot always return to visit our own physical homes and places of origin.

But we can always, even if we are wandering lost and sorrowful and forlorn in the "valley of the shadow of death," we can always keep the best part and portion of our hearts and spirits and beings secure in the embrace of the beloved homes that are a taste and reminder of our Ultimate and Heavenly Home.

Outside of us, blows and hatred and hostility and fear and betrayal and even terror may reign; however, we can nevertheless stand unmoved and immobile in the succoring strength of the invisible but most real Homes of the Heart!!

We thus have been given a wonderful gift from On High: Beyond the power we have to move through physical and geographical spaces, we can, much more readily and much more easily, advance through the hidden and wonderful places of the realms of the "deep heart's core."

I was reminded of this last night, as I watched, with a mixture of outrage and sadness, a FOX News program on which they were speculating about VP choices for Mitt Romney.

First …

GIVE ME A D*** BREAK!!!!

This guy has not even secured the nomination yet!!!

Further, the catalogue and parade of various supposed VP possibilities just saddened me as I thought of that bright and never-to-be-forgotten day almost four years ago, when the Providence of the Lord, operating through an old war hero and Senator, brought SARAH into our lives.

SHE is so much more worthy and deserving than this whole crowd of politicos, not just of the vice-presidency, but of all the majesty and authority and responsibility of the most powerful secular office in the world, the Presidency of the United States of America!!!

Yes, I was irate and downcast for a few brief instants. Then I took flight on the "Magic Carpet of the Mind" to a better and brighter and sunnier land, and I was consoled and comforted.

If Sarah had been obliged to move to the sordid snake pit of Washington, DC to occupy a Senate seat, she would, as she indicates in the above-cited passage, she and her family would frequently have visited in body and in fact their beautiful Home of Northern Dreams.

However, IN SPIRIT, IMV, they would never have left the Great Land at all; constant and unending and perpetual would have been their sweet lingering and dwelling therein!!! Put another way, they would have taken frequent journeys, even many times in a single day, to the land where their hearts lie and reside!!

My brothers and sisters, as we traverse the dolorous and difficult-to-comprehend days and weeks and months that have developed and evolved before us ever since 5 October, 2011, let us follow the Governor's gentle wisdom and guidance; let us travel often, not by foot, not by car, not by rail, not by boat, not by plane, but rather on the wings of the celestial and mystical pathways of the heart, let us travel often to Alaska of the Spirit, to Alaska of the Heart, to Alaska the Land of the True North!!!

For I believe that we will thus, even if we have never set boot or shoe or track or tread on the soil of the Forty-Ninth State, we will thus BE RETURNING HOME.

For it is my conviction that, because of the marvelous events that have unfolded in our land ever since Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008 …

WE ALL HAVE A SECOND HOME IN ALASKA;

WE ALL LOOK TO THE NORTH STAR;

WE ARE ALL ALASKANS NOW!!!!!!

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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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