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On p. 104 of GR, Sarah continues her account of her time of waiting and praying for light during the period that followed her resignation as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She writes (she is quoting graduation speeches that she used to give to kids as Mayor of Wasilla):

" '… So stop and think about what you love to do, then look for signposts along the way that confirm you're on the right path to doing that---doors opening, people with your best interests at heart supporting what you're doing.'

"I wasn't sure what I was to do next, yet. But I also knew I was blessed with a supportive family and a husband who took joy in my working hard, so I knew I had options. As I rocked my daughter [Piper] all those dark nights, I knew that what still stirred passion in me was the desire to make a positive difference for others, not just in my family and community but in the wider world as well. I resolved to seek confirming signs along the way---the open doors---to show me the right road."

And so concludes Chapter Two.

As we have observed in the course of the Governor's wonderful book, great truths are often hidden and concealed in the seemingly simplest of words.

I would like to focus this morning on these words: "As I rocked my daughter all those dark nights."

As a preliminary observation, we may note the force of her words "all those dark nights." The "all" implies how long and difficult this period was for her. The word "dark" is fraught with multiple meanings too, I believe. On the surface, of course, the nocturnal periods were inky and black. I think, however, that there is a connotation too that the period was one replete with doubt and ambiguity and uncertainty for her.

Next, I think we must consider the marvelous power of MOTION. Sarah "rocked" her little daughter. The rhythm of this movement undoubtedly produced a feeling of peace and tranquility for Piper, and for Sarah herself.

Now BEHOLD THE DIVINE IRONY AND BLESSING AND MERCY!!!

While she was WAITING to discern in what direction, down what path, she should MOVE next, while she was sitting suspended in the suffering and IMMOBILITTY of doubt and uncertainty, she was providing the blessing and balm and consolation of MOTION to her tiny daughter!

I think that the mysterious Hand of Heaven often works in this way.

George Washington and his heroic Continental Army were FREEZING to death at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778, and yet they were giving interior WARMTH and light and inspiration to the Colonies--no, the STATES!! We too, even today, feel the effects of that heroism: These effects reverberate and echo down the corridor of the decades and centuries even unto this present moment!!

Who was more helpless, in a physical sense, in America than little Trig Paxson Van Palin from the day of his birth in April, 2008? And yet this precious child has been one of the most powerful forces for good in our time because, in lieu of murdering him, the Governor brought him into this tired old world, and cherishes him, and loves him.

The Supreme Example is the Son of God. He was IMMOBILIZED in torment on the Cross on Good Friday, and yet SHOOK and MOVED the fate of humanity in a way that no one else has!!

(Devotees of St. Thomas Aquinas, et al. will perhaps think too of the expression "The Unmoved Mover" re the Lord!!)

So in the same way our Sarah, as she suffered through "all those dark nights," immobilized in doubt and uncertainty about her future, was providing MOTION IN HER IMMOBILITY!!

The immediate and proximate and PHYSICAL rocking motion, the soothing movement that she gave to little Piper, was almost the Divine Sign and Presaging of the great MOVEMENT that was to come, as she has shaken up first Alaska, in her Governorship, and then all of America with the heroic war that she is waging against BOTH obama and his fellow Communists AND the corrupt GOP Establishment.

And so as WE sit IMMOBILZED since 5 October of last year, as we sit frustrated in our ardent desire to make Sarah President of the United States, our very IMMOBILITY and PATIENCE and SUFFERING and WAITING, is, IMHO, moving many hearts on a deep level, and is preparing the soil spiritually for the Restoration of America. This phenomenon is all the more powerful the more hidden and secret it is right now.

Thus, while WE await the Lord's "signposts" to which the Governor refers above, let US provide a salutary and soothing "rocking" through charitable actions to those who are closest to us.

We shall in this way clear the road and path for a far greater and wider MOVING and SHAKING in the near future--a shaking and a moving that shall rock "business as usual," that shall rock the Permanent Political Class to its foul and filthy and fetid foundations, and lead to the RESTORATION OF AMERICA.

This will be the REAL "MOVE ON"!!!!!

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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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