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On p. 105 of GR, Sarah commences the third chapter of the book, "Drill, Baby, Drill." She opens with a quotation from Coach John Wooden:

"Our land is everything to us.… I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it---with their lives."

What a concise and powerful statement!!

I think that we shall find that it is even more powerful if we extend the sense of "land" from the physical basis and foundation of our lives and homes, and apply it to the philosophical underpinnings upon which the security of those same lives and homes depends.

This is most right and just. Man/woman has a dual nature, physical and mental/spiritual. Correspondingly, our lives, if they are to be stable and secure, must rest on a dual basis, one aspect of which is tangible, the other, intangible.

Let us first consider two concrete examples of this truth, both drawn from American classics.

Most or all of you are familiar, I would imagine, with the long-running television series "Bonanza." What was the legacy of Ben Cartwright to his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe? Certainly, it was the splendid and magnificent ranch, the "Ponderosa"!!!

However, along with this wonderful land, Ben transmitted to his sons the foundation, the "land" if you will, of traditions and principles by which to live. Courage, self-reliance, justice, generosity, magnanimity, cojones, standing up to bullies, protecting the weak and helpless …how often we witness these eternal virtues exercised by the Cartwrights in the great TV series!!

Ben's legacy to his boys was LAND, a FOUNDATION, in the deepest and most human sense: Physical land and those principles without which no land can be safe and secure.

Let us next consider Margaret Mitchell's classic of the old South, "Gone with the Wind."

As you probably know, the name of the O'Hara estate in Mitchell's novel is "Tara." I do not think that it is a coincidence that "Tara" sounds just like the Latin word for land, "terra" (cf. our English word "terrestrial").

Can anyone who has read the book or seen the movie forget Gerald O'Hara's magnificent encomium to his daughter, Scarlett, on the precious value of LAND?!?

However, it was more than just the physical property that Mr. O'Hara left to his family. Remember, for example, how Scarlett, after the Civil War/War between the States, shoots and kills a Yankee deserter who invades their home and is threatening vile actions!!

Scarlett is acting on eternal and American principles of the Second Amendment and the right of self-defense when she guns down the intruder--justifiable homicide!!

The examples could be multiplied, but it is clear that, along with the physical land, along with "Tara," an intangible legacy too descended to Gerald's family.

(Of course, it goes without saying that slavery was a grave evil, and had to be ended. No society is perfect. This is why the Founders built the AMENDMENT process into our Constitution!)

Now let us proceed from fiction to history.

Behold the magnificent legacy of our Founders!!

Not only did they pledge "their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor" to transform thirteen British Colonies into the original thirteen United States of America, but they handed on timeless traditions and principles too, intellectual and intangible foundation stones without which the States, once thirteen now fifty, cannot sit secure!!

They transmitted to us LAND, in the deepest and finest sense of the term!!

Next, let us observe and reflect upon the aims and actions of the COMMUNISTS who would destroy the Res Publica Americana.

They seek the annihilation of our "LAND" in all senses of the term.

First, they want to confiscate and redistribute wealth, unjustly taking it from those who hold it in JUSTICE because they have earned it, and give it to others, in order to create a helpless class of government dependents. Note well how ALL WEALTH may be understood under the term "LAND"!!

However, beyond unjustly seizing our land and wealth and possessions, these Marxists, of whom barack hussein obama and his vicious Chicago thugs are a prime and pestiferous example, want to overturn the TRADITIONS AND PRINCIPLES upon which our society is founded.

Out with our Constitution, especially the First, Second, and Tenth Amendments;

Out with religion;

Out with the traditional definition of marriage.

It has been a characteristic of Communist tyrants everywhere to attempt to separate a people from their national heroes, from their history, from their traditions--and we witness this vile effort operating at full speed right now in America--just look at the hideous attacks on Chick-Fil-A.

These fiends would fain wreck and destroy our institutions and traditions, that is, the "LAND," in the broader sense of the term, the SOLID "TERRA" upon which our society resides and sits and rests!!!

They want to take our "land' in every way!!

Therefore, we must DEFEND our "TARA," our "TERRA," in THREE senses:

Our private property, as comprehended under the term "land";

Our Republic, as comprehended under the term "Land";

Our Constitutional and foundational principles, as comprehended under "LAND," in the broadest sense.

And who better to lead America in this war to preserve our land, our Land, and our LAND than …

The great patriot from the Country of the Northern Lights … who

Loves her home;

Loves her country;

Loves her and our Constitution and founding principles!!!


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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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