PAGE 109

Palin announces run for Governor
in her living room - 2005

On p. 109 of GR, Sarah writes, "By the end of that summer, the bottom line for me was clear: voters wanted change, and they should have a straightforward choice about what kind of change it would be. As always, Todd supported me and encouraged me to do it. So on Alaska Day, October 18, 2005, I kicked off the gubernatorial campaign with about fifty friends, family, and reporters in my living room. It also was Bristol's fifteenth birthday, so of course we had cake."

Again what wisdom is contained and embraced in the limpid simplicity of these few lines!!!

The Governor demonstrates the deep bond and connection between strong, loving FAMILIES, on the one hand, and the welfare and survival and success of the State, of the Res Publica, on the other hand.

Todd supports her and encourages her, as he always does.

And that wonderful CAKE!!!

She announces her run, and they eat birthday cake--Bristol's B-Day is not forgotten.
To me this simple and charming, and yet withal profound and potent tableau illustrates the Governor's deep appreciation of the link between private life and public life--and why, God willing, she should and WILL be our President someday!!!

And now, the VETERA, letter "L" in the "Latin Sarah" series:

SARAH LITERATA: SARAH THE LEARNED/SARAH THE "LETTERED"

Ah, how this Literata will make the likes of chris matthews and others of his ilk grind their teeth and fume and rage. According to these benighted souls, the Governor cannot even READ a book, much less WRITE one.

This is the lady who used to devour entire newspapers, word for word, in the early dawn of her youth, according to the testimony of her sisters; this is the lady who won a plaque in third grade from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for a poem she wrote on Betsy Ross, the creator of our bonny national banner; this is the lady who wrote the magnificent and inspiring volume "Going Rogue," and followed it up with another scintillating opus, "America By Heart."

We are all, I think, familiar with people who have a certain amount of "book learning," but are in fact quite stupid and clueless when it comes to practical sagacity and wisdom.

Let us consider, by way of contrast, the MULTIPLE CLASSROOMS in which our dear Sarah has been educated and raised to the task, as many of us believe, of serving as President of the United States, and rescuing her country in one of its hours of gravest and most dire peril!!

Sarah was educated in the "classroom" and bosom of a brave and fearless family, at the knees of a mom and dad who, despising any hint of fear because of the Great Good Friday Anchorage Earthquake of 1964, boldly moved to the Land of Alaska, the Land of Adventure, the Land of the Last Frontier. Her dad was and is a teacher of teachers, and is worthy, IMHO, to be compared to the great figure of cinematic fiction, the scholar, archaeologist, and MAN OF ACTION, Indiana Jones.

Sarah was educated in the "classroom" that sits enthroned under the vaulted dome and sky of the splendid Land of Seward's Dreams, the Land of America's Dreams--hunting, fishing, mountain climbing--so many exalting activities of the splendid and ennobling "outdoors"!!

Sarah was educated in the formal and official classrooms of Wasilla High School and in fine universities, even if they were not "Ivy League." Yes, she changed schools, and took a bit longer to finish than some kids do--BECAUSE SHE WAS WORKING TO PAY HER OWN WAY THROUGH SCHOOL. This was itself an "education," a "classroom" for Sarah: An education in self-reliance; an education in responsibility, an education in guts and cojones!!!

Sarah was educated in the "classroom" of the campus and field of battle of so many interior and exterior wars she has fought: Member of the Wasilla City Council; Mayor of Wasilla; Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Governor of Alaska; candidate for Vice President of the United States … unique and fearless and dauntless warrior, unparalleled and unmatched in our generation, peerless warrior against the usurping and dangerous and deadly obama "administration."

This is a lady who knows "letters," i.e., literature; who knows politics; who knows ethics; who knows history; who knows courage; WHO KNOWS THE HEART AND SOUL AND MIND AND STRENGTH AND ESSENCE OF THE COUNTRY SHE LOVES WITH EVERY DROP OF HER BLOOD AND SPIRIT, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

This is a lady who, IMV, has received a unique and perfect education in the fields and arenas of human endeavor that are required for her lofty calling and vocation--a precious and singular education for a special task and mantle that is being laid on her shoulders by the Providence of the All-Highest!!

SARAH PALIN, SARAH LITERATA; MY PRESIDENT; YOUR PRESIDENT; OUR PRESIDENT!!

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All sidebar photos are from Wikimedia. I have tried to post all royalty-free images or to get permission, but in a few cases I could not locate the original source of a photograph or find a way to ask permission.


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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