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On p. 112 of GR, Sarah continues to discuss her 2005-2006 successful run for Governor of Alaska. She writes, "Alaskans were disenchanted and felt disenfranchised from their own government. We were going to change that."

My friends, is this not precisely where America stands in this early dawn of the Year of Grace 2013?

We are dispirited and "disenchanted."

We feel that our votes count for nothing; that we have been "disenfranchised."

We are looking for a captain to lead us along the path of civic renewal and restoration. I can do no better here than to present again letter "N" in the "Latin Sarah" series from last spring and summer.

America is down right now; she is depressed; she is disenchanted; she feels disenfranchised with the fearsome event of the "reelection" of the "Great Destroyer," the utterly despicable anti-American political thug, barack hussein obama.

I believe that, with the Governor as our leader, "WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT"!!!

We are seeking a RENEWER: A Restorer of our pride, of our courage, of our confidence, of our Free and American Spirit

We are seeking …

SARAH NOVATRIX: SARAH THE RENEWER/SARAH THE RESTORER

From the first moments that she strode so confidently and so brightly onto the national stage and the national consciousness, the Governor has served as a restorer and rebuilder of American sprits, American dreams, American pride … AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM!!

She is in our days the incarnation and exemplar of President Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America."

Now, an individual human being cannot be forever young in the chronological sense of the term, cannot abide forever in the morning tide and time of life's course. There is no gainsaying nor thwarting nor forestalling the inexorable march and tramp of the minutes, hours, days, months, and years.

However, psychologically, intellectually, spiritually we can all be "green" (in the good sense of that much-abused epithet!!) and young and fresh and vigorous, even if we are loaded and weighed down with the years of the octogenarian, the nonagenarian …even the centenarian!!

On the physical plane, it is when an organism is still racing towards the lofty ACME and APEX and SUMMIT of corporal puissance and power that it radiates and reflects golden vigor, bracing freshness, luminous youth.

For human beings, wherever they may stand on the charts and chapters of the tale of the months and the years, when they are still racing to a lofty peak and eminence in spiritual or intellectual endeavors, they will seem young, enthusiastic, vigorous, full of life and power, no matter what the calendar may have to say about their age!! There is a parallel and analogous track between physical youth and spiritual "youth"!!!

Now, what is true even for individuals, who are bound by the cords and ties of grim mortality, is eminently true for nations. The Lord has set no necessary limits on the times and fates of countries. The oldest man or woman is not going to live beyond the age of about 105 or 110 years.

On the contrary, our Res Publica Americana, which is two-hundred-plus years young right now, may have hundreds and hundreds of years still to go in her fated course and career, if the All-Highest so wills it, and if WE fight to preserve her.

It is on BOTH these levels, the life of individuals and the life of the nation, that our Sarah has served as a powerful force for renewal and restoration.

First, behold the Governor herself. By the reckoning of the hands of the clock, she is forty-eight years old. However, how young, how dynamic, how vigorous … indeed, how TIMELESS she always seems!! This is because HER SOUL IS ALWAYS YOUTHFUL IN THE JOY OF THE LORD, AND IN THE STRIVING TO MOUNT ON HIGH IN THE PATHS OF HEAVEN.

Further, she has communicated the same invigorating and restorative mind and spirit to tens of millions of ordinary Americans, to whom she has imparted the vivifying and resuscitating power of HOPE!!!

As to our COUNTRY, she has given us the veritable expectation that America can be saved, can have her youth renewed in her Constitutional roots and foundations and principles.

She is leading us both BACKWARDS and FORWARD AD FONTES--To the Sources!!

What return can we ever make to Sarah Novatrix for all that she has done to uplift and restore and reinvigorate us, both as individuals and as a nation??!!!

One thing we can do is pray ceaselessly for her and for her family to the God Who has said, "ECCE NOVA FACIO OMNIA--Behold, I make all things new.

Rarely has He, IMHO, found a nobler and finer collaborator in this great work of individual and national RENEWAL than Sarah Palin of Alaska--the ever-young, ever-renewing, ever hope-giving Governor and soon-to-be President of these United States, Sarah Palin!!

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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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