PAGE 114

"A change from photo-op stops to honest conversations
with actual voters..."

On p. 114 of GR, Sarah continues the discussion of her 2005-2006 run for Governor of Alaska. She writes, "Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!' A change in campaign financing: we ran on small donations from all over the state, mostly from first-time political donors, and we turned back some large checks from big donors if we perceived conflicts of interest.

"A change from photo-op stops to honest conversations with actual voters. A change from emphasizing politics to emphasizing people. A change from smooth talk to straight talk--even then."

Such was her gubernatorial campaign.

Her presidential campaign, if she runs, will be built on and blessed by the same principles, I believe. Yes, the scale will be far grander and the stakes far greater, but it will still be a SARAH PALIN CAMPAIGN!!!

We may notice the obvious, but no less admirable, uprightness of ethics: They turned back certain large checks from some big donors. A little less obvious may be the implications that are contained in these same lines. It is implied that they had MANY FIRST-TIME donors.

Sarah is like that: She inspires people who have never been involved in the political process, or who have been turned off by it for a long, long time, to get involved.

I remember that some of our friends here made a most perceptive observation during the 2012 POTUS race: People who have DROPPED OUT of political involvement altogether, due to disgust at BOTH Parties, are not measured in the usual polls and prognostications!! They are a hidden and waiting well, ready to be tapped into and drawn upon if the right Patriot comes along.

And this is Sarah's great secret weapon. She can appeal mightily to folks like this, and bring them in, and bring them back. This potential of support for her is like the great OIL reserves that our country possesses: Both are mighty sources of power and energy, just waiting to be tapped into and sent forth into combat, whether it is economic or political warfare!!

Sarah has famously said "DRILL, BABY, DRILL!!'

This stirring battle cry can refer both to underground petroleum reserves and to underground people reserves!!!--The Sarah Underground--untapped power and potential!!!

Her reference to "first-time" donors reminds me too of a man I read about in a LEFT-LEANING newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 2008 campaign. This was a man who was volunteering at a local McCain-Palin headquarters. He had NEVER before worked on a political campaign. He was, as I recall, about SIXTY years old.

He was asked why he was working on THIS campaign.

His answer was one word:

SARAH.

I believe that his number was legion in '08, and will become a Legion of Legions if she runs for 2016!!!

We may notice too the Governor's censure of mere photo-ops in the passage cited above. This thought leads straight to the crushing and incriminating contrast of obama and that sick skeet-shooting photo.

Even if the photo was not completely faked in itself, its whole INTENT is mendacious and manipulative--As if America is going to believe that barack hussein obama is anything but hostile to the Second Amendment, hostile to the whole Constitution, hostile to the American People.

As the "president" continues to lie, continues to plot, continues to abuse his office; as the Karl Roves of the GOPe make their plans to attempt to smother and bury Free America under bulging barrels of Cronies' Cash, let us turn our eyes:

NORTHWARD …

North first to the beautiful city of Wasilla in Alaska, with prayerful hopes that a GENUINE stateswoman and patriot may descend from her bracing Arctic Seat and come down to run for POTUS for 2016, and …

Then North to the golden realm of our highest and loftiest ideals, principles, and aspirations …

And finally let us raise the eyes of our minds and of our hearts to True North, to the Throne of Heaven, that the Good Lord may vouchsafe His mercy to America, and safely guide our dear Governor through all the shark-infested waters of the Dems and the GOPe to the safe port of a triumphal "Morning in America" eight-year run as OUR President, as America's President!!!

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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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