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"I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

On p. 117 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the 2006 campaign for the Governorship of Alaska. She writes, "One beautiful but solemn day about six weeks before the final vote, 3,500 Alaska-based troops were about to be deployed to a war zone overseas.

"I sat in the crowd on that chilly autumn day on the military base to honor those brave souls, knowing that far too many wouldn't be seen by us again until their pictures flashed across some news screen announcing they had made the ultimate sacrifice for America.

"The candidates and I had already met numerous times in various public forums. There were a dozen more scheduled in the upcoming weeks. The chamber of commerce held its weekly luncheon, and the candidates were invited to attend our umpteenth event to debate pretty much the same topics in front of pretty much the same crowd.

"The forum was on the same day as the Airborne Infantry Brigade's deployment ceremony. I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

What a simple yet profound statement:

"I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

Our Sarah has radiated forth in brilliant buoyancy as the anti-obama in so many ways since her debut on the national stage, Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008, when Senator McCain announced his selection of her as the VP nominee of the Republican Party.

However, it is perhaps in her attitude to the Armed Forces of the United States that the contrast between Sarah Palin of Alaska and barack obama of Chicago is most clear.

obama comes from a world whose milieu, whose mindset, whose mentality is totally hostile to the virtues that sustain and crown our military: Courage, honor, self-sacrifice, devotion to duty, devotion to Flag, devotion to country. obama, a disciple of the vicious 60s-style radical bill ayers, and his ilk are cowards.

They have no honor; they are sybaritic self-indulgers; they know nothing of duty, except to the radical tenets of their own anti-Western "creed"; their kind burned our Flag in the 60s; they hate America and are plotting to subject her to a "fundamental transformation"--they are our enemies.

It is, by the way, obama-types who infest university academia today (with some honorable exceptions, e.g., Professor Thomas Sowell, Professor Victor Davis Hanson, Dr. Larry Arn and others); they infest the media; they infest the entertainment industry; and now they infest the People's House, the White House.

These people are like a MAFIA: They ruthlessly enforce an anti-American "orthodoxy"; they defend their own intellectually vapid and spineless kind; they viciously attempt to exclude dissenters from any positions in the fiefdoms they control.

"They are fascists in the worst and darkest sense of the word; they loathe Freedom. Just try, for example, to express pro-life, not to mention pro-Sarah Palin (Mein Himmel!!!) opinions in places like the faculty lounges at Harvard or Yale.

To return to our military, in addition to this general antipathy to all that is noble and best about America's warriors, America's finest, obama and his thugs, as our friend stlouisix has demonstrated, have subjected our military forces to insane "PC" rules of engagement. They have dared to toy and play with the lives of America's sons and daughters, and to use the military as a laboratory for experimentation with their radical and destructive notions.

Against this evil, evil, evil OBAMUNIST world there rises, like a brilliant Northern Light, the beautiful life and soul of Lady Sarah of Wasilla!!

Sarah is a woman filled with personal guts, cojones, courage, and fortitude--greater, IMHO, than that of any other public figure in America today.

She is an honorable and ethical and moral person.

She is a noble and self-sacrificing Patriot.

She is devoted to Duty:

Duty to her God;

Duty to her family;

Duty to her friends;

Duty to her city;

Duty to her State;

Duty to her country.

That choice that she made on that day back in 2006 is just one of myriads of examples of the precious moral character and fearless fiber and fine and noble spirit of Sarah Palin, who represents and incarnates, IMV, the best of contemporary America.

"I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

"I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

"I chose the troops, the other guys chose the luncheon."

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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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