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On p. 119 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the 2006 campaign for the Governorship of Alaska. She writes, "During the campaign, Lena [Todd's eighty-seven-year-old Yupik elder grandmother] went around Dillingham talking with the Yupik elders.

" 'Do you know my grandson Todd?' she would ask.

"Everyone in Dillingham knew Todd.

" 'His wife is running for Boss Alaska.'

"Like Lena, we were tireless, because every vote and every voter mattered."

This is profound in its simplicity, a simplicity that sits on a single letter!



Yes, what a difference one letter can make!

We all remember the difference that just one or two WORDS can make.

Who can ever forget the deathless night of 3 September, 2008 at the RNC, when the Governor, while fighting a failed (sabotaged?) teleprompter, uttered that single word that has, for many of us, become the crowning memory of a speech that was, in its entirety, unforgettable:


Who can ever forget those two words with which she so aptly dubbed and damned the entirety filthy business known as "obamacare":


But here, here, what a world of difference is contained in the one LETTER upon which pivots and turns the distinction between "vote" and "voter."

We have an expression: "It doesn't make an iota of difference." This aphorism may be traced to an ancient theological dispute that turned upon the difference of one letter, iota, between two Greek words.

Well, in this case, we may say that the contrast vote/voter does make an "R" (GRRRRRR!!!) of difference.

Sarah's political and personal philosophy stands at the opposite pole (and poll!) of the intellectual and spiritual universe from that of so many professional politicos.

For these opportunistic oligarchs of BOTH political Parties, the People do not matter one little bit; all that the hacks want is to HERD them like SLAVES to the ballot box and get them to pull a lever.

They crave VOTES; the VOTERS themselves, the voters' needs, the voters' wishes, the voters' families, the voters' aspirations, the voters' interests be damned!!!

A vote is an evanescent and ephemeral phenomenon. It is cast and then it is over and done with.

Voters breathe; voters live on; voters remember.

Sarah Palin of Alaska cares, to the depths of her great-hearted soul, she cares about the people of the United States of America.

Yes, if she runs for POTUS 2016, if she runs, to adapt Lena's expression, for BOSS AMERICA, she will ask for our votes.

But this will be because she wants to SERVE the voters, not to BE SERVED by them, as our President--a Servant's Heart!!

Remember what she said to Bristol in the CPAC episode of her daughter's show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp"?!?

She was speaking about the crowds of ordinary men, women, and children who always flock to her wherever she goes, seeking a smile, a word, an autograph.


This is so beautiful; it rings and rings and rings with authenticity and depth and truth!!

MAIOREM CARITATEM NEMO HABET UT ANIMAM SUAM PONAT QUIS PRO AMICIS SUIS--No one hath greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

For most other people involved in politics today, it is fair, I think, to say that "every vote" matters to them.

For our Sarah, it is "every vote and every voter" that matters.

There it is: VOTE and VOTER.

One letter that places a great spiritual chasm, IMHO, between the nobility and magnanimity of Sarah Palin of Alaska and the base power-mongering of the herd of DC hacks who run today's Washington.

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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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