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"A hint of weariness..."

On p. 123 of GR, Sarah continues with her description of the night of her inauguration as Governor of Alaska. She writes, "Piper sat happily for most of the ceremony, her bright red dress unruffled and her new black patent leather shoes swinging. Her sisters had placed a tiny toy tiara on her head and told her to be patient.

"She hung in there with just a hint of weariness, though she never got bored with her dress. She wore it to all the inaugural events and never tired of dancing in it."
I would like to offer a few thoughts connected to the words and concepts from this passage of being "patient" and of feeling "weariness."

Like Piper, WE too must be patient in this present hour, a figurative "hour" whose actual length and extension we cannot now know.

Like Piper, WE too sometimes feel touched with "just a hint of weariness."

I know that I, in company with so many of you, wanted the Governor to run for President for 2012. In fact, I presented a piece at the end of last year on what the concept of "SARAH 2012" meant to me and, I think, to so many Americans. However, I do believe that she is guided and directed by the Hand and Might and Wisdom of the Good Lord.

Indeed, I think that a Celestial Game of Chess is now being played out on a board the broad and extensive spaces of which occupy, not the limited confines of sixty-four squares, but the entire breadth and length and majesty of the fifty States of the Res Publica Americana.

Further, because the fate and fortunes of the entire world are intimately bound up with and tied to those of America, we may fairly say that this "chessboard" encompasses and embraces the entire globe.

Now, as anyone knows who has played a little chess, it is often the pawns and knights and bishops that are the first forces to be marshaled and deployed; the rooks and the QUEEN are often (though not invariably) held in reserve.

I would like to think of our Sarah, even in a Republic, as the Queen on the chessboard of this great contest. Like the multifaceted and powerful queen in chess, the Governor, with her brilliant and multiple talents and abilities in so many areas--stateswoman, orator, political analyst, political warrior, humorist, writer, woman of the People, huntress of the enemies of America, etc.--like the chess queen, our brilliant Sarah possesses broad powers on many depths and levels.

It seems that the Lord is holding the QUEEN in reserve for the right and destined and critical hour and moment.

We often grow impatient and weary and discouraged, and perhaps never more so than on THAT day, 5 October, 2011, and in the days and weeks that followed it.

In fact, the Governor's act on that autumn day in 2011 may have constituted a Great Gambit.

A gambit in chess, of course, is the sacrifice of a piece in the present moment for a great gain, yes for triumph, at the end of the match.

With the clarity and integrity of vision that can often only be supplied and furnished by retrospect, we may someday see that day in October, 2011, not as the END of a dream, but as the BEGINNING of one!!
Patience was asked of Piper on the night of her mom's inauguration as Governor of Alaska.

Patience is asked of us as we await, in hope and in prayer, the Governor's eventual inauguration as President of the United States of America.

IN PATIENTIA VESTRA POSSIDEBITIS ANIMAS VESTRAS (Luke 21: 19)--In your patience you shall possess your souls.

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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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