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A "mélange of views"

On p. 124 of GR, Sarah is entering upon her first full day as Governor of Alaska. She writes, "It was my first day in office, and my core gasline team and I were meeting to kick off our top agenda item. The governor's office has one particularly enviable view, south across the city toward the beautiful mountains of Chugach State Park.

"From one window I could also see an active volcano, and from another window, Mount McKinley. We overlook Cook Inlet, abundant with sea life, including salmon, halibut, and beluga whales, all safely coexisting with offshore oil rigs for the last thirty years.

"Almost symbolically, my office also looked directly into the towering gold-mirrored building occupied by the oil giant Conoco-Phillips. This mélange of views served as a constant reminder of my mission in office to develop our state's resources in the best interests of the environment and of the people--including getting a gasline built."

While it would be fruitful for us to reflect upon several possible themes inspired by this passage, such as the complete compatibility between true and careful environmentalism on the one hand, and responsible resource development on the other hand, or upon the looming battles with "big oil" that confronted the Governor as she entered upon her office, I would like to focus this fine early morning on one phrase from the passage: "mélange of views."

Just as an individual can enjoy a "mélange of views" on the physical level, as Sarah did from her lofty (seventeenth floor!) seat in the Governor's office, so we can imbibe such vistas on the political and even the spiritual levels.

Further, a great statesman or woman, a great mind, is able to seize upon the multiple and individual fragments of quotidian events and bind and weave them into the harmonious whole of a VISION. Many VIEWS can lead to one VISION!!
Just as the Governor enjoyed her "mélange of views" from the gubernatorial seat in Alaska, so, I believe, she has absorbed a DUAL mélange of views through her experiences of the last four or five years.

First, in her VP campaign of '08, in her book tour of '09, in her many campaign activities for Tea Party candidates in '10, in all her vigorous and valiant activities since then, she has seen and visited vast stretches of this country of ours, and has met thousands upon more thousands of good, honest, ordinary, hardworking Americans. She thus possesses, IMV, a broad and all-encompassing VISION of America in the beauty of her diversity and her unity.

Second, and even more profoundly, her many sufferings through all these years, sufferings at the hands of obamunists, sufferings at the hands of RINOs, sufferings at the hands of Hollywood, sufferings at the hands of the lamestream media, sufferings at the hands of false "friends," this "mélange of views" of the dire straits of our nation, these diverse and doleful sufferings have bestowed and conferred upon her, IMHO, a VISION that will help her, someday soon God willing, to lead America out of the darkness of the bleak obama years and into the bright and bracing sunlight of another Reaganesque Morning in America.

She knows the "patient"; she knows the remedies required to resuscitate and revivify the patient!!

Just as the exalting and exhilarating vista of views from her gubernatorial office in Alaska helped to inspire and inform her vision for the Great Land, so, I think, her panoramic picture of the state of the Union, and of the state of the minds and the hearts of the People of that Union is helping her to form and conceive a UNIFYING AND LIBERATING VISION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land--Proclaim President Sarah Palin, Mother of Her Country!!!

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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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