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On p.125 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of her gubernatorial agenda, starting on her first day in office. She writes, "Construction of a gas pipeline to transport this safe, clean energy supply to the Lower 48 was originally authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 1979.

"At the time, a lot of folks had high hopes. Not only would the pipeline become a second economic pillar for the state, creating jobs and development opportunities, but it would reduce our dependence on foreign supplies and therefore our reliance on unfriendly nations."

Let us note the breadth of vision that is hidden within the confines of these seemingly simple words. ALL levels of society would be helped by the proposed gas pipeline: Families ("jobs"); local communities ("development opportunities"); the state ("a second economic pillar for the state"); the nation as a whole ("reduce our dependence on foreign supplies and therefore our reliance on unfriendly nations").

Further, if families have jobs; if local communities enjoy development opportunities; if the state is sustained by multiple economic pillars; if the nation is not so dependent on foreign sources of energy, then many problems are obviated and avoided. We, as human beings, consist of body and soul. The peaceful existence of individuals, of families, of cities, of states, of the nation depends both on a sound economic basis, and on a sound moral basis.

The passage cited above refers primarily to strengthening the economic base. But it contains moral implications too. If families have jobs, there is less temptation to crime. If larger social units are set on a sound footing, there is less of an opening for those redistributionist policies that, while masking as "social justice," are really UNSOCIAL INJUSTICE. This is because justice consists in giving to each person his due, what he or she has merited and earned.

However, redistribution of wealth unjustly takes away the just fruit of the labor of some, and hands it to others. It is thus injustice.

Further, such tyrannical policies cause friction and resentment; they tear away at the social bonds that hold the social fabric together. They are thus unsocial. Therefore, the "social justice" of the Left is really unsocial injustice. Policies like those promoted by Governor Palin in Alaska, on the contrary, tend to foster TRUE social justice.

Finally, I would like to suggest that the Governor, just as she promoted the building of a gas pipeline to the Lower 48, has also been working on constructing a MORAL pipeline to the same Lower 48.

I am no scientist, but, as I understand it, oil and natural gas are formed in the bowels of the Earth under the pressure of gravity. In much the same way, the glorious Alaskan character of Sarah and of her family has been formed and fashioned both under the pressure of the often harsh living conditions of the Great Land, and also under the brutal attacks on the Governor by the wicked political Establishment that is headquartered in Washington DC, both obamunists and RINOs.

Not just oil, not just natural gas will be sent flowing and frolicking to the hungry markets of the Lower 48, but truth and courage and justice and optimism and patriotism will flow to hearts that are hungry and yearning for these timeless values and verities.

SARAH AND ALASKA: PIPELINES OF LIFE; PIPELINES OF LIBERTY; PIPELINES OF LOVE OF COUNTRY!!!

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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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