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'Greenies, Grannies, and Gunnies.'

On p. 129 of GR, Sarah continues with her discussion of the early days of her gubernatorial administration in Alaska.

She writes, "Our approach to moving the gasline forward was both innovative and simple: Explain the importance of gasline development to ordinary Alaskans. And get them involved. That meant our war room became every kitchen table, town hall, classroom, and living room across the Last Frontier. We reached out. We asked citizens, 'These are your resources, so what do you think?'

"Internally, our natural gas mantra was 'Greenies, Grannies, and Gunnies.'

"Greenies: Natural gas is the cleanest nonrenewable fuel.

"Grannies: Production of a domestic supply from Alaska would help those on fixed incomes, such as the elderly, by increasing supply and lowering costs in a more stable price environment.

"Gunnies: Alaska's energy supplies would help lead America toward energy independence and greater national security.

"Greenies. Grannies. Gunnies. [italics in original] So Alaskan. So politically incorrect. Perfect."

Yes!

And I think that the Governor's expression "So Alaskan. So politically incorrect. Perfect" is itself PERFECT!!

I would now like to propose, as a parallel and companion to Sarah's Triple-G of perfect political incorrectness for Alaska--I would like to propose a Triple-F for her and for all of America.

FREEDOM.

FIREARMS.

FAITH.

Echoing the Governor, I think that we may say, "So American, So politically incorrect …

I won't presume to call it "Perfect," but I think that it works pretty damn well, as will be explained below!!

1) Freedom: Especially with the criminal actions of the IRS, directed against American Patriots in the last election cycle, we behold threats to our First-Amendment rights. The bastards tried to suppress the voice (and the votes) of Tea Party Patriots! Against the despots and tyrants of DC, we unfurl the banner of Freedom!

2) Firearms: The Establishment, especially the obamunists, would like to disarm us. They want to take away our guns, in conjunction with stripping us of freedom of speech. Patriots understand that the first two Amendments support and buttress and reinforce each other. Our enemies too know this.

(We may also encompass a strong national defense under this heading. We have our PRIVATE and PERSONAL guns; then we have the PUBLIC "guns" of the American People, that is, our military might. And this military might, BTW, belongs to the American People, not to the individual who may happen to hold the title and power of Commander-in-Chief at any given moment!)

3) Faith: The secular humanists, led by their "messiah," their false "god," barack obama, are trying to suppress religion in America. Our Founders, on the contrary, realized that a FREE people must also be a MORAL people. And great political leaders down to our day, including such luminaries as our great President Ronald Reagan and the UK's Prime Minister, Lady Margaret Thatcher, have recognized this truth.

Now, element # 2, Firearms, comes appropriately in the MIDDLE of the schema given above. We must be FREE (#1) to use them, but FAITH (#3), religion, and morals are necessary to, or at least very conducive to, restraining us from the immoral and irresponsible use of guns

Thus, numbers 1 and 3 above (BTW, "Faith" is listed as # 3, not in the sense that it is less important than the first two, but rather as a kind of climax and culmination!)--numbers 1 and 3 help to define and demarcate the proper role of and limitations of #2.

In turn, Firearms, # 2, help to protect and ensure and uphold Freedom and Faith, #s 1 and 3!

Now, I would like to propose the thought that the Governor, just as she was working on a physical gasline in her time at the helm of the State of Alaska, may be preparing to extend a moral and intellectual "gasline" to all of America.

I would thus like to adapt her words from the passage above to the situation of our present day, and leading up to 2016 and beyond:

"Our approach to moving Constitutional Freedom forward was both innovative and simple: Explain the importance of our Constitution to ordinary Americans. And get them involved. That meant our war room became every kitchen table, town hall, classroom, and living room across the lovely length and breadth of the United States of America.

"We reached out. We asked citizens, 'These are your intellectual and spiritual resources, so what do you think?'

"Internally, our Constitutional mantra was 'Freedom, Firearms, and Faith' "

Let's give it a grade of F: FAILURE of obama's attempt to "fundamentally transform" America.

FREEDOM, FIREARMS … FAITH!!!

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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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