PAGE 130

"… and now here we were, reaching for 
the door handle of our new home."

On p. 130 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of the early days of her gubernatorial administration in The Great Land. Here she writes about the new First Family's arrival at the Governor's Mansion in Juneau.

She writes, "Our initial arrival at the mansion was a bit like walking into a storybook. The home was decorated for Christmas in the whimsical theme of a gingerbread house. Outside, large white lights trimmed the eaves and colored lights sparkled in a pine whose upper branches soared past the rooftop. We had fought hard to get there, and now here we were, reaching for the door handle of our new home."

I would like to focus this morning on the final words of this passage, and on the striking image that they evoke, "… and now here we were, reaching for the door handle of our new home."

At this moment in the turnings of time and of fate, it can seem as if the Governor, were she to run for the White House for 2016, would be reaching for the "door handle," not of a "new home," but rather of a hellhole, a morass of immorality, a snake pit worse than any that Indiana Jones ever envisioned or encountered!!

Now, most politicians are changed for the worse by Washington, DC.

I think that Sarah Palin may be the one public figure of our day and time who, in lieu of being corrupted by the nation's capital, herself holds the power of integrity to change and transform Washington, as much as it can ever be changed. In this way, during the Palin Years, the White House, that venerable House of the People, really will become a "new home," a second home for Sarah and her family.

Washington will not coopt and corrupt Governor Palin; rather she will renew Washington!

DC will never, ever, ever tear and wrench the "Alaska" out of the heart and soul of our brave and noble Sarah. Rather, she will bring the spirit, the essence, the youth, the fortitude, the fire of the Great Land and of the Last Frontier to the tired and dying old world of DC!

The Lord willing, in January, 2017, Sarah and her family will be preparing to enter the White House, will be "reaching for the door handle of our new home." And it WILL be their new and SECOND home!!

HOW?

A nation that CHOOSES TO ELECT SARAH PALIN AS ITS PRESIDENT will be a nation that has already started to force changes in the "culture" of corruption of the capital.

She will have begun to transform DC before she ever comes to dwell there!!

When, the Lord willing, Sarah and Todd (the First Dude of the United States) and their family take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it will not be, at least in toto, it will not be a putrid pit of political corruption, it will not be bilge waters of business as usual, it will not be a cesspool of cynicism and selfishness that will await them. Rather, it will be a spot that has already felt and sensed the first glimmers and graces of a New Dawn of Ordered Liberty!!

Just as the Alaskan Governor's Mansion welcomed the Palins when they were "reaching for the door handle of our new home," so not just the gracious White House itself, but vast portions of the American People will be welcoming the fresh and freedom-bearing blasts of the winds of Liberty from the fair and far North Country, will be welcoming Sarah Palin and America's REAL FIRST FAMILY when they come reaching, reaching, reaching for the door handle, and knocking, knocking, knocking at the door of their new home …

AMERICA'S NEW HOME!!!

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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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