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"Life has a fascinating way of coming full circle."

On p. 131 of GR, Sarah has been recalling the time when, back in her high-school days, she tried to visit the Alaska Governor's Mansion in Juneau. Now, of course, she has arrived at the Mansion as the new Governor of Alaska.

She writes, "I traveled to Juneau for a basketball tournament and stopped by to ring the doorbell, but no one was home--or at least no one wanted to open the door to a curious and historically minded teenager. Now, twenty-five years later, I stood before that same door with my own basketball-playing teenage daughters. Life has a fascinating way of coming full circle."

I would like to share a few brief thoughts with you this fine morning on the expression with which the Governor concludes this passage: "Life has a fascinating way of coming full circle."

I think that, when we are caught in the midst of some circumstance or situation that tries our spirits and distresses our souls, it can seem as if we are riding on a STRAIGHT LINE right into the stink and stench of Hell.

We often cannot perceive the gentle and subtle BEND and CURVE in the line that the Hand of a Merciful Providence is working and creating … all unseen by us poor mortals!

These almost imperceptible turns and twists can transform what appear to be beelines into the pits of Hades into marvelous Celestial Circumferences that eventually, if we are faithful and patient and trusting, can bring us around not to the jaws and horrors of Hell, but to Grace and to Glory!!

When Sarah "lost" the VP race in 2008; when she was harassed and hounded from gubernatorial office in 2009 (Lefties, she did not "quit"; she RESIGNED and RELOADED!!); when barack hussein obama was "reelected" in 2012, it could appear and seem as if America was going down the dark drain of history into ignominious and irreversible oblivion.

However, we cannot perceive the full and fateful revolutions and windings and turnings of circles when we are in the mundane midst of them!!

We can usually descry and discern and detect them only when they have been fully and fairly and felicitously traced in the course of our own lives or in the course of the life of our country.

Seeming LINES of our limited vision and horizons often, in reality, turn out to be cosmic CIRCLES in the Celestial Order--circles of Glory, circles of perfection to wreathe and crown the brow of our deepest dreams and highest and loftiest aspirations.

The Lord willing, America will come "full circle" from the noxious and nocent nadir of the dark night of the "presidency" of barack obama to an apogee and zenith of glory in the restoring, the resuscitating, and --dare I say it--the resurrecting Presidency of Sarah Palin of Alaska!!!

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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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