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On p. 136 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of Todd's role in her gubernatorial administration in Alaska. She writes, “Todd's family had worked hard to escape a rut that some find themselves in when faced with harsh conditions.

"They saw that when government programs started growing, sometimes citizens became dependent on the programs and abandoned the strong work ethic of their elders. This resulted in too many young people giving themselves over to a dependent lifestyle that often leads to fractured families, abuse, and subpar education, and other problems.

"Todd and his family appreciated the opportunity we had as First Family to help share a message of family strength and unity, and a work ethic that should be both expected and rewarded. Todd was, to me, a perfect spokesman to help spread that positive message to all Alaskans, especially those in our rural communities.”

At the outset of my remarks, I would like to insert a personal note. While I appear to be “white,” this is from my father's side. I am actually Hispanic on my late mother's side. Now MY maternal Hispanic relatives are proud, hard-working folks who would not want government handouts.

However, there seems to be unfortunate but solid evidence that people like my relations are in the minority in the Hispanic community. Apparently a majority of Hispanics today want and favor Big Government and its redistribution of wealth. Statistics and evidence have been cited, I believe, at C4P and in other places to show this fact.

Does this mean, however, that there is no hope for Conservatives among this growing demographic group?

I think not, and for two reasons. The second of these reasons will be tied directly back to the passage from GR on Todd that was cited above.

The first fact we have to keep in sight and mind, IMV, is that Hispanics, especially those of Mexican descent, have a strong attachment to their religious beliefs. In particular, they share a deep devotion to and veneration of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I firmly believe that most Hispanics are not sympathetic to the anti-life, anti-family, pro-“gay marriage,” pro-abortion positions of the Leftist Establishment.

I think that Latinos stand poised, politically and morally, between two poles, and could tip either way in these coming and critical months and years.

This is where I believe that the mighty example and influence of Todd Palin as First Dude of the United States could exercise a decisive influence.

Todd is himself from a minority, of Yupik Eskimo blood. He and Sarah and the entire Heath/Palin family are hard-working, self-reliant, brave, and independent.


Such an awakening could initiate and inspire the breaking of the unholy grip that the Left holds on Hispanics.

The other factor would be making Hispanics more aware of the evil social doctrine of the Left, especially as it is currently expressed and incarnated in the platform and policies of the Democratic Party.


In short, I do not believe that that the obamunists have quite the IRON GRIP AND GRASP on the Latino/Hispanic population that they think they do.

They have managed A) to focus Hispanics on economic and immigration and “amnesty” issues, and B) camouflage their vicious social policies, policies that are anathema to millions of Spanish-speaking Catholic Latinos!!

I do not think that the majority of Spanish-speakers in America have any sympathy for the anti-Christian “philosophy” of the Left; it is just that they do not advert to and notice these policies, and associate them with the Left in their political thinking and ballot-box choices.

I believe that Sarah and Todd in the White House, with their strong blue-collar background, with Todd's minority background, and with their simple honesty and warmth and decency and goodness, could open the eyes and minds and spirits of millions of Latinos to the beauty and ultimate benefits, personal and societal, of the work ethic and of the Conservative philosophy in general.

THEN, once they perceive this truth, they may start to notice that the policies of the Left on social issues are RADICALLY and DIAMETRICALLY opposed to everything that they hold dear.

Some may think that I am dreaming, but we have to remain optimistic, IMV, and not surrender to despair … especially when there is a rational basis for such optimism. There is in this case, IMHO.

I believe that the Left, which thinks, in its vacuous and vicious arrogance, that it OWNS the Hispanic vote, may, under the influence of Sarah and Todd, even before they enter the White House and even more so once they are our OFFICIAL First Couple—I think that the Left may be shocked to awaken one day and find that …


Remember the Governor's words above: “Todd and his family appreciated the opportunity we had as First Family to help share a message of family strength and unity, and a work ethic that should be both expected and rewarded. Todd was, to me, a perfect spokesman to help spread that positive message to all Alaskans ...”

Just change that last word from “Alaskans” to “Americans”!!!


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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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