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On p. 137 of GR, Sarah continues her description of the early days of her gubernatorial administration in Alaska. On pp. 136-7 she tells us about a puppy that was given to the family by their close friends, the Menards.

She continues about the puppy on page 137 and writes, "Once after school, Willow hid the puppy in her purse and snuck her into my office. The Senate Rules Committee chairman busted her and sent me a letter with some kind of official citation attached. Heaven forbid any lawmaker would catch Willow carrying her furry four-pound puppy into my office in violation of the new NO DOGS ALLOWED sign. (Surely just a small distraction for this senator—he was later busted by the FBI and convicted on federal corruption charges.)"

Now, it may be argued that this state senator was only playing a prank on the Governor, but I do not think so. An "official citation" sounds straightforward; I think this senator was serious.

How does Sarah respond? She answers with her tongue somewhat in her cheek, but with a fist of steel wrapped in the velvet of her understated words. She makes a powerful point about hypocrites.

Indeed this passage reminds me somewhat of the Son of God's censuring and condemnation of the Scribes and Pharisees, who were so prissy and punctilious about the technical niceties of the Law, while they grossly and grievously violated the essence and heart and soul of the Law and the Prophets: Love of God and Love of Neighbor. The Lord also said something about people who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.

This senator was shocked, shocked to find DOGS being brought into the sacred precincts of the Governor's office—and there was even a bright, new "NO DOGS ALLOWED" sign. Oh my, oh my!!!!

This brief passage, IMHO, stands in the same lines as the Governor's magnificent puncturing of the pompous and swollen pride and balloon of barack hussein obama, charlatan, traitor, supposed "president," and hypocrite supreme.

I do not think that the vile and vicious and vindictive Left has ever forgiven her for that magnificent and memorable moment in her 2008 RNC "Lipstick" VP acceptance speech: The Styrofoam Greek Columns take down of the little "emperor," barack obama. It makes me smile, with my lips and in my soul, just to think about it as I type these words, almost five years later!!

The Governor brings not only a double-edged blade of Truth and Guts to her political battles; she also brings a big ole PIN to let the hot air and BS (pardon my language) out of all high-ranking, powerful fakes and frauds.

The bastard of a state "senator": He goes after a little girl and her puppy (my what courage!!), and yet was at the same time betraying and prostituting his honor and his office to line his own putrid pockets.

Sarah cleared such individuals out of State government during her tenure in the Governor's office; if, the Lord willing, she becomes POTUS, she will extend the fumigation to the vermin-infested halls of the Federal government.

This is why the Establishment slaves fear her so much: Many of them would go to prison if she enters the White House.

There was a "NO DOGS ALLOWED" sign outside the Governor's office in Alaska.

We need a new sign hammered up and into place over the Halls of Government in DC by the votes and voices of the American People:

NO JACKASSES AND NO RINOS ALLOWED!!!

Hell, let's allow literal dogs and cats and other pets, even a horse or two, into the White House and Congress.

Horses!!--yes, MR. ED could do a better job than most of these opportunistic, self-serving traitors to their country!

Yes, let's let some literal animals into the Hallowed Halls of Government, and let us toss the metaphorical dogs and jackals and jackasses and rhinos, er, RINOs, out!!

Willow's puppy will have the last bark, er, laugh!!!

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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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