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"Few prospective candidates wanted to make
the long commute to the state capital..."

On p. 139 of GR, Sarah continues her discussion of her Alaskan gubernatorial administration. She writes, "I built my circle of close advisers carefully. The opportunity to pull in the perfect partners was challenging because few prospective candidates wanted to make the long commute to the state capital.

"So I shook things up a bit and made concessions more readily than other governors about where my staff's home base could be. NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ALLOWED THIS (emphasis mine). I wanted the right people for the job, and if Juneau's location was the main stumbling block, I wasn't going to mandate that families uproot and move to a beautiful but isolated panhandle, especially when the previous governors had spent so much time in Anchorage and traveling out of state."

NOVA ET VETERA—things new and things old!! Behold how the Governor combines a wonderful flexibility and adaptability in non-essential matters with her faithful firmness in fixed and immoveable and eternal principles.

She is exactly the dynamic and moral and principled leader the nation needs in this hour.

She is not afraid of, indeed she embraces, innovation and change. She is not a "conservative" just for the sake of rigidity and a refusal to adjust and adapt.

And yet she, with all the LION'S COURAGE OF HER FEARLESS AND FAITHFUL SOUL, refuses to compromise on essentials.

Things like computer/electronic technology are in themselves MORALLY NEUTRAL; they are simply means that can be used for good purposes or for bad purposes; they are, to use what I believe is the technical term, "adiaphora" :-)

So consider the means of COMMUNICATION. From papyrus to parchment to paper to the printing press to today's seemingly miraculous computers and smart phones, through all of these amazing and successive innovations, the END has remained the same.

Communication should be used to transmit truth and beauty, or useful information in the practical order; to persuade people to follow what is good and right and true; to instruct them in quotidian and practical matters; to pass on and share scientific discoveries (Ben Franklin is a great example of this); to share matters of the heart (letters), etc., etc., etc.

But the new technologies, just like every "instrumentum," every instrument or implement, can be used for EVIL too.

Just look at the way the Federal Government, THE NSA IN PARTICULAR, is using the marvels of the electronic, technical world: To SNOOP; to SPY on innocent and law-abiding American citizens.

From the wheel to the sword to the musket to the rifle to the printed word to the art of rhetoric and oratory to the computer—all these things can be directed to the defense either of The City of God (St. Augustine) or of The City of Satan.

Hitler was, in his way, a "great" speaker and orator.

Sir Winston Churchill and President Ronald Reagan were great orators.

One art and skill … two ends or goals or purposes that were a universe apart in moral terms.

So, as KNOWLEDGE grows in the scientific and technical world, so must WISDOM grow, that WISDOM that concerns herself with ultimate ends and purposes.

The Governor, IMHO, is just the leader that the ordinary, hardworking, principled people of our nation are crying out for right now ("Sarah Palin, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.")

In the passage cited above, she wisely employed and utilized technology to GET GOOD PEOPLE TO SERVE IN GOVERNMENT, people who might not have otherwise been able to!!

Her very status as the first woman President will admirably express this truth:

She will represent INNOVATION, on the one hand: A Lady in the Oval Office;

On the other hand, she will take America back to her ANCIENT CONSTITUTIONAL ROOTS AND PRINCIPLES AND TRADITIONS.



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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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