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"It was a lot like Washington, D.C."

On p. 140 of GR, Sarah is discussing the corrupt political character of the Alaskan capital city, Juneau. She writes, "At other times, the capital city's underside was even darker: clandestine political liaisons and secret meetings, unethical deeds and downright illegal acts.

"When the legislative session begins, the good and decent people who live in Juneau can witness some of these extracurricular pursuits at places like the Red Dog Saloon and the Baranof Hotel. Others around the state read about them in newspaper gossip columns. During the 2006 gubernatorial race, the FBI handcuffed a number of lawmakers.

"In short, it was a lot like Washington, D.C. …

"I attributed part of the corruption problem, besides the obvious self-dealing motives of politicians, to Juneau's inaccessibility. Foreign tourists on cruise ships had better access to lawmakers in session than 80 percent of the citizens of the state had. That makes Juneau an island of sorts, isolating legislators and staff from the people who elected them. Unless access improves, the political atmosphere there will not change much."

This, IMHO, is simply brilliant, and on several levels.

It is what is implied that is so powerful.

First, while this is by no means certain, there may be just a shadow, a shade, a trace, a hint that she thinks that she can do for all of America what she did for Alaska.

The implicit line of reasoning is:

Juneau is "a lot like Washington, D.C."

I began the process of cleaning up Juneau (though it still has problems).

Therefore, with the American People at my back, I can clean up DC too!!

Then there is the matter of Juneau's inaccessibility.

The Alaskan State capital is PHYSICALLY, GEOGRAPHICALLY inaccessible.

The problem with Washington is much deeper and more thorny.

In the case of Juneau, the barriers of NATURE erect a wall between citizens and supposed public servants.

In the case of DC, it is a case of a WALL of BAD MORALS, not walls of land and water and geographical situation that seal off the capital from the citizens.

There is just a hint that the Governor thinks that perhaps the PHYSICAL locale of the capital of Alaska must be changed.

This is not the problem with DC.

WE DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THE PHYSICAL CAPITAL TO ANOTHER PLACE; WE NEED TO REMOVE THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, AND THE PRACTITIONERS OF THAT "CULTURE"!!!

We need public servants in DC:

Whose MINDS are ACCESSIBLE to the American People;

Whose HEARTS are ACCESSIBLE to the American People;

Whose SPIRITS are ACCESSIBLE to the American People!!!

Unlike Alaska's capital, which, just perhaps, needs to be moved, DC does not so much need to be shifted to a new GEOGRAPHICAL position, but restored to its CONSTITUTIONAL position.

Do not change the physical foundation, but rather resuscitate and "resurrect" the legal, the moral, the Constitutional foundation!!

Just as the American Republic is much older than the relatively young State of Alaska, so America's problems run far deeper.

A mere change of locale, the Governor hints, could go a long way to fixing the corruption that has festered in Juneau.

But for the nation:

MUTARE NON MUROS SED MORES—translated a bit freely, to preserve some of the alliteration, "to change not walls but wills" (in the sense of FREE will—more literally, "morals")!!

How?

BY SENDING GREAT SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE LIKE SARAH PALIN to DC (if, God willing, she runs for POTUS) and by initiating American Revolution II through Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments.

The spiritual inaccessibility of the closed minds and dead hearts and corrupt spirits of the national capital is far greater than the physical inaccessibility of Juneau.

Let us then make Washington accessible again; let us open her up!!

Open her up to common sense;

Open her up to fiscal responsibility;

Open her up to government that is limited and restrained and good and wise!!!

Read It For Yourself:

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Credits:

All sidebar photos are from Wikimedia. I have tried to post all royalty-free images or to get permission, but in a few cases I could not locate the original source of a photograph or find a way to ask permission.


Contact info: bbrianus@gmail.com.

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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