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Bill Allen

On p. 141 of GR, Sarah recounts the scandal that broke just as she was taking office as Governor.

She writes, "Just as I took the helm, the results of an FBI investigation that had percolated between Juneau, Prudhoe Bay, and Washington, D.C., began bubbling to the surface. Bill Allen, the longtime CEO of VECO Corporation, the powerful oil field services company, had for years held court in Juneau's Baranof Hotel, where his firm maintained a suite.

"For decades, he was a big-time political fund-raiser, and, following the Exxon Valdez (italics in original) oil spill, his company was the prime oil services contractor. Like other business owners, Allen pressed for legislation that would benefit his company. But he pressed harder than most. Allen was friends with Governor Murkowski and his chief of staff, and with powerful Republican lawmakers.

"FBI undercover surveillance video of the VECO suite in Room 604, which would become infamous, even showed the VECO executive pressing cash into the palm of a Republican legislator. Months of videotaping and recorded phone calls earned VECO executives a long visit with federal agents, during which they admitted having bribed several lawmakers to push through legislation favorable to the oil industry. Allen pleaded guilty to extortion, bribery, and conspiracy.

"His mea culpa led to other pleas, including one by Governor Murkowski's chief of staff, who eventually copped to a single count of conspiracy. All told, a dozen lawmakers, staffers, and oil company executives would be found guilty of multiple charges, including wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy, and extortion.

"Alaskans said the Democrats weren't any better—they just hadn't been caught that go-round. But the reality was that it was the Republicans this time."

NIHIL NOVUM SUB SOLE—Nothing New Under the Sun!!

It seems that nothing has changed!

I would just like briefly to suggest that this scandal that "began bubbling to the surface" just as the Governor was taking office in Juneau is as nothing compared to the scandals that are MORE THAN BUBBLING in Washington—they are already at the surface, and are threatening to sink the American Ship of State.

Further, I believe that things are only going to deteriorate, to decay, to become worse and worse in the coming months.

If the American People, with the Help of the Lord's Mighty Arm, can get Sarah into the White House for 2017, backed by a Conservative Congress, I think that the relative trickle of Alaskan thugs and hacks who were caught and convicted will be as nothing compared to the flood-tide of corrupt individuals, from BOTH Parties, who will find themselves paraded from their pampered halls of luxury to prison cells.

I think that what happened in Alaska around the year 2007 could be a MICROCOSM of what could take place, a Merciful Lord Willing, on the NATIONAL level about ten years later—in 2017!

It is my humble opinion that the Governor and her absolute INTEGRITY and SERVANT'S HEART shone forth all the more brightly and resplendently against the foul foil and black backdrop of the massive corruption in the Forty-Ninth State several years ago.

I think the same scenario could be repeated in a few years ...

… crooks and frauds heading to PRISON just as a great American President, a second Ronald Reagan, assumes office.

The Psalmist assures us that (addressing the Lord) OMNIA SERVIUNT TIBI – All Things Serve Thee.

If the Alaskan "jail birds " of 2007 served any purpose, willy-nilly, it could well have been to make the Governor's SOUL FOR HER PEOPLE stand out all the more.

Again, the same phenomenon could repeat itself in the Years of Grace 2017 and beyond.

America, IMV, is sick of crooks, is sick of lies, is sick of frauds … is sick of selfish individuals who, in lieu of being PUBLIC SERVANTS, are PRIVATE ROBBERS—lining their own putrid and private pockets—and the American People be damned.

We are ready for something different.

We are ready for SOMEONE different.

We are ready for our SARAH, for America's SARAH!!!!

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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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