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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sarah Palin Publishes Her Autobiography – More to Come
Sarah Palin has finished her 400-page autobiography called Going Rogue: An American Life, co-written with Lynn Vincent of World Magazine, a Christian publication, and to be released by Harper on November 17. 
I am looking forward to buying it, and would really like to meet Gov. Palin at a book signing. I have a lot of admiration for her, not only her outspoken expressions of her views, but her life story that thus far illustrates the success that is available in America to people who work hard and constantly to reach their goals. She is an extremely interesting person, I think. She can handle a gun or a fishing rod, she can negotiate and pressure oil company bigwigs, and as governor, she sought the best course for her state’s economy and the good of her constituents. She showed that she could interact effectively with people of many different responsibilities and social levels, and she generally accomplished what she seriously set out to do.
It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. And she has found out, following John McCain’s selection of her as his vice-presidential running mate, to shore up his conservative cred, and her subsequent striving for a modicum of freedom during the campaign, that the saying is true. Her good deeds were (1) to accept his offer to run on his ticket, (2) to inspire the conservative base, drawing bigger crowds than usual for campaign events, and (3) generally counterbalancing McCain’s liberal leanings.
For this, she was bad-mouthed by anonymous McCain staffers, relentlessly “investigated” and harassed on behalf of the Democrats, and shamelessly ridiculed, and had her family trashed in the media, and disrespected for no reason except fear of her. The left could not tolerate a truly attractive political personality on the conservative side like Sarah Palin. I don’t think they’ve ever engaged on the issues with her. Just insults, mostly. Even the so-called “conservative” beltway brainpower joined in to some extent.
Now, with the announcements about her book, the liberal tar and feather brigade has gone into action. They are rousing the leftist base (which has been pretty well roused all along about Palin), and some of the rank-and-file left are expressing outrage that Sarah Palin could be taken seriously. Just read the comments on the above-cited article.
But she cannot be taken lightly by the left and must be taken seriously. She is of great concern to them and they do fear her. Just as many more people would rather listen to Rush Limbaugh than Air America, many more people would rather go to see and hear Sarah Palin than some liberal, even the post-messianic and overexposed Barack Obama. And most would find her observations and suggestions much more in keeping with their own values than anything they’d be hearing from the left.
I’m not sure why she resigned as governor, other than what she said about it. I’m not sure what her plans are concerning political office. But I hope she sells millions of books, makes millions of dollars and stays on the scene for a long time.
If you want to know what she thinks about various issues, she has a gift for expressing her views clearly and distinctly. Just look at her Facebook articles. She is a better-qualified leader than Barack Obama ever was, and in fact has held real jobs, balanced a budget, and prevailed over powerful opponents in the process of fighting corruption and getting favorable treatment for the people of Alaska. She chooses her battles carefully and is not inclined to back down.
Sorry, left-wingers. Sarah Palin isn’t going away any time soon. You’ll just have to deal with her.
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.