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Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

April 1, 2010 by  

When a little-known (outside of Alaska) governor was announced as John McCain’s running mate Aug. 29, 2008, the Republican Party’s base was electrified and the elites of both the Democrat and Republican parties were mortified.

Five days later Sarah Palin gave her speech to the Republican National Convention and she demonstrated that she was going to be a force to be reckoned with in conservative politics for years to come—a force that the elites will forever fail to understand.

Palin opens Going Rogue: An American Life at the Alaska State Fair in August 2008. She was there with her daughters and infant son Trig—not with an entourage and a host of bodyguards—but with her family, watching her children and their friends ride the rides. Whereas politicians attend those events to shake hands and be seen, Palin was busy keeping up with her kids and buying concessions, like millions of Americans do every year.

But it was at the fair that her life forever changed. For it was there she received the call from McCain that would rock the political establishment.

Although she grew up in Skagaway, Alaska, where her family moved in 1964 when Palin—then Sarah Heath—was just 3 months old, her life was like the vast majority of most Americans’. Her father was a school teacher and coach who worked summers on the Alaska Railroad and tended bar in seasonal tourist traps. Her mother was occupied raising four children, driving a seasonal tour bus and volunteering at the community theatre and the Catholic church.

It’s her everyday American upbringing—raising chickens, growing produce, fishing and digging for clams and picking wild berries—that drives the elites nuts. It’s her blue collar work ethic, her annual work in Bristol Bay in July commercial fishing for salmon with her husband, Todd, that drives the elites crazy. It’s her blue-collar, union oil-worker and competition sledder husband that makes the elites go bonkers.

She writes about her days on the bench of her high school basketball team, and her days as point guard when, as a senior her team won the state championship. And they did so with her playing hurt, persevering through the pain of a broken ankle. It was in that game, she writes, that her parents’ lessons on the payoff of hard work and perseverance finally registered with her. She called it a life-changing victory.

After high school Palin went to the University of Idaho. She dreamed of being a journalist—or more specifically a sports journalist—where she could put her passion for sports to good use. One of the issues pundits used to try and bash her was the fact that it took her five years to graduate. She writes that, yes, it took her five years because she paid her own way by working between semesters. Sometimes, she says, she had to take a whole semester off to earn enough to return to school.

No stranger to hard work—Palin began working with her boyfriend and later husband Todd catching salmon on the Bristol Bay fishing grounds. When the salmon fishing was slow she worked “messy, obscure seafood jobs, including long shifts on a stinky shore-based crab-processing vessel in Dutch Harbor” (the area made famous by the Discovery Channel show, Deadliest Catch).

One season, she writes, “I sliced open fish bellies, scraped out the eggs, and plopped the roe into packaging” where the company would slap a caviar label on the box and sell it to “elite consumers for loads of money” as a delicacy.

She got into politics in 1992 when a friend of hers recruited her to run for the Wasilla, Alaska City Council. She campaigned by going door-to-door while pulling her two children through the snow on a sled.

It was there that she learned about the common sense fiscal conservatism she now preaches. She battled the “progressives” on the council over issues like raising taxes and passing ordinances that would have granted special favors to those who were well-connected. In doing so she quickly fell out of favor with the friend who had recruited her and expected her to vote with him.

She took that same independence to the Alaska governor’s mansion years later, where she fought the Republican establishment over corruption and the oil industry over special drilling deals.

It was that independent spirit that attracted McCain. And though that was one of her main attributes, the decision makers in the McCain campaign stifled that through much of the presidential election and basically put her in a box.

Palin admits she made mistakes on the campaign trail. But she also points out where the handlers and decision makers in the campaign had her shackled when she had something to offer the team. And she criticizes the campaign for effectively throwing in the towel down the stretch when there was still—she believed—time to pull out a victory.

After the campaign Palin returned to Alaska where she was met with an avalanche of ethics complaints and freedom of information requests that threatened to bankrupt her and essentially brought Alaska’s governance to a standstill.

It was while fighting yet another of the partisan, unsubstantiated and finally refuted ethic complaints that she decided the state would be better served if she stepped down. That action, decried by the elites she had so bamboozled for the previous year, freed her up to begin speaking on issues and campaigning for people who believed in common sense fiscal conservatism.

Palin is an amazing person… an American like the majority of Americans… one not cut from the cloth of elitism but very much like you and me and our neighbors—average people.

That’s why elitists despise her so much. She’s like the people they so disdain, yet they fear her because she’s charismatic and popular and they know she will be an influential part of American politics for years to come.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Beth

    Yes, I too was very impressed with Sarah Palin. But ten she began to speak and it was just the same old same old and had been for nearly two years. She quit her job and has since made millions. Did she quit for the good of the state, or did she quit to chase the money? From books to reality TV she is a star and is only doing it for money. She has proven she is no different than any other politician, she’s in for the money and power and not the good of the people, state, or country. She’s a true fake and fraud and has simple minded partisin people snowballed.

    • Harley


      No disrespect intended, but, what do you do for money?

      • Beth

        I have a fulltime job in an office. I also volenteer time to organizations and I am on the board of directors. I do not get paid for those postitions. I have been frustrated with the way the opperate but I was elected to a 4 year term on the board. When I commit to something I don’t quit simply because it’s the easy thing to do. Also she was elected to a 4 year term as Governor of Alaska. If she had been elected to Vice President I can see quiting as Governor to do that. If she was going to try for a US House or Senate Seat I could see he quitting for that. But she quit to do what? Write a book and go on a Democrat Bashing Sprey accross the country. She could have waited less then 2 years and not seek re election, but she got greedy and couldn’t wait for the money. I guess $125,000 anual salary wasn’t enough for Palin after discovering how much money was actually to be had. She got a taste of the public life and liked it, no crime there. But to failed to finish out a commitment she had made to the people of her state. Even Mark Sanford in disgrace has remained Governor of his state because he made a commitment to do it.
        In the end Sarah Palin is just another greedy politian. She could have made a differnce, but she has showed she’s just as greedy, partisin and disloyal as any politian. She sold out!

        • Greg

          Yours is complete supposition. Careful about where you cast your indictments. I don’t believe you have ever met Sarah, I doubt you have ever met her, corresponded with, or tried to walk in her shoes even for a moment. If I am wrong then please enlighten me. I also put in alot of volunteer time, as well as work 40-60+ hours per week. That does not entitle me to make up the judgement bar of God in my spare time.

    • Mike

      It will be no big deal if she would get elected to President. Hopefully she will make a good pick for VP because I figure after a year of dealing with congress, the supreme court, and the liberal media she will just quit and let her VP take over.
      I’m hoping she runs in 2012. We need some good laughs!

    • Anthony

      I think she quit because she was told to….
      It is my contention that Palin is a trojan horse.


      Does she use Reagan rhetoric or does she sound more like Mitt Romney?

      Much like John Wayne, I doubt we will ever again be allowed to see another Ronald Reagan. That options gives the People too much say in how this Country might run. The waterloo for Reagan, was Donald Rumsfeld and I’m betting it was waaay too late by the time Mrs. Reagan figured it all out. I’m sure those jelly beans were OVERDOSED with buckets of Aspartame.

  • opha

    For the life of me I can’t understand why people continue to pick at Sarah Palin for stepping down as governor of Alaska. Do they not understand that the pockets of the liberals that hate her are deep, actually bottomless, and they would never stop those ethics claims against her until they bankrupted her? She was right to step down, and very smart. The ones that keep saying she is stupid will soon realize just how smart she is!

    By the way, in Ann Coulter’s column today, she mentioned that tort reform needed to be passed, making people responsible for taking someone to court for silly claims. The plaintiff should have to pay all, or at least half the costs, if the courts throw out the claim. That would sure help those that are being victimized by those with lots of money.

    • Johnny

      Do you know that we have Hillary Clinton to thank for Sarah Palin? Sarah was nothing more than a campaign trick and it has gone terribly wrong. The McCain people thought they were getting a Republican version of Hillary and thought that they could pull Hillary voters their way. It didn’t work. Hillary voters were smart enough to see Sarah for what she really is.

      As for Ann Coulter, I can’t believe it, but I actually agree with her on tort reform. If te Republicans would actually work instead of saying no, maybe the Democrat leaders would listen more to them. Right now the Republican party is acting like a child that didn’t get it’s way.

      Remember, All US House seats are up for election in Nov. Lets put 100% new people in there!

  • Joe

    Sarah Palin gets what she deserves just as most people in politics. I agree that she grabbed money and a platform and let the folks in Alaska high and dry. She is now stumping for McCain, which makes him look like an idiot once again as it seems to me that he blamed her for his lost presidential seat. (Which I do not think was the case, he pretty much so botched that himself.

    Sarah could have made a difference and she seemed real at first, but now I can’t stand to hear a word she says. She is now just fanning the flames of hatred and standing back to see what will happen. She will always have FOX news to fall back on if this ploy does not work.

    What a joke!

  • Roland


    • Johnny

      This has nothing to do with Liberals hand outs or not. It has to do with the Character of Mrs. Palin. She had no problem excepting Federal Hand outs when it could help her, and still has her hand out. $10,000 to have your photo taken with her? Come on man! She’s NOT Jesus!

      While running for governor in 2006, Palin backed federal funding for the infamous bridge to nowhere, which McCain helped make a symbol of pork barrel excess.

      And as mayor of the small town of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002, Palin also hired a Washington lobbying firm that helped secure $8 million in congressionally directed spending projects, known as earmarks, according to public spending records compiled by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste and lobbying documents.

      Wasilla’s lobbying firm was headed by Steven Silver — a former chief of staff to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, a key proponent of the bridge project.

      “We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge, and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative,” Palin said in August 2006, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.

      The Anchorage Daily News quoted her in October 2006 as saying she would continue state funding for the bridge. “The window is now, while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist,” she said.

      Wasilla, which in 2007 had 9,780 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, hired a lobbyist in 2000, public records show, paying him about $36,000 per year. In 2001, Palin was quoted in a local newspaper crediting Silver with helping secure federal funding for Wasilla.

  • http://Adultbloggingisfunny! Rhea

    Reading these remarks makes me laugh … if 20 of us were in a room with respect of each voice, we might be a little more humble in our expressions …can’t help but ask … “who wants to throw the first stone” and take responsibility for what happens next. Our country is is deep trouble and we all need to put a briddle on our head and walk in harmany or we will all be on welfare. Thank you for acting and not just reacting in the search for leadership … a good soul search will help all of us (including myself).

  • Enlightened one

    The scarey part is how many people believe her to be credible…. It doesn’t say much about the standards we have for political personalitys…I wouldn’t think a competent person would put our countrys fate in her hands and I doubt our country would survive a Palin presidency..

  • David

    “Going Rogue”???? That’s a HOOT! She’s about as “rogue” as Diane fine swine; just another whore in a suit. She campaigned WITH John McAmnesty. She appeared on Moonbeam Oprah’s show to jump-start her “rogue” book. She campaigned for John McAmnesty in Az against an actual conservative. She mealy-mouthed all over the NWO’s “path to citizenship” (“amnesty”) garbage during the campaign, lying that we couldn’t afford to deport them all (Operative words here would be “asset forfeiture”).

    I liked her as she was initially the most conservative pol in the campaign but it didn’t take the NWO/RINO monkey handlers any time at all to corrupt her into selling out conservatives on the conservative ethos.

    • Anthony

      Sorry DAVID – She was in it with the NWO gang, from the getgo.

      THAT’s the real reason McCain tabbed her…. he was told to do so.

  • Carmen

    Our young people are dying in 2 wars; we lost 3,000 precious lifes in 911; our economy is in a slump; our education system is in need of real reform; we have a serious imigration issue; our middle class keeps getting smaller; the rich are getting richer; the poor can’t move ahead; there is so much corruption in our social programs…for God’s sake lets focus on things that really matter. And as far as Sarah Palin is concerned, I don’t know her, all I know is that she is a human being, a mother, a wife and has been a hard worker all her life. That’s a fact, not just the opinion of the media who make money trashing this lady. What is wrong with us? I know I am not perfect, are you? What are you doing to make things better? From a concerned educator.

    • Anthony

      Ya ya ya… and LBJ made sure over 55,000 lost their lives in ‘Nam.

      What’s your point.?

  • angel-wanna-be

    BOB, People fear the successful, despite their humble start. They fear the popularity of the unknown, yet the skeptics fail to get to know, the unknown. The skeptics To fail to read and learn about the unknown, I believe, the skeptics feel, no knowing the truth gives valid compalint against the victim. As you said Bob and said well, they do fear sara, because she is the real deal. She’s happyily married, raising a family, and her work ethics are unparalelled to the laziness of today. She goes unfraid, preaching to the choir on the value and importance, of our constitution, and the unity needed to stand together on a living document, that has served us well for 234 years. Left alone life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with un-alienable rights for the lord our god works. When a people are properous, they naturally become more chariable, because they can. A redistribution of the wealth and serious tax hikes, such as in the Obama Administration, has taken our goodness of charity and take from us the ability to be charitable. The Obama Administration is attempting to guilt the achievers and the proporous into thinking, that by being successful is somehow evil. Sarah Palin, has a way of breaking it down in simple terms and the Obama Administration knows the people are listening to her. Her simple message in laymans terms that it’s ok to be successful, this is a threat and scares the hell-outta the regime.__ When people fear the Government, there is Tryanny__When the Governmnet fear the people, is Liberty!___God Bless

  • Anthony

    Folks – I have no personal beef with sarah Palin. None.

    On a political level, however, she is nowhere near squeaky clean.
    She is, however, almost as savvy as Abraham Lincoln in many ways.
    I do not relate her to President Lincoln.

    I just know that whomever controls the money, controls the Country.
    Sarah has her marching orders just like all other Politicians in the ol’ USA.


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