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Rogue Thoughts: Chapter by Chapter on Sarah Palin (Chapter 5)
First Things ^ | 11-27-09 | John Mark Reynolds

Posted on 12/01/2009 8:49:39 AM PST by Bob J

Chapter 4

Chapter Five

I have changed my mind about one issue by the end of this book. Palin’s resignation as governor now makes a good deal of sense to me. The media pressure and ethics complaints did not fade away and she was no longer able to do her job.

I thought her resignation nearly a “deal breaker,” but that was a hasty judgment on my part.

Surely the day will come when the media will tire of kicking Palin and then she will get peace. Some will argue that Palin is getting rich off of her media exposure, but this is a shoddy justification for treating a patriot badly.

One reason I hesitated in starting this project was that I feared I would not like the book as much as I wished and I did not want to add to the people piling on Palin. She is a real person and a sister in Christ.

Of course, with good luck she will never see my long cry-of-the-heart and I am sure if she did would laugh it off (”What’s with is Plato obsession?”) as an academic-nerd-boy all excited about nothing.

She sells in her millions and I in my hundreds!

In any case this chapter reminded me of what much Palin gave up to run for Vice President. Money cannot replace it. Money cannot shut the mouths of the cruel bloggers who accuse her of being a womb raider and not the mother of Trigg.

Palin deserves thanks for standing up for my values and I am thankful.

Being President is not like being governor of Alaska in one sense. At the end of the campaign, Sarah’s enemies kept attacking, but she did not have any formal structure to defend her. She created a network eventually, but she was being overwhelmed with national-level attacks inside a structure meant for state of Alaska level issues.

I don’t think, therefore, that her “quitting” in Alaska can be compared to “quitting” as President (if she were elected). In fact, her resigning appears to be for the good of the state.

Of course, she also was able to “cash in” more easily on her fame . . . so motives, as always in fallen humanity, are mixed!

The more I read about the treatment of Palin after the election, the angrier I grow. She was treated unjustly and the “system” had no way of protecting a failed vice-presidential candidate from continued national scrutiny and attack. There really was no precedent for it.

Her cry of the heart about all of this is not “whining,” but her only way of getting justice and some peace. I hope this book makes her a packet and she goes on to do great things. The most disgusting thing about it all has been the exploitation of the young father of her grandchild.

Critics may say she “exploited” him by having him at the convention, but it seems to me that she offered him a gentleman’s way. She treated him with dignity and as part of the family. Every pol has their family at the conventions. Imagine if she had left him at home!

This young man’s life pattern is now so predictable that I can write the tabloid headlines of his fall. Palin “exploited him” alright: if he has listened to her, he would be married to a beautiful young lady, a proud dad, and working to finish school and starting college. Instead his new “friends” are putting him in pin up poses and sucking his brain dry for any stories that can be used to hurt his baby’s grandmother.

The baby will grow up to read the stories.

It would be a Greek tragedy if there were a hero at the center and not some poor mixed up Alaskan boy who did the wrong thing, at the wrong time, to the wrong person.

The Palin family deserves every bit of money they make on this book.

Sadly, the Presidency is not a consolation prize. The flaw of this book is that it begins to describe a righteous cause that goes beyond grievance, but it fritters away its intellectual energy in errors, bad arguments, and bromides.

In Palin the medium appears to be the message, but the medium is listening to no voice save her own instincts.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobj; book; morebobjbs; palin; pds; reynolds

1 posted on 12/01/2009 8:49:39 AM PST by Bob J
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To: Bob J

ping for later


2 posted on 12/01/2009 9:31:38 AM PST by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: Ro_Thunder

This was actually a good review, up until the last two sentences. I thought fritter was a food not a verb.


3 posted on 12/02/2009 8:20:37 AM PST by Sarah-bot (Palin or Communism -- You decide.)
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