<b>By Guinn Sweet</b><br><a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>
I hope that this is not taken for a political statement, because I have sworn off writing about politics out of respect for my husband’s feelings. The last presidential election separated us, politically speaking, and I don’t want to offend him. He is still the head of our house, you know.
The reason I am writing like this is because I have read all the non-fiction, including my favorite, Clive Cussler, which I have in my home, except for Sarah Palin’s book, which was loaned to me this past week. You will soon see why I mention “Going Rogue” in political terms.
To begin my critique, let me tell you that this is a very easy book to read. For the most part, it’s because I have already seen the content on television news, or have read it in the newspapers’ political commentaries. There is no “reading ahead” to find out what happens next, if you see what I mean. There are areas that raise a few transient questions, however. For instance, the names of her children are really unusual, and in regards to her sons’ names, rather bizarre. There is Track (son), Bristol, Willow and Piper (all girls), then Trig (infant son) and Tripp (grandson). Is that what you get when the parents’ names are so original as Sarah and Todd?
The most interesting part of the book deals with the history of her family (mother, father and siblings) moving to Alaska in 1964. Following that, her and Todd’s moving to the Matanuska Valley to start their own home interested me, because Colon and I planned to move to that area and homestead years before that. We were sidetracked (hey, that may be where the name came from … Sarah and Todd were side-Track-ed, too!) by starting a family sooner than we meant to. That, and Granny’s putting her foot down that “no great-grandchildren of mine are going to grow up in that god-forsaken, unsettled frontier!” caused us to remain in Texas.
In trying to interpret just how a wife, mother and homemaker can get such worldwide attention from a small town in our most unpopulated and un-metropolized state, I thought about her wisdom in doing so. It is something I would never do, but on the other hand, I would never think of having a child at age 43, in view of the high odds on having a baby with Down syndrome at l-in-80. This might not sound like high odds, but one in a million would have been too much for me. Of course, she could have aborted the pregnancy, but for her refusal to do so, I approve. But it was not wise to put herself and the rest of the family in that position at that time.
She also displays either lack of wisdom or perhaps biblical/spiritual ignorance by her embrace of creationism/modified evolution, accepting them both in semi-equal degrees. I commend her on her good sense in her efforts toward local governance. There needs to be more of that kind of leadership. I feel that her entrance into national politics while her unmarried, teenage daughter was pregnant was an unwise thing to do, because of the fall-out that would come down to swathe both the daughter and her child, to say nothing of the possibility of providing a platform for a foolish young man to build a so-called career in theater/TV/films.
Back to the book. Because this lady was a journalism major, she is good with words and her story is interesting. I especially enjoyed her explanations of her entry into local politics, her concern regarding the growing greed of “Big Oil” personalities and how they had grown in numbers, her efforts to preserve honesty and prevent graft in state government and then her unexpected injection into the mainstream of national politics. She never wanders far from the impact all of that had on her family members, including her parents and her children. She is careful to give credit for her successes in politics to all who have had a part, in campaigning, encouraging, financing, voting and in other aspects of her rise to national notice. She gives the impression of being a caring person; maybe too much for a career politician.
The underlying effect of the book, “Going Rogue,” to me is this: Sarah Palin is not going back to obscurity. She will be back in the limelight of national politics in the next few years, if I have gotten the correct message of her book.