A Bright Star over Alaska

I have just finished reading ‘Going Rogue’ by Sarah Palin.

Auto Bios are not my usual favorite genre but I believe one should read some of them in order to maintain the balance and for this reason I have over the past two years read the hot wind by both Clintons and Obama [Dreams], the more modest words by John McCain, and now Miss Sarah.

She deals frankly with much in American politics including the now “generally accepted dictum that it is OK for politicians to lie” and the messy “pork” legislative deals.

BTW, they are trying to run her and the book down but she is laughing all the way to the bank. Two million copies now confirmed sold. See:


And it is pretty hard to argue with 293 million Google entries!

12 Responses to “A Bright Star over Alaska”

  1. Ike Jakson Says:

    Sorry Folks

    My system is still playing up [or I am getting too old for this] but the Google Link that I refer to above is:


  2. Nolanimrod Says:

    Sorry it took me so long to get over here.

    Palin! What to say? I think of her as Joan of Arc both for the conservative movement and for the country. Her experience shames the Republican Party more than anything since the Teapot Dome scandal.

    Sarah Palin is “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in a way that many, if not most, politicians are not.

    Her reward for this steadfastness was to be verbally tarred and fethered not only by the expected sources but by the people who were her teammates: the McCain people.

    Just as the French needed Joan we need Sarah.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thanks Nolanimrod

      It is good to meet you here, and to find someone who shares the same views on a future American President.

      Good luck and best wishes in whatever you do.

  3. Gail Says:

    Hi Ike,
    Even though I am a conservative, I had no plans to read Palin’s book. After reading this blog though, I’ve changed my mind and do plan to read it now. Thank you.
    There is no doubt that she is a bright and highly talented person. Nevertheless, I have always been hesitant about her being President. Her many personal life issues would be too much of a distraction, I think. And, frankly, her family needs her more than the office would ever allow. They also need their own space and life. What is her husband supposed to do anyway? Some would probably think that was a sexist remark. My intention is to be simply realistic and also to see beyond what we may think we need for ourselves and look at a bigger picture. Men and women, even equally talented ones, are not the same in any situation.
    I have said this before and still think that she would do well as secretary of the interior or of the department of energy. She would have knowlege and insight to bring to the position. It would give her family more freedom to do what they want and need to do with less restriction and less harrassment from the press (in our dreams maybe). It would buy her time and greater experience.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Hi Gail and Welcome

      I regard your comment as one of the best that I have ever come across. It is positive though we do not agree on every point. After all what would the world be if we were all little pink elephants?

      Do give me a little more time to “chew the cud” on all the many points that you raise. I don’t expect praise for everything and want to evaluate your points too.

      Do let me know when you have read the book. Meantime just one on Todd when you say “What is her husband supposed to do anyway?” I love their humor in the book where they call him “the First Dude” in the event she becomes President one day.

      Whatever happens to Miss Sarah, she is “part of the people” and that is great to me. Politicians have far too much power and her promise [as proved in the past] to consult the people sounds good to me. I am sick and tired of politicians who treat the people as if they are stupid.

  4. Gail Says:

    I couldn’t agree more on your last statement. Aren’t we all sick of so many politicians that tell us what they think we want to hear, then do as they please supposedly for some special interest group, but ultimately for their own benefit of course.
    I’m not as cynical as some though, who think that absolutely all politicians are and must be corrupt. I just think our current media driven political system drives out the good people who would like to run. Much as Sarah and others have found out the hard way. Look at what they did to Joe the plumber. I wonder if he wishes that he never spoke up. I’m glad he did though.
    I’ve heard some very interesting stories over the years on the matter of corruption in our government. Some time in the future I might talk a little more about that.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thanks again Gail

      Now you touch on another matter that regular voters seem to take in their stride.

      Political corruption has become endemic worldwide but I am often amused at the people who should worry and put an end to it. Americans tend to say yes, but the Chinese are also corrupt; the Chinese say the same about Americans; and the British say the same about both. BUT NOBODY gets to kick the bums out.

      And to crown it all we have Obama who got into the White House on a promise of change, amongst other things to change Washington. Instead he embraced Washington as soon as he landed there and is lapping it up.

      Voters may be stupid after all? LOL

  5. Gail Says:

    I must say, the election of Obama was stunning. A obvious socialist as President of the United States? What were people thinking. There was a lot of wishful thinking going on during that election. I think people were hearing what they wanted to hear from him.
    I also think that the media did such a hatchet job on Bush, that people were ashamed and didn’t want to be associated with Republicans any more. They needn’t have taken that rubbish so seriously. I understand, in part though. I don’t think anyone can argue that W. had difficulty with public speaking. As much as he and his wife would insist that the media harping just rolled off his back, I suspect it made his confidence drop, and probably made it even harder for him to get up in front of that bunch. Who knows how much effect it had on him?
    It’s just one more example of manipulative political behavior. Nothing is new about it. Socialists have been doing this since Marx.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thanks again Gail

      Yeah, what is there that President George W was not blamed for?

      Your comment reminded me of a link that I had seen in another Blog on Miss Sarah about the Media. I shall try to locate it and post it here.

      Thanks for participating. I am just an old guy passing my time and need as much company as I can get [as long as it is constructive like yours].

      I don’t expect people to agree with everything I say or feel; we are not all the same and differences can be very good.

  6. Ike Jakson Says:

    Hi Gail

    This is the link I was talking about earlier:


    I shall write again but see what you make of them meantime. Try to submit a comment and see what happens. We can discuss the rest.

    It’s almost pumpkin time out my way. See what you can find and we will talk tomorrow.

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