This morning, I read the first 100 pages (about one-quarter) of Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue: An American Life. And despite the “narrative” that this book is whiny, with the former Alaska Governor portraying herself as a victim trying to settle scores, there is no trace of that in the book’s first two chapters.
Indeed, on a number of occasions, this charismatic woman acknowledges her own mistakes, particularly in her 2002 bid for the Republican nomination for Lietenant Governor of the Last Frontier where she fell short by just 2% of the votes cast. Her style is a little breezy for my taste, but the book is very readable. And like Barack Obama, she does use a lot of clichés. She seems to talk more about common sense conservative principles than actually articulate those principles and show how they work in the real world.
But, there are times, when she does provide examples which illustrate the meaning of those principles. My favorite such example was when she explained why she stopped frequently a local café in Wasilla that she used to visit regularly when she first become mayor of that booming Alaskan metropolis:
I finally slowed down on that Friday-morning routine when I was pregnant with Piper. Nearly every pregnant woman has something that can make her instantly ill, and the cigarette smoke inside the café kind of nauseated me. Instead of supporting a much-talked-about citywide smoking ban at the time, though I just stopped going to that restaurant. It eventually went smoke-free on its own, which is the way things like that should work.
No nanny-stater she. Sarah Palin shows exactly how one should react if a business doesn’t cater to her particular needs. Instead of running whining to the government, she takes action on her own. She doesn’t go to the offending establishment and notes how it, without the heavy hand of the state, changes its smoking policies on its own.
Palin is right, that’s the way things like that should work.