PalinTracker: Rebukes Anti-Semitism and Government Fixes, Memoir Hits #1

September 24:

At Facebook, Palin posts her Best Wishes for the Jewish High Holidays, with solemn best wishes for Yom Kippur -- the Day of Atonement -- which reminds us of our need for forgiveness. She adds a current spin:

A speech was given at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that was full of hateful anti-Semitic rhetoric. It was a shameful display before a body whose very charter is premised on the need for co-operation and harmony in pursuit of peaceful co-existence between nations. Such talk was especially abhorrent coming as it did during the Jewish High Holidays. The world community must speak with one voice in declaring anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance and racism utterly unacceptable. There is no place in the community of peace-loving nations for those who traffic in hate or deny the terrible atrocity of the Nazi Holocaust.

In this holy season, we join the Jewish people in the struggle to promote justice, harmony, and peace. May God bless them.

- Sarah Palin

September 27:

Lenny Cacchio at Morning Companion lifts a quote from Palin’s 9/23 Hong Kong speech to contrast two radically divergent worldviews:

Sarah Palin vs. Hugo Chavez

"We don't believe that human nature is perfectible; we're suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it's trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn't mean that we're resigned to any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature. ...

The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don't trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is."

– Sarah Palin

“Those who want to go directly to hell, they can follow capitalism. And those of us who want to build heaven on earth, we will follow socialism.”

-- Hugo Chavez

These quotes illustrate the stark contrast between two contradictory worldviews, that of classical conservatism and that of Modernism informed by a heavy dose of the Enlightenment. If you miss Palin’s point, much of the arguments of today’s world, and indeed of the conflicts of the history of Western Civilization, may escape you.

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September 28:

Harper Collins announces that Palin’s first book -- a 400-page memoir written with the help of Lynn Vincent -- will be released four months early, on November 17. According to publisher Jonathan Burnham, the calendar bump is the result of the diligence of the two women, who turned in the manuscript before deadline:

"Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project," Burnham said. "It's her words, her life, and it's all there in full and fascinating detail."

Going Rogue: An American Life will debut with 1.5 million copies. Palin’s title is a reference to a charge made within the McCain camp during the final phase of the 2008 campaign and pushed into public argot by John Dickerson in an October 20 Slate story: "Has Sarah Palin ‘gone rogue’?" Dickerson wrote:

Has Sarah Palin "gone rogue?" ... Palin's disagreements don't appear to be a part of a larger strategy. So, political insiders have started asking whether Palin is simply undisciplined or is intentionally ignoring the playbook. And if it's intentional, the question becomes: Is she putting her own political self-interest ahead of her running mate's?