Sunday, October 4, 2009
Since Sarah Palin’s book has become a bestseller, Palin-haters have turned out in droves in another attempt to discredit her. Even those anklebiters who were on hiatus have gathered strength, reloaded, and are aiming once again toward the former vice presidential candidate. The fact that she is enjoying such success when, upon her resignation from the Governor’s Office, they had giddily predicted her demise, is infuriating them. How is it that someone who has been coined insignificant by the haters has created such a stir with a book that has not yet hit the stands? The truth is if the anklebiters were honest, they’d admit that Sarah Palin is the epitome of significance, and she conjures up within them fear of a magnitude they have never experienced before.
So what weapons have they emerged wielding? Surely they must have some juicy tidbit of information about Governor Palin that will completely discredit her, right? Wrong. Certainly they have created some new Saturday Night Live-ish parody involving her family, yes? Oh, no. That's amateurish. They pulled out the big guns this time. The past week has caused such a new outbreak of Palin Derangement Syndrome that the haters have been left with no other choice but to go after her…book title. Yes, I said her book title.
What a sad state of affairs. I truly feel sorry for anyone who is so filled with hate that they will stop at nothing to destroy someone. And since nothing else has worked, they have now unveiled Operation Attack Book Title. And they’re zeroing in on one word in particular: rogue.
I have received messages from some of these people who obviously think that I am in need of a dictionary definition of the word. In their concern for my well-being (yeah, right), they want me to know that I am supporting someone who is a self-avowed…make the children leave the room please…rogue. They have informed me that being a rogue is a bad thing. Bad Sarah. Bad, bad Sarah. Concerning this word, one anklebiter wrote, “How fitting,” then went on to spew his hateful venom, stating that Sarah Palin picked her title because, being the “mean-spirited” person that she is, it suits her well. He wanted me to know that rogue means “an unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.”
Just who do these people think they’re fooling, and who do they think they’re dealing with? No doubt, they know the story. Surely, they have heard about some unnamed McCain staffer/s who said Sarah “went rogue” during the campaign. It was a title bestowed upon her in an attempt to malign her.
What Sarah has done is chosen the definition of rogue that fits. Although I have not yet read the book, I have a feeling Sarah’s going rogue is a matter of being true to who she is and breaking free of some of those chains those McCain camp mis-handlers used to tie her to stale, inept campaign tactics. Yes, another definition of rogue is “operating outside normal or desirable controls.” That’s the rogue that Sarah Palin exemplifies even today, and I would not be surprised if her book reveals that she tapped into that inner-rogue as the campaign progressed. It reminds me of when Sarah’s dad said, “Let Sarah be Sarah,” when Jesus said of Lazarus, “Loose him and let him go,” and when they say in the hood, “Yo, get up off me!”
The truth is we would all be wise to tap into our own inner-rogues. The problem is some people are scared to operate outside of what’s expected of them. Breaking away from control might mean swimming against the current rather than floating safely back to shore. Every Black conservative, for example, has had to break free of the expectations of the majority of the Black population and a very large portion of the White population so we could be true to our own deepest beliefs. It’s not an easy thing to do. It comes at a cost. It’s downright rogue. There are those who would like to join in, but have simply not yet found the strength to step away from the pack and be true to the one who matters.
Going rogue means standing up for what's right even when it's not popular. It means saying the hard things because no one else has the courage to speak up. It means not backing down even when people have you up against a wall. It means not having a price tag attached to your sleeve. The bottom line is going rogue means realizing enough is enough, choosing to step out, trusting your instincts, and doing it your way.
The title of this bestseller declares Sarah Palin has chosen to wear as a badge of honor the term originally conferred upon her as an insult. And she should. Whenever the “normal or desirable controls” are going nowhere fast, the smart thing to do is to resist, break free, and, yes, go rogue—even faster.
My wish for every one of you: May you follow Sarah Palin’s example and tap into your own inner-rogue.