Tapping into Your Inner-Rogue

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.


Anonymous,  October 4, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

A whole lot of us that have never gone rogue.... Are going rogue too!


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Sheila,  October 4, 2009 at 9:28 PM  

Tapping into your inner rogue - Palin 2012 ..... Sound like a good bumper sticker or t-shirt. :)

Anonymous,  October 4, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

Thank You Adrienne,
As usual I can only say "Amen" to your well written article. I really appreciate how you write my thoughts and feelings.
A regular reader of C4P.

churchmousec October 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

What a fabulous post about a great lady! Inspirational reading, especially for a Monday.

Many thanks

Anonymous,  October 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

I love Sarah Palin, the reason why is because she cleaned up the corruption in the Alaskan Government. She was fearless in her pursuit of corruption and that would make any Democrat shake in their corrupt boots!! That is what I was hoping for in 2008. That was not to be but by 2010 maybe America will be so sick of the corruption in Washington they will welcome a rogue that will clean up the corruption and get rid of the Democratic double standard for behavior!!!

Robin's New Song October 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

Yes, amen. Standing up for my convictions at all costs. I will not compromise to be approved by people. Sarah is one smart woman.I'm excited to read her book! God raise her up with Holy fervor and Your word on her mouth.

MaddMedic October 6, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

Rogue? Then let us all be rogues!!

Anonymous,  October 9, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

I loved the way you compare yourself as a black conservative "going rogue". What in your opinion does Sarah have to do to attract more minorities? Thank you.

Adrienne Ross October 12, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Anonymous @October 9, 2009 6:43 PM

Thank you for your question.

Personally, I believe that the principles Sarah Palin stands up for are good for ALL people, including minorities. As there are not separate Americas, I tend to believe that as we do what's best for the nation, we do what's best for the various groups that make up a nation. Faith, lower taxes, strong defense, protection of human life and families, energy independence, freedom, capitalism--common sense conservatism--are good for ALL.

The social issues that Sarah espouses are embraced, too, by the vast majority of minority groups, like Blacks, Hispanics, etc.

I believe as people become more and more aware of the truth of Sarah Palin, what she truly represents--rather than viewing things through the lens of a biased media--they will discover how good Sarah is for America, and this America includes ALL.

Also, I would like to see Sarah, in her timing and with a diversity of advisers, make more appearances in "ethnic" communities, where she is able to communicate who she is to some groups who may not have--for whatever reason--received the message. People will find that she is more like them than they may have realized or been led to believe.

And order the book!

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