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The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words

The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words

by Matt Lewis

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When Sarah Palin says it, all of America hears it.

In the few years since Americans met Sarah Palin, her every word has been chronicled, analyzed, celebrated, and yes, infamously disparaged. Regardless of your party affiliation, it's impossible to deny her influence on American politics and the dialogue her ideas have generated.  Author Matt


When Sarah Palin says it, all of America hears it.

In the few years since Americans met Sarah Palin, her every word has been chronicled, analyzed, celebrated, and yes, infamously disparaged. Regardless of your party affiliation, it's impossible to deny her influence on American politics and the dialogue her ideas have generated.  Author Matt Lewis has gathered some of Palin's most memorable remarks, reminding us that whether you consider her a rogue or a patriot, her words reveal a genuine love for America.


If you learned everything you knew about American politics from Matt Lewis, you'd be in pretty good shape. I should know, since I practically do.

?Tucker Carlson, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Caller

Matt Lewis is a conservative provocateur and has an easy way of making complicated issues understandable and leaving the DC jargon off the table. Matt's projects always make you think, reflect and act.

?Governor Rick Perry, 47th Governor of Texas

Sarah Palin is one of the most important conservative leaders in America -- and Matt Lewis is one of my favorite writers.  Every conservative ought to have a copy of the Quotable Rogue in their personal library -- if for no other reason than to refute the distortions and lies constantly hurled at Palin by her detractors.

?Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, senior fellow at the Family Research Council

For all the accolades heaped on Mr. Obama for his soaring rhetoric and brilliant, professorial oratory, it's hard to deny that Sarah Palin is one of the most quotable leaders of the 21st century. The Quotable Rogue brings that into stunning clarity. And it's not because she's controversial -- it's because she's usually just right.

?S.E. Cupp, political columnist and culture critic, author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity

As you'll see in Matt's book, the reason for Sarah Palin's popularity is that she speaks in a blunt fashion and exposes truths that the politically correct job-protecting elites are fearful of.  She is a far wiser woman than Katie Couric.

?Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart.com, author of Righteous Indignation

Sarah Palin drives the left crazy and makes many of the Republicans who collaborated with Democrats to destroy our fiscal wellbeing duck and cover.  Matt Lewis captures, through Sarah Palin's own words, her wit, wisdom, and basic sense that America remains the last best hope for mankind.

?Erick Erickson, Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com

Steadfast in her beliefs and fearless in her demeanor, Sarah Palin has become a leading voice in today’s conservative movement and has inspired a new generation of activists. This book of quotes captures the independent spirit of Palin and is a great resource for all of us who are ‘going rogue’ alongside her.

?Teri Christoph, co-founder, Smart Girl Politics

A book like this one is absolutely essential in a world where the media refuses to quote Gov. Palin without liberal doses of snark, vitriol, and hyperbole. It's refreshing to see straight quotes in print so that readers can make up their own minds.

?Adam Brickley, founder, "Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President"

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The Ideals of SARAH PALIN in Her Own Words

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Adler & Robin Books, Inc.
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ISBN: 978-1-59555-358-4


On Abortion....................1
On the Real America....................5
On Living in Alaska....................9
On the Goodness of Americans....................14
On Barack Obama....................17
On Being Governor of Alaska....................25
On Being Sarah....................31
On Civil Rights....................38
On Economics....................44
On Crime....................49
On Education....................53
On Energy Policy....................57
On the Environment....................70
On Family....................79
On Foreign Policy....................88
On Gun Control....................93
On Health Care....................95
On the War in Iraq....................97
On Immigration Reform....................100
On John McCain....................103
On the Media....................107
On Politicians....................115
On Politics....................119
On the Recession....................123
On Faith....................132
On the GOP....................135
On Running for Office....................138
On Taxes....................149
On National Security and Terrorism....................152
On the Tea Party Movement....................157
On Tina Fey....................161
On Washington....................163
What others Say About Sarah Palin....................166
About the Editor....................181

Chapter One


* * *

I think it [abortion] should be a states' issue, not a federal government-mandated, mandating "yes" or "no" on such an important issue. I'm, in that sense, a federalist, where I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas. Now, foundationally, it's no secret that I'm pro-life, that I believe in a culture of life, which is very important for this country. Personally that's what I would like to see further embraced by America.
—Interview with CBS's Katie Couric, October 1, 2008

* * *

I'm pro-life. I'll do all I can to see that every baby is
created with a future and potential. The legislature
should do all it can to protect human life.

—Q&A with Newsmax.com's Mike Coppock, August 29, 2008

* * *

There are others [U.S. senators] that need to be moved
quickly into the private sector, they are the foot soldiers in
the Senate for this president who passed this health care
bill who made us look complicit in all these abortions.

—Speech at the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of
Life Breakfast, Albany Times-Union, May 14, 2010

* * *

Let's simplify,
we're pro

—At the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 6, 2009

* * *

I am and have always been unapologetically pro-life.
What we thought was one of life's greatest challenges
turned out to be one of life's greatest blessings ... I feel
blessed that god entrusted this opportunity to us.

—Palin, referring to the birth of her son Trig, Born
with Down syndrome, Daily Texan, April 30, 2010

* * *

I have to be really careful in how I explain my feelings because
some people say, "Oh, she considered abortion and how can
that validate her pro-life position?" No, what Bristol [her
daughter] and I have been through has not changed my belief,
but it has changed my perspective on the whole situation.

—Commenting on what her thoughts were upon finding out her teenage daughter was pregnant, Arizona Daily Star, May 15, 2010

* * *

I would like to see more women given more support so that those of us who say, "You know, a culture of life is what we believe," is best ... for humankind, you know, to respect the sanctity of every human life. And to understand ... that we live in a pretty messed-up world sometimes ... The most promising and good ingredients in this world ... Is a child. The hope that a child brings.... I want to do all that I can to reduce the number of abortions [and] to usher in that culture of life.... [T]he common goal we have ... Is to see fewer and fewer abortions. And to provide more and more women support in this world.
—CBS, September 30, 2008

* * *

I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor's determination
that the mother's life would end if the pregnancy continued.
I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a
society, we cannot condone ending another life.

—Eagle Forum 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate
Questionnaire, July 31, 2006

* * *

Our prominent woman sisterhood is telling these young women that they are strong enough to deal with this ... They can give their child life in addition to pursuing career and education and avocations. Society wants to tell these young women otherwise. These feminist groups want to tell these women that, "No, you're not capable of doing both." ... It's very hypocritical.
Washington Post, May 15, 2010

* * *

I am a normal American. And when it comes to my pro-life
views, there are more Americans today saying that they
understand the sanctity of life and that they are pro-life
than they are pro-abortion for the first time in decades.
—The O'Reilly Factor
, November 19, 2009

* * *


* * *

What makes America exceptional isn't her politicians; it's her people.
(Independence, MO), May 1, 2010

* * *

I grew up with those people [from small towns]. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars. They love their country in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.
—Republican National Convention Speech in
Minneapolis, September 3, 2008

* * *

We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington,
D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns
that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what
I call the Real America, being here with all of you hardworking,
very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.

—Speaking at a fund-raiser in Greensboro,
North Carolina, October 16, 2008

* * *

CNN INTERVIEWER: You've talked about America. And certain parts of America, that are maybe more American than other parts of America. Are there?

SARAH PALIN: I don't want that misunderstood ... You know, when I go to these rallies and we see the patriotism just shining through these people's faces and the Vietnam veterans wearing their hats so proudly, and they have tears in their eyes as we sing our national anthem, and it is so inspiring ... I say that this is true America. You get it; you understand how important it is that in the next four years we have a leader who will fight for you. I certainly don't want that interpreted as one area being more patriotic or more American than another. If that's the way it's come across, I apologize. —Interview with CNN's DREW GRIFFIN, OCTOBER 21, 2008

* * *

You don't need a title to make a difference. Any ordinary
American can seize opportunities to let their voice
be heard ... and they can make a difference.
—Philadelphia Inquirer
, November 17, 2009

* * *

The people of America realize that all political power is inherent in the people. And government is to be implemented on behalf of the people and the will that they desire that their government engage in. You can't underestimate the wisdom of the people of America. They're seeing through the rhetoric, and they're seeing through a lot of the political cheap shots, also. And they're getting down to the facts and the voting records that are going to show that stark contrast.
Hannity & Colmes, September 17, 2008

* * *

And we believe that the best of America is not all gathered in
Washington D.C. We believe that it is here, in the kindness and the
goodness and the courage of everyday, hardworking Americans—those
of you who run our factories and grow our food and teach our
children and fight our wars; this is where the goodness of America is.
—Southeast Missourian
, October 30, 2008

* * *

We grow good people
in our small towns,
with honesty and
sincerity and dignity.
—Republican National Convention speech in
Minneapolis, September 3, 2008

* * *


* * *

"We hunt as much as we can, and I'm proud to say our freezer is full of wild game that we harvested here in Alaska."
Palin's favorite food? "Moose stew after a day of snow-machining."
—Q&A with Newsweek's Brian Braiker, August 29, 2008

* * *

A changing environment will affect Alaska more than
any other state because of our location. I'm not one,
though, who would attribute it to being man-made.
, August 2008

* * *

And Alaska—we're set up, unlike other states in the [U]nion,
where it's collectively that Alaskans own the resources. So we
share in the wealth when the development of these resources
occurs ... It's to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual
company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans.

—On why she imposed a windfall profits tax on the oil industry in
Alaska as a mechanism for ensuring that Alaskans share in the
wealth generated by oil companies, New Yorker, November 3, 2008

* * *

Well, it certainly does [give me foreign policy experience] because our next-door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia ... We have trade missions back and forth. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United states of America; where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state.
—Explaining to CBS's Katie Couric why Alaska's proximity to
Russia Gives her foreign policy experience, September 24, 2008

* * *

And our congressional delegation ... They do a great job for
us. Representative Don Young, especially—god bless him—with
transportation—Alaska did so well under the very basic provisions
of the transportation act that he wrote just a couple of years ago.
We had a nice bump there. We're very, very fortunate to receive the
largesse that Don Young was able to put together for Alaska.

—National Public Radio, September 4, 2008

* * *

[Alaska is] small-town America. It's just good, unpretentious, hardworking people who love their state, they love their country, also proud to be American—the best upbringing that I could have ever hoped for. My parents instill[ed] in me not just a love of family and community, but a love of freedom and independence. That's what growing up in Alaska has been about.
Hannity & Colmes, September 17, 2008

* * *

I was raised in a family where gender was not going
to be an issue. The girls did what the boys did.
apparently in Alaska that's quite commonplace.
[U.K.], August 31, 2008

* * *

It is tragic that so many Alaska fishermen and their families have
had their lives put on hold waiting for this decision. My heart
goes out to those affected, especially the families of the thousands
of Alaskans who passed away while waiting for justice.

—Commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court reducing the $2.5 billion
punitive damages award in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case to no more
THAN $507.5 million, LegalNewsline.com, September 10, 2008

* * *

In the past, Alaska's reputation didn't lead the rest of America to believe we were adamant about safe, clean, responsible development here. I say that because we had legislators who are now serving prison time, because they were found guilty of being corrupted for their votes on oil and gas taxes by oil and gas industry players. That reputation has really hurt Alaska, and it's no wonder that some have not wanted to believe that we are opening a new chapter in Alaska's life.
Investor's Business Daily, July 11, 2008

* * *

I would think we all tear up during the national anthem
at the beginning of a baseball game, don't we? that's
an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers.
, March 2009

* * *

Oh, baby!

—Announcing that the amount of the Alaska Permanent Fund
dividend was $1,654 for each resident that year. This money comes
from investment profits generated by the state's $39 billion oilwealth
savings account, Anchorage Daily News, September 19, 2007

* * *

[My family] is a microcosm of so much of Alaska. My husband is a commercial fisherman. He also works up in the north slopes in the oil fields. I'm the first female governor in Alaska, so that's brought with it kind of a whole new chapter in Alaska's life. Like my husband—up here they refer to him as the "first dude," not the first gentleman. and Todd ... Is such a dude. He's a four-time winner of the iron Dog snow machine race, which is the world's longest and they say toughest snow machine race, 2,000 miles across Alaska. [it's a] whole new chapter here when Todd is asked to do things like—and he graciously complies and he has a good time doing it—hosting ... the former first ladies' tea party.


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Meet the Author

Matt Lewis is a former columnist for Politics Daily, now serving as a senior contributor at The Daily Caller, host of “The Matt Lewis Show” podcast and co-host of “The Week in Blog,” on Bloggingheads.TV. He has contributed to Townhall.com and appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and C-SPAN, as well as on numerous nationalradio shows. Matt has been quoted by major publications, including the Washington Post and the New York Times. www.mattlewis.org

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