Sarah Palin, The Whiner

>> Saturday, November 28, 2009

However in closing the discussion for one final time about Palin's "somebody done someone wrong song," I feel compelled to respond to what was not in the book rather than rehash what is in the book.

The first thing that is noticeably absent is the lack of any character arc.

There is no personal growth in the entire book, from the beginning where she blames the old boy network (Ruedrich, Allen, Stevens, Murkowski) to the final chapter of blaming the new boy network (Schmidt, Bitney, Wallace et al.) she exhibits no personal growth as a person, a candidate or in her role as an elected official.

In every capacity she is always the aggrieved party, even when she is in charge and has the power to change the circumstances. But more importantly, her tale of woe proves one thing; Sarah Palin is no Barracuda, she's more like a spineless jelly fish.

She writes about former Public safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's bad behavior in her book, but did she ever talk directly to Monagan? No. In fact she had her acting Chief of Staff fire Monegan, but not before she cowardly got on a plane to Philadelphia.

Now there's a leader you can be proud of.
Alaskan Andrew Halcro after finishing Sarah Palin's Going Rogue

6 comments:

PS (PSanafter-thought) 02 December, 2009 16:00  

You have a very interesting blog. I just read about the should-we-leave the ELCA meeting. Good for you!!! I sent a link for that to my pastor who is to attend a meeting at another church who have people (read: the pastor) stirring up trouble. Re: Palin: Ohhhh, one of my pet peeves is a person who just complains but doesn't take the bull by the horn.

House of Brat 02 December, 2009 20:26  

Thanks!

I do think it's a vocal minority within the ELCA making all the hubbub about the decision. I think as more time passes, most people will be less in a huff over it. Hope, hope...

PS (PSanafter-thought) 03 December, 2009 07:16  

Apparently just 1% have taken a vote, and not all of those votes passed. I've heard that some of the churches that are leaving were thinking of leaving anyway, do to other issues, or being more of a "community church" rather than a "Lutheran Church." I guess they have to take 2 votes to make it official.

I don't think that the pastor leaving for reasons of conscience should be the same as a church leaving. He/she shouldn't pull the church with him. Maybe lots of the pastors who think about leaving are afraid to do so without a church, ie income. And if they leave, they lose their pension and health care benefits. So what is really behind people leaving or staying???

And... people aren't aware that there have been homosexual pastors for centuries.

House of Brat 03 December, 2009 21:11  

Only 1%? Gee, that's a lot less than some of the more vocal people at my church, who say they want to leave, make it seem. They all talk like it's so easy to do, even though I know it's not, and that they're are other churches with plans to do it. I don't think any of them bother to think about the legal hurdles of making changes on this level. It's easier to just mouth off instead of think about what's involved in being a 501(c)3 not-for-profit.

I think pastors, who want to leave because they don't like the ELCA decision, need to find another call or just leave the ELCA and go elsewhere. They shouldn't be dragging their congregations in directions that they don't want to go in. It's not fair to the members. Members were there before the pastor came and will probably be there afterward. It's just not fair for a pastor to use his position to orchestrate something within the congregation from the top-down.

I'm sure these people don't agree with every other decision the ELCA has made. Which is why I don't get why this one is such a deal-breaker. Most congregations won't even be affected by this decision.

PS (PSanafter-thought) 03 December, 2009 22:19  

I don't like the idea that a Lutheran congregation could be a pastor-centered/pastor's personality type of congregation. We've been different than other groups in that regard.

The 1% figure came from what my pastor told me on Tuesday: She said, 100 congregations have voted about leaving (it didn't pass in all places) out of 10,000 congregations. You could check the ELCA website for better stats, perhaps.

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