Sunday, November 22, 2009

An American Life

I just finished reading Sarah Palin’s book: Going Rogue: An American Life, and it most certainly is that, a wonderful political biography of a quintessential American life which embraces the common sense values she—and many of us—grew up with.

She was raised Catholic and though she now attends an evangelical congregation, her life and politics—describing herself as a “Commonsense Conservative”— clearly, to me, rest on the social teaching of the Catholic Church.

An excerpt.

“What does it mean to be a Commonsense Conservative?

“At its most basic level, conservatism is a respect for history and tradition, including traditional moral principles. I do not believe I am more moral, certainly no better, than anyone else, and conservatives who act “holier than thou” turn my stomach. So do some elite liberals. But I do believe in a few timeless and unchanging truths, and chief among those is that man is fallen. The world is not perfect, and politicians will never make it so.

“I am a conservative because I deal with the world as it is—complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful. I am a conservative because I believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.” (p. 385)