Sarah Palin's: 'America Is Losing Her Way'


"There's a quasi-religious feeling to the message coming from them. They are trying to convince us that not only are they our saviors, but that we are our saviors – not hard work, not accomplishment, just 'believing in ourselves' and what we can accomplish together through government," she notes. "I believe in a humbler, less self-involved America."

Palin does not spare First Lady Michelle Obama either, criticizing her for comments she made on the campaign trail in 2008, saying that for the first time in her "adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

"Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections," Palin writes. "In retrospect, I guess this shouldn't surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people."

No Love Lost for Levi Johnston

She weaves in references to literature (Alexis de Toqueville's "Democracy in America," the poems of Emily Dickinson), film ("The Forty Year Old Virgin" and "Saving Private Ryan") and political figures she admires (she quotes liberally from Ronald Reagan).

But the book is unmistakably a political work designed to fire up her base -- in particular, members of the Tea Party movement with whom she has sought to associate herself.

"The mainstream media has been working overtime to portray these Americans as angry and bigoted. But I look out and see happy faces – faces of all ages, genders, and hues," Palin writes, noting that her own aunt and uncle have participated in Tea Party events. "I realized that the Tea Partiers are my uncle Ron and aunt Kate: normal Americans who haven't necessarily been involved in national politics before but are turned on to this movement because they love America and they don't like what they see happening to her."

Although Palin writes at length about the joys of her large family -- she calls them "her true north" -- she does not shy away from the private dramas that have become fodder for entertainment magazines and gossip columns.

Palin mentions her daughter Bristol's ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, in less than flattering terms.

"We all had to bite our tongues -- more than once -- as Tripp's father went on a media tour through Hollywood and New York, spreading untruths and exaggerated rhetoric. It was disgusting to watch," she writes.

Palin also warns of the danger of "American Idol," writing that contests are "self-esteem-enhanced but talent deprived performers" who "eventually learn the truth."

"After they've embarrassed themselves for the benefit of the producers, they are told in no uncertain terms that they, in fact, can't sing, regardless of what they have been told by others."

She does not, however, reach the same conclusion about Bristol, who is a finalist on the ABC's dance competition, "Dancing With the Stars." Her mother calls Bristol a better role model than the 1990's television character, Murphy Brown.

Palin: No 'Morning in America'

"Which is the more courageous course for a young, single mother: to sit down and shut up and avoid the critics," Palin writes, "or to speak out in a painfully honest way about how tough single parenting is? I'm biased of course, but given a choice of role models between Bristol and Murphy Brown, I choose Bristol."

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