Sarah Palin's newest autobiographical book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, hits the stores today, but copies were kept out of most people's hands -- mostly the "lamestream" media's hands -- pre-publication date.
But a few places got the goods for review, and the verdict is ... fuzzy. More publications want to dish rather than dissect, giving us lots of good antidotes on the Mama Grizzly and her latest attention-getting move.
Although The Washington Post did explain it all for us in less than 30 words:
Take a Sarah Palin stump speech, expand it to 272 pages, and you've pretty much summed up "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag."
Well, then. So instead, let's get to the good stuff. What does Sarah have to say about Levi, the haters, and the constant hypocrisy of her views vs. Bristol's life? A lot, it turns out.
Levi gets slammed because he didn't show up in the delivery room until the last minute, and he lied to everyone about the Palins. But still Sarah "feels sorry" for the kid. You betcha.
Of course, 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 as his fifteen minutes of fame were exploited by supposed adults taking advantage of a lost kid.
But we knew him well enough to see how confused he was during that time, and our hearts broke for him and the price he would pay.
A favorite excerpt concerns Palin's views on this younger generation. One of which her daughter Bristol is a part and is enjoying her own amount of financial success by not ever working at anything other than getting knocked up.
In fact, we may be creating a generation of entitled little whiners. I came across an article that reported how growing numbers of employers today complain that many young job applicants exhibit all the signs of having been, there's no other word for it, spoiled. These young people feel entitled to jobs and salaries they haven't earned.
But! You say Bristol is working it hard on DWTS. That must be what Sarah Palin is referring to as "earning it." Except, on that topic, Palin also is inserting her foot firmly into her mouth, or her daughter's butt.
Did you ever wonder where the producers of "American Idol" come up with the seemingly endless supply of people who can't sing but are deluded enough to get up in front of a national television audience and screech out a song anyway? ... These self-esteem-enhanced but talent-deprived performers eventually learn the truth.
I wonder if Bristol has had time to read America by Heart?
Palin's oldest daughter finally gets her props as S-Pal decides to drag up the old Murphy Brown is a horrible woman argument. Which is just a few decades too late, and sad if that's the only way she can think to make Bristol look good. But still --
Which is the more courageous course for a young, single mother: to sit down and shut up and avoid the critics, 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.
If you live in real America, you can catch Sarah on the book tour in your neck of the woods.
Are you going to buy America by Heart?
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