Paul A. Ibbetson
Sarah Palin: should we make rogue vogue?
By Paul A. Ibbetson
November 27, 2009

Sarah Palin is back in the public spot light with her new bestselling book, Going Rogue. At the moment, on just about every television channel, one can view the very photogenic Palin being quizzed about her new book and her plans for the future. Of course, the big question that comes up at some point in every conversation is — will she run for the top spot in the next presidential election? While trying to pick the person that will be the Republican Presidential Candidate in 2012 is a pre-mature question, who among us, both liberal and conservative, can't say it is not a tantalizing topic to discuss? For conservatives, it is one of the most important chances to correct this Titanic-style course of destruction that Barack Obama has chartered for the country. For liberals, it's a chance to hate a new conservative presidential candidate with all the energy they can muster. Good times.

As is often the case, I would direct attention away from the tantalizing and back to the practical, which (in this case) still brings us to the case of Sarah Palin. I believe that Palin's re-emergence has a fundamental importance that should be grasped. However, the big difference here, and probably one of the biggest of big differences from the current public focus, is that I believe it has little to do with Palin as President. Let me explain.

As Sarah Palin emerges again as a potential political player, we will see an inevitable, grotesque, re-enactment of the Palin attacks, the likes of which had never before been heaped upon man, woman, or beast in the political realm. One should remember the eerie depths liberals plunged to when degrading Palin as a political candidate, by attacking not just her political views, but by attacking her as a wife and mother. We should not forget that, despite all the liberal rhetoric being brought forth promoting the rightness of empowering diversity, the left — and all its agents — attacked Sarah Palin with reckless ferocity for attempting to find a place among the highest echelons of power as an intelligent, strong woman. The fact that Palin is physically beautiful appears to be only additional salt in the wounds of liberals that feel she has transgressed against them. For this sin, liberal cheap-shooters, such as Newsweek, will continue to frame Palin's physical beauty as a detriment to her internal qualities. It's as unprofessional and demeaning as Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" statement from the 2008 Presidential Election primary. Despite the wrongness of these actions, the public should be prepared for more — and for it to hit lower guttural depths. As well, the microscope will be placed on every potential political plan, policy, and procedure that will cross Palin's lips in the next few months and after intense scrutiny, inevitably, she will be found lacking in some category. Ah, to be human.

After sifting through all the glitter and gloom of the Palin story, the practical matter of importance still boils down to action based on values. It is here, in that private place of contemplation, that we have to ask ourselves the value, if any, of making rogue vogue? This is where you might want to lean forward and apply additional focus to the article. The questions of fundamental importance are whether or not the Palin philosophy of following conservative values outweighs political prestige and party? If doing what you feel is right is worth losing title and station, if placing God and family before the well-embraced public sentiment of moral relativism and political expediency, is it worth the pain? Is it not good enough to simply do what is right, despite tomorrows poll rating? Is it worth it to go rogue? I must admit, I was among the many that questioned Palin's decision to step down from the position as Governor of Alaska. The thought of "finish what you start," was heavy in my mind, in combination with the fact that I knew liberals, the same liberals who were heaping fraudulent law suits on her and the state of Alaska, would later attack her for stepping down. My second point is now coming to fruition; however, I may have been wrong to believe that Sarah Palin failed to finish what she had started. In fact, she may be in roguish fashion illuminating the fact that conservative values have validity alone, and only find certain limited facilitation through the political process. The echo of Palin's gubernatorial step-down surely also reflects the Republican Party's ultimate need for conservatives and not vice versa. If any of these ideals are true, and I believe they are, then it is worth saying that gold, glory, governorships and dare I say, even presidencies, should be the fruits of this scarce righteous mentality. These ideals have become almost foreign today, and most certainly could be termed rogue.

Will Sarah Palin run for President? Can she win? Only time will tell. What we can say, in the here-and-now, is that despite who faces the Barack Obama presidential machine in 2012, this person would be wise to place conservative values as their mainstay. This candidate would be best served to look above for guidance — as opposed to opinion polls and the press — and allow followers to be drawn to his/her true character, and not to peripheral qualities that have no true relevance. Is this mentality rogue? If it is, then let us make rogue vogue by every means possible, with the greatest of speed, and with the highest amounts of fervor for the betterment of the country — while we still can.

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Paul A. Ibbetson

Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his PhD. in sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books and is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association's 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 award winning, Conscience of Kansas airing across the state. Visit his website at For interviews or questions, please contact


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