America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag
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Informed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's own principles and deepest feelings, graced with intimate memories, this remarkable book gives us a close-up view of an extraordinary woman who is not afraid to speak out and defend the American values in which she so deeply believes.
Everyone was happy they were able to honor the hero in time, but this modest man’s actions to save his comrades spoke louder than any award ever could. I remember thinking that the title of the article said it all: “Sergeant Erwin and the Blazing Bomb: A Story of a Night When the Congressional Medal of Honor Seemed to Be a Modest Award.” I also read about a later war, the war in Vietnam. I remember one horrifying article that reported how Captain Chris O’Sullivan of Astoria, Queens, was killed
who had been our enemies. Read that, and tell me you’re not proud to be an American! Sad to say, many of our national leaders no longer believe in American exceptionalism. They—perhaps dearly—love their country and want what’s best for it, but they think America is just an ordinary nation and so America should act like just an ordinary nation. They don’t believe we have a special message for the world or a special mission to preserve our greatness for the betterment of not just ourselves but
Alaska, you’re struck not just by the almost superhuman effort they expended, but by their rock-solid determination to push boundaries, to reach the better life that awaited them over the next mountain range or with the next mining claim. From our comfortable, safe existences in the wilderness they conquered and the communities they built, these Americans seem more like aliens from another planet than our national forebears. But their grit and their optimism are a part of us; they live on in our
of this average-to-below-average view of our country are profound, both at home and abroad. Indeed, especially abroad. A prominent Czech official has called America’s current foreign policy “enemy-centric,” and I think he’s on to something. An enemy-centric foreign policy is one that seems more interested in coddling adversaries (in Washington, they call this “outreach” or “resetting relations”) and apologizing than in standing up to enemies and sticking by principles—among which are friendship
is my right-hand man and production “crew” as he helps adjust my television earpiece before an interview with Sean Hannity on one of the nation’s highest-rated news shows, Hannity. Todd built an airplane hangar for his Piper Super Cub and included within it a spot for me to broadcast live around the world. It’s usually a two-person show—Todd and me—when we interview from home. (© 2010 One Three, Inc. All rights reserved. Photographer Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images) Summertime 2010, catching up on