Skip to comments.Everything I Need to Know About Sarah Palin, I Learned From Sir Ernest Shackleton
Posted on 10/18/2009 10:37:08 PM PDT by Jeanette Pryor
On July 3rd, 2009, Sarah Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska, and nailed the following sign to her door: Men Wanted For Hazardous Journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.
This, the most famous newspaper advertisement ever penned, placed its original author, Sir Ernest Shackleton, in the position of having to select the crew for an Antarctic expedition from among the 5,000 men the ad brought to his office. Comparing Sara Palin to the greatest explorer in history might appear to stretch the limits of metaphorical license, even for an Irishwoman given to hyperbole. I contend, however, that it pales when compared to likening a revolutionary idealist with two weeks of Presidential experience, to Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe that Sarah Palin, will be the next President of the United States, and that the secret to her success can, oddly enough, be found in characteristics she shares with one of the greatest Explorers of modern history, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
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Gawd that was a great, excruciating book, “Endurance.”
See my tagline...
Try “Shackelton’s Boat Journey”, by F.A. Worsley. Worsley was the Captain of the Endurance as was among the men chosen by Shackleton to make the crossing to South Georgia.
“Shackelton’s Boat Journey” covers a lot of the same ground as “Endurance” but I found its grit and grain of its story telling very compelling. Highly recommended even for someone who has already read “Endurance”.
Very, very well said.
Thanks, I’ll look for it. Gonna be hard to top “Endurance,” though.
Thanks, paints a better picture of Sarah than most I’ve seen yet. Thought I’d ping Solid Wood that she might add it to her list.
Awesome comparison - just tweeted this!
For scientific leadership give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel, Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situation, where there seems no way out, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.
(Attributed to Raymond Priestly but appears in essence elsewhere including in Apsley Cherry-Garrard's Worst Journey in the World).
Wonderful essay and what a great comparison!!!
Sorry man, not buying it.
One is a small time pol, the other endured horrible conditions and saved ALL of his men. IOW, a real leader.
NOT even in the same class. Sorry.
SaraH is nice, talks a good game and all that but Shackelton she is NOT.
Then again, you can tell a lot about a person from the people they admire.
A small time pol who will most likely be our next President...
Holly wow what a sexy picture...hubba hubba!!
Wow! That’s a great article! Thanks!
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