Putting out poli*tical paths aside .... I know, that is hard, but stuff your po*litical fervor in a safe and spin the dial .... what do you think of Sar*ah P*alin's decision to accept the candidacy for VP?
I'm rather aghast at all this. I'm older than most of you, but I think I'm a pretty
P*alin is called "ultra-conse*rvative." OK, whatever. I find it anything but cons*ervative to put your children in the spotlight as she has done. First, her baby .... she gave a birth to a Downs Syndrome baby boy. Good for her. I do not think that is a reason to abort a pregnancy, so I applaud her for facing a challenging motherhood. However, she returned to work just a short time after the birth. I don't know who was given charge of the baby's care, but it was apparently not the father, as I understand he continued with his job also. Hardly a great example of a loving bonding experience with a baby that needs a huge amount of first-hand TLC.
Then there is the oldest daughter and her pregnancy. Please understand I'm not critical of this girl, and I don't mean to make her as an example. I'm looking at Sarah P*alin's decision to throw her hat into the ring at this time. That child needs her mother's attention right now, and the LAST thing she needed is the spotlight on her. I admire the decision to keep and raise her baby; I'm not so gung-ho about the one to marry the also adolescent father of the baby. Perhaps it will work out, but the odds are not good. Not good under normal circumstances, but with everyone in the US and millions more all over the world putting the situation under a microscope, it is a sadly unhealthy circumstance. I wonder .... if these kids were planning to marry, why are they this far along in the pregnancy without wedlock? My guess is that it became mandatory when Mama P*alin threw the hat. And that puts another marker against those two kids and their possibility of having a successful marriage. I wonder just how much pressure was asserted on the boy-father.
On this next point, I'm touching on the polit*ical part of this, but please try to keep focused on the private part of my point. I've heard over and over on the media .... if P*alin were a man, people would not be asking about the ability to serve in this high office AND be a parent. Yeah, OK, but that is a ridiculous comparison. I don't know statistics on this, but my guess is that the majority of wives of male politicians are at home raising the children. I doubt that many men married to politicians opt to fore go a career to raise the children while the wives are stumping and then off to DC. I wonder who will be raising the P*alin children. My guess is a nanny. OK, that's not the worst thing in the world, and some of the wives of politicians use nannies, as well. But those children aren't in the public spotlight of a relentless media while their "family values" mommy is preoccupied as second in command of a powerful nation. Note: OK, I just heard that she has stated that her husband plans to take a leave of absence from his job to care for the children. I'll commend them for this decision. Great choice.
OK .... Now I'm talking politics. This just seems to smack against the whole "family values" thing of the Republican Party. It seems open the door for another re-classification of terminology so that it fits the situation, rather than upholding the value itself. IMO, P*alin is self-serving, putting polit*ical career ahead of her family. Mc*Cai*n (and the pol*itical Right) have allowed, no, promoted this family to be put at risk in an attempt to balance the team. The whole bunch has made a mockery of the conserv*ative foundation of family values. I think it is sad.
I see this as two-faceted, the family and the politics. I also consider myself to be "moderate" in both politics and life. But this is pushing me farther to the left, for sure. Po*litically, you all know that I lean libe*ral, but I try to be open to it all. I've never voted a straight ticket. And I was once registered as a Republican! Yes, I really was!!
Many of my values are middle of the road. I'm pro-choice and could never be anti-choice, although abortion would never have been an option for me. I'm highly in favor of stay-at-home moms for children, but I wouldn't ever criticize a mom who works; she may have to, as I did.
If you disagree with me, I welcome your opinions. But in your comments, remember to separate, as well as possible, the politic*al from the family. I really want to hear what others out there are thinking about this whole scenario.
Here is a good article from a Candian source.