Obama might say Sarah Palin's family is off-limits for discussion, but it isn't for me.
I am SO distressed about McCain's choice of a running-mate, the thought of having someone that anti-choice ("pro-life") in our White House makes me nauseous. People tend to hide their true beliefs from the public eye, so if these are her public beliefs, what are her behind-closed-doors thoughts?! I am stunned that the Republicans can even consider someone so polarized on this giant issue.
Palin believes in Abstinance-Only Education. Poking one's head into the statistics of the states that ascribe to this "method" will demonstrate, quite bluntly, the failure of Abstinence-Only Education. In fact, Palin's own 17-year old daughter Bristol is Exhibit A that AOE, especially when that education is only received in the home, is a dismal failure.
Palin has even said she would be against abortion for her own daughter, even if she were raped. I agree with the writer that it is frightening that she would not permit her (then) 14-year old daughter the choice of whether to carry the baby or not.
This not-common-at-all woman puffs out her mama breasts that she gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome even though she knew that fact prenatally. News flash! MOST couples make that choice!
But, let's ask how pro-family she is when she ruptures her membranes 5000 miles away from home, finishes her speech, flies the 8 hours home - in labor - before having her labor augmented - and then is back on the job 3 days later. Who's nursing the baby? (Rumor is she is, but how long will that continue if she is on the campaign trail and helping to run a country?) Having that many kids is hard enough, but having a new baby with Down Syndrome presents unique challenges for families to address and overcome. How is Sarah Palin going to make sure her son gets the best of care?
And who let her get on a plane at 8 months pregnant? And who let her fly with ruptured membranes? What doctor (or midwife) okay'd her to fly for 8 hours on a plane when she was already technically in labor? Who was monitoring this baby with Down Syndrome? What if he'd been born on the plane and needed life support? Didn't Ms. Pro-Life think about her child's needs before allowing the cabin door to close behind her? What was in her mind that she didn't go have the baby while still in Texas?
I ask these questions not because I just want to pick on the GOP, but because if this woman might be our President one day, what kind of judgement will she have regarding the lives of the American people if she can't even think clearly about the life inside her uterus?
And if she can't see her own hypocrisy when it comes to Bristol, I really just don't know where this woman's mind is. It isn't in reality.
I've chosen to stay in the birthing/mommy arena and not delve into the ghastly record she has with oil companies and (her lack of) foreign policy (experience) or even her extreme Pentacostal ("Bible-believing" [literally!]) religion that certainly condemns homosexuals, masturbation and -gasp- premarital sex. Oh, that's right, it's okay to have premarital sex as long as you don't consider abortion and you do plan on marrying the teen father. I forgot. Someone must have told God the new convoluted rules.
Now we all need to be so schooled.