September 1, 2008

Palin's unwed daughter pregnant. So what?

I noticed a story percolating around some blogs yesterday noting that Sarah Palin's daughter was noticeably pregnant months ago. Then the story jumped the tracks into suggesting that the Palin's recently born Down's syndrome baby may in fact be the daughter's child and the Palins were saying it was theirs to cover up.

Needless to say I didn't say anything about this because it just seemed too bizarre. And as it turns out, it was.

BUT, what the story DID do was force Palin to admit that her 17 year old unwed daughter is indeed 5 months pregnant.

Obama has come out and passionately insisted this is NOT an issue, that it's nobodies business but the Palin's, that as far as he's concerned, family is out of bounds as they have nothing to do with Palin's fitness to serve or her political views, and that if anyone in his campaign is found to be discussing this story, they'll be fired instantly.

That's admirable, and correct.

But there is something from this story that should be noted, and taken seriously.

There's a race issue in it. Yeah, yeah, I can hear the conservatives whining already, but hear me out.

Imagine, if you will, that it had been revealed that Michelle Obama, when she was 17 and unmarried, had gotten pregnant and had a child.

What, do you suppose, would have been the reaction from the right?

Well, I almost don't have to tell you, do I?

Of course they would have snorted in disgust, and in so many words, portrayed her as some typical black woman, popping out kids like a Pez dispenser, and as Exhibit A of the immoral Democrat (black) who's irresponsibility is destroying the traditional family. The phony moral superiority would be just DRIPPING all over.

Yes, THAT is what would be out there 24/7, and if anyone thinks not, they're dreaming.

Now, witness, as we shall, how the Republicans make a contortion that would leave Nadia Comanici crippled. Let's watch, shall we, as their infinitely flexible sense of morality and outrage adjusts a head-snapping 180 degrees to accommodate the fact that the teen-aged daughter of the woman they're all supposed to mindlessly defend, is knocked up.

But she's a girl, from a good right wing ultra-conservative family with a mother who would rather that a mother die if her life could be saved by abortion. (No abortion under ANY circumstances.) So it's OK. They're worthy of our compassion and support. And besides, at least she's not getting an abortion!!!! (as if that has anything to do with it.)

But if this teen were black and lived in an urban area, number one, she'd be tied to the Democrats even if she'd never voted in her life, and she'd be damned to hell as an immoral tramp. And we all know it.

Personally, I think it's wonderful, if not tremendously phony, that the Republicans have, literally within a 48 hour period following Obama's speech in Denver, gone from the party of snarling condescension for anyone who hasn't made it or isn't well off, or is from a different cultural background, to the party of sweetness and light.

So concerned about their fellow man (You could be forgiven for noting that the entire Republican party seems to have agreed with the message of Obama's speech.) that they're willing to forego showcasing George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at their convention. (Boy, they're all heart, ain't they?)

Left so demoralized by the Denver convention that they barely had the will to even try, they were delivered a God-send. (and many do believe God controls the weather. Why, a James Dodson Focus on the Family preacher was urging followers to pray for bad weather to ruin Obama's speech. Obviously, God didn't get on board, the weather was absolutely gorgeous.)

But when life gives you hurricanes, make lemonade... or something. Left looking silly, mean, and dumb in comparison to the uplifting message of the Dem convention, they decided to punt.

They scrapped most of the convention, instead deciding to make a show of compassion for hurricane victims they could hardly conceal their scorn for a few years back. (Maybe Babs Bush can reappear to note how all the black refugees really never had it so good living in a stadium in Dallas.)

So they'll trot out Laura Bush, whose compassion is, I think, sincere, and Cindy McCain, who, as proven by her "Alaska is next to Russia" argument, will say just about anything. (And since when do you have to wear a cast for a month from someone merely shaking your hand too firmly? What's up with that? Just hope they're careful with the pain meds. And as long as I'm being catty, would someone look into whether Cindy had her eyes transplanted from a Husky dog or maybe a Siamese cat? I mean, they're striking, no doubt, but she's definitely got a space alien thing going on.)

Now that it appears that there won't be as much damage and flooding as threatened, will the Republicans continue the charade, or get back to business?

Personally, I'm kind of pissed off. I REALLY wanted to see Bush and Cheney speak. Well, I don't know if I could actually listen to the whole thing, but, I wanted America to hear them. AND see them.

I also was dying to see how they'd present the dynamic duo and witness the sea of white delegates either cheering them or sitting on their hands. It would have been great political theatre, no doubt.

But thanks to Gustaf, they've been handed the excuse to 86 both of them that they were desperately praying for. Maybe God DID answer their prayers after all?


At 9/02/2008 6:56 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Yes, the Daily Kos and other Democratic blogs finally dropped the story about Palin's daughter having the baby and Palin claiming it as her own, etc. These bloggers who peddle this crap reminds me of those people who go around claiming that "9-11 was an inside job", or those who say that we never went to the moon.

The other "concerns" about Palin won't amount to a hill of beans. In fact, it might backfire. When she gets up to speak, you wait and see. She is a "keeper". As we saw in 1984 with Geraldine Ferraro and also Hillary in 2008, the media is damned hard on female candidates. And now "progressives" are so jealous of Sarah Palin that they are pulling out all the stops to keep a female from becoming Vice-President.

Millions of people's daughters get knocked up every day in this country. Shotgun weddings are quite common. How on earth is this a scandal? If anything, it is something that a lot of families can relate to!

She is qualified. I am not even going to bother repeating her qualifications as it has been discussed a thousand times and it won't change your mind. But if you think Barack Obama is highly qualified and intellectually superior, you should be okay with Sarah Palin because obviously you impress pretty easily.

As far as the vetting process. Absolutely thorough. Sarah Palin was my top pick some 6 months ago. McCain and Mark Salter must have read my mind. Now the liberal lunkheads might think it was a big surprise and a hasty decision. But it wasn't. Palin was on the radar for awhile. She went from the "long list" of 21 prospects to the "short list" of 6.

At 9/02/2008 7:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


Lord knows I love ya.

1. The "rumor" about the daughter being the mother of the Downs syndrome kid is no worse than any of the literally dozens constantly circulated about Obama by the right, and of course, it's no less irresponsible.

Polls show that somewhere around 20% of Republicans actually believe that Obama is a Muslim.

Do you think that many Democrats are actually stupid enough to believe the rumor you condemn? Will it be circulated and broadcast for months until people start believing it like the Obama is a Muslim bunch of crap?

Don't think so. Leave that sort of slime to the right.

2. NO ONE in the Democratic party is even remotely "jealous" of perhaps the most baffling, cynical, and reckless VP choices in modern history. Trust me on this.

3. You're desperate. Trying to suggest that Democrats, the ONLY party which has consistently stood in favor of women's rights, the ONLY party who has previously nominated a female as VP, and the party which includes the most successful and popular female politician in history, are teling the truth about Palin for the reason that they can't stand the idea of a woman as V.P....

Well, even you see how dumb that notion is.

4. PLEASE make the case that Sarah Palin is intellectually superior to Barack Obama. It would be a first. (and I'd give you big points for sheer balls.) But you might cause brain damage trying.

5. I impress easily because I believe Obama would make a better president than McCain and whats-her-name?

Hmmm. I guess I'll have to take comfort in the fact that those who are impressed with Obama include around 90% of anyone who's paid attention this last year or so, including serious McCain supporters.

Are you saying you're NOT impressed with Obama? That' fine, of course, but boy, are you in the minority.

If I'm "easily impressed", then you're simply IMPOSSIBLE to impress. A guy comes out of Illinois and literally electrifies the world, runs a campaign so effectively that he beats a candidate that NO ONE thought could be beat, and who has no problem filling an 85,000 seat stadium for his acceptance speech.

Someone who's gone through 20 plus debates, been scrutinized by the media and the Republicans with a fine toothed comb, issued detailed policy papers on every conceivable issue, and who's given dozens of major policy speeches.

Oh, and he's the first black candidate EVER to win their party's nomination for president.

But you're not impressed.

Yet you ARE impressed by a woman who was running the PTA only a few years ago, has absolutely ZERO experience, or more importantly KNOWLEDGE about either foreign policy or miltary leadership, and who got her degree in journalism from the University of Idaho.

A woman that, with the exception of you evidently, NO ONE in the lower 48 had ever heard of before in their lives.

A woman that McCain spoke to a sum total of ONCE before selecting her, a woman that they didn't even have a chance to check out until a few days before she was announced.

A complete wild card.

THAT impresses you.

OK... takes all kinds.

6. Just because you were aware of this unknown and liked her before 99.9% of Americans had ever heard her name DOES NOT constitute being "vetted completely".

Hell, they're still scrambling to send McCain staffers up to Alaska to dig up anything before it comes out!

C'mon Nico. Get off of it. Palin was a pretty reckless and nearly impossible to justify pick. She was chosen for purely cynical political reasons with barely any forethought, and only after McCain's superiors vetoed his choice of Lieberman or Ridge because the rabid "pro-life" crowd would revolt.

it's OK. You can still back McCain. But at least admit that Palin is a deeply weird pick.

Consider this question.

Out of all the Republicans, and even some Democrats, was Palin the most qualified pick? Or even in the top 10? Hell, top 25?

If you try to say yes, I hate to say it, but I might just not be able to resist laughing out loud.

At 9/14/2008 1:45 AM, Blogger Liontamer said...

Is teen pregnancy now just a sign of An American Family? What the hell is going on here?"
Black and Hispanic parents, raising children in the midst of social chaos, striving to instill values better than those of their hopelessly disordered neighborhoods, will now contend with yet one more notoriously public pregnant child celebrity. One more occasion to explain why their daughters should fight off the temptation to replicate yet another celebrity's imprudence.

Here are parents of every race, class and background valiantly trying to offset an intrusive media's corrosive impact in the lives of their children, as they cope with a public school system that reinforces the media's socially destructive messages. As though in partnership with these negative forces, along come the pro-lifers, who validate youthful sexually promiscuous behavior, by celebrating its inevitable outcome and consequences. They have not only helped to normalize illegitimate childbirth, but have raised it to the status of saintliness. Instead of a Scarlet Letter, Hester gets a heads up and encouragement to repeat her folly.

And now we're confronted with a major politician expressing no regrets for the mistake made by her underage daughter, but actually celebrating it as a "beautiful" event. Why should not Palin's two younger daughters crave the attention and spotlight now being lavished on the older one, and look forward to repeating her example – along with the many girls around the country who are awed by the spectacle of an unwed teenager being celebrated at a prominent political convention?
Was it right to have this unmarried, pregnant 17-year-old girl at the Republican convention holding hands with her boyfriend on national and global television, therefore normalizing an out-of-wedlock sexual relationship and pregnancy at the highest level of our national life?
Republicans can no longer express negative judgment about out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Since when, is it good news that a 17-year-old high school student will be caring for her new born, while still in school?

At 9/14/2008 8:30 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for your thoughts Liontamer..though they do seem suspiciously cut and pasted.

First of all, no one in the real world is "celebrating" unwed motherhood.

You must have pulled that notion out of your posterior. It's a good smear, but utterly false.

Throughout your comment, you also appear to have the notion that teen agers and the young in general are all witless morons who do whatever they see like so many monkeys.

As if they see something on TV and immediately go out and have sex or shoot someone. Not sure that's the case.

And your contention about Palin's other kids wanting to get knocked up for attention is pretty damned weird.

I know you don't want kids getting pregnant before marriage.

Yet do you support sex education in the schools?

Probably not. Yet knowledge of the consequences of unwed pregnancy can help reduce it.

But you don't want kids having that information.

You'd rather that they learn it somewhere else, and most likely get completely false or dangerously wrong information from their peers or other sources?

And I take it you also think that merely telling a teen the facts about sex and reproduction, complete with it's dangers and consequences, causes them to jump on each other and screw like rabbits as soon as they get out the school door.

Again, I'm afraid that's a bit far-fetched.

More information about sex and it's far-reaching consequences on teens lives is a far more prudent course of action against teen pregnancy than insisting on leaving them utterly ignorant and/or misinformed.

But maybe you're fine with being in favor of less knowledge rather than more?


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