I’m too tired to blog about Sarah Palin (McCain’s strange pick for VP) so I’ll just post what I said about it elsewhere (along with some replies and my replies to the replies).
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2008 – 8:24 pm:
I am still wondering if this is some kind of joke, and his real pick will be announced at the convention.
First of all, the “5 kids” is going to be a huge problem: It comes across as either irresponsible or ignorant (as in maybe she was never taught the birds and the bees). Her Annie Oakley tendencies will also be a huge turn off to everyone who lives in non-rural parts of the country. Those elements of her life are bad enough, never mind her professional experience — being one heartbeat away from the presidency with only some local experience in Alaska. Given McCain’s age, it is likely that his VP pick will be president at some time.
If McCain thinks that women will vote for a woman just because she’s female, he’s insulting women by suggesting that they are that superficial. They are going to look at what kind of woman she is. And find her to be bizarre.
“Will, you can’t be serious. Having 5 children is irresponsible? Really? Maybe if neither parent works and is receiving welfare or something. Explain how that is irresponsible.”
The planet is overpopulated, so it is our responsibility as a couple to at most have two offspring to replace ourselves, or, if we’d rather, reduce by having one to replace ourselves with only one. That’s patently obvious, isn’t it part of your programming? I’ve believed it all my life. Having 5 is absurd and selfish.
“That’s really none of your damn business.”
It is only “my business” to the extent that I can look on at her lack of common sense, and take that into consideration. It is my business in the sense that I am being asked – ASKED – to consider her.
Posted on Monday, September 01, 2008 – 3:08 pm:
So did you see todays news, that Palin’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant? Best comment I’ve seen so far is “How’s that ‘abstinence only’ sex education working out, y’all?”
This should highlight Palin’s objection to sex education, her objection to birth control, her objection to abortion, and what sort of leader she is when, in a situation like this that affects several people’s lives, her solution is to force her child to marry her boyfriend.
Her style appears to be dictatorial, dogma-driven, and dependent on keeping her charges ignorant and ill-equipped (which ironically causes the problems in the first place). These “leadership” qualities are the issue — not the personal life of her daughter. Unfortunately for her daughter, this situation simply highlights what a poor leader she is.
Update: SOME media is catching on to the issues: Max Blumenthal editorializes:
The Republican National Committee’s 2008 convention draft platform reads: “We support abstinence education and oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception.” These words seem ironic in light of revelations that the 17-year-old daughter of vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, Bristol, was impregnated by her boyfriend… One delegate, Grace Van Diest, told me she is so fervent about abstinence education that her three daughters are only allowed to go on dates with their father, who lectures them on chastity and makes them wear “purity rings” to remind them of their vows to not have sex until marriage. If Palin moves into the vice president’s mansion, she will serve as McCain’s liaison to the Christian right, and can be expected to promote the Bush administration’s radical social policies with renewed vigor — even though these policies, and the radical mentality behind them, may have harmed her own family.
But this is not about birth control (nor is it about the freedom to have sex), this is about Palin being irresponsible to larger concerns (expressed here in her having five children); being irresponsible to those she leads (creating conditions of unnecessary risk through dogmatic dictums rather than creating conditions of responsibility through education); and using piety and autocracy to cover up her mistakes (expressed here in the shotgun wedding). That is what we have to fear if she becomes a nationally elected official.