Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Life On The Road

While my husband is the political fanatic in our family I find that since the naming of Sarah Palin I am more interested. Maybe it's because she's the mother of a special needs child or that she has stood up to the system that tried to quietly shut her up.

I am appalled at the attacks that are occuring on her. When it is announced that even her social security number has been stolen and released I wonder where the madness will end. The news even had someone who stated that the public has a right to know this information. Oh really, then why have the other candidates numbers not been released?

In looking this up I found the blog for Meghan McCain, the 23-year-old daughter of John McCain. In it she tells of life on the campaign trail and her years of being a politican's daughter. In one of those interesting quirks of life the abortion question has plaqued this young lady for the last nine years. Meghan writes, "When I was 14 years old, a reporter questioned my father about me having a hypothetical abortion, had I been pregnant at 14. This reporter's question single-handedly changed my life. This story comes up in almost every profile written about me and in almost every interview." Why would this continue to follow this young lady for so many years since this didn't even happen? This just goes to show how long mud can stick, even when the mud should not have been thrown in the first place.

The adorable Piper Palin
This wonderful picture of Piper Palin from Meghan's blog reminds me so much of a normal kid in a very un-normal situation. A family must be strong indeed to withstand the abuse that is being hurled at them. I wonder if her opponents who claim to be pro-woman believe that Sarah Palin will crumble, break down and withdraw due to the pressure. I think they are wrong, I think this will strengthen her resolve.

Yes, we have a right to know each candidate's character and how they have acted in the past since this may indicate how they will act in the future. But there should be the same amount of scrunity and standards on all the candidates. Hearing the question "Can she be a good parent if she's vice-president?" I can not recall anyone asking Obama this question. Were George Bush or Bill Clinton bad parents because they were presidents? No, they are good or bad parents based on their character and how they parented their children.

I will continue to watch the events unfold—luckily, I will be doing so from the sidelines.

1 comment:

Mrs.RGS said...

Speaking as a parent of a son living and raising his family in Alaska I can tell you -- people who live there are strong, individualistic and do not conform out of pressure. Piper's face in that photo tells us this is not your ordinary political family. This will be the most interesting campaign since JFK.