Wednesday, September 3, 2008

For a pessimist, I'm pretty optimistic!!!

Sleepy Palin!

You know how many blogs posts i've read already where there is talk of Palin/McCain/Bristol/Trig and all things involving being pregnant and when?? Oh, i would guess around 20 or so. And that is cool and the way it should be. This is news. This is big news. It should be followed and analyzed and the truth should be known to all.

beearl, he said it best in his blog post title "Palin comparison"...Brilliant! He also included this link which outlines a lot of what has been going around the rumor mill!

Don't get me wrong, Sarah Palin is a very intelligent woman. She is. I just don't agree with mostly everything she stands for. Let's just take this one topic:
Sex Education: She supports a policy of abstinence-only education in schools.
WTF??? Now, my running friend, she is a pediatrician in an inner city neighborhood. It's a rough area but she stands firm on practicing there because she believes that these kids deserve good medical care. Anyway, i point is she has told me that she treats pregnant 12 year olds. 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS!!!. They are children themselves. Now, if only these "children" used some form of birth control (condom) they may or may not have become pregnant.

I'm not sure what i'm getting at here. It just angers me. In the neighborhood where she works abstinence-only will not only be laughed at, it will be totally, completely and blatantly ignored!!! Right?

Now, the whole thing going on with Bristol. Is this girl pregnant now or was she pregnant and is Trig her child? I doubt it, but again its those pesky rumors you read about that make you wonder. I think Obama said it best when he said:

"Let me be as clear as possible," "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president."

What makes discussion of this pregnancy upsetting to me is not the pregnancy itself, but the Republicans’ hypocritical response to it. The McCain campaign’s response to it is “life happens.” And that’s exactly the point. The whole reason that Sarah Palin’s abstinence only sex education is a problem is because it doesn’t account for the fact that even in a conservative Christian household like hers, teens are going to have sex from time to time and they need comprehensive information to help them cope for when “life happens.” I for one, seriously doubt that the Republicans would be so generous if Obama or Biden had a pregnant teenage daughter - we’d be hearing about how that would be indicative of their complete lack of moral rectitude. It’s like how the Republicans say that same sex couples having children would be a blight on civilization, but it becomes a private family affair when Dick Cheney’s daughter does it. Life does indeed happen, but the Republicans take much more enlightened views on social issues when life happens to them.

Another thing that bugs me about this is the way that it was revealed. The McCain campaign said that the only reason they even brought this up was to deflect rumors that Trig was Bristol’s son. Did they honestly expect the truth about something like this to stay secret? It makes you wonder about McCain’s judgment.

The final thing about this that bothers me is Palin’s willingness to put her daughter in a position of having her pregnancy revealed to the whole nation. It’s not like she didn’t know about this before she accepted the VP nomination. No one could reasonably expect the 24 hour cable news media to ignore this, even if the Obama campaign has taken the high road on it. I wonder if Bristol was even consulted before her mother made a decision that would embarrass her in front of the whole nation.

So, with all that said, i certainly know who i am going to vote for come November 4, 2008, do you???

Time to include a music video:

Billy Bragg - Help Save the Youth of America
Help save the youth of america
Help save them from themselves
Help save the sun-tanned surfer boys
And the californian girls

When the lights go out in the rest of the world
What do our cousins say
Theyre playing in the sun and having fun, fun, fun
Till daddy takes the gun away

From the big church to the big river
And out to the shining sea
This is the land of opportunity
And theres a monkey trial on tv

A nation with their freezers full
Are dancing in their seats
While outside another nation
Is sleeping in the streets

Dont tell me the old, old story
Tell me the truth this time
Is the man in the mask or the indian
An enemy or a friend of mine

Help save the youth of america
Help save the youth of the world
Help save the boys in uniform
Their mothers and their faithful girls

Listen to the voice of the soldier
Down in the killing zone
Talking about the cost of living
And the price of bringing him home

Theyre already shipping the body bags
Down by the rio grande
But you can fight for democracy at home
And not in some foreign land

And the fate of the great united states
Is entwined in the fate of us all
And the incident at Chernobyl proves
The world we live in is very small

And the cities of europe have burned before
And they may yet burn again
And if they do I hope you understand
That washington will burn with them
Omaha will burn with them
Los alamos will burn with them
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