Monday, September 01, 2008

Bristol

I do believe that candidates' families generally should be out of the equation of who should be president. But Bristol Palin's pregnancy is significant given that her mom insists that only abstinence-based sex ed be taught (yeah, we see how well THAT works!) and is anti-choice in almost every instance, including rape and incest, so talk of how her daughter "chose" to keep her baby is a little, erm, interesting given that her mom doesn't think that choice should be available under any circumstances.

Hopefully Bristol has made the right choice for her and just as hopefully her mom will be right there to help her through this rather than in Washington trying to prevent any other young women from being able to make the choice that is right for her.

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At 10:47 PM, Blogger Special K said...

Your comment about Palin being in favor of abstinence-based sex ed is the first I've heard of this. I have heard the opposite, the she is a leading membet of Feminist for Life which is a pro-contraception group.

From the Alaska Daily News:

"Palin said last month that no woman should have to choose between her career, education and her child. She is pro-contraception and said she’s a member of a pro-woman but anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life.

“I believe in the strength and the power of women, and the potential of every human life,” she said."

(http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/governor06/story/8049298p-7942233c.html)

Better to have Republicans than folks from the side that would slur a little girl and then say, "Normally families are off limits..." like the left-wing bloggers who were saying yesterday that Sarah Palin was not the mother of her fifth child. Off limits? No. Now you are joining that crowd.

It is, erm, interesting that she is standing by her convictions. He daughter screwed up. Who didn't at 16 or 17? Most of us just got off lucky. The hipocracy is on the other side that says that families are normally off limits. Stand by your convictions and talk about issues.

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger Special K said...

Oh, I forgot, Alaska teaches contraception in schools. No matter what Palin is in favor of, that is the current reality. How's THAT working?

PS: You don't know what was taught at home or whether contraception was used.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Cindy Lee said...

The right to chose is very important to me. A woman has the right to decided when and if she wants a family. A family has the right to decide it wants to keep its mom. Feminist for life want to take both those choices away. The Republicans made a stupid choice of VP.

I don’t give a hoot about her daughter or what she did. The vote is for McCain and Like McCain’s, Palins policies are just plain bad for this country!!

Taken from the Wilkapedia website:

Feminists For Life, Serrin Foster, describes the organization as opposed to all forms of abortion, including cases of rape, incest, birth defects,

***** or to preserve the mother's health or life *****

as broadly defined in the Supreme Court's Doe v. Bolton decision.[6] FFL believes that basic human rights, including the right to life, start at conception (FFL defined as the first formation of a human zygote).[7]

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

SK, here's the link on Palin's response to an Eagle Forum questionnaire a couple of years ago - http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/01/1320417.aspx. I haven't heard anyone slur Bristol Palin - they've (as I) have pointed out the irony of her mother pushing a policy that has been proven time and again does not work, but saying it does appeals to a voting bloc that they want to reach. Also the irony of the campaign's comment that she "chose" to keep it, when they are advocating changes to the law that would take that choice away. Those are issues and some that I feel pretty strongly about.

I read a lot of liberal blogs and I had to dig to find where anyone had suggested the Palin as grandmother story - an obscure diarist on DialyKos that never made the main page and I only found that from someone on HuffPost taking them to task for it. Nothing else. I have no idea how the MSM even found that or why they would lend it any credence - none of the other blogs that I saw (Talking Points, Political Animal, Eschaton, Firedoglake, Pandagon, etc.) ever mentioned it. Weird.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Special K said...

If you don't listen to me, listen to your candidate:

I have said before, and I will repeat again: People's families are off-limits," Obama said. "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 a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know, my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics."

Thanks for backing my about the daugheter and talking about issues, Cindy.

Tony, you didn't talk about the failed sex ed that they are using now that failed this girl. Funny.

 

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