Well, I hope everyone had a nice relaxing Labor Day Weekend. I spent the weekend with the in-laws down in the Northern Neck of Virginia swimming, walking through Westmoreland State Park and boating on Nomini Creek and the lower Potomac River. Got some sun and enjoyed some good college football games too.
Now, it’s back to work and dealing with the realities of the world again. One of those realities came up yesterday when Governor Sarah Palin issued a pretty surprising press release. It turns out that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant. To be sure, I was a little surprised at this and even a little disappointed as well. Conservatives are supposed to uphold good family values. This seemed to put a crimp in that.
Well, maybe not. At least, Barack Obama doesn’t see it that way. In a stunning show of class, he came out and said that this wasn’t even an issue and that families should be off limits in campaign debates. He further said that no one in his camp would be allowed to make use of this issue. Unfortunately, people like James Carville didn’t get that memo as he was on Larry King Live last night openly defying Barack Obama’s wishes, much to the delight of Larry King himself.
It must be disclosed at this point that the reason given for this particular announcement was that leftist bloggers, as well as other who are desperate to find any dirt on Sarah Palin whatsoever, have been floating rumors that somehow, Gov. Palin faked the birth of her Down-syndrome son, Trig, to cover for her pregnant daughter. Not only does the timeline not work for that idiotic claim but you can do a Google search and find many pictures of a very pregnant Sarah Palin from earlier this year.
But the negatives of this issue are outweighed by certain other aspects that I can guarantee you Old Media will let go unreported and unresearched. First, the honesty angle. Gov. Palin made no attempt to cover this up, nor to lie about it, nor to pay anyone to keep quiet about it. Second, it wasn’t Old Media that broke this story, it was Gov. Palin herself. That speaks valumes about her character when compared to other politicians who found themselves embroiled in scandals like this.
For example, Rev. Jesse “Love Child” Jackson used Rainbow/PUSH Coalition funds to pay hush money to a former secretary that he got pregnent. The payments were for her to keep quiet about the whole thing. Gov. Palin made no effort to pay anyone to keep anything quiet.
Or how about John “My Wife’s Cancer Is In Remission” Edwards? He tried to keep his extra-marital sexual activities secret by arranging a 2:00 a.m. meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Gov. Palin’s press release clearly shows that she was not trying to keep this secret.
And here is a big one: Gov. Palin did not try to deny everything by uttering the words: “Britol did not have sexual relations with that boy” the way a certain other politician used similar words in an attempt to lie his way out of his own sex scandal.
So, for all those partisan Dems who think that somehow being honest about a pregnant daughter is a scandal worthy of tossing someone out, please remember your own support for for the dishonesty of the three politicians mentioned above. One who paid money to keep it quiet, one who set up secret meetings to keep it hidden from his family and one who simply told a bold-faced lie to the American people.
Further, this situation with her pregnant daughter shows exactly how Sarah Palin comes from the ranks of Joe and Jane Average American. From Michael Graham at the Boston Herald:
|Her daughter’s pregnancy highlights another part of Palin’s appeal. Her normalcy. Here’s a woman who has run a business, raised a family, who is sending a son off to Iraq, who has another son with a disability, and now has to help her teenage daughter face motherhood. These are experiences that millions of American moms have shared, can relate to and understand.
Sarah Palin is as accessible as Obama is exotic. Her life story is simultaneously exciting and mundane. All the way from Alaska, she comes to America as The Girl Next Door.
Sarah Palin is a refreshing change from the Old Ways.
You can acces the original column on-line here:
Millions Of Mothers Can Relate To Palin
The Boston Herald
September 2, 2008
And if you really want to know how Sarah Palin is better qualified to be President than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden, read the following and learn exactly how different Gov. Palin is from the two Dems. It was written by a resident of Alaska:
|Feel free to agree or disagree, but here is an Alaskan’s viewpoint on our new VP candidate (and I believe it is an opinion shared by the vast majority of Alaskan residents).
Sarah Palin is the USA’s answer to Margaret Thatcher!
Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments; well, they haven’t met our Sarah . She is not “just a woman”, she is not “just a way to get votes” and if anyone expects her to smile, simper and be quietly sweet – they don’t know Sarah. She is *more than* qualified for the job and the best possible choice McCain could have made.
As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, (AK), where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor, I feel I can speak with confidence. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction this morning and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo and as smart and determined a PERSON (gender really isn’t an issue here as far as I’m concerned) as anyone could ask for at the head of government.
Sarah is no naïve “small town mayor” – she just *started out* there. Btw, as Mayor of Wasilla, she brought this “small town” through a lot of GOOD changes and left it at the end of her term having grown to the 4th largest CITY in Alaska – a lot of growth and a stronger economic base than ever before.
She has EXECTUTIVE experience *running a government* something NONE of the other candidates can actually boast, (even John McCain) as Governor of Alaska and got there by defeating the *incumbent* Republican Governor, who was definitely part of the “old school” and who WAS very much in the pocket of the big oil companies. We in Alaska wanted change – and we got it in the person of Sarah Palin!
Sarah Palin is everything she looks to be and more. Her approval rating as Governor of Alaska has been as high as 95% and is currently leveled out consistently in the upper 80 percentile throughout the state (and in both parties) – the HIGHEST approval rating of ANY sitting Governor.
Sarah has been turning around corruption in the Legislature of Alaska – turning things on their ear for that matter; cutting spending in spite of the increased income the state is currently receiving due to the high oil prices – she has insisted on putting a huge amount of the “windfall” into savings for the future rather than spending, spending, spending – and has insisted from the get-go on what she refers to as “honest, ethical and transparent governing” – no more closed door meetings and dealings – the big oil companies thought she would be a pushover and have learned better to their chagrin.
She understands the “real people” and the economic issues we all face (Alaskans along with the rest of the country) – she was one of “us” not long ago. Rather than passing useless “laws” or throwing money at pet projects, she (most recently) temporarily suspended the state gas tax (on gasoline at the pumps, fuel oil and natural gas for homes, etc.) and has ordered checks issued to ALL residents of Alaska this fall in an attempt to assist with the burden of high fuel costs for the upcoming winter. I could go on and on, but that’s enough for now. She isn’t doing these things to be popular – she is doing it because her constituents are HURTING financially and she is in a position to help.
She became Governor of Alaska by defeating the Incumbent Republican Governor and doing it *without* the money or the support of the Republican Party, which was amazing in itself – and she won by a landslide. The “powers that be” at that time totally underestimated Sarah and learned better the hard way. Let’s hope Obama does the same. Sarah has done exactly what she claimed she was going to do when elected and is just as popular today as the day she was elected – perhaps more so since even the Democrats up here seem to like her – she works well with both sides in the Legislature here.
Sarah “belongs” to us (Alaskans) … and although we are going to be terribly sorry to see her leave before she finishes the job she started here (two years ago) straightening out OUR State … we understand she is needed for a bigger purpose and hopefully her Lt. Governor will be able to fill her shoes here and continue the job.
As for worrying about what would happen if McCain were to die or step down or whatever … here in AK we’ve only been wondering how long we would be able to KEEP Sarah in Alaska and have seen her as our first woman President of the USA from the start. It’s always been a matter of whether she would wait until the end of her TWO terms as Governor (no doubt at ALL that she would be re-elected if she ran for a second term at the end of her current term) … or end up in Washington sooner. She could do the job TODAY.
Personally, I feel a lot better about McCain now that I know he has someone as savvy, as strong, as ethical and as steady as Sarah at his back. She will be an excellent Vice President … and my guess is will be our US Republican Presidential candidate in four years – AND by then the country will KNOW her – will love and respect her as we do here – and she’ll win by as much of a landslide as she did here in Alaska. I only wonder if McCain has a clue what he is unleashing on the US of A . She is going to be a fresh wind, but also a strong wind.
Is that enough of an endorsement? If not, I’ll add this …. Jerry and I have for many years felt the best “vote” was to vote for the lesser of two “evils” and hope they didn’t do too much damage. Two years ago during our State Governor’s race was the first time EVER that we actually asked for not just a little sign to put in our yard showing our support of our candidate (something we’ve never felt the desire to do at all before) – we asked for a full 4′ x 8′ “SARAH PALIN FOR GOVERNOR!” sign and were proud to display it. She hasn’t let us or Alaska down. She will do the same for the USA if given the opportunity.
Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested (and spam those who aren’t!).
We’ll have to look at the Repbulican National Convention this week and watch Gov. Palin’s speech. I have a feeling that given all the attention that the leftists have been giving to their ridiculous tin-foil hat conspiracy theories about Sarah Palin, her speech may draw a higher rating than Barack Obama’s did.