Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Politics, the R-word, and good ol' Sarah Palin


Sigh.

I'll be honest. I'm not one much for politics. I probably should be more aware of and invested in what goes on politically in our country, but the only excuse I can offer up is that I keep busy enough taking care of and worrying about the things in my own little world. Not that I don't have opinions about certain national and global issues. But I generally don't spend a lot of time or energy focusing on what political figure is doing or saying what these days.

However, this latest thing concerning Sarah Palin is impossible to ignore.

Let me just say that I know full well that people tend to have pretty passionate opinions about Sarah Palin - my experience is that people either love her (generally, the right-wing religious types) or hate her (generally, the more liberal types). I'm sure there are people who fall somewhere in the middle in their assessment of her, but the former has been my general observation.

Without exposing my own political views too terribly much, I'll just say that I don't really know where I fall. I find myself having conservative views about certain things, and very liberal views about other things. Maybe that makes me an Independent?

Anyhoo. Back to Sarah Palin. I have not followed her politically, mostly because I just don't care much. However, when John McCain first named her as his running mate a couple years ago, my first reaction was gladness. Finn had just recently been born at that time, and I suddenly saw all kinds of possibilities with having someone in the White House who was the parent of a child like mine.

Since then, I've become very aware of people's strong feelings about her. Within the Down syndrome parenting community, there are people who think she is akin to the Second Coming of Christ. And there are others who detest everything she stands for and consider her to be a blight on the face of disability advocacy.

As for me? I've tried to ignore everyone else's opinions and give her the benefit of the doubt. Not politically, but as a parent. It's just very difficult for me to believe in my heart of hearts that a parent really could just sell out their kid in favor of their political agenda. But that is, in fact, what Sarah Palin has done. In one breath, she calls for the firing of Rahm Emmanuel for his use of the term "fucking retards" in reference to his political adversaries, and in the next, she defends Rush Limbaugh's use of the R-word, writing it off as "satire." So, I imagine, then, that she and her family sit around the dinner table up there in Alaska and make jokes about "retards," of course with sweet little Trig sitting right there. And it's okay, because it's satire! They're only joking. So it's okay, right?

What a fucking hypocrite.

I'm disappointed. And I'm finished giving her the benefit of the doubt.

10 comments:

onlywhoiam said...

I'm jumping up and down, pointing at the computer and saying "yes! yes!".

Do you have any links to articles about what she said?

jen @ only who i am

DownTownDan said...

Sister, you said a mouthful. Like you, I have stayed away from politics on my blog, though most people could probably guess where I stand. What Palin has proven is that she lusts for power and fame. She is willing to put her own selfish ambitions front and center - Trig be damned. Ozzie be damned. It's inexcusable. It's a train wreck. It's a big F U to some of her most passionate supporters, and the fallout should be a nuclear winter.

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. I was very much like you regarding Palin - stayed neutral - until now. Donlt know if you read my letter to her last night but it has been getting some interesting feedback. I just linked you at the bottom to keep track of who understand this issue. Thanks Lisa.

Tara said...

I was never a big fan, but I am so disappointed in her as a mother of a kid like mine. She had such an opportunity and platform to address the why behind the offense of the "r" word and she caved. Makes me want to slap her!

Chrystal said...

I love that you've stayed neutral. I hope that helps people to see that not only liberals or people who have some agenda to despise Palin no matter what are disappointed by what has taken place here.

As I stated on someone's FB page earlier today, "To whom much is given, much is required."

Sarah Palin has been given a platform, an opportunity, and a resulting huge followership by parents of children with special needs. She is not living up to her end of the bargain. She is REQUIRED to stand up for her child. Some may say for all of our children.

JRS said...

Agreed. I did my own rant yesterday (and link to all of the information for jen@onlywhoiam) Her behavior speaks volumes about her agenda and character. I'd truly like to hear more public outcry from her supporters. Sadly, those voices are few and far between.
---Jen
http://rejenerations.blogspot.com/2010/02/on-my-soap-box.html

doozee said...

amen - you said it, sistah!

Stephanie said...

I've never been a fan personally but had hope for her as an advocate. I mean how hypocritical can you get. I hope everyone can see through her.

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