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Jessica at Parenting.com
09-02-2008, 01:12 PM
All politics aside, what does everyone think of Sarah Palin (McCain's choice of VP) as a person?
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09-02-2008, 10:47 PM
I think it is tragic that Sarah Palin would even consider accepting a position that would take her away from her infant son with special needs (whom by the way she is breast feeding). All children need a constant loving parental figure in their lives, especially a child with special needs who can't understand why his mother won't be around to spend time with him. I do admire her for giving birth to a child whom she knew would have special needs, but she made the choice to keep the child and raise him. What makes her think it is ok to emotionally abandon him now that a "better" opportunity has come along. Please don't even get me started on the pregnant 17 year old daughter... All I will say is this, why is an unwed pregnant teen from a lower socio economic background any more tragically wrong than an unwed 17 year old from Alaska whose mom is running for V.P. By embracing Palin's daughter and her pregnancy are we saying that teen motherhood is some how ok for some and not others? To sum up I don't think Palin is setting a very good example for those who may look up to her and she is making extremely poor choices in regards to moral values which this country is already lacking.
09-03-2008, 02:32 AM
She seems like a decent person.
As far as I know.
09-03-2008, 08:29 AM
I think it is great for women everywhere. I am a Mother of 2 great, well adjusted girls. I also volunteer in our Community as Chief of Operations for our combination (paid and volunteers) amublance service and I am President of my own Company. I have a wonderfully supported full time working husband. The key is balance. Sarah Palin has the executive experience that is needed in a government position like Vice President or even President. As far as her children, especially Bristol, how much control does any Mother have on 17 year old kids? The fact is it was Bristol"s choices not Sarah and I don't think that should be held against Sarah. Sarah's infant son, definately needs his Mother, but last I recalled the Vice-President's family is allowed to live with them in Washington and when Sarah has to travel, why can't the baby and grandparent, husband or care giver go with them? I too breastfeed both of my girls and it was not a non-stop event. So meetings would have to be set up around feeding schedules IF she is still breastfeeding come January or she will have to pump. The only advice I can give Sarah on that is nursing pads. Bravo forSarah Palin. Let's leave her family out of it. Go after Sarah if you want, but please leave her kids alone!! Oh Yeah I am a reistered Democratic and am still on the fence!
09-03-2008, 09:51 AM
Why is it we don't think anything of men running for office who have families. What are we telling people if we say Sarah Palin should step down from this nomination because she has children, that men are more capable than women? That a man with a family can run for office, have a busy schedule but a woman cannot because she is supposed to stay home? I don't see why this woman can't go after this goal. Should she become vp then her family moves with her to DC, she will obviously make enough to support her family and why hasn't anyone mentioned Mr. Palin. Dad can stay home and be that constant figure for the children. He is just as capable as his wife, is he not?
As for her teenage daughter, I agree with the post above, it was Bristol's choice not Sarah's. How many of you were told by your parents the consequences of having sex (outside of marriage), how many of you knew how to protect yourselves should you choose to have sex and finally how many of you went ahead and had sex at a young age anyway? Unfortuntately it is not uncommon to see this, we can teach our children so much but they will end up making their own choice and everyone has made the wrong choice before. Heck, even Obama has said he won't comment on this situation because he was born to an unwed, single mother.
09-03-2008, 10:42 AM
I think the idea that Sarah Palin has chosen "something better that came along" is absurd! In fact, it really bothers me that there are still people in our country who criticize others for reaching for their dreams. Don't get me wrong; there's something to be said about women who stay at home and dedicate their lives to raising their families. However, not everyone feels that it is necessary in order to raise children. Mr. Palin works on an oil field... he wouldn't be able to do that in DC and probably would be a stay at home dad. Shouldn't it be just as much the father's responsibility to give care to the special needs child as it is the mother's? I think our society is one that allows fathers to spend 50+ hours at work, neglect their families, and cheat on their wives all in the name of making a buck. Heaven forbid we allow a woman with children to run for a position in our government that requires her to work more than 40 hours a week. Heaven forbid her be the bread-winner of the family without criticism. I say Thank God for Sarah Palin's strength in believing in herself.
09-03-2008, 10:54 AM
Is it sexism to ask the question? “America First” or “Family First” Which will it be?
Governor Palin may be able to take her baby to work with her and nurse during a meeting as Governor of Alaska - a state with a population of 626,000 people. It is a different story being the VP of the United States. I think a woman with children is certainly capable of being the VP or president of the US, but I do question the judgment and “family first” priority of a new mother with a newborn having special needs.
Her husband, Todd, is employed by BP as an oil field operator and works in Alaska's Northslope oil fields nearly 1300 miles away from the Governor's mansion in Juneau, AK. I hardly think he is the one to stay at home with the kids when they are sick or take the the day off for medical appointments. The Alaska media had this to say:
Mr. Palin goes back to Prudhoe
by Mike Ross
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A decision by Alaska's first family is raising concerns about a possible conflict of interest involving Gov. Sarah Palin and the oil industry.
The governor's husband, Todd Palin, is back on BP's payroll. Gov. Palin says his return will not influence her decisions involving the oil industry, but one former lawmaker who wrote an ethics guideline for the administration believes it's a bad move at the wrong time.
"You know, we've never hidden the fact that Todd had a job and he's created to work," said the governor. "He wants to keep working..."
09-03-2008, 11:22 AM
I am glad our country may choose a breast-feeding/juggling kids/working mom to represent us. Tons of moms work and juggle their family responsibilities. People in the media are judging her, while there are moms all over the country who share her story. I agree with britneeskidmore "thank god for sarah palin's strength in believing in herself".
09-03-2008, 01:37 PM
First I Agree W/ Previous Posts That Bristol's Pregnancy Was Her Choice Not Sarah's. She Is Doing The Right Thing By Supporting Her Daughter & The Us Supporting Sarah & Leaving Bristol Out Of It Is In No Way Saying Teen Pregnancy Is Ok. They Are Regular Human Beings Just Like You & I. No One Is Perfect.
Second I Think Sarah Can Do A Great Job & Still Be A Great Mother. Not Everyone Can Stay Or Wants To Stay At Home W/ Their Children. ( I Would Like To One Day, But May Not Be Able To). She Has A Husband To Help & Just Like All Other Families W/ Special Needs Children Has Family & Friends. I Feel Like These Things Are Not What We Should Be Really Focused On. Don't Get Me Wrong These Details Shouldn't Be Over-looked, But This Is Not The Really Important Stuff That Will Sway My Vote One Way Or Another.
09-03-2008, 03:39 PM
I believe she is a strong political figure and mother. His choice is a suprising one but is one that will have a great and promising effect on this nation. I also think her personal life, her children and her life outside her political career is off limits. It shouldn't effect, people's veiw on how she could help this country. She will be another great super mom. She has my full support and sympathy for what she is going through.
09-03-2008, 06:29 PM
I think it's great that we have come this far. This whole election has been full of moments that will go down in history. That being said, Sarah Palin is not qualified for the position. It's great to have a woman on the ticket but we can't vote for her solely based on the fact that she is a woman. She seems to have a great personality and looks like a great mom and all but that's not who I need in the white house. The fact that she has 5 children, one of which is special needs, only makes it harder on her. Now she also has a daughter that is pregnant? Let's face it, there's nothing like a mom's touch
09-03-2008, 08:22 PM
My sentiments exactly, taina250. The only thing I want to add to consider is she could very well end up president if McCain's health should fail.
09-04-2008, 01:21 AM
I think Sarah is a role model for women everywhere. Just because her life is not perfect does not mean she needs to quit. How many times has someone risen from the ashes to triumph? She already has a stressful job as governor so why should running for VP be any different. It may be hard but someone has to do it. We have to look past what might hold her back and why she id different. We need to look at what this will do for women across the country. This is the moment we have been waiting for; another glass ceiling broke. She might finally accomplish something no one else has. Why should we try and hold her back?
09-04-2008, 12:21 PM
I Am Just Wondering Why Everyone Seems To Think That Her Having A Special Needs Child Is Going To Effect Her So Much? I Know Alot Of Parents With Special Needs Children Who Work & They Do Fine.my Fiance's Sister Has Down Syndrome & Both His Parents Worked & She Did Great. She Stays At A Special School For Her All During The Week That She Loves. It Isn't Like She Will Be Sitting At Home If Mccain Doesn't Win. It Seems Like People Are Treating It Like She Was A Sahm & If She Gets Vp Everything Will Change.she Had A Job Already Why Would Everything Change So Drastically? Also Bristol Plans On Getting Married Soon & I Am Sure She Has Friends & Family To Help Her Besides Sarah!
Ps/ I Am Not Trying To Start A Fight W/ Anyone Just Wondering Why People Think That?
09-04-2008, 01:01 PM
I feel that the choice to have this baby is that of her daughter, not America's. Also, why is this being treated as Sarah Palin's responsibility? Her Daughter was old enough to make the bad decision to have unwed sex, and old enough to choose to keep the baby. The only responsibility of Sarah Palin as her mother and running candidate for the VP spot is to ensure and protect her daughter's right to choose!
In regards to Sarah's special needs baby, why is this America's choice? How is it our business to choose how this remarkable woman raises her children? I am not saying this because she is a woman, and have not even decided to vote for her until I find out more of her political standings, but she as a person is remarkable. She has many challenges ahead and behind her. She has obviously got enough moral integrity and simple love for her child, and entire family to give birth to a child of such need. She surely did not make this decision neither alone or lightly, without wieghing out all factors. This includes all family members, and her career. So she has a job, this allows her to support any medical needs of her children, and you can see that her children are happy. She had a job before the running spot for VP.
Bottom line about her baby, this is God's child. A child of great need and of great love. LEAVE IT ALONE! We have no right to go there. This strength alone of this woman to raise a child of need is so amazing. What couldn't she do? Bravo!
09-04-2008, 02:41 PM
I have been reading many discussion boards to see how the average peson feels about this whole thing. I found many people saying that the fact that Sarah Palin is so very "extremely pro-life" and her moral values through parenting her own children is simply a political strategy, and that her actions aren't following her words (eg; her daughter's situation). What does everyone think about this here?
The way I see it, she has already proven herself as a mother, and a morally strong woman.
My other question is, what are her political goals, strengths, and weaknesses. What does she plan to do for our nation? What if McCain passes during his presidency? She will then move up to the position. Can she do this? Will she tell us how?
I am not writing her off yet, I think she is an amazingly strong, passionate American, whom has so much potential. But is she ready, family matters aside.
09-05-2008, 07:55 AM
Please don't even get me started on the pregnant 17 year old daughter... All I will say is this, why is an unwed pregnant teen from a lower socio economic background any more tragically wrong than an unwed 17 year old from Alaska whose mom is running for V.P.
By embracing Palin's daughter and her pregnancy are we saying that teen motherhood is some how ok for some and not others?
What's wrong with teenagers getting pregnant? It seems to be very popular here.
09-05-2008, 08:05 AM
As for her daughter getting pregnant, I grew up in a home where we were taught good moral values, a strong work ethic, attended church regularly (although we weren't Christians...go figure), had a loving extended family, our mom stayed at home with us, etc.
Three of us went through high school and college with all sorts of academic honors.
My sister is now a postmistress, my one brother is now a successful busnessman and a respected member of his community, mentoring poor and at risk teenaged boys. I own a furniture company that is growing by leaps and bounds.
My other brother, however, is a drug addict who's been in and out of jail for the last twenty-five years for a variety of crimes, has God only knows how many children running around by how many different women, was a bigamist, and is a con man who stole tens of thousands of dollars from our grandparents.
It just goes to show that parents can do everything right, but that it's still up to the children to make their own moral choices in life.
I can't see the point in blaming Sarah Palin for her daughter's moral failure any more than I see the point in blaming my parents for my low-life brother's.
I'm judging Sarah Palin strictly by what Sarah Palin has done and, the more I find out about her, the more I like her.
I was dead set against voting for McCain, but now I believe I'm going to.
And if Palin's daughter ever runs for office, then I'll address her immorality.
09-05-2008, 09:52 AM
Politics aside, what do I think of her?: She's a very strong woman in every way. I don't think it's wholy necessary to repeat what's been said already - but as a person, I like her. Her family life only cements the fact that like every other person on this earth - She's human, so is her family.
Politically?: The hottest debate about her is her family. Is there nothing of any higher priority to be talked about? Is that all anyone's got on her? - I think that if that's the only bad thing people seem to be able to say about her.... that answers it right there. She's not called the Barracuda for nothing.
Jessica at Parenting.com
09-05-2008, 10:40 AM
Make sure you check out Daring Young Mom's Thoughts on Sarah Palin (http://forums.parenting.com/blogs/parenting-post/posts/thoughts-sarah-palin) over at The Parenting Post.
09-06-2008, 02:15 PM
I personally wouldn't take on a job so big with a family, especially an infant son... but I am not Sarah Palin and I don't think I have the right to not vote for McCain because I don't think she should be leaving her family. She is obviously not an idiot, she knows what being VP entails, she also knows her, her children, and her husband much MUCH better than we do- so how can we say we know what's best for her and her family when we don't even know them?
I think she is strong, smart, moral, and competent. She wears her values on her sleeve, and she has a lot of them. (Plenty more than Obama). She also has a lot more experience.
As for her 17 year old daughter GOOD FOR HER! It's about dang time pregnant teens start taking responsibility for their actions. I think her keeping the child is a lot better than her aborting it or putting it up for adoption. Obviously she has the means and support one needs to raise a child so why should she give it up? so she can go to prom??? Please....
Does anyone actually think that politics in our government has been working for the last 30years or so? Go Sarah!!! There are millions of working moms out there, myself included, who manage to handle it all (albeit not always with grace). I think it's about time we shook things up in DC and elected a real woman, with real problems to work through. She can represent my voice any day and I whole-heartedly believe that she will do a fine job of balancing family and employment....she's done so thus far. GO SARAH!!
09-08-2008, 03:28 PM
It's so refreshing to see so any moms supporting Sarah Palin. I was so happy to hear that she was McCain's choice. In response to people who shoot her down b/c they don't think she can handle the VP job and a new baby, especially one with DS: My little guy has DS and although he is quite the handful, it's not because he has DS. The only thing that really sets him apart from other babies his age is that he has to have physical therapy. With PT he's been meeting all his milestones, some early :) But I digress...As VP, Sarah Palin will probably have the best therapists available to her for her son. Plus, the education that she will bring to the public about DS will help her son's future, along with that of other special needs kids. The truth is, the public has so many misconceptions regarding DS, and it's not their fault, my husband and I had the same misconceptions. But people with DS drive, live on their own, get college degrees, and get married. So, yes, the first 3 years (the recommended period for therapy) can get a little hectic, but again, Palin will have the best therapists available to her. I totally agree with HLD, and most of the women here. Go Sarah!
09-09-2008, 12:15 AM
"Obviously she has the means and support one needs to raise a child so why should she give it up? so she can go to prom??? Please...."
The reason a teenager should not raise a child is not because they don't have money or because they will miss out on fun teenage things. Teenagers should not raise children, because as children themselves, they do not have the emotional stability or reasoning skills to parent. Adoption is a beautiful option for teenage pregnancy. The birthmothers are not 'giving up' but 'giving to' the child and the adoptive family.
As for Sarah Palin. When will Americans stop voting for candidates because they identify with their flaws. It's true that no one is perfect, but imperfections do not qualify someone for elected office. Sarah Palin might be a really cool person, strong woman etc. but she seems to know or care little about the world around her. For example, she does not believe that any human behavior contributes to global climate change. Let's translate that: she doesn't want to do anything to fix the human behaviors that contribute to climate change.
That's not just politics. That's bad judgement and pure laziness. That's not the woman I want in the white house.
09-09-2008, 04:05 PM
i've been reading the message boards to get a feel for this topic. Firstly, I APPLAUD Palin and any mother that juggles work and family. Palin seems to be a strong mother that loves her children. I don't know her personally but that's what I'm getting from her speeches and the media. Now, the fact emains that she does have 5 children. One of which is a special needs child. The name says it all. I've read some boards that say we should not look at her family life but guess what? She has put her family under the microscope when she decided to run for VP. We have to take everything under consideration. She is running for a position that if elected will AFFECT US ALL. If McCain should die she will be the next President. Having one child can be stressful enough but having 5, one of which is 17 & pregnant and the other a 5 month old special needs baby that is breastfeeding. WOW! Let's be realistic ladies.... Where do we draw the line from being a Super MOM to a Stupid MOM? Looking at the politics one must weigh in experience versus charisma. She is charismatic but when it comes to experience if you have done your homework you will know that experience is something that she lacks. she is a governor for a state that has a pretty small population, a state that does not suffer from the same urban problems that say new york, california suffers from, her husband works for BP (ethically don't you think there is something wrong with that) and I can go on and on and on... Bravo for a women that wants it all but at what price?????? I look at the whole picture because this election is going to affect us all. It's our right to question our leaders. Seems like McCain picked her because he needed the female vote. If you look at the statistics you will see that before he chose her the female vote for him was low compared to Obama's. Now you compare the numbers and all these hockey moms are flocking to the McCain ticket just because of her. Look at the issues people, do your homework... vote responsibly, don't vote for a woman just because she looks like a super mom... that's irresponsible and ignorant.
09-10-2008, 10:32 PM
I think it would be great to have a woman in the White House, just not her! I would've voted for Hillary if she would've won and I think she would've done a damn fine job of Pres. The only reason Plain is even in the race for the WH is McCain needed a woman to get more votes. I wish people would pick the candidate that was best for the country, not the one they think is the hottest or jsut because they were in the military or the one that is the most like them. People need to pick a candidate that is right fo EVERYONE in America, the one that they think will do the right thing for our country. I think Obama is the man to do this. We don't need four more years of the same. We are already up to our ears in dept! We can't afford four more years of the bush Regime!
09-11-2008, 10:12 AM
My friend and I just had a discussion about her. The reason we started talking about it was because I had mentioned that I am exahausted due to the fact that Charlie is teething and not sleeping well. Poor little guy just wants to be with us.
She mentioned that is the problem she has with Palin. You all have to admit that we spend the first two years of our babies' lives half asleep. Add in her age and the fact that she would be second in command of the most powerful country on earth and I have to agree with my friend. She was not the right choice for the job. She will have to sacrifice either her family or her job. I personally would not be impressed with either decision.
As far as her 17 year old getting pregnant, I have no clue what information she made available to her regarding birth control or how involved she was in her life choices (I'm guessing not very considering she was running a state). Teenagers get pregnant in any kind of home. They are recless by nature.
I also see the fact that she has been in office for 18 month and spent 9 of it pregnant. How many of you felt completely sane and in control enough to run a state when you were preggers???
Ladies, it's not sexist to admit that being a mom is different than being a dad. We are the ones who bare children. We DO have more of a responsibility to our children then their fathers do. It's nature's way.
09-12-2008, 01:57 AM
I personally dont see any thing wrong with her being in the white house! I support her and think just because she has a pregnant daughter doesnt mean that she'll be a bad VP! It just means she is human and more like us! I dont think the personal life of her daughter is any of our business either! Its not like the daughter is running for office! And I dont think that we should use that as an excuse to go against Sarah! I was a teenage mother by the way and still am, im 22 going on my 3rd! My husband in the military and I KNOW we are far better parents than alot of parents out there that are of "good adult age" to have children! I also am for McCain, being that I am a military family, I know deployments, my husband is deployed right now actually, he left about 2wks ago and our child is due in 2wks, Ive seen the military life and all of its trials, I dont think Obama has this war and our troops in the best interests! Its easy to say we can take them all out! But what exactly would that be doing...and itll just give terrorists room to follow us back here and before you know it have more terrorosts attacks...but I guess thats another topic! Either way, leave the lady alone, if she says she can handle being VP, then let her! And leave her daughter alone her business isnt really any of ours!
09-17-2008, 04:51 PM
Personally, I love her. There is alot of things I do not agree with her about issue wise, but I love the fact that she is a Mom, I love that she has kids, that ARE NOT grown and doing it all at the same time!
09-17-2008, 04:52 PM
Oh and I love her hair! :)
09-24-2008, 05:50 PM
Sarah Palin seems like a nice enough lady, as Christian fundamentalists go.
09-26-2008, 06:46 PM
Bleh. I'm so tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. She's such a non-issue. Whoever pays this much attention to VP choices? They only have one job- a tiebreaker for congress. Not very important at all. Move on.
09-29-2008, 10:44 AM
I'm a teen mom and I support my daughter and i'm finishing highschool. So why can't she do what she wants? So what if her daughters going to have a baby? at least she's not killing it! And I get really disgusted when I hear people saying that teenagers can't take care of their children because theyre not "emotionally fit" or "just kids themselves" All my life I've been more grown up then I should have had to have been. I missed out on a childhood experience but I will be damned if my baby girl doesn't get everything she deserves.
And personally I can't stand obama...he's going to raise taxes so the working class gets screwed over??? and the people who sit on their butts all day and just keep having kids so they can get wellfare and food stamps reap all the benefits? mmmmhhhhmmmmm great selection for president.
I have a lot of respect for Sarah Palin and her family. If you don't know somebody don't judge. I mean come on...its not like your still in highschool=P
10-01-2008, 07:54 PM
And personally I can't stand obama...he's going to raise taxes so the working class gets screwed over???
Senator Obama's plan raises taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. That's not considered "working class" where I come from.
10-01-2008, 10:03 PM
Don't know if you got the message, djac75, but she doesn't belong to a church. :)
And Obama plans on repealing the Bush tax cuts - so yes, Obama would be effectively "raising" taxes on working-class families. Although, with the current financial crisis and 700-billion-dollar bail-out bill, I doubt he'd be able to accomplish this in his first four years.
I think Sarah Palin is awesome. It really is rather sexist that we question her ability to lead because she has a young family - women have worked so hard for equality in this country, and now that we're about to see a major feminist dream realized, so many of us back-pedal and wonder if she can really be affective because she's a mother. Personally, I really don't think we'd see this constant line of questioning if she were running on the liberal ticket, because that's kind of the only place feminism is accepted. Unfortunately.
And kudos to her for breastfeeding!!!
10-15-2008, 10:32 AM
Bleh. I'm so tired of hearing about Sarah Palin. She's such a non-issue. Whoever pays this much attention to VP choices? They only have one job- a tiebreaker for congress. Not very important at all. Move on.
To answer your question the reason why they pay so much attention to her is because the media is against McCain. They can try to deny it all they want but 98% of the media is rooting for Obama to win. All you have to do is watch The View or CNN to see what I mean. They are biased and have been this whole time. They will do anything to tear Palin down and make McCain look bad.
I love how in the Debate Palin called Biden out on all of the things she respected him for saying in favor of McCain prior to the debate. It seems Obama's chioce for VP and McCain have more in common with each other then the public thought. :)
I respect Palin's values and I don't think she is doing anything wrong by working.
My mother has a special needs daughter and she worked for many years. My sister is now 23 she still has special needs, but she has her own job and is doing just fine. She still lives with my parents but my mother never had to be with her all the time as long as my father or me or my sisters were there for her.
The attack on her not being there for her son is just another biased finger pointed in her direction. It is completely sexist and wrong. Especially because the world values the working class mom so much... now they are gonna turn around and say it's wrong for a women with children to work...? OH PLEASE!
10-15-2008, 12:30 PM
I just got the voter book and I thought "Seriously? Already? I still don't know who I'm voting for yet!"
Here's my issue: I like what Obama says, I just don't think he's actually doing to do it. I think he's taking the moderate stance just to swing the votes (I'm a moderate, I lean neither way). I know McCain will do what he says, I just don't like what he says. So there you go, I just don't know who to vote for. Ugh!
10-15-2008, 10:01 PM
In response to "why are they paying so much attention to Sarah Palin", because everyone is afraid that good ol' McCain is going to kick the bucket during his term and she'll be running this country. I'm not stating my opinion on this subject one way or the other but the other reason is since she is a woman it is much easier for the media to tear her down than her male rival. ... I don't like her one bit but I definitely recognize sexist propaganda when I hear it.
10-16-2008, 04:16 PM
I was just woundering why has no other canidate running for vice president or president's family life has never been an issue??? I mean no one is perfect look clinton had his wife and his daughter and his girlfriends too and he didn't screw our country up that bad did he........ She can't make the choice for her daughter to have this baby on not its her choice not ours. I know plenty of people who have come from good familys with good values who have a sibling that has made a mess out of their lives and its not anything the parents did or didn't do my dad always told me: "you are in the drivers seat of your life no one else does the stearing but you" and I have lived my life knowing that I make MY choices no one else.
10-18-2008, 02:56 AM
OK, I am giving myself away here, but I live in Alaska. In fact I live very close to the Palin's, don't know them and never have met them. Not campaiging here, just wanted to get my thoughts out.
But I am impressed by her, her work ethic, her family committment and her ability to get things done.
At first when I found out about her pregnancy I was thinking her being at work and not taking anytime off for her newborn with Down was depressing because she was making me look bad, as a stay at hom mom I was just happy to get the house clean/food ready/and a shower.
Then I realized, she has done this before, 4 times in fact so this is not her first rodeo. Also, she put the bassinette in her office, and went to work slowly, taking care of things like the state's employee 401K defeciet problem. She breast feed and just carried him around like an accessory and worked with him...something I wish many workplaces would do!!!
She was and has put together a plan for a gas pipeline (something 3 governers in the past has promised to do, but has yet to do...think oil pipeline of the 70's...if you don't know, ask your parents...they will tell you how important that work was for America)
She was insulted by the Republican party that she STANDS for, they basically called her a "dumb whore". I WISH I WAS LIEING HERE, BUT THEY DID. DISGUSTING ISN'T IT? They basically said she was a woman with young children so she wasn't GOOD Enough to be a future leader. She wasn't smart enough to pick cabinet leaders that were qualified. How would you feel as a mother to be told those things by your employer?!!!!!!
She made good on all her campaign promises........cut spending, give some back to the residents of alaska. She did both. She cut so much Gov't spending, she even gave the staff at the Governor's home a pink slip. (She fired the chef... because they can cook for themselves.....If I was governor, I would be looking forward to a professional chef to cater to my family one last damn thing I got to worry about!!!). ANd I as well as my husband and 1 year old son received in the mail last month a $1200 Energy relief assistance.
I got a check for $1200 (so times 3....$3600) to help pay for the rising costs of FUEL, HEAT & ELECTRICITY. Seriously nothing says I love you and worry about your ability to pay your bills like a nice fat check.
And lastly, her husband took a leave of absence from work in February of this year, so before her son was born, and before she even knew she would be VP. He wanted to be there to support the home. The fact that her husband took a leave of absence from his career to support his family and wife at home....How many of your husbands would do that? Honestly they may joke about it, but how many would?
Yes there are many flaws to her career, and her family, but nobody is perfect. Least of all me, so I quess my bottom line (as well as my familie's) we love her. She was elected, she got the job done, she hasn't blown any smoke up my rear end, she is a relateable person. I mean hell, she knows the troubles of my everyday life, because she has and will live them!!!
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