Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Taste of her own medicine?

It's surfaced that Republican running mate Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant... how interesting... so far the reaction from Democrats has been to respect the privacy of Palin's family, and the reaction from Republicans has been to stand behind Palin as a "real person" and someone who "walks her talk." A quote from CNN.com:
"I think, if anything, it shows the Republican Party is a real American party," said Rex Teter, another Texas delegate. "Every family has to deal with children, and sometimes children make decisions that parents wish they would not have been made, and things happen. But I think children are a blessing from God."
Hm... yes, Palin certainly does represent the America pro-life extremists like herself have created. According to the same CNN.com article, Palin supports abstinence-only education. She also opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest and is a member of "Feminists" for Life. (Needed to add quotation marks because that phrase makes absolutely no sense to me.) The mainstream media is dancing around all of this information due to a sudden respect for privacy, but we all see the irony here, right? "Pro-life," anti-sex education, anti-contraception extremists refuse to see the ineffectiveness of abstinence-only education in schools-- even when the failure of abstinence-only education in their own homes is staring them in the face-- and making headlines.

According to a Today Show segment that aired this morning, teen pregnancy rates are on the rise in the U.S., and three in 10 girls become pregnant by the age of 20. And why is that? They're not using protection! Shocker! If schools aren't going to teach teens about safe, healthy sex, and their parents might not, who will? Virgin/whore role models like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson? I'm going to guess no... f-ed up, oppressive, unhealthy ideas of sexuality-- now those the media's doing a great job of teaching. Clearly.

So yay for family privacy and all that... but when a public figure's personal life directly exemplifies the failure and hypocrisy of her political platforms, I do believe it's worth pointing out. After all, the personal is political-- Palin should recognize that rhetoric-- she apparently considers herself a feminist.


Caroline said...

Hell yeah! I'm so sick of the "respecting the family's privacy" bs. We don't have to intrude on the poor girl's life or have the media all up in their faces. But we should not be afraid to point out that this situation is the perfect example of why abstinence only education is a crock of shit. F*#%ing Republicans!!!

Oh - and lots not forget my other favorite BS Republican idea to come out this week. That some crazy right to life nutcase is going to get the Hillary vote, because Hillary supporters are apparently just brainless fools who will vote for any candidate with a vagina. Even if one might want to take all of our rights and freedoms away....

Amy said...

UGH I know. The blatant pandering is SO INSULTING it makes me want to SCREAM.

Dr. Bob said...

When I got back and caught up on the VP candidate drama, I saw a piece that drew a comparison of Palin's appearance to Tina Fey and Megan Mullaly. That made me wonder if McCain was picking someone based on telegenic qualities. Not sure.

Then, I saw this piece by Jon Stewart and laughed my ass off until I cried:

Amy said...

HA the Hillary stuff at the end is the best.

Jon Stewart for President!

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