We need peace. We're not going to get it trashing Sarah Palin so a bunch of men will like us. I have no problem with disagreeing with the woman. I also have no problem agreeing with her. And I do agree with her on some issues. The speech she gave, in 2008, on special-needs children was so needed and powerful that I was surprised and blown away. She can be very elequent, even when I disagree with her, she can be. She's working class, the daughter of school teachers (her father was a teacher, I know, but I believe her mother was as well), who worked hard and managed to become a mayor. She continued working hard and became a governor. She continued working hard and became only the second woman on one of this country's two major party presidential tickets.
Sarah Palin is a part of history.
I'm not going to go out of my way to think of an attack on her every day.
If she says something I disagree with, I'll note it. If she says something stupid, I call her out.
But you need to remember, my family, my parents, their parents, are/were Socialists. (Those alive still are.) I love them dearly. I grew up hearing a different agenda than many other people did. (I'm grateful for that.) My being a Democrat, to them, is a bit like the way some of the MSNBC crew talks about Republicans. Democrat is 'conservative' for Socialists.
But my point is, we never had a problem in our large family (I am one of 8 children and my husband and I have 8 children) with politics. We disagreed all the time and still loved each other and still loved spending time together.
And I really fear that America's missing that the most today. Sarah Palin could show up at my parents for Sunday dinner. It would not be a problem in the least. My father would love to pump her on health care and you name it. And she has appeared to be a respectful person so I'm sure she would not only share her views but be willing to listen to my father's and my mother's and anyone else at the table. And I bet you she'd laugh about their differences the same way my parents always have. If we disagree, it just means we are independent thinkers. That's what my mother drilled into us.
It is okay to disagree. It is okay to be a Democrat, or a Socialist, or Republican or a Communist or whatever. In America we can be anything and we can all contribute to the public dialogue.
I do not get this desire to demonize Sarah Palin.
And I'm radically pro-abortion. I still don't get the desire to demonize Palin.
Emily's List didn't lose me because I'm only donating to peace issues these days. (And my husband aren't wealthy by any means so our tiny chunk of change won't be missed.) But they did lose my respect as they decided it would be 'funny' and 'feminist' to attack a woman. And this is a woman (Palin) who's not even running for office currently. Have you ever seen that before in your life?
With presidents out of office, yes. Other than that, I can't think of a time when we did that. And this by the same group who insisted that Palin was a 'nobody' and Alaska was the 'smallest state' (population wise) so it didn't count. Well they've sure let their hate for the woman register, haven't they?
I was going to write about the Iraq War. I didn't mean to get off on that topic. But maybe it needed saying?
The Iraq War didn't end today. But if they tell us it did, it can make it that much harder to mount large opposition to the continued war. And that was the point of the White House and media telling us the Iraq War ended today.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: