Posts Tagged ‘Sara Palin

10
Oct
08

Be a Woman…or a Mother…Best be Both

The gloves are OFF.  Well, one is.  This is still a much more polite fight than it needs to be.  However, there is one argument that I have heard – ad nauseum – and ironically it has come mostly from self-proclaimed feminists.  They cannot stand the fact that Palin might fall into a demanding job when she has KIDS who will suffer, for goodness sake.  They say she should be home with her kids. 

They have no right.

Most of us have to work.  We have to be away from our children each day, it’s a fact of life.  That work should be rewarding.  It’s a shame to put a high priority on something that doesn’t matter.  If she has to be at work, let her do this job.  She has a unique opportunity to help preserve the way of life that we Americans enjoy.  She may even have a chance to improve it.  As a mother, she would be shirking her duties if she did not take this job.  Her kids will be cared for; her husband has planned a leave of absence from his job, not to mention the nanny and the Secret Service and the kitchen staff.  Those children will enjoy opportunities we would sacrifice everything to provide for our children.  If I had an opportunity to sacrifice four years of quality time in the name of a brighter future for my children, I would jump on it.  Women have been taken from the home for less.  Historically, every time our country is struggling, the women have sacrificed greatly.  They have taken jobs, eaten less, worked late, learned skills, and sent the men they loved away to certain death.  History is asking no less of Sara Palin (o-kay, her husband gets to stay stateside). 

As I said, this argument is coming mostly from the mouths of feminists.  I know this, because they usually call her a hypocrite for having a career and being pro-life.  That is the mark of a feminist.  They are effectively saying that once a woman becomes a mother, she has no role outside her home.  She has no skills to offer but diapering and kissing skinned knees.  She has no voice.  What a message to send our daughters!  I want my daughters to understand that becoming a mother is the gateway to a life beyond their wildest dreams.  They will be mothers first, yes, but they are brilliant girls with everything to offer and mothering teaches.  Mothering offers wisdom.  A mother still gets to be a woman.  For brilliant girls to grow up and become mothers, but not women, is a disservice.

Mothering should be a blessing.  It is a blessing.  It should enrich our lives, but it should never take our lives.  We women are the soul of this nation and it is true, there is nothing we cannot do.  Whether it is staying home to kiss scrapes, diaper, and read fairy tales (a life I covet, by the way), or having a career and stealing precious moments to watch our children grow, we should be able to do this without the guilt.  I know stay at home moms have guilt for not contributing to the household income.  They feel like working moms look down on them for “just being a mom.”  Working moms are riddled with guilt every morning when they drive away from their beloved.   They feel like their priorities are dubious.  The reality is, though, every mother is doing the best she can in different circumstances.  Remember, there was a time that staying home was necessary but it didn’t involve quality time and Gymboree dates.  There was always work to be done around the home and not enough time.  Now, stay at home moms are super women who raise fantastic kids and provide great service to our society through the children they raise and the tireless hours of volunteering.  Now is a different time.  Staying home is a luxury that comes with great sacrifice.  Life is not always stable.  Our economy has grown to two-income proportions. 

This is a new age.  There are new rules.  Being all that we can be will never make us less.  There is not even room for such implication.

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18
Sep
08

Lohan vs. Palin

I never thought Lindsay Lohan would get to me, but she certainly has.  Yesterday I copped out an quickly pasted her anti-Palin rant onto my blog.  It should not matter one iota that a young, misguided nouveau riche panned a presidential candidate.  But it does.  LiLo (oh cute!) as they are calling her now, is a cultural icon and what she posted on My Space carried enough weight to be a loud story among the media.  Thanks to this very internet, we all had a chance to see it.  It hardly deserves a comment, but I believe that her sentiment is shared among many voters, especially mothers. 

Lindsay contends that Sara Palin will “negate” all the progress women have made as far as having a “choice over what to do with our bodies.”  The left is continually attacking Palin for not aborting her special needs child.  There have been questions raised as to whose baby he is.  There have been hysterical rants about her inability to hold the position of vice president and tend to this child, people questioning her commitment to parenting.  She has been called hypocritical because Alaska doesn’t have anti-abortion laws on the books.  Sara Palin exhibits all that is right and perfect about womanhood.  She has raised a loving family, no question about it, including a special needs infant.  Apparently, this infant has brought nothing but joy to the family; I don’t think this supports the argument that the world is better off without these babies.  She is showing the greatest commitment to her family, allowing her husband to take the reigns as she is called to minister to a nation.  If a person is in a position to fight for our future, the bigger picture is crucial.  Sara is seizing this opportunity to do her part to assure a bright and prosperous future for her family.  It is highly sacrificial, but her children are not going to be abandoned or neglected during the next four years.  Any mother will do everything in her power to protect her family; Sara has just hit the motherlode.  Further, it is nonsensical to call a pro-life woman who knowingly births and raises a Down-Syndrome baby hypocritical for doing just that.  As yet, Alaska still has rather liberal abortion laws on the books, but Ms. Palin hasn’t been governor for a full two years.  She may still have changes she looks to make.  OR, it is evident that she believes in smaller government.  Therefore, she may not feel a need to impose her beliefs on the entire state.  No candidate is going to reverse Roe vs. Wade and it is doubtful that the candidate will be able to appoint Supreme Cout justices who will succeed.

Now, since she brought it, let’s take a look at what Lindsay has done to further the cause of feminism.  Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure clubbing and posting poorly-spelled diatribes on a social networking site where we appear scantilly clad is what our great-grandmothers had in mind when they hoped for our futures.  If Lindsay were not fortunate enough to have a Disney-endorsed beginning, she would enjoy no success.  If the girls who strive to emulate her acheive their goals, sans Disney, they are destined to suffer lives of eating disorders, alcoholism, and desperate pleas for attention.  Lindsay needs to stick with what she’s good at.  She’s adorable and maybe a little talented.  She is not a crusader.  Best to completely avoid what one does not understand.

17
Sep
08

Lindsay, Lindsay

O-kay, I have wanted to foster open political thought rather than destructive arguments, but if this is not a reason to vote for the other team (the one with Sara Palin on it), I don’t know what is.  I am most curious as to why the vapid Lindsay thinks she could be influential in this role.  Enjoy!

 

Lindsay Lohan‘s online missives have come a long way from the days when she offered to “release a politically/morally correct, fully adequite [sic] letter to the press … simply to state my oppinions [sic] on how our society should be educated on for the better of our country.”

Now, with a little help from inamorata Samantha Ronson, she’s penned a surprisingly coherent diatribe on Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, which she says was sparked by her “fear, anxiety, concern, disappointment and stress” and her inability to “bite my tongue any more.”

“Is it a sin to be gay? Should it be a sin to be straight? Or to use birth control? Or to have sex before marriage? Or even to have a child out of wedlock?” the Barack Obama-supporting actress, 22, rails on her MySpace page. “Is our country so divided that the Republicans’ best hope is a narrow-minded, media-obsessed homophobe?”

She goes on to cite an Associated Press story about how Palin’s longtime church in Wasilla, Alaska, promoted a conference “that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through prayer.”

And while Lohan says, “I am not against Sarah Palin as a mother or woman,” she points out that “women have come a long way in the fight to have the choice over what we do with our bodies. … And it’s frightening to see that a woman in 2008 would negate all of that.”

She adds that she “would have liked to have remained impartial; however, I am afraid that the ‘lipstick on a pig’ comments will overshadow the issues. … I have faith that this country will be all that it can be with the proper guidance. I really hope that all of you make your decisions based on the facts and what feels right to you in your heart — vote for Obama!”

Alas, LiLo then undoes much of her earlier eloquence by concluding, “Oh, and … hint hint Pali-pal — don’t pose for anymore tabloid covers, you’re not a celebrity, you’re running for office to represent our, your, my COUNTRY! And in the words of Pamela Anderson, ‘She can suck it.'”




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