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Bumper Sticker of the Day

Posted in Bumper Stickers with tags , on November 2, 2008 by gyma

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Sarah Palin’s Family Values

Posted in Politics with tags , on September 2, 2008 by gyma

Everybody’s talking about Sarah Palin and the Republican Party being the party of family values.  As you can see above, this is a picture from People magazine.  Can anyone tell me why the picture includes Trig?  Especially since there are no other children included in the picture?

What concerns me is this.  We are being bombarded right and left that the families are off limits.  Fair enough, I happen to agree.  I wish spouses and children didn’t play a role at all in who gets elected.

But guess what?  Somewhere along the way, the Republican Party, the one of family values, felt it was necessary to drag families into this mix.  Now that they have a less than desirable situation to deal with, and are faced with questions that need to be asked and answered, all bets are off?  I don’t think so.

So when liberal bloggers sniffed around over the weekend and discovered that Alaskans have been suspicious for months about her latest pregnancy, they were supposed to just let it go?  Bloggers weren’t making up lies about Sarah Palin out of thin air, unlike those who were claiming Barack Obama was a Muslim.  What evidence did they have that he was a Muslim?  Very little.  On the other hand, Alaskans have been talking for some time now about Sarah Palin’s pregnancy. 

People who worked with Palin every day weren’t told about the pregnancy until her 7th month and many found it difficult to believe.  Beyond the disbelief of her coworkers, there were several things that didn’t add up and raised further questions, that I think were legitimate.  Why didn’t Palin tell anyone before Trig was born that he had Down Syndrome?  Was Bristol out of school for several months due to mononucleosis?  Why would a 44-year old woman, pregnant with a Down syndrome baby, board an airplane in Dallas bound for Alaska after her water broke?  Why would she take the extra time to drive to a small, regional hospital to give birth rather than a larger one with a neonatal ICU, considering the baby was premature?  There are pictures on the internet supposedly taken when she was 7 months pregnant that can be compared to other pictures when she was pregnant with one of her other children, and there is an obvious difference.  And doesn’t anyone think it odd that a woman who has just given birth to a premature baby with Down Syndrome would return to work three days later?

Because, because Sarah Palin is parading Trig around on the campaign trail as a paragon of her family values, then I think the media has the obligation to ask these questions and have them answered honestly.  It appears that the hysterical shouting of “How dare you question this woman” speaks volumes about the shouters.

To be perfectly clear, I’m not suggesting Sarah Palin isn’t Trig’s mother.  What I’m saying is there appears to be enough inconsistencies and oddities surrounding the situation to require further investigation.  Rather than announcing that her daughter, Bristol, is pregnant as a rebuttal to these questions, Palin could have provided brief medical records, a copy of her amniocentesis report, etc., to immediately stop the chatter. 

But she didn’t and, that in and of itself, speaks volumes about family values. 

I am closing the comments on this post and will delete all comments I receive unless you can provide incontrovertible proof on any of the questions asked above.