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Even If Sarah Palin Really Is Mother Of That Child, Don’t Let These People Define Your Idea Of Family

We’ve seen a lot of family from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin. They all love their families. We should vote for them because they love their families.

l’ll leave it up to you if the rumor about the maternity of Trig Palin has any merit. I know I’ve heard that Barack Obama is a Muslim and that he was born outside the country. I bet his political opponents have helped spread those rumors. Yet these things are not true. Not all rumors are true.

I don’t care if the rumor is true, because I don’t think it has much to do with Ms. Palin’s ability to be Vice President. It’s just that if you are going to run for Vice President of the United States as a champion of family values, then your family is part of the public debate. Especially when you are running as a representative of a political party that has been lecturing people on family values for many years now. 

And really, with all these spouses, children, and grandchildren we’ve been seeing from both the Republican and Democratic candidates—Don’t they have any crazy gay uncles who live in a small apartment in Manhattan and who do nothing all day but read and reread The Education of Henry Adams ?

Don’t they have any lifelong friends they would like to acknowledge?

How about siblings that maybe they just can’t stand to be near?

You can define family as you wish. Maybe you like your friends better than your family. Maybe you have no family. Maybe you are gay and you can’t get married in most of the country.

Don’t let these candidates—who are brands for sale as much as anything real—sell you this crap. Don’t let them make you feel left out because you don’t live some fantasy dream life. Odds are they are not living that life themsleves. 

Family is what works for the person you are in life and for your circumstances in life. 

Family is how you define family. You can define family anyway you want.

September 1, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Campaign 2008, Politics, Relationships | , , , , , ,


  1. Well done, Sugar.

    I’d say more but it’s late now and I’ve been making a similar case for us to drop this rumor wherever I could.

    It’s time for chocolate and a nice comfy bed. Or maybe scotch and an old movie…haven’t decided yet.


    Comment by Menopausal Mick | September 1, 2008

  2. maybe if her daugheter has a baby with down syndrome or if her daughters baby daddy was her daddy she might feel different about abortion, or even better maybe if her daughter wanted an abortion she would respect and understand her decision though she might not agree would let her chose whats best for her. we know thats not the case they have stated she will get married to the boy that has knocked her up and all that combined has nothing to do with her qualification for vp. i think the pictures with her holding the guns will set the tone for a old fasion shotgun wedding. good luck to that girl she will need it with this family.

    Comment by bill brady | September 2, 2008

  3. oh yeah and they make me want to puke

    Comment by bill brady | September 2, 2008

  4. Mick–Great to have you here. The story had something to it after all.

    Bill—Nothing I can add. Right on.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 2, 2008

  5. if you jumble the letters of her name you get A PLAIN RASH. she will be a rash to the campaign no doubt. i thought mccain was fucking simple before he is like a crackwhore looking for a rock. good luck. the sad part is the polls are not double didgets apart. what is wrong with my countrymen and women? really

    Comment by bill brady | September 3, 2008

  6. Yeah, Neil…the story has legs.


    Children should be off-limits.

    Even more troubling is the damage all this is doing to any real discussion of the problems facing our country. The neocons are going to be able to avoid discussions of substance by hitting all the knee-jerk emotional issues instead. They can’t win on the Republican record but they’ll get out the votes from the pulpits again. The more we let them direct the agenda by defending issues of Palin’s personal life the less we’ll be able to talk about things of concern to ALL of us like her political agenda for America.

    She left the small town of Wasilla with a twenty million deficit and built a sports arena in a town that desperately needed a sewage plant. These are the things we should be researching and reporting.

    Be smarter than Rove and the neocons. Hold them to the FACTS about life under this Republican admin.

    This election is too important. I believe it to be our last chance to repair the damage that has been done to the constitution.

    The polls are saying that it’s a pretty even race. I find that very, very hard to believe. But, if the election is close again, we’re still using those same very hackable voting machines. Although, I did hear Florida’s governor say that they’d added a paper trail. Last time I checked, about forty states were using voting machines and most don’t have a paper trail. We need to win this election by a margin that will be difficult to overwhelm with tallies from hackable voting machines.

    Can we really afford to attack Palin’s personal life and have the neocons rising to her defense like she was some modern Joan of Arctic? I object to personal attacks on anyone…much less children…on moral grounds. And like you said, it has nothing to do with her ability to govern. Putting aside issues of morality, it is politically to our advantage to refrain from giving neocons power to format the discussions surrounding this election with fear issues. Don’t add fuel to their fire of hate mongering is my advice to the Dems.


    Comment by Menopausal Mick | September 3, 2008

  7. Mick–Thanks for this useful comment. In a few days a new issue will be upon us and Bristol will be old news.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 4, 2008

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