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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 | , , , , , , | 7 Comments