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Candidate Families—Props To Be Used

Sarah Palin gave an interview to People Magazine and allowed two of her children to be pictured on the cover of the magazine.

But I thought the McCain campaign said the Palin family was off-limits. Except, of course, during Republican Convention week when the Palin children were seen by millions.

The Obama campaign has also said family is off-limits. Except, of course, when the Obama campaign wants to use kids for its own purposes. Then you get a lot of family from the Obama campaign.

Bringing back the brooch

Do you think Sarah Palin will work hard to help end child poverty or work hard to get health insurance for kids who don’t have health insurance? What are the chances of that? Here is a story about funding Governor Palin cut for unwed teen mothers. Why should we care about the Palin children when Governor Palin does not care about other people’s children?

Below is the prop room at the National Theater in Mannhiem, Germany. I think the Presidential and the Vice Presidential candidates keep their children in a room like this for when they are needed.

I’m not likely to bring up the Palin children on this blog as the campaign progresses. I don’t feel it serves my purposes to do so. Yet as Republicans have pursued brutal anti-family policies for many years now and have had no problem defining family for others, I don’t see why the families of these people are off-limits. Isn’t being a “Hockey Mom” a big part of why we are supposed to like Sarah Palin?

It’s all about family.

For that matter, Senator Obama opposes gay marriage as well.  Maybe his opposition is just a matter of politics. But since he feels other people’s most intimate and personal relationships are a matter of politics, why should those most close to him be immune from scrutiny?

We know that in the end it will be about who can be used, or not used, and in what way. Using people is a fully bipartisan practice.

My wish is that these people would run on issues more so than family. I don’t care how they define family. Yet this does not seem to be the world these men and women want to make. They use family as it suits them.

September 6, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Why Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy Is A Fair Issue In This Campaign

The fact that Bristol Palin is having a baby has nothing to do with Governor Sarah Palin’s ability, or inability, to be Vice President. Bristol Palin herself is entitled to privacy.

But the fact is that the issue in and of itself has relevance to the campaign. Part of Governor Palin’s supposed appeal is her family of five children and her “hockey mom” status. This all fits in with so-called family values issues that have been a Republican staple for many years now.   

If you campaign on what people’s values should be in their own homes, and in their personal relationships, then your home and your relationships are fair game as well.

A good blog post on this subject can be found at The Texas Cloverleaf. Texas Cloverleaf says this would be a fine time to discuss birth control and sex education as a solution to teen pregnancy. 

Above is a picture of Bristol, Rhode Island. Looks like a nice place to get away from all the trouble politics brings.

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics, Relationships | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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