It’s hard not to notice that between the depressing images of the tornado-torn Mid-West/South and the President playing ping-pong with a clumsy British Prime-minister, that Sarah Palin is gaining political momentum once again. Logical deduction would attribute this re-surfacing in the media to the up-coming 2012 elections. It is a very real possibility that Sarah Palin will be running for president.
Why does this bother me so much? Perhaps that out of all of the leaders we could choose from, Palin represents a contrived regression to a time that could no longer exist and it is doubtful it ever even existed in the first place. Reactionaries of this kind are always slinging phrases like back to the good ol’ days but if one thinks for a minute, one would realize that if the good ol’ days were really that great, wouldn’t today be a good ol’ day?
Also, she claims to be an advocate of (ehem) New Femenism which states something along the lines of:
“Together, the pro-woman, pro-life sisterhood is telling the young women of America that they are capable of handling an unintended pregnancy and still pursue a career and an education. Strangely, many feminists seem to want to tell these young women that they’re NOT capable, that you CAN’T give your child life and still pursue your dreams. The message is: “Women, you are not strong enough or smart enough to do both. You are not capable.”
The NEW feminism is telling women they are capable and strong. An if keeping a child isn’t possible, adoption is a beautiful choice. It’s about empowering women to make REAL CHOICES, not forcing them to accept false ones. It’s about compassion and letting these scared young women know that there will be some help there for them to raise their children in those less-than-ideal circumstances.
I believe this so strongly because I’ve been there. I never planned on being the mother of a son with special needs. I thought, “God will never give me something I can’t handle.”Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.153 Nov 23, 2010 “
Disregarding the religious hocus-pocus at the end there, this viewpoint targets pro-life advocates as those who wish to strip women of their rights because having an abortion apparently makes someone weak.
…I’ll say having an abortion requires a lot of courage; terrorism is scary.
What is even more appalling is that someone who claims to be a feminist would say that even if a woman was raped, the resulting pregnancy doesn’t warrant an abortion.
“There’s no better training ground for politics than motherhood. At one point during the 2006 general election, motherhood became the focus of a unique line of questioning. In my responses to a series of debate questions on abortion, I remained consistent and sincere, explaining how personal and sensitive the issue is and that good people can disagree.
But the debate moderator decided to personalize his hypotheticals with a series of “what if…” questions:
Q: If a woman were, say, raped…
A: I would choose life.
Q: If your daughter were pregnant…
A: Again, I would choose life.”
Q: If your teenage daughter got pregnant…
A: I’d counsel a young parent to choose life & consider adoption.
I calmly repeated my answers to all o his “what-ifs,” then looked pointedly to my right and my left, to one opponent, then the other. Then I returned to the moderator and said, “I’m confident you’ll be asking the other candidates these same questions, right?” Of course, he didn’t.Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.115-116 Nov 17, 2009 “
What gives me the heeby-jeebies is that these are only two statements on one hot-button issue that are most un-settling about her possible campaign. If I were to list all of her policies that contradict any progress we might have made in the past few decades, I might as well plagiarize one of her books.
They say the easiest way to become an Atheist is to read the bible. If you understand Palin’s policies, then you’re probably just as concerned about her campaign as any sensible person.
But don’t take my word for it. Go read one of her books. If you’re poor, learn2google.