Sarah Palin, You're a Bad Mom
Sarah Palin, you're a bad mom and a bad example. I don't take this statement lightly and I'm not going to make this about political affiliations. This conversation is much more important than our government preferences. We can be civil about that discussion. This isn't about female power and supporting women and mothers at all costs. People are people and who the person is, is far more important than the package. So you get no points from me for being a woman or mother, because that's not how I know you.
I know you as the political figure you and your team have sold you as: a Republican rock star, fighter of all things "American," protector of the unborn child, instigator of wars with Iran (note: even Dick Cheney thinks you've gone too far). Personally, who you've sold yourself as doesn't speak to me. I consider myself to be a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. I pride myself on voting for both Republicans and Democrats depending on the individual and the timing. I analyze my decisions. I think. I'm not your audience.
But there was one realm I gave you kudos: your fight to bring attention to the plight of the mentally challenged in our country. But now, it's quite obvious that was just another bit of political window-dressing as well.
After Rahm Emanuel, known for his shall we say "colorful commentary," referred to liberals considering running healthcare-related ads against Democratic lawmakers as "effing retarded," you penned this Facebook note, calling for Emanuel to fired. You further spanked him with your holier-than-thou commentary, "Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking."
It is heartbreaking and unacceptable...unless it's Rush Limbaugh, in which case God's children be damned. There's something disturbing about the parasitic relationship between Republicans and Rush Limbaugh - even more so because it's obvious the parasite is winning.
On February 1, you post on Facebook about Rahm's "slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities" and call for his firing. Two days later, on February 3, Limbaugh berates our overly-PC society and says he wouldn't apologize for "calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards." He then went on to say "retard" or some variant of the word twenty-seven times. Twenty-seven times. On February 7, you continued to berate Rahm Emanuel on Chris Wallace's show and at the same time you defended Rush Limbaugh. You know...the guy who said he wouldn't apologize for it and used the word "retard" twenty-seven times. Your reason? It was satire.
Let me tell you, I watched Limbaugh in this segment over and over and over again. There is no evidence of satire. What there was evidence of was a power play. A calling out of Sarah Palin. Using the word "retard" twenty-seven times and explicitly saying he would not apologize for it — that was Rush Limbaugh saying loud and clear, "I'm bigger than YOU. Now bow to me, woman!"
And you did.
As you defended Limbaugh not only on February 7, but again on The O'Reilly Factor on February 16, all I heard from you was "My political ambitions are more important than my child."
Politics suck. Especially lately. There are too many egotistical jerks who go off to Argentina to meet their soul mates, or impregnate women who are not their wives. There's too much division. But even in that cesspool of mediocrity, there are still people who demonstrate a ton of integrity, especially when it comes to matters close to the heart. Hillary Clinton has been an avid fighter for the advancement of women since she was First Lady. She served as a good example, both protecting her daughter while she was in the White House, and teaching her to be a strong woman. As Secretary of State she continues to be a good example of the power of women, while continually advocating for the rights of women around the world. When John McCain stood up to George Bush on the use of torture, his passion and commitment to the cause were apparent not only because of his history but because of his consistency. Did he make political calculations in the back of his mind - going against his own party's President? Perhaps. Or maybe not at all. The result was the same, though: his integrity won out.
And when you stormed onto the scene as John McCain's Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah, your teen daughter's pregnancy was quickly revealed. And you'll remember it was then-candidate Barack Obama who committed that families, including your daughter's pregnancy, were strictly off limits. He kept that commitment in the throes of an ugly election. He wouldn't want someone attacking his family and he afforded you the same respect. That's the integrity of someone who respects family.
I've often watched you, carrying your son around like an accessory. That's how it appeared to me. He was an accessory to you. A convenient talking point. I didn't like seeing that. I told myself I was being ugly and I stuffed those feelings down. But now I know I was right.
You have no integrity, Sarah Palin. You sold out your child, your supposed cause, for your political ambition. Rush Limbaugh made fun of your child twenty-seven times over and told you and his millions of listeners he wouldn't apologize for it. He challenged you. And you cowered in the corner. You didn't stand up for your child. You chose Rush Limbaugh, a (formerly?) drug-addicted bully, over your child.
"Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking." True. But your acceptance and accolades of Rush Limbaugh's offense - twenty-seven times over and arguably directed at your child specifically - is disturbing. It proves not only that you have zero integrity, but that you've failed the most basic test of motherhood: protection of one's child.
Paige was recently chastised by her close friend, a special education teacher, for using the "r" word. She was embarrassed and immediately apologized. She was a Best Buddy in college and believes everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Except for Sarah Palin, because she's a bad mom. If you agree, you should follow Paige on Twitter! This is an original post to the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.