It is a good thing that McCain and Palin didn’t attempt to hide the fact that Sarah’s daughter, Bristol, is pregnant. I wouldn’t dare try to attempt a chronology, but it sure seemed like Palin pre-empted the liberal mudslinging in getting out the truth. Or didn’t you know that the left has been trying to say that Sarah’s newborn child, the one with Downs Syndrome, is the baby that is actually Bristol’s? I don’t know the background of this particular blog but it seems to explain the rumors on that point well enough. If that wasn’t bad enough, while simultaneously suggesting that the baby is actually Bristol’s and not Sarah’s, the left has folks out there (Alan Colmes) saying that the newborn’s Downs Syndrome is Sarah’s fault for not getting proper pre-natal care.
Now, that argument alone needs a thumping but I’m not going to dish it out right now.
Anyway, should this matter? Should this make conservatives think twice? Already the blogosphere is ringing with the insinuation that a pregnant daughter somehow discredits or undermines the parents’ moral platform. The left is all a titter about a young couple engaging in the behavior that the left itself is hellbent on promoting, except the whole ‘keeping the baby’ part. I suppose some more measured voices on the left will be content so long as it was Bristol’s own choice to keep the baby, but there will be others on the left that believe that Bristol is ruining her life. There will be some on the left that believe that this is the worst thing in the world that could happen to a young teenager girl.
In fact, there are some people that believe that actually carrying the baby to term would be a punishment.
In fact, such a person is running for president. His name is Barack Obama:
When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old, I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby,
Ok, so a baby isn’t a consequence, it is a punishment. Got it.
So, the first thing that comes to my mind is that if Barack’s daughters were a little older we could be quite certain that there wouldn’t any scandal like with the Palins. Why not? Because if they got pregnant we’d never hear about it. Presumably, they’d terminate, and we’d never know that his daughters had been sexually active before it was wise.
The next thing that comes to my mind is that a willingness to own up to ones mistakes and take responsibility for them is really an asset. Bristol has a hard road ahead of her. There is no question about that. I know a little bit about that road, myself. It takes courage to choose that road and good sense to realize that the mistake was her own- and not the child’s.
But to the central issue: does Bristol’s behavior undercut the moral position of her parents? I say no. If the Palins had disowned their daughter, that would have undercut their moral position. For the Christian faith has never been about being perfect and always about owning up to one’s mistakes and receiving forgiveness.
In my mind, this whole affair assures me that the Palins are real people with real problems with the right attitude for dealing with those problems. It stands in stark contrast to how it seems Mr. Obama would handle a similar situation. Mr. Obama apparently would prefer that his daughters get an abortion if they were in this position, viewing the baby as a punishment. The Palins, on the other hand, wouldn’t take it out on the baby, who had nothing to do with the behavior of the daughter and her boyfriend. One suspects that they have nonetheless had a long conversation, but there is no hint that they plan on throwing Bristol under the bus.
Which attitude do we want carrying the day in Washington DC?