Ok, I have tried really hard to not write about this but I feel compelled. I hesitate to ever really get into political issues because I don’t’ handle disagreement well, and politics by nature brings on differing opinions. I decided to take the risk – especially since all TWO of my readers are most likely thinking similar thoughts. So, I guess maybe it isn’t a risk at all?
So, it is a known fact that I was pulling for Brother Romney to be named the Republican VP. I gotta say that I was shocked at the announcement about Sarah Palin. I had never heard of her before – not even in all my radio talk show listening. Upon learning that she has 5 children, is only 44 (younger than me which is SOOO very weird) my mind has reeled with conflicting thoughts. I will ramble them off.
At this point, I am pretty much for anything that happens to keep liberals out of the White House. While I am conservative, I do always give a listen to “the other side” and their candidates, proposals, plans, etc. While I cannot stand the sound of Hillary C’s voice, I did at least ponder for a while about the current “chosen” one. For me, there are too many unanswered questions and too many Un-American words and attitudes. I was raised by a father who was a Prisoner of War in World War II, and both of my parents were young during the Great Depression, so patriotism runs strong and true through my veins.
I am uplifted and excited by Sarah Palin. I love what she said the night she was introduced as a running mate, and I shed many tears during her speech last night at the Republican Convention. She inspires me, makes me laugh with her wit, and has weathered the last few days of media attacks like a rock being beaten by waves of hatred. I am thrilled to have a conservative woman give us all some hope that some personality and backbone may be back in the White House. She is an example of confidence and of having principles that for now, seem to be unshakable.
However, my LDS beliefs and my own life’s choices ring through loudly. It all culminated today when Laura Ingram, one of those conservative talk show hosts (one that I don’t listen to much because she really plucks my last nerve) was bashing one of the left-wing columnists named Sally Quinn who clearly talks out of both sides of her mouth when it comes to women in politics, etc. In response to one of Ms. Quinn’s double standard rantings, Laura said, “Well, Sally – why don’t YOU stay at home and bake cookies…!” Now, if my mind serves me correctly, that is exactly what Hillary Clinton said that got her in so much hot water when hubby Bill was running for his first term in office. The conservative “stay at home mom” crowd went NUTS, and boy, did the Ciintons have to back-pedal on that one! (It obviously didn’t hurt them enough, however, since we endured them for 8 years…). So, Laura has brought it all full circle. That’s when I got angry, and more confused.
I have to ask myself that if a parent had been home more often, would her oldest daughter be finding herself in the situation that she is currently in? As a mom of teens I learned long ago that we do not control our children and they are who they are, and things will happen even when you think you have the tightest cord possible around their necks. I still have to ask that question even though it isn’t really my business. Is it now my “business”, though, since this Hockey Mom is now in the world’s spotlight? Maybe. Having a daughter with some special needs I know that, for us, the absolute right decision was to do all we could starting 25 years ago for me to not have to be a working mom (both of us were raised by wonderful women, who both HAD to work to pay bills even in the “old” days, so that is not a judgment on those women who have to work). I am grateful that I had the choice, tough as it has been.
As Erin reminded me, there is a time and a season for everything. Perhaps Mr. Palin will now be a stay-at-home dad. I hope so. Perhaps the world truly needs Sarah Palin as much as her children do. Perhaps my “world” needs me to continue trying to follow the prophets and heed scriptural warnings and teachings, so that the spirit will guide my steps. I will pray that it guides hers, too.