Oh, that Bristol Palin (or, Sarah Palin mouthpiece, sometimes it’s hard to tell). First she begs the President to call her and apologize for Bill Maher (who’s show is considered comedy) making insulting comments about her, because he did the same for Ms. Sandra Fluke, after being torn to shreds for 72 hours by Rush Limbaugh (who’s show is considered news and opinion).
Now she accuses him of consulting with two tweens to make important decisions.
I laughed for easily a solid sixty seconds.
She starts off by complaining that when females run for high office, they’re asked if they’ll get their husbands approval before making any important decisions, but that these same people had nothing to say when President Obama referred to his daughters the other day when he clearly spoke up in support of same-sex marriage.
The problem here is that, if she truly believed that that’s what happened, it means she didn’t even listen to a word of what our President said.
For the record, this is how his daughters were referenced in his speech, “You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
Yes, because mentioning that your children have friends with same-sex parents and you thought about what that all means, is exactly the same as your children telling you what your opinion is. His daughters have friends who have same sex parents, and because they are young, they are completely comfortable with this and blissfully ignorant of the fact that these couple are ‘different.’ That particularly feeling, the obliviousness to the differences, is what Obama believes should be the norm, and from there, concluded that it’s time for a change.
Ms. Palin feels that, instead of contemplating on basic human rights, that what our President should have done was tell his daughters “that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.” Hmm. Okay. In fact, she believes that children are better off in a mother/father home and that “Ideally,” fathers are the cornerstone for shaping their kids’ view of the world.
“Says the unwed single mother of one whose baby daddy is the living embodiment of Goofus from Highlights.” (Gawker)
Also, since she references ‘thousands of years of thinking’ about marriage, let’s talk about Abraham and Solomon and their concubines (and multiple wives). Let’s talk about a widow being forced to marry her brother-in-law. Let’s discuss how rape victims are forced to marry their rapists (and how the victim’s father has to pay the rapist). Yes, these are all acceptable (and all found in the Bible, no less) over the course of ‘thousands of years of thinking.’ Yes, I can see how a child raised in a mother/father household – where he only exists because his daddy raped his mommy – is so much better than a child raised by two men or two women who are devoted to each other and their life together.
Here’s why this is scary. Several times during her opininated rant (which I can easily recognize, as I have long since mastered it), Ms. Palin is essentially offering parenting advice. In general, I hate it when people offer parenting advice in the first place, unless it’s either being sought out, or it’s which legitimately good intentions. Example, stressed mother posts on Facebook, “Kid just won’t go to sleep! I don’t know what to do!” Well-meaning friends offer their own stories of what they’ve done in those situations. But a single, teenaged mother telling a married man what he should or should not be saying to his children is just disgusting. Not to mention that it just goes to show what level of comprehension she’s working with when she really thinks that our President was “merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.”
Ideally, yes, fathers do help shape their kid’s worldview. So Sasha and Malia already accept their friends’ families, and their father has only reinforced that this is the correct thing to do. Palin feels that “dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.” Well, Ms. Palin, I’m pretty sure President Obama has done just that. I hope Levi does the same for your son one day.